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Helping an Area Musician

July 12, 2013 - Jim Price
Among the noteworthy events taking place on area live music stages this weekend is a benefit concert to help an area musician and raise awareness about his health issue.

Area guitarist and singer Brian Cupples has been battling the effects of long term mercury poisoning since symptoms first developed in 1997, and he has suffered from several severe health issues stemming from that poisoning. The Mercury Poisoning Awareness Benefit for Brian Cupples will happen Sunday afternoon and evening at Altoona’s Bavarian Aid Society Ballroom. A number of bands and artists will perform, including Skye 2.0, The House Band, The Planet Mercury All Star Band, Fred Myers and the Redneck Majority, the Backyard Rockers, Debra Demko, Colin Lennox, Pete Caccamo and more. Numerous musicians will perform with the Planet Mercury All Star Band, and one of the songs they will perform is “Happy,” an original song that Cupples composed. Donation at the benefit is $12, which includes the music and dinner.

Also this weekend, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College and People’s Choice Festival in Boalsburg will continue, and the next installment of the “Alive @ Five” Summer Concert Series takes place at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum, featuring Queen tribute act Almost Queen with opening local act Highway Divide. That takes place Friday evening starting at 6 p.m.

There are lots of performers and shows to check out, so support live music this weekend and upcoming week! 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:

FRIDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING:

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College – stage schedule:

Allen Street Stage: 12 noon – Callan, 2 p.m. – DNA, 4 p.m. – J.D. Eicher & the Goodnights, 6 p.m. – Ted McCloskey & the Hi-Fi’s, 8 p.m. – The Ultra Kings, 10 p.m. – J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices

Festival Shell Stage: 1:30 p.m. – The Denicats, 3:30 p.m. – Slackwater News, 5:30 p.m. – Vinegar Creek Constituency, 8 p.m. – Bovine Social Club, 10 p.m. – Mac Arnold and Plate Full o’ Blues

Willard Plaza: 2:30 p.m. – Jim Colbert, 4:30 p.m. – Scott Mangene,

Sidney Friedman Park Stage: 3:30 p.m. – Pepper Lotus Tribal, 6 p.m. – Sunny Weather, 8 p.m. – Mark DeRose and the Dreadnaught Brigade, 10 p.m. – Bethesda

People’s Choice Festival, Boalsburg – Stage Schedule:

North Stage: 11:30 a.m. – Jay Vonada Trio, 1 p.m. – J.R. Mangan & Friends, 2:30 p.m. - The Banjo Man, 4 p.m. – Joe Bonson and Coffee Run, 6 p.m. – Your Dad’s Friends

South Stage: 11:30 a.m. – Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats, 1 p.m. – Andy Tolins Bluegrass Revue, 2:30 p.m. – Chiz Rider, 5 p.m. – Jackie Brown & the Gill Street Band (2 sets)

Philipsburg Heritage Days, Philipsburg; featuring Devin Tekely & Friends (4 p.m.), A Day Awaits (5 p.m.), Paul Shimmel & the Ravens Flight (6 p.m.), Rockin’ Horse (8 p.m.)

FRIDAY NIGHT:

Almost Queen (Queen tribute band) and Highway Divide at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Born and the Beanstalk at Buccinese Club, Altoona

NailDriver and Rukkus (with comedian Steve Kifer) at Aldo’s, Altoona

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

The Jam at Philipsburg American Legion, Philipsburg

Locked and Loaded at Magoo’s, Cresson

Flight 19 at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

SATURDAY AFTERNOON:

Jim Mosey at Beach Concession, Canoe Creek State Park (starts 2 p.m., free admission)

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College – stage schedule:

Allen Street Stage: 12 noon – Launies, 2 p.m. – Rustical Quality String Band, 4 p.m. – Pure Cane Sugar, 6 p.m. – Deirdre Flint, 8 p.m. – Bookends, 10 p.m. – My Hero Zero

Festival Shell Stage: 11:30 a.m. – State College Area Municipal Band, 1:30 p.m. – Deacons of Dixieland, 3:30 p.m. – Andrew Jackson Urban Fusion Jazz Band, 5:30 p.m. – Biscuit Jam, 7:30 p.m. – The Crawdaddies, 10 p.m. - Velveeta

