Memorial Day Weekend Live Music Everywhere!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, May 24 through Thursday, May 30.

Memorial Day Weekend 2019 presents a wide assortment of special live music activities and events to check out.

For fans of the Beatles, Altitude Entertainment presents “And In the End: A Community Concert Celebrating Abbey Road at 50” on Friday evening at Altoona’s historic Mishler Theatre. The celebration of the Fab Four is produced by Will Jones, with musical direction by Rick Wertz. A number of vocal performers will take the stage, backed by the Altitude Rock Ensemble. Tickets are $16 plus a Mishler handling fee.

Legends Of Rock Productions and WOWY 97.1 present rock’n’roll legends the Beach Boys on Sunday evening at Altoona’s Jaffa Shrine. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Jaffa Shrine’s website or via ticket broker Vendini.

For those whose mantra is “Life is short, eat the bacon,” Altoona’s Railroaders Museum will host the inaugural Bacon N’Bourbon Fest on Saturday afternoon. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m., and will feature an assortment of bacon-adorned edibles from several food vendors, along with bourbon sampling from several area distilleries and vendors. Live music will provided by Matt Pletcher. Proceeds from the event will benefit Ronald McDonald House Mid-Penn Region’s Rooms for Ronald. Admission is $45 for VIP tickets, and $25 for public tickets. The event is open to folks 21 years of age or older.

Area folk group Simple Gifts again presents their annual Folk College event this weekend on the campus of Juniata College in Huntingdon. The event starts Friday and runs through Sunday afternoon, with most activities taking place at the college’s Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts. Multiple workshops involving a variety of instruments and musical styles will take place during the daytime, with evening concerts on Friday and Saturday which are open to the public. (For a listing of concert performers, see the listing below.) For more information about Folk College, see the website

A short road trip to Indiana will take you to the annual Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival, which takes place at IRMC Park near downtown Indiana. The event starts on Friday night with a kickoff concert featuring Left Lane Cruiser and Post Traumatik, and continues on Saturday with an assortment of jazz and blues performers; headlined by jazz performer Dwayne Dolphin and blues performer Vanessa Collier. Admission is free.

And claiming to be one of the birthplaces of Memorial Day, Boalsburg will again celebrate the holiday throughout the weekend with a variety of activities, culminating on Monday with musical entertainment at several sites, the Boalsburg Fire Company’s Carnival, and the day-ending memorial service at Boalsburg Cemetery beginning at 6 p.m. See the listing below for Monday’s entertainment lineup; admission is free, and $5 parking is available near Boal Museum and at the Pennsylvania Military Museum.

On a final note, the weekly Thursday Open Stage Night at Altoona’s Greenbean Coffee House will take the summer off, but return on Thursday, September 12. But in the interim, McGarvey’s will host an adult Open Mic Night on Thursday evenings through the summer, starting next week. Hosted by Open Stage’s Garrison Bailey, the open stage will run from 6 to 9 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.


“And in the End: A Community Concert Celebrating Abbey Road at 50” at Mishler Theatre, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m., tickets $16 plus Mishler handling fee)

Folk College Concert at Halbritter Center for Performing Arts, Juniata College, Huntingdon; featuring Simple Gifts, Michael Ronstadt & Serenity Fisher, Arun Ramamurphy & Trina Basu, April Verch & Joe Newberry and more (starts 7 p.m., public admission $15 per person)

Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival Kickoff Concert at IRMC Park, Indiana; featuring Left Lane Cruiser and Post Traumatik (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

“Friday Wine Down” with Bill Ferrell at Oak Spring Winery, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Happy Hour (Tom Fix and Sarah Mellott) at Altoona Grand Hotel (Grouse’s Nest), Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Children of October, White Thrash and It Is Written at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Conner Gilbert at Primanti Bros., Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Shallow 9 (acoustic) at Trianon Bar & Grille, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Matt Wagner at UVA Club, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Washington Slept Here at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Krazy Kat Daddies at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort (starts 6 p.m.)

Partners in Crime at Everett American Legion, Everett (starts 8 p.m.)

Giants Of Science at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg (starts 9 p.m.)

Ken & Den at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

White Shadow at Blue Goose, Nicktown (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Julie Corbalis and Ben Dumm at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Rick Ramsey at The Grove, Belsano (starts 9 p.m.)

Ed N’Born at Sunshine Mine Inn, Coalport (starts 9 p.m.)


Bacon n Bourbon Fest at Railroaders Museum, Altoona; featuring Matt Pletcher (starts 1 p.m., admission $45/VIP or $25/general admission [21 or older], proceeds benefit Rooms for Ronald [Ronald McDonald House Mid-Penn Region])

Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival at IRMC Park, downtown Indiana (free admission):

– 10 a.m. – The Dad Band, 11:30 a.m. – The Nevin Saylor Big Band w/Jared Sims, 12:45 p.m. – Jack Of Diamonds, 2 p.m. – The Inner Urge, 3:15 p.m. – Tom Roberts, 4:30 p.m. – Miss Freddye, 5:45 p.m. – Dwayne Dolphin, 7:30 p.m. – Vanessa Collier


Folk College Concert at Halbritter Center for Performing Arts, Juniata College, Huntingdon; featuring Jeremiah McLane, Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris, Christopher Davis-Shannon, The Early Mays and more (starts 7 p.m., public admission $15 per person)

The Deuces, The Whatleys and The Flannels at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Bodacious B at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Coltt Winter Lepley at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m.)

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

Felix & the Hurricanes at Lake Raystown Resort, Entriken (deck party, starts 7:30 p.m.)

Ron “Music Man” Balestino at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Clay Bowser at Northern Cambria VFW, Northern Cambria (starts 8 p.m.)

Joan, John & the Andersons at Hagen’s Irish Pub, Chest Springs (starts 8 p.m.)

Morgan James & the Mojo Men at The Grove, Belsano (starts 10 p.m.)


White Shadow at Delgrosso’s Amusement Park, Tipton (antique car show, starts 12 noon)


The Beach Boys at Jaffa Shrine, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m., tickets $39 and up)

The Band OZ at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Backlash at Pioneer Family Campground, James Creek (starts 8 p.m.)

Jampact at Philipsburg Elks Country Club, Philipsburg (starts 8 p.m.)


Memorial Day in Boalsburg (free admission, parking donations accepted at Boal Mansion, Pennsylvania Military Museum):

– The Diamond Stage: 10:30 a.m. – State College Area High School Band, 11:30 a.m. – St. Joe A’Capella, 12 noon – Little German Band, 1 p.m. – Left of Centre, 1:30 p.m. – Screaming Ducks, 2:30 p.m. – Cale Keller (Nashville recording artist), 3 p.m. – Pure Cane Sugar

– Heritage Museum: 2 p.m. – Dan & Galla

– Boal Mansion: 10:30 a.m. – Bellefonte Municipal Band, 12 noon – Chris Kent, 1:15 p.m. – John “JT” Thompson, 2:30 p.m. – OverheaD


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


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


Open Mic Night at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Conner Gilbert 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.