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A Man in Black at the Museum

June 6, 2014 - Jim Price
Among the expected highlights gracing area live music stages this weekend and upcoming week will be a celebration of the “Man in Black,” Johnny Cash.

Altoona’s Railroaders Museum kicks off their “Alive @ Five” summer concert series on Friday evening by presenting Johnstown-based Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash tribute performers Ole 97. With his deep, resonant voice and uncanny resemblance to the Man in Black, Randy Hunter portrays Cash, while Charlene Boldin serves the June Carter role. Ole 97 performs a variety of hits from throughout the Cash catalog, and eagerly honors requests as well. The group also does several original Cash-themed songs, including their popular favorite “Whole Lotta Cash.” Popular area modern country performers Pistol Peg and the Beer Kegs will headline. The gates open at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate.

One of Saturday’s big highlights will be the eighth annual “Day of Rock” benefit concert, taking place at the Saxton Sportsmen’s Pavilion along the Raystown branch of the Juniata River near Saxton. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Easter Seals of Central PA. The music begins at noon with Felix & the Hurricanes, and will continue with performances by the Backyard Rockers, Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin,’ Root and the Fifths, Junkhouse, Naildriver, Shallow Nine, Ganister and The Sitch. Tickets are $20 at the gate, and overnight camping is welcome.

European heavy rock will visit the stage at Pellegrine’s on Saturday night, when Swedish foursome Deville headlines a triple-bill with Black Sun and Klockwick. Formed in 2003, Deville has embarked on their first U.S. tour in support of their latest CD, “Hydra,” which was issued last year. The show begins at 8 p.m., and all ages are welcome. Admission is $5 per person.

Area music fans can get their Irish up on Sunday during the second annual Guinness Irish Festival at People’s Natural Gas Field in Altoona. The event runs from 1 to 6 p.m., and will feature a variety of Irish-themed food and drink, activities for the entire family, plus musical entertainment from area Irish music favorites the Michael O’Brian Band and Full Kilt. Admission is $5 per person; children and under are admitted free.

Hollidaysburg kicks off its outdoor concert season on Thursday night with the first Downtown Live! free concert on the Diamond, beginning at 6 p.m. The new mach edition of Half Tempted will perform. Half Tempted saw limited action in 2013 after group founder, singer and guitarist Ron Dalansky suffered serious injuries in a dirtbike accident. The group underwent some personnel moves during the winter, and now features Dalansky, guitarist/singer Jim Mincin, bassist Jim Ricotta and drummer Shawn Gioiosa.

As always, readers are encouraged to support the wide variety of musical talent gracing area stages every week, and help ensure that such music continues to happen. And if alcohol is involved while enjoying the music, please drink responsibly, get a designated driver or call a cab.

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


Alive @ Five Concert Series with Ole 97 (Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute) and Pistol Peg and the Beer Kegs at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Inside Out (Kyx members) at Cesare Battisti, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Black Ridge at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

Matt Pletcher at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Last Stand at Buccinese Society, Altoona

D.D. and the Pub Crawlers at Bavarian Hall, Altoona

Felix & the Hurricanes at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Mountain City Grass at Claysburg Area Community Park, Claysburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Dave Howsare at Golden Eagle Inn, Bedford (starts 7 p.m.)

Borrowed Time at Briar Valley Winery, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

Second Amendment at Bedford Tavern, Bedford

Punk Fiction at Patton American Legion, Patton


Day Of Rock Benefit at Saxton Sportsmen’s Pavilion, Saxton; featuring Felix & the Hurricanes, the Backyard Rockers, Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin,’ Root and the Fifths, Junkhouse, Naildriver, Shallow Nine, Ganister and The Sitch (starts 12 noon, donation $20 at the gate, proceeds benefit Easter Seals of Central PA)

Real Country featuring Bill Ross, Jr. at Beach Concession, Canoe Creek State Park (starts 2 p.m.)


Backlash at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

This Albatross at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Deville, Black Sun and Klockwick at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Exit 81 at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Half Tempted at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Conner Gilbert at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Sugar Ridge at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Bazooka Joe at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg

Emberstitch at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon

Badge, Chrome Hearts and Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band at Raystown Lake Amphitheater, Hesston (starts at 5 p.m.)

Saving Jake at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell

Seize Fire at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg

Full Kilt at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site (Lemon House), Cresson (starts 8 p.m., free admission)

Punk Fiction at Sankertown VFW, Sankertown


Guinness Irish Festival at People’s Natural Gas Field, Altoona; featuring Michael O’Brian Band and Full Kilt (starts 1 p.m.)

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

Allegheny Ukulele Kollective Second Sunday Jam at Slep Center, Penn State Altoona (starts 2 p.m., open to the public)


Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Open Mic Night at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona


Open Mic Night with the Backyard Rockers at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

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


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


Half Tempted at Downtown Live, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Open Mic/Jam Night at Gigbox Music, Duncansville

Matt Pletcher at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Brian Pavlic at 30 Something, Altoona

Bob Brown at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton

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

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Randy Hunter of Ole 97, performing during the 2011 Cresson Heritage Days Festival. Hunter and the Johnstown-based Johnny and June Carter Cash tribute band help kick off this year's Alive @ Five summer concert series on Friday evening at Altoona's Railroaders Museum.


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