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4th Of July and Festivals!

July 4, 2014 - Jim Price
The 4th of July holiday presents a wide variety of festivals and other live music activities this weekend, including the annual Central PA 4th Fest in State College, a July 4 celebration at Patton Park, the annual Hoo Dang Festival in Carrolltown, a July 5th celebration at the Wagon Wheel Amphitheater in Philipsburg featuring two Chicago-based blues and roots bands, and more.

And Arts Festival weekend launches Thursday with full live musical slates at both the Central PA Festival of the Arts in State College and the Peoples Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts and Crafts in Boalsburg.

And Felix & the Hurricanes present their summer Blues Cruise aboard the Proud Mary riverboat at Lake Raystown on Saturday night; seating is limited.

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:


July 4th celebration at Patton Park, Patton; featuring White Shadow, Beatlemaniacs, Andy Rhody and Hemlock House (starts 4 p.m.)

Hoo Dang Festival, Carrolltown; featuring Acoustic Stew and the Boomers (starts 4 p.m.)


CENTRE STAGE: 2:00 p.m. – Biscuit Jam, 2:45 p.m. – Backyard Rockers, 3:30 p.m. – Mysterytrain, 4:15 p.m. – Seven2Ten, 5:00 p.m. – State College Community Theatre, 6:00 p.m. – OverheaD, 7:00 p.m. – State College Municipal Band, 8 p.m. – ESP, 10: 15 p.m. – Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band

BRYCE JORDAN CENTER LAWN ACOUSTIC: 2 p.m. – Songwriters Showcase, 3 p.m. – Mark and Roy, 4 p.m. – Sons of Resonance, 5 p.m. – Chris Good, 6 p.m. – Joe Quick, 7 p.m. – “Sgt. Bob” Timney, 8 p.m. – Tommy Wareham & the Intrigues

TOWN SQUARE: 3:00 p.m. – Scent Of Water, 3:45 p.m. – Tir Na Nog Dancers, 4:30 p.m. – Anna Zaccaria, 5:15 p.m. – Ben Salinas, 6:00 p.m. – Force Of Habit, 7:00 p.m. – Riley Roth, 8:00 p.m. – Jackie Brown & the Gill Street Band


Your Dad’s Friends at Lakemont Park, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Emberstitch at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, Martinsburg (starts 7 p.m.)


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

July 5th Celebration at Wagon Wheel Amphitheater, Philipsburg; featuring Raining Blue, Richard Sleigh, Scotch Hollow and Old Grand Dad (starts 4 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m., admission $7/person)


Root and the Fifths at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Giants Of Science at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Felix & the Hurricanes Blues Cruise aboard the Proud Mary, Lake Raystown (starts 7 p.m.)

D.D. & the Pub Crawlers at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort

Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs at Hoo Dang Festival, Carrolltown (starts 8 p.m.)

Anti Corn League at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


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


D.D. & the Pub Crawlers and Skye 2.0 at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 5:30 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


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


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



ALLEN STREET STAGE: 11:30 a.m. – Tarnished Six, 1:30 p.m. – Smash the Windows, 3:30 p.m. – Naked Blue, 5:00 p.m. – Jay Vonada Quartet, 7:00 p.m. – J.R. Mangan Band, 9:00 p.m. – The Nightcrawlers

FESTIVAL SHELL STAGE: 2:30 p.m. – Natascha & the Spy Boys, 4:40 p.m. – Nittany Highland Pipe Band, 7:00 p.m. – The Feinberg Brothers, 9:00 p.m. – Cardinal Harbor

SIDNEY FRIEDMAN PARK STAGE: 6:30 p.m. – Joe Baione Trio, 9:00 p.m. – Virgil Harden & Appalachian Countdown


NORTH STAGE: 11:30 a.m. – Silver Spurs Line Dancers, 1:00 p.m. – Trombone Chowder, 2:30 p.m. – Jay Smar, 4:00 p.m. – Raining Blue, 5:30 p.m. – Biscuit Jam, 7:00 p.m. – Keystone Society of Swing

SOUTH STAGE: 11:30 a.m. – Chris Good, 1:00 p.m. – Dan Bubien Band, 2:30 p.m. – Bottom Shelf Blues Band, 4:00 p.m. – Joe Bonson & Coffee Run, 5:30 p.m. – Velveeta, 7:00 p.m. – Pure Cane Sugar


Felix & the Hurricanes at Wing Festival, Legion Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 5 p.m.)

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

Brian Pavlic at 30 Something, Altoona

Dirtkicker at Philipsburg Heritage Days, Philipsburg (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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Eileen Christman of OverheaD, performing during last year's Central PA 4th Fest in State College. OverheaD is again one of many bands performing at this year's 4th Fest on Friday.


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