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We Care Blues & Brews, Roundhouse Rally and a Singing Hot Dog!

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

With the recent easing of some COVID-19-related restrictions, more live music venues across the area are beginning to host some performances. 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 remaining COVID-19 restrictions, and masks and social distancing may be required. Please be responsible, and respect others’ personal space if they wish to socially distance from other people.

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!

Live music continues its comeback post COVID-19, with more indoor venues resuming live music and more outdoor events entering the calendar as spring temperatures continue to heat up.

One outdoor highlight this weekend is the 8th annual We Care Foundation Blues & Brews event on Saturday afternoon at Lakemont Park’s C2 Trolley House. The event kicks off at 3 p.m., and will feature beer tastings from more than 50 breweries, wine tasting, a light food menu, and live music from Asbury Lane and Miss Melanie. Tickets are $40 per person (over-21 only), and proceeds benefit the We Care Foundation, which provides financial support for outpatient occupational, physical and speech therapy services for children from birth to age 21.

Entering the radar is the start of the new season for the PA Roundhouse Rally Concert Series, which happens over five weekends throughout the spring and summer season at Roundhouse Harley-Davidson between Altoona and Duncansville. The first concert weekend commences on Thursday evening with Hair Force One bringing their “headbangers ball” to the stage starting at 8 p.m. Felix & the Hurricanes and Shallow 9 both play next Friday, and Matt Pletcher and Guns N’Roses tribute group Get Your Guns perform next Saturday, along with the Bacon & Bourbon Fest to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Admission fee for the weekend is $15 per person.

And for something completely different…Your opportunity to enjoy live music performed by a hot dog takes place Wednesday evening at the Burger Hut between Buckhorn and Ashville. Recently the subject of a feature story in the Altoona Mirror, longtime area musician Tom Brunner brings his latest solo performance incarnation – Hot Dog Boy – to Burger Hut for a two-hour performance starting at 5 p.m. Decked in hot dog regalia (including bun and mustard), Hot Dog Boy will perform his selection of original songs and maybe a few of his takes on other song favorites. Admission is free.

FRIDAY 5/21:

PUBLIC SHOW: Bad Luck Lover Boys at Olde Bedford Brewing Company, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Harley Kuhn at Bella Terra Vineyard, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

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

PUBLIC SHOW: Coltt Winter Lepley at ReKlaimed Vines, Huntingdon (outdoor, starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Grace Fala at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery, Huntingdon (outdoor, starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Pure Cane Sugar at 814 Cider Works (J.L. Farm & Cidery), State College (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Jazz Trip at Harrigan’s Cafe & Wine Deck, Johnstown (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Stay Tuned at Woodside Bar & Grill, Johnstown (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Coffee House with Who We Are at Champion Life Church, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: SamarA, The Heathen Parade and Off The Top Rope at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Lauren & Joe at Heroes Tavern, Nanty Glo (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: The Frick Brothers at Trixie’s Pub, Johnstown (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Rosie & the Jammers at B&L Wine Cellar, Johnstown (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Long Road Home at The Break Room, Twin Rocks (starts 7:30 p.m.)

PUBLIC EVENT: “Stonycreek Whitewater Rendezvous” with Shiva Skydriver at Greenhouse Park, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Undercover at The Freight Station, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Fail at Slammin’ Sams, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Who’s Your Daddy at Southmont Gardens, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Russ Wilburn at Solomon Run Firemen’s Club, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Biscuit Jam at The Bar, Boalsburg (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Washington Slept Here at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Freedom Rocks at Patton Eagles, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Silver Screen at Dunlo Slovak Club, Dunlo (starts 10 p.m.)

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

ONLINE: The Norman Nardini Show w/guest Larry Siefers (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)

(Website: www.normannardini.com)

ONLINE: Ted McCloskey & the Hi-Fi’s live stream (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)

ONLINE: Central PA Music Hall Of Fame Presents: Shea Quinn & Guests live stream (Facebook, starts 8 p.m.)

SATURDAY 5/22:

PUBLIC EVENT: Ashville VFW Picnic & Membership Drive with Stacy & the Rejects and Felix & the Hurricanes at Ashville VFW Park, Ashville (starts 1 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Southbound at Gigi’s Southern Table, State College (starts 1 p.m.)

PUBLIC EVENT: “Christian Rock & Revival” with Momentum Worship, On the Mend, Revealed, Not Ashamed and Cornerstone Worship at Wagon Wheel Amphitheater, Philipsburg (starts 2 p.m.)

