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Labor Day Festivals and Fairs!

August 29, 2014 - Jim Price
Some call it the symbolic final weekend of summer. But Labor Day Weekend in these parts has become one of the busiest weekends for festivals featuring live entertainment, and this year is no exception.

Cambria County will be a busy place for live music all weekend long. The annual Cambria City Ethnic Festival will again fill a 10-block section of Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood with multiple festivities, including live music, arts, dance, children’s activities, and a wide variety of ethnic foods on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Johnstown’s Venue Of Merging Arts (VOMA) has stepped up their presence at this year’s Festival, and is bringing an expansive slate of local and regional jam and funk-based bands to its stage. Included are such prominent names as Philadelphia’s Flux Capacitor on Friday night, Brooklyn’s Moon Hooch (featuring two saxophone players and a drummer) on Saturday night, and Fletcher’s Grove on Sunday.

North of Johnstown, the annual Forest Hills Festival in St. Michael will also feature live musical entertainment on Saturday, Sunday and Monday; along with a large assortment of arts and crafts vendors, food, children’s activities and more.

The annual Cambria County Fair starts on Sunday, featuring national country performers Parmalee on Sunday night.

A special celebration to remember a fallen “superhero” will take place at Patton Park in Patton on Saturday, nearly a year after his passing. The “Stay Green” event will remember Bryan Haluska, known to many as green-clad caped superhero Cambria GreenMan, and celebrate his charitable community spirit and practice of performing good deeds simply for the satisfaction of doing good for his community. The event will begin at 2 p.m. and feature a variety of area live music entertainment, a GreenMan costume contest and more. Proceeds raised from the event will help out the Healing Patch program of Home Nursing Agency.

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:



St Mary's (5th Ave.): 4 p.m. – Jerry Intihar, 7 p.m. – YUM Resurrection (4th Ave.): 6 p.m. – Ground Zero VOMA: 6 p.m. – Derek Woodz Band, 8 p.m. – The Perkolators, 9:30 p.m. – Deaf Scene, 11 p.m. – Flux Capacitor (inside Ace’s Lounge) ACRP: 8 p.m. – Michael O’Brian Band Bottle Works: 8:30 p.m. – Kulani West African Dance Group, 9:30 p.m. – Flow N At Grande Halle: 6 p.m. – Rhinelanders (admission $15)

Holy Cross Lutheran: 3 p.m. – Bo Moore, 7 p.m. – Midnight Graffiti

Aces Lounge: 7 p.m. – Johnstown Classic Rockers, 11 p.m. – Flux Capacitor

The Pub Crawlers at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Rik Golden Band, The Dead Lights and Latecomer at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

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

Felix & the Hurricanes at Old Canal Inn, Duncansville

Drew Dodson at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort

Seize Fire at Schellsburg Street Fair, Schellsburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Zillion Dollar Combo at Horn O’Plenty, Bedford

Crazy Nites at Bedford Tavern, Bedford

Strait & Miller at Stone Town Café, Huntingdon

The Adarna at Castle Pub, Ebensburg



St Mary's (5th Ave.): 5 p.m. – Slavjane Dancers, 7 p.m. – YUM Resurrection (4th Ave.): 1 p.m. – Whiskey River Panhandlers, 5:30 p.m. – Michael O'Brian Band VOMA: 12 noon – Mixing Numbers with Sounds, 2 p.m. – Habatat, 4 p.m. – Flower Child, 7 p.m. – KR-3, 9 p.m. – Moon Hooch, 11 p.m. – Fletcher’s Grove (inside Ace’s Lounge) ACRP: 1 p.m. – Full Kilt, 4 p.m. – Dead Irish Blues, 4:30 p.m. – Irish Pretenders, 8 p.m. – Tree Bottle Works: 2 p.m. – Johnstown Concert Ballet, 3 p.m. – Belly dancers, 4 p.m. – Hot Headed Mike and the Half Baked Jazz Band, 8:15 p.m. – Painted by Millions, Grande Halle Holy Cross: 3 p.m. – Tom Katz, 7 p.m. – Swing City

Aces: 2 p.m. – Retro Jam Band, 5 p.m. – Johnstown Classic Rockers, 8:30 p.m. – Wyld Side, 11 p.m. – Fletcher’s Grove

Lights Out, Russell Wilburn and Fuse at Forest Hills Festival, Berwind Wayside Park, St. Michael

The Backyard Rockers at Tipton-Antis Firehall, Tipton (starts 12 noon)

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

Stay Green Benefit at Patton Park, Patton; featuring Craig Fitzpatrick, Tom Skebeck, Chandler & Kenzie, Punk Fiction, Disorganized Crime with Joe Konior, Rik Golden Band acoustic, Jim Zemlock & Bob Gray, and DRT (starts 2 p.m., proceeds help out Home Nursing Agency’s Healing Patch Program)


Emberstitch at Family Pizza, Altoona

Half Tempted at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Giants Of Science at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Skarma Sutra at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Second Edition at Heidelberg Club, Altoona

Locked and Loaded at Catholic War Vets, Altoona

Chrome Hearts at Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg

Raining Blue at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

Rokkandy at Vets Club, Bellwood

Drew Dodson at Dilly’s, Claysburg

Lies Inc., Shadowburn and Arielle Danan at Salsa’s Mexican Grille, Bedford

Kenny Fetterman at Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford

Felix & the Hurricanes at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon



St. Mary's (5th Ave.): 1 p.m. – Rhythm Masters, 5 p.m. – Cajun Norm and the Jam Session Band Resurrection (4th Ave.): 10 a.m. – Polka Mass with Rosie and the Jammers, 12 noon – The Cash Review, 4 p.m. – Fuse VOMA: 12 noon – The Nick Miller Project, 2 p.m. – Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, 4 p.m. – Supper Break String Band, 5 p.m. – Angry Johnny Stangry & His CRS Band, 7 p.m. – Izzy & Company, 9 p.m. – Aliver Hall ACRP: 1 p.m. – Dead Irish Blues, 1:30 p.m. – Irish Pretenders, 6 p.m. – Tree Holy Cross: 2 p.m. – PA Express

Aces: 2 p.m. – Rhinelanders, 7 p.m. – Stone Bridge Blues Band

The Sharptones, Hard Rock Coco & Joe and Three Of Hearts at Forest Hills Festival, Berwind Wayside Park, St. Michael

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

Frontline YouthFest presents 7Eventh Time Down at Delgrosso’s Amusement Park, Tipton (starts 3 p.m., free admission)


Frontline YouthFest presents Building 429 at Delgrosso’s Amusement Park, Tipton (starts 3 p.m., free admission)

Parmalee at Cambria County Fair, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Drew Dodson at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Acoustic Stew at Andy’s Bar & Grill, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

R2B2 at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg


The Backyard Rockers at Blair County Game, Fish & Forestry Association (formerly Riggles Gap Sportsmen’s Club) (Ox Roast event, starts 1 p.m.)

Allon, Rosie & the Jammers and Johnstown Button Box Polka Group at Forest Hills Festival, Berwind Wayside Park, St. Michael


Open Mic Night at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)


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.)


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

Ty Ayers at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona


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

Carousel, Cruces, Black Sun and It Is Written at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Full Kilt at Molly Maguire’s, Altoona

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

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Dan Vavrek of YUM, performing outside St. Mary's Church Pavilion during last year's Cambria City Ethnic Festival in Johnstown. YUM will again host the street party outside St. Mary's on Friday and Saturday night.


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