Zombies, Fall Foliage, Apple Cider Fests and More!

By October 5, 2018 Uncategorized

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, October 5 through Thursday, October 11.

Among the weekend’s highlights, the zombie apocalypse descends upon downtown Altoona again with the third annual Zombietown USA. This year’s Zombietown will again feature a wide variety of zombie-themed events, including street vendors, children’s activities, face-painting, a meet-and-greet with celebrities from the film “Dawn of the Dead,” a Halloween Parade (Saturday at 4 p.m.), a Saturday night showing of the zombie movie classic “Night of the Living Dead,” and live music. The festivities kick off Friday evening at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum with the “Zombie Prom,” featuring a zombie contest, a paranormal ghost hunt at the Museum, and live music from local Black Sabbath tribute Hand Of Doom and local band Agent Smith’s Alice In Chains tribute, Agent In Chains. Friday’s festivities begin at 6 p.m. The Zombietown activities move across the railroad tracks to Heritage Plaza on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. See the listing below for the musical entertainment slate, and for more information, visit the Zombietown website at zombietownusa.com.

Fall festival season cranks up this weekend with the first two days of the two-weekend Bedford Fall Foliage Festival in downtown Bedford, featuring a multitude of arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, children’s activities, and live music on two stages. Admission to the festival is free. See the listing below for Saturday and Sundays’ music schedule.

Prince Gallitzin State Park presents their annual Apple Cider Festival on Sunday at Muskrat Beach on Glendale Lake. This festival will again feature plentiful arts and crafts vendors, live cider pressing, children’s activities and live music. (The day’s music schedule was not available as of this posting.) Note that the Park will be offering pontoon shuttle service from across the lake to the festival from the Beaver Valley Marina and Killbuck boat launches, for $5 per person round trip. Admission to the festival is free.

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.


Zombietown USA “Dead at Five” Concert/Zombie Prom at Railroaders Museum, Altoona; featuring Hand Of Doom (Black Sabbath tribute) and Agent In Chains (Alice In Chains tribute) (starts 6 p.m., admission $5, zombies admitted free)

The Kensinger-Bickel Project at SLY Photography, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Rue Moyer at Holiday Bowl, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

The Boomers at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Flashpoint at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Joe Quick at The Dog House, Bellwood (starts 9 p.m.)

Bodacious B at Bellwood UVHA, Bellwood (starts 8 p.m.)

Stormy at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

The Evergreens at Argonne Cafe, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Chris Rattie & the New Rebels at Hungry Duck Eatery, Roaring Spring (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Backlash at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

Lee Edwards Band at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 7 p.m.)

Ed N’Born at Hagen’s Pub, Chest Springs (starts 9 p.m.)

Happy Hour at Olde Keg Bar & Grille, Portage (starts 9 p.m.)

Lauren & Joe at Sokols Club, Lilly (starts 9 p.m.)

Joe Caroff at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Unhurried Ways and Maddog Reed at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)


Zombietown USA at Heritage Plaza, Altoona; featuring the Backyard Rockers, Elaini Arthur, Ed N’Born, Downshift, One Adam 12, Post Traumatik and Hair Force One (music starts 11 a.m., admission free)

Bedford Fall Foliage Festival, Bedford:

– Gazebo Stage: 10 a.m. – The Blue Shades, 12 noon – Chelsea Reed & the Fairweather Five, 3 p.m. – Black Diamond (Neil Diamond tribute)

– River Stage: 12 noon – Bedford County Players, 2 p.m. – Qiet

– Strolling: The Blue Shades, Chris LaRose

Borrowed Time at Oak Spring Winery, Bedford (starts 1:30 p.m.)


Shallow 9 at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Krazy Kat Daddies at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

The Chrome Hearts at Pleasantville VFW, Pleasantville (starts 9 p.m.)

Greg Burley at Ferguson’s Pub, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

Nathan Glunt at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Tom “Ying” Yannitelli at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Rewynd at Ebensburg VFW, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)


Apple Cider Festival at Prince Gallitzin State Park (music schedule not available at press time)

Bedford Fall Foliage Festival, Bedford:

– Gazebo Stage: 12 noon – Tim Vitullo, 3 p.m. – Tom Watt “The Buffettman” & the Fruitcakes (Jimmy Buffett tribute)

– River Stage: 12 noon – The Blue Shades, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. – Matt Otis & the Sound

– Strolling: The Blue Shades, Chris LaRose


The Band OZ at Unter Uns, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

White Shadow at Ebensburg Moose, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)


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.)


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.)


Conner Gilbert at Holiday Bowl, Altoona (starts 8:30 p.m.)

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

Open Stage Night at Green Bean Coffee, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Shallow 9 at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

To report additional shows or corrections to this listing, email information to jptheprofessor@gmail.com. Deadline to submit information for the initial posting is each Friday morning at 9 a.m.