Outdoor shows abound this weekend
HUNTINGTON — Those long and hot summer nights are here and we’ve got the music to fill it and to feel it.
Pretty much anywhere you turn this weekend, there’s the hot and ready sounds of the summer concert season from cinematic symphony rock to hot gypsy jazz Camden Park carnival style.
Here’s a look at just a few of the great outdoor concerts around the region this weekend.
HSO’s ‘Bond’ is set for Saturday
He won’t be checking bags for extra martini glasses, but there will be a British Secret Service agent’s presence felt at the next Huntington Symphony Orchestra Concert.
The agent? You may know him, it’s — Bond, James Bond.
Celebrating this past year’s 50th anniversary celebration of the James Bond franchise, the HSO serves this second Picnic With the Pops concert one way only — “Shaken, Not Stirred” with a movie-themed concert packed with music from various Bond movies as well as other famous action flicks such as Batman and Spiderman.
The concert, which also features special guest vocalists Sara Spurlock and Lorie Banes, is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at Harris Riverfront Park in downtown Huntington.
General admission tickets are $20, a few $40 reserved tickets remain and all tables are sold out. Kids ages 12 and under get in free. Gates open at 5 p.m. and picnics are allowed and encouraged. Concessions are also available.
Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased at Mug and Pia plus Simply Whisk both in downtown Huntington as well as online at www.huntingtonsymphony.org or by calling 304-781-8343.
Blair Crimmins at the Hot Summer Nights
Camden Park’s Hot Summer Nights Concert Series kicked off last week with a raucous band from New York City, and this week you can party like its 1925 with the hot Dixieland horn blasts and jazzy gypsy guitar of Blair Crimmins and The Hookers.
Armed with an accordion and a penchant for vaudeville showmanship, the Atlanta band will be playing at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 18-19.
The concerts are free with admission. And you can get cheap tickets, with the Starlight prices ($10.99) after 5 p.m. each night.
Other groups featured for Hot Summer Nights are: Woody Pines, and The Dustbowl Revival. For more information on Hot Summer Nights and all the special events for July and August at Camden Park, visit Camden Park’s website at www.camdenpark.com or call 304-429-4321.
Rambling on at Pullman Square
Virginia bluegrasser Junior Sisk and his band Rambler’s Choice ran away with a bunch of SPBGMA Awards in 2013.
The band won Album of the Year Award for “The Heart of A Song” and Song of the Year for “A Far Cry from Lester and Earl.“ Sisk also received the Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year Honor for 2013.
The award-winning national act bluegrass band, which features local mandolin player Chris Davis, will be playing Pullman Square Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Thursday.
That show is free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair. Concessions are available.
“We’re looking forward to visiting Huntington and performing at Pullman Square,” said Junior Sisk. “It will be a fun evening for the whole family.”
The band’s latest album from Rebel Records, “The Story of the Day that I Died,” was released in March. Learn more about Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice by visiting www.JuniorSiskandRamblersChoice.com.
Jabberwocky at Party on the Patio
The monthly Party on the Patio at Heritage Station heats up from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 19 with a return of Jabberwocky, a local band that blends up horn-spiced covers of everything from country rock and rap to pop, funk and gospel.
The free concert, sponsored by First Sentry Bank and the Cabell Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau, features drink and food vendors. Some of the Heritage Station businesses will be open during the evening.
Also, Party asks that folks wear their favorite pink outfit as they are again this month supporting the PATH to the CURE. You can sign up for the run/walk in September and get free T-shirts and wristbands while they last.
For more information, visit the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District’s website at www.ghprd.org or call 304-696-5954.
Live On the Levee with Butch Miles
When it comes to jazz drummers, it doesn’t get any better than 2011 West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductee, and Charleston native Butch Miles.
Miles, who now lives in Austin, Texas has played with such acts as Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dave Brubeck, Mel Torme, Lena Horne, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Clark Terry, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, and tons more, brings his jazz band back home on Friday for the Live on the Levee Concert Series at Haddad Riverfront Park in downtown Charleston.
Miles, who has recorded more than 100 albums including playing on four Grammy Award-winning records, will play at 7:45 and 8:45 p.m. while the National Jamboree Band, made up of Boy Scouts (ages 16 to 21) from around the nation plays at 6:30 p.m.
That band, which has shared the stage with such acts as The Beach Boys and all the armed services bands, also plays daily at the National Jamboree, which is runs through July 24 in Oak Hill, W.Va.
Go online at www.liveonthelevee.com for more info.
The All Good Music Festival
Held for years in West Virginia, All Good moved to Ohio a couple years ago but it’s still only about a three hour drive for Huntingtonians.
The 17th annual All Good Music Festival and campout with nearly 50 musical artists performing rock, bluegrass, indie, funk, electronica, collaborative jams and more is set for Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21 at Legend Valley Concert Venue and Campground - located 30 minutes east of Columbus.
Just a few of the acts include: Furthur featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, Pretty Lights, Primus, STS9, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Leftover Salmon, Papadosio, The North Mississippi Allstars, John Scofield’s Uberjam, The Infamous Stringdusters, March Fourth Marching Band, The Soul Rebels Brass Band, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Bridge, Tribal Seeds, Yonder Mountain String Band, John Butler Trio, Beats Antique, The Werks, Toubab Krewe, The Soul Rebels, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Rex Jam and many more.
Go online at www.allgoodfestival.com/tickets for more info.
Shrine on in Olive Hill
The Carter County Shrine Club fires up its super-sized summer fest, the 23rd annual Bluegrass Festival over in Olive Hill, Ky., Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 20.
Check out such national act grassers as James King and Don Rigsby on Thursday, Ralph Stanley and Don Rigsby on Friday and on Saturday, Seldom Scene, IIIrd Tyme Out, Lou Reid and Carolina, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys and Ned Crisp and Bottomline.
Go online at www.cartercountryshrineclub.org for more info. Tickets are $20 Thursday, $35 Friday and Saturday or $70 for the weekend. Children 10 and under get in free.
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