Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, September 21 through Thursday, September 27.
Among the noteworthy live music happenings this weekend and upcoming week, the inaugural Cre814 Fest will bring local creations together on Saturday afternoon at downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza. Various local arts and crafts vendors, local small businesses and a multitude of live musicians will present their creations starting at 1 p.m. The music will take place on three stages; see the listing below for the performers and start times. Admission to Cre814 Fest is free.
Delgrosso’s Amusement Park in Tipton presents their annual Italian Food Festival on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As always, Italian food will be in the spotlight, with a wide variety of menu items to pick from via six different pavilions and tents. And Italian live music will grace diners, as New York City’s Micheal Castaldo and his band, the Strolling Faiellas (father and son duo) and 6-year-old opera singer Victory Brinker will perform through the afternoon. Admission to the festival is free.
Slavic music and cuisine will take center stage in Johnstown on Saturday afternoon, as the 4th annual Johnstown Slavic Festival happens at Johnstown’s Heritage Discovery Center. Admission is free. Visitors can experience Slavic and Hungarian food, Slavic arts and crafts, Slavic cooking demonstrations, a “World’s Best Nutroll” contest, and live Slavic music and entertainment from Ariana Lem Joy, Harmonia, Jadran Beaver Valley Junior Tamburitzens, and the West Philadelphia Orchestra. The festival begins at noon.
The annual Harmony Grange Fair near Westover wraps up this weekend. Rising Pittsburgh-based country performer Justin Fabus entertains on Friday night, while the Moore Brothers Band provides the music on Saturday.
Beyond fairs and festivals, McGarvey’s will present two returning noteworthy traveling groups this weekend and upcoming week. The Virginia-based Hackensaw Boys will bring their boisterous brand of bluegrass and string music fun to McGarvey’s on Friday night, with local favorites Mama Corn opening. And the boisterous fire-and-brimstone roots music sounds of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band return to McGarvey’s on Wednesday evening. The Hoosier State (Indiana)-based group packed the house during their first visit to McGarvey’s in March. Local bluegrass/Americana group Black Ridge PABG will open the show, which starts at 7 p.m.
And for blues connoisseurs, Johnstown’s Black Cat Moan returns to the Altoona area on Saturday night to perform at the Altoona Grand Hotel. Singer and harmonica player T.K. Mundok, guitarist George Byich and northern Blair County’s Rob Bonsell on drums will present their distinctive brand of jazzy delta-styled blues originals and classics starting at 8 p.m.
For outdoor shows, in the event of inclement weather, please call or use social media to check ahead to make sure the show is still taking place, especially if you are driving any distance to attend.
Check out and support the area live music! And if you celebrate heavily while doing so, please designate a sober driver or call a taxi to get you home.
FRIDAY NIGHT 9/21:
Justin Fabus at Harmony Grange Fair, Westover (starts 8 p.m.)
The Hackensaw Boys and Mama Corn at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Tom & Cheez (acoustic) at Holiday Bowl, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
3 of Hearts at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Ed N Born at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)
Partners In Crime at Everett American Legion, Everett (starts 8 p.m.)
Pat “Mingo” Lidwell at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 7 p.m.)
Bone Jacked at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)
Cre814 Festival at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (free admission):
– Gazebo Stage: 1 p.m. – The Acoustic Fallacy, 2:35 p.m. – Eric Bloomfield, 4:05 p.m. – Jason Gamble, 5 p.m. – V!$, 6:30 p.m. – PennSoulVania
– Bridge Stage: 1 p.m. – Forge, 2 p.m. – Brother Jack’s Lost Cause, 3 p.m. – Well Traveled Music, 4 p.m. – Casey Gray & Tyler Shultz, 5 p.m. – Sean Osborn
– Railcar Stage: 1:45 p.m. – Nag Champions, 3:20 p.m. – The Roof, 5:45 p.m. – Idle Kyle, 7:15 p.m. – Young Lungs, 8:15 p.m. – Zach Wade & the Good Grief
Johnstown Slavic Festival at Heritage Discovery Center, Johnstown; featuring Ariana Lem Joy, Harmonia, West Philadelphia Orchestra and Jadran Beaver Valley Junior Tamburitzens (starts 12 noon, free admission)
SATURDAY NIGHT 9/22:
Moore Brothers Band at Harmony Grange Fair, Westover (starts 8 p.m.)
From Down the Road at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)
Giants Of Science at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)
Black Cat Moan at Altoona Grand Hotel, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Rewynd at Bavarian Hall, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Hair Force One (unplugged) at The Doghouse, Bellwood (starts 9 p.m.)
R2B2 at Tyrone Elks, Tyrone (starts 8 p.m.)
Stormy at Argonne Cafe, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)
The Boomers at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg (starts 9 p.m.)
KB and the Crew at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg (starts 9:30 p.m.)
Nathan Glunt at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)
Inside Out at Hastings VFW, Hastings (starts 10 p.m.)
Acoustic Stew at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)
SUNDAY AFTERNOON 9/23:
Italian Food Festival at Delgrosso’s Amusement Park, Tipton; featuring The Strolling Faiellas (12 noon and 2 p.m.), Micheal Castaldo (1 and 3 p.m.) and Victory Brinker (6-year-old opera singer) (12:45 and 2:45 p.m.)
SUNDAY NIGHT 9/23:
The Band OZ at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)
Rokkandy at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
TUESDAY NIGHT 9/25:
Adam D and friends at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)
“Tuesday Night Therapy” at Bedford Tavern, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT 9/26:
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Black Ridge PABG at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
Open Mic Night at Unter Uns, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Open Mic Night with Rick Ramsey at Patton Eagles, Patton (starts 8 p.m.)
THURSDAY NIGHT 9/27:
Matt Pletcher at Zach’s Sports & Spirits, Altoona (patio, starts 9 p.m.)
Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
Open Stage Night at Green Bean Coffee, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
Eric McCrum at McGarvey’s, Altoona
(NOTE: More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)
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