As the pandemic continues to evolve and the city, region and nation become more open, attending and supporting live events benefits everyone. Here’s what’s happening in all three states over the next few days.
The outdoor Pullman Square summer concert series continues on Thursday evening June 10. Taking place every Thursday in the summer from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the series is a great way to kick off the weekend while supporting live music. For Thursday’s concert, the band My Only Cab Ride brings their fun and unique rock and roll to the outdoor stage.
On Friday, June 11, Lexington, Ky. Musician Brandon Costello will perform from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Black Sheep Burrito & Brews at 279 9th St. The show is free but tips for performers are appreciated.
The folks at the Mountaineer Opry continue their live music series on Saturday June 12 at the Cabell County 4-H Camp Conference Center, 6040 Booten Creek Road in Barboursville. A new group will be performing at the venue this week when the Twistville Bluegrass Band takes the stage at 7:30 pm Tickets vary from $ 15 for adults, $ 12 for seniors and $ 5 for children 12 and under. .
In Ashland, the beautiful and historic Paramount Arts Center offers a full weekend of indoor concerts. On Friday, the venue’s Jazz Alley series will feature a lineup of star Cincinnati musicians with the Queen City Vintage Vibe show at 8 p.m. The concert will include performances by Phil DeGreg with Joe and Sally Lukasik. Tickets range from $ 15 to $ 35.
On Saturday, nationally touring group Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors will perform at the Paramount Arts Center at 7:30 pm The opening concert will be Corduroy Brown. Tickets for the show are $ 45. Find more information at paramountartscenter.com.
For those who are ready to take a road trip through a beautiful wilderness to attend an outdoor music festival, the Laurel Cove Music Festival is relaunched this weekend after take off in 2020. Taking place this Friday and Saturday near from the old mountain town of Pineville, Ky., and the famous Cumberland Gap, the festival will take place at the Laurel Cove Amphitheater in Pine Mountain State Resort. Starring John R. Miller, whose Rounder Records label debut comes later this year, the Lost Dog Street Band, Arlo McKinley, Sundy Best, Laid Back Country Picker, 49 Winchester, Wayne Graham and many more. Find more information at www.bellcountytourism.com/laurel-cove-music-festival.
Here in Huntington, the 9th Street concert series continues on Friday, June 11 with a performance by Santa Cruz. The show starts at 7 p.m. on 9th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues with beer and food for sale. The Santa Cruz Band are known for their multi-genre dance group grooves, disco performances, and party funk.
The Old Central City Association continues to advance the local arts scene in these times of pandemic with the 14 Street West Arts Fest taking place on Friday, June 11. Centered on the Old Central City Gazebo at 1401 5th Ave. W., the event will feature 15 pop-up artist exhibitions and boutiques with works for sale by local artisans with live music from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
On Saturday, June 12, the festival vibe continues with the 30th annual Old Central City Days event. From 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