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Festival Frenzy!

August 9, 2013 - Jim Price
More festivals and special events continue to punctuate the late summer live music slate, with several happening this weekend.

The wilds of southern Bedford County come alive with music this weekend with the annual Wills Mountain Festival. From Friday through Sunday, 39 different bands and artists will perform on two stages, and play a wide variety of music; spanning folk and bluegrass to funk, jam music and rock. The event takes place at the base of Wills Mountain, at Fort Royale Farm. The music begins at 11 a.m. each day. Tickets are available for the weekend at $75 at the gate. For Sunday’s bluegrass-themed day, tickets at the gate will be $25.

Also taking place this year is the annual Portage Summerfest at Crichton-McCormick Park. Again happening in the second weekend of August, Summerfest will feature food, refreshments, children’s activities, arts and crafts, and live music from Friday night through Sunday afternoon. Some of the weekend’s musical highlights include Neil Diamond impersonator Tom Sadge on Saturday evening, and The Conniptions with Johnny Angel & the Halos on Sunday night. Fireworks will also take place on Saturday evening.

Altoona outdoor stages will be busy this weekend as well. State College-based jazz group Quintessence will perform at Heritage Plaza on Friday evening in the latest installment of the Summer Sounds Concert Series. The festivities begin at 6 p.m., and admission is free.

The Alive @ Five Summer Concert Series at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum concludes on Saturday night with the annual series appearance by Pittsburgh favorites The Clarks, with local country favorites Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs opening. The Clarks are expected to preview material from their forthcoming new studio album, "Feathers & Bones." The music begins at 6 p.m.

And free concerts wrap up the weekend on Sunday evening at Altoona’s Valley View County Park and Hollidaysburg’s Canal Basin Park. Your Dad’s Friends perform their wide variety of vintage rock’n’roll from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s on the Valley View Park stage beginning at 6 p.m. Fresh off of performing at Bethlehem’s prestigious Musikfest, the Daisy Jug Band will perform a mix of Americana and popular rock’n’roll sounds at Canal Basin Park starting at 6 p.m.

There are lots of performers and shows to check out, so support live music this weekend and upcoming week! And if you plan to celebrate heavily while doing so, please designate a driver or call a cab!

Here is a full listing for live music on area stages this weekend and the coming week:


Wills Mountain Festival at Fort Royale Farm, Wills Mountain, Bedford County; featuring Tyler Eversole, Bears on Bikes, Hannah Bingman, J.C. Wheaton, Washington Slept Here, Andrew McKnight, Borrowed Time, Matt Otis and the Sound, Preach Freedom and Connect, Pat Watson, Voodoo Fix, Megan Jean and the KFB, Yarn, Mixing Numbers with Sounds, and Walker’s Bluegrass Rangers (starts 11 a.m.)


Summer Sounds Concert Series with Quintessence at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)

Portage Summerfest at Crichton-McCormick Park, Portage; featuring One For The Road and Flood City Brass

Force Of Habit at Huntingdon County Fair, Huntingdon

Ground Crew at Trianon, Altoona (starts 9:30 p.m.)

NailDriver and Black Sun at Aldo’s, Altoona

White Shadow at Newburg Firehall, Altoona

Backlash at Petersburg Firehall, Petersburg


Portage Summerfest at Crichton-McCormick Park, Portage; featuring Denise Baldwin, Christ Apostolic Church Group, Ray Owen, Old Skool and Tom Sadge (Neil Diamond Impersonator)

Wills Mountain Festival at Fort Royale Farm, Wills Mountain, Bedford County; featuring Red Clover Ghost, Kendy Gable, Chris Volpe, Washington Slept Here, the Bumper Jacksons, Mixing Numbers with Sounds, Jon Felton and his Soulmobile, The Black Lilies, Drumplay, Ben Sollee, Megan Jean and the KFB, Dangermuffin, the Tonehounds, Funktion, Mysterytrain and Grand Ole Ditch (starts 11 a.m.)

Jim Mosey at Beach Concession, Canoe Creek State Park (starts 2 p.m., free admission)


Alive @ Five Concert Series at Railroaders Museum, Altoona; featuring The Clarks and Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs (starts 6 p.m.)

The House Band at Family Pizza, Altoona

7th Gear at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Felix & the Hurricanes at Claysburg Community Days, Claysburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Locked & Loaded and Strings Radio at Wyld Syde Saloon (former Mug Shotz), Gallitzin

Emberstitch at Magoo’s, Cresson

Nobody’s Heroes and Ben Dumm & the Deviants at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

PT Cruiser at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

One Adam 12 at Liberty Café, Nanty Glo

The Hawks Blues Band at Place of the Rocks Roadhouse, Grampian

Dakota at Schellsburg VFW Picnic, Schellsburg (starts 6 p.m., members and guests)


Portage Summerfest at Crichton-McCormick Park, Portage; featuring The Hallmarks, Ray Owen, Tree, Phil McCaulley (Elvis impersonator), Jim Koban, The Conniptions and Johnny Angel & The Halos

Wills Mountain Festival at Fort Royale Farm, Wills Mountain, Bedford County; featuring Striped Maple Hollow, Coal Mountain Ramblers, The New Edition, Frost Mountain Revival, Revised Edition, Mama Corn, Mountain Therapy, Driftwood, Stewed Mulligan and Cabinet (starts 11 a.m.)

The Country Travelers at Beach Concession, Canoe Creek State Park (starts 2 p.m., free admission)

Phil Baskin at Baker Mansion (lawn), Altoona (starts 2 p.m., free admission)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Mad Hatters, St. Boniface (starts 4 p.m.)


Your Dad’s Friends at Valley View County Park, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)

Daisy Jug Band at Canal Basin Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Ty Ayers (acoustic) at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona


A.X.E. at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

Jack and the Country Gentlemen at Clair’s Ashville Inn, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

Wertz & Pletcher at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona

Open Mic/Jam Night at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)


Felix & the Hurricanes at Legion Park Wing Festival, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Downtown Live! Concert Series with Shallow 9 on the Diamond, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Triple Threat at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Partners in Crime at Bad Boyz Bistro, Bedford (starts 9 p.m.)

Conner Gilbert at Zach’s, Altoona

(More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)

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Scott Blasey of The Clarks, during the group's appearance last year at the Railroaders Museum. The Pittsburgh group will conclude the Alive @ Five Summer Concert Series this Saturday night at the Railroaders Museum.


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