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Arts Festivals and More!

July 11, 2014 - Jim Price
Summertime live music action continues to ride at a feverish pitch this weekend and upcoming week, with arts festivals and other outdoor events in the spotlight.

The Central PA Festival of the Arts in downtown State College and the People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts both feature continuous live music on their stages through Sunday (see listings below). Philipsburg Heritage Days continues with live music through Saturday night.

And several individual concerts also highlight this weekend and upcoming week. Northeastern Ohio-based Metallica tribute Four Horsemen visit Altoona’s Railroaders Museum on Friday night in the latest installment of the Alive @ Five Concert Series, with Half Tempted kicking off the music at 6 p.m. Johnstown’s Flood City Brass performs on the stage at Delgrosso’s Amusement Park in Tipton on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. Pittsburgh-based blues artist Barbara Blue brings her powerful, soulful voice to Canal Basin Park in Hollidaysburg Sunday evening starting at 7 p.m. And for vintage rock’n’roll sounds, the Pastime Band continues Blair County Community Action Agency’s Summer in the City Concert Series on Wednesday evening at downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza starting at 7 p.m.

For connoisseurs of live music and chicken wings, Lakemont Park’s “Sunday Funday” resumes on Sunday afternoon with music from the bands Zombie Butterflies and Locked & Loaded, plus acoustic entertainment from the Backyard Rockers, Hops & Vines, Tom Six and Jason DeWitt; music starts at 2:30 p.m. And the Legion Park Wingfest continues on Thursday night with Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs starting at 6 p.m.; attendees are urged to arrive early.

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:


Philipsburg Heritage Days, Philipsburg; featuring Ray Owen (4 and 6 p.m.), Keith Lucas & Friends (7 p.m.) and Pat Moore & the Elvis Show and Still Moore (8 p.m.)


ALLEN STREET STAGE: 12 noon – Erin Condo & the Hoofties, 2 p.m. – Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, 4 p.m. – Revamped, 6:30 p.m. – Deirdre Flint, 9;30 p.m. – Ultra Kings

FESTIVAL SHELL STAGE: 1:30 p.m. – JT & the Denicats, 3:30 p.m. – Archie Blue, 5:30 p.m. – Friars Point Band, 8 p.m. – Brothers Comatose, 10 p.m. – The Blind Spots

SIDNEY FRIEDMAN PARK STAGE: 6 p.m. – Hoochie Coochie Men, 10 p.m. – Philadelphia Phil & Friends

WILLARD PLAZA: 2:30 p.m. – Jim Colbert, 4:30 p.m. – Scott Mangene

STATE COLLEGE MUNICIPAL BUILDING STAGE: 4:30 p.m. – Andy Tolins & John Thompson, 7 p.m. – Feats of Strength


NORTH STAGE: 11:30 a.m. – Happy Valley Cloggers, 1 p.m. – Kevin Neidig Band, 2:30 p.m. – Andy Tolins & Smokestack Lightnin,’ 4 p.m. – The Fireskippers, 5:30 p.m. – Deacons of Dixieland, 7 p.m. – The Cliff Turner Band

SOUTH STAGE: 11:30 a.m. – Riley Roth, 1 p.m. – JR Mangan Band with Olivia Jones, 2:30 p.m. – Robert M. Sides Rock Camp, 5:30 p.m. – Lindsey Erin, 7 p.m. – Derek Woodz Band


Four Horsemen (Metallica tribute) and Half Tempted at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (Alive @ Five Concert Series, starts 6 p.m.)

