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Live Music Moves Back Indoors

November 2, 2013 - Jim Price
As November brings cooler late autumn temperatures and possibly some snow flakes this weekend, the area live music scene moves back indoors for the next few months.

One of this weekend’s show highlights may put area music fans into the spirit of the upcoming holiday season early. The Cresson American Legion is hosting a Toys for Tots benefit concert, dinner and dance on Saturday evening. The doors open at 4:30 p.m., with a dinner served at 5:30. The music begins at 7, with performances from Punk Fiction, The Backyard Rockers, The Lux Republic, Josh Gallagher, the debut performance of Root and the Fifths, Strings Radio and Locked & Loaded. Donation at the door is $6, which includes the dinner, and proceeds go to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program (Ebensburg barracks) to purchase toys for needy area children and families.

For those still into the costuming spirit, at least one more Halloween party remains on Saturday night, Emberstitch’s Halloween bash at Glenn’s Place in Claysburg.

Although the music won’t be outdoor, one more late outdoor fall festival takes place on Sunday afternoon near State College. The Millbrook Marsh Nature Center presents their 11th annual Historic Harvest Festival from 2 to 5 p.m. Included during this event will be children’s activities, snacks and refreshments, access to multiple trails throughout the Millbrook Marsh grounds for autumn leaf and nature hiking, live music by The Backyard Rockers inside the Nature Center’s barn with square dancing afterward. Admission is free. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center is located at 548 Puddintown Road, near the interchange of Routes 322 and 26.

Whether you prefer outdoor or indoor, 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:


The Boomers at Heidelberg Club, Altoona

PennSoulVania (hip hop artists) at 30 Something, Altoona

Hot Wax at Sankertown VFW, Sankertown (Halloween party, starts 9 p.m.)

Bazooka Joe at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Shallow Nine at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort


Toys for Tots Benefit at Cresson American Legion, Cresson; featuring Punk Fiction, Backyard Rockers, Lux Republic, Josh Gallagher, Root & the Fifths and Locked and Loaded (music starts 7 p.m., $6 donation)

The Sitch at Family Pizza, Altoona

The Good Seeds at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Michael O’Brian Band at Zach’s, Altoona

Flight 19 at 4Ds Lounge, Altoona

PennSoulVania (hip-hop artists) at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Emberstitch at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Felix & the Hurricanes at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg

Shallow Nine at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell

Backlash at Petersburg Firehall, Petersburg

One Brick Shy at Magoo’s, Cresson

Flood City Brass at Bishop Carroll Cafetorium, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Ruff Tymes at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Yum at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Against the Grain at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

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


The Backyard Rockers at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, State College (Historic Harvest Festival, starts 2 p.m.)


Left for Dead at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


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


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

Felix & the Hurricanes at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona

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

Tom “Ying” Yannitelli at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)


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

Sheldon Port at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

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

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Locked and Loaded, performing during September's Benefit for Ron Dalansky at Pellegrine's. Locked and Loaded is one of seven bands and artists entertaining at the Toys for Tots benefit at the Cresson American Legion on Saturday night.


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