Arts Festival, SpringFest, Jimmy Mowery and Schism This Weekend!

By May 17, 2019 May 19th, 2019 Around the Area, Music

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, May 17 through Thursday, May 23.

Live music fans will have plenty to savor around the area this weekend, with outdoor and indoor live music events to pick from.

One of Spring’s biggest highlights in this part of the world is the annual Blair County Arts Festival at Penn State Altoona. This year’s Arts Festival happens on Saturday and Sunday, and will again feature a variety of art exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, the Food Court, and a variety of live performances spanning dance to music to comedy and more. See the listing below for the music schedule for both days. Admission to the festival itself is free, but a small donation will be collected for parking, with proceeds helping to support the event. Fans of the Arts Festival will want to savor this year’s event, as the festival will go on temporary hiatus after this year while the Blair County Arts Foundation devotes its energies toward improvements at the Mishler Theatre.

The third annual Historic Hollidaysburg SpringFest will take place throughout Saturday in downtown Hollidaysburg. The event will feature various displays from local businesses and organizations, food vendors, and live music. See the listing below for the event’s music schedule.

One of the performers during Hollidaysburg SpringFest will be local native and recent NBC “The Voice” contestant Jimmy Mowery, who is back in the area this weekend and performing two shows in honor of everyone who voted for him and supported him during his recent run on “The Voice.” Jimmy will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday at SpringFest, and will also play on Friday night at the Altoona Primanti Bros. location starting at 8 p.m. Those wishing to attend Friday’s performance may want to arrive early to get a seat, as a large turnout is likely.

And for fans of progressive hard rockers Tool, New York City-based national touring Tool tribute group Schism is performing at McGarvey’s on Saturday night. Started in 2001, Schism is the world’s first and longest-running national Tool tribute, and is the only Tool tribute endorsed on Tool’s websites. The show begins at 7 p.m., and will feature local openers Ed N’Born plus the combined forces of local hard rock groups Maul and Negan performing an Alice In Chains tribute set. Tickets for this event are sold out, though.

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.


Matt Pletcher at People’s Natural Gas Field, Altoona (pre-Altoona Curve game, starts 4 p.m.)

“Friday Wine Down” with Pat & Tom at Oak Spring Winery, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Shallow 9 at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

100 Proof at Chewy’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Jimmy Mowery at Primanti Bros., Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Lauren & Joe at UVA Club, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

3 of Hearts at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

D.D. & the Pub Crawlers at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

Bone Jacked at Saxton Sportsmen’s Club, Saxton (starts 9 p.m.)

Bruce Schettig at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Ken Gray at Hagen’s Irish Pub, Chest Springs (starts 9 p.m.)

The Silencers at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Jim Zemlock at Northern Cambria VFW, Northern Cambria (starts 9 p.m.)

Backlash at Philipsburg American Legion, Philipsburg (starts 9 p.m.)


Blair County Arts Festival at Penn State Altoona (free admission, parking donation accepted):

– Misciagna Portico: 12:15 p.m. – Altoona Brass Collective Quartet, 1:45 p.m. – Altoona Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, 3:15 p.m. – Eric McCrum, 4:45 p.m. – Ride the Song, 6:30 p.m. – Drums of West Africa

– Pavilion Stage: 12:15 p.m. – Altoona Men’s Chorus, 2 p.m. – Stormy, 3:30 p.m. – Born & the Beanstalk, 5 p.m. – Hollidaysburg Area High School Chamber Strings, 6:30 p.m. – Altoona Area High School Advanced Jazz Band

– Food Court: 1 p.m. – Ride the Song, 2:45 p.m. – Virtual Reality, 4:15 p.m. – Mama Corn, 5:45 p.m. – Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, 7:15 p.m. – Frackwater Jack

– Slep Portico: 1 p.m. – Altoona Area High School Marching Band

Historic Hollidaysburg SpringFest, downtown Hollidaysburg (free admission):

– 10 a.m. – Matt Wagner, 11 a.m. – Hollidaysburg Area High School Jazz Band, 12 noon – Eric McCrum, 1 p.m. – Zach Wade & the Good Grief, 2 p.m. – Wilted, 3 p.m. – Coltt Winter Lepley, 4 p.m. – Jimmy Mowery

“Grapes to Glass Wine Walk” at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort; featuring Brandi Naugle (1 p.m.) and Scottie (3 p.m.) (admission $10/person, 21 and older)


The Blacksnakes at People’s Natural Gas Field, Altoona (pre-Altoona Curve game, starts 4 p.m.)

Schism (Tool tribute) with Maul & Negan (Alice In Chains tribute) and Ed N’Born at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m. – TICKETS SOLD OUT)

Stephanie & the Wild Hearts at Altoona Grand Hotel (Grouse’s Nest), Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Urban Myth at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Nightrain at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Flashpoint at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Shallow 9 (acoustic) at Underdogs, Bellwood (starts 9 p.m.)

100 Proof at Bellwood UVHA, Bellwood (starts 9 p.m.)

Coltt Winter Lepley at Allegheny Creamery & Crepes, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m.)

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

Matt Pletcher at Shan Nicole’s Irish Pub, Hollidaysburg (starts 10 p.m.)

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

Ken Gray at Wonder Bar, Newry (starts 8 p.m.)

KB & the Crew at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Washington Slept Here at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

Woodshop Choir at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Cresson American Legion, Cresson (starts 9 p.m.)

The Boomers at Patton VFW, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Downshift at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 10 p.m.)


Blair County Arts Festival at Penn State Altoona (free admission, parking donation accepted):

– Misciagna Portico: 12:30 – Jay Smar, 2 p.m. – Randy “Jackson” Rutherford, 3:30 p.m. – Full Kilt Duo, 5 p.m. – Dan Hulse

– Pavilion Stage: 12:45 p.m. – Altoona Area Jr. High School Chamber Orchestra, 2:!5 p.m. – Altoona Area Jr. High School Junior Varsity & Varsity Jazz Bands and Vocal Ensemble, 4 p.m. – Rail City Improv

– Food Court: 12 noon – Altoona Area School District Elementary Jazz Band, 1:30 p.m. – R2B2, 3:15 p.m. – Altoona Brass Collective, 4:$5 p.m. – Felix & the Hurricanes


The Band OZ at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

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


“Tuesday Night Therapy” at Bedford Tavern, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)


Drum Circle at Hungry Duck Eatery, Roaring Spring (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Open Mic Night at Unter Uns, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)


Open Stage Night at Greenbean Coffee House, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Matt Pletcher at Joe’s 58th Street Bar & Grill, 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 Deadline to submit information for the initial posting is each Friday morning at 9 a.m.