Beckley native Dick McVey will conduct music seminars Sunday and Monday in Oak Hill and Tuesday and Wednesday in Beckley.
As a bassist, McVey has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry more than 500 times and has worked with artists including Trace Adkins and Little Jimmy Dickens. He's also an award-winning producer who has worked with George Jones and Vince Gill, among others.
The three-hour seminars are: How to Book Your Band, 3 p.m. Sunday; How to Make Money with Your Music, 6 p.m. Monday; Songwriters -- What You Need to Know, 6 p.m. Tuesday, and Songwriter's Critique Night, 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Advance cost per class is $25; at the door, it's $30. Cost for students 18 and under is $20. Seating is limited; advance registration is recommended.
For more information, call 615-714-3637 or visit www.dickmcvey.com/seminar.
Appalachian String Band Festival
The 24th annual Appalachian String Band Music Festival begins Wednesday at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop, Fayette County. It runs through Aug. 4 and features music, contests, dancing, arts and crafts and games for all ages.
Highlights include masters' showcases Lester McCumbers (Aug. 1), Paul Brown (Aug. 2) and Alan Jabbour (Aug. 3) as well as music contests. These include banjo and fiddle on Aug. 1, neo-traditional string band on Aug. 2 and traditional string band on Aug. 3. There's also an old-time dance contest on Aug. 3.
Daily admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and youth and free for children 5 and under. Rough camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $45 for adults, $40 for seniors and youth, $90 for families and $80 for senior families.
For more information, visit www.wvculture.org/stringband/index.html or 304-558-0220.
On Aug. 1, Bud Light's Music First will present "50/50/1," a series of concerts taking place in all 50 states on one day. In West Virginia, Christian pop rockers NEEDTOBREATHE will perform at 8 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.
The South Carolina trio opened for Taylor Swift on her Speak Now tour in 2011 and is a nine-time Dove Award winner, including back-to-back-to-back wins for Group of the Year from 2010-12. Opening for them is The Dirty Guv'nahs, a rock group from Knoxville, Tenn.
Tickets are $27.75. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
PBS doc wins regional Emmy
The historical documentary "Frank Kearns: American Correspondent," which premiered on WVPBS last fall, recently won a regional Emmy for historical documentary from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.