Music, Shakespeare, Books, Art & Nature at Festivall This Weekend!

West Virginians have an exciting weekend of arts-related events this weekend thanks to Charleston’s Festivall. We at Muruch will happily attend the following:

Friday, 7pm: Hamlet by The American Shakespeare Co.
The Scottish Rites Center, Capitol Street
Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students.
Buy tickets in advance at Taylor Books or at the door

Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm: Romeo & Juliet by The Charleston Ballet
The Civic Center Little Theater
Tickets: Adults $20 in advance, $25 at door; students $15 in advance, $20 at door.Group rates also available.
Buy tickets online, Civic Ctr box office or at the door

Saturday, 8am-5pm: Library Used Book Sale
The Civic Center Little Theater
Free Admittance, books 50¢-$2

Sunday, 1-4pm: Nature Walk w/ Live Music & Art
Sunrise Carriage Trail
Free!

Sunday, 7pm: Kate Miller-Heidke, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Janiva Magness & Storyman at Mountain Stage
Culture Center Theater
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door
Buy tickets online, at Taylor Books or at door


Mountain Stage & Clay Center Free Admission!

A couple of Charleston venues are offering free admission to the public to bring some joy into the lives of locals suffering through the WV American Water ban/Freedom Industries chemical spill/licorice-scented toxic tap water extravaganza.

The Clay Center is offering “Pay What You Wish” (including free) admission to their museum gallery January 18th through February 14th. Clay Center CEO Judy Wellington said: “This is our way of giving something positive and enjoyable to our community, after the stressful week everyone has had.

Sunday night’s Mountain Stage concert featuring Bettye LaVette, David Broza, Matrimony, Declan O’Rourke and Noah Gundersen will also be free. Mountain Stage is general admission and often quickly sold out even when they charge, so I recommend getting there early if you want a seat. Host Larry Groce’s announcement for the event emphasizes what a gem Mountain Stage is to the local community: “After the water disruption and the extreme weather, we all need a chance to re-boot and I think an evening of good music seems like a fine way to do it.

Crazy Jane to Reunite at Live on the Levee!

Only my fellow West Virginians who were teenagers in the 1990s will truly understand the heart-fluttering excitement I felt when I read the following band name on the 2012 Live on the Levee lineup:

Crazy Jane.

Yes, the Crazy Jane. Break out your flannel shirts people, it’s time to party like it’s…1994.

Live on the Levee‘s Stage Manager, Adam Harris, verifies that original Crazy Jane singer Karan Allen, guitarist Andy Park and drummer Mark Davis will indeed reunite on stage for the August 24th concert at Charleston’s Haddad Riverfront Park. The concert, like every Live on the Levee show, will be free and open to the public.

I won’t bore you with the details of all my Crazy Jane-related memories, but the two most memorable were going to one of their outdoor concerts with my bestfriend in high school (during which we discussed our mutual love for My So-Called Life) and seeing what was one of the band’s last live performances at Taylor Books in February, 2000 (on a date with the boy I would eventually marry).

You can check out the rest of this summer’s Live on the Levee concert series lineup – which also includes The Sweetback Sisters, Shemekia Copeland and local singer Sasha Collette – at the link below.

Live on the Levee Official Site

A personal P.S.: I have Crazy Jane’s 1993 album Choice Oranges and their 2000 self-titled album, but I’m still looking for their 1996 album, Pilot.

Jeff Ellis: CD Giveaway & New Tour Dates

Contest Closed

West Virginian singer-songwriter Jeff Ellis has returned home from his second US Army tour of duty in Iraq. I’m happy to have the opportunity to give away 1 copy of his magnificent CD The Forgetting Place (click the album title to read my rave review). Jeff will also be performing live at several local venues. Tour dates and giveaway details are below…

The Prize:

1 copy of Jeff Ellis’ new CD The Forgetting Place

The Rules:

Comment to this entry with your email address and the name of your favorite local artist (or just your favorite artist if you don’t like anyone in your locality). All new comments are moderated to avoid spam (which is why you must include the required text in your comment), so it may take a day for your comment to appear if you haven’t commented on Muruch before.

Note: This contest is open to everyone, but all contestants must enter with a valid email address and the name of an artist in order to qualify. The winner of the contest will also be required to provide me with their full name, phone number and postal address for shipping purposes.

The Deadline:

The contest will end on Friday, August 27th. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email.

Go now go! And tell others.

Jeff Ellis Tour Dates:

Aug 6 – Harley Davidson Store – Huntington, WV
Aug 13 – Live On The Levee – Charleston, WV
Aug 14 – V Club – Huntington, WV
Aug 26 – Pullman Sq. Summer Series – Huntington, WV
Sept 4 – Chief Logan State Park Amphitheater – Logan, WV
Sept 15 – Borders Bookstore (850 Grand Central Mall) – Vienna, WV
Sept 16 – Jackie O’s – Athens, OH
Sept 17 – Borders Bookstore (120 Huntington Mall) – Barboursville, WV
Sept 18 – Fairplain Yacht Club – Ripley, WV
Sept 19 – Borders Bookstore (9459 Colerian Ave) – Cincinnati, OH
Sept 20 – Borders Bookstore (4530 Eastgate Blvd) – Cincinnati, OH
Sept 21 – Borders Bookstore (2700 Miamisburg Centerville Rd) – Dayton, OH
Sept 23 – Borders Bookstore (6670 Sawmill Rd) – Columbus, OH
Sept 24 – The Boulevard Tavern – Charleston, WV
Sept 25 – 123 Pleasant – Morgantown, WV
Oct 2 – Huntington Music & Arts Fest – Huntington, WV
Oct 14 – The Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV
Oct 15 – Jabberwock – Elkins, WV
Oct 16 – Court Street Grill – Pomeroy, OH
Oct 29 – Empty Glass – Charleston, WV
Oct 30 – Shamrocks – Huntington, WV

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Jeff Ellis

Jeff Ellis MySpace

Local Event: WV Symphony Presents “The Wonder of Love”

Local fans of classical music should check out one of The West Virginia Symphony’s “The Wonder of Love” concerts this Friday or Saturday (Nov. 13 & 14) at The Clay Center in Charleston, WV. The concerts begin at 8 p.m. with “Preludes” introductions by Maestro Grant Cooper at 7:00 p.m.

The performance will feature guest mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock and include works by Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, and Hector Berlioz.

Tickets for the show may be purchased at The Clay Center’s box office or via their website.

My review of the concert will be posted next week.