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Bring On 2014!

December 27, 2013 - Jim Price
The end of the year often provides lots of live music events, and such is the case as this weekend and upcoming week as the page turns from 2013 to 2014. Several noteworthy shows punctuate the live music slate over the next several days.

At least two local musician homecomings happen on Saturday. Now calling Nashville her home base, Roaring Spring native Angela Dodson returns to perform at Glenn’s Place. Backed by a band, Dodson will perform songs from her debut CD, “Lonesome Time.” Dodson’s style is traditional country and rockabilly, rooted in the classic sounds of Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Johnny & June Carter Cash. The show begins at 9 p.m., and admission is $5 per person.

Also back in the area this weekend is Altoona native Jimmy Mowery, who cut his teeth on the area all-ages circuit while a member of the band Like A Movie and other groups. Now calling Myrtle Beach, South Carolina his home base, Mowery is in the process of issuing his latest EP. Although the EP is not yet available, Mowery will be performing songs from the disc as part of an all ages bill on Saturday evening at the Archway Center in Altoona. Other performers on the bill include Pittsburgh’s The Composure, The Big Time, On The Run and Westpoint Saints. This show begins at 5 p.m.

As is usually the case, New Year’s Eve, Tuesday night, will be busy with several live music events to ring in 2014. The big show in the Altoona area will be the four-band blast at the Ramada, with Felix & the Hurricanes, Locked and Loaded, Shallow Nine and kBand entertaining throughout the Ramada complex beginning at 9:30 p.m.. Visitors can move about and check out each band during the course of the night. The admission of $25 per person includes the entertainment, party favors, hot dogs and sauerkraut plus champagne toast at midnight. Hotel room packages are available as well.

Of course, if you plan on doing any heavy-duty celebrating this New Year’s holiday weekend, please designate a driver or call a cab. The “Take A Cab, We’ll Pay the Tab” program will again be in effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday night until 3 a.m. Wednesday morning. Those who have had too much to drink may call 947-6805 for a free cab ride home during that time period. This service is sponsored by Edgar Snyder & Associates, WTAJ-TV and Pyramid Healthcare, Inc..

Support live music this weekend and upcoming week, and resolve to support area music in 2014!

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


Greg Burley at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (CANCELLED due to illness)

Terry’s Band at the Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Terrible Minds, Railroad City Murder Machines, Xs for Eyes, Choking Faith and Suicide Switch at Aldo’s, Altoona

Backlash at Petersburg Firehall, Petersburg

Chris Woodward & Shindiggin’ with Eric Husick at Saxton Sportsmen’s Club, Saxton

Hemlock House at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Andy Lubert and Kenny Jubas at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


MS Benefit at 620 Washington Street, Huntingdon; featuring Limb By Limb, Strait & Miller, the Goodnight Revelry, The Company You Keep, Pennsylvania Mike, Anchor End, McKenzie Werdebaugh, Kevo Can’t Dance, Paul Cornelius, Melissa Roll, Gabrielle Green and Peter Caccamo (starts 2 p.m., donation $3)


The Big Time, The Composure, On The Run, Post Season, Jimmy Mowery and Westpoint Saints at Archway Center, Altoona (starts 5 p.m., all ages)

7th Gear at 4Ds Lounge, Altoona

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

Matt Day at Aldo's, Altoona

The Jam at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Hair Force One at 30 Something, Altoona

The Backyard Rockers at Tipton Firehall, Tipton (starts 8 p.m.)

Klockwick and Black Sun at Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg

Angela Dodson at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg (starts 9 p.m.)

The Sitch at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort

Locked and Loaded at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell

Untyed at Magoo’s, Cresson

Felix & the Hurricanes at Iron Horse Cafe, Gallitzin

Driving Sideways at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Octane at Davey’s, Hastings

Jack and the Country Gentlemen at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton

Bite the Bullet at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Beyond the Purge at Castle Pub, Ebensburg


Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Greg Burley at Swiss Club, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes, Locked and Loaded, Shallow Nine and kBand at Ramada, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

The Syrins at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

White Shadow at Bellwood Eagles, Bellwood (starts 9 p.m.)

The Fabulous Flashbacks at the Cassandra Social Hall, Cassandra (starts 9 p.m.)

Punk Fiction at Spanky's, Loretto

G-Street at Sokol Club, Lilly

Hotwax at Oriental Ballroom, Gallitzin

Rattlers at Gallitzin Moose, Gallitzin

hot damn at Magoo’s, Cresson

Bazooka Joe at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg

Ganister at Bedford Moose, Bedford

The Backyard Rockers, Karen Semanek, Mike n' Jackie Reed, Michele Bailey and local comedians at Salsa’s Mexican Grille, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

Backlash at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon


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

Full Kilt at Molly Maguire’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

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Now calling Nashville her home, Roaring Spring native Angela Dodson will perform a special show at Glenn's Place in Claysburg this Saturday evening.


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