WANT TO GO?
The Black Diamond
WHERE: Appalachian Power Park
WHEN: After Thursday night's game, which starts at 7:05
TICKETS: $5 or $7 in advance (depending on seating), $7 or $9 at gate, $5 after game for concert only
INFO: 304-344-2287CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thursday night at Appalachian Power Park, West Virginia's one and only Black Diamond returns for his first public show in the state in more than a year a year.
Theron Denson, calling from his new home in Nashville, said he was looking forward to getting back to Charleston and will be bringing his band, The Black Diamond Experience, with him.
"It's going to be our debut in Charleston," the Neil Diamond tribute artist said excitedly.
Things are really looking up for the 48-year-old. After spending the last few years roaming from city to city, the singer settled in Nashville last fall, where good things just seem to keep coming.
"The reception to the show here has been pretty amazing," he said. "People are hungry for it. Everybody loves Neil Diamond."
Or if nothing else, they love the idea of a flamboyant African-American from the hills of West Virginia singing the very white pop star's hits and eerily sounding like the Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter.
"I got an agent," Denson said. "I've been playing around town, and I've got a band!"
The band, he explained, formed after National Record Store Day in April. Denson was hired to play at Groove Records in East Nashville.The crowd, he said, was phenomenal.
"They told me it was the biggest crowd they'd ever had for Record Store Day."
Others noticed, too, including a four piece rock outfit, who called Denson up and asked, "Hey, do you need a band?"
"Let me think," he said. "Yes!"