Motorcycle Thunder, Roundhouse, Make Music Day and More!

By June 20, 2019 Around the Area, Music

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Thursday, June 20 through Thursday, June 27.

It begins…Motorcycle thunder will reverberate through the area’s mountains and valleys this weekend, as Johnstown’s Thunder in the Valley and Altoona’s Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally motorcycle rallies both start in full on Thursday. Ebensburg’s annual “Wheels and Wings” festivities happen on Thursday evening (June 20), with Ebensburg Bike Fest happening at Ebensburg’s American Legion Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday nights. Lots of live music is happening with all of these events, including concerts by national recording groups Fuel and Kix at the Roundhouse Rally, and Firehouse at Thunder; see the listing below for the music schedules for all of them, and ride safe!

Music will be plentiful throughout Blair County on Friday, which is the worldwide “Make Music Day,” celebrated in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. Locally, “Make Music Day Altoona” will include live music at a number of locations throughout the area, with downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza musical slate even tying in with Friday’s Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally happenings. See the listing below for all of the “Make Music Day Altoona” events, occurring at area libraries, parks, churches, public spaces and more!

If that’s not enough music for you, Maryland-based national recording act Jimmie’s Chicken Shack – the creators of the 1990s modern rock staple hits “High” and “Dropping Anchor” – takes the stage at McGarvey’s on Saturday night, with opening acts Maul and DoubleMotorcycle. The music starts at 8 p.m.

A special benefit event will take place Sunday afternoon in Gallitzin to help out a youngster recovering from cancer surgery. Rory Feathers, the 12-year-old son of area musician Jason Feathers, underwent surgery in Pittsburgh earlier this month to remove a tumor associated with thoracic neuroblastoma. The “Benefit for Rory Feathers” will take place at the Gallitzin Moose beginning at 2 p.m., and feature musical performances from Jae Smith and Rick Wertz. Basket raffles and other fundraising activities will take place. There is no admission charge, but those attending are encouraged to make a donation to help out Rory and his parents with medical expenses.

And for fans of bluegrass and folk music who are up for a roadtrip, the 17th annual Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival happens Thursday through Saturday night at Quiet Oaks Campground in Cross Fork, PA (north of Renovo in Clinton County). This family-friendly event will feature performances from more than 20 different acts; including rising North Carolina progressive bluegrass ensemble the Fireside Collective, Grammy-winner Charles Humphrey and his North Carolina-based Songs From The Road Band, and regional favorites such as headliners The Hillbilly Gypsies, Mama Corn, Colebrook Road, Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Van Wagner and more. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania. Food vendors and overnight camping (including showers) are available.

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.



– Fuel and Helter Skelter 67-70 at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

– Lonesome Road at Heritage Plaza, Downtown Altoona (starts 5 p.m.)

– Phil McCaulley at Roundhouse Harley-Davidson, Duncansville (starts 5 p.m.)


– Central Park: 11 a.m. – Full Kilt, 2 p.m. – Who’s Your Daddy, 5 p.m. – Three of Hearts

– Train Station: 5:30 p.m. – Westside Blues Band, 8:30 p.m. – Octane

– People’s Natural Gas Park: 4 p.m. – Fubar, 7 p.m. – Andy Davis Band, 10 p.m. – Whey Jennings

– Biker Mall: 4 p.m. – Tree, 7 p.m. – Willow Hill

Wheels and Wings Wing-Off, Car, Truck & Bike Show, Ebensburg; featuring Habatat (music starts 6 p.m.)

Morgan James & the Mojo Men at Ebensburg American Legion, Ebensburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Rust at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)

Bone Jacked on The Diamond, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 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 Grill & Tavern, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Open Mic with Coltt Winter Lepley at Olde Bedford Brewing Company, Bedford (starts 5:30 p.m.)

Autumn’s Music Box at Standing Stone Coffee Company, Huntingdon (starts 5 p.m.)

FRIDAY 6/21:


– “Alive at Five Concert Series” with Doobie Others (Doobie Brothers tribute) with Jack Squat at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

– Heritage Plaza, Downtown Altoona (Make Music Day Altoona): 12 noon – Fyre, 2 p.m. – Lonesome Road, 5 p.m. – Stephanie & the Wild Hearts, 7:30 p.m. – Shallow 9

– Black Ridge PABG at Roundhouse Harley-Davidson, Duncansville (starts 5 p.m.)


– Central Park: 11 a.m. – Krazy Kat Daddies, 2 p.m. – That Oldies Band, 5 p.m. – The Boomers

– Train Station: 2 p.m. – Inside Out, 5 p.m. – Jasmine Cain, 8 p.m. – Hairball Band

– People’s Natural Gas Park: 1 p.m. – Silver Screen, 4 p.m. – Norman Nardini, 7 p.m. – Felix & the Hurricanes, 10 p.m. – Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers

– Biker Mall: 1 p.m. – Dany Vavrek Acoustic, 4 p.m. – Angry Johnny Stangry & His CRS Band, 7 p.m. – That’s What She Said

– Thunder Garlic Festival at Faranda Farm Holsopple; featuring Cajun Norm and the Gang (festival starts 12 noon, $5 admission)

Bike Fest at American Legion Fairgrounds, Ebensburg; featuring Last Chance Band (6 p.m.), Hair Force One (9 p.m.) and Matt Pletcher (12 midnight)


