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Turning up the summer tunes

Jun. 22, 2011 @ 08:00 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Summer is officially here, and although the longest day of the year is now in the rear-view, the night becomes the day as a slew of summer concert series have fired up around the region.

Here's a look at some of the cool -- and usually free -- summer concert series from Pullman Square to Appalachian Power Park.

It's hip to be square

The Dutch Miller Summer Concert Series at Pullman Square has become one of the places to be every Thursday from June to September.

The festivities start at 5 p.m. with DJs from the presenting station, WDGG-FM, 93.7-the Dawg, doing a live remote as folks filter in. Toss in a slew of food vendors like Rick's Barbecue, Stewart's Original Hot Dogs, Miller Lite, Cici's Pizza, Scraggle-Pop Kettle Corn and many more.

A solo acoustic act will take the stage at 6 p.m., at 7 p.m. today, June 23, the new country group, The Whipps, made up of veteran musicians such as Greg Fletcher, Larry Collinsworth, Eric Daniels, Don Hanshaw and Ed Price, take the stage playing songs off their CD, "Ghettobillies."

Hear some cuts from the new CD online at www.thewhipps.com.

Angie Fletcher, who helps organize the Summer Concert Series for the Dawg, just announced the schedule that includes: Wilson Fairchild and Madhouse on June 30; Oakwood Road Band on July 7; Due West, Sarah Darling and Crisp and Davis on July 14; One Foot on July 21; Brian Burns and Angie Fletcher Band on July 21; Rivertown on Aug. 4; Split Decision on Aug. 11, Angie Fletcher Band and the Candy Mountain Boys on Aug. 18, and Aug. 25 TBA.

For more information, go online at www.wdgg.fm.

Melodies and Masterpieces

Judd Plaza in Ashland has been hosting one of the area's only lunch-time concert series. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Northeastern Kentucky, Melodies and Masterpieces will start July 15, and will run weekly through early August.

WLGC-FM, 105-7 will be broadcasting live and giving away tickets to the Paramount Arts Center series Jazz Alley.

Kicking off the series on July 15 is Tim Preston' Big Scoop of Blues Band; July 22, Crisp and Davis; July 29, Sister Redden Hair; Aug. 5, Thrillbilly's and Friends. Other event sponsors include: AACVB, The Pendleton Arts Center and Artists, 4 O Clock Rock Guitar Shop , Paramount Arts Center , EJ's Guitars in The Kyova Mall and Jim's Hot Dog and Spaghetti.

Bike Night at Charlie's

Charlie's Harley-Davidson, 408 4th St., Huntington revs up the live music and fires up the grill most Friday nights in the summer.

The next bike night is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 24, when Triaxle will be on stage along with the good food, drinks and of course, plenty of cool bikes.

On deck for Bike Night is July 1, when young singer/songwriter Kala DeHart and RiverTown take the stage. Also that night Charlie's will host the International Bikini Team for a bikini contest and poster signing, and beginning at 4 p.m. the bikini team will be washing bikes as well. July 8 is Derailed.

For more info, go online at www.charlieshd.com.

Live on the levee

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Haddad Riverfront Park is the pace to be every Friday night as Moses Automotive Group and a slew of sponsors present the Live on the Levee concert series that runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The eclectic live concert series features some of the region's best live acts as well as such national acts as Andy Griggs.

Here's a look at the schedule. June 24, Bob Thompson Unit and VooDoo Katz; July 1, Fletcher's Grove opening for The Recipe; July 8, Buckstone opening for Andy Griggs; July 15, HOG Rally featuring Anchored; July 22, Mark IV Band opening for John Lilly with the Pour House Band; July 29, CrossRoads opening for Fastball; Aug. 5, Ryan Kennedy Trio opening for Blues Du Jour; Aug. 12, Steve Himes Connection opening for Comparsa; Aug. 19, Stan McDaniel Band opening for the Davisson Brothers; Aug. 26, Andy Park & The Kountry Katz opening for The New Relics and Sept. 2, Spurgie Hankins Band opening for The Carpenter Ants.

Go online at www.liveontheleveecharleston.com for more info.

Take me out to the ball park

The Appalachian Power Park in downtown Charleston turns up the musical heat during its Thursday Night Concert Series that features an eclectic mix of tribute acts.

Presented by The West Virginia Lottery, the free series starts at 7 p.m. with gates opening at 6 p.m.

Playing June 23 is Tuesday's Gone, a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute act; playing July 7 is a Tim McGraw tribute by West Virginia's own Adam D. Tucker.

The Boss, Bruce Springsteen's music gets the love on July 21, and the series closes with a homecoming for Las Vegas-based Charleston native, Theron Denson, "The Black Diamond," the world's only black Neil Diamond tribute act.

Go online at www.blackdiamondvocals.com to find out more info about The Black Diamond.

Ceredo's Sunday in the Park

The sleepy little Ohio River town of Ceredo, comes alive under the shady oaks of the Jeramy Shoemaker Amphitheater in Paul T. Billups Park once a month as the town hosts Sunday in the Park, a free concert on the third Sunday of every month through August.

The concert series, which is presented by the town of Ceredo, is free to the public.

Performing in upcoming concerts is The Backyard Dixie Jazz Stompers on July 17, and on Aug. 21, the nationally-traveling vocal group, The Vogues.

For more information about the concert series, contact Nancy Price by calling 304-453-6814 or emailing nprice@zoominternet.net.

Bike Night at Buddy's

One of the longest-running Thursday night concerts and bike nights happens in the parking lot at Buddy's All-American BBQ, 1537 3rd Ave., Huntington.

They kick off the free concerts at 5 p.m. Bands go on at 6 to 6:30 p.m. Gypzy Rose rocks out on June 23; Kala DeHart and Rivertown plays on June 30; Another Round is schedule for July 14; July 21 is The Whipps . Aug. 11 is City Heat and Sept. 8 is City Heat. Other dates are TBA.

Call 304-522-9869 or go online at www.wvbbq.com for more info.

Putnam's Concert at the Park

The Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission has been sponsoring Concert at the Park, a free summer concert series at Valley Park, which is home to the Waves of Fun Water Park.

Concerts are once a month. The remaining concerts are July 16, with Crossroads, Clokwork, and Area 51 and Aug. 13 with Stormcrow, and Clokwork.

The free event will run from 6:30 to about 9:30 p.m. For more info, call 304-562-0518 ext. 10.



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