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Marky Ramone, Festivals and Benefits This Weekend!

October 12, 2012 - Jim Price
Several festivals, benefits and high-profile events help to make this a busy weekend on this area’s music scene.

One of the biggest highlights this weekend happens on Sunday night, when Ramones drummer Marky Ramone brings his current band project, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg, to Aldo’s Lounge in Juniata. Ramone, singer Michale Graves (of Misfits fame) and Blitzkrieg will perform a rapid fire set of 33-35 Ramones classics and original songs, keeping the legacy of the groundbreaking punk-rocking legends alive. The show starts at 7 p.m., and will also feature opening performances from area rockers the Railroad City Murder Machines, Xs For Eyes and The Whatleys. Tickets are available at Aldo’s. See my previous blog for an interview I conducted with Marky Ramone.

Several benefit concerts will feature area musicians donating their talents to help out several important causes. The second annual Patched Together Benefit concert takes place Saturday at Pellegrine’s, and will feature a wide range of musical flavors throughout the afternoon and evening to raise funds for the Home Nursing Agency’s Healing Patch program, which provides counseling and services to children and young people enduring the deaths of family members or other loved ones. Performers at this year’s Patched Together benefit include Felix and the Hurricanes, Chris Vipond and the Stanley Street Band, former Rusted Root drummer Jim Donovan and the Sun King Warriors, Rain Must Fall, Mama Corn, The Big Time, Rapid Fire, One Brick Shy and R2B2 all performing on the main stage, and the Backyard Rockers providing acoustic classics in between main stage acts. There will also be basket and other giveaways, door prizes and more. The concert is all ages; donation at the door is $5 per person (free to youngsters accompanied by a parent or guardian), or free with the purchase of a Patched Together T-shirt.

Pellegrine’s will host a second benefit on Sunday, this time to help out an area musician recovering from a serious accident. The Harry Bleyer Benefit concert will begin at 4 p.m., and will feature performances from the Backyard Rockers, Drop Dead Sarcasm, Sean Osborn, Timber Tantrum and Triple Threat. The proceeds will help out the family of area musician Harry Bleyer. Bleyer, the drummer for Lewistown-based rock band A Beautiful Mess, was critically burned over 80 percent of his body when a propane tank exploded near him inside his garage late last month. He is currently receiving treatments at an Allentown burn center. Donation at the door for this benefit is $5 per person, and proceeds will help Bleyer’s family with medical and other expenses during this difficult time.

A third benefit will take place Sunday afternoon at Madhatters in St. Boniface. The Brothers Never Forget Benefit will start at 2 p.m. and feature music from Bodacious B, along with dinner and a basket auction. Proceeds will go toward purchasing a headstone for Joe Greko, who lost his life in a motorcycle accident nearly four years ago. Any monies raised above the cost of the headstone will be placed in a trust fund for Greko’s surviving children.

And fall festivals continue this weekend as well. Bedford’s Fall Foliage Festival concludes this weekend with full slates of music on two stages both Saturday and Sunday, capped by the annual appearance of Chuck Blasko and The Vogues on Sunday afternoon. And the annual Hartslog Day Festival will fill Alexandria’s Main Street with plentiful arts, crafts, food vendors and live music. Admission to both events is free.

And if you want to get your Irish up this weekend, head to the Oriental Ballroom in Gallitzin on Sunday afternoon for the Irish Afternoon party, featuring performances from area Celtic music favorites the Michael O’Brian Band and Full Kilt, along with the Tir Na Nog Irish Dancers. The fun begins at 1 p.m., and donation is $5, with monies benefiting the Gallitzin American Legion.

There's lots of music on area stages this weekend, and no Penn State or Steeler games. So get out there and support area live music!

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


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

Born & the Beanstalk at Blue Knob Clubhouse (starts 6:30 p.m.)

“Friday Night Music” with Hannah Bingman at Bedford Arts Center, Bedford (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Rain Must Fall and the Rhythm Sharks at Aldo’s, Altoona

Flight 19 at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Dakota Rose at Hollidaysburg Legion, Hollidaysburg

Drew Dodson at Dilly’s, Claysburg (starts 9 p.m.)

Punk Fiction at Mugshotz, Gallitzin (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Strings Radio at Old Keg Inn, Portage

The Backyard Rockers at the Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton

Felix & the Hurricanes at Sokol Club, Lilly


Hartslog Day, Alexandria; featuring Juniata Valley High School Band (10 a.m.), Strings of Faith (10:45 a.m.), Juniata Valley Select Chorus (11:30 a.m.), Anita Roseborough (12:30 p.m.), Chosen (2:30 p.m.), Raining Blue (3:30 p.m.) (free admission)

Bedford Fall Foliage Festival, downtown Bedford:

Gazebo Stage: John and Jesse Topper (10 a.m.), A’Cappella Kinda Guys (11:30 a.m.), The Crawdaddies (12 noon), Dennie Huber (2 p.m.), The Stickers (3 p.m.)

River Stage: The Large Flowerheads (10 a.m. and 12 noon), Hounds Of Soul (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.)

Strolling: Mythica, A’Cappella Kinda Guys

“Patched Together” Benefit at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring Felix and the Hurricanes, Chris Vipond and the Stanley Street Band, Jim Donovan and the Sun King Warriors, Rain Must Fall, Mama Corn, The Big Time, Rapid Fire, One Brick Shy, R2B2, and the Backyard Rockers (starts 2 p.m., donation $5 or free if you purchase a T-shirt, proceeds benefit Home Nursing Agency’s Healing Patch program)


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

Flight 19 at Knights of Columbus, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

The Legendary Hucklebucks at Aldo’s, Altoona

The Sitch at Eldolyn Terrace, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

The House Band at the Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m., members and guests)

hot damn at Bellwood Eagles, Bellwood (starts 8 p.m., members and guests)

Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

The Conniptions at American Legion, Williamsburg

Emberstitch at Magoo’s, Cresson

Saving Jake at The Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Juke Left at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Riding Shotgun at Madhatters, St. Boniface

Jukehouse Bombers at Burnside Sportsmen’s Bar, Burnside

Bodacious B at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


Bedford Fall Foliage Festival, Bedford:

Gazebo Stage: Girlz In Black Hats (12 noon), Dennie Huber (2 p.m.), The Vogues (3 p.m.)

River Stage: Matt Otis (10 a.m. and 12 noon), Midnight Rodeo (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.)

Strolling: Mythica, A’Cappella Kinda Guys

Brothers Never Forget Benefit with Bodacious B at Madhatters, St. Boniface (starts 2 p.m., proceeds help family of accident victim Joe Greko)

Harry Bleyer Benefit at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring the Backyard Rockers, Drop Dead Sarcasm, Born & the Beanstalk, Timber Tantrum and Triple Threat (starts 4 p.m., $5 donation)

Irish Afternoon at Oriental Ballroom, Gallitzin; featuring the Michael O’Brian Band, Full Kilt and Tir Na Nog Irish Dancers (starts 1 p.m., $5 donation)


Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Ty Ayers (acoustic) at 4D’s Lounge, 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.)


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

Felix & the Hurricanes at Joe & Mary’s, Altoona

Born & the Beanstalk at Aldo's, Altoona

Dale Nitti at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton (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 and the Stanley Street Band, performing during last year's inaugural Patched Together Benefit concert at 30 Something. The group returns to perform at this year's Patched Together concert, happening Saturday at Pellegrine's.


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