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Pub Crawlers, Devils, Ukes and Drums!
April 11, 2014 - Jim Price
With the circus in town during this weekend and upcoming week, an appropriate circus of various bands and events punctuates the area’s live music scene as well.
D.D. and the Pub Crawlers launch the weekend under the big top of the Belmar Hotel Friday evening beginning at 6. This group brings a full four-piece horn section and frequently welcomes guests onstage to assist with their vibrant performance of rock, funk, blues, ska, reggae and more. The group will introduce several new songs during this performance. Those planning to attend are advised to reserve their tables at the Belmar for this dinner hour performance, as attendance is usually heavy for this show and available tables will go fast.
Devilishly heavy metal will grace the stage at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s) on Saturday night, as Johnstown-based heavy-rocking specialists 10 Million Devils will headline a three-band bill starting at 10:30 p.m. Featuring three-quarters of former Johnstown metal rockers The Embalmed, 10 Million Devils will showcase their brutal brand of heavy music, topped by the feral vocal delivery of Jason Straw. Opening the show will be Johnstown-based Irish punk rockers Lucky Lad Green and Altoona-based metalcore group Wreathbearer.
Pellegrine’s will host an all-ages musical circus on Saturday evening, with a wide variety of flavors taking the stage. Several performers from the PennSOULvania soul and hip-hop community will perform, including D-Rad, Chucc Deuce, Money Gang, DuVille and Chet Denny. Acoustic indie/alternative performer Kevo Can’t Dance and State College punk rock favorites The Whatleys will close out the show, which begins at 7 p.m.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective will stage their monthly Second Sunday Ukulele Jam on a Saturday this month. Ukulele enthusiasts are invited to converge at Penn State Altoona’s Slep Center on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. The first half-hour of the jam is geared toward ukulele beginners to teach proper strumming techniques and basic chords, and the assembled musicians will then jam on a series of common tunes for the remainder of the jam. Admission is free, although donations will be accepted to help with costs. All ages and experience levels are welcome.
And the Saint Francis University World Drumming Ensemble will present its spring concert on Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the JFK Student Lounge on the university’s Loretto campus. Directed by Saint Francis music instructor and former Rusted Root drummer Jim Donovan, the Ensemble will perform a variety of hand drum-based music from around the world, including western African, Brazilian and native American drum songs. The performance will include guest appearances by Becky Bickford and Johnstown-based Kulani West African Dance Group. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome to attend.
Support live music every weekend! And if you plan to celebrate while enjoying live music, 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:
Full Kilt at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
D.D. & the Pub Crawlers at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
On The Run at Pellegrine's, Altoona
Kenny Fetterman & Michal Wiles at Salsa's Mexican Grille, Bedford (starts 7 p.m.)
Kevo Can’t Dance and Wentle at Johnny’s Bar, Huntingdon
Second Sunday Ukulele Jam (on Saturday) at Slep Student Center, Penn State Altoona (starts 2 p.m., free admission, beginners welcome)
10 Million Devils, Lucky Lad Green and Wreathbearer at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona
This Albatross at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona
D-Rad, Chucc Deuce, Money Gang, DuVille & Chet Denny, Kevo Can’t Dance and The Whatleys at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (all ages, starts 7 p.m.)
Inside Out (Kyx members) at Family Pizza, Altoona
Shallow Nine at Belmar Hotel, Altoona
Rich Edmundson at Ajay’s, Altoona
Bodacious B at Heidelberg Club, Altoona
Saving Jake at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg
Bazooka Joe at Saxton Sportsmen’s Club, Saxton
Seize Fire at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell
Untyed at Ashville Inn, Ashville
Locked & Loaded at Mountain Top Sportsmen’s Club, Coupon (starts 8 p.m.)
Hemlock House at Magoo’s, Cresson
One Adam 12 at Castle Pub, Ebensburg
Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona
Totem at Cresson American Legion, Cresson (starts 9 p.m.)
St. Francis University World Drumming Ensemble at JFK Student Lounge, St. Francis University, Loretto (starts 7 p.m., free admission)
Ty Ayers at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona
Open Mic/Jam Night at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at 4Ds Lounge (upstairs), Altoona
Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
Michael O’Brian Band at Molly Maguire’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Belmar Hotel, Altoona
“Battle of the Acoustics” at City Hotel, Northern Cambria; featuring Karl Reiger, Joe Konior & Lee Miller, Ground Crew, Alex Clarke, Backyard Rockers, Paul Hoover, Rich Edmundson, Mo Yon (starts 7 p.m.)
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dana Martino of D.D. & the Pub Crawlers, during a February performance at the Belmar Hotel. D.D. & Pub Crawlers entertain the dinner hour audience at the Belmar this Friday evening.