Your Guide to the Weekend
It's Labor Day weekend and we've got the live music flowing from such fountains as Camden Park and state parks a plenty.
Here's a look at a few other cool concerts to check out this long and glorious weekend.
Donna Ulisse & Poor Mountain Boys: Nominated twice for IBMA songwriter of the year, the Virginia native songwriter is known for such unique work as the bluegrass gospel record, "All the Way to Bethlehem," which was inspired by "Jesus Christ Superstar." Donna and the boys are trucking from a Friday show in Maine into the Mountaineer Opry House for a 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. Call 304-743-5749 for more info.
Christian pop power: The California-born, Tennessee-educated Christian singer Mandisa made a splash on the fifth season of "American Idol." She's in concert Friday, Aug. 30 at the historic Paramount Arts Center in Ashland with special guest, The Jason Lovins Band. Call 606-324-3175 for more info and tickets.
Live on the Levee: One of the region's premiere outdoor concert series, Live on the Levee, at Charleston's Haddad Riverfront Park, has an eclectic night with the Latin-flavored Charleston band, Comparsa, opening up for nationally-traveling jam band, Acoustic Syndicate. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 and is free and open to the public.
We want the funk: The Chicago-based funk band, The Main Squeeze, who've opened for The Roots and played at Bonnaroo, bring the funk and the noise to the V Club's dance floor on Friday night. The show starts at 10 p.m. Cover is $8 for those 18 and up. The region's only funkadelic jammers, 40 Pound Snapper open the show. Go online at http://www.mainsqueezemusic.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/40lbsnapperlicious to hear the bands. If you wanna rock harder, the V Club has a doubleshot of regional rockers, No Pause and Ten Carp Lie after the Marshall football game on Saturday.
Nashville songwriters night at Callihan's: Callihan's American Pub & Grill in the KYOVA Mall hosts a songwriters night at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 featuring Shane Thomas and well-known songwriter and guitarist Wayd Battle, who has penned several songs for Jamey Johnson including "That Lonesome Song" and "Cover Your Eyes," and Drew Smith, who has written such tunes as "The Singer" for Randy Houser. Tickets are $15 and available by calling Callihan's at 606-585-0586.
Friday, August 30
Touring Kenova on two wheels
You can enjoy a leisurely ride, skateboard or roller skate through the small town of Kenova, as the Kenova Critical Mass ride meets at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 at the Kenova Town Square gazebo by Save-A-Lot grocery for an easy paced six mile ride around the city. Everybody is welcome no matter what age.
Organized by Mandy Jordan, a 32-year-old bicyclist and life-long resident of Kenova, the Kenova Critical Mass takes place on the last Friday of every month and is a flat six-mile loop around Kenova on the city's bike path that rolls through such neighborhood streets as Chestnut and Beech Street (where it rolls by Kenova mayor Ric Griffith's historic home that is transformed each October into the famous Pumpkin House).
The Critical Mass monthly bicycle events began in San Francisco in 1992 and have since spread around the world.
Critical Mass is an idea and an event and not an organization. It merely is a celebration of bicycle riding and asserting cyclists right to the road without being rude about it. Huntington's monthly Critical Mass ride is set for 6:30 p.m. every third Friday of the month.
For more information about Critical Mass Kenova call Mandy Jordan at 304-939-2083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, August 31
Stomping down to the station for a great cause
It's always good to help out a local charity and even more wonderful when you can have a great time doing it.
From 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, head over to the hopping Heritage Station, 210 11th St., for "White Linen Night," an evening featuring a buffet dinner, drinks, live jazz by Dale Jones and the Backyard Dixie Jazz Stompers. There will also be a silent auction and more.
Cost is $40, $75 per couple, $275 for table of six.
All the proceeds benefit Hovah Hall Underwood Children's Home, local foster care services and mentoring program. Call Jennifer Hill at 304-743-2344 or email email@example.com.
Sunday September 1
Head down to Logan for music fest
Chief Logan State Park will host the ninth annual "Aunt Jennie Music Festival" on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1. The free fest is hosted in part by Wilson's grandson and Logan native Roger Bryant. He will serve as emcee for the event and will also open for Saturday's 4-11 p.m. concert that features such artists as Glen Simpson, Elaine Purkey, known for her powerful voice, mountain singing and "The Friendly Neighbor Show" band from the weekly radio program on WVOW Radio in Logan; The Dick Taylor Band, a bluegrass group from Chapmanville; the Easy Street band from Logan; Jeff Ellis, one of five co-winners of the 2008 Mountain Stage NewSong International Songwriting Contest and the Daddy Rabbit Band.
Sunday's concert, set for 1-8 p.m., will feature another Bryant set; Cora and Fred Hairston, The Earl of Elkview, George Daugherty, Robert Shafer and The Pour House Band; The Samples Brothers, the Stewarts, and classic rock from the Street Players of Logan.
Go online http://www.chiefloganstatepark.com/ to find out more about the 4,000-acre state park.
Monday, September 2
Catch a wave with your hounds
The summer swimming season is winding down Labor Day weekend and the entire family (even the furry, four-legged critters) can get in on the fun this weekend as the Hurricane Wave Pool at Valley Park, 1 Valley Park Dr., Hurricane, hosts a Dog Swim from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2.
If you have questions, call Karen at 304-757-7584 or Helen at 304-562-0518 ext. 10.
The swim is free but the park will be taking donations to go toward Valley Park's Dog Park.
Labor Day hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday (half price after 3 p.m. both days) and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. There's a free concert at 8 p.m. Sunday with the Sidewalk Prophets.
Call 304-562-2355 for more info.
Tuesday, September 3
A blast from Orchestras past
The Ashland Community Kitchen and the Jeff Carter Orchestra invite everyone to take a "Sentimental Journey" back to the WWII era and dance the night away during "An Evening at the 1940's Canteen."
This monthly dance series is a fundraiser for the Ashland Community Kitchen and takes place on the first Tuesday evening of each month at the KYOVA mall (former "Stripes" location, near the food court). Admission is $10 at the door.
Dance Class starts at 6:15 p.m. and dancing starts at 7 p.m. Period attire is encouraged but not required. Join the Facebook Group "An Evening at the 1940's Canteen" for updates and more info.
Wednesday, September 4
Caching in some WV history
While West Virginia's main sesquicentennial celebration has come and gone, folks around the state are celebrating the 150th in a new, high-tech way as ExploreWV has unveiled a 75-cache, Civil War-related geocaching trail.
The West Virginia Civil War GeoTrail takes folks to 75 Civil War sites throughout West Virginia, educating them about the vital role the state played in the Civil War.
Organized through a partnership of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission, the Civil War GeoTrail has the state broken into five zones.
Each zone will contain 15 geocaches, which are sealed containers (often ammo boxes) that will be hidden at Civil War-related sites throughout the state. Folks can log onto the web page (www.geocaching.com and/or the state site at (http://www.civilwargeotrail.wv.gov/about/Pages/default.aspx).