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Bluegrass and a Benefit This Weekend!

March 23, 2012 - Jim Price
This weekend’s live music forecast for area stages calls for a taste of bluegrass and a benefit to help out a youngster battling cancer.

The bluegrass happens Friday night at Pellegrine’s, with a rare Altoona appearance by hometown bluegrass/folk specialists Mama Corn. The group will bring their fresh and lighthearted blend of traditional bluegrass, folk, and grassed-up interpretations of non-bluegrass artists from Pink Floyd to Rob Zombie to Pellegrine’s stage beginning at 9 p.m. Mama Corn is gearing up for a busy spring and summer season, which includes appearances at Kempton’s Spring Blossom Bluegrass Festival in May, the 9th annual Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival near Renovo and the O.A.T.S. Bluegrass Festival in Benton in June, Bethlehem’s annual Musikfest in early August, and more.

Six area band favorites will converge on Altoona’s 4D’s Lounge this Sunday night to help out a 6-year-old girl recently diagnosed with cancer. Abigail Miller, the daughter of Bryan and Kristen Miller, will undergo 25 weeks of chemotherapy after having a 5-pound tumor and her left kidney removed in January. The bands Bodacious B, Flight 19, Giants Of Science, Slacker Theory, 7th Gear and Xs For Eyes will donate their talents to help raise funds to help Abigail and her family. The concert starts at 6 p.m., and the donation at the door will be $10 per person. The evening will also include prize drawings and a silent auction for items donated by local businesses.

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


Hello, Vixen at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Mama Corn at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

The Rot at Aldo’s, Altoona

Ambush at Rubine’s, Altoona

Wood-n-Strings at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 9 p.m.)

Crazy Nights at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Absolution, Rebel Inc., Sylex and RTL (Represent The Lie) at The Arena, State College


AnEmergencyScene Presents: Wolves At Bay, Born Without Bones, The Hotel Year, HisDayWillCome, The Baby Grand, Eyes Wide, Light Hearted and Greylines at Masonic Hall, Altoona (all ages, starts 5 p.m.)

Rain Must Fall and Ancient Ear at Aldo’s, Altoona

A.X.E. at Family Pizza, Altoona

kBand at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Radio Tokyo at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Hair Force One at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Shades Of Leather at Madhatters, St. Boniface

Forever On Holiday at Park Avenue Pub, Patton

Rick Ramsey with Ed Hofer at Jay's Place, Ebensburg

Hello, Vixen at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

P.T. Cruisers at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Sound Of Silence at Hill Valley Inn, Mount Union


Benefit For Abigail featuring Bodacious B, Flight 19, Giants Of Science, Slacker Theory, 7th Gear and Xs For Eyes at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.; proceeds help out 6-year-old Abigail Miller, recently diagnosed with cancer)

Highway Divide at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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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Mama Corn, during a New Year's Day performance at the Elk Creek Cafe in Millheim. Mama Corn makes a rare Altoona appearance this Friday night at Pellegrine's.