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Review: ‘Mountain Stage’ wraps up FestivALL


There's a fine line between Saturday night and Sunday morning and Charleston got a little of both turned upside down Sunday night at the Clay Center, when “Mountain Stage” closed out this year's FestivALL.<...

What’s brewing at FestivALL this week?


With the second weekend of FestivALL, arts and activities in Charleston don't slow down but kick into higher gear.

Here's a round up of things to look into or check out.

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West Virginia Symphony moving offices out of Clay Center


In a cost-saving move, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday that it will relocate its offices from the Clay Center to Wyoming Street on Charleston’s West Side, effective Aug. 1.

Clay Cente...

Not a story about a horn


A guitar player or a banjo picker will sometimes have a story about how they came into their instrument. 

Chris Stapleton: Certified coalfield country boy


Songwriters go to Nashville by the thousands every year. Many of them pick up day jobs at Kmart or delivering pizzas to help pay the bills while they navigate the city looking for their big break — many, but not al...

The Empty Glass at 30: Rock and roll never forgets


This year, FestivALL celebrates 30 years of music at Charleston's best known dive bar, The Empty Glass.

Tonight and next Friday, the festival and the city pays tribute to the bar with special performances at Live o...

FestivALL:A city becomes a very busy work of art


Ticketed entertainment

A return visit from Parker Millsap


Yes, Oklahoma native Parker Millsap has been this way before and who knows, might come back again.

He likes return visits.

“I’m excited to see a bunch of places this summer,” he said.


The Wine Shop now offers 64-ounce craft beer ‘growlers’ to go


This week, shoppers in Charleston who drop in at The Capitol Market to grab lunch, some fresh fruit, a cup of coffee or a box of chocolates will have one more thing they can just grab and go —...



Touring is often the best and worst part of being in a band — especially, when a band is just starting out.

Traveling by van can be an adventure. You’re exploring the country, seeing new sights and tr...

Moccasin Creek part of ‘hick-hop’ movement


Not everybody is going to love what underground country, certified hick-hop band Moccasin Creek does.

“That’s OK,” said Moccasin Creek frontman and rapper Jeff McCool. “We’re not ...

USFloyd and The Great Gig in the sky


With the release of “The Endless River” last year, classic rock band Pink Floyd officially (and probably finally) hung it up.

Bell, Book and — cat: Tonkinese steals scenes onstage


For a play to work, you need the right cast. You need actors who are comfortable around crowds, able to take direction and willing to learn lines.

None of these things describes your average house cat.

Dawes frontman goes back to school before ‘Mountain Stage’


For a touring musician, not every show is going to be a memorable one.

After a couple hundred or a couple thousand trips between the bus, the hotel, the club or the theater and then back again, it can run together...

Rainbow Pride returns to Charleston


Changes are coming to this year’s Rainbow Pride West Virginia event, although it has very little to do with marriage equality or growing acceptance for the LGBQT community.

“We just wanted to make it ...

Ribfest sauce champ hopes to change lives, like his was


Sunday afternoon at Ribfest, at South Charleston’s Oakes Field, Chris Lemon, the maker of Lem’s Meat Varnish, is hoping to give somebody else the same kind of chance he got at Ribfest in 2013.

Lemon i...

Clay Center announces fall season performers


The Clay Center’s upcoming fall season brings back a lot of familiar faces, and a few new acts.

Among the headliners and featured acts announced Monday morning are singer/songwriter Grace Potter, 1960s-era i...

Kathy Griffin brings the ‘D-List’ to C-town


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kathy Griffin has a lot going on. The comedian’s schedule this year includes 80 stand-up performances (so far), among them a show Thursday night at the Clay Center in Charleston.


Hard work paying off for Martinsburg native Christian Lopez


Christian Lopez doesn’t believe in giving up.

After the Martinsburg native made two mad dashes at stardom on “American Idol,” he quit trying to find fame through television and set out on his ...

In support of the banjo


Eleanor Underhill never intended to pick up the banjo. She blames her mom.

Morgantown nurse-midwife pens sequel to ‘Midwife of Hope River’


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Author Patsy Harman doesn’t know if her midwife novels will ever turn up on television or on the big screen someday, but she keeps hoping.

The longtime Morgantown resident laughed ...

West Virginia superband to open Vandalia


They say a band is only as great as the sum of its parts. With a band like the West Virginia All-Star Bluegrass Band, the individual parts add up to quite a lot.

Aretha Franklin Clay Center performance was ‘practically a historical event’


The awful, unavoidable truth is that vocalists do not get better with age. After 20, 30 or 40 years, most of them lose power and range, and usually, the more notable the vocalist, the more noticeable the loss.

The ...

Morocco made lasting impression on Peace Corps volunteer


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The little dog Shauna Steadman took in a year ago might be the friendliest little dog in Charleston. He’s at least the friendliest little dog on the block.

“I got him a year...

Black Stone Cherry, a year out from “Magic Mountain”


A year ago, Kentucky’s Black Stone Cherry released its fourth studio record, “Magic Mountain.”

After that, the hard-rock band, which performs Tu...

WV filmmaker using Kickstarter for Sci-Fi short in Charleston


Filmmaker Sheridan Cleland said he believes that if West Virginia wants to develop a film industry, it needs to have more films made here, even if that means West Virginians have to make them first.

Cleland and his...

’80s Morgantown staple The Social Demons returns with a CD


Michael Tomasky is known for a lot of things. A noted liberal author, editor and journalist, the Morgantown native has had an enviable career in letters. He’s written for everybody from Newsweek and The Washington...

Goldenseal magazine’s John Lilly signs off, but not really


John Lilly spent his last day on the job as editor of Goldenseal doing many of the things he’d done over the past 18 years — making calls, putting things in their right place and returning pictures to peopl...

Cafe buttering up customers toward a better way to eat


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The problem with eating healthy is good food takes time to prepare, even if you’re just having salad.

Downtown at lunch, it’s easier to just grab a sandwich at the drive-thr...

Mikey Mason, the 'rock star' of comedy, visits South Charleston


Little Mikey Mason was in fourth grade when a teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up.

'CYAC Cares!' stages series of social-action plays


Some theater is just for entertainment, some theater is just for the art of it and some theater is more about a kind of responsibility. Dan Kehde said the Contemporary Youth Arts Company's social-action plays are theater...

Woody Hawley Series coming back in fall


When Ron Sowell decided to revive the Woody Hawley Series after a year’s hiatus, he said it was going to be a “make or break” kind of year for the series.

He was going to have to tackle it with...