HUNTINGTON — The final Marshall Artists Series show of the season was Tuesday, but the marquee is still lit at the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center with two shows this weekend.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13, the second annual Tri-State Stars competition brings 11 acts to the stage to vie for a $1,000 grand prize and the good feeling of helping out a cause. The money raised goes to the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, which puts on the event, as well as a co-recipient, the West Virginia Children's Home Society.
Performing in the finals will be Kirsten Irvin, a dancer, as well as a host of musical acts that include Kat Allen and Alan Brown, Shaylee Brown, Sophie Eastone, Sasha Colette, Heavy Hitters, Daniel Ferreira, Jason Roach, Meacham Toward Carper, Mattox Hale and Beauty Shop Boys.
Tickets are $10 at the door or through Ticketmaster.
Then on Sunday, April 14, rising country music star and former reality TV personality Chase Rice will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Keith-Albee. He is giving all proceeds above costs to the Young Life of Huntington youth ministry. Rice, who has known Young Life of Huntington director Brad Bucklad since the eighth grade, said he was excited to be able to give back to Young Life, a ministry that helped guide him through his youth and that has continued to help guide him to this day.
Rice is a former University of North Carolina linebacker and former NASCAR pit crew member for Hendrick Motorsports and was a runner-up in 2010 on the hit CBS show "Survivor." He then co-wrote the Florida Georgia Line song "Cruise," which put him on the radar of country music fans.
His full-length album, "Ignite the Night," debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre chart. It also produced a pair of Top 5 hits, the Platinum-certified "Ready Set Roll" and "Gonna Wanna Tonight."
Tickets are $30 through Ticketmaster, through the Marshall Artists Series Box Office and that night at the door (if not sold out).
Read an interview with Rice in Saturday's edition of The Herald-Dispatch.