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While the Music-a-Holic Is Away...

February 17, 2012 - Jim Price
This weekend has been circled on my calendar since…well, last year at this time!

The music industry will converge on Harrisburg this weekend for the 16th annual Millennium Music Conference, which runs from Thursday through Sunday. The conference itself will happen at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center in Camp Hill, and feature two days of music business panels, seminars, keynotes, a trade show, networking and more. Showcases will take place throughout the Harrisburg area, as close to 300 different bands and performers from Pennsylvania, surrounding states and beyond will share their music on various stages.

As in past years, your Altoona Mirror music-a-holic blogger will be in attendance at Millennium, and will try to post updates as schedule and hotel internet access permit.

But while yours truly will be away, the live music will continue to play on this area’s stages throughout the weekend.

Two benefits are among the highlights of this weekend’s local music scene action. On Friday night, popular area bands Half Tempted and Ganister join forces to help out local cancer patient Kevan Gochnour with a special benefit show at 30 Something. The show starts at 10 p.m., and the donation of $5 at the door will help out Kevan with his medical expenses.

Penn State Altoona’s Christian Student Fellowship is presenting “Love Out Loud” (L.O.L.), a benefit concert to raise funds and awareness toward Love 146, a national nonprofit organization working toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation worldwide. The concert will take place at Penn State Altoona’s Adler Gymnasium Saturday evening starting at 7:30 p.m., and feature performances by Penn State Altoona-based band In Remembrance Of Me, Greensburg-based band Arson In The Suburbs and Altoona favorites Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band. Ticket prices are $5 for Penn State students, and $10 for the general public. Door prizes and gift baskets will be available.

If you want to mix the pleasure of live music with hopes for the upcoming outdoor season, the annual Alleghenies Adventure Outdoor Show at the Blair County Convention Center will feature “Deer N Beer” performances from The House Band on Friday evening and Felix & the Hurricanes on Saturday evening. Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. Handcrafted beers and venison treats will be available during both performances. Advance tickets to the Outdoor Show are $15/person or $25/couple; admission at the door is $20 per person.

The weekend will also feature a return visit from popular Harrisburg-based party band juggernaut Emily’s Toybox Friday night at the 4D’s Lounge. And Baltimore’s All Natural, featuring Nevermoure/Vs. the Earth alumni Mike Ritchey on guitar and Shawn Hocherl on drums, brings their high-powered rocking show back to Pellegrine’s on Sunday night.

Here is the listing for live music on area stages this weekend:


The House Band at the 8th annual Hunting & Fishing Show at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

“The Concert for Kevan” (benefit for cancer patient Kevan Gochnour) featuring Half Tempted and Ganister at 30 Something, Altoona

Emily's Toybox at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

The Chaos Method at Aldo’s, Altoona

The Hawks Blues Band at Rubine’s, Altoona

The Jam at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Born and the Beanstalk at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort

The Royal Knights at Madhatters, St. Boniface


Felix & the Hurricanes at the 8th annual Hunting & Fishing Show at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

LOL (Love Out Loud) Benefit with In Remembrance Of Me, Arson In The Suburbs and Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band at Adler Gymnasium, Penn State Altoona (all ages, starts 7:30 p.m., proceeds benefit Love 146, a nonprofit organization working to wipe out child sex slavery and exploitation)

D.D. & the Pub Crawlers at Aldo’s, Altoona

A.X.E. at Family Pizza, Altoona

Artifact at Fat Daddy’s, Altoona

Slacker Theory at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Half Tempted at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Saving Jake at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort

The Hawks Blues Band at Blue Moon Saloon, Cresson

Unbridled at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Fuse at Madhatters, St. Boniface

Ganister at the County Line Inn, Mount Union


All Natural at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

(More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)

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Ganister, during a June 2010 performance at Pellegrine's. Ganister and Half Tempted will donate their talents toward the Concert for Kevan Benefit at 30 Something on Friday night.


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