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The Grooves Return!

April 4, 2014 - Jim Price
Chris Vipond and the Stanley Street Band have been absent from area stage action for much of this past winter; hibernating as they create new music and work on a new album. As part of this weekend’s area music scene highlights, keyboard man and singer Chris Vipond and his current Stanley Street Band cast of bassist Mike Stanley, guitarist C’Jay Castello and drummer Randy Servello return with their groove-driven live show to the Belmar Hotel on Saturday night. Expect to hear some of those new funk-laden groove-rock compositions and established original song favorites, plus the group’s tasty and eclectic selection of cover song material. The fun begins at 10 p.m., no cover.

Another highlight this weekend will be the first Altoona visit from Harrisburg-based hard rock band StarChild, who perform at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s) Saturday night with special guests Lies, Inc. Singer/guitarist Jerry Martin and his wife, bassist Sharon Starr, started StarChild three years ago as a Kiss tribute band. Martin then began to write original song material based on the blueprint of mid-1970s era Kiss, and he and StarChild recorded many of those songs on their first two CDs, 2012’s “Volume I” and 2013’s “Volume II.” Several of those songs sounded so convincingly like early Kiss that fans at the group’s shows asked what Kiss album they were from or thought they were rare Kiss outtakes. As the group evolved into its current form – Martin, Starr, guitarist X Bomb and drummer Brandon Reece – their songwriting evolved as well, into new song material that ventures forward from that Kiss prototype and into a style distinctly StarChild’s own. The group plans to issue their third CD, “Volume III,” later this year. Those attending Saturday’s show at McGarvey’s will hear StarChild original songs new and old, as well as hard-rocking classics from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Lies, Inc. will provide their brand of progressive-flavored modern rock; featuring intricate musicianship and the powerhouse vocals of singer Lily Taylor. The show will start at 10:30 p.m.

Support live music every weekend! 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:


Rogan Allen at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

Felix & the Hurricanes at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Locked and Loaded at Catholic War Vets, Altoona

Nobody’s Heroes at Shan-Nicole’s, Hollidaysburg

Kayla & Jae (Root and the Fifths) acoustic at Aviation Inn, Duncansville


Raining Blue at Oak Spring Winery, Pinecroft (“Smiles for Miles” wine-tasting benefit, starts 4 p.m.)


StarChild and Lies, Inc. at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

Giants Of Science at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Mysterytrain at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

The Boomers at Family Pizza, Altoona

Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Half Tempted at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Backlash at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon

One Brick Shy at Magoo’s, Cresson

Ganister at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Sunset Strip at Patton VFW, Patton

Night Train at Patton Slovak Club, Patton

Jimmy the Piano Man at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


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


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.)


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

Half Tempted at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

“Battle of the Acoustics” at City Hotel, Northern Cambria; featuring Alex Ramsdell, Dustin Reese, Chandler Weaver & Kenzie Blake, Jeff Long, Brian Nipps, Joe Novak and Jarrod Bartok (starts 7 p.m.)

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

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Sharon Starr and Jerry Martin of StarChild, performing last June at the Alpine Inn in Lewisberry. The Harrisburg-based group will arrive on an Altoona stage for the first time Saturday night when they perform at McGarvey's (formerly Aldo's) with special guests Lies, Inc.