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Regional summer concert season is almost here

May. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

In the past couple weeks we've been announcing a slew of summer concert info from the Summer Motion and Dawg Dazzle to all of the summer concert series in the region.

Speaking of summer concert series.. don't tell my wife Toril (who was out of town in Washington D.C.) that our son Will was dancing last Friday night on top of the train at Heritage Station at the Party on the Patio, but who can blame him?

The Mystic Mountain Blueberries, armed with new bassist Gordy Trent (formerly of Qiet), rocked the rafters off the gazebo and caused a widespread outbreak of dancing on the patio tracks.

If you missed the Blueberries, those brothers of the hip-hopped, river-soaked rhythm and blues, can be found on the Internet at http://www.reverbnation.com/mysticmountainblueberry. The next Party on the Patio is set for June 21 with the Oakwood Road Band; and July 19, Jabberwocky. Call 304-696-5954 for more info or go online at www.ghprd.org.

And the Blueberries will be playing at the Pullman Square Summer Concert Series on June 27.

County fair's a-coming

Speaking of summer concerts, the county fairs can always be counted on for some good solid country music concerts.

One of the region's largest, the Scioto County Fair, which runs Aug. 5-10, will host The Lost Trailer on Aug. 6. That Nashville band features Marshall University graduate and bass player supreme Jimmy Lykens. Also on tap at the Scioto County Fair is Lauren Alania on Aug. 7, and John Michael Montgomery on Aug. 9 (sandwiched in between nights of the circus and the demolition derby).

Music down on the farm

The downtown Bob Evans, 606 3rd Ave., will be lending a hand to the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. The restaurant will host a community night fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13 and on Thursday, June 27.

Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of the check of patrons that present a copy of flier or display a copy of the flier on their smart phone. Carry-out orders are also acceptable.

For a copy of the flier, contact Hogan Haas at 304-781-8343 or email huntingtonsymphony@gmail.com.

The symphony is prepping for its Picnic with the Pops at Harris Riverfront Park (June 22, July 20, and Aug. 17).

Speaking of Bob Evans and local music, Ashland area singer/songwriter Julie Reeves (now a morning show host on The Dawg, 93.7-FM) will be in concert at Bob Evans Farms Concert Series at the Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio, on Saturday, June 22, opening for The Bellamy Brothers.

Tickets are $15 advance and $20 day of the show. There's free camping and parking as well. For more info, call 1-800-994-FARM or go online at www.bobevans.com.

He said, she said on morning radio

Speaking of Reeves, she's been adding a nice personal touch to morning radio on The Dawg the past few weeks. The local station fired up songs that she'd cut with the late George Jones and Bill Engvall, as well as playing her song about single moms, "Single Point of View" for Mother's Day when they gave away a single mom's day package to Nicki Ringrose from Westwood, Ky.

Across the city, Reeves' ex, and national-act comedian, Cledus T. Judd has been firing up morning radio with a flair.

He just marked his 100th edition of "Cledus' College of Backwoods Knowledge" (a five question redneck trivia game) by having on Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, who actually knew what noodling was and helped a local contestant beat Judd, whose record is 72-27.

Judd, who recently celebrated his 25th music video "Honeymoon" with 25 hours of Judd videos on CMT, was just announced as one of the headline performers at the 25th anniversary Summer Motion July 4 concert and fireworks show. Sawyer Brown will end the evening after the fireworks. Also on the bill that night is Michael Moore with Southern Push, and The Mayberry Deputy/David Browning. Go online at www.summermotion.com for a complete schedule.

Meanwhile back on radio at WTCR-FM's "Cledus T. Party with Clint, Judy and Cledus," they're giving away a John Deere riding lawn tractor for Father's Day from Bridgeport Equipment on Merritts Creek Road. You can sign up now through June 6 at (www.tcrcountry.com) and to beat it all Judd will also come cut dad's yard.

Another hall of fame garden party

Fresh off announcing its 2013 class, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame is stepping out 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.

Tickets are $50 -- or free with a WV NIP donation of $500 or more to the Hall of Fame (while they last). The WV Neighborhood Investment Program (NIP) offers a 50 percent WV 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.

For those about to rock

In the aftermath of Rock on the Range, we've got some rock to report on our little range right here in the city.

I just interviewed South Point High School alum Adam Hall, who's a member of the Charlotte, N.C.,-based five-man band, Another Lost Year.

That band, whose song "War on the Inside" went to No. 1 for four weeks on the rock charts at Clear Channel Radio's iHeart Radio last year, will be headlining The Planet's 10th anniversary bash at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., on Sunday, June 2.

Also on the bill is 10 Years and Shallow Side. The first 92 tickets sold on vclublive.com for this show are $10. After that tickets are $15 advance and $18 day of the show. Go online at www.anotherlostyear.com to hear more from the band including their second single "Writing on the Wall," which was at No. 34 on the active rock charts the week ending May 11.

On a sad rock note, word has it that Charleston live music club, The Sound Factory is closing on July 1 but not without raising a little hell first. It will be hosting Charleston-based, internationally-known metal act, Byzantine on Friday, June 28.

Tickets are $15 on the website and on the Second Floor of the Sound Factory.

Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at lavender@herald-dispatch.com.