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Fun musical ways to help out local nonprofits in the coming weeks

May. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Music not only soothes the savage beast, but around here it also is one of the best ways to help out those in need.

Here's a look at just a few fun musical ways to help out local non-profits this week and in the weeks to come.

Rock that prom

Just a couple weeks ago, the Charleston rap act, The Dinosaur Burps had their video "Oddney Strangerfield," (shot by Patrick Mullen) picked as the best short at the Appalachian Film Festival. You can see B-Rude and the boys in action at a Friday night event that benefits the Cabell County Relay For Life.

Organized by Britany Miller, the fourth annual Prom @ The V, takes place on Friday, May 10. Other entertainment includes indie rockers Coyotes in Boxes as well as the one-and-only DJ Charlie Brown Superstar. Come and get dressed up walk the red-carpet, guzzle spiked punch, pose for professional prom portraits by Tophu Photo, and cap the night by running for dance royalty. Prizes for King and Queen.

Tickets are $10 per couple, $6 if you show up stag at the V Club, located at 641 7th Ave., Huntington. All door proceeds benefit Cabell County Relay for Life.

For more info go online at https://www.facebook.com/Prom4Life.

Bands, bikers rally for family

Two area bands are stepping out to help a family in need. Jeremy Walters Band and No Pause will be playing at 7 and 9 p.m., respectively on Saturday, May 11, at the Jon Suttles Memorial Ride and Benefit Rally, at Harley's Tit for Tat, 2333 Adams Ave., Huntington.

For those riding motorcycles, registration starts at 1 p.m. Kickstands go up at 2 p.m. After the ride, there will be live music and barbecue starting at about 6 p.m.

If you ride it is $10 and includes a raffle ticket and a can cooler. Organizers are asking for a minimum of a $5 donation at the door if you don't ride.

At the evening party, there will be raffles, 50/50 drawings, barbecue concessions by Shawn Kennedy's "Smok'em if ya Got'em." Money raised will benefit Suttles' two children and family. Suttles passed away Feb. 25, at the age of 36 after a battle with colon cancer.

Play it again Jeff

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, Ashland area musician, Jeff Carter, rolls out his Jeff Carter Quintet concert "An Evening with the Great American Songbook" an encore presentation of a show that was recently included in the Ironton Council for the Arts concert series.

The quintet will perform at Gateway Church, located at 1701 Central Ave., Ashland, to raise money for Micah DeArmon, a 7-year-old boy with multiple diagnoses after spending his early years in an orphanage in India. Admission is $10 at the door.

Lupuspalooza

A slew of bands are gathering at 5 p.m. Friday, May 17, at 626 17th St., Huntington, for a Lupus awareness event called Lupuspalooza.

There will be music, games, art, activities for all, and DJ Lou Palooza will be getting folks dancing in the streets along with Speaker for the Dead, the Disappearing Man, mycity., Moonshine Croosing, and Wilbur by the Sea also entertaining the crowd. Everyone is welcome so stop in and wear your purple. There will be a $5 suggested donation to get into the show and a $10 donation to get a booth spot.

Bully Good will be screen-printing shirts on site. Bring a purple shirt and get it screened on site for a $5 donation. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/bullygoodwv?fref=ts.

Blues blowing for Wounded Warriors

The Wounded Warrior Project gets some blues-powered love as the West Virginia Blues Society fires up the sixth annual Charlie West Blues Fest that boils up the blues down by the Kanawha Riverside at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston.

The free fest, an annual fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project, rolls Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, at the park.

Returning to the stage is red-hot guitarist Ana Popovich, who headlines Friday and Kim Wilson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds on Saturday when music rolls noon to 11 p.m. Other bands include Davina and the Vagabonds, Tinsley Ellis, Mud Morganfield, Kristine Jackson, Grand Marquis Band, Southern Hospitality, Bryan Lee & The Power Blues Band and Mojo Theory, just to name a few.

Visit www.charliewestbluesfest.com for more info, special VIP packages and on how to volunteer.

Another Hall of Fame Garden Party

The Charleston-based West Virginia Music Hall of Fame is once again stepping out into the state for another fundraising garden party.

The renowned Cafe Cimino in Sutton will be hosting the second WV Music Hall of Fame Garden Party from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 26.

Dine on Cafe Cimino's buffet while listening to a smorgasbord of homegrown, West Virginia music including: The Davisson Brothers, John Lilly & Robert Shafer, Vince Farsetta, Bob Shank and The Carpenter Ants. Other guests TBA.

Tickets are $50 -- or free with a West Virgnia NIP donation of $500 or more to the Hall of Fame (while they last). The W.Va. Neighborhood Investment Program (NIP) offers a 50 percent W.Va., tax credit for businesses and individuals for any donation of $500 or more. The donation can also be used as a federal charitable gift deduction.

For more info or tickets, call or email Michael Lipton, director of the Hall at 304-342-4412 or wvmhof@gmail.com.

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