Arts Festivals & Wingfests!

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

Outdoor live music activities continue to provide highlights on the area live music calendar, as various carnivals, festivals and other outdoor happenings prosper during this time of year.

Arts Festival weekend in Centre County is on the horizon, with both the 53rd annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College and the 27th annual People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts in Boalsburg getting under way in the coming week. Central PA Festival of the Arts begins Wednesday with Children’s Day, while People’s Choice starts on Thursday. Check the listings below for the music listings for both events; the rest of the festivals’ schedules (Friday through Sunday, July 12-14) will be featured in next weekend’s listing.

Celebrations of the chicken wing reconvene for another summer…The seven-week PA American Legion 21st District Wing Festival gets under way on Thursday, with Felix & the Hurricanes providing music for savoring tasty wings and brews. The festivities start at 5 p.m. and admission is free. Felix & the Hurricanes will also play the Wing Festival finale on August 22…Meanwhile, the second round of the Tussey Wingfest happens Thursday at Tussey Mountain Amphitheater, as local eateries present their chicken wing flavors with audience votes determining the preliminary round winners, with the finals happening on August 15. This week, PA rock legends Hybrid Ice headline, with State College favorites Spider Kelly opening. Admission is $5 per person (kids 12 and under are free).

Other area outdoor events during this weekend and upcoming week include the annual Wam Bam Mountain Jam near Port Matilda on Saturday, hosted by area rock band Donny Burns & the 3rd Degree…Bob & Diane’s 2nd annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday at Eagle Valley Paintball near Tyrone…Full Kilt closing out the annual Cresson Fire Company Carnival in Cresson on Saturday night…and The Sharptones commencing the music slate at the annual Philipsburg Heritage Days festival in Philipsburg on Wednesday night. Check the listings below for more information about these events.

And for those in the mood for a roadtrip, the 12th annual FarmJammaLamma music festival happens Friday night and Saturday at a rural location near Brookville…And the 45th annual Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival happens through Sunday at Twin Lakes Park near Greensburg, featuring a variety of live musical entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors and vendors, a food court and more.

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.


Faded Flowers at People’s Natural Gas Field, Altoona (pre-Altoona Curve game, starts 6 p.m.)

Asbury Lane at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 4 p.m.)

Matt Pletcher at Trianon Bar & Grille, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Ron “Music Man” Balestino at Heidelberg Country Club, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Chad Patterson at UVA Club, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Bone Jacked at Buccinese Society, Altoona (on the patio, starts 8 p.m.)

D.D. & the Pub Crawlers at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

The Zillion Dollar Combo at Briar Valley Winery, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

Anita Roseborough at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

Second Street at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 7 p.m.)

Ed N’Born at Patton Eagles, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)

Krazy Kat Daddies at Portage AMVETS, Portage (starts 9 p.m.)


Wam Bam Mountain Jam, 1547 E. Mountain Road, Port Matilda; featuring Nothing Much, Backyard Rockers, Gelatinous Cube, Homegrown, Donny Burns & the 3rd Degree, Alex Shumaker, Broken Fayth and Jampact (starts 1 p.m.)

Bob & Diane’s 2nd Annual Independence Day Celebration at Eagle Valley Paintball, Tyrone; featuring Generation, Fyre and the PennSoulvanians (fireworks afterward, music begins 4 p.m., $10/person admission)


Sunset Strip at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Bone Jacked at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort (“Thunder on the Knob,” starts 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.)

The Sharptones at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

The Boomers at Lake Raystown Resort, Entriken (Bistro Deck, starts 7:30 p.m.)

Full Kilt at Cresson Fire Company Carnival, Cresson (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Full Kettle at Patton VFW, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Bodacious B at Northern Cambria VFW, Northern Cambria (starts 9 p.m.)

4th Street at Glendale Year-Round, Glendale (Pool Pavilion, starts 7 p.m.)


The Band OZ at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)


The Sharptones at Philipsburg Heritage Days, downtown Philipsburg (starts 8 p.m.)

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


Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College:

– Allen Street Stage: 11 a.m. – Arietta Women’s Ensemble, 1 p.m. – Nittany Valley Wranglers, 3 p.m. – Western Range, 5 p.m. – Heritage Brass, 7 p.m. – JR Mangan Band, 9 p.m. – The Ultra Kings

– Festival Shell Stage: 4 p.m. – Across the Pond, 6:30 p.m. – Triple A Blues Band, 8:30 p.m. – Alex Meixner Band

– Sidney Friedman Park Stage: 6:30 p.m. – Zeropoint Big Band, 9 p.m. – Jackie Brown & the Gill Street Band

– State College Presbyterian Church: 8 p.m. – Poor Man’s Gambit

– State Theatre: 8 p.m. – Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues

People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts, Boalsburg (free admission):

– North Stage: 11 a.m. – Kick the Footlights, 12:30 p.m. – Relevations, 2 p.m. – Judson Mantz and the Remnants of Betty, 3:30 p.m. – Kelly & Mark of Biscuit Jam, 5 p.m. – Cousin Neddie, 6:30 p.m. – Dmitry Myers (circus artist)

– South Stage: 11 a.m. – M Twirling Team, 12:30 p.m. – Corner Bros., 2 p.m. – Teen Town, 3:30 p.m. – Cubbage, 5 p.m. – Joe Bonson & Coffee Run, 6:30 p.m. – Velveeta

Felix & the Hurricanes at PA American Legion 21st District Wing Festival, Legion Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Hybrid Ice and Spider Kelly at Tussey Wingfest, Tussey Mountain Amphitheater, Boalsburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Second Chance and Elvis tribute at Philipsburg Heritage Days, downtown Philipsburg (starts 8 p.m.)

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