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Awesome weekend: New River Gorge's Our Phamily Reunion

Sep. 05, 2013 @ 10:08 PM

It was nothing but sweet jams last weekend as we Dave Tripped down to the New River Gorge for the second annual Our Phamily Reunion at Cantrell Ultimate Rafting in Fayetteville.

Big props to organizers Scott and Nellie Coffman and their circle of friends such as artist Jeremy Adkins, Mike Easter and so many more who helped put on a beautiful event that featured a slew of great bands from around the region including: Qiet, 600 Lbs Of Sin, Beggars Clan, Information, Fletcher's Grove, Fiery Deep, Blistered Nifkin, Alex Faulkner, Another Roadside Attraction, Red Lights and HoboClay.

It was great to hear all the new tunes from Qiet. During their fiery Friday night set, everyone danced and grooved to that well-honed eclectic colorful carnival of compositions created by Christopher "Qiet" Harris and his band of gypsies.

Harris said they're looking at Halloween weekend for some CD release parties for their upcoming CD that they cut with ace engineer and producer Eddie Ashworth (Sublime, Pennywise, Jeff Ellis) in Athens, Ohio.

More Grooving With The Grove

While we can't transport ya back in time to enjoy the festy goodness of hula hoops, fields of dancers and a night sky full of Chinese lanterns at the Reunion, we can let ya know that two of the veteran jam bands that cranked out sizzling sets, Fletcher's Grove and Beggars Clan at the Reunion, will be tag-teaming a night of jams (Saturday, Sept. 21) at The V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington.

For folks wanting their whitewater run with another side dish of great tunes, mark down Bridge Day Weekend at Cantrells, when Vern's Pot of Chili, and The Yetti (headed up by Marshall graduate and whitewater guide Ben Coll), team up for a weekend of music that's been a tradition for the past 10 years.

Call Cantrell Rafting at 304-663-2762 or go online at www.cantrellultimaterafting.com.

While nationally traveling, South Carolina one-man dance party, Zach Deputy, wasn't playing the Reunion, he did roll in late in the weekend to hang and campfire pick with so many of his West Virginia friends.

You can see Deputy and what he calls his one-man show of "Island-infused, Drum 'n' Bass, Gospel-Ninja-Soul" on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the V Club.

Check out more about Deputy at www.zachdeputy.com and go online at www.vclublive.com for more info on fall shows at the V.

Roadtrip N.C. -

Destination Daniel Johnston

Speaking of roadtripping to good festivals, I just saw the lineup at the Halloween weekend Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, happening Oct. 25-27 in Asheville, N.C.

The festival features sets by Nine Inch Nails, Animal Collective, Bassnectar, Jacques Greene, and a rare regional appearance by underground American music legend, Daniel Johnston, who grew up in the northern Panhandle of West Virginia and, who in spite of a lifelong battle with mental illness, has made an undeniable mark on the rock music scene with such bands as TV on the Radio, Tom Waits, Beck and Death Cab for Cutie covering his songs.

This is only one of two listed dates for Johnston, who was thrust into the national spotlight back when Kurt Cobain of Nirvana wore a Johnston T-shirt promoting the obscure folk-rocker.

Check out the amazing documentary, "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" to see more about Johnston's journey and struggles that come boiling out in his epic but often low-fi sound.

Cycling In On the Radio

Marshall University and West Virginia University's student radio stations have teamed up this weekend to bring Leo Lydon to West Virginia. The Boston-based artist is bicycling from Boston to Seattle and along the way stopping off for gigs.

WMUL-FM presents a free show with Lydon at Black Sheep Burritos and Brew, 1555 3rd Ave., Huntington at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

Zac Runyon, a member of the WMUL, arranged Lydon's stops through West Virginia. Lydon didn't originally plan on going through West Virginia on his trip until Runyon got in contact with him.

"I saw this musician, and I read his story and thought WMUL had to have him come in," Runyon said. "While working out Leo's trip to Huntington, I contacted WVU's Music director to help get Leo a show there."

Lydon, who performed at the Porch Unplugged house show series in Huntington on Thursday, will be on the air Friday on the WMUL show, The Bridge.

Go online at www.marshall.edu/wmul to see a full schedule of shows on WMUL.

Speaking of radio shows coming at ya live, David Gans, has hosted The Grateful Dead Hour," since 1985, a show that has been syndicated since 1988 and now on more than 60 radio stations across the country.

You can hear Gans' show at 11 p.m. Saturdays, locally on 104.1-FM, which is WNKU out of Northern Kentucky University. Gans will be with fellow Dead lovers, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Thursday, Sept. 12 at the V Club. Gans is headed to the Werk Out Festival in Ohio next weekend with Rumpke with whom he jammed with at this summer at the Dark Star Jubilee as well.

A Little Kentucky Fried Diner

"Larry's Country Diner," the down-home variety program that draws over 1.4 million loyal viewers each month as one of RFD-TV's most popular shows, continues to feed the appetites of traditional country music lovers.

This September, the Diner, which airs at 11 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays, will take on a little Kentucky fried flavor as they host the great young Salyersville native singer songwriter, Rebecca Lynn Howard on Sept. 14, and then on Sept. 21, catch up with the reunited stellar vocal band.

On Sept. 7, the Diner will include a performance by World Rodeo Champion Larry Mahan, backed by famed fiddler Hoot Hester, Larry Black (himself) and Jimmy Capps.

For more information on "Larry's Country Diner," visit larryscountrydiner.com.

That's What She Sang

There's some powerhouse female vocalists heading our way.

Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, for "The Joy of Christmas," a concert starring , four-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year and Grammy-winning artist, Martina McBride. The Big Sandy Superstore Arena concert is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.

Tickets, which start at $32.50 plus taxes and fees, are available at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena box office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Down Charleston way, tickets are also on sell for two great fall concerts with amazing female vocalists.

Grammy Award-winning Jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall will be at the Clay Center on Oct. 20. Blues rocker and Grammy Award winner Susan Tedeschi, brings in what I think is one of the best touring bands period, the 11-piece ensemble The Tedeschi Trucks Band featuring her husband Derek Trucks on slide guitar.

After winning the Grammy for their debut album, "Revelator," they're back with a new record now called, "Made Up Mind."

Go online at www.theclaycenter.org for more info.

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

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