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A Local Music Start to 2010
December 30, 2009 - Jim Price
If you’re looking for a live music option to help you cross the threshold from 2009 to 2010, there are a number of New Year’s Eve live music options around the area to choose from.
Altoona features several options. If you want to begin your celebration early, Rubine’s in Altoona presents The House Band starting at 8:30 p.m. Singer/keyboardist Mark Rossi, guitarist/singer Tom Rhodes and drummer Ed Murvine carry on the tradition that Mark and his late brother, Jim Rossi, started in the late ‘80s with the U.S. Hotel House Band; and will perform a selection of classic rock, blues, country, bluegrass and more. The House Band’s performances often become community celebrations, as audience members can sing along, play tambourines and more.
Also starting early, popular local rocking trio 7th Gear will provide the entertainment at Family Pizza & Pub starting at 9:30. Singer/guitarist Brendon Burns, bassist/singer Kelly Montgomery and drummer/singer Randy Servello will serve up a variety of current and classic rock favorites.
Meanwhile, Altoona’s Bedlam will hail in the New Year at the Belmar Hotel starting at 10 p.m. Bedlam features a cast of seasoned area musicians: singer Bob Gates, guitarist/singer John McKelvey, bassist Tim Kelly and drummer Dwayne Young. They will entertain with a selection of classic rock and favorites from the ‘60s to today. Limited tickets are available.
If you want an ‘80s hair band start to 2010, Hair Force One will transfer you into the new year through “the Decade of Decadence” at 30 Something in Greenwood. Starting at 10:30 p.m., the reunited original line-up of singer Victor Synn, guitarists Jimi Hatt and Michael, bassist Iva and drummer G will bring maximum hair-band rock from names such as Poison, Warrant, Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Quiet Riot, Guns N’Roses, Def Leppard, Ratt and more. There will also be party favors, noisemakers and a midnight buffet. Advance tickets are available.
There are several other live music options within Blair County to choose from as well.
If you seek a jam-flavored start to 2010, local psychedelic hoedown adventurers Mysterytrain will party like it’s 1969 at the PPG Pavilion in Tipton. Singer/guitarist Dan Klock, guitarist Brian McHugh, keyboardist/singer Gina Riggio, bassist Kevin Share, percussionist Jacob Haqq-Misra and drummer Chuck Bailey will entertain with their original blend of improvisational rock, blues, rockabilly, psychedelic sounds and more. There will be guest performers as well. This celebration starts at 7 p.m., and those attending are invited to stay overnight. Admission is $10 per person.
Claysburg has two live music options for New Year’s Eve. Glenn’s Place presents local classic rocking favorites Half Tempted starting at 10:30 p.m. Although singer/guitarist Ron Dalansky is still on the mend from a leg injury earlier this year; expect Ron, guest singer Steve Oswalt, bassist/singer Joe George and drummer Clint Carothers to keep spirits high with classics from AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith and many more. Advance tickets are available.
Dilly’s Bar in Claysburg will ring in 2010 with rising area party/rock band Danger Kitty starting at 10 p.m. A quintet featuring Johnstown and Bedford area musicians, Danger Kitty plays an upbeat variety of current and classic rock favorites.
And if you want to mix some skiing and live music into your kickoff to 2010, the Blue Knob Clubhouse is bringing in Pittsburgh rock legend Norman Nardini starting at 9 p.m. Playing guitar, singing and sharing his trademark sass and wit, Nardini and his trusty sidemen Harry Bottoms on bass and Hollidaysburg native Mark “Whitey” Cooper on drums and vocals will play their signature “Pittsville, Pennsyltucky” mix of original and classic rock, blues, soul, country and more. Admission is $15, and there will be party favors, door prizes, event t-shirts, champagne and a midnight snack bar available. Condos are available for those who don’t wish to drive afterward; group rates are available.
Of course, if you do plan to celebrate, don’t get behind the steering wheel if you’ve had too much to drink. Designate a driver, or take advantage of some of the free taxi service options available on New Year’s Eve; so you don’t wind up spending your New Year’s Day behind bars, in the hospital…or worse.
Mark Rossi and Tom Rhodes of The House Band, during an October performance at Rubine's Bar in Altoona. The House Band entertains at Rubine's on New Year's Eve.