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The Reverend and a Remembrance

April 12, 2013 - Jim Price
This weekend’s area live music scene slate is highlighted by several high-profile national caliber and benefit shows happening on area stages.

Two different national caliber acts are performing in the area on Friday night. The Reverend Horton Heat will make their first onstage visit to Altoona, performing at Aldo’s, with special guests Continental and the Railroad City Murder Machines. At press time, a few tickets remained, but were reportedly going fast. Led by “The Reverend,” Jim Heath on guitar and vocals, The Reverend Horton Heat performs a high-energy brand of roots-geared rock’n’roll informed with rockabilly, punk, honky-tonk and blues. The group has enjoyed some commercial radio success with songs such as their 1990s hit “It’s Martini Time,” television appearances, and their music being used in television series such as “Hawaii 5-O.”

Also in the area this Friday night is the return of West Virginia-based national recording group Bobaflex, performing at Yesterday’s Party in Ebensburg. Participants in the Gigantour and Rock on the Range concerts, Bobaflex features brothers Shaun and Martin McCoy – descendents of the McCoy family that feuded with the Hatfields in the historic and deadly family feud. Bobaflex will perform their high-powered band of classic-rooted modern rock, including songs from their latest CD, “”Hell in My Heart,” which was released in the United Kingdom on April 1. Opening for Bobaflex will be Fulton County heavy rockers Way Down East and Cambria County’s Paradigm.

Area musicians, music fans, friends and family will converge on Pellegrine’s this Saturday night for the 9th annual Jeff Wallack Memorial Show. The show will remember Wallack, a popular Altoona area guitarist, who died unexpectedly in early April 2005 at age 40. During each year of the benefit, organizers seek to celebrate Wallack’s musical legacy by reuniting area bands he used to play with, as well as area groups who graced stages during the time when Wallack was active on the area music scene in the late ‘80s and ‘90s. This year, former Altoona-based funk, pop, rock and dance favorites Xeno will reunite onstage for the first time in almost 25 years. Reuniting will be singer Paula Glunt, keyboardist/singer Fran Hite, guitarist/singer Rick Wertz, bassist/singer Randy Rutherford, and drummer Beau Saller. The group will also welcome an additional guest musician, as saxophone player Bob Scholl will join the group for their set. Also reuniting during this year’s benefit are two of Wallack’s former bands, Rapid Fire and Shattered China. And filling out the six-band bill will be Felix & the Hurricanes, Half Tempted and NailDriver. The show will begin at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $8 each, or pay $10 at the door. Proceeds from the show will go to the Jeff Wallack Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to area youth pursuing music and art degrees after high school.

Also on Saturday night, another area musician will be remembered at a benefit concert to help in the fight against cancer. The Tom’s Tribute Relay for Life Cancer Benefit will take place at the New Germany Grove Hall in New Germany, and will raise money for Relay for Life in memory of Tom Johnson. Johnson, former guitarist and singer for longtime Cambria County oldies group Stillwater, passed away last year after a battle with cancer. This show will feature performances by the Tom Johnson Tribute Band, featuring former Stillwater band members; and Ghostown Revelry. Donation at the door for this show will be $10 per person.

For the younger audience, Altoona-based punk-pop rockers The Big Time will celebrate the release of their brand new CD, "Dreamers and Believers," by headlining an all-ages CD release concert at the Archway Center this Saturday evening, sponsored by AnEmergencyScene. The show begins at 5 p.m., and will also feature performances from Mosey (with former members of Valencia), Team Goldie, Post Season, A Faster Ride and Jexton Pugh.

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 and Joe Carlin at Raphael’s Steakhouse, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)

The Reverend Horton Heat, Continental and Railroad City Murder Machines at Aldo’s, Altoona

Total Whiteout at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Menace, Ante Up, Objection, Hometown Hate, Xs For Eyes and Shifted Earth at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (all ages, starts 7 p.m.)

The Syrins at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (9 p.m., members and guests)

Ground Crew at Underdogs, Bellwood (starts 7 p.m.)

Bobaflex, Paradigm and Way Down East at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Screamin’ Ugly at Magoo’s, Cresson

Born & the Beanstalk at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton

Hair Force One at St. Francis University, Loretto

Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin’ at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell

KB & the Crew at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg


AnEmergencyScene presents: The Big Time (CD release), Mosey, Team Goldie, Post Season, A Faster Ride and Jexton Pugh at Archway Center, Altoona (All ages, starts 5 p.m.)

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

The Cheaters and Ragdoll Physics at Aldo’s, Altoona

Born & the Beanstalk at Catholic War Veterans, Altoona

The Boomers at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona

D.D. & the Pub Crawlers at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Jeff Wallack Memorial Show at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring Felix & the Hurricanes, NailDriver, Half Tempted, Xeno (reunion), Shattered China (reunion), Rapid Fire (reunion) (show start 8 p.m. tickets at door $10, proceeds benefit Jeff Wallack Memorial Scholarship Fund)

Giants Of Science at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Dakota at Magoo’s, Cresson

Untyed at Gallitzin VFW, Gallitzin (Jamie Egar Benefit)

Dallas Marks at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Saving Jake at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Tom’s Tribute Relay for Life Cancer Benefit at New Germany Grove Hall, New Germany, featuring Tom Johnson Tribute Band and Ghostown Revelry

Ganister at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Locked and Loaded at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

The Sitch at Bedford American Legion, Bedford (Bedford Legion Riders benefit)

Twelve at Hill Valley Hotel, Mount Union


Second Sunday Community Drum Circle at Heartspace Wellness, Altoona (starts 2 p.m., free admission, donations accepted)


Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

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


Open Mic Night at the Ramada Cosmopolitan Lounge, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Acoustic Contest at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring Phil Baskin, Tuckey & Rooster, Mike “Scoobie” Rubbe, John Wolf, Mike Gambardella, the Backyard Rockers and Richard Wood (starts 7 p.m.)


The Country Gentlemen at Clair’s Ashville Inn, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

“Battle of the Acoustics” at City Hotel, Northern Cambria (starts 7 p.m.)

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.)

Borrowed Time at Horn O’Plenty, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)


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

Xander Demos at Aldo's, Altoona

Matt Day at Pellegrine's, Altoona

Michael O’Brian Band at Molly Maguire’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Sheldon Port at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 8:30 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Co’BRH’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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Rick Wertz and Paula Glunt of Xeno, during a performance at the 4D's Lounge on August 6, 1989. After nearly a quarter century away from area stages, Xeno reunites this Saturday night during the Jeff Wallack Memorial Show at Pellegrine's.


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