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Some Live Music Solutions to Your Cabin Fever!
January 17, 2014 - Jim Price
With the weather forecast for this weekend indicating minimal wintry precipitation, the area live music scene provides some options for a quick fix to cabin fever. Pick a show and explore what area musicians have to offer!
This weekend provides a variety. For upbeat sounds with a horn flavor, head to the Belmar Hotel early Friday evening to see D.D. and the Pub Crawlers. Armed with a sax player, two trumpeters and a trombonist, D.D. and the Pub Crawlers will kick off the weekend with a mixture of rock, blues, ska and swing sounds. They regularly perform early Friday shows at the Belmar; music starts at 6 p.m.
Indie and alternative music fans can check out the all-ages, four-band bill at Pellegrine’s on Friday evening, featuring Huntingdon County-based acoustic alternative group Kevo Can’t Dance, area indie rockers The Goodnight Revelry and B-Side Avenue, and Ashland-based folk/punk group Oakland Avenue. The show starts at 7 p.m., and admission is free.
Local urban legend has it that the last time The Hawks Blues Band performed at Teriz Place in Altoona last summer, guitarist Jason Feathers generated so much frenzy during one of his solos that he blew out a transformer on a pole adjacent to the building. (Actually, a storm that had passed through the area just before the show caused an issue that led to the transformer’s demise, which happened during The Hawks’ performance.) Feathers and The Hawks will see if they can replicate the feat when they perform at Teriz beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday night. Admission is free.
Fans of southern-fried rock might consider a trip to Magoo’s in Cresson on Saturday night, when Johnstown-based quintet Bite the Bullet takes the stage starting at 10 p.m. Featuring singer Todd Alper, guitarists Sebastian Steele and Brad Lego (ex-Locked and Loaded), bassist Doug Woehlke and drummer Jeremy Fecko, Bite the Bullet celebrate the legendary hard-driving southern rock sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, the Allman Brothers Band, Blackfoot and more. And for those who like to yell out “Free Bird!” during shows, this band will play it for you!
Support live music this weekend and upcoming week! And if you plan to celebrate heavily while doing so, please designate a driver or call a cab!
Here is a full listing for live music on area stages this weekend and the coming week:
D.D. & the Pub Crawlers at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
Saving Jake at McGarvey’s
Ground Crew at Buccinese Society, Altoona
B-Side Avenue, Condition Oakland, The Goodnight Revelry and Kevo Can’t Dance at Pellegrine’s, Altoona
Sugar Ridge at the Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
The Hawks Blues Band at Teriz Place, Altoona
LeVeL at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg
7th Gear at 4Ds Lounge, Altoona
Hemlock House at McGarvey’s, Altoona
PennSoulVania (hip-hop artists) at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Bite the Bullet at Magoo’s, Cresson
Locked and Loaded at Gallitzin Moose, Gallitzin
Ganister at Davey’s, Hastings
Shallow Nine at Castle Pub, Ebensburg
Disorganized Crime at Park Avenue Pub, Patton
Backlash at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon
Fueled By Ignorance at Judy’s, Schellsburg
Second Amendment at Schellsburg VFW. Schellsburg
Seize Fire at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort
Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona
Open Mic/Jam Night at Pellegrine’s, Altoona
Felix & the Hurricanes at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona
Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
(More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)
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Brian Elliott of The Hawks Blues Band, during last year's Blair County Arts Festival at Penn State Altoona. The Hawks entertain with their electric blues and blues-rock mix at Teriz Place on Friday night.