Fall Fests’ Last Gasps and Halloween Around the Corner!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, Oct. 20 through Thursday, Oct. 26.

With colder fall temperatures starting to arrive, outdoor fall festival season is winding down, with a few more festival events taking place this weekend. And the first Halloween-themed events start to appear this weekend as well.

Morrisons Cove Memorial Park in Martinsburg will host their Fall Festival event on Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., featuring vendors, food, children’s activities, and live music from Felix & the Hurricanes beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is free.

For a short roadtrip, Akersville – situated in Fulton County just southeast of Breezewood – presents their third annual Fall Festival on Friday and Saturday afternoons. This festival will present a variety of arts and crafts vendors, food, children’s activities and live acoustic music both days. Admission to the festival is free, and proceeds benefit the restoration of the Akersville Community Church and Schoolhouse.

Music fans can initiate their 2017 Halloween costumes at a few events this weekend, including Friday evening’s “Red, White & Boo” benefit at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The event supports Squad 41 of the Armed Forces Mothers, who support active duty military members and their families. The event will feature a pasta dinner, prizes, and live music from Felix & the Hurricanes. Tickets are $20 per person.

The Anvil in Altoona presents a Punk Rock Halloween Show on Saturday evening, with six bands taking the stage. Among the bands are Brooklyn, New York’s Fat Heaven, Pittsburgh’s Dissidente, Frederick, MD’s Double Motorcycle, plus Altoona punk-rocking favorites X’s For Eyes, The Cassettes and State College’s Owned By A**holes. The show starts at 5:30 p.m., and admission is $5 per person.

For outdoor shows, in the event of inclement weather, please call or use social media to check ahead to 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.


Akersville Fall Festival, Akersville; featuring Vernon Clingerman and Colt Jenkins (free admission)


Brother Jack’s Lost Cause at Oak Spring Winery, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)

“Red, White & Boo” Benefit at The Casino, Altoona; featuring Felix & the Hurricans (proceeds support the initiatives of Squad 41 of the Armed Forces Mothers, starts 8 p.m., admission $20 includes music and pasta dinner)

Fyre, Echoes Never Lie and Black Sun at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

The McCaulley Project at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Flight 19 (unplugged) at The Dog House, Bellwood (starts 9 p.m.)

Greg Burley at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

No Angels at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

Bone Jacked at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Matt Pletcher at Olde Keg Bar & Grill, Portage (starts 9 p.m.)

Rokkandy at Philipsburg American Legion, Philipsburg (starts 9 p.m.)


Felix & the Hurricanes at Morrison’s Cove Memorial Park Fall Festival, Martinsburg (starts 4 p.m.)

Akersville Fall Festival, Akersville; featuring Colt Jenkins (free admission)


Punk Rock Halloween Show at The Anvil, Altoona; featuring Fat Heaven, Dissidente, Double Motorcycle, X’s For Eyes, Owned By A–holes and The Cassettes (all ages, starts 5:30 p.m., $5 admission)

Down to the Wire at Brookmere Wine Bar, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Agent Smith at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 8:30 p.m.)

Flight 19 at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)

100 Proof at Unter Uns, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

A Band Called Tomorrow at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Bone Jacked at Tyrone American Legion, Tyrone (starts 9 p.m.)

Stormy at Argonne Cafe, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Backlash at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

57 South at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell (starts 10 p.m.)

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

Matt Burns at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

The Boomers at Portage Italian Club, Portage (starts 10 p.m.)

Asbury Lane at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Rewind at The Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 10 p.m.)

SUNDAY 10/22:

4th Sunday Uke Jam and Open Mic at Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, Hollidaysburg (starts 2 p.m., free admission)

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


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

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

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


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

Open Mic Night at The Boilerhouse, St. Francis University, Loretto (starts 6:30 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.)

Open Mic Night at Olde Keg Bar & Grill, Portage (starts 7 p.m.)


Conner Gilbert at Blairmont Country Club, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Open Stage Night at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Greg Burley at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 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.


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