Acoustic acts to test skills
NORTHERN CAMBRIA - The City Hotel Bar & Grill, 1014 Maple Ave., will hold a "Battle of the Acoustics" competition beginning at 7 p.m. April 29.
One, two and three-person groups are permitted to compete, with no backing tracks allowed for multi-person entrants. No sound equipment is permitted. Each group will choose their own songs. Contestants must be at least 18 years old or be accompanied by legal guardian.
Contestants should enter before the competition starts, preferably on the day before. Entries need to provide the names of the contestants, name of the group, equipment used, years together and a phone number.
If more than eight groups sign up for the competition, a two-day format will be adopted. The number of groups registered will determine the amount of the grand prize, with a minimum grand prize of $400.
Acts will be judged on three criteria: audience response, song choice and sound.
For more information, call 951-0303.
Band performs at school
MOUNT UNION - The Big Band Sound will begin their 2010 season with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Mount Union High School Auditorium.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Classical trio to play show
BEDFORD - The classical trio ETA3 will perform a program including works by Debussy, Saint-Saens, Bartok, Tchaikovsky and other composers as part of the Pennsylvania Consort's Guest Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St.
ETA3 is a classical trio comprising American flutist Emily Thomas, Japanese pianist Tomoko Nakayama, and Russian clarinetist Alexey Gorokholinsky.
Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door, with students half price.
Tickets are available at the Visitors Bureau, Fisher's Pharmacy, and Moe'z Art Music in Bedford and the Everett Rexall Pharmacy in Everett.
For more information, call 733-2301 or write to paconsort@artsinbedfordpa. org.
The trio will also perform a concert at Bedford Elementary School on Monday.
Gloriana plays area concert
HUNTINGDON - The best-selling country quartet Gloriana will perform with power pop group Quietdrive and country singer/ songwriter Randy Montana at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Intramural Gym of the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center on the Juniata College campus.
Gloriana, nominated for top new artist at this Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, had their debut self-titled album hit No. 3 on the Billboard charts last year.
Quietdrive is best known for their 2007 hit "Time After Time," a remake of the Cindy Lauper classic.
Randy Montana is the son of country singer/songwriter Billy Montana, who has written No. 1 songs for Garth Brooks, Jo Dee Messina and Sara Evans.
Tickets are $15 for Juniata students and $20 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased online at www.juniata.edu/ majorevent or at the information desk in Ellis Hall.
SAMA opens '3D' exhibit
LORETTO - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto, on the campus of St. Francis University, will open the exhibit "SAMA 3D: Sculpture from the Permanent Collection" on April 23.
The exhibit will remain on view through July 24.
For more information, call 472-3920 or visit www.sama-art.org.
Flutist to play St. John's
The Music at St. John's concert series will present "An Evening with Eugenia Zukerman - Flutist, Journalist, Writer" at 7 p.m. April 25 at St. John's Church, 344 Baynton Ave., Lakemont.
Zukerman is an internationally known flutist. She has also written several books and has been a correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning" since 1981.
The concert has a suggested donation of $10 per person. For more information, call 942-1489.
TV host visits Greensburg
GREENSBURG - Comic Craig Ferguson, the host of CBS's "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson," returns to The Palace Theatre for a night of stand-up comedy at 8 p.m. April 24.
Ferguson recently won a Peabody Award for his 2009 "Late, Late Show" interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Tickets are $35, $45 and $52 and are available online at www.thepalacetheatre. org or through The Palace Box Office at 724-836-8000. Opera box seats are available by phone or in person only for $77.