By Becky Pearsall

If you’re looking for spooktastic local live music head to the Great Outdoors region for a howlin’ good time guaranteed to chase all your boos away. This ROctober lineup is ghoulishly great.

Pianist David Allen Wehr and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra perform Debussy and Schubert on the Allegheny; a chamber music program of gorgeous melodies and lush, impressionistic tone paintings in Lincoln Hall on October 1st at 2 p.m.

Dos Hombres are the acoustic duo of Tom Frech (bass/vocals) and Butch Salada (guitar). Two seasoned pros playing rock classics primarily from the 70’s and 80’s on October 1st from 2-5 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery.

Root 2 Fifth is an acoustic music duo that plays classic, timeless country and rock tunes. They will be at Medix Hotel on October 1st in the afternoon.

Gary Bickerstaff brings you all your classic rock acoustic top favorite hits on October 6th from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Iron Mountain Grille.

Well Strung is a five-piece band that creates and covers music from different genres all in a bluegrass style. They’re playing on October 6th from 7-10 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery.

Route 8 Band gives you a new spin on some classic rock favorites on October 6th from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at R** Bandana Winery.

Brandon Giuffre has a blend of great acoustic songs accompanied with fantastic vocals. He’s playing on October 6th starting at 8 p.m. at Lakeview Lodge.

For some rock and pop classics, acoustic favorites, country and praise music venture to Deer Creek Winery on October 7th from 2-5 p.m. to hear Basement Band.

Bob Shawgo plays electrifying rock with a unique show of great music and comedic interaction on October 7th & 14th from 2-5 p.m. and October 20th from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at R** Bandana Winery.

Don Schiebel does some fantastic work on his beautiful 12-string Guild with a voice and a selection of music that will stir so many old memories. Catch his show at the Allegheny Grille’s Clam Bake on October 7th from 6-9 p.m.

Samantha Sears will be playing her special blend of eclectic acoustic rock at Iron Mountain Grille on October 7th from 7-10 p.m.

732 Electric Duo featuring Mary Spayd and Glenn Armstrong perform cover and original rock & soul, adult contemporary, pop, alternative, and classic hits. See them at Deer Creek Winery on October 7th from 7-10 p.m.

If you like bluesy rock and just plain fun, then you have to come see the Renegade Roosters on October 7th from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at R** Bandana Winery.

Smokin’ Section brings you danceable hits from the 60’s on with horn-heavy, soulful goodtime party music and rhythm and blues that will knock your socks off! Hear them on October 6th for name your drink night and October 7th for wine & dine night at Ray’s Hot Spot starting at 9:30 p.m.

Richard Eustice is ½ of the duo Acoustic Highway. He plays acoustic rock n roll favorites. He will be at  the Foxburg Fall Art, Wine and Food Festival on October 8th from 2-4 p.m.

Bryan Phillips will be playing all your favorite classic country and rock favorites on October 8th from 2-5 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery.

T. Mitchell Bell will play his acoustic guitar and harmonica and sing his original rock/blues/reggae music along with some covers at the Foxburg Fall Art, Wine and Food Festival on October 8th from 4-6 p.m.

Come out and listen to Nick Forsyth covering some Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty and much, much more on October 8th from 12-3 p.m. at Laurel Mountain Vineyard’s Cider Pressing Demonstration and on October 20th at 8 p.m. at Lakeview Lodge.

If you need jazz, standards and swing tunes in your life then Jazz Lite is the band that you need to see on October 13th from 5-8 p.m. at the Iron Mountain Grille.

No matter what era you’re from, the classic rockin’ duo Wheels & Heels (Dick and Joanie from the band Trixx) will probably know one of your favorite songs. They are playing on October 13th from 7-10 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery and on October 20th from 6-9 p.m. at Iron Mountain Grille.

CareyOn is a three-piece band that plays a little something for everyone including top 40, country, R&B, jazz, oldies, rock, metal, dance and rave music. They’re playing on October 13th from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at R** Bandana Winery.

The Necessary Experience is a fun, funky rock and roll band playing top hits from The Beatles, Steve Miller, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Motown. In essence, they’re Funky People Playin’ Funky Tunes!!! Bring your fall foliage photos to share. They will play at Ray’s Hot Spot on October 13th starting at 9:30 p.m.

Kurt Thomas is a fabulous one-man band who plays electric and acoustic guitar and sings, using a backing of tracks that he’s created to achieve a full band sound. Styles of music he plays are vast from the great pop songs of the 60’s and into the 80’s, songs that people love, that bring back memories of their past, but that we aren’t used to hearing people play like Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind & Fire, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Beatles, Chicago, and hundreds more. Great guitar work, including the blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and other masters. He’s playing on October 13th at 8 p.m. at Lakeview Lodge and on October 14th from 2-5 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery.

The Jukehouse Bombers will be playing their own brand of down and dirty rock and blues on October 14th from 6-9 p.m. at the Chili, Blues and Brews event.

Robyn Young performs acoustic country, pop, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s rock and country. She is also a songwriter so you will hear some of her original work as well. She’s playing on October 14th from 7-10 p.m. at Iron Mountain Grille.

The Jeff Blair Band will be rocking R** Bandana Winery with some classic rock for you on October 14th from 7:30-10:30 p.m.  

Dog Day Sunrise plays originals, southern alternative rock and heavy metal music. They’re playing at Ray’s Hot Spot for Tequila Sunrise Night on October 14th starting at 9:30 p.m.

If you like the songs of the Beatles, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Bat McGrath, James Taylor and more go to DeBence Antique Music World on October 15th at 1:30 p.m. to see the Old Guys With Guitars free concert.

Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Andrés Cárdenes has parlayed his myriad talents as a virtuoso violinist into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. An unforgettable autumn afternoon of consummate artistry awaits you on October 15th at 2 p.m. at Lincoln Hall.

Come out to Deer Creek Winery’s Fall Fest on October 20th  and you will hear new country music with a smooth voice and wonderful acoustic guitar playing by Mike Ames from 6-9 p.m.

Chaz plays all your classic and dance rock favorites. They have been playing together for a long time and have always been very good. They are at Ray’s Hot Spot on October 20th starting at 9:45 p.m. for Denim & Diamonds Night.

Singer-songwriter Coston Cross continuously uses all his life experiences and the influences of Garth Brooks, George Strait, George Jones and believe it or not Guns ‘n Roses to shape his own style of new country music. He is a must see on October 21st from 12-3 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery’s Fall Fest.

Dave (of Windy River Band) + 1 plays all types of music from country, to oldies to classic rock that you can dance to and have a blast! If you like to dance —- you’ll love them! They’re playing on October 21st from 2-5 p.m. at R** Bandana Winery.

Playing classic hits from every decade in the rock era and their original material Junction PA is playing on October 21st from 3-6 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery’s Fall Fest.

High Above 80 will play your favorite covers from the 80’s “hair band” genre, along with their “Back With A Vengeance” original album tracks on October 21st from 6-9 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery’s Fall Fest.

If you’re looking to see a band with an edgy mix of rock, folk and bluegrass roots you don’t want to miss Jefferson County Line on October 21st from 7-10 p.m. at the Royal Inn and on October 28th at the Masquerade at the Marlin at 8 p.m.

Pipe Dreams play all your funky, psychedelic rock tunes at R** Bandana Winery on October 21st from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Sofa King Cool Band plays classic rock so well you can almost feel your hair growing! Awesome and absolutely amazing. Classic rock, blues rock, southern rock, dance rock, if it’s rock then they play it, and they’re playing it at Ray’s Hot Spot on October 21st starting at 9:45 p.m. Come in your P.J.’s—it’s P.J. night.

Byson Band is a trio with acoustic guitar, electric guitar and upright bass. They play covers with a fresh new spin along with their own original selections. You don’t want to miss them on October 22nd from 1-4 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery’s Fall Fest.

White Cat Out is a premier classic rock and new rock cover band. Covering artists such as BTO, Huey, Ozzy, Counting Crows, The Clarks and tons more with plenty of cover material for all audiences plus added originals. They’re playing at R** Bandana Winery on October 27th from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Afraid of Human play classic rock, alternative rock and heavy metal. Catch them on October 27th at Ray’s Hot Spot starting at 9:45 p.m. for their Halloween Bash.

Rick Sabousky is part of the Route 8 Band and gives you a new spin on some classic rock favorites. He’s playing on October 28th from 2-5 p.m. at R** Bandana Winery.

80 Degreez, a band of young musicians ranging from ages 11-16 with a sound influenced by the glam-rock of the 80’s; the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll is in each and every one of them. They will be doing two shows on October 28th starting at 2:30 p.m. at Halloween Fest in Punxsutawney.

The newly formed band ArCaDe will give it up at R** Bandana Winery on October 28th from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Trixx band plays all your favorite classic rock hits from the 70’s and 80’s including Journey, Styx, Bryan Adams and so much more. These guys have been together for a long time and it shows. They are playing at Iron Mountain Grille on October 28th from 9 p.m.-midnight for their Halloween Party. Wear your costume for a chance at prizes.

Spanning four decades, The Ozone Rangers are a classic rock, country, and ZZ Top tribute band. Relying on a groove of bluesy bass and drum rhythms sprinkled with some tasty Southern licks, the Ozone recipe has stood the test of time like a bottle of Jack Daniels on a woodshed shelf. Wear your costume and see them live at Ray’s Hot Spot on October 28th starting at 9:45 p.m. for their Halloween Party.

The region also has some terrific monthly meet ups to showcase your talent as well.

The Forest County Country Music Association has a bluegrass and country music jam session to set your toes a tappin’ and your fingers snappin’. You are even welcome to join in if you like. It happens the 2nd Friday each month at the MACA building on Pine Street in Marienville and the 3rd Friday each month at the Forest Folk School in Tionesta.

If you love American folk music; singing, playing guitar, banjo, ukulele, dulcimer or mandolin meet at Fusion Café on the first Thursday of each month where you’ll play the music of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio and many, many more of your favorite classic folk tunes from the 1930’s through the 1970’s.

On the third Thursday of each month bring a stringed instrument and join in the Fiddler’s Jam at Fusion Café or just sit a spell and watch. Call (814) 271-7726 for more information.

Aroma Café in Emporium has an open mic night every Tuesday with live local talent. You never know who you’ll see. Call (814) 486-7662 to schedule your performance.

Blackbird Distillery has a different artist every Saturday at Shine On Saturdays.

On the 3rd Thursday of every month Tom Frech of Dos Hombres will be hosting Medix Hotel’s Got Talent open mic night so get out there, enjoy yourself on the deck with a cold cocktail and let your “soul sing” on.

All musicians, poets, comedians, storytellers, and listeners are invited to Open Mic Night at Fusion Café on the last Thursday of each month. October’s date is October 26th.

Clarion River Brewing Company has open mic night the last Saturday of each month from 7-10 p.m. If you have a talent come perform for us or just come out to see who is performing. October’s date is October 28th. Call (814) 297-8399 to schedule a performance or for more information.

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