– Lakemont Park, Altoona: 11 a.m. – Charles McClanahan, 5:30 p.m. – Allegheny Ukulele Kollective, 7 p.m. – Altoona Horseshoe Chorus, 8 p.m. – Rob Reffner

– Greenbean Coffee House, Altoona: 1 p.m. – Charles McClanahan, 3:15 p.m. – Michelle Barnes, 5:30 p.m. – Eric McCrum, 6:30 p.m. – Harmony Safari Quartet

– Altoona Area Public Library, Altoona: 11:45 a.m. – John Peacefire, 4 p.m. – Tom Nevers Field

– Bellwood-Antis Public Library, Bellwood: 6 p.m. – Daniel Weber, 7 p.m. – Raining Blue

– Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, Hollidaysburg: 10:30 a.m. – Music with Maribeth (children’s show), 1 p.m. – Allegheny Ukulele Kollective

– Lutheran Home of Hollidaysburg, Hollidaysburg: 2 p.m. – Janet Ashurst


Rogan Allen at Trianon Bar & Grill (patio), Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Conner Gilbert at Primanti Bros., Altoona (Summer Luau Party, starts 5 p.m.)

Rokkandy at Blair Senior Center, Altoona (Senior Center Dance, starts 5 p.m.)

Coltt Winter Lepley at Heidelberg Country Club, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Ken Gray at UVA Club, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Ed N’Born at Buccinese Society, Altoona (on the patio, starts 8 p.m.)

R-Dubs at Cesare Battisti Club, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Back in the Day at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Flashpoint at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

The Evergreens at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Autumn’s Music Box at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

Locked & Loaded at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

Talisman at Patton Eagles, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)



– Kix and The Heavy Bottoms at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

– Heritage Plaza, Downtown Altoona: 12 noon – 100 Proof, 3 p.m. – The Zero Club, 5 p.m. – Matt Pletcher, 7 p.m. – Zac Grace

– Roundhouse Harley-Davidson, Duncansville: 1 p.m. – This Albatross, 3 p.m. – Downshift

– “Choppin’ Lot Party” at Railroad City Tattoo, Altoona; featuring X’s For Eyes, The Flannels, Railroad City Murder Machines and Owned By A**holes (starts 6 p.m., free admission)


– Central Park: 12:30 p.m. – Fred Myers & the Redneck Majority, 2:30 p.m. – Rewired, 5 p.m. – Saddle Up

– Train Station: 12:30 p.m. – Bastard Bearded Irishmen, 3:30 p.m. – Nomad, 6 p.m. – The Stickers, 9 p.m. – Firehouse

– People’s Natural Gas Park: 1 p.m. – Michael Christopher Band, 4 p.m. – Blended Reality, 7 p.m. – Felix & the Hurricanes, 10 p.m. – Jasmine Cain

– Biker Mall: 1 p.m. – Jimmy Adler, 4 p.m. – Right Turn Clyde, 7 p.m. – Jerry B & the Bonetones

Bike Fest at American Legion Fairgrounds, Ebensburg; featuring Hello Vixen (reunion) and Giants Of Science (starts 6 p.m.)

Charles McClanahan at Wholesome Living Market, Bedford (starts 11 a.m.)

“Brick By Brick 7” at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona; featuring Years Spent Cold, Three Knee Deep, Shattered Realm, Sworn Enemy, Strength for a Reason, Enemy Mind, Year of the Knife, Purgatory, Steel Nation, Never Ending Game, Vicious Embrace, Paid In Full, Facewreck, Dilate, Bushido Code, Fire in the Blood and Choice to Make (doors open 12 noon, presale $35/person, $40 at the door)

Full Kilt at South Fork Heritage Days, South Fork (starts 4 p.m.)


Jimmie’s Chicken Shack with Maul and DoubleMotorcycle at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Happy Hour (Sarah Mellott & Tom Fix) at Altoona Grand Hotel, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

97th Anniversary Celebration at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona; featuring The Barons (outside, 6 p.m.) and R2B2 (inside, starts 9 p.m.)

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

Ed N’Born at Argonne Cafe, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Urban Myth at Memorial Field, Roaring Spring (Relay for Life, starts 6 p.m.)

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

Pass The Hat at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Jampact at Geisinger Medical Center, Philipsburg (Relay for Life, starts 7 p.m.)

SUNDAY 6/23:


– Central Park: 1:30 p.m. – Krazy Kat Daddies

– Train Station: 1:30 p.m. – Jukehouse Bombers

– People’s Natural Gas Park: 1:30 p.m. – Cajun Norm and the Jam Band

– Biker Mall: 1:30 p.m. – Midnight Graffiti

Benefit for Rory Feathers at Gallitzin Moose, Gallitzin; featuring Jae Smith and Rick Wertz (starts 1 p.m.)


The Silencers at Valley View County Park Amphitheater, Altoona (starts 5 p.m.)

Rod Melancon and Evan Bartels at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

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.)


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

Full Kilt at Lilly Fire Company Carnival, Lilly (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.)

Greg Burley at Joe’s 58th Street Grill & Tavern, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Facedown 1 at Lilly Fire Company Carnival, Lilly (starts 8 p.m.)

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

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