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Mini Folk College, Hard Freight Open Mic Online Events!

Here is a listing of Pennsylvania live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, November 6 through Thursday, November 12.

Due to COVID-19-related restrictions, many live music venues across the area are still not able to host performances at this time. The listing below includes both area live public shows and online live-streaming shows; keep checking back, as this listing will be updated as new shows are announced. If you are attending a public show, be aware that seating and admission may be limited due to restrictions, and masks and social distancing may be required. Please respect others’ personal space if they wish to socially distance from others. For online performances, if a “virtual tip jar” situation is available during live streams, please consider tipping these performers, and support them during this time when they cannot earn income playing shows at public venues. Websites for these performers are also listed; please consider purchasing their music digitally or via CD, which is another way to SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC!

With the outdoor live music season now largely in the rear view mirror, some indoor live music happenings are taking place this weekend, especially in several area wineries. Oak Spring Winery in Altoona, Woody Lodge Winery in Ashville and Briar Valley Winery in Bedford each are presenting live music this weekend; see the listing below for further details.

And live music fun is happening online during the next seven days as well. Area folk group Simple Gifts will host a live-streaming Mini Folk College event on Saturday evening. An abbreviated version of Simple Gifts’ annual Folk College live event that usually takes place each spring at Juniata College in Huntingdon, this event will feature a performance from Simple Gifts, as well as a virtual relaxed jam session where participants are welcome to participate. The event takes place on Zoom starting at 6 p.m., and access to the event is free.

And Penn State Altoona presents the Hard Freight Cafe Open Mic event Tuesday evening on Zoom. The event will feature student and faculty performers from Penn State Altoona presenting music, poetry and other creations, and starts at 7 p.m. Access to the Open Mic is free and open to the public. Hard Freight is Penn State Altoona’s literary arts magazine, which is published online once each semester.

FRIDAY 11/6:

PUBLIC SHOW: Friday “Wine Down” with Lauren & Joe at Oak Spring Winery, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Bill Ferrell at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: The Backyard Rockers at Briar Valley Winery, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

Brother Jack’s Lost Cause Live Stream (Facebook, starts 8 a.m.)

Berks County Quarantine Open Mic (various performers) (Facebook, starts 5 p.m.)

Norman Nardini Live Stream (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)

(Website: www.normannardini.com)

William Rose & Friends Live Stream (Facebook, starts 8 p.m.)

(Website: www.thewilliamrose.com)

SATURDAY 11/7:

PUBLIC SHOW: Ron “The Music Man” Balestino at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 2 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Washington Slept Here at Briar Valley Winery, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: 100 Proof at Drake’s (formerly RiverBilly’s), Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Hannah Bingman at Standing Stone Coffee Company, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

Berks County Quarantine Open Mic (various performers) (Facebook, starts 5 p.m.)

Mini Folk College with Simple Gifts (Zoom, starts 6 p.m.)

Jack Servello live stream (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)

Saturday Night Livestream with Kelly and Mark of Biscuit Jam (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)

SUNDAY 11/8:

(no events announced)

MONDAY 11/9:

Brother Jack’s Lost Cause Live Stream (Facebook, starts 8 a.m.)

Dave Distefano Live @ 3:10 (Facebook, starts 3:10 p.m.)

TUESDAY 11/10:

Dave Distefano Live @ 3:10 (Facebook, starts 3:10 p.m.)

Penn State Altoona presents Hard Freight Cafe Open Mic Event (Zoom, starts 7 p.m., enter the ID number 9785091140 to join)

(Website: https://altoona.psu.edu/academics/bachelors-degrees/english/hard-freight-literary-magazine)

Chad Patterson Live on Facebook (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY 11/11:

Brother Jack’s Lost Cause Live Stream (Facebook, starts 8 a.m.)

Dave Distefano Live @ 3:10 (Facebook, starts 3:10 p.m.)

“Car-Tunes” with Charlie Barath Facebook Live Stream (Facebook, starts 6 p.m.)

(Website: www.reverbnation.com/charliebarath)

THURSDAY 11/12:

Dave Distefano Live @ 3:10 (Facebook, starts 3:10 p.m.)

Berks County Quarantine Open Mic (various performers) (Facebook, starts 5 p.m.)

Bob Helbig Live Stream (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)

Blues Society of Central PA Virtual Blues Jam (starts 7 p.m. at www.bscpblues.com)

(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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