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Summer concerts are exploding

Jun. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Summer is rolling in and live musicians are bringing the city heat, literally, to area stages.

Here's a look at a few cool places to hear outdoor live music this weekend.

Live on the Levee: Southern Ohio rockers Rootbound play the free concert series, Live on the Levee at Haddad Riverfront Park, 700 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston on Friday, June 14. Juicy will be the opening act. Call 304-562-6368.

Jazz-MU-Tazz: Marshall University's School of Music and Theatre closes out its 15th Jazz-MU-Tazz festival, a jazz camp for high school students, with a concert performance at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Pullman Square, The concert will feature guest artist Dr. Sim Flora, a jazz trombone player and professor at Ouachita Baptist University. Flora is a former musical director at Six Flags Over St. Louis and served on the faculty of Clark Terry's All-American Jazz Camp.

Badlands bluegrass and country festival: Roadtrip to Williamsburg, W.Va., where the Poor Farm Festival Grounds is hosting the Badlands fest, Friday-Saturday, June 14-15. The fundraising festival is to raise money for historic preservation and restoration of the McCoy Fort in Williamsburg. Taylor Made will headline both nights. Other performers include Fox N Hounds, The Weedrags, Johnson's Crossroad, The Lilly Mountaineers, Black Mountain Bluegrass Boyds, Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, The Half Bad Bluegrass Band and more. For tickets visit www.badlandsbluegrass.com or at the gate. Cost is $50 two days, single day $25, kids 12 and under are no charge.

Ohio River Live: Music starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Court Street between Second and Third avenues. Ohio River Live features The Pinstripes along with Eastwood, Zen, Billy 2 Shoes, and 600 lbs of Sin. Food, beer and merchandise available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs. No Coolers allowed. Tickets are $10. Kids 10 and under get in free.

Second Friday Series: The French Art Colony will present live music at 7 p.m. Friday, June 14, on the grounds of the French Art Colony, 530 1st Ave., Gallipolis. The event will feature live music performed by Paul Doeffinger. Food from Honey Creek Barbecue and legal beverages will be available. Admission is $5 and $3 for students.


Catch a wave into Schooner's

Summer dining just got a whole lot cooler, as the Guyandotte-based restaurant, Schooner's Waterfront Bar and Grille, is re-opened this season.

Set on a double barge and residing in the shadows of the East End Bridge (Frank "Gunner" Gatski Memorial Bridge), Schooner's re-opened a few weeks ago under new management, the boating duo of Matt Casto and Jake Morton.

Roll out and nosh on a cheeseburger in this Ohio River paradise while listening to some live music on the weekends. At 9 p.m. Friday, come out and hear Emily Kinner and Joey Notes playing.

Regular hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, noon to 1 a.m. Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on the pub, including its float-up service, call 304-523-8414 and check out Schooners Waterfront Grille on Facebook as well.


Preying for a good time at Beech Fork

Beech Fork State Park is West Virginia's largest state park campground with 275 campground sites that can swell the park's population to more than 1,000 people on any given summer weekend.

For that population, there are tons of activities from the pool, trails and lake, to tons of naturalist programs. On Saturday, June 15 the park, located just south of Huntington, will host the summer program series, "Wings of Wonder - Birds of Prey," a presentation of live birds by Three Rivers Avian Center (TRAC) is an up-close look at live hawks, owls and eagles.

That free program will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Beech Fork. Looking for other WV state parks to see raptors? Bald and golden eagles sightings have happened at Pipestem, Bluestone, Tygart Lake, Hawks Nest and Cacapon state parks. For more events, activities and about accommodations and camping at West Virginia State Parks, visit www.wvstateparks.com.


Snapshots from the 1970s

Featuring carefully chosen photographs, the Huntington Museum of Art's "Selected Reality: Photographs of the 1970s" exhibit runs through Oct. 13.

During the 1970s, photographers worked to develop the field through all the various stages, such as conception, composition and processing, in order to create art in a way it had not previously been done.

HMA's permanent collection contains more than 90 photographs, which range from early daguerreotype of the 1850s to 21st century digital images.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment; the West Virginia Division of Culture and History; and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

For more information on events at HMA, call 304-529-2701 or visit www.hmoa.org. HMA is fully accessible.


Get your tickets while they last

Advance tickets are on sale now for a couple events in Huntington.

General admission tickets ($20) are all that is left for this Saturday (June 22) when the Huntington Symphony Orchestra kicks open its 2013 Picnic With The Pops series with "Happy Birthday West Virginia" featuring former Broadway star and nationally traveling singer, J. Mark McVey, who will be doing Broadway songs with the HSO.

Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased at: Mug and Pia plus Simply Whisk both in downtown Huntington as well as online at www.huntingtonsymphony.org or by calling 304-781-8343.

Limited advance tickets are also on sale for the Aug. 17 Rails and Ales craft beer festival at Heritage Station. Tickets are $25 and on sale at Bottle & Wedge, the craft beer store located in Shop #14 at Heritage Station, located at 210 11th St., Huntington.


Zumba + Pool = Aqua Zumba

What's cooler than heading out to the super-sized and historic Dreamland Pool in Kenova?

How about heading out to that 1926-built pool and also getting a work out to tone up for summer.

Aqua Zumba classes started at Dreamland Pool last week and continue at 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday in the summer.

Once the largest swimming pool in the United States east of the Mississippi River, Dreamland is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Gate admission at Dreamland, which is located on U.S. 60 West and 23rd Street in Kenova, is $5, youth (4 to 17) and seniors 60 and older, $3.50. Tuesdays are $2 Tuesdays when anyone can get admission for $2.

Call 304-453-6288; at city hall 304-453-3121 or go online at dreamland.cityofkenova.com.


Hang out and see some quilts

Give up some love to the Mountain State's plethora of amazing fiber artists during The West Virginia Division of Culture and History's annual exhibition, Quilts and Wall Hangings 2013 now up in the Great Hall and the south wing of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

The juried exhibition features 62 exquisite quilts and wall hangings representing the talents of West Virginia quilters including a slew of Huntingtonians including Rebecca Glass and Dolores Johnson.

The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 2. Winners were selected in four categories: pieced quilts, appliqued quilts, mixed/other quilts and wall hangings.

The Culture Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.