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Rockin’ the Yard, Sponge and A Celebration of Life This Weekend!

Here is a listing of area live music and online music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, June 18 through Thursday, June 24.

With the continued easing of COVID-19-related restrictions, more live music venues across the area are hosting 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 at some locations 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!

The inaugural “Rockin’ the Yard” concert series event launches this Friday evening at the Jaffa Shrine Center’s upper parking lot. Established after the discontinuation of the “Alive at Five” concert series at the Railroaders Museum, “Rockin’ the Yard” will present six concert events during the summer season. Kiss tribute group Cold Gin and local openers This Albatross will provide the music for the first concert, which starts at 6 p.m.

Also on Friday night, national recording group Sponge makes their third visit to McGarvey’s in Altoona. Formed in Detroit in 1992, Sponge attained national and international acclaim for songs such as their 1994 hit “Plowed,” their 1995 hit “Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)” and their 1996 hit “Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina).” Opening the show will be Washington, D.C.’s Double Motorcycle and local rockers Jack Squat. The doors open at 6 p.m.

And two events on Saturday will celebrate the life of local musician and singer Steve Shiffler, who lost his life in a work-related accident in late October. The “Celebration of Life for Steven K. Shiffler” will take place at the Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona starting at 2 p.m. This event will feature This Albatross, the band fronted by Steve’s daughter, Autumn Grooves Wagner, along with an onstage reunion of some of Steve’s former bandmates. Steve fronted several popular Altoona area bands over the past four decades; including XL, Not Them Guys, Detour, Legacy and others. Also happening on Saturday will be the “Steven K. Shiffler Musicians Softball Tournament, which kicks off at 12 noon at Altoona’s Garfield Park. Eight softball teams comprised of an assortment of area musicians will take part. Proceeds from the event will help out eight local nonprofit organizations, as well as the Central PA Rec Commission and Kid Careers. There will be music and food vendors at the event.

(Listings in chronological order by event start time)

FRIDAY 6/18:

Krazy Kat Daddies at South Fork Heritage Days, South Fork (Firehall stage, starts 4 p.m.)

Matt Otis at Uncle D’s Sassy Glass Winery, Houtzdale (starts 5 p.m.)

Ma’aM at Elk Creekside, Millheim (starts 5 p.m.)

“Concert at the Lake” with Jill & Leah at Lake Rowena, Ebensburg (starts 5:30 p.m.)

“Friday Flights and Acoustics” with Andy Tolins & Richard Sleigh at Pine Grove Hall, Pine Grove Mills (starts 5:30 p.m.)

“Rockin’ the Yard” with Cold Gin (Kiss Tribute) and This Albatross at Jaffa Shrine Center (upper parking lot), Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Sponge with Double Motorcycle and Jack Squat at McGarvey’s, Altoona (doors open 6 p.m., tickets $15/advance, $20/door)

Jeff Wendle at Lakemont Park (C2 Trolley House), Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Tim Roberts at Bella Terra Vineyard, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Braden McDannell at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

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

John White at ReKlaimed Vines, Huntingdon (outdoor, starts 6 p.m.)

Callie Tomblin at 814 Cider Works (J.L. Farm & Cidery), State College (starts 6 p.m.)

Conner Gilbert at University Wine Co., State College (starts 6 p.m.)

“Summer Acoustic BBQ” with The Silver Linings at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort (music starts 7 p.m.)

“Summer Kickoff Festival” with Diamond Island at Port Matilda Fire Co. 15, Port Matilda (starts 7 p.m.)

Second Street at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 7 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Heroes Tavern, Nanty Glo (starts 7 p.m.)

Walt & Jackie at B & L Wine Cellars, Johnstown (starts 7 p.m.)

Lauren & Joe at Buccinese Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Freedom Rocks at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

The Desperadoes at Southmont Gardens, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

Giants Of Science at the Freight Station, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

The Rockin’ Rockers at The Bar, Boalsburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Full Kilt at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

From Within at Reliance Firemen’s Club, Philipsburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Open Mic Acoustic with Missy & Vinny from The Joyryders at Windber Hotel, Windber (starts 9 p.m.)

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

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

ONLINE: “The Norman Nardini Show” with guest Whitey Cooper (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)

(Website: www.normannardini.com)

ONLINE: State Theatre, State College presents “Streaming from the State” with Chris Rattie & the New Rebels (Facebook and YouTube, starts 7:30 p.m.)

SATURDAY 6/19:

The Extra Miles at Coalport Street Fair, Coalport (starts 10 a.m.)

“Celebration of Life for Steven K. Shiffler” at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona; featuring This Albatross and Steve’s former bandmates (starts 2 p.m.)

“PennCrest Bank Music Fest” at Cresson Lake Playhouse, featuring Bruce Schettig, Walt & Jackie, Two Far Gone and Clay Bowser (starts 4 p.m., tickets $13/advance, $15/gate)

“Beaver Street Wine Festival” with Denny & Ken at Hastings Park, Hastings (starts 4 p.m.)