PUBLIC EVENT: “We Care Blues and Brews” with Asbury Lane and Miss Melanie at Lakemont Park (C2 Trolley House), Altoona (starts 3 p.m., tickets $40/person)

PUBLIC SHOW: Mellissa Vella & Rick Ramsey at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 5 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Donny Burns & Nicholas Stahlman at Lithuanian Club, Osceola Mills (starts 5 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Matt Wagner at Tavern 27 (Park Hills Country Club), Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Brother Jack at ReKlaimed Vines, East Freedom (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Playing for Pennies at Bella Terra Vineyard, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Coltt Winter Lepley at Olde Bedford Brewing Company, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Russ Wilburn at Woodside Bar & Grill, Johnstown (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Biscuit Jam at 814 Cider Works (J.L. Farm & Cidery), State College (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: John “JT Blues” Thompson at Happy Valley Brewing Company (patio), State College (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Conner Gilbert at Blairmont Club, Hollidaysburg (starts 6:30 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Jae Smith at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Nick Miller at Juniata Brewing Company, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: The Rockin’ Rockers at Old Farmhouse Eatery & Brewery, Bellefonte (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: “Alliday Party” with The Boomers at Conemaugh PNA, East Conemaugh (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Stay Tuned at Stadium Pub, Johnstown (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Jeff Webb & the Delectable Sound at Venue Of Merging Arts (VOMA), Johnstown (outdoor, starts 7:30 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: K4 Kountry at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Bone Jacked at Duncansville VFW, Duncansville (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Downshift at Drake’s Bar & Grill, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Urban Myth at Saxton VFW, Saxton (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Jason Davoli at The Bar, Boalsburg (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Donny Burns (acoustic) at We Are Inn (Lobby Grille), Philipsburg (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Octane at the Freight Station, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Ed N’Born at Shan Nicole’s Irish Pub, Hollidaysburg (starts 8:30 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Buckshot Tea Party at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Freedom Rocks at Rocky’s Tavern, Johnstown (starts 9 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: The 45’s at First Catholic Slovak Band Hall, Johnstown (starts 9 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Mary Jo at Almost Home, Nanty Glo (starts 9 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Metro at The Grove, Strongstown (starts 9 p.m.)

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

ONLINE: Simple Gifts live stream (starts 7 p.m., visit www.simplegiftsmusic.com for Zoom link)

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

ONLINE: Central PA Music Hall Of Fame Presents: Johnny 5 & the Flyin’ Helos live stream (Facebook, starts 8 p.m.)

SUNDAY 5/23:

PUBLIC SHOW: “Wine, Music & Munchies” with Kristi Jean & Her Ne’er Do Wells at University Wine Company, State College (starts 12 noon, band starts 1:30 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Anchor & Arrow at The Villas at Happy Valley, State College (starts 1 p.m.)

PUBLIC EVENT: “Music Fun for Veterans” with Simple Gifts at Crossroads CMA Church, Ebensburg (starts 2 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Midnight Acoustic at Stadium Pub & Grille, Johnstown (starts 2 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: The Boomers at Jim and Jimmies, Johnstown (starts 3 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Stay Tuned at Minersville PNA, Johnstown (starts 4 p.m.)

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

PUBLIC SHOW: Felix & the Hurricanes at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

ONLINE SHOW: John “JT Blues” Thompson live stream (Facebook, starts 8 p.m.)

MONDAY 5/24:

(NO SHOWS ANNOUNCED)

TUESDAY 5/25:

ONLINE: Brother Jack’s Happy Hour Live Stream (Facebook, starts 4 p.m.)

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

WEDNESDAY 5/26:

PUBLIC SHOW: Hot Dog Boy (Tom Brunner) at Burger Hut, Buckhorn (starts 5 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Jam Night with The Frick Brothers at The Break Room, Twin Rocks (starts 7 p.m.)

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

(Website: www.reverbnation.com/charliebarath)

THURSDAY 5/27:

PUBLIC SHOW: PA Roundhouse Rally featuring Hair Force One at Roundhouse Harley-Davidson, Duncansville (starts 8 p.m.)

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

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

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

ONLINE: “Virtually in the Palace (VIP) Experience” with Louis Castle live stream (The Palace Theatre’s and Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s Facebook pages, starts 7 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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