Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, October 19 through Thursday, October 25.
One of the weekend’s music event highlights happens on Friday night, as the 7th annual Striking Chords Against Cancer benefit moves indoors to the Jaffa Shrine, after spending its first six years outdoors at the Railroaders Museum. Again, the Striking Chords event will raise money for the American Cancer Society, and feature a mixture of live bands and acoustic acts. See the listing below for this year’s entertainers. The music begins at 6 p.m.; admission is $10 per person.
As colder fall weather has arrived in the region, the last of the area outdoor fall festivals happen this weekend before everything moves back indoors for winter season. Hollidaysburg’s annual Pumpkinfest takes place in downtown Hollidaysburg on Saturday; this year’s musical entertainment includes Centre County bluegrass/folk group The Tussey Mountain Moonshiners at 10 a.m., the Joy Drummers at 1 p.m., and local favorites Zach Wade & the Good Grief beginning at 2 p.m. Admission to the festival is free.
For those up for a roadtrip, Fulton County features the annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival, with events happening throughout the county. Part of the festivities center on Akersville (near Breezewood), where the annual Akersville Fall Festival happens on Friday and Saturday. This festival features more than 50 vendors, food and refreshments, and live folk and gospel music both days. See the listing below for each day’s scheduled performers. An Open Stage event happens at the Hustontown Fire Company on Saturday evening, and area country favorites Chris Woodward & Shindiggin’ help finish out the festival on Sunday afternoon at Stone Hollow Farm south of McConnellsburg.
For local oldies enthusiasts, 1960s hitmakers Gary Lewis & the Playboys perform a matinee show on Sunday afternoon at the Mishler Theatre, presented by JD Promotions. Tickets are $27 plus a $3 box office fee. The concert begins at 2 p.m.
And the first of the Halloween parties begin this weekend; many more will likely be on the agenda for next weekend.
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.
4th annual Akersville Fall Festival, Akersville; featuring Teresa Day (starts 2 p.m.) (free admission)
FRIDAY NIGHT 10/19:
“Striking Chords Against Cancer” at Jaffa Shrine, Altoona; featuring Buzz on 27, Matt Pletcher & the PDX, August Wake (acoustic), This Albatross, Dave & Steve, Agent Smith, Drew Dodson and The Chrome Hearts (starts 6 p.m.; tickets $10 available at door)
Conner Gilbert at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Zach Wade & the Good Grief, Walkney and Maul at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
The McCaulley Project at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Sugar Ridge at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Casey Gray & Tyler Shultz at The Dog House, Bellwood (starts 9 p.m.)
Eric McCrum at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)
Charles McClanahan & friends at Hungry Duck Eatery, Roaring Spring (starts 6 p.m.; special Fall Feast Buffet, $18/person)
Chris Rattie & the New Rebels at Boxer’s Cafe, Huntingdon (starts 10 p.m.)
Pat “Mingo” Lidwell at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 7 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Tre Ragazzi, Cresson (starts 9 p.m.)
Ed N Born at Olde Keg Bar & Grill, Portage (starts 9 p.m.)
Jim Zemlock at Barnesboro VFW, Northern Cambria (starts 9 p.m.)
Rokkandy at Philipsburg American Legion, Philipsburg (starts 9 p.m.)
Pumpkinfest, downtown Hollidaysburg; featuring Tussey Mountain Moonshiners (10 a.m.), Joy Drummers (1 p.m.) and Zach Wade & the Good Grief (2 p.m.) (free admission)
4th annual Akersville Fall Festival, Akersville; featuring Kenny Johnson (12 noon), Psalm 100 (2 p.m.) and Coyt Jenkin (3 p.m.) (free admission)
Asbury Lane at Hungry Duck Eatery, Roaring Spring (starts 1 p.m.)
SATURDAY NIGHT 10/20:
Eric Delozier at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 8:30 p.m.)
Giants Of Science at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)
The McCaulley Project at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
This Albatross at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Stormy at Argonne Cafe, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)
Dave Howsare & friends at Bedford Moose, Bedford (starts 9 p.m.)
Bone Jacked at Bedford American Legion, Bedford (starts 9 p.m.)
Urban Myth at Breezewood VFW, Breezewood (starts 9 p.m.)
Backlash at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon (Halloween party, starts 8 p.m.)
53 South at Gallitzin IMS, Gallitzin (costume party, starts 9 p.m.)
The Boomers at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)
Jae Smith at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)
The Chrome Hearts at Port Matilda American Legion, Port Matilda (starts 8 p.m.)
Inside Out at Sunshine Mine Inn, Coalport (Halloween party, starts 10 p.m.)
Open Stage at Hustontown Fire Company, Hustontown (Fulton Fall Folk Festival, starts 6 p.m., free admission)
SUNDAY AFTERNOON 10/21:
Gary Lewis & the Playboys at Mishler Theatre, Altoona (starts 2 p.m., $30/person)
Chris Woodward & Shindiggin’ at Stone Hollow Farm, McConnellsburg (Fulton Fall Folk Festival, starts 3 p.m.)
SUNDAY NIGHT 10/21:
Phil & Rogan at Family Pizza, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
The Band OZ at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
TUESDAY NIGHT 10/23:
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 10/24:
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 10/25:
Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
Open Stage Night at Green Bean Coffee, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
Blind Liver at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Jam Night at Sankertown VFW, Sankertown (starts 7 p.m.)
(NOTE: More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)
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