Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, July 19 through Thursday, July 25.
The big topic of conversation this weekend is the heat and arrival of 90-degree temperatures. Although one live music-related event was cancelled due to the expected hot conditions (Saturday’s High Country Toast & Jam at Lakemont Park), other outdoor events will still take place, as well as numerous indoor events (with many in air-conditioned comfort). Let live music take your mind off the heat!
Among this weekend’s highlights, the next installment of the “Summer Sounds” Summer Concert Series takes place Friday evening in downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza, with Hair Force One celebrating the big hair rock of the 1980s. The festivities start at 6 p.m., and admission is free.
Duncansville’s annual Community Days celebration continues on both Friday and Saturday. Local country favorites Stephanie & the Wild Hearts and Beach Boys tribute Still Surfin’ entertain on Friday, and Johnstown’s Three Of Hearts and local dance-rock favorites R2B2 perform on Saturday. Admission is free.
For an Irish flavor, Full Kilt provides the entertainment at Morrison’s Cove Memorial Park in Martinsburg on Saturday evening during the Martinsburg Fire Company’s annual Ox Roast event. Music begins at 6 p.m.
And the first of the local fairs gets started this week, as the annual Bedford County Fair happens Monday through Saturday at the Bedford fairgrounds. Musical entertainment takes place each day.
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.
FRIDAY NIGHT 7/19:
“Summer Sounds” Concert Series with Hair Force One at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)
Duncansville Community Days, Duncansville with Stephanie & the Wild Hearts (6 p.m.) and Still Surfin’ (Beach Boys tribute) (8 p.m.) (free admission)
Eric McCrum at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
“Dueling Pianos” with The Keystone Keys at Altoona Grand Hotel, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
Chesty Malone & the Slice ‘Em Ups, Chapter 5 and The Snipped at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Triple Threat at UVA Club, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
Matt Pletcher at Buccinese Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Jampact at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Make Mine Country at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)
Donny Burns & the 3rd Degree at Lithuanian Club, Osceola Mills (starts 10 p.m.)
Duncansville Community Days, Duncansville with Three Of Hearts (4 p.m.) and R2B2 (8 p.m.) (free admission)
Derek Heidel at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon (starts 3 p.m.)
SATURDAY NIGHT 7/20:
Full Kilt at Morrison’s Cove Memorial Park, Martinsburg (Martinsburg Fire Company Annual Ox Roast, music starts 6 p.m.)
Zach Wade & the Good Grief and JoJo Stella at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Ron “Music Man” Balestino at Cesare Battisti Club, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
KB Express at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Night Train at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Stormy at Argonne Cafe, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)
Asbury Lane at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)
Ed N’Born at Shan Nicole’s Irish Pub, Hollidaysburg (starts 9 p.m.)
Urban Myth at East Freedom Firehall, East Freedom (Bikers for Barkers post party, starts 5 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Lake Raystown Resort (Bistro Deck), Entriken (starts 7:30 p.m.)
Greg Burley at Ferguson’s Pub, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)
The Boomers at Huntingdon VFW, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)
Woodshop Choir at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 7 p.m.)
Jampact at Philipsburg American Legion, Philipsburg (starts 9 p.m.)
Pennsylvania Consort “Concerts on the Square” with Coltt Winter Lepley at the Gazebo, downtown Bedford (starts 2 p.m., free admission)
SUNDAY NIGHT 7/21:
Bone Jacked at Valley View Amphitheater, Altoona (starts 5 p.m., free admission)
“Music in the Burg” with Altoona Brass Collective at Canal Basin Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m., free admission)
Zupe at Reservoir Park, Tyrone (starts 6 p.m., free admission)
The Band OZ at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Bedford County Fair, Bedford; featuring Dan & Galla (starts 2 p.m.)
Bedford County Fair, Bedford; featuring Dan & Galla (2 and 5 p.m.) and The Sharptones (7 p.m.)
Bedford County Fair, Bedford; featuring Dan & Galla (2 and 5 p.m.)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT 7/24:
Open Mic Night at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Bedford County Fair, Bedford; featuring Dan & Galla (2 and 5 p.m.) and 2+One Band (5 p.m.)
THURSDAY NIGHT 7/25:
Felix & the Hurricanes at People’s Natural Gas Field, Altoona (Altoona Curve pregame, starts 5 p.m.)
Shallow 9 at PA American Legion 21st District Wing Festival, Legion Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)
My Hero Zero and JR Mangan Band at Tussey Wingfest, Tussey Mountain Amphitheater, Boalsburg (starts 6 p.m.)
Open Mic Night at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 6 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.)
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