Memorial Day Weekend Live Music!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, May 26 through Thursday, June 2.

The Memorial Day holiday weekend features several noteworthy live music events throughout the region.

An Altoona area music scene all-star cast will bring to life “It Was 50 Years Ago Today,” a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ milestone “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, on Friday evening at the historic Mishler Theatre. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. With musical direction by Rick Wertz, the show will feature performances from Aislinn Feathers, Will Jones, David Misera, Steve Oswalt, Tyne Palazzi, Matt Pletcher, Allegheny Ballet Company, and The Altitude Rock Ensemble. Narration will be provided by Beatles scholar and award-winning author Ken Womack, who wrote the 2007 book “Long and Winding Roads,” a detailed study about the artistry of The Beatles. Tickets are sold out for the event, which is presented by P&J Productions and Altitude Entertainment.

Legends Of Rock Productions will present a celebration of 1970s and 1980s era rock at the Blair County Convention Center on Saturday night. Performing will be several frontmen for prominent bands of that era: Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Jon Elefante (who replaced Steve Walsh as Kansas’ lead singer in the early 1980s), and Kevin Chalfant (one of Steve Perry’s replacements in Journey). The backing band for the three singers will be longtime Pennsylvania rock favorites Hybrid Ice, who back various classic rock singers and musicians annually during their Legends Of Rock Caribbean Cruise. Tickets are $30, $40 and $50 per person, and additional $20 meet and greet passes are available; tickets can be purchased at the Convention Center box office.

One of several towns that lays claim to the birthplace of Memorial Day, Boalsburg will host its annual Memorial Day celebration on Monday, with events happening throughout the town. Live music will be a part of it, with performers taking the stage on the downtown Diamond, at Boal Mansion and elsewhere. See the listing below for more details.

And Hollidaysburg’s Downtown Live! Concert Series will try it again this week. Rainy weather forced the kickoff concert with Felix & the Hurricanes to be postponed until this Thursday evening, starting at 6 p.m. on The Diamond. Admission is free, and attendees are invited to bring chairs.

For outdoor shows, in the event of inclement weather, please call or use social media to check ahead and make sure the show is still taking place, especially if you are driving any distance to attend.

Check out and support the area live music! And if you celebrate heavily while doing so, please designate a sober driver or call a taxi to get you home.


“It Was 50 Years Ago Today” (area music tribute to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s All Star Band album) at Mishler Theatre, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Greg Burley at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 5:30 p.m.)

Matt Burns at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Conner Gilbert at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Krazy Kat Daddies at Chewy’s Pizza, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Zach Wade & the Good Grief and C.Leo Bloomfield at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9:30 p.m.)

The Chrome Hearts at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Bone Jacked at Buccinese Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Moore Brothers at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Fabulous Flashbacks at Allegheny Street Cruise-In, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Matt Wagner at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

From Nowhere at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort (starts 6 p.m.)

Chrysaora at R&J’s Tavern, Bedford (starts 8:30 p.m.)

Chris Woodward & Shindiggin’ at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Asbury Lane at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

2nd Street at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 7 p.m.)

Eric Delozier at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Clay Bowser at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8:30 p.m.)


Rhythm of Fear, DMP, Death Grip and Samara at The Anvil, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

“Legends of Rock Tour” featuring Lou Gramm, Jon Elefante and Kevin Chalfant (all backed by Hybrid Ice) at Blair County Convention Center, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Darkness On The Radio, Acres Of Rust and Hand Of Doom at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

This Albatross at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Annie Morgan at Primanti Bros., Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Giants Of Science at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)

R2B2 at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

The Syrins at Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg (outdoors, starts 6 p.m.)

Lauren & Joe at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso, Hollidaysburg (starts 9 p.m.)

Open Mic Night at McKee Tavern, McKee (starts 7 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Lake Raystown Resort (Deck Party, starts 7:30 p.m.)

Backlash at Lazy Dayz Riverfront Campground, Barree (starts 7 p.m.)

Ron “Music Man” Balestino at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

John & Joan at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Dan Stonerook at Patton Eagles, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)

Krazy Kat Daddies at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Bruce Schettig at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Scott Erickson at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)

Ben Dumm & the East Side Band and The Living Deads at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)

Rapidfire at Coalport VFW, Coalport (starts 9 p.m.)

SUNDAY 5/28:

Altoona West African Drum Circle with Camara Drum & Dance at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 4 p.m., free admission)

Rokkandy at Swiss Club, Altoona (starts 12 noon)

5th Year Anniversary Celebration at Horn O Plenty Restaurant, Bedford; featuring Matt Otis & the Sound, Mixing Numbers with Sounds and Zillion Dollar Combo (starts 12 noon)


The Band OZ at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Marvin at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Swiss Army, The Whatleys, X’s For Eyes, Float and Kevo Can’t Dance at The Anvil, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Kenny Fetterman at Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)


Memorial Day in Boalsburg:

– Boal Mansion: 12 noon – John “JT” Thompson, 2 p.m. – OverheaD

– The Diamond (downtown): 10:30 a.m. – State College Area High School Jazz Band, 12 noon – Little German Band, 1 p.m. – Take Note, 1:30 p.m. – Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, 2:30 p.m. – Rama Lama, 3 p.m. – Urban Fusion

– Heritage Museum: Dan & Galla (starts 2 p.m.)


Open Mic Night 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.)

Jam Night at Magoo’s, Cresson (starts 10 p.m.)


Matt Pletcher Trio at Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg (outside, starts 6 p.m.)

Jam Night at Unter Uns, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Open Mic Night at Joe & Mary’s Tavern, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)


“Downtown Live!” with Felix & the Hurricanes on the Diamond, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m., free admission)

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

Full Kilt at Molly Maguire’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

(NOTE: 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. Deadline to submit information for the initial posting is each Friday morning at 9 a.m.