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International film festival returns, expands focus


The West Virginia International Film Festival returns this year with a new location, a new addition to its name and a brand new approach.

The festival, now the West Virginia International Food and Film Festival, wi...

Introducing new symphony concertmaster Anton Shelepov


The new concertmaster for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra doesn’t really think of West Virginia as rural.

“Not in my book,”Anton Shelepov said. “For me, it’s perfect. It ...

African and American: play explores one man’s quest for identity


Carlyle Brown’s one man show “The Fula From America: An African Journey” was inspired by something that seemed to have very little to do with Africa or being an African-American: September 11.

Singer/songwriter Adam Marsland comes to Boulevard Tavern Sunday


Adam Marsland has always been a kind of underground sensation. In the early to mid 1990s, he was the frontman for Cockeyed Ghost, a Los Angeles-based power pop punk band that was part of the city’s music scene.

Documentary project aims to capture some of region’s history, culture before it’s gone


Shane Simmons said he and Jason Barton had no idea what they were getting into when they started "The Appalachian Project," an ongoing documentary that "is committed to promoting and preserving the heritag...

Culturefest more than just music


Small music festivals cultivate community. People don’t just coming for the music — often played by bands that are on the fringes of the pop music genres — but they come for the atmosphere, for the c...

Shrek ogretakes Logan


It sounds a little like the plot to an old movie: people band together and pool their skills to put on a show, hoping to save their town — or maybe just make things a bit better for everybody.

Southern Coali...

Charity offers biscuits, gravy and medicine


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By Bill Lynch

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Though strung out along East Coast, Yarn still a tight-knit band


Blake Christiana said his band Yarn doesn’t get back to Brooklyn much these days.

The Americana/alt country band, which headlines the season’s final Live on the Levee Frida...

Toothless Ruth returns to rockin’


Drummer Mike Felty knew the moment he heard Chris Short sing that he’d found the perfect guy to front that cool, new rock band he wanted to put together.

It’s just where he found him that didn’...

Little Elvis impersonator makes a big impression


PARKERSBURG — There will only ever be one “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

His name was Elvis Aaron Presley. Born in January 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, the ...

From ‘Africa’ to Charleston: Toto at Clay Center Sunday


It used to be one of the crown jewels of rock ‘n’ roll: getting your band’s picture on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. 

Dr. Hook famously rhapsodized about the mind-blowing pleasure i...

Former Hendrix bassist home for Live on the Levee


It was pouring rain the day Billy Cox met Jimi Hendrix.

“I was on post in the Army, and I was coming from a theater,” he said. “We all ran for cover, and I wound up on the doorstep of Service C...

Tyler Childers plays solo showcase in Huntington Friday


Working his way from the backroads of Kentucky to a club near you, Americana singer/songwriter Tyler Childers is making a name for himself with his thoughtful songwriting and earnest delivery that has been compared to ev...

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em


Two o’clock on a Friday afternoon and the lunch rush should be dying down, but at Rollin Smoke BBQ on Route 119 between Mink Shoals and Big Chimney, it barely has.

Joey Beasley can scarcely get his window cl...

W.Va. company tames ‘green fairy’ absinthe


Among artists, poets and writers, absinthe has always been the stuff of legend.

The wormwood spirit was downed by some of the most celebrated names in the arts during the latter 19th and early 20th centuries.

Josh Gracin' still has nothin' to lose


After each season of “American Idol” ends, the Top 10 hit the road for an American tour. It’s good exposure for the budding pop stars and a chance for them to connect with fans as well as launch thei...

Country singer John King provides music to eat by at Ribfest


John King is having the time of his life. The young singer from Habersham County, Georgia has a song on the country charts, “Tonight Tonight,” and he’s staying on the road, trying to kick start a mus...

A taste of Texas comes to Ribfest


After 16 years, Ribfest founder Bill Picozzi never tires of talking about his annual, four-day food festival, now located at Shawnee Park in Dunbar.

“The food is amazing,” he said.

“We h...

Summerfest back for year 15


Summerfest is back “around the mound” in South Charleston again with music, games and fun through Saturday.

This marks Summerfest’s 15th year, and Bob Anderson, the executive director of the So...

Foreigner rocks this year’s West Virginia State Fair


It’s not unusual for golfers to take their clubs when they travel on business. If there’s a course nearby, maybe they can squeeze in a round. At the very least, they can always practice.

Tom Gimbel, g...

Hybrid Soul Project honored to headline live on the Levee


For The Hybrid Soul Project, getting to headline Live on the Levee Friday night feels like a major step and an honor that’s been a long time coming.

“I feel like we’ve paid our dues. We’...

The world comes to W.Va.’s 25th Appalachian String Band Festival


On a picnic table just outside the Chestnut Lodge at Camp Washington Carver, the site of West Virginia’s annual Appalachian String Band Festival, a small group of French and Québécois tourists sat and ta...

Light Opera Guild flashes back to the ‘80s with ‘The Wedding Singer’


A lot of actors have dream roles. Not many of them would consider appearing in a musical based on an Adam Sandler movie a “dream role,” but then again, not everybody is 25-year-old Lauren Meyer.


Stratus still going strong after 40 years


After 40 years together, Stratus, Charleston’s best-known R&B group, knows it’s starting to show its age. Most of the band members are eligible for retirement, but they’re not contemplating going...

Walking the dinosaur


Most people don’t really start remembering much of anything until they’re at least a couple of years old. What they do remember is often fragmented or sketchy, but special.

Brett Kern’s first s...

Old Crow and friends highlight summer concert season at Power Park


Saturday afternoon, The Clay Center and Appalachian Power Park treated Charleston to what might have been the highlight of the summer season: an outdoor concert featuring Old Crow Medicine Show that felt less like a one-...

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...