Full Kilt at South Fork Heritage Days, South Fork (starts 4 p.m.)

Acoustic Express (Jack and Richie Servello) at Slingers Throw House, Altoona (starts 5 p.m.)

Wicked Chicken at Elk Creekside, Millheim (starts 4:30 p.m.)

“Summer Solstice Show” at ArtsAltoona Center, Altoona; featuring Sahayra, Elaini Arthur, Jessica Bella, The Anti-Corn League, Alpha Violet and Skyline Drive (starts 6 p.m., $10 admission)

La Bella Musica at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

Braden McDannell at Bella Terra Vineyard, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Almost Famous at Everett American Legion, Everett (starts 6 p.m.)

Dr. Chance Bartleby & the ?, Neon Hotel, John Peacefire and Wolfgang Moon at Juniata Brewing Co., Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

Bazooka Joe Acoustic at Woodside Bar & Grill, Johnstown (starts 6 p.m.)

Hy-5 at Trixie’s Pub, Johnstown (starts 6 p.m.)

LMJ Acoustics at Brownstown Volunteer Firemen’s Club, Johnstown (starts 6 p.m.)

Anchor & Arrow at 814 Cider Works (J.L. Farm & Cidery), State College (starts 6 p.m.)

CCR Tribute by Second Edition at Wagon Wheel Amphitheater, Philipsburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Biscuit Jam at Governor’s Pub, Bellefonte (on the patio, starts 6 p.m.)

Hops & Vines at Good Intent Cider, Bellefonte (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Mark Syster at the Break Room, Twin Rocks (starts 7 p.m.)

“Summer Kickoff Festival” with Kenton Sitch Band at Port Matilda Fire Co. 15, Port Matilda (starts 7 p.m.)

“Moonstock” with Riff at Moonstock Lane, Port Matilda (starts 7 p.m.)

Lauren & Joe at Catholic War Vets, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Don Aliquo Quartet with Frank Filia at Venue Of Merging Arts (VOMA), Johnstown (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Urban Myth at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Hell Bent at Drake’s Bar & Grill, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

Tyson Reid & the Juniata River Boys at Saxton VFW, Saxton (starts 8 p.m.)

Crush at The Bar, Boalsburg (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Kristi Jean Acoustic Show at Pine Grove Hall, Pine Grove Mills (starts 8 p.m.)

Orange Fire at Slammin’ Sams, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

“Father’s Day Eve Bash” with The Snipped, Suburban Downgrade, The Ben Dumm 3 and Middle Finger (starts 9 p.m.)

Shallow 9 at Woodside Bar & Grill, Johnstown (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Fuse at First Catholic Slovak Band Hall, Johnstown (starts 10 p.m.)

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

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

SUNDAY 6/20:

Altoona Community Band at Baker Mansion (lawn), Altoona (starts 2 p.m.)

“Parking Lot Pig Roast” with Shallow 9 at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 3 p.m.)

Greg Burley at Swiss Club, Altoona (starts 3 p.m.)

“Father’s Day Jam” with Felix & the Hurricanes at Canoe Creek State Park (Jack’s Grub Shack, beach area, starts 4 p.m.)

Bob Hansel at Jim and Jimmies, Johnstown (starts 4 p.m.)

Mark Middleton & Tom Pavic at Tremont Club, Johnstown (starts 4 p.m.)

Dan Becker (5 p.m.) and The Rusty Shackles (6 p.m.) at Roxbury Bandshell, Johnstown

Freedom Rocks at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

“Summer Sounds from the Gazebo” with The Lindy Sisters at Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte (starts 7 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

MONDAY 6/21:

(NO SHOWS ANNOUNCED)

TUESDAY 6/22:

Open Mic with Jason Adams at 3 Dots, State College (starts 5 p.m.)

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

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 6/23:

Conner Gilbert at Boro Coffee Co., Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Jam Night at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

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 6/24:

“Thunder in the Valley, Johnstown:

– People’s Natural Gas Park: 4 p.m. – Jukehouse Bombers, 7 p.m. – Michael Christopher Band, 10 p.m. – Whey Jennings

– Central Park: 11 a.m. – That Oldies Band, 2 p.m. – Krazy Kat Daddies, 5 p.m. – Morley’s Dog Band, 8 p.m. – Felix & the Hurricanes

– Biker Mall: 3:30 p.m. – Tom Katz, 6:30 p.m. – The Desperadoes, 9:30 p.m. – Octane

Conner Gilbert at Buccinese Society, Altoona (Anniversary Weekend celebration, starts 6 p.m.)

Unhurried Ways at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

Fuse at “Wheels & Wings,” downtown Ebensburg (starts 6 p.m.)

53 South at Ebensburg American Legion, Ebensburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Triple F at Jim & Jimmies, Johnstown (starts 6 p.m.)

“PA Roundhouse Rally” with Sourmash at Roundhouse Harley-Davidson, Duncansville (band starts 8 p.m.)

“Bike Fest” with Ruff Tymes at American Legion Fairgrounds, Ebensburg (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.)

(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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