Backyard Beats Listing 4/23: Huntingdon Mayfest, PA Maple Festival Return!

Here is a listing of area live music and online music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, April 23 through Thursday, April 29.

With the recent easing of some COVID-19-related restrictions, more live music venues across the area are beginning to host some performances. 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 remaining COVID-19 restrictions, and masks and social distancing may be required. Please be responsible, and respect others’ personal space if they wish to socially distance from other people.

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!

Two area spring festival events that were wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic last year return this year. Huntingdon’s annual Mayfest celebration takes place Saturday along five blocks of downtown Huntingdon. Vendors, period costumes from several historical-themed zones, food and refreshment vendors, children’s activities, and live entertainment will be featured. Admission is free. See the listing below for the entertainment that has been announced thus far; other performers may be added if information becomes available.

And the annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival in Meyersdale returns for its first of two weekends this Saturday and Sunday. There will be maple syrup, candy and other vendors, tree-tapping demonstrations, a parade, the popular local Lions Club pancake and sausage dinners, children’s activities, exhibits, and live musical entertainment at Festival Park.

 

FRIDAY 4/23:

 

PUBLIC SHOW: Anchor & Arrow at University Wine Co., State College (starts 5 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: “Friday Wine Down” with Freedom Rocks at Oak Spring Winery, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Acoustic Something at Bella Terra Vineyard (formerly Briar Valley Winery), Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Samatha Press at Olde Bedford Brewing Company, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Bo Moore at Harrigan’s Cafe & Wine Deck, Johnstown (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Wildstreet and Van Waylon at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

PUBLIC SHOW: The Good Guys at Trixie’s Pub, Johnstown (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Cooter ‘n Jim at B&L Wine Cellar, Johnstown (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Alec Henderson at Stadium Pub & Grill, Johnstown (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Felix & the Hurricanes at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Lauren & Joe at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 8 p.m.)

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

PUBLIC SHOW: The Stevedores at The Bar, Boalsburg (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Hair Force One at The Freight Station, Johnstown (starts 9 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.)

ONLINE: Central PA Music Hall Of Fame Presents: Blind Choice live stream (Facebook, starts 8 p.m.)

 

SATURDAY 4/24:

 

PUBLIC EVENT: Mayfest, Huntingdon

– 11 a.m. – Stone Man

– 1 p.m. – Full Kilt

– 1 p.m. – Dylan Miller

– 3 p.m. – Nick Miller Project

PUBLIC EVENT: Michael Christopher at Pennsylvania Maple Festival, Meyersdale (Festival Park, starts 12 noon)

PUBLIC SHOW: Adam Yarger at Titan Market, Bellefonte (starts 1 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Ron “Music Man” Balestino at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Happy Hour (Tom Fix & Sarah Mellott) at Bella Terra Vineyards (formerly Briar Valley Winery), Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Bad Luck Lover Boys at Olde Bedford Brewing Company, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: White Shadow at Altoona Grand Hotel (Grouse’s Nest), Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: VOMA Blues Gathering with Black Cat Moan at Venue Of Merging Arts (VOMA), Johnstown (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Stay Tuned at Stadium Pub, Johnstown (starts 7 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: The JC3 and Stacy & the Rejects at Root-Hovett Hall, Patton (over-21, BYOB, starts 7 p.m.)

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

PUBLIC SHOW: Hank Williams IV with Mark Syster at Heroes Tavern, Nanty Glo (starts 7:30 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Suburban Downgrade, Confessions and Grampian at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Bone Jacked at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Urban Myth at Drake’s Bar & Grill, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Bazooka Joe at Slammin’ Sams, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Orange Fire at Rocky’s Tavern, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

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

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

PUBLIC SHOW: Ground Zero at First Catholic Slovak Band Hall, Johnstown (starts 9 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Giants Of Science at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Freedom Rocks at Tavern By the Bridge (formerly Steele’s Tavern), Hopewell (starts 10 p.m.)

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

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: Central PA Music Hall Of Fame Presents: UltraViolent live stream (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)

ONLINE: Central PA Music Hall Of Fame Presents: Blind Choice live stream (Facebook, starts 7:45 p.m.)

ONLINE: Central PA Music Hall Of Fame Presents: Brotality live stream (Facebook, starts 8:30 p.m.)

 

SUNDAY 4/25:

 

PUBLIC EVENT: High Ryders Band at Pennsylvania Maple Festival, Meyersdale (Festival Park, starts 12 noon)

PUBLIC SHOW: Bob DeWitt at Bella Terra Vineyards, Bedford (starts 1 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Midnight Acoustic at Stadium Pub & Grill, Johnstown (starts 2 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: The Desperadoes at Jim and Jimmies, Johnstown (starts 3 p.m.)

PUBLIC SHOW: Open Mic at Woodside Bar & Grill, Johnstown (starts 3 p.m.)

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

PUBLIC SHOW: Felix & the Hurricanes at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

ONLINE: Central PA Music Hall Of Fame Presents: Annie Elise live stream (Facebook, starts 8 p.m.)

 

MONDAY 4/26:

 

ONLINE: Central PA Music Hall Of Fame Presents: Brett Rudder live stream (Facebook, starts 8 p.m.)

 

TUESDAY 4/27:

 

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

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

ONLINE: Central PA Music Hall Of Fame Presents: Angie Ripe live stream (Facebook, starts 8 p.m.)

 

WEDNESDAY 4/28:

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)

ONLINE: Central PA Music Hall Of Fame Presents: Rob Basselgia live stream (Facebook, starts 8 p.m.)

 

THURSDAY 4/29:

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

ONLINE: SOS PGH Season 2 – Week 2 Live Stream: Metal Night with Skell, Winter’s Descent and InstaKill (starts 6 p.m., View through www.sos2020pgh.org; tickets $10 for all four weeks of the concert series, 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 presents Virtual Jam (starts 7 p.m. at www.bscpblues.com)

ONLINE: “Virtually in the Palace (VIP) Experience” with The Bleepy Things live stream (The Palace Theatre’s and Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s Facebook pages, starts 7 p.m.)

ONLINE: Central PA Music Hall Of Fame Presents: Jake Puliti Live Stream (Facebook, starts 8 p.m.)

 

(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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