Mahoney B. & the Blacksnakes at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona

Half Tempted at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Flight 19 at Cesare Battisti Club (Jack’s Grub Shack), Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Born and the Beanstalk at Buccinese Society, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Second Edition at Petersburg Firehall, Petersburg

Drew Dodson at Mustang Saloon, Portage

Jim Zemlock at Barnesboro American Legion, Northern Cambria


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


ALLEN STREET STAGE: 12 noon – Deirdre Flint, 2 p.m. – Rustical Quality String Band, 4 p.m. – Pure Cane Sugar, 6 p.m. – My Hero Zero, 8 p.m. – Ted McCloskey & the Hi Fi’s, 10 p.m. – Eric Himan Trio

FESTIVAL SHELL STAGE: 11:30 a.m. – State College Area Municipal Band, 1:30 p.m. – Andrew Jackson Jazz Ensemble, 3:30 p.m. – Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, 5:30 p.m. – Keystone Society of Swing, 7:30 p.m. – Chris Bell Band, 10 p.m. – Velveeta

SIDNEY FRIEDMAN PARK STAGE: 5:30 p.m. – Big Coronas Band, 7:30 p.m. – Zeropoint Big Band, 9:30 p.m. - HuDost

WILLARD PLAZA: 4:30 p.m. – Jim Colbert



NORTH STAGE: 11:30 a.m. – Nittany Knights Acappella Barbershop Chorus, 1 p.m. – Jay Vonada Trio, 2:30 p.m. – Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, 4 p.m. – August Room, 5:30 p.m. – Greenwood Community Brass Band, 7 p.m. – Faces 4 Radio

SOUTH STAGE: 11:30 a.m. – Your Dad’s Friends, 2:30 p.m. – 28th Infantry Division Band, 4 p.m. – Pages of Paul, 6 p.m. – Jackie Brown & the Gill Street Band


Dan Tutko Memorial Benefit at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring Qualms, Wreathbearer and Rich Edmundson (starts 7 p.m., free admission but donations accepted)

Emberstitch at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Flight 19 at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Nobody’s Heroes and Pennsylvania Mike & the Bedlam Boys at McGarvey’s, Altoona

Drew Dodson at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort

Bazooka Joe at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg

White Shadow at Alum Bank Firehall, Alum Bank

Backlash at Mount Union VFW, Mount Union

Rockin’ Horse at Cold Stream Pavilion, Philipsburg

Locked & Loaded at Cresson Country Club, Cresson

Fail at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Andy Lubert at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Shades Of Leather at Bakerton Rod & Gun Club, Bakerton

Rapidfire at Sunshine Inn, Coalport


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

Flood City Brass at Delgrosso’s Amusement Park, Tipton (starts 1 p.m.)

Sunday Funday at Lakemont Park; featuring Zombie Butterflies, Locked & Loaded, Backyard Rockers, Hops & Vines, Tom Six, Jason DeWitt (starts 2:30 p.m.)

Root and the Fifths at Gallitzin Sportsmen’s Club (Eli Bender Benefit, starts 3 p.m.)


ALLEN STREET STAGE: 12:30 a.m. – Triple A Blues Band, 2:30 p.m. – Heritage Brass, 4:30 p.m. – Folk Justice Band

FESTIVAL SHELL STAGE: 12 noon – Feats of Strength, 1:30 p.m. – Summit Hill Bluegrass, 3:30 p.m. – The Earthtones

SIDNEY FRIEDMAN PARK STAGE: 1:30 p.m. – Bellefonte Community Band


NORTH STAGE: 12 noon – Holly & Araelia, 1:30 p.m. – Altoona Chorus of Sweet Adelines, 3 p.m. – Little German Band

SOUTH STAGE: 11:30 a.m. – Chris Woodward & Shindiggin,’ 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. – Brad Crum (Elvis impersonator)


Swing Nova at Reservoir Park, Tyrone (starts 6 p.m.)

Barbara Blue at Canal Basin Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Dreadnot at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Greg Burley at Andy’s Bar & Grill, Altoona


Open Mic at McGarvey’s (formerly Aldo’s), Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)


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


Pastime Band at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

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

Ty Ayers at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona


Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs at Wing Festival, Legion Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 5 p.m.)

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

Michael O’Brian Band at Molly Maguire’s, Altoona

Brian Pavlic at 30 Something, Altoona

Strait & Miller at Bad Boyz Bistro, Bedford (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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Ted McCloskey of Ted McCloskey & the Hi Fi's, performing during the 2012 Central PA Festival of the Arts in State College. The Altoona native officially releases his new CD, "Sea Foam Green," when he and his band return to the Arts Festival's Allen Street Stage on Saturday night.


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