Willard Plaza: 4:30 p.m. – Jim Colbert, 7 p.m. – Brad Fey

Sidney Friedman Park Stage: 1:30 p.m. – Bollywood, 3:30 p.m. – The Pennharmonics, 5:30 p.m. – Summit Hill Bluegrass, 7:30 p.m. – Brethren, 9:30 p.m. – The Sweetback Sisters

State College Borough Municipal Plaza: 4:30 p.m. – Scott Mangene

People’s Choice Festival, Boalsburg – Stage Schedule:

North Stage: 11:30 a.m. – David Zentner, 1 p.m. – Magical Illusions of Kyle and Kelly, 2:30 p.m. – Altoona Chorus of Sweet Adelines, 4 p.m. – Deacons of Dixieland, 6 p.m. – Black Cat Belly Dance and Friends

South Stage: 11:30 a.m. – Cone of Silence, 1 p.m. – Bet Williams, 2:30 p.m. – Bookends, 5 p.m. – Maria as “Reba” (2 sets)

SATURDAY NIGHT:

“Night of 1,000 Drums” Concert with St. Francis Summer Rhythm Renewal Drummers and Sun King Warriors at JFK Auditorium, St. Francis University, Loretto (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

Nobody’s Heroes at Family Pizza, Altoona

Shallow Nine at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Born and the Beanstalk at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Conner Gilbert at Zach’s, Altoona

Fuse at Magoo’s, Cresson

Iron Wolf at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Tony & Stacy at Mad Hatters, St. Boniface

SUNDAY AFTERNOON:

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College – stage schedule:

Allen Street Stage: 12:30 p.m. – Andy Tolins Bluegrass Revue, 2:30 p.m. – Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, 4:30 p.m. – Below Centre

Festival Shell Stage: 12 noon – The Long Afternoon, 1:30 p.m. – The Project, 3:30 p.m. – The Earthtones

Sidney Friedman Park Stage: 1:30 p.m. – Bellefonte Community Band

People’s Choice Festival, Boalsburg – Stage Schedule:

North Stage: 12 noon – Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin,’ 2:30 p.m. – Little German Band

South Stage: 11:30 a.m. – Alternative Education, 1:30 p.m. – Elvis Impersonator Brad Crum (2 sets)

Williams Family Benefit at Wagon Wheel Amphitheater, Philipsburg; featuring Vision To None, Dr. Wang, Serious Jones, Big Bear Chase Me (formerly Mafia Ink), Brand New Wings and Stept On (reunion) (starts 12 noon)

Hollidaysburg Alumni Chorus at Baker Mansion (lawn), Altoona (starts 2 p.m., free admission)

Mercury Poisoning Awareness Benefit for Brian Cupples at Bavarian Hall Ballroom, Altoona; featuring Skye 2.0, The House Band, The Planet Mercury All Star Band, Fred Myers and the Redneck Majority, the Backyard Rockers, Debra Demko, Colin Lennox, Pete Caccamo and more (starts 2 p.m., $12 donation includes music and food buffet)

Patton Library Benefit at Prince Gallitzin State Park (beach area), featuring White Shadow, the Beatlemaniacs, Andy Rhody and Trains Moonshine & Jesus at Prince Gallitzin State Park (starts 2 p.m.)

The Country Travelers at Beach Concession, Canoe Creek State Park (starts 2 p.m., free admission)

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

SUNDAY NIGHT:

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

TUESDAY NIGHT:

Open Mic/Jam Night at Bedford Tavern, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

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

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

WEDNESDAY NIGHT:

Jack and 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.)

THURSDAY NIGHT:

The House Band at Downtown Live, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Velveeta at Lakemont Park WingOff and BBQ Bash, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

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

Felix & the Hurricanes at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Event Horizon and the Rhythm Sharks at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

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

Craig Fitzpatrick 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.)

To report additional shows or corrections to this listing, email information to jptheprofessor@gmail.com.

 
 

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Chris Woodward and Mike Gambardella of Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin,' during a May performance at Aldo's. Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin' bring their country music show to the People's Choice Festival in Boalsburg on Sunday afternoon.

 
 
 
 

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