Pints For Pets, Book Festival, BulletBoys Coming to Town!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, May 11 through Thursday, May 17.

Among the most noteworthy live music events this weekend is the 11th annual Pints For Pets Brewfest, taking place on Saturday at People’s Natural Gas Field. Per tradition, the Brewfest takes place over two sessions; the afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m., and the evening session from 6 to 9 p.m. Multiple brewers and craft beer artisans will present tasty brews for sampling during each session. Live music is again part of Pints for Pets, with Tree and Walkney performing during Session One, The Chrome Hearts and Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band during Session Two, and acoustic performers Lauren & Joe entertaining during the special VIP session between the two public sessions. All proceeds from the event benefit the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society. For tickets and other information, visit the website www.pintsforpets.com.

If reading is more your thing, ArtsAltoona presents the inaugural Greater Altoona Area Book Festival on Saturday at the Altoona Area Public Library. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature some 50 different authors showcasing their creations, along with food and refreshments, and acoustic live music outside throughout the day. (See the listing below for the event’s live music schedule.) Admission is free. For more information, visit the website www.altoonabookfest.com.

Fresh off presenting national recording group Saving Abel on Thursday night, McGarvey’s continues to bring in touring national recording names during the coming week. For punk rock connoisseurs, San Diego-based punk rockers Some Kind of Nightmare headline a three-band bill on Monday evening starting at 7 p.m. Opening the show will be Tulsa’s Gutter Villain and local punk rockers Lose The Name. And 1980s hair-band rockers The BulletBoys – creators of the MTV “Headbangers Ball” favorite “Smooth Up In Ya” and their heavy-rocking update of the O’Jays’ “For the Love of Money” – will visit McGarvey’s stage on Wednesday night. Singer Marq Torien remains the lone founding member in the group’s current edition. Opening the show will be Chicago rockers 20 Spot and local heavy-rocking favorites Fyre. The show begins at 7 p.m.

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.

FRIDAY NIGHT 5/11:

Happy Hour (Sarah Mellott & Tom Fix) at Altoona Grand Hotel, Altoona (starts 5 p.m.)

Greg Burley at Swiss Club, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

3 of Hearts at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Eric McCrum at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Giants of Science at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

Dylan E. Miller at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

Kent Martin at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

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

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

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

SATURDAY 5/12:

“Pints for Pets” Brewfest at People’s Natural Gas Field, Altoona (proceeds benefit Central PA Humane Society):

– Session One (1-4 p.m.): Tree and Walkney

– Session Two (6-9 p.m.): The Chrome Hearts and Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band

– VIP Session (5-6 p.m.): Lauren & Joe

Greater Altoona Area Book Festival at Altoona Area Public Library, Altoona; featuring Julie Nevel (10 a.m.), Todd Hill (10:40 a.m.), Dee Hartman (11:20 a.m.), Charlie McClanahan (12 noon), Brian Cupples (12:40 p.m.), Rue Moyer (1:20 p.m.), Chet Denny (2 p.m.), Maggie Park (2:40 p.m.) and Ed N’Born (3:20 p.m.) (free admission)

SATURDAY NIGHT 5/12:

Greg Burley at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Owned By A-holes, The Snipped and Dave Hates Everything at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Giants Of Science at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)

100 Proof at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

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

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

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

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

Blind Liver at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

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

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

Urban Myth at Sunshine Inn, Coalport (starts 10 p.m.)

SUNDAY AFTERNOON 5/13:

Altoona West African Drum Circle at Mission Central HUB (19th St. and 9th Ave.), Altoona (starts 4 p.m.)

SUNDAY NIGHT 5/13:

Eric Delozier 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.)

MONDAY NIGHT 5/14

Some Kind of Nightmare, Gutter Villain and Lose the Name at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

TUESDAY NIGHT 5/15:

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.)

The Jerry Carnicella Band at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT 5/16:

The BulletBoys, 20 Spot and Fyre at McGarvey’s, Altoona

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

Felix & the Hurricanes at Patton VFW, Patton (starts 7 p.m.)

THURSDAY NIGHT 5/17:

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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