Lots of music fests being planned across the region

March 3, 2019
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Mountain Thyme is one of the bands who will perform at Charleston's Celtic Calling which runs until Sunday, March 3.

It’s not quite Spring but with a flock of those early bird tickets on sale already for a slew of spring concerts, it’s prime time to save the dates and snag tickets for some of the upcoming music festivals around the region.

Here’s a look at just a few heading our way up through the end of May.

Celtic Calling

St. Patrick’s Day may be three weeks away but Charleston is getting the party started now with their fourth annual Celtic Calling that started Friday, March1 1, but that runs through Sunday, March 3 in downtown Charleston.

OK, you might have missed the 5K-Kilt run, more bagpiping than should be legal, and some raucous Celtic punk in the pubs but there’s still some great Sunday events for Celtic Calling.

Celtic church services and lots of music and dance including the Irish group, The Jeremiah’s on Mountain Stage at 7 p.m. tonight. That show also features Leftover Salmon, Fred Eaglesmith w/Tif Ginn, Lovers Leap and Mark Cline Bates and WV Six. Get tickets at mountainstage.org or at the door if not sold out. Check out the complete schedule is available on the website CelticCalling.org, on the Facebook.com/CelticCalling, and on rack cards available throughout Charleston’s downtown retail establishments. Many of the Celtic Calling activities are free and all are open to the public.

Ballhooter Spring Break

Snowshoe Mountain brings the thunder up to 4848, as Ballhooter Spring Break features a weekend of village concerts, competitions, games and more that takes place Friday through Sunday, March 15-17.

Headliners this year are Clutch, the veteran Frederick, Maryland-based hard rock band that is no stranger to echoing sonic blasts in the hills of West Virginia. Also performing at this year’s festival will be CKY, a rock band of MTV fame from Pennsylvania. Formed in 1998, the group currently features guitarist/vocalist/producer Chad I. Ginsburg, drummer Jess Margera, andbassist Matt Deis. Closely linked to the CKY crew, featuring Margera’s brother Bam, the band found initial recognition through its musical contributions to the CKY video series and the legendary MTV series, Jackass. The band released its debut studio album “Volume 1” in 1999.

Go online at https://www.snowshoemtn.com/things-to-do/events/ballhooter-2019 to get more information.

Stink Fest

The Wild Ramp, 555 14th St. W., is hosting its annual Stink Fest 2019 which celebrates Ramps. The festival will run 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27 with

local farmers and artisans selling and exhibiting various foods, produce, original recipes and artwork. There will also be a kids play area and more. Admission is free to the fest.

Live music at the event will run noon to 8 p.m. The event will feature Moonshine Crossing at noon, Big Rock and the Candyass Mountain Boys at 1 p.m., The Mutual Admiration Society at 2 p.m., The Settlement at 4 p.m., and Beggars Clan at 6 p.m.

Stink Fest is still looking for sponsors, email programs@wildramp.org for more information on sponsoring the event or vending with ramp-related food/drinks. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/TheWildRampHuntingtonWV/ for more information.

WV PubFest

Weathered Ground Brewery, 2027 Flat Top Road, near Winterplace Ski Resort, hosts its second annual WV Pub Fest on Saturday, April 20.

Enjoy a stream of music by musicians from around the Mountain State, as well as craft breweries, food vendors, artists, and craft vendors. All will be joining forces once again to help raise money for West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Come experience the best live music and craft beer that West Virginia has to offer, all while helping to support such a crucial organization.

Go online at www.weatheredground.com for more info.

Jewel City Jam #JCJAM5

The Jewel City Jam will be celebrating its fifth year at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington.

The 2019 edition, of #JCJAM5 will be held Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, at Harris Riverfront Park with 17 American roots music acts that run the gamut from folk, blues, old-time, swing jazz, rockabilly, and Americana to country and jamgrass. Band hail from Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia, to here in West Virginia.

Confirmed acts for the #JCJAM5 will be Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton (both nights), David Mayfield Parade, Strung Like A Horse, The String Assassins, Professor Pennygoode’s Mighty Flea Circus, The Bluegrass Sweethearts Dave and Valerie Mayfield, Rob McNurlin and The Beatnik Cowboys,

Laid Back Country Picker and Honey, String Therapy, Big Rock and the Candyass Mtn Boys, Of The Dell, The 1937 Flood, Nip and Tuck, The Independent State, Micah Scott, Mike Gray and Tim Lancaster. There’s free camping and coolers allowed at the festival.

