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Earth Day and Big Drums!

April 18, 2014 - Jim Price
Penn State Altoona will provide some live music highlights during the upcoming week.

The campus’ Eco Action organization will celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday with a day-long slate of events, including live music. Earth Day activities start at 11 a.m. centered around the Slep Student Center, and will include games and activities, informational displays from campus organizations and area environmental organizations, food and refreshments including bike blender smoothies (smoothies made by a blender powered by bicycle-generated energy), crafts, a rock-climbing wall, and dogs from the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society. Music throughout the day will be provided by the Penn State Altoona Ukulele Club, the Backyard Rockers, Rich Edmundson and Nobody’s Heroes. Earth Day is open to the public, and admission is free.

Two days later, Thursday, drums will thunder outside the Slep Student Center as the Taikoza Drum Ensemble brings Japanese drum and dance to the Penn State Altoona campus starting at 12 noon. The New York-based ensemble will bring large Japanese Taiko drums and bamboo flutes, as well as colorful costumes, constant movement and action. The Ensemble has been featured on ESPN, NBC, History Channel and international television as well. In the event of rain, the performance would be moved inside the Slep Center. Admission to this event is free.

Musical action is plentiful on the nighttime stages as well. Area favorite Flight 19 is onstage Friday night, and Shallow Nine, This Albatross, Half Tempted, Zupe and Felix & the Hurricanes are all in action locally on Saturday night. Fans of doom-flavored heavy metal of the Black Sabbath variety can check out the double-bill of Pittsburgh’s Supervoid and Altoona’s Black Sun at McGarvey’s on Saturday night. And for those wanting to get their ‘urban cowboy’ on, Glenn’s Place in Claysburg presents the mechanical bull on Saturday night, with musical accompaniment and entertainment provided by Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin.’

Northern Cambria’s City Hotel welcomes Pittsburgh classic rock/blues band Oakleaf on Saturday night. Oakleaf first formed in 1972 while the members attended college, but the members split soon after graduation to start careers and families. Two years ago, the group reunited for a special one-off performance, and decided they wanted to stay together and continue playing. Oakleaf will perform a selection of classic rock and modern blues, including numbers by Humble Pie, The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Skynyrd, Savoy Brown, Wishbone Ash and more. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.

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:


Root and the Fifths and New Trick at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

This Albatross at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Flight 19 at 4Ds Lounge

Shallow Nine at Sokols Club, Lilly

The Sitch at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon


Supervoid and Black Sun at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

Shallow Nine at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Zupe at Family Pizza, Altoona

This Albatross at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Half Tempted at Shaw’s, Altoona

The Runaways at Heidelberg Club, Altoona

Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin’ at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

One Brick Shy at Williamsburg Legion, Williamsburg

Backlash at Mount Union VFW, Mount Union

Felix & the Hurricanes at Magoo’s, Cresson

Locked and Loaded at Gallitzin Moose, Gallitzin

Punk Fiction at Spanky’s, Loretto

Oakleaf at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Earth Day at Penn State Altoona; featuring the Backyard Rockers, Penn State Altoona Ukulele Club, Rich Edmundson and Nobody’s Heroes (starts 11 a.m., free admission)


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


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


Taikoza Drum Ensemble at Penn State Altoona (near reflecting pond, starts 12 noon, free admission)


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

Borrowed Time at Bad Boyz Bistro, Bedford (starts 7 p.m.)

Dunnings Creek at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

“Battle of the Acoustics” at City Hotel, Northern Cambria; featuring Robert & Jerru, Solegion acoustic, Chandler Weaver & Kenzie Blake, Jim Zemlock, Paul Hoover, John Smith and The Mother Nature Conspiracy (starts 7 p.m.)

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

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Chris Lawson of Nobody's Heroes, performing during November's Patched Together Benefit concert at the Bavarian Hall. Nobody's Heroes will bring their punk-infused Americana sounds to Penn State Altoona's Earth Day celebration on Tuesday.


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