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Old Crow Medicine show looks back to move forward


There’s something to be said for holding on to old high school journals and notebooks — at least Old Crow Medicine Show’s Chris “Critter” Fuqua thinks so. He says It’s important ...

Donna the Buffalo embraces new musical landscape, shuns genre labels


Tara Nevins of Donna the Buffalo said being in music is very different now than in the past. The whole relationship between fans and performers has changed.

“Before all this cyberspace stuff, you only had ac...

Mitch Ryder still rockin’ after five decades


Mitch Ryder said there’s a reason why good music comes out of cities that historically are economically strapped and crime-ridden, like Detroit.

The 69-year-old rock ‘n’ roll singer and Michiga...

Anything Goes: St. Albans actor brings diverse talents to stage


Sean Watkins didn’t set out to be a professional stage actor, but with his boyish good looks, toothpaste commercial smile and trim, athletic build, the 28-year-old certainly looks the part.

The St....

Camp teaches special-needs people how to ride a bike


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Monday afternoon, around a dozen kids in shorts and T-shirts began filtering into the Huntington High School gym at about a quarter after 3. It’s the m...

A common ‘Thread’ flows through new Rosanne Cash CD


Country singer/songwriter and occasional music rights activist Rosanne Cash said sometimes well-meaning fans come up to her and ask about the best way for them to support their favorite musicians. She kind of laughed abo...

Good News Mountaineer Garage hosts its last ArtWalk


After 13 years on Hale Street, Good News Mountaineer Garage is moving to a new location on the West Side. While it’s not an end to the organization that helps provide work vehicles to the poor, it’s the end...

New record label hosts free music festival in Hurricane Saturday


Alec Neu said doing a good deed for his community isn't the only reason he and business partner Anthony Princeton organized the Hurricane City Musical Festival, but it's a big part of it.


‘Detroit’ challenges theatergoers’ perceptions of themselves, their world


Sometimes it's not enough for a piece of theater to entertain. Sometimes, it has to show you something, maybe even show you yourself.

Tyler Eldridge and Marlette Carter say that's what "Detroit" is trying...

Free music festival celebrates fifth anniversary


Steve “Sweat” Thomas doesn’t have a lot of great aspirations for his Sweatstock festival in Point Pleasant. Sweatstock is probably never going to become another Woodstock, and that’s alright b...

Song for Sandy Hook an unexpected blessing for band


A good song can do wonders for a musician.

Tim Warren of The Alternate Routes, who perform Friday at Huntington’s Pullman Square, said his band might not have recorded its most recent record if not for one g...

Marshall Artists announces new season


Retired “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, actor and television presenter Alan Thicke, and real-life “Jersey boy” Frankie Valli headline the 2014 Marshall Artist Series at the Keith-Albee Performan...

O’Reilly, Miller coming to Charleston


Fox News television hosts and commentators Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller are coming to the Charleston Municipal Auditorium Friday, Oct. 24 as part of the 2014 edition of the “Bolder and Fresher” to...

Black Diamond shines on


The Black Diamond, aka Theron Denson, is glad to be coming back to Charleston.

He’s always glad to get back, but some trips home are just better than others. On Friday night, the world’s best known (...

‘Ring of Fire’ dated but still interesting


With the presentation of “Ring of Fire” in the ElectricSky Theater, the Clay Center seems to have officially entered the flashback film business.

“Ring of Fire,” which opens Sunday at th...

‘Mountain Stage’ loses headliner, but still produces one fine show


It was with a heavy heart and somewhat weary look on his face that Adam Harris, executive producer for “Mountain Stage,” announced that St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the headliner for Sunday’s show ...

Big-name music returns to Greenbrier


While big league golf will always be king for the Greenbrier Classic, the resort has consistently provided a remarkable concert series each year, featuring some of the biggest names in pop music — some of whom are...

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats bring the blues to FestivALL


Rick Estrin, bandleader for Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, doesn’t know what exactly to make of the national blues scene these days.

Estrin, who appears Friday with his band at Blues, Brews & BBQ on th...

Dirty Dozen Brass Band has something for everyone


A lot of bands promise to be all things to all people. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band from New Orleans means to deliver.

Roger Lewis, baritone and soprano saxophone player for the band, said, “We got music for y...

Attack Theatre to invade Charleston


Pittsburgh’s Attack Theatre wants to blow your mind.

This weekend, the music and dance troupe will perform “Some Assembly Required” at several Charleston public works of art.

The group, s...

A New Orleans boy in New York


Aaron Neville said, “You can take the boy out of New Orleans, but you can’t take New Orleans out of the boy.”

Neville, who performs Thursday night at the Clay Center for FestivALL’s Mayo...

