CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- FestivALL returns to Charleston June 15-24. It brings hot blues guitar with Tommy Castro for Blues, Brews and BBQ, and cool jazz at Wine and All that Jazz with 2012 Grammy winner Christian McBride.
Events, performers and activities for the 10-day, citywide arts festival were announced Monday at City Hall by FestivALL Director Larry Groce.
Tickets for most shows, Groce said, would be available beginning Wednesday through the Clay Center, though ticket prices have not yet been announced. However, performers for some shows are still being confirmed, and a few shows will be ticketed outside the Clay Center box office.
Details were in the works. "We should have that all finished by the middle of May," he said.
Major events include the Mayor's Concert, on June 20 at the Clay Center. It's headlined by Logan County native and "America's Got Talent" winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. with the Bob Thompson Unit.
Blues, Brews & BBQ is on June 22 at the University of Charleston and Wine & All That Jazz is there June 23. Blues, Brews & BBQ features Blues Music Awards 2008 Entertainer of the year winner, Tommy Castro, while Wine & All That Jazz is headlined by 2011 Grammy-winning jazz artist Christian McBride, along with Indian-influenced international jazz band Red Baraat.
On June 24, "Mountain Stage" at the West Virginia Culture Center will have guests Dar Williams and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Groce, who is also the host of "Mountain Stage," promised three other acts would be added to the show by June.
"Mountain Stage" producer Adam Harris added, "We're working on a couple of other acts right now. I can't say whether they'll be bigger or smaller names than Dar or Ray, but Ray and Dar are show favorites."
He hoped to have "Mountain Stage's" FestivALL show finalized in a few weeks.