Huntingdon Mayfest and A Show for the Dogs This Weekend!

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

As live music continues to venture back outdoors with warmer temperatures, another of the first area spring festivals returns on Saturday in downtown Huntingdon. The 15th annual Mayfest celebration will take place along a five-block area of Washington Street, featuring an assortment of displays, food and other vendors, children’s activities and lots of live music. (See the listing below for the event’s complete musical itinerary.) And keeping with past tradition, each block will spotlight a historical time period with decorations and period costumes. Mayfest runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.

And McGarvey’s will host a special fundraiser on Friday night to raise awareness and funds to help a local dog rescue organization. “Eleana’s A Darrah Bull Birthday Bash” will raise money and awareness for A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue, a Blair County-based non-profit organization dedicated to caring for homeless dogs in the area through providing foster care until permanent loving homes can be found for them. The event starts at 8 p.m., and will feature performances by three bands: State College’s Same Old Haunt, Altoona’s Jean Claude Trans-Am and Maryland indie-rock duo SuperMotorcycle. Donation at the door is $10 per person, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue.

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.


Casey Gray & Tyler Shultz at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 8:30 p.m.)

“A Darrah Bull Birthday Bash” at McGarvey’s, Altoona; featuring Same Old Haunt, Jean Claude Trans-Am and DoubleMotorcycle (starts 8 p.m., $10 donation per person, proceeds benefit A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue)

Lauren & Joe at UVA Club, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Happy Hour (Sarah Mellott & Tom Fix) at Altoona Grand Hotel, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Back In The Day at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Hair Force One (acoustic) at The Dog House, Bellwood (starts 9 p.m.)

Midnight Cowboys at Woodbury Community Building, Woodbury (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Raining Blue at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Ed N’Born at Loretto Pub & Grill, Loretto (starts 10 p.m.)


Mayfest, downtown Huntingdon (free admission):

– Colonial Times Stage: 9 a.m. – Derek Heidel, 11 a.m. – Dylan Miller, 1 p.m. – Nick Miller Project, 3 p.m. – Vinyl Stripes

– Back to the 50s Stage: 9 a.m. – The Sharptones, 1 p.m. – Dan & Galla

– Victorian Era Stage: 49th Infantry Band (all day)

– Stone Town Cafe & Gallery: 10 a.m. – Phil Sukenik, 11:30 a.m. – Flipside w/Grace & Rhonda, 1:30 p.m. – Anita Roseborough

– Woodstock Stage: 9 a.m. – Backyard Rockers, 11 a.m. – Reboot, 2 p.m. – Hawestone, 4 p.m. – Force Of Habit, 6 p.m. – Backlash

– Renaissance Faire Stage: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Full Kilt


The Dillons at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

SamarA, Darkness On The Radio and Deadside at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Vision to None at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Jud Bussard at Holiday Bowl (Strike Zone Bar & Grill), Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

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

Rokkandy at Juniata VFW, Altoona (Benefit to Fight Cancer, starts 9 p.m.)

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

Urban Myth at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

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

Ed N’Born at Argonne Cafe, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Matt Otis & the Sound at Fort Bedford Museum, Bedford (starts 7 p.m.)

Fully Loaded at R & J’s Tavern, Bedford (starts 8 p.m.)

Facedown 1 at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Night Train at Patton VFW, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Rust at Hastings VFW, Hastings (starts 9 p.m.)

Hotwax at Tre Ragazzi, Cresson (starts 9 p.m.)

Krazy Kat Daddies at Portage Italian Club, Portage (starts 9 p.m.)

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

Zero Tolerance at Lithuanian Club, Osceola Mills (starts 9:30 p.m.)


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

The Band OZ at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

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


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


Crossfire at Heidelberg Country Club, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

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


Open Stage Night at Greenbean Coffee House, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Greg Burley at McGarvey’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.


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