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Area Musicians to the Rescue!
March 21, 2014 - Jim Price
If you read this blog often, one constant theme that I hope stands out nearly every week is the generosity of this area’s music scene. With few exceptions, nearly every weekend you will find area musicians donating their talents, and area venues providing the stages, to raise money for people in need. Observers from outside central Pennsylvania have remarked to me how impressed they are with the willingness of area musicians – and the central Pennsylvania community as a whole – to chip in when somebody needs a helping hand. In recent weeks, we have seen fundraising live music events to help out fire victims, cancer and other patients, families that have lost loved ones, organizations that help out children, provide service animals and more. And this week is no exception; more benefit live music events in our area are helping out those in need.
Two different benefit events this weekend are helping out a local accident victim during her lengthy recovery process. Jessica Conrad Finochio suffered severe back injuries in a traffic accident while driving to work on December 31, and has been unable to work since then to provide for her two children. The first benefit to help Jessica will take place Friday night at Shan Nicole’s Irish Pub in Hollidaysburg, and will feature music from Xs For Eyes and Old No. 7. Basket giveaways will take place as well. The music begins at 10 p.m., and donation at the door will be $5 per person. The second benefit, the “Supermom Benefit,” takes place on Saturday evening at the Tyrone American Legion. Donating their talents at this event will be the bands Nobody’s Heroes, The Jam, plus acoustic acts Strait & Miller and McGinnis & Knepper. The music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6/person, or two for $10.
Another benefit on Friday night will help out an area woman awaiting a liver transplant. The band Backlash will perform at the Petersburg Firehall in Petersburg (Huntingdon County) starting at 8 p.m. Proceeds will help out Olivia Stewart with her medical expenses. Donation at the door is $5, and this event is open to the public.
Another Saturday evening benefit concert will raise money to help out an area cancer patient. Sue Kies (Myers) is battling breast cancer, and the benefit to raise money toward her medical bills will take place at Pellegrine’s starting at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by the bands Root and the Fifths, the Stone Bridge Blues Band, the Sitch and Lucky Lad Green on the main stage, with the Backyard Rockers performing acoustic sounds on a side stage during main stage breaks. Donation at the door is $5 per person, and there will be baskets and other door prize giveaways.
The City Hotel in Northern Cambria will commence their fifth annual “Battle of the Acoustics” competition on Thursday night. Staged each Thursday night through early May, “Battle of the Acoustics” will showcase acoustic musicians and groups from throughout the region, as they perform and vie for weekly prizes and the opportunity to move on to semifinal and final rounds, with grand prizes for the final round champions. Partial proceeds from the admission fee will help out youth sports programs in Northern Cambria, Carrolltown, Hastings and other surrounding northern Cambria County communities.
Support these benefits if you can, and support live music every weekend, because the area musicians are often among the first members of the community to step forward and donate their services when somebody needs help.
And if you plan to celebrate while enjoying live music, 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:
“Spring Bash” with Last Stand at Black Dog Café, Hollidaysburg (starts 6:30 p.m.)
Seas We Fear to Sail, On the Run and Becoming Friends with Lions at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona
Ground Crew at Buccinese Club, Altoona
7th Gear at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Xs for Eyes and Old No. 7 at Shan Nicole’s, Hollidaysburg (benefit for Jessica Conrad Finochio)
Born & the Beanstalk at Aviation Inn, Duncansville
The Clay Pigeons at Ebensburg Moose, Ebensburg
2nd Street at Patton American Legion, Patton
Felix & the Hurricanes at Coalport Moose, Coalport
Backlash at Petersburg Firehall, Petersburg (benefit for Olivia Stewart)
One Brick Shy at Saxton Sportsmen’s Club, Saxton
Strait & Miller at Johnny’s Bar, Huntingdon
Sue Kies Cancer Benefit at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring Lucky Lad Green, Stone Bridge Blues Band, The Sitch, Root and the Fifths and the Backyard Rockers (starts 6 p.m.)
NailDriver and Writing Off Tomorrow at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona
Giants Of Science at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona
Hair Force One at 30 Something, Altoona
The Overtones at Belmar Hotel, Altoona
Born & the Beanstalk at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona
Bodacious B at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Stella's Revenge at Family Pizza, Altoona
Supermom Benefit at Tyrone Legion, Tyrone; featuring The Jam, Nobody’s Heroes, Strait & Miller and Pat McGinnis & Chuck Knepper (starts 6 p.m.)
This Albatross at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg
Fuse at Magoo’s, Cresson
Yum at Castle Pub, Ebensburg
One Adam 12 at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg
Locked and Loaded at Gallitzin IMS, Gallitzin
Untyed at Sokols Club, Lilly
Jack & the Country Gentlemen at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton
Octane at Davey’s, Hastings
Acoustic Rumblers at Boxer’s Café, Huntingdon
Force Of Habit at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon
Second Edition at Alexandria Legion, Alexandria
Felix & the Hurricanes at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell
Seize Fire at Elks Bowling Center, Bedford
Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona
Ty Ayers at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona
Open Mic/Jam Night at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona
Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
“Battle of the Acoustics” at City Hotel, Northern Cambria
Rogan Allen at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona
(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.
Ryan Clark of The Jam, during a December performance at the Belmar Hotel. The Jam is one of several performers during the Supermom Benefit for Jessica Conrad Finochio, taking place Saturday night at the Tyrone American Legion.