Four-day Culturefest runs Thursday to Sunday at Pipestem
PIPESTEM, W.Va. — Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival, a weekend-long, multicultural immersion in the creative arts held annually at Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem will celebrate its 10th anniversary Thursday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 8.
The event features four stages of performances, children's activities, workshops, healing arts, camping and more in a beautiful mountain setting. The highly regarded festival has drawn thousands through the years, and was featured in both WV Living and WV South Magazine in 2013.
The festival site features a new lounge tent complete with inflatable furniture and atmospheric lighting, so that no matter what the weather brings, the music and merriment will always continue. The 10th Anniversary performance lineup includes scores of artists from Appalachia and as far away as Los Angeles, CA. A melting pot of styles, the performances are united by the common characteristic of positive, passionate artistry.
The line-up includes: NYC's Sylvana Joyce + The Moment — the perfect mix of gypsy rock, blues and cabaret that has drawn comparisons to Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Gogol Bordello and The Dresden Dolls. Sylvana was the winner of the 5th Annual Ultimate Singer-Songwriter Competition in New York City in February. featured by MTV and Ourstage as a "Needle in the Haystack" Artist. The band has opened for such names as Nikka Costa, The Aristocrats, and Lettuce.
Columbus OH based William The Accountant — Using funk, new wave and cultural polyrhythmic undertones to take what they believe to be the next step in music. According to writer Tommy Johnson of the Dayton Most Metro, William The Accountant's sound is “anything but ordinary and that is why they are a band that can’t be missed."
Richmond's Rattlemouth — World Grooves from Lebanese trance music to Ethiopian Jazz and similarly flavored originals. blazing through spirited renditions of classic tunes from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mali, Cuba, Jamaica, Nigeria, Lebanon, Ethiopia etc., plus similarly flavored originals, inspiring audiences to equally spirited dancing.
Luminaries — Formed in the heart of Venice Beach, California, and immersed in one of the most culturally diverse communities in LA, arises the heart driven, and service orientated Hip Hop emissaries of peace, the Luminaries. From the underground parties in “Dogtown” to the biggest festival stages on the west coast, the Luminaries have now taken their message international and crowds everywhere sing along the anthem, “Peace Worldwide Starts From Inside!”
Tampa, Florida's Green Sunshine — positive, deeply funky and extremely fun-loving. fronted by MC’s Reason and Rhyme, and the powerful, sultry vocals of Miss Motown Tea, the band has put its own spin on what it means to be a performing Hip-Hop/Funk band. a funky groove that can neither be quantized nor quantified.
Paducah, KY's Gideon's Rifle — Predominantly influenced by traditional American roots music and Kentucky bluegrass, with a strong focus on vocal harmonies and arrangement/orchestration guided by the classical training of its members. The combination of self taught folk musicians and well versed classically trained musicians finds Gideon's Rifle irreverently sliding in and out of Americana, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, and full on classical orchestration.
Several Wv artists are included in the line-up as well; Option 22 (Eclectic/Americana), The Gin Mills (Blues/Rock), The Company Stores (Modern Blues/Folk), Melissa McKinney (Rock/Blues), Tim & Maggie (Folk), Cody Perkins & Company (Indie/Folk Rock), Colby Elswick (Americana), Pipes and The Peacehounds (Rock) and Chally Erb (Movement/Performance Art).
Other out-of-state acts include A Ghost Like Me (Asheville, NC Space Rock), Infinite Third (Experimental/ Ambient Art Rock from Michigan), DragonSong (World/Electro-Acoustic from Baltimore), KT VanDyke & Drifting Westward (Virginia Folk), DJ Oko Yono (Electronic Music From Raleigh),
In addition, Thursday evening's entertainment will be "An Evening With The RiffRaff," featuring musicians, poets and more from The RiffRaff Arts Collective in downtown Princeton, which includes those responsible for creating the festival. Poets Tiffany Freed, Scott Bennett, Ash Gill and others will share their words and scores of musicians will jam late into the night, demonstrating the typical goings-on of a night at The Room Upstairs, the small theatre inside The RiffRaff.
There will be multiple yoga classes, drumming workshops, healing arts sessions and more.
The flow of positive energy and peaceful surroundings of Culturefest World Music and Arts Festival are unparalleled in the region. Festival goers have made their way year after year to the mountains of Southern West Virginia to soak in the positive vibe that exists at this cultural celebration.
Full weekend passes are $30 pre-sale and $40 at the gate; the price includes all four days plus camping. Kids' 12 & under weekend passes are $15 and kids 5 & under are free. Day passes are $10 for Thursday, $15 for Friday and Saturday and $12 for Sunday. Purchase tickets online at www.culturefestwv.com or at the gate. Call 304-425-6425 with questions.
The event is presented by LLyniuM entertainment and The RiffRaff Arts Collective with assistance from these sponsors: Adventure Radio, WVVA, Suddenlink, Positive Vibrations, Princeton Health & Fitness Center, Ramey Row, Cole Kia, Star 95, Little Buddy Radio, and a host of advertisers.