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June 2016

The Lady and the Empress

June 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston, WV, 520 Kanawha Blvd W
Charleston, WV 25302 United States

A pre-FestivAll event! Lady D returns to Charleston in her one-woman show based on the life and music of blues legend, Bessie Smith! Backed by a four piece band, Lady D takes you on a blues journey from the days of vaudeville tent shows through Jim Crow and the Great Depression. Hear some of Bessie's most famous hits like "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" and "Gimme A Pigfoot." Just to get you in the mood, there is…

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July 2016


July 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Daniel Vineyards, 200 Twin Oaks Rd
Crab Orchard, WV 25827 United States

This is going to be one of southern WV's best music events of the summer! Vanessa Collier is really making a name for herself! A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she has already toured and played alongside such greats as Joe Louis Walker, Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox and the list goes on. She's a blues saxophonist as well as vocalist with a firm grip on blues styling and a badass band to back her up. Vanessa Collier is one…

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August 2016

Simply Jazz and Blues Festival

August 19, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - August 21, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
Word Park Beckley, WV 25801 United States

The Simply Jazz and Blues Festival returns to Word Park in uptown Beckley, WV! This is the 4th year that the festival has brought high quality jazz, blues and gospel music to southern West Virginia. Join us for three FREE days of good music, good food and good fun with many returning artists like W.Va's own Bob Thompson Unit. We also welcome newcomers like acoustic artist, Veronika Jackson from Decatur, GA and the Slam Allen Blues Band from upstate New…

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October 2016

Black Nativity Auditions!

October 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Carter Hall Beckley, WV 25801 United States

Langston Hughes’ gospel song play “The Black Nativity” returns to southern West Virginia this December and will be presented in two locations over two weekends. About Black Nativity: Black Nativity is a retelling of the classic Nativity story with an entirely black cast. Traditional Christmas carols are sung in gospel style, with a few songs created specifically for the show. It was one of the first plays written by an African American to be staged at the Lincoln Theater. The…

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Black Nativity Auditions

October 20, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We're still looking for more cast for this production that will be presented on December 9th and 10th at the Historic Fayette Theatre in Fayetteville and at WVU Tech Beckley on December 16th, 17th & 18th. Everyone is welcome to come and read for a speaking part. Singers are needed as well as musicians and crew. All ethnicities are welcomed! Men are especially needed and no one will be turned away who is willing to commit to rehearsal and at…

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