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Another Belmar Anniversary; Return of a Misfit

May 10, 2013 - Jim Price
One of Altoona’s favorite eating and bar establishments marks another anniversary, an acoustic contest reaches its finals, and a former member of the Misfits returns to an area stage; all happening in the coming week on the area music scene.

Altoona’s Belmar Hotel celebrates 29 years in business with a busy weekend full of good food, festivities and live music. D.D. & the Pub Crawlers kick off the music Friday evening at 6 p.m. under the outdoor tent. Saturday under the tent, Cambria County-based country favorite Darrell Dumm kicks off music at 2 p.m., followed by Cousin Mike. Then on Saturday night, Flight 19 slams the exclamation point on the celebration with their charged dance party show starting at 10:30 p.m.

Pellegrine’s first-ever Acoustic Contest reaches its climax on Tuesday night, as six finalists – The Backyard Rockers, Left For Dead, EVK, Tuckey & Rooster, Phil Baskin and John Wolf – all vie for victory and big prizes for the top three finishers. Audience votes determine the winners, and music fans are encouraged to come cheer and vote for their favorites; all voters must pick two contestants on each ballot. The contest begins at 7 p.m. The order of the performances will be determined by luck of the draw before the start of the contest.

And former Misfits singer Michale Graves returns to Aldo’s on Thursday night to celebrate the release of his new CD, “Vagabond.” Graves, who last visited Aldo’s in October as part of former Ramones drummer Marky Ramone’s band Blitzkrieg, will perform songs off the new disc, which reflects more of his current modern folk/rock direction. Area bands Nobody’s Heroes and the Railroad City Murder Machines will kick off the evening. Admission is $5 at the door.

And on a sad note, a longtime area live music venue is no more after Friday. Citing diminishing audiences, the changing bar business and liquor law issues, Yesterday’s Party in Ebensburg is closing their doors after 18 years in business. Cambria County acoustic favorites Punk Fiction closed out live entertainment at the venue on Thursday night. For fans who have enjoyed live bands and musicians there over the years, Yesterday’s Party will be sorely missed.

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:


D.D. & the Pub Crawlers at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

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

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

Mike “Scooby” Rubbe at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Up Your Arsenal at Aldo’s, Altoona

The Hawks Blues Band at Teriz Place, Altoona

Drew Dodson at John’s Sports Bar, Altoona

Terry’s Band at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (9 p.m., members and guests)

Punk Fiction at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Born & the Beanstalk at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg

Wentle and Kevo Can’t Dance at Johnny’s Bar, Huntingdon


Darrell Dumm and Cousin Mike at the Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 2 p.m.)


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

Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs at Aldo’s, Altoona

Emberstitch at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona

Flight 19 at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Giants Of Science at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Born & the Beanstalk at Shaw’s, Altoona

The Boomers at Heidelberg Club, Altoona

Backyard Rockers and Untyed at Ashville Firehall, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Locked and Loaded at Mugshots, Gallitzin

One Brick Shy at Magoo’s, Cresson

Wyldsyde at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Disorganized Crime at Park Avenue Pub, Patton

Ganister at Davey’s, Hastings

Sunset Strip at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Acoustic Stew at Mad Hatters, St. Boniface

Half Tempted at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Dakota at Saxton Sportsmen’s Club, Saxton

Felix & the Hurricanes at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon


Purple Haze & the Madhatter (jam session) at Mad Hatters, St. Boniface (starts 4 p.m.)


Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

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


AnEmergencyScene presents: Mixtapes, Masked Intruder, The Composure, The Company You Keep, Ty Ayers and B-Side Avenue at Archway Center, Altoona (all ages, starts 5 p.m.)


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 (Finals); featuring the Backyard Rockers, Left For Dead, Tuckey & Rooster, Phil Baskin, EVK and John Wolf (starts 7 p.m.)


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

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

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


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

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

Michale Graves, Nobody’s Heroes and Railroad City Murder Machines at Aldo’s, Altoona

Felix & the Hurricanes at Co’BRH’s, Altoona

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

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Michale Graves, during a performance at Aldo's last August. Supporting his new recording "Vagabond," the former Misfits singer returns to Aldo's on Thursday night.


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