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It's going down in the clubs and on the street

Sep. 12, 2013 @ 10:19 AM

With Marshall University back full throttle and with a feast of fall fests, it's the best of times musically. Here's a quick look at what's going down in the clubs and out on the festival streets.

Barboursville Fall Fest: Voted one of the best small towns in the West Virginia by WV Living, Barboursville hosts its fall fest daily through Saturday with national acts and homegrown talent on Friday and Saturday. Friday's lineup includes the Cabell Midland Collegium Musicum at 8 p.m., followed by Rick K and the Allnighters at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, KISS tribute band Dressed to Kill will perform at 8 p.m., followed by Aaron Tippin at 9:30 p.m. Tippin has released nine studio albums and two compilations, with five gold certifications and one platinum certification among them. He has charted more than 30 singles on Billboard Hot Country Songs charts including "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio." The concerts are free. Food vendors and crafters will be set up from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the carnival is $17 Wednesday and Thursday evening and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and $20 on Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information, visit barboursville.org.

Nothing But A String Thing: Get a doubleshot of great string bands Thursday as The Modock Rounders plays its monthly gig as part of String Thing Thursdays at Black Sheep Burrito and Brew, 1555 3rd Ave., Huntington at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. After the early show go catch Cincinnati's "trash-grassers" Rumpke Mountain Boys, who'll be picking with special guest, David Gans (Of The Grateful Dead Hour Radio show).

Downtown King: Made up of veteran Tri-State musicians, Downtown King is fresh off of winning the recent battle of the bands contest at Greenbo Lake earlier this summer. Guitar ace Jeremy Short and the boys rock out the 26th Street Drinkery in Huntington at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.

Sweet Mountain Soul: Charleston's Hybrid Soul Project has its first gig at the Thirsty Whale, 1318 4th Ave., Huntington at 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. The six-piece band is fronted by former Marshall student Shayla Leftridge studied foreign opera in college, toured with such rappers as Snoop, Daz Dillinger, Kurrupt, and E-40, and now is serving up a fresh baked slice of Mountain State soul her way. Come out and hear their spicy blend of rock, funk, jazz, old-school R&B and neo soul.

Turntables Take Over: UI Presents: The Motown Invasion on Saturday night, Sept. 14 at the V Club with Clintonics, DJ Strizy, DJ Dystract, Jacob Van Lysick, and local DJ Charlie Brown Superstar. On Sunday, Sept. 15, the V Club hosts a triple shot of rock with Coliseum, Blind Horse and Stations. Cover is $8 advance and $10 day of show.

A Paramount Weekend: The Paramount Arts Center in Ashland has two back-to-back events. At 8 p.m. Friday, the PAC's intimate Jazz Alley Series continues with the Northside Jazz Band. Cost is $25 and $15 students. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, metal fans get a symphonic blast with Black Jacket Symphony recreating AC/DC's epic "Back in Black." Tickets are $25 to $30. Call 606-324-3175.

The funky, community gallery, Marshall's Gallery 842 has just kicked off its third annual juried exhibition, which opened last Friday.

If you're downtown at Backyard Pizza, Pub and Oven or another 4th Avenue eatery, do yourself a favor and head over to the free gallery to check out the 40 wild and wonderful works from about 25 artists.

Admission to Gallery 842 is free and open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition runs through Friday, Oct. 18.

Have your Friday the 13th with a dose of panic and challenge by heading out to one of the Tri-State's corn mazes.

The closest is Cooper Family Farm's The Maize at Cooper Farms, which is now open behind the Milton Middle School, along U.S. 60.

Just opened, that maze runs 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and Monday through Thursday by reservations.

Go online at http://www.cooperfamilyfarms.net for more info. And for even more corn mazes, check out Salisbury Riverview Farm, just off of U.S. 23 south of Catlettsburg (606-922-9842).

On the heels of the Color Run and FitFest, the Tri-State's got plenty more fun runs this weekend.

Downtown Williamson will host the second annual Coal Dust 5K Run and Walk during which runners in white T-shirts will get doused from head to toe in coal dust. The race begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. For more information on the Coal Run and to pre-register, go online at http://www.facebook.com/tugvalley or call 304-235-5240.

The race begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. If that race doesn't suit your fancy, there are eight other 5Ks on Saturday and some cool ones on Friday too including the Bell Tower Memorial Run at Spring Hill Cemetery, a closed course 5K that will take folks throughout the historic cemetery.

For all the running action go online at www.tristateracer.com .

You've seen him in the movies, and now come and join everyone's favorite ogre as he lumbers around the stage.

The Curtains Up Players are presenting the second and final weekend of "Shrek The Musical" over at the Jeslyn Performing Arts Center, 1030 4th Ave., Huntington.

Based on the Oscar Award-winning DreamWorks animation, "Shrek The Musical," features a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs and great dancing scenery. Show times are 8 p.m. Sept. 12,13,14 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15. Admission is $15, $12 seniors and students and $10 for groups of 10 or more for the play which is directed by Holly Maynard. Go online at www.curtainsupplayers.org for more info about this play and others in the CUP season.

On Mondays, Sept. 16 through Nov. 18, you can head up to the Huntington Museum of Art on McCoy Road, where award-winning potter and instructor, Kathleen Kneafsey teaches a 10-week session called "Hand Building and Wheel Throwing for Adults" back in Studio 4. That class, which runs 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, is just one of dozens offered by the Museum of Art. The Museum is accepting registrations for fall classes. To register for a class, go to www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701. Lots of other community places from the Paramount Arts Center, to local yoga studios and the YMCA have cool classes as well. Go online at www.herald-dispatch.com and click onto the searchable calendar.

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the Doom Room Presents: The Legendary Zamora The Torture King” at 10 p.m. at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington. The place where that show was happening was omitted from an article in Thursday’s Weekend section. That show is free and open to the public.
The Washington State native artist Zamora the Torture King, who is an original member of the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow and the Hellzapoppin revue.  You have seen it on “Ripley’s TV,” “Stan Lee's Superhumans,” “48 Hours,” “Real TV” and “National Geographic’s Taboo” and now you can see his light-bulb-eating, skin-skewering antics for yourself.

You have seen it on "Ripley's TV," "Stan Lee's Superhumans," "48 Hours," "Real TV" and "National Geographic's Taboo" and now you can see his light-bulb-eating, skin-skewering antics for yourself, accompanied of course by the Doom Room's night of stoner rock, punk rock, death metal, thrash, crust and all other essential rock formations.

When it comes to the straight talk express, few folks are as blunt or funny as the crass comedian Bill Burr. Starring recently in the "The Heat," with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, Burr will be bringing his spicy comedy to the stage of the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. The show is brought to the area by the MU Office of Student Involvement, as well as 24/7 Comedy, WAMX, The Herald-Dispatch, Marshall University, the Marshall University College of Arts and Media and the Marshall Artists Series. Tickets are $25 at the Marshall Artists Series box office at 304-696-6656. Or order tickets online at Ticketmaster.com. You can also visit the box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.