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A Busy Fall Weekend

September 26, 2008 - Jim Price
The first weekend of fall brings a lot of live music action to this part of the world.

Outdoors, the action starts this Friday night with Loverboy performing at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum.  The current edition of Loverboy features 80% of the original line-up (sans bassist Scott Smith, who was lost at sea off the San Francisco coast in 2000).  Obviously, expect to hear all of the group’s biggest hits, as well as a song or two from their recently-released album Just Getting Started.  Local Altoona area favorites Flight 19 will open the show.  Tickets are $20 online, and should also be available at the gate.

This Saturday has several noteworthy live music-related events.  The annual Potatofest happens in downtown Ebensburg from 9 AM to 5 PM.  Besides arts, crafts, and organizations and vendors offering a plethora of potato-based edibles; there will be live music throughout the day.  The Sharptones (early rock and roll) and Kayla Hilton (country) start the music at 10 AM, followed by acoustic performer John Stiffler at 11:30, Rosie & the Jammers (variety/polka) and Pittsburgh-based Elvis impersonator Jamie Harris (“Shadows Of The King”) at 12:30, Johnstown’s Flood City Brass (brass rock/R&B) at 1, and country performer Kenny Biter, and classic rock/pop/variety bands The Boomers and Echoes starting at 3.  Admission to Potatofest is free, and shuttle bus service will be available from Admiral Peary Vo-Tech and Lake Rowena.

Also happening Saturday is the third annual DeltaPalooza benefit concert, happening outside the JFK Student Center on the campus of St. Francis University in Loretto.  Sponsored by the University’s Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, DeltaPalooza starts at 2:45 PM, and will feature performances from Chris V. & the Stanley Street Band, Moxie, Soundrive, Night Train, Shades Of June and Ricky Lee & the Mustangs.  There will also be an ROTC climbing wall, games and other activities.  Proceeds from DeltaPalooza help out the American Red Cross.  Admission is $5 per person, or $3 with a food or clothing donation.  The first 150 people through the gates receive a free DeltaPalooza T-shirt.

On Saturday night, among the live music nightspot happenings in the Altoona area, is a benefit performance at 30 Something in Altoona to help out Penn State Altoona’s Eco-Action organization and its programs.  Performing will be a new area band, Mysterytrain.  Seven members strong, Mysterytrain will perform an improvisational variety of sounds connecting elements of rock, country, bluegrass, funk, blues, Latin and African drumming and more.  Donation is $5 at the door.

Delgrosso’s Amusement Park in Tipton closes out their 2008 season this weekend with their annual Harvestfest on Saturday and Sunday.  The Sharptones will entertain on Saturday, while national country artist Ronnie McDowell will perform on Sunday.  Admission is $4.

And on Sunday night, you can catch the new-look edition of popular Harrisburg-based party/modern-rock band Rise Phoenix Rise at Pellegrine’s in Altoona.  The group has undergone several personnel changes in recent months; first slimming to a foursome with the departure of guitarist Jarrod Griffith, and then changing bass players, with Ronnie Williams leaving the group and Hollidaysburg’s Jarrod Spinazzola (previously with the short-lived House Atlantic) taking over.  That performance begins at 10:30.

Don’t let the wet weather keep you indoors; get out and enjoy the live music this weekend while it is still warm enough to do so!

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Local favorites Flight 19 will open Friday's Loverboy concert at Altoona's Railroader's Museum. This photo was taken during the Museum's Battle Of The Bands in late August; Flight 19 won the popular vote in the Battle to earn the opening slot for Loverboy.


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