Thanksgiving Leftovers!

By November 29, 2019 Around the Area, Music

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, November 29 through Thursday, December 5.

There’s life on area live music stages this weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday, providing opportunities to dance off calories from those Thanksgiving leftovers, or continue to escape the in-laws.

For those excited about the arrival of ski season, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort presents their winter kickoff party on Saturday afternoon. “Ullr Fest” (named after Ullr, a Norse god associated with archery, snow and skiing) will take place at the Summit Lodge and Mueller’s Pub, and feature food and drink specials, nerf archery, and live music from Felix & the Hurricanes beginning at 1 p.m. The event will also collect donations of pet and cleaning supplies to benefit the Central PA and Bedford Humane Societies; those donating items will receive a coupon good for a $15 lift ticket on the resort’s opening day (to be determined).

Also this weekend, McGarvey’s welcomes the return of New York-based horror-punk/metal performers Chesty Malone & the Slice ‘Em Ups on Friday night. Weaned on punk bands like the Misfits and Black Flag, metal bands such as Black Sabbath and Venom, and zombie and slasher movies, Chesty Malone & the Slice ‘Em Ups offer rowdy, horror-laced punk/metal spit and vinegar. The group’s guitar player, Anthony Allen Van Hoek, used to play on area stages three decades ago as a member of State College-based punk-metal band Heart of Darkness. It Is Written starts off the music at 9 p.m.

Area music fans can also catch three rising Altoona-based original music groups at McGarvey’s on Saturday night. Faded Flowers (featuring three former members of Rain Must Fall), hard rockers Maul, and soul, folk and hip-hop specialists The PennSoulvanians will display their respective brands of original music starting at 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.


Chesty Malone & the Slice ‘Em Ups and It Is Written at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Seize Fire at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Washington Slept Here at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Stephanie & the Wild Hearts at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

Woodshop Choir at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 7 p.m.)

Rick Ramsey at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)

Ed N’Born at Olde Keg Bar & Grill, Portage (starts 9 p.m.)

90 Proof at Croatian Club, Smoke Run (starts 9 p.m.)


Felix & the Hurricanes at Summit Lodge (Mueller’s Pub), Blue Knob Ski Resort (Ullr Fest, starts 1 p.m.)


Faded Flowers, Maul and PennSoulvanians at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Seize Fire at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Happy Hour (Sarah Mellott and Tom Fix) at Shenanigans, Claysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Heidi & Don Showalter at Olde Bedford Brewing Company, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

Sound Of Silence at RiverBilly’s, Huntingdon (starts 9 p.m.)

John Peacefire and friends at Boxer’s Cafe, Huntingdon (starts 10 p.m.)

K4 Kountry at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell (starts 10 p.m.)

Second Edition at Rockhill American Legion, Rockhill (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Hotwax at Gallitzin IMS, Gallitzin (starts 9 p.m.)

Rokkandy at Patton VFW, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Lee Edwards Band at City Hotel, Northern Cambria (starts 9 p.m.)

Shallow 9 at Croatian Club, Smoke Run (starts 9 p.m.)

Downshift at The Grove, Belsano (starts 10 p.m.)

SUNDAY 12/1:

Brian Harshberger at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 2 p.m.)


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

White Shadow at Altoona Grand Hotel, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

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


Open Mic at Joos, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)


Open Mic with Rich Dasch at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)


Open Mic Night at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, 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.)

Lauren & Joe at McGarvey’s, 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.