Cabin Fever 2, Chili Fest, Chinese New Year and Pajama Jam This Weekend!

By January 24, 2020 Around the Area, Music

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

Benefits and celebrations highlight the area’s live music slate this weekend.

On Friday evening, the “Cabin Fever 2 – U.S. Armed Forces Mothers Fundraiser” takes place at The Casino near Lakemont Park. Felix & the Hurricanes will provide the musical entertainment following a dinner. Tickets are $15 per person, which includes music and dinner; proceeds will help out the U.S. Armed Forces Mothers, a non-profit organization who sends care packages to U.S. troops stationed overseas.

The Central PA Humane Society’s annual “Chili Fest” event returns on Saturday evening to Altoona’s Bavarian Aid Society (upstairs hall). But it adds a new twist this year, as the event is now “Chili Fest & Wings,” with a variety of wings being served up along with chili recipes from various area eateries and establishments. Shallow 9 will provide the musical soundtrack for the chili and wing-gorging fun. Tickets are sold out for this event, but a waiting list is available should any ticket-holders cancel from attending.

Saturday also marks the start of the Chinese New Year 2020, The Year of the Rat. Music fans can ring in the Chinese New Year during McGarvey’s annual Chinese New Year celebration, as The Zero Club provides a mix of classic rock from the 1970s through 1990s. The Cambria County-based rock group introduces their two newest members, as singer Stacy Feighner and guitarist/singer Tony Feighner join singer Mike Davis, guitarist Bob Gray, bassist Josh Yahner and drummer Dave “Red Dawg” Solinski. An all-you-can-eat Chinese food buffet will be available as well. The festivities begin at 9 p.m.

And area jam music adventurers Mysterytrain present their annual “Pajama Jam” event in Tipton this weekend. A pre-party will lead off the event on Friday night, with the High Street Drifters performing at 9 p.m., followed by an open jam. The music then resumes at 2 p.m. on Saturday with a number of area bands and performers, including the High Street Drifters, Dee Maple Duo, Nag Champions, CJ Oswald, the host band Mysterytrain and Steal Your Face. For location details, visit Mysterytrain’s website, Overnight sleeping and camping will be available inside the venue, and vendors and food will be available. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $30 at the gate. And wearing pajamas is totally acceptable.

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.


“Cabin Fever 2 – U.S. Armed Forces Mothers Fundraiser” with Felix & the Hurricanes at The Casino, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., tickets $15; includes dinner and band)

“Mysterytrain’s Pajama Jam” pre-party with High Street Drifters in Tipton (starts 9 p.m.)

Jae Smith at Molly’s Pub & Grill, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

“Feelin’ @ Home” with The PennSOULvanians, Chill Bundlez and Kai at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Fortune & Glory at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Matt Wagner at Holiday Bowl (Strike Zone Bar & Grille), Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Matt Pletcher at Cesare Battisti Club, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

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

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

Bill Ferrell at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Scottie Scott at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort (starts 8 p.m.)

Bodacious B at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

Happy Hour at Bloody Run Social Club, Everett (starts 8 p.m.)

Dany Vavrek at Olde Keg Bar & Grill, Portage (starts 9 p.m.)

Crossroads Band at Portage Italian Club, Portage (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Scott Erickson at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

White Shadow at Ebensburg VFW, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Lonesome Road at The Grove, Belsano (starts 9 p.m.)

Reboot at Philipsburg American Legion, Philipsburg (starts 9 p.m.)


“Mysterytrain’s Pajama Jam” in Tipton; featuring High Street Drifters, Dee Maple Duo, Nag Champions, CJ Oswald, Mysterytrain and Steal Your Face (starts 2 p.m., pre-sale tickets $20/person, tickets at door $30/person)


“Chili Fest & Wings” with Shallow 9 at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 5 p.m., benefits Central PA Humane Society; tickets SOLD OUT)

“Chinese New Year, Year of the Rat” with The Zero Club at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Kent Martin at Cesare Battisti Club, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

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

Hops & Vines at The Bull Pen, Tyrone (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Rewynd at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg (starts 9 p.m.)

Hair Force One at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg (starts 10 p.m.)

Bone Jacked at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort (starts 9 p.m.)

Jason Sheffield at Olde Bedford Brewing Company, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

Avenue Of Kings at RiverBilly’s Grill & Bar, Huntingdon (starts 9 p.m.)

Sound Of Silence at Hill Valley Inn, Mount Union (starts 9 p.m.)

Bree Gearhart at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Jimmy V at Hagen’s Irish Pub, Chest Springs (starts 8 p.m.)

Lauren & Joe at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Low Voltage at Almost Home, Nanty Glo (starts 9 p.m.)

Homegrown at Port Matilda Hotel, Port Matilda (starts 10 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 with Rich Dasch at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)


Jam 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.)

Open Mic Night at Our Station House, Ebensburg (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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