Concert series heading outside across Tri-State in coming months
We've got that spring chill in the rearview and the summer sun getting high in that sky ready for grilling and chilling.
As if on cue, we've got a slew of good outdoor concert series firing up around the region.
Here's a look at a free, summer concert series near you.
Party on the Patio -- Chillbilly soul style
The weather is here, the gazebo is beautiful and the outdoor music party is rolling into Heritage Station. Come out at 7 p.m. Friday for Party on the Patio and enjoy some homegrown chillbilly soul music from Mystic Mountain Blueberry.
Fueled by dual front-men Chad Midkiff and Joe Murphy (who used to have a nationally traveling Blues Brothers act), the MMB is like the Blues Brothers' younger musical sibling blending up chillbilly soul -- hip hop, rock, funk, rap and country rolled rhythm and blues.
There will be full concessions including beer, wine, soft drinks and food. Let's Eat will stay open late, offering its full menu and several other shops will stay open as well including Bottle and Wedge and SIP Wine Bar. Thanks to First Sentry Bank and The Cabell Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau, this is a free concert event organized by the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District.
Go online at http://www.reverbnation.com/mysticmountainblueberry to hear some more from the band.
Other upcoming Party on the Patio dates include: May 17, Mystic Mountain Blueberry; June 21, Oakwood Road Band; and July 19, Jabberwocky. Call 304-696-5954 for more info or go online at www.ghprd.org.
Bike Night at Buddy's
This is the 10th season for the Bike Night at Buddy's All-American BBQ.
They'll start smoking up a good time in the parking lot at 1537 3rd Ave., Huntington, starting on Thursday, May 23 as they host Joey and J.C. Buddy's will close the parking lot between 3 and 4 p.m., and bands start at 7 p.m.
Other incoming bands include: May 30, Kala DeHart and River Town; June 6, TBA; June 13, City Heat; June 20, Mojo Bones; June 27, The Whipps.
For more info about Buddy's, call 304-522-9869 or go online at www.wvbbq.com.
Pullman Square Summer Concert Series
The Pullman Square Summer Concert Series, has announced its schedule for the 2013 season. The free summer music series kicks off May 30 with the horn-built R&B of City Heat.
Other acts booked for Pullman are: June 6: The Recipe; June 13, Kala DeHart and River Town; June 20, West Virginia Day Celebration; June 27, Mystic Mountain Blueberry; July 11, Red Wanting Blue and AC30; July 18, Junior Sisk and Rambler's Choice; July 25, The Carpenter Ants; Aug. 1, Oakwood Road Band; Aug. 8, J.V. Collier; Aug. 22, One Foot; and Aug. 29, Dana Romanello.
Based out of Columbus, Red Wanting Blue, which appeared on Mountain Stage in November in a live taping at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, has been making a national splash and appeared last year on the "Late Show with David Letterman."
Junior Sisk is coming off a slew of honors at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association awards. Sisk and Ramblers Choice, which features area resident Chris Davis on mandolin, have received SPBGMA's Album of the Year Award for "The Heart of A Song."
Former Marshall University cheerleader and Nashville songwriter, Dana Romanello returns to the series. Also playing the series is WV-based jamband, The Recipe, as well as the band of Bruce Hornsby's bass player, J.V. Collier, who has played with everyone from Was Not Was to Gladys Knight and the Pips. Go online at http://www.pullman-square.com.
Charlie's Harley-Davidson bike parties
The national award-winning Charlie's Harley-Davidson, 408 4th St., revs up the summer with monthly blasts of live music, food and good times at the sprawling motorcycle dealership.
Iron Horse, the powerhouse national act bluegrass band that puts their own souped-up grass twist to a slew of metal and rock records, headlines on Aug. 3.
The series kicks off on June 1, with Joey and J.C., playing from 1 to 4 p.m., and John Hathaway & The Mojo Bones (featuring harmonica player Allan Hatten) playing from 5 to 8 p.m.
Other bands include: Another Round, on July 6; Iron Horse on Aug. 3, Under Social (featuring Stacee Lawson) on Sept. 7, and Oct. 12, the 2nd annual Biketoberfest for Breast Cancer Awareness with Joey and J.C. with headliner Midnight Special. All events will start at noon and end at 9 p.m. Call 304-523-1340 or go online at http://www.charlieshd.com/.
Live On the Levee
Charleston's free Live on the Levee Concert Series at Haddad Riverfront Park features a host of national and regionally traveling acts all summer long. Sponsored by Moses Automotive, it runs for 15 weeks on Fridays in the summer.
Highlights include: Cross Lanes native and WV Music Hall of Fame member Kathy Mattea on June 21, headlining a WV Songwriters Showcase FestivALL edition of the Levee.
Fellow WV Music Hall of Famer and jazz legend Butch Miles plays on July 19, while a couple national acts roll through in August. Edwin McCain plays Aug. 16 and Acoustic Syndicate plays on Aug. 30.
Other highlights include a reunion of the Putnam County Pickers on Aug. 23.
Live on the Levee kicks off May 24 with The VooDoo Katz and opener 600 lbs of Sin!
Go online at www.liveontheleveecharleston.com.
Flatwoods Summer Concert Series
The Rolling Hills Folk Center presents the Summer Concert Series in the Flatwoods Park, in Flatwoods, Ky.
The schedule includes: June 8 - The Modock Rounders and The Ritch Collins Three-O; July 13- Eddie Riffe and The Cougars and Mothman; Aug. 10 - Kenington 3 (Jazz Trio) and Tom Stephens and the Blues Deluxe and Sept. 14 - Kentucky Memories and Fabled Canelands.
For more info call program director, Bethany Walters at 606-571-0298 or go online at www.rollinghillsfolkcenter.org.
Pipestem Amphitheater Concerts
At Pipestem Resort State Park in Summers County, the 525-seat amphitheater season kicks off May 25 with East River Mountain Town Band. Other bands include: June 15, Maurice Ulmer Group; June 22, Carla Bragg (gospel); June 29, The Furrow Family (gospel); July 6, Acoustic Crossroads (country and rock); July 13, The Grass Stains (bluegrass); July 20, Stages; July 27, Stonestreet (rock); Aug. 3, Hans Creek Grass; Aug. 8, Geology Rocks; Aug. 10, Taylor Made (country); Aug. 17, Bil Lepp (Storyteller); Aug. 24, Rick K and the Allnighters and Aug. 31, Adam Tucker (country).
There is a small fee for these shows. For more information about Pipestem Resort State Park, call 304-466-1800 or visit www.pipestemresort.com.