Music fests a brewin’
Hopefully, the monsoon season has just about ended and just in time.
We’ve got some great music fests cooking this weekend.
For area musical artists, the only thing cooler than getting to either play a music fest — or in the case of Parry Casto “Funkle Sam,” putting on your own fest — is also getting to drink a beer brewed in your honor at that said fest.
Read it now and drink it later, but two local artists have their own brews at fests this weekend.
So it flows Saturday, the third annual Funktafest rolls 18 sets of music starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, up at Ritter Park Amphitheater, will indeed have a Funkle Sam’s Pils on draft.
This will be the second year Country Boy Brewing, out of Lexington, and which is repped in WV by Josh Holland, will be paying homage to “Funkle Sam.” The leader of the band M.F.B., and nationally notably as well as the fearless and now famed cheerleader for the West Virginia teachers walkout, which is featured prominently in Michael Moore’s new film currently playing at Pullman Square and across the U.S.
Country Boy Brewing will also be flowing with some Cougar Bait, Shotgun Wedding and Halfway Home in cans. VIP ticketholders will be treated to Little Black Train Espresso Stout and Ghost Gose.
You can get Funktafest tickets at the gate for $15 or an all access pass for $25. Kids 12 and under get in free.
Advance tickets are $10 until midnight tonight at http://funktafest.com/.
Just over the Appalachian mountains in Roseland, Virginia, Devils Backbone Hoopla
is set to roll Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28-30 with nearly 20 musical acts (including our own favorite country song-smiths, Tyler Childers, Larry Keel, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers.) Kids 12 and under get in free. Two-day adult passes range from $60 (for Saturday and Sunday) to $95 for Friday and Saturday.
Folks at Devils Backbone have teamed up with Tyler Childers to create, Sludge River Light — designed based off Tyler’s request: simple, enjoyable (no crazy ingredients!), perfect for someone who just worked a long, hard day.
The official unveil will happen during the brewery’s huge Hoopla music festival the weekend of Sept. 29. Hoopla is also taking place right before Tyler’s fall tour kicking off 10/10, “Sludge River Roadshow” so the name is dually inspired.
There will be a ceremonial tapping at 6:45 p.m. Friday, where they will be tapping a cask and giving out free samples until the cask is kicked. After that, it will be available at their Outdoor Bar and General Store in 16-ounce draft, or you can get a 32-ounce crowler (a filled and sealed, on-demand, to-go can of beer). There will be a limited amount of posters of the artwork for sale during the festival weekend, as well. Childers’ set time is at 7:15 p.m.
They shall be released — Hello June, it’s September
After releasing a couple excellent singles and videos (“Mars” and “Candy Rain,”) the Morgantown band Hello June (built by Sar Rudy and Whit Alexander) in consecutive months this summer, the time is now for their debut full-length release.
The self-titled debut, cut with good buddy and all around area rock all-star, Bud Carroll, at his new studio in Mason County, will be celebrated at an album release party at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Boulevard Tavern, 806 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston.
Also on the bill is kindred spirit, fellow West Virginia wanderer and nationally traveling artist William Matheny and Annie Neeley. Cover is $5.
As if right in time, Matheny, also has a new release, “Christian Name,” that comes to Spotify and Apple Music on 9/28, and which can be ordered on 7-inch vinyl single directly from Matheny, and that features some incredible artwork courtesy of Bryn Perrott. Go online at https://williammatheny.bigcartel.com/prod-uct/pre-order-christian-name-flashes-and-cables-7-single to order that.
Back to Hello June for a moment. If you can’t make the show, you can order up the new album at https://www.wearehellojune.com/store and save the date Nov. 11. Snag tickets now as Hello June has been added to the “Mountain Stage” radio show that will be taped in Charleston that evening.
You can grab your tickets online at https://ticketf.ly/2N-LD9cr or at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston.
They will also be coming back to the V Club on Jan. 5 with The Sedonas and Shenanagram.
Be sure to give them a follow and like on their social media at https://www.instagram.com/hellojuneband/ https://www.facebook.com/wearehel-lojune/ https://twitter.com/wearehellojune.
Get INTO some HOTDAM on campus
INTO, the Marshall University Office of International Student Services is teaming up with the newly formed Huntington Old Time Dance and Music or HOTDAM and is sponsoring a Square dance at the Don Morris Room Marshall University Memorial Student Center Huntington from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.
Come and square dance to the music of the Stony Point String Band from Huntington. Tony Minney, from Glenville, West Virginia, will be calling squares. Beginners welcome. No partner needed. Free parking across the street. There’s a $7 donation requested but not required for adults, $5 for high school students are accepted but not required. Marshall University students and faculty free with MU-ID. 12 and under free! A good time to be had by all. Any questions can be phoned or texted to Dennis Bills at 304-412-4889.
Get some unity in the community
Over in Burlington, Ohio, First Baptist Church is hosting the 13th annual Unity in the Community Mass Choir Concert and Workshop that will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, and 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29
The Rev. Thomas Massey of Spartanburg, South Carolina, will be the guest clinician. Mrs Teresa Figgins is the founder of UITC, which consists of approximately 45 voices from various churches from various cities from around Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.
For more information call Stacy Murray-Medcalf, 740-646-3558.
Two great nights of Grass at ACE
ACE Adventure Resort in Oak Hill pulled the plug on its fest Adventure Grass which was set for Saturday, Sept. 29, with about a dozen bands. But, there in the heart of Gauley River rafting season, they kept two of the main headliners, so ACE will still be offering up two awesome shows over the weekend as Larry Keel Experience will be playing at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Lost Paddle Lounge while Keller Williams will be playing at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Lost Paddle.
Other upcoming bands at The Lost Paddle include: Oct. 13, Flat Tracker; and Oct. 20 (Bridge Day Celebration), featuring Vern’s Pot O’ Chili, Yetti, The Kind Thieves and Black Garlic.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/ACE.Adven-tureResort.WestVirginiaVacations/ and click onto events to see the full Lost Paddle schedule of bands.
A touch of the Isles
The iconic Scottish band The Tannahill Weavers are on their 50th anniversary tour and will drop into West Virginia with a show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Culture Center Theater in the state Capitol Complex as part of the Kanawha Valley Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance (FOOTMAD) concert series.
Widely considered Scotland’s premier traditional band, The Tannies are celebrating their anniversary with the release of their 18th album, “Orach” (“golden” in Gaelic), out now on Compass Records. The Tannies were inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2011 and continue to tour and record. The concert will include dancing by Will Robowski, a halftime tartan parade (wear your plaid) by Celtic Calling and after-party at Bluegrass Kitchen.
General admission is $25, seniors 60+ $20, students $10, under age 13 free. Get tickets in advance by calling 304-729-4382, or at www.footmad.org.
Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.