CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Summer is not nearly over, and even if you're not a huge fan of big multiday music festivals or maybe don't care much for the crowds that go to them, there still are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy live music outdoors.
Most are within short driving distance. All are either modestly priced or free.
Live on the Levee
Each summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Charleston's Haddad Riverfront Park hosts a free Friday-night concert series on the Schoenbaum stage featuring mostly homegrown talent -- typically, some of the best of the best local bands, with a few groups from outside Charleston thrown in.
During the past few seasons, the concert series has included some regional, national and international acts. Upcoming highlights include Grateful Dead tribute band The Dark Star Orchestra on July 13, rambunctious rockers Brownsville Station Aug. 3, and Ireland's Henry Girls Aug. 10.
Shows usually begin about 6:30 p.m. with an opening act.
For more information, visit www.liveontheleveecharleston.com or call 304-348-8014.
Pipestem State Park is a great weekend destination for fans of old time, oldies and beach music. Comfortably away from the highway, the park boasts beautiful woodland surroundings, which enhances the park's usually fun and laidback music fare.
Shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 1.
This season, among offerings almost every weekend, Pipestem welcomes Monroe County bluegrass band Hans Creek Grass on July 14, a farewell show for popular classic rock and beach music group The Collegians on July 21 and "golden oldies" band ('50s and '60s rock and R&B) The Emeralds on July 28 and Sept. 1.
Advance tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and younger.
Advance tickets the day of the show until 2 p.m. are $8 for adults, $4 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and younger.
Day of the show tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and younger.
For more information, visit www.pipestemresort.com or call 304-466-1800.
Stonewall Resort Festival of Steel
Beginning at noon July 21, Stonewall Resort hosts an all-day showcase of steel drum and other live music at Roanoke Activity Plaza lawn, overlooking Stonewall Jackson Lake.
Bands appearing include Motown Steel, Kalabash, Mosaic Steel Orchestra and others.