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A Ghost Onstage!

March 28, 2014 - Jim Price
Among the live music entertainment options this weekend will be the first area visit of a touring regional group that has backed some prominent heavy metal frontmen.

Gettysburg-based heavy rock quartet Ghost Of War will take the stage at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s) on Saturday night, headlining a four-band bill that also includes area rockers Lies, Inc., Blood Union and One Adam 12. Formed in 2010, Ghost Of War – singer Ronnie Peterson, guitarist Thane Farace, bassist Gary Daniels and drummer Jim Mathis – has worked up their own distinctive blend of metal, thrash, hardcore, punk, country, bluegrass and straight ahead rock’n’roll. They have become an established touring band, doing shows up and down the east coast. After winning Quiet Riot’s “Battle of the Bands” event at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena, Ghost Of War played New Jersey’s Summer Slam Festival last year on Wildwood Beach. The group has backed Metal Church singer Ronnie Munroe and Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin on their recent east coast tours, and they will be Jagermeister’s showcase band at next month’s Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville Festival in Jacksonville, Florida. Saturday’s show at McGarvey’s starts at 9 p.m., $5 cover.

A benefit fundraiser to remember a fallen friend will happen at the Bavarian Aid Society on Saturday night. Ryan Carruthers – brother of The Hope Fallacy’s drummer, Trey Carruthers – recently lost his courageous battle with cancer. The fundraiser, which will feature entertainment by The Hope Fallacy plus food and refreshments, will start at 7 p.m. There will be basket giveaways and a silent auction. Proceeds will help pay Ryan Carruthers’ remaining medical expenses and help his surviving family.

Push yourself away from the computer, get off the couch and support live music this weekend, and do your part to ensure that area musicians can keep doing their thing here in central PA!

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:

FRIDAY NIGHT:

2nd Street at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 5 p.m.)

Greg Burley at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin,’ Rogan Allen and Brandon Rhibik at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

Louie Brumbaugh at Monkey Wharf, Altoona

Felix & the Hurricanes at Bavarian Hall, Altoona

Second Edition at Newburg Firehall, Altoona

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

LeVeL at Salsa’s Mexican Grille, Bedford

Strait & Miller at Johnny’s Bar, Huntingdon

SATURDAY NIGHT:

Ryan Carruthers Fundraiser with The Hope Fallacy at Bavarian Hall, Altoona (starts 7 p.m., $10 donation)

Ghost Of War, Lies, Inc., One Adam 12 and Blood Union at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

kBand at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Stella’s Revenge at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Half Tempted at Family Pizza, Altoona

Inside Out (Kyx members) at Teriz Place, Altoona

This Albatross at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

hot damn at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Second Edition at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg

The Sitch at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg

Fueled By Acoustic at RJ’s Tavern, Bedford

Ganister at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell

Felix & the Hurricanes at Cresson American Legion, Cresson

Tony & Stacy at Spanky’s Tavern, Loretto

Saving Jake at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

John Charney & Gabbi Hertzog at Lemon Drop Lounge, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Fuse at Davey’s, Hastings

Root and the Fifths at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Ruff Tymes at Liberty Café, Nanty Glo (benefit for Nanty Glo Historical Society, starts 7 p.m.)

SUNDAY AFTERNOON:

Raining Blue at Oak Spring Winery, Pinecroft (wine and chocolate-tasting benefit for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, starts 2 p.m.; $25 admission)

Mario Crocetti Trio at Gallitzin Moose, Gallitzin (starts 2 p.m.)

Andrew McKnight at Yoga Bedford Studio, Bedford (starts 4 p.m., $10 admission)

SUNDAY NIGHT:

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

TUESDAY NIGHT:

Ty Ayers at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona

WEDNESDAY NIGHT:

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

THURSDAY NIGHT:

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

“Battle of the Acoustics” at City Hotel, Northern Cambria; featuring Kenny Shaulis, Mike Barrett, John Smith, Graham Snyder, Stevie & Chelsie Moses, Damien Petry and Mike Jubas & Mike Kinley (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 jptheprofessor@gmail.com.

 
 

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Ghost Of War, who has backed Metal Church singer Ronnie Munroe and Anthrax frontman Neil Turbin during their recent solo tours, visits McGarvey's on Saturday night as part of a four-band bill with Lies, Inc., Blood Union and One Adam 12.