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The Super Weekend

February 1, 2013 - Jim Price
Rumor has it that there is some sort of big football game happening this weekend, sometime on Sunday evening. Before you plop down in front of the tube to root against either Ray Lewis getting another ring or the 49ers tying the Steelers for Super Bowl wins, get fired up with some of the excellent live local music taking place on area stages this weekend!

Among some of the pre-game live music action, Aldo’s hosts a lively triple band bill this Friday night, featuring State College punk rock upstarts The Whatleys, the over-the-top rock’n’roll stylings of the Rik Golden Band, and the punk-infused modern rock sounds of Stereo Frenzy. All three bands have distinctive styles and sounds, and should make for an exciting show from start to finish.

On Saturday night, Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band bring their grooves back into the Belmar Hotel. The last time this group entertained at the Belmar, on the Sunday night before New Years Eve, they were joined onstage by Chris Vipond’s and Mike Stanley’s former Neogumbo bandmate Paul Johnson on guitar. The musical grooves were punchy and nonstop, and the Belmar dance floor stayed busy for the entire night.

Also Saturday night, Happy Valley party favorites Total Whiteout returns to the stage of the 4D’s Lounge. This group has been steadily winning legions of dance floor fans throughout the state with their potent, high-energy modern pop/rock show.

And regardless of whether Ray Lewis gets that last Super Bowl ring or the 49ers tie the Steelers’ record six Super Bowl wins, you can bring your sorrows to Shaw’s Bar, where the Sunday night lineup of Felix & the Hurricanes will provide the postgame relief. With singer Steve Oswalt and bassist Joe George joining the Hurricanes core of guitarist/singer Felix Kos and drummer Bob Watters, this edition of the Hurricanes has been exploring new sounds and expanding their repertoire. Lately, this edition of the Hurricanes has been performing songs from such previously unlikely Hurricanes terrain as Alice In Chains, Loverboy, Shinedown, Chickenfoot and Radiohead. And they also have been breaking out classic rock deep cuts from names like Deep Purple, Montrose, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath and more.

Support live music this weekend! And if you plan to celebrate heavily while doing so, please designate a driver or call a cab!

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


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

Born & the Beanstalk at the Celtic Knot, Bellwood

Felix & the Hurricanes at the Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 8 p.m., members and guests)

Giants Of Science at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Rik Golden Band, The Whatleys and Stereo Frenzy at Aldo’s, Altoona

Pendulum at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Conner Gilbert at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

The Backyard Rockers at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort (starts 8:30 p.m.)

The Beatlemaniacs at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton

Moon Dog (Rolling Stones tribute) at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Andy Lubert at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


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

R2B2 at Family Pizza, Altoona

Rich Edmundson at Pellegrine's, Altoona

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

Total Whiteout at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Saving Jake at Aldo’s, Altoona - CANCELLED

Inside Out (Kyx members) at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort

Emberstitch at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Rock & Roll Gypsies at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg

Dakota at Saxton Sportsmen’s Club, Saxton

The Sitch at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg

Felix & the Hurricanes at Mug Shots, Gallitzin

Highway Divide at Gallitzin EMS, Gallitzin (members and guests)

Born & the Beanstalk at Magoo’s, Cresson

Strings Radio at Sankertown VFW, Sankertown

Sunset Strip at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Without Zerb at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Tom “Ying” Yannitelli at Mad Hatters, St. Boniface

P.T. Cruisers at the City Hotel, Northern Cambria


Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Ty & Pletcher at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona (upstairs)


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


Wertz & Pletcher at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona

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

Open Mic/Jam Night at Mug Shots, Gallitzin (starts 8 p.m.)


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

Felix & the Hurricanes at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Brendon Burns (7th Gear) at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Tom “Ying” Yannitelli at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton

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

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Blog Photos

Luke Pfister of Stereo Frenzy, during an October performance at Aldo's. Stereo Frenzy is part of a triple band bill taking place at Aldo's this Friday night.