Early bird tickets $25 for both days are on sale at https://www.facebook.com/jewelcityjamboree/

Go online at https://www.jewelcityjam.com/ to find out more about the #JCJAM5

Cheat Fest

The 25th annual Cheat River Festival (Cheat Fest) is the Friends of the Cheat’s annual fundraiser to advance watershed projects in Albright, West Virginia. The fest set for Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, will provide a haven for boaters, music lovers, and families. Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday with music from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with music from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.

There’s 15 bands including a special set by Vince Herman (of Leftover Salmon) and Friends, Rasti Rafiki, Joint Chiefs, Stewed Mulligan, Shady Grove, Matt Mullins and the Bringdowns, 18 Strings, The Hillbilly Gypsies and many more. Tickets are $10 Friday, $20 Saturday and free for children under 12.

On Friday, Festgoers can experience the Downriver Race — one of the largest mass start whitewater races in the country through 10 miles of the Cheat River Canyon. Watch from the bank or register as a racer. On Saturday, runners can support the development of a rail-trail on the Cheat River one stride at a time in the Cheat Fest 5K. For more information on purchasing tickets, camping, or registering for the Downriver Race, the 5K, the vendor market, the Art Market, or the Non-profit tent, please visit cheatfest.org.

The Music Rules Fest

Capture Kentucky has joined forces with the Mountain Arts Center to start the brand new Music Rules Fest.

Tickets are now available for the Saturday, May 11, show that features Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound, Leah Blevins Music, Sean Whiting, Chelsea Nolan and Waylon Nelson.

The show will be held at the Jenny Wiley Amphitheater, inside the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. (about an hour and a half south of Huntington — and just off the Country Music Highway).

Go online at http://www.macarts.com/

Dark Star Jubilee

The eighth annual Dark Star Jubilee at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio (just east of Columbus) is set for May 24–26. The internationally known Grateful Dead tribute act and hosts Dark Star Orchestra will play two sets on all three nights. Other bands include: Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Marcus King Band, Dumpstaphunk, Donna The Buffalo, The Lil Smokies, The Nth Power, The Mighty Pines and more.

The Jubilee has camping inside the venue with a wide range including sober camping and family camping, as well as a wide selection of food, craft and drink vendors. There’s also art, yoga and fun interactive workshops for all ages.

Go online at http://darkstarjubilee.com/tickets for tickets.


Taps at Heritage Station presents the second annual BrewGrass festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Heritage Station, 210 11th St, Huntington, featuring Moonshine Crossing, Sour Mash String Band, and Matt Petty and the Whiskey Chasers. There will also be local merch and food trucks/vendors.

Tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. Monday, March 4 through www.eventbrite.com

Message Ray Frye at Taps for sponsorship, merchant tables, being a food vendor, or volunteering.

Tickets are $40 and go on sale at 5:15 p.m. Monday, March 4.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/TapsatHeritage/ for more info about BrewGrass

The fourth annual Hooligan’s Homecoming

Huntington’s throwback rock reunion — Hooligans Homecoming is back for its 4th year from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington. This charity event has become an annual gathering of the original Huntington guitar heroes and metal heads from the ’80s. Each year has featured band reunions and a rotating cast of the folks who made Huntington the Metal Mecca of the region. 2018′s event featured 7 hours of music by 39 different musicians, including a surprise appearance by the incredible West Virginia native John Ellison, who wrote and first recorded Some Kind of Wonderful. Admission is canned food for the Facing Hunger Food Bank, or donations for Little Victories.

The 43rd annual Vandalia Gathering

Head over to the Capitol Complex in Charleston May 24-26 for the 43rd annual Vandalia Gathering, a celebration of all things Appalachian from arts, crafts and quilts, to food, fiddles and even a tall tale or too.

Enjoy and indoors and out cultural buffet of music, dance, stories, craft and old time activities and games for young’uns at this free festival hosted by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

Go online at http://www.wvculture.org/vandalia/