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Three Benefits, Beatles and Smithereens This Weekend!

February 7, 2014 - Jim Price
This will be a busy weekend and upcoming week on the area music scene, with several benefit shows, a Beatles conference, plus a popular ‘90s recording group and a free jazz festival taking place in State College.

Three different benefit shows take place on area stages this weekend, beginning with the Anthony Eberling Benefit on Friday night at Pellegrine’s. Eberling was stricken with flu-like symptoms last month, but was hospitalized in Pittsburgh later in the month with what is believed to be a rare form of meningitis. He has been on a ventilator and placed on dialysis. The benefit to help with his medical expenses starts at 4 p.m. with open jukebox, with live music starting at 7 p.m. featuring performances from Left for Dead, Felix & the Hurricanes and hotdamn. Prizes and gift baskets will be given away. Donation at the door is $5 per person.

The Cresson American Legion will host a benefit on Saturday evening for the Frontier Girls, a scout-like program for area girls ages 5 to 18. Proceeds from the benefit will fund field trips and other activities. The benefit starts at 5 p.m. with a spaghetti dinner, and will feature live music from Josh Gallagher, Root and the Fifths, Strings Radio and Locked & Loaded. Tickets are $10 per person, which includes the dinner.

Pellegrine’s will host another benefit on Sunday afternoon to help out area cancer patient Raymond Michael Dorsey, who is battling stage 4 colon cancer. The Benefit for Raymond Michael Dorsey will start at 12 noon, and feature a wide variety of live musical entertainment. Performing will be Chelsea and Stevie Moses, hip-hop artist Black Ice with accompaniment from the Platinum Soul jazz step team, Cousin Mike, Untyed, the Backyard Rockers, Shawn Brown, Left for Dead, Skye 2.0, Triple Threat and Bite the Bullet. Gift baskets and other giveaways will take place during the benefit. Donation is $5 per person.

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of one of the landmark events in the history of popular music, the arrival of the Beatles in America and their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Penn State Altoona is hosting a weekend-long International Beatles Celebration in its downtown Devorris Conference Center, featuring a wide assortment of Beatles experts and musicologists, panels and seminars, art exhibits, musical performances, and a 50th anniversary showing of that legendary Ed Sullivan Show with the Beatles (complete with commercials of that era) on Sunday night. Registration to attend the conference is required, further information is available via the Penn State Altoona website (see link elsewhere on this page).

Popular 1980s/90s-era group The Smithereens – creators of such rock radio hits as “A Girl Like You,” “Bed of Roses” and “Blues Before and After” - will be visiting the stage at Café 210 in State College on Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. In the process of releasing a live CD of Beatles music, the Smithereens – these days Jim Babjak, Severo "The Thrilla" Jornacion, Dennis Diken and Pat DiNizio – will likely be including some Fab Four favorites along with their own classics. Tickets are $25 per person, and limited quantities are available.

And jazz will be celebrated at Penn State University’s HUB Building Heritage Hall this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights during the free “Music Is Life” festival. Organized by famed jazz percussionist, musician and composer Ronnie Burrage (who has performed with Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and others), and hosted by the Penn State Jazz Club, Guitar Club and Open Mic Club, the festival will feature musical and other performances all three nights starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday’s entertainment includes the band Cone Of Silence and Band Burrage; Wednesday will feature fingerstyle guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall, and Thursday will feature the Okyerema Asante Band with Aeb Byrne, and the Rene McLean Band with Gary Bartz. Various poets, rappers and dancers will entertain between bands each evening. Admission all three nights is free.

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. and the Pub Crawlers at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

On The Run and The Goodnight Revelry at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

Anthony Eberling Benefit at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; with Felix & the Hurricanes, hot damn and Left For Dead

Hemlock House at Magoo’s, Cresson

Disorganized Crime at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

KB & the Crew at Ebensburg Moose, Ebensburg


The Smithereens at Café 210, State College (starts 9 p.m.)

This Albatross at 4Ds Lounge, Altoona

Xs for Eyes, The Whatleys and Greylines at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

7th Gear at Family Pizza, Altoona

The Sitch and Exit 81 at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Stella’s Revenge at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Rich Edmundson at Molly Maguire’s, Altoona

Cabin Fever Party with Tom Watt & the Fruit Cakes and Ryan Matthew at Heidelberg Club, Altoona

Emberstitch at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Inside Out (Kyx members) at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort

LeVeL at Judy’s Place, Schellsburg

Second Amendment at Bedford Moose, Bedford

Shallow Nine at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell

Bazooka Joe at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg

Frontier Girls Benefit at Cresson American Legion, Cresson; featuring Josh Gallagher, Root and the Fifths, Strings Radio and Locked & Loaded (starts 5 p.m.)

Bite the Bullet at Magoo’s, Cresson

Private I and Lucky Lad Green at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Disorganized Crime at Park Avenue Pub, Patton

2nd Street at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Backlash at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon


Benefit for Raymond Dorsey at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring Chelsea & Stevie Moses, Black Ice, Cousin Mike, Untyed, the Backyard Rockers, Shawn Brown, Left For Dead, Skye 2.0, Triple Threat and Bite the Bullet (starts 12 noon)

Second Sunday Ukulele Jam at Misciagna Building, Penn State Altoona (starts 2 p.m., free admission)


Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Music Is Life Festival at HUB Building Heritage Hall, University Park; featuring Cone of Silence and Band Burrage (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

Matt Pletcher and Eric Wertz at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona


Music Is Life Festival at HUB Building Heritage Hall, University Park; featuring Trevor Gordon Hall (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

Open Mic/Jam Night at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)


Music Is Life Festival at HUB Building Heritage Hall, University Park; featuring Okyerema Asante Band with Aeb Byrne, and the Rene McLean Band with Gary Bartz (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

Brooklyn Rider at Rosenberger Auditorium, Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts, Juniata College, Huntingdon (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Triple Threat at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

(More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)

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Left For Dead, during a performance last month at McGarvey's (formerly Aldo's). Left For Dead donates their talents to two different benefits at Pellegrine's this weekend, the Anthony Eberling Benefit on Friday night and the Benefit for Raymond Michael Dorsey on Sunday afternoon.


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