The Herald-Dispatch

The 10th anniversary edition of the Huntington Music and Arts Festival, which has blossomed from one day then one weekend then a one-week fest, is ripe and ready to announce its full slate of events set for the last week of August into Labor Day weekend.

The HMAF Announce Party will be 911 p.m. Friday, July 5, at the Black Sheep Stage, 279 9th St., at Pullman Square. There will be special announcements, giveaways, vendors and live music from Charles Wesley Godwin, Walter Debarr and KerryErin Coats.

The show is for all ages and free and open to the public.

Go online at to find out more about HMAF.

'Heartbreak Hall of Fame'

"Heartbreak Hall Of Fame," the song by The Grascals (which locally based artist Chris Davis just joined in the past month or so) went to No. 1 on the Bluegrass Today radio charts last week.

If you're looking for a great local fest at which to catch The Grascals, look no further than Huntington's own 2019 Fly In Festival that runs Aug. 22-24 at the Fly In Cafe at the Robert W. Newlon Airport.

Enjoy two great days of old-time and bluegrass music, camping and activities, including the Robin Kessinger WV State Flatpick Guitar Contest and Workshops on Saturday, Aug. 24.

There will also be a kayak and canoe float at 10 a.m. Saturday to the festival. Some of the bands performing include: Kenny and Amand Smith, The Grascals, The Bing Brothers and Jake Krack, Don Rigsby, String Therapy, Julie and Kelly Ray Davis, Ultra Sound and many more.

Go online at for more information.

Concert for a Cure

Just announced is that Concert for A Cure will be at the Barboursville Park Amphitheater at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 with the No. 1 tribute band to AC/DC, Thunderstruck, and Resurrection, a Journey tribute band.

Tickets are $10 but there's also $500 tables that include some picnic food and a bottle of wine. Tickets went on sale July 1. This event is put on by the hospitals and supports major cancer efforts. Last year's event had more than 3,500 in attendance and organizers hope to increase that this year, said Joe Eddins of MPE Entertainment, which produces the event.

Shock rock coming

Two iconic metal performers, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, and their notorious "Twins of Evil" tour will continue with a summer tour stopping off at Huntington on Friday, July 12.

Produced by Live Nation, the co-headlining "Hell Never Dies Tour 2019" will stop by the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on the third date of the tour Friday, July 12.

The only tickets left for that concert are general admission standing tickets at $99.50.

Rob Zombie's new album is due out later this year and he is currently putting the finishing touches on his new film "Three From Hell."

Marilyn Manson is working on the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2017 release "Heaven Upside Down."

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