Blair County Arts Festival Weekend!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, May 18 through Thursday, May 24.

Another temporal marker as spring advances toward summer in this part of the world is the annual Blair County Arts Festival. The 51st edition of this event happens Saturday and Sunday at Penn State Altoona, and promises to be filled with multiple arts and crafts vendors and displays, the ever-popular food court, art exhibits in the campus’ Misciagna Family Center and Slep Student Center, and live arts and music entertainment on four different stages. Dance and theatrical performances will happen inside the Misciagna Family Center’s Wolf Kuhn Theatre, while musical performances will take place on the Misiagna Portico, Pavilion and Food Court stages. See the listing below for the festival’s musical schedule on both days. Admission to the festival is free; a donation for parking will be accepted, which helps fund the festival. The festival happens rain or shine.

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.


American Pinup, Double Motorcycle, The Snipped and Dilemma at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Lauren & Joe at Buccinese Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Felix & the Hurricanes at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Rokkandy at The Dog House, Bellwood (starts 9 p.m.)

Charlie McClanahan & the Traveling Troupe at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Raining Blue at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

Pat “Mingo” Lidwell at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 7 p.m.)

The Boomers at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Bodacious B at Barnesboro VFW, Northern Cambria (starts 9 p.m.)

Ed N’Born at Lake Inn, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)

John Stangry at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)


Blair County Arts Festival, Penn State Altoona (free admission):

– Food Court Stage: 11:45 a.m. – Altoona Community Band, 1:15 p.m. – Ride the Song, 2:45 p.m. – Jay Vonada Jazz Quartet, 4:15 p.m. – Camara Drum & Dance, 5:45 p.m. – Jay Vonada Jazz Quartet, 7:15 p.m. – Michael Christopher

– Misciagna Portico: 12 noon – Stormy, 1:15, 2:30 p.m. – Altoona Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, 3:45 p.m. – Stephen Johnopolos Trio, 5:15 p.m. – Jay Smar, 6:45 p.m. – Paul Imholte

– Pavilion Stage: 12:30 p.m. – Mannerchor, 2 p.m. – Bellwood Community Choir, 3:30 p.m. – Rail City Improv, 5 p.m. – Altoona Area High School Advanced Jazz Band, 6:30 p.m. – Born and the Beanstalk


Steve Oswalt & Dave Villani at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Dragline, Hambone Skinny and Klockwick at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)

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

Lauren & Joe at Trianon Bar & Grille, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

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

KB Express at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Cottonmouth at Bellwood VFW, Bellwood (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Derek Heidel at Shan Nicole’s Irish Pub, Hollidaysburg (starts 10 p.m.)

R2B2 at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

Hitchcock Railway at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

Happy Hour (Sarah Mellott & Tom Fix) at R & J’s Tavern, Bedford (starts 8 p.m.)

KB & the Crew at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Bodacious B at Pleasantville VFW, Pleasantville (starts 9 p.m.)

Bree Gearhart at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Hotwax at Gallitzin IMS, Gallitzin (starts 9 p.m.)

Locked & Loaded at Gallitzin Moose, Gallitzin (starts 9 p.m.)

Jae Smith at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

hotdamn at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

53 South at Sankertown VFW, Sankertown (starts 9 p.m.)

Borrowed at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Joe Quick at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 10 p.m.)

The Chrome Hearts at Coalport Moose, Coalport (starts 8 p.m.)

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


Blair County Arts Festival, Penn State Altoona:

– Food Court Stage: 12:45 p.m. – Altoona Area School District Elementary Jazz Band, 2:15 p.m. – R2B2, 3:45 p.m. – Lucia Valentine, 5:15 p.m. – Altoona Brass Collective

– Misciagna Portico: 12 noon – Dave Villani Trio, 1:15 p.m. – Jay Smar, 2:30, 3:30 p.m. – Howard Mincone, 4:30 p.m. – Paul Imholte

– Pavilion Stage: 12 noon – Altoona Area Junior High Chamber Orchestra, 1:30 p.m. – Hollidaysburg Area High School Rockin’ the Strings, 3 p.m. – Altoona Area Junior High Junior Varsity Jazz Band, 4:30 p.m. – Altoona Area Junior High Varsity Jazz Band & Vocal Ensemble,


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

The Band OZ at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

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


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

“Tuesday Night Therapy” at Bedford Tavern, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)


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

Open Mic Night with Rick Ramsey at Patton Eagles, Patton (starts 8 p.m.)

Kenny Fetterman at Thomas Chevy-Subaru, Bedford (“Meet the Driver Night,” starts 5 p.m.)


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

Open Stage Night at Green Bean Coffee, Altoona (starts 6 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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