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Get Your Wings!

July 6, 2012 - Jim Price
Outdoor chicken wing season is upon us. Several popular area summertime events that center around the consumption of chicken wings start up in the next couple of weeks.

Thursdays will now feature two such events. The Pennsylvania American Legion 21st District Wing Festival will make its debut this Thursday evening, July 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Hollidaysburg’s Legion Park. Admission will be free. Wing vendors from various area taverns and eateries will be selling wings of different flavors. Live music will be provided by Felix & the Hurricanes.

Meanwhile, Lakemont Park will present their Wing Off event Thursdays from 5 to 10 p.m., again presenting a variety of wing flavors from area vendors plus live music. Admission to the Park is $5, which includes rides, the Water Park and Wing Off. Entertaining at the first Wing Off on Thursday will be The Kick at 5 p.m. and Inside Out (featuring members of Kyx) at 6 p.m.

For out of town wing enjoyment, the Conemaugh Township Fire Company presents their annual Wing Blast event beginning this Saturday at Greenhouse Park near Johnstown. The event runs from 6 to 11 p.m., and will take place each Saturday evening during July. The Michael O’Brian Band entertains the Wing Blast crowd this Saturday; and bands for the remaining three Wing Blasts include Wyld Syde on July 14, Inside Out (Johnstown band) on July 21, and Octane on July 28.

And starting on Thursday, July 19, Tussey Mountain presents their WingFest event, which will take place Thursday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m. through August 30 at the amphitheater. Admission is $5, with children 12 and under admitted free. The band Lowjack entertains at the first WingFest event on July 19.

Besides wing events, Arts Festival week kicks off Wednesday with Children’s Day at the 46th annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in downtown State College, and on Thursday, the 20th annual People’s Choice Festival begins in Boalsburg. Check both festivals' website links elsewhere on this blog to see the performance schedules for these events.

Also, the Philipsburg Heritage Days celebration kicks off this Tuesday, July 10, and runs through July 15; featuring a variety of activities, live music and more.

Needless to say, there is a lot to see and do in the coming week if you are a music fan. So pick some shows, and show your support for live music!

Here is a full listing for live music on area stages this weekend and the coming week:


Cousin Mike at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 5 p.m.)

Summer Sounds Concert Series with the Fabulous Flashbacks at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., all ages, free admission)

“Friday Night Music” with Washington Slept Here at Bedford Arts Center, Bedford (starts 7 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at the Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Broken Rocker at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Borrowed Time at Magoo’s, Cresson


Michael O’Brian Band at Conemaugh Township Wing Blast, Greenhouse Park, Johnstown (starts 5 p.m.)


The Santones Orchestra at Oriental Ballroom, Gallitzin (benefits Central PA Humane Society and American Legion Post174, starts 7 p.m.)

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

Rick Reisling Benefit with The Sitch, Johnny Danger, Rhythm Sharks, Backyard Rockers, Hot Damn and Alex Dierling & Karlee Williams at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

No Big Deal at Newburg Firehall

That 90s Band at Eldolyn Terrace, Altoona

Sheldon Port at Zach’s, Altoona

Rock and Roll Gypsies at American Legion, Williamsburg

The Jam at Kelce’s Bar, Philipsburg

The Jukehouse Bombers at Madhatters, St. Boniface

Hair Force One at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Steph & the Stiffies at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Moon Dog at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


Heartspace Drum Circle Get Together at Penn State Altoona (starts 2 p.m.)

Lou Stein at Baker Mansion, Altoona (starts 2 p.m.)

The Country Travelers at Canoe Creek State Park (beach concession area, starts 2 p.m.)

Bodacious B at Alley Popper, Houtzdale (starts 3 p.m.)

Buck Dickson & the Felons at Cesare Battisti Club, Altoona (Bikers for Barkers Motorcycle Run after party, band starts 4 p.m.)

Griff at Madhatters, St. Boniface (4-7 p.m.)


AnEmergencyScene presents Mixtapes, With the Punches, Nothing to Prove, Steiner Street, Undesirable People, A Faster Ride and Last in Line at Masonic Hall, Altoona (all ages, starts 5 p.m.)

Last Stand at Marzoni’s, Duncansville (5-8 p.m.)

The Keystone Ramblers at Valley View County Park Amphitheater, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Ride the Song with Phil McCaulley at Reservoir Park, Tyrone (starts 6 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


“Blue Monday” with Tom McCarty & Mountain City Grass at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)


Felix & the Hurricanes at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

7th Gear at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona

Craig Fitzpatrick at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)

Open Mic Night at Mugshotz, Gallitzin (starts 8 p.m.)

Open Mic/Jam Night at City Hotel, Northern Cambria (starts 8 p.m.)

Open Mic/Jam Night at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)


Philipsburg Heritage Days with Time Capsule Acoustic Duo, Zach & Cody, Restless Renegades, The Jam and The Lucky 13s at Front Street, Philipsburg (music starts 4 p.m.)

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College with Erin Condo& the Hoofties, Vinegar Creek Constituency, The Insomniacs, Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz, Jay Vonada Trio, Dirk Quinn Band, JR & Natalie Band, Atlas Soundtrack, Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, Primary Element and Flashback Forward (music starts 1:30 p.m.)

People’s Choice Festival, Boalsburg with the Lockport Drifters, Jay Vonada Trio, Ramport Street Ramblers, Jay Smar, Cliff Turner Band R&B Soul Revue, The Badlees, Chiz Rider (music starts 11:30 a.m.)


Felix & the Hurricanes at PA American Legion 21st District Wing Festival, Legion Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 5 p.m., free admission)

Yesterday’s Classics at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

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

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The Fabulous Flashbacks, during a performance at the Cookport Fair last September. The Flashbacks will perform at downtown Altoona's Heritage Plaza this Friday night as part of the Summer Sounds concert series.


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