Backyard Beats 2/12: Have a Heart for Live Music This Weekend!

Here is a listing of Pennsylvania live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, February 12 through Thursday, February 18.

Due to COVID-19-related restrictions, many live music venues across the area are still not able to host performances at this time. The listing below includes both area live public shows and online live-streaming shows; keep checking back, as this listing will be updated as new shows are announced.

If you are attending a public show, be aware that seating and admission may be limited due to restrictions, and masks and social distancing may be required. Please respect others’ personal space if they wish to socially distance from others.

For online performances, if a “virtual tip jar” situation is available during live streams, please consider tipping these performers, and support them during this time when they cannot earn income playing shows at public venues. Websites for these performers are also listed; please consider purchasing their music digitally or via CD, which is another way to SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC!

With Valentine’s Day happening on Sunday, there are a number of Valentine-themed live music and online music events taking place; see the listing below for further details.

And if you are a fan of tribute bands, a public show and an online show this weekend will showcase them. McGarvey’s will host New York City-based Tool tribute band Schism on Friday night. Established in 2001, Schism is the only Tool tribute group that is endorsed on the band’s websites. When they first performed at McGarvey’s in May 2019. Schism brought the technical tenacity and visceral excitement of the Tool experience to the stage, and left lower jaws hanging toward the floor in amazement. Opening for Schism will be Cambria County-based Alice In Chains tribute Deny Your Maker. The show gets under way at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold out.

Altoona’s Mishler Theatre had initially scheduled for New York City-based tribute group Almost Queen to perform in concert last March. But when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, the concert was postponed until October. Still dealing with COVID, the show was again moved back to this Saturday night, February 13. But COVID conditions thwarted the live theatre performance to take place; however, Almost Queen will present a free online concert instead via the group’s Facebook page and All Song Live’s Facebook page. The performance begins at 8 p.m.

 

FRIDAY 2/12:

 

PUBLIC SHOW: Scottie Scott at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Alyssa Hankey at Bella Terra Vineyards (formerly Briar Valley Winery), Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Frick Brothers at North Fork Country Club (Trixie’s Pub), Johnstown (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Luke Weltz at The Break Room, Twin Rocks (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Michael Christopher at Heroes Tavern, Nanty Glo (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Valentine’s Day Party with Felix & the Hurricanes at Altoona Grand Hotel (Grouse’s Nest), Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Schism (Tool tribute) with Deny Your Maker (Alice in Chains tribute) at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m. – SOLD OUT)

PUBLIC SHOW: From the Top at The Freight Station, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Jae Smith at Woodside Bar & Grill, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: The Desperadoes (acoustic) at Southmont Gardens, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

ONLINE: Berks County Quarantine Open Mic (various performers) (Facebook, starts 5 p.m.)

ONLINE: Ted McCloskey & Molly Countermine live stream (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)
(Website: www.tedmccloskey.com)

ONLINE: Norman Nardini w/Harry Bottoms live stream (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)
(Website: www.normannardini.com)

ONLINE: Phat Man Dee Birthday Livestream (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)

 

SATURDAY 2/13:

 

PUBLIC SHOW: Valentine Dinner and Music with Grace Fala at Sunset Golf Club, Huntingdon (starts 4 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Tim Roberts at Bella Terra Vineyards (formerly Briar Valley Winery), Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Rue Moyer at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Bone Jacked at Drake’s Bar and Grill, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Mellissa Vella & Kenny Karlheim at The Break Room, Twin Rocks (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Kenny Jubas & Andy Lubert at Heroes Pub, Nanty Glo (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Chris Daugherty at Stadium Pub & Grille, Johnstown (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Near the Edge at the First Catholic Slovak Bandhall, Johnstown (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Adam Yarger at Croatian Club, Madera (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Silver Linings at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Donny Burns (acoustic) at We Are Inn (Lobby Grille), Philipsburg (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Ian Jeffreys at Woodside Bar & Grill, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Undercover (acoustic) at Freight Station, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: RRBBRR at The Grove, Strongstown (starts 9 p.m.)

ONLINE: Berks County Quarantine Open Mic (various performers) (Facebook, starts 5 p.m.)

ONLINE: The Evergreens’ Valentine’s Day live stream (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)
(Website: www.theevergreensmusic.com)

ONLINE: Jack Servello live stream (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)

ONLINE: Saturday Night Livestream with Kelly and Mark of Biscuit Jam (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)

ONLINE: Almost Queen: A Tribute to Queen live stream (Facebook, starts 8 p.m.)

 

SUNDAY 2/14:

 

PUBLIC SHOW: Valentine’s Dinner and Dance with Lauren & Joe at UVA Club, Altoona (starts 5 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: The Band OZ at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

ONLINE: John “JT” Thompson live stream (Facebook, starts 1 p.m.)
(Website: www.jtblues.com)

ONLINE: Jeffrey Gaines Facebook Live Concert (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.; tickets $9.99)
(Website: www.jeffreygaines.com)

 

MONDAY 2/15:

 

(no shows announced)

 

TUESDAY 2/16:

 

ONLINE: Brother Jack’s Happy Hour Live Stream (Facebook, starts 4 p.m.)

ONLINE: Chad Patterson Live on Facebook (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)

 

WEDNESDAY 2/17:

PUBLIC SHOW: Jam Night with The Frick Brothers at The Break Room, Twin Rocks (starts 7 p.m.)

ONLINE: “Car-Tunes” with Charlie Barath Facebook Live Stream (Facebook, starts 6 p.m.)
(Website: www.reverbnation.com/charliebarath)

 

THURSDAY 2/18:

 

ONLINE: Berks County Quarantine Open Mic (various performers) (Facebook, starts 5 p.m.)

ONLINE: SOS2020 Live Stream with The Legendary Hucklebucks, Murder for Girls and Stone Cold Killer (Starts 6 p.m., View through www.sos2020pgh.org; tickets $3 or view all four weeks of the concert series for $10, with proceeds helping the National Independent Venue Association [NIVA] Emergency Relief Fund and Save Our Stages)

ONLINE: Bob Helbig Live Stream (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)

ONLINE: Blues Society of Central PA Virtual Blues Jam (starts 7 p.m. at www.bscpblues.com)

ONLINE: “Virtually in the Palace (VIP) Experience” with Tim Vitullo Band live stream (The Palace Theatre’s and Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s Facebook pages, starts 7 p.m.)
(Website: www.timvitullo.com)

 

(NOTE: 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. Deadline to submit information for the initial posting is each Friday morning at 9 a.m.

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