Bluegrass queen returning to Summersville festival


On June 28, bluegrass queen Rhonda Vincent will be returning to Summersville for the Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival, one of the bluegrass festivals she and her band The Rage have been playing for years.


Isn’t it Iconic?: Orthodox church hosting festival


As part of FestivALL, St. George’s Cathedral in Charleston is sponsoring an Icon Festival today and Sunday.

The festival is a whole weekend of discussions about early church history and religious art, perfor...

New FestivALL event brings punk performers to town


It’s not entirely clear exactly what author Legs McNeil and punk performer Johnny Puke, a Charleston native, will be talking about Sunday when the pair appears at Bluegrass Kitchen at 7 p.m. for the free, adults-o...

‘Catch’ Light Opera Guild’s latest musical


Charleston Light Opera Guild director Nina Pasinetti sounded almost remorseful about doing the musical “Catch Me If You Can,” if only because Frank Abagnale Jr. makes crime look like a lot of fun.


Drive-By Truckers headline new FestivALL concert


Patterson Hood believes people are basically the same. Hood, who performs with the Drive-By Truckers Saturday night as a part of Festiv-ALT, said you find the same kinds of people everywhere. The American South hasn ...

The Dirt Daubers buzzing into The Glass


Fans of The Legendary Shack Shakers will be glad to know that the rockabilly and blues band will return from hiatus during the Muddy Roots Festival, held during Labor Day weekend in Cookeville, Tennessee.

In the me...

Review: "An Enemy of the People" seeks to unite friends


By now, the memories of the immediate aftermath of the January 9 chemical spill into the Elk River are well on their way to fading.

It's June. While the grocery stores are still doing a brisk business with jug...

Review: Elton John rocks Civic Center


It seemed an unlikely thing when Elton John was booked to play the Charleston Civic Center. The Civic Center doesn’t get much rock ‘n’ roll traffic and the kind Charleston gets tends to lean toward s...

Brooklyn theater company adapts classic play to address W.Va. water crisis


The members of the New Brooklyn Theater didn’t come to Charleston to preach. They came to open a dialogue that starts with the chemical spill into the Elk River Jan. 9 and goes

Fundraisers planned this week and next to save Kanawha Players Theater


It was only five years ago when the Kanawha Players last found themselves in dire straits.

Kanawha Players president Ginger Workman said, "I've been with the Kanawha Players for about six years, and it's alway...

Three Dog Night, B.B. King headline Clay Center fall season


Blues, blue-eyed soul and a comedian who sometimes runs toward blue humor highlight the Clay Center's 2014 fall season.

The regular season kicks off Sept. 28 with ‘70s rock band Three Dog Night, best known f...

Magic Island yoga: A mind-body experience


Fitting in time to exercise can seem next to impossible. So many of us spend our days at a desk somewhere or behind a counter and our nights on the couch, in front of television.

It’s just as hard for those ...

Review: Mixed results for “Mountain Stage”


Last week “Mountain Stage” had a sold-out show on their hands. This week, the recorded live radio program struggled to fill seats with the lower half the theater only around half capacity.


Hank Williams III stays busy with recording, touring


Hank Williams III can’t say how long he can keep up the pace he’s on, but certainly, it won’t be forever.

It’s not the drinking, but the shows, the alt-country singer/songwriter sai...

Mothers Nature helps kick off Special Olympics W.Va. on Friday


Lola Spencer doesn’t really know for sure why Special Olympics West Virginia keeps requesting her to help with its opening ceremonies at Live on the Levee, but she’s glad they do.

“I guess they...

Review: ‘Mountain Stage’ show full of surprises


“Mountain Stage’s” 819th show was a night of surprises big and small.

The first surprise was a little one. Folk rock group, The Head and The Heart, fresh off their appearance this weekend at th...

New stage awaits departing concertmaster


Amelia Chan has only a few performances left before she leaves West Virginia and the United States and returns to her native Hong Kong.

Today’s Symphony Sunday marks what may be the West Virginia Symphony Or...

New Appalachian Radio aims to share West Virginia’s music with the world


New Appalachian Radio aims to share West Virginia’s music with the world

By Bill Lynch

Staff writer

Jody Herndon gets wound up when he starts talking about New Appalachian music, the music...

Gail Simone, Mick Foley top guest list at Huntington’s TriCon


On Saturday, West Virginia’s TriCon comic book convention returns to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. James Maddox, one of the convention’s co-creators, promised a bigger convention with more g...

Clay Center laser shows feature two Pink Floyd programs


For a short time, laser light shows are back at the Clay Center.

“It’s something we’re trying out again,” Clay Center ElectricSky Theater manager Bill Rouse explained. “We had la...