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Music in the Mountains!

August 22, 2014 - Jim Price
The Cresson Sportsmen’s Club will be a busy place this weekend, with two benefit concert events on two consecutive days.

The second annual Pickin’ for Wishes bluegrass benefit concert will take place on Saturday at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club, raising money for the Make A Wish Foundation of Western PA. Starting at noon, Pickin’ for Wishes will feature a full day’s slate of local and regional bluegrass bands. Performing this year will be The Roustabouts, Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers, The Hillbilly Gypsies (performing two sets), Mama Corn, Brush Creek and the Allegheny Drifters. Food and refreshments, prizes, arts and crafts vendors and children’s activities will be available. Tickets are $10 advance and $15 at the gate, and children ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

The following day, Sunday, the 23rd annual Kids Come First Benefit; End Of Summer Jam with bring a variety of rock, blues, country and acoustic sounds to the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club stage, with proceeds helping out Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. That event kicks off at 1 p.m., and will feature music from a variety of performers. Bands and performers taking part in this year’s Kids Come First Benefit include The Backyard Rockers, Rokkandy, Mahoney B & the Blacksnakes, Cottonmouth, The Jive Turkeys, Flying Blind, Emberstitch, Mo Yon, Ron Russell and Disorganized Crime. Donation at the gate is $10 per person, with children ages 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Food and refreshments plus prize giveaways will be available.

Indoors this weekend, New York City-based Kiss tribute band Kiss Alive! NYC will perform at 30 Something on Friday night. Formed ten years ago, Kiss Alive! NYC will bring the excitement and theatrics of Kiss’ music and stage show to the 30 Something stage. Local progressive rockers Skye 2.0 will open. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10/advance, and $13/door.

And 1980s-era hair-band rockers Faster Pussycat will visit Ace’s Lounge in Johnstown on Tuesday night, in a concert presented by Placid Promotions. Formed in Los Angeles in 1986, Faster Pussycat became one of the popular glam-rock attractions of the late 1980s and early 1990s, scoring video and radio hits with the songs “Bathroom Wall” and “House of Pain.” Opening for them at Ace’s will be the bands Blood Union, One Adam 12, 13 Stories and Fail. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20/advance and $25/door.

As always, readers are encouraged to support the wide variety of musical talent gracing area stages every week, and help ensure that such music continues to happen. And if alcohol is involved while enjoying the music, please drink responsibly, get a designated driver or call a cab.

Here is a full listing for live music on area stages this weekend and the coming week:


Kiss Alive NYC and Skye 2.0 at 30 Something, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Jake Kaiser at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

Ground Crew at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts at 6:30 p.m.)

This Albatross at Cesare Battisti Club, Altoona

Felix & the Hurricanes at Bavarian Hall, Altoona

Hemlock House at Newburg Firehall, Altoona

The Runaways at Unter Uns, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Born & the Beanstalk at Aviation Inn, Duncansville

2nd Street at Patton Legion, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)


Real Country featuring Bill Ross, Jr. at Beach Concession, Canoe Creek State Park (starts 2 p.m.)

Pickin’ for Wishes II at Cresson Sportsmen’s Club, Cresson; featuring The Roustabouts, Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers, The Hillbilly Gypsies, Mama Corn, Brush Creek and the Allegheny Drifters (starts 12 noon; tickets $10/advance, $15/gate, proceeds benefit Make A Wish Foundation of Western PA)

Summer Festival Fair at Archway Ministries, Altoona; featuring Raining Blue (12 noon) and Elvis tribute Jim Don Jiomo (7 p.m.); free admission

Flight 19 at Duncansville VFW, Duncansville (post-party for Veterans for VFW Post 3 motorcycle ride; starts 4 p.m., admission $15 per person includes meal and music)


Ganister at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

The Sitch at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

This Albatross at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Born & the Beanstalk at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs and Greg Burley at Heidelberg Club, Altoona

Washington Slept Here at Salsa’s Mexican Grille, Bedford

KB & the Crew at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg

Felix & the Hurricanes at Lake Raystown Resort, Entriken (party deck, starts 7 p.m.)

Shallow Nine at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

The Overtones at Lemon Drop Lounge, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Fuse at Davey’s, Hastings


Jim Mosey at Beach Concession, Canoe Creek State Park (starts 2 p.m.)

Kids Come First Benefit: 23rd End Of Summer Jam at Cresson Sportsmen’s Club, Cresson; featuring the Backyard Rockers, Mo Yon, Rokkandy, Ron Russell, Mahoney B. & the Blacksnakes, Disorganized Crime, The Jive Turkeys, Flying Blind and Emberstitch (starts 1 p.m.; donation $10/person with children 12 and under admitted free, proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh)

“Sunday Funday” at Lakemont Park, Altoona; featuring 7th Gear, Flight 19, Skye 2.0 and acoustic performers (starts 3 p.m., free admission)


The Sharptones at Valley View County Park, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Dreadnot at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona

Cousin Mike at Andy's Bar, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Open Mic with the Backyard Rockers at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Open Mic Night at Bedford Tavern, Bedford (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Faster Pussycat, Blood Union, One Adam 12, 13 Stories and Fail at Ace’s Lounge, Johnstown (starts 7 p.m., tickets $20/advance or $25/door)


Big Mac & the Fries at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

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

Ty Ayers at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona


The Backyard Rockers at Farmers Market, Penn State Altoona (Rider parking lot, starts 2 p.m.)


Hot Wax at People's Natural Gas Field, Altoona (starts 5 p.m. on Rocky Gap Casino Entertainment Deck before Altoona Curve game)

Downtown Live! with Half Tempted on the Diamond, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Strait & Miller at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

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

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Emberstitch, performing during last year's Kids Come First Benefit concert at the Cresson Sportsmen's Club. Emberstitch headlines this year's Kids Come First event, happening on Sunday. Proceeds from the concert benefit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.


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