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Live Music Before the Next Snowstorm

February 28, 2014 - Jim Price
With weather forecast models projecting up to a possible 12 to 18 inches on snow falling on the region Sunday and Monday, the area music scene offers some fine entertainment options to enjoy while you’re out stocking up on milk, eggs, butter and toilet paper.

Several bands and solo artists will converge on Pellegrine’s Friday night to help out victims of a recent house fire. The Fire Fundraiser for Lynne McDonough will raise funds to help out McDonough, whose Duncansville house was severely damaged by fire earlier this month. Performing at the benefit will be Eric Delozier, Phil Baskin, Cottonmouth, the Backyard Rockers, Half Tempted, Steve Summerhill and Zombie Butterflies. There will be basket giveaways and more activities. Donation at the door is $5, and the music starts at 6 p.m.

After being grounded for three months, the “Party Plane” is ready to take to the skies again this weekend. Flight 19 returns to action Saturday night at the 4D’s Lounge. The group was sidelined while drummer Paul Caracciolo, Jr. logged some hospital time.

If country is the preferred flavor, several opportunities await you this weekend. Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin’ perform both Friday and Saturday nights. Their Friday performance takes place at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), while the group returns to Glenn’s Place in Claysburg for the second consecutive Saturday. Solo artist Eric Husick will open and perform with the group.

During their last visit to Aldo’s in December, members of southern Mississippi recording group Rosco Bandana remarked onstage that they were excited to experience northern snow for the first time. With the aforementioned 12 to 18 inches of snowfall forecast for Sunday night into Monday, Rosco Bandana’s excitement level should blast through the roof when they return to that venue – now McGarvey’s – on Sunday night, with local folk-punk favorites Nobody’s Heroes opening. Performing a colorful blend of Americana, rock, blues, country and jam-flavored music, Rosco Bandana has delivered amazing performances during their first two visits here, so if the snow forecast doesn’t scare you and/or you have four-wheel drive, this show is highly recommended.

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.)

Fire Fundraiser for Lynne McDonough at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring Half Tempted, Zombie Butterflies, the Backyard Rockers, Cottonmouth, Eric Delozier, Phil Baskin and Steve Summerhill (all ages, starts 8 p.m.)

Chris Woodward & Shindiggin’ with Eric Husick at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

Sugar Ridge at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Born & the Beanstalk at Aviation Inn, Duncansville

Open Mic Night at Olde Keg Inn, Portage (starts 7 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at the Portage AmVets, Portage

Second Edition at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon

BC Acoustified Traveling Roadshow at The Remedy, Houtzdale


The Overtones at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

Emberstitch at Family Pizza, Altoona

Flight 19 at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Conner Gilbert at Knickerbocker, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Chris Woodward & Shindiggin’ at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Backlash at Williamsburg Legion, Williamsburg

KB and the Crew at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg

R2B2 at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon

The Falconers and Milkweed at Horn O’Plenty, Bedford (starts 7 p.m.)

The Sitch at Bedford Legion, Bedford (Rock and Ride benefit)

Ganister at Magoo’s, Cresson

Locked and Loaded at Clair’s Ashville Inn, Ashville

Felix & the Hurricanes at Iron Horse Café, Gallitzin

Un Der Cover at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Headon at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


Raining Blue at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 4 p.m.)

The Santones Orchestra at Cresson American Legion, Cresson (starts 2 p.m.)


Rosco Bandana and Nobody’s Heroes at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


The Backyard Rockers at Port Sky Café, Penn State Altoona (starts 6 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.)

Full Kilt at Molly Maguire’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

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Members of Rosco Bandana, during their December performance at Aldo's. The southern Mississippi-based group, who has been featured on CMT, returns to this stage - now called McGarvey's - on Sunday night.


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