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Enjoy the Heat Wave!
February 21, 2014 - Jim Price
Old Man Winter finally gives central PA a break this weekend, with daytime temperatures in the 40s to melt off much of the snow that has fallen in recent weeks. This provides the perfect opportunity to purge your cabin fever by taking in some live music on the area stages.
Several area favorites are in action this weekend. Shallow Nine returns to the Belmar Hotel on Saturday night. Singer Erika Marino’s powerhouse voice and presence should help inspire immediate dance floor action as this group performs a wide variety of favorites and hits. The show starts at 10 p.m., no cover.
For fans of the punk-rocking arts, McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s) is the place to be both Friday and Saturday night. Clearfield punk favorites Revenge Memorial return on Friday night, with special guests Xs for Eyes. Xs for Eyes returns on Saturday night as part of a triple bill with State College punk favorites The Whatleys and Pittsburgh-based quintet The Filthy Low Down.
Pellegrine’s takes care of the all-ages audiences this weekend with shows both on Friday night and Saturday. Friday’s bill gets under way at 8 p.m. and features Altoona-based foursome New Trick, Connecticut’s On A Piranha, and solo performers Max Prussner and Leo Lydon. Pellegrine’s then hosts the hardcore throwdown Brick by Brick II Saturday afternoon starting at 3 p.m., featuring a lengthy list of area and traveling hardcore bands. Doors open at 2 p.m.
Felix & the Hurricanes perform a special benefit show on Tuesday evening at the Altoona Area High School auditorium. Proceeds help the Altoona Area Education Association (AAEA). The show begins at 6 p.m., and all ages are welcome. Donation is $1 or a canned good at the door.
And if you are up for a roadtrip and want to learn about the current state of the music industry, the 18th annual Millennium Music Conference happens in Harrisburg this Friday and Saturday. The daytime music business conference, featuring a variety of panels, seminars, a trade show, speakers and an acoustic stage, takes place at the Best Western Premier Central Hotel & Convention Center. Evening performance showcases featuring nearly 250 different bands and performers from Pennsylvania and across the country will take place at venues throughout the Harrisburg area. (Altoona's Mama Corn performs Friday night at the Brewhouse Grill in Camp Hill.) If you attend, you might even spot an Altoona Mirror blogger checking out the action!
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:
Ground Crew Trio at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
New Trick, On a Piranha, Max Prussner and Leo Lydon at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (all ages, starts 8 p.m.)
Revenge Memorial and Xs for Eyes at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona
Brick by Brick II at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring Lifeless NLFTW, Empire of Rats, Rude Awakening, Strength for a Reason, King Nine, Barricade, Steel Nation, Agitator, Menace, Terrible Minds, Ante Up, The Storm, Futile Justice, Not til Death, Incited, Bad Terms and City of Snakes (all ages, starts 3 p.m.)
Ground Crew Jam Band at Trianon, Altoona
The Filthy Low Down, The Whatleys and Xs for Eyes at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona
The Syrins at Family Pizza, Altoona
Shallow Nine at Belmar Hotel, Altoona
R2B2 at Heidelberg Club, Altoona
Inside Out (Kyx members) at Teriz Place, Altoona
Second Edition at Williamsburg Legion, Williamsburg
Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin’ at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg
Bazooka Joe at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg
Felix & the Hurricanes at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon
MS Charity Event with S.O.S., Strait & Miller, Limb By Limb and others, Huntingdon (between OIP and All American Pizza in back lot, starts 7 p.m., all ages)
Ganister at Hill Valley Inn, Mount Union
Fail at Castle Pub, Ebensburg
Fuse at Davey’s, Hastings
Live Wire at Sunshine Bar, Coalport
Night Train at City Hotel, Northern Cambria
Sunset Strip at Barnesboro VFW, Northern Cambria
Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona
Felix & the Hurricanes at Altoona Area High School Auditorium, Altoona (AAEA Benefit, starts 6 p.m., $1 or canned good admission)
Hard Freight Coffeehouse at Titelman Lounge, Misciagna Building, Penn State Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
Matt Pletcher and Eric Wertz at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona
Open Mic/Jam Night at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
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.)
To report additional shows or corrections to this listing, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ground Crew Trio (Brian Thomas, Phil Steele and John McKelvey), performing during last month's Mishler Bands Together for Charity concert at the Mishler Theatre. Ground Crew Trio entertains on Friday evening at the Belmar Hotel, and Saturday night at the Trianon in Juniata.