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Culturefest brings worldly sounds to Southern W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When the world music and arts gathering Culturefest says 'eclectic lineup,' it means it. The wide-ranging festival returns Thursday through Sunday to the Appalachian Folklife Center at Pipestem.

The lineup of more than 20 bands includes the Boston-based reggae-funk dance vibe of Spiritual Rez; the complex harmonies and spiritual folk of Michigan's eight-piece The Soil and The Sun; the anthemic sounds of New York City's My Pet Dragon; North Carolina's seven-piece, multi-instrumental ensemble Songs of Water; the psychedelic Afro-Colombian funk of Antoquia, a band birthed in Columbia and based in Oakland; the experimental instrumental rock of North Carolina's A Ghost Like Me; the Louisville-based Latin-infused world folk of Appalatin and the bluegrass sound, mixed with rock and reggae, of Brushfire Stankgrasss of Asheville, N.C.

West Virginia-based performers include indie rockers Qiet, world beat musicians Option 22, triple-harmony folk duo The BrotherSisters, "folk medicine" singer Kathleen Coffee, the Liberty High School World Percussion Ensemble, teen rockers Miss Behavin' and others. There also are the fire dancing and gypsy performance troupe Po Folks Cabaret and dance and movement theater of stiltwalker Chally Erb.

The event also features healing arts and the late-night Third Eye Cabaret, an alternative performance space from midnight to 2 a.m., as well as workshops on Indian dance, yoga and world percussion and a "La La Land" kids village with a youth open mic and costume parade.

Admission for the entire festival is $30 and includes camping. Day passes, which do not include camping, are $7 for Thursday; $15 Friday and Saturday and $12 Sunday.

Purchase tickets and see the full lineup at www.culturefestwv.com or call 304-425-6425. The festival grounds are located at the Appalachian Folklife Center, about 10 minutes past the entrance to Pipestem State Resort on W.Va. 20. Follow the signs or see the website for a map.


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