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Roar for the Weekend!

July 20, 2012 - Jim Price
Mother Nature’s thunder won’t be the only thunder you may hear around Blair County this weekend.

The seventh annual Roar In The Mountains motorcycle rally takes place this weekend in and around Legion Park in Hollidaysburg. Staged during September in previous years, Roar In The Mountains was moved up to the warmer summer conditions of July this year in the hopes of more favorable weather and increased biker turnout. Roar activities will take place from Friday afternoon through Sunday; including motorcycle-related vendors and displays, all-female daredevil duo Circus Una, a Pennsylvania National Guard Stryker display, bike games, the A.B.A.T.E. campground, live music and more. Roar’s live music slate will showcase area bands throughout the weekend; with Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band and Half Tempted performing on Friday night, Blu Voodoo, Rain Must Fall and Johnstown-based Johnny Cash tribute show The Cash Review on Saturday, and Black Sun and The Lawn Darts on Sunday. Admission to Roar In The Mountains is $5 per person.

This weekend’s installment of the Summer Sounds concert series at downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza on Friday evening will take on a country flavor, as regional country artists Randy Clark & the Renegade Ride perform starting at 6 p.m. The group will play a mixture of original country, modern and classic country, and a few classic and southern rock favorites. Group namesake Randy Clark issued a 2007 CD called “One Life.”

Fans of punk rock and hardcore music might consider a roadtrip to Bilger’s Rocks near Grampian this weekend for the three-day annual Stonefest, which will feature a wide assortment of punk rock, hardcore, rockabilly bands, acoustic performers and more, along with overnight camping and more. The event kicks off Friday afternoon and lasts through Sunday evening. Admission for the entire weekend is $20.

And after rains scuttled Thursday evening’s Hollidaysburg’s Downtown Live concert with Flight 19, that event has been rescheduled for next Thursday evening, July 26, starting at 6 p.m. on the Diamond.

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


Stonefest at Bilger’s Rocks, Grampian; featuring On Skies of Red, Scrap Kids, Officer Down, Easy Tiger, Twisted & Used, The Bees Trees, Overdose on Vitamins, Between Us & Them, Death Grip, Toxic Sunshine, Pitfall Combat, The Company You Keep, Shady Ave., Chessie & the Kittens, Artica, DJ Nick Fury & the 40 Oz. Casualties (starts 12 noon, admission $10/day, $20/weekend)


Randy Clark and Renegade Ride at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (Summer Sounds Concert Series, starts 6 p.m.)

Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band and Half Tempted at Roar In the Mountains, Legion Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 5 p.m., Roar admission $5)

Randy Jackson and Steve Johnopolos at Raphael’s Steakhouse, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Mountain City Grass at Claysburg Area Community Park, Claysburg (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

Sheldon Port at Zach’s, Altoona

Highway Divide at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Dakota Rose at Sankertown VFW, Sankertown

Shades Of Leather at Madhatters, St. Boniface (starts 9 p.m.)

Punk Fiction at Patton Slovak Club, Patton

Locked and Loaded at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg


Stonefest at Bilger’s Rocks, Grampian; featuring Jennifer Bertiaux, William James, Landon Shaffer, The Red Cadets, Dutch Courage, Take Over Soldiers, Rainyday Burnride, The Business Fairy, Floridians Against Rising Tide, Xs for Eyes, Cowabunga Beatbox, Wait For It, The Wasted, October Skys, Otis, The Mad Conductor, The Stupid Stupid Henchmen (starts 11 a.m., admission $20/weekend)

Ruff Tymes at Slovak Club, Dunlo (Coats for Kids motorcycle run after-party; run starts 1 p.m., proceeds benefit Coats for Kids)

Blu Voodoo at Roar In the Mountains, Legion Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 2 p.m., Roar admission $5)

Steve Summerhill at the Heidelberg, Altoona (starts 3 p.m.)

Inside Out at Conemaugh Township Wing Blast, Greenhouse Park, Johnstown (starts 5 p.m.)


Doug Whitfield at Raphael’s Steakhouse, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Rain Must Fall and The Cash Review (Johnny Cash tribute) at Roar in the Mountains, Legion Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 5 p.m., Roar admission $5)

The House Band at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona

2Twenty2 at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Chuck Mason & Blue Reality at Shaw's Bar, Altoona

Hot Damn at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Saint Diablo and Ninetail at Aldo’s, Altoona

Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

R2B2 at Eldolyn Terrace, Altoona

Conner Gilbert at Zach’s, Altoona

No Big Deal at Unter Uns, Altoona

Dakota Rose at Williamsburg Legion, Williamsburg

The Backyard Rockers at Madhatters, St. Boniface (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Punk Fiction at Park Avenue Pub, Patton

Fuse at Nanty Glo Park & Pool, Nanty Glo (Freebird party, starts 7 p.m.)

Sunset Strip at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Without Zerb at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

The Sitch at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Midsummer Night’s Jam at Ace’s Lounge, Johnstown; featuring Black Cat Moan, the Hit & Miss Engines and The Groove Gathering (starts 8 p.m.)


Black Sun and The Lawn Darts at Roar in the Mountains, Legion Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 12 noon, Roar admission $5)

Big Mac ‘n the Fries at Valley View Park Amphitheater, Altoona (starts 5 p.m.)

Stonefest at Bilger’s Rocks, Grampian; featuring Gunther Botzman, Conductor, Travis Roy, Otis, Toothgrinder, Halls Tainted Red, Condition Oakland, The Hospital Blues, Black Mask and Centralia (starts 11:15 a.m., free admission)

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

Joan & John at Madhatters, St. Boniface (4-7 p.m.)


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

Second Winds Jazz Band at Reservoir Park, Tyrone (starts 6 p.m., free admission)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


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

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.)


Rock & Roll Gypsies at PA American Legion 21st District Wing Festival, Legion Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 5 p.m., free admission)

Mysterytrain at WingOff, Lakemont Park, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., $5 park admission)

Downtown Live! with Flight 19 on the Diamond, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Ted McCloskey & the Hi-Fi’s and The Insomniacs at WingFest, Tussey Mountain Ski Resort, Boalsburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

7th Gear acoustic (Brendon and Michelle) at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 8:30 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Joe & Mary’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Bodacious B at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Born & the Beanstalk at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

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

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Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band, performing during the 2011 Roar In The Mountains motorcycle rally last September. The group helps kick off this year's Roar In The Mountains on Friday evening at Hollidaysburg's Legion Park.


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