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Feel the Heat This Weekend!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, February 21 through Thursday, February 27.

Although the weekend weather forecast is not calling for any significant heat wave; chili, soup and live music fans can experience some heat in downtown Bedford on Saturday, as Downtown Bedford, Inc. presents their 7th annual “Feel the Heat” Chili & Soup Cookoff from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Various Bedford area eateries will offer samples of soups and chilis for participants to taste at eight downtown Bedford locations: Bedford Candies, Briar Valley Winery, Founders Crossing, LiFeSTYLE (Next Door), Locality, HeBrews, Oak Spring Winery and Pigeon Hill Studio. Participants can then cast votes for their favorites in several categories. Live music will be offered at most (if not all) of the sampling locations. Confirmed performers as of Friday afternoon include Happy Hour (at Founders Crossing), Chad Patterson (at HeBrews), Dawn (at Locality) and Eric McCrum (at LiFeSTYLE/Next Door). Admission for participants is $20 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.

FRIDAY NIGHT 2/21:

Black Cat Moan at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Crossroads Band at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m., open to the public)

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

Ken Gray at Cesare Battisti Club, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Jae Smith at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort (starts 8 p.m.)

Reboot at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

Ron “Music Man” Balestino at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Matt Burns at Hagen’s Irish Pub, Chest Springs (starts 9 p.m.)

Ed N’Born at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Heroes Tavern, Nanty Glo (starts 9 p.m.)

Oliver Squash at The Break Room, Twin Rocks (starts 9 p.m.)

Lauren & Joe at Osceola Hotel, Osceola Mills (starts 9 p.m.)

SATURDAY AFTERNOON 2/22:

“Feel the Heat” Chili & Soup Cookoff, downtown Bedford (starts 11 a.m.):

– Happy Hour (Sarah Mellott and Tom Fix) at Founders Crossing

– Eric McCrum at LiFeSTYLE (Next Door)

– Chad Patterson at HeBrews Coffee Shop

– Dawn at Locality

SATURDAY NIGHT 2/22:

X’s For Eyes, The Flannels, The Wasted and The New 52 at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

“Fasching 2020” featuring Black Cat Moan at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Steve Summerhill at Cesare Battisti Club, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

White Shadow at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

The Moore Brothers at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Lauren & Joe at Bellwood UVHA, Bellwood (starts 8 p.m.)

The Heartstrings at The Bull Pen, Tyrone (starts 8 p.m.)

Greg Burley at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Crossroads Band at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort (starts 9 p.m.)

Nate Gates with Dr. Chance Bartleby at Olde Bedford Brewing Company, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

Reboot at RiverBilly’s Grill & Bar, Huntingdon (starts 9 p.m.)

The Boomers at Patton VFW, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

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

Acoustic Stew/Full Kettle at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 10 p.m.)

Morgan James & Redawg at Yinz Bar, Cherry Tree (starts 9 p.m.)

SUNDAY NIGHT 2/23:

POPs 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.)

Rick Ramsey at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)

TUESDAY NIGHT 2/25:

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

WEDNESDAY 2/26:

Jam Night at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Jam Night hosted by The Frick Brothers at The Break Room, Twin Rocks (starts 7 p.m.)

THURSDAY NIGHT 2/27:

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 Joe’s 58th Street Tavern, 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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