More Summer Concert Series, Dadcore, Mayhem and Coalport Street Fair This Weekend!
Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, June 14 through Thursday, June 20.
A few more summer concert series make their returns this weekend. The “Summer Sounds Concert Series” reconvenes at downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza on Friday evening, with This Albatross providing the music starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Two more popular summer concert series resume for the season on Sunday: The Central Blair Recreation Commission and Blair County Recreation Board will again sponsor Sunday evening concerts at Valley View Amphitheater; their Free Summer Concert Series kicks off with Rokkandy, and the music begins at 5 p.m. Meanwhile, the Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council presents its first “Music in the Burg” concert of the season at Canal Basin Park on Sunday evening, with area bluegrass favorites Mama Corn performing at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
The 20th annual Coalport Street Fair takes place on Saturday in the heart of Coalport. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature a variety of activities, vendors, a parade at 1 p.m., children’s games and activities, and live music from White Shadow at 11 a.m. and Joe Quick at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Dads who like a little punk rock in their routine can ring in Father’s Day on Saturday night at McGarvey’s, during the first Father’s Day Extravaganza. Hosted and headlined by local “dadcore” rockers The Snipped (whose four members are all dads), this show will feature music from five bands, plus contests and prizes with a ‘dad’ theme. Besides The Snipped, performers include X’s For Eyes, The Flannels, The New 52 from Pittsburgh and Dave Hates Everything. The music starts at 8 p.m.
Metal music will be the focus of the annual “Mayhem in the Mountains,” happening Saturday afternoon and evening at Eagle Valley Paintball near Tyrone. The music begins at 3 p.m., and will feature local and regional hard rock and metal bands Dilemma, Maul, Fyre, Deadside, Forsaken By Society, Oceans to Ash, Negan and Dragline. Games and overnight camping will be available. The show is all ages, and admission is $10 per person.
Of course, the roar of motorcycle thunder will pick up next weekend with Johnstown’s Thunder in the Valley, Altoona’s Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally and other motorcycle-themed gatherings across the area. To provide a comprehensive listing of the live music events surrounding these festivals, next week’s “Backyard Beats” listing will be posted on Thursday, June 20 (instead of Friday); please submit your live music event information for that weekend and upcoming week (through June 27) by emailing it to email@example.com by 9 a.m. Thursday to make sure it is included in the listing.
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 6/14:
“Summer Sounds Concert Series” with This Albatross at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)
Matt Pletcher at Trianon Bar & Grill, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
Living with Monsters at McGarvey’s, Altoona (Starts 10 p.m.)
Adam D at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)
Rogan Allen at Buccinese Society, Altoona (on the patio, starts 8 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Hotwax at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Eric McCrum at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m.)
Coltt Winter Lepley at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort (starts 6 p.m.)
Blue Train at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)
Pat “Mingo” Lidwell at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)
Jim Zemlock at The Grove, Belsano (starts 9 p.m.)
SATURDAY AFTERNOON 6/15:
Lauren & Joe at Buccinese Society, Altoona (Pig Roast, starts 1 p.m.)
20th Coalport Street Fair, downtown Coalport; featuring White Shadow (11 a.m.) and Joe Quick (2 p.m.) (free admission)
“Mayhem in the Mountains” at Eagle Valley Paintball, Tyrone; featuring Dilemma, Maul, Fyre, Deadside, Forsaken By Society, Oceans to Ash, Negan and Dragline (starts 3 p.m., admission $10 per person)
“Wine in the Woods” with Raining Blue at Royer Mansion, Williamsburg (starts 4 p.m., admission $25 per person)
SATURDAY NIGHT 6/15:
R2B2 at Lakemont Park, Altoona (Tunes & Brews Benefit for Central PA Humane Society, starts 7 p.m.)
Father’s Day Extravaganza at McGarvey’s, Altoona; featuring The Snipped, X’s For Eyes, The Flannels, The New 52 and Dave Hates Everything (starts 8 p.m.)
Bone Jacked at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)
Jampact at Altoona Grand Hotel, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Heidelberg Country Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
The Boomers at Buccinese Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
The Moore Brothers at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Stormy at Argonne Cafe, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)
Inside Out at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg (starts 9:30 p.m.)
Matt Pletcher Trio at Lake Raystown Resort, Entriken (starts 7:30 p.m.)
Reboot at River Billy’s, Huntingdon (starts 9 p.m.)
2nd Street at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)
“Metal vs. Punk II” at Castle Pub, Ebensburg; featuring Darkness On The Radio and Ben Dumm & the East Side Band (starts 10 p.m.)
The Urban Pioneers at The Grove, Belsano (starts 9 p.m.)
SUNDAY NIGHT 6/16:
Rokkandy at Valley View County Park Amphitheater, Altoona (starts 5 p.m.)
“Music in the Burg” with Mama Corn at Canal Basin Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m.; if inclement weather, concert will be held at Hollidaysburg Junior High School Auditorium)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT 6/19:
Open Mic Night at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
THURSDAY NIGHT 6/20:
Fuel and Helter Skelter 67-70 at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
Open Mic Night at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
Conner Gilbert at Joe’s 58th Street Grill & Tavern, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Open Mic with Coltt Winter Lepley at Olde Bedford Brewing Company, Bedford (starts 5:30 p.m.)
(NOTE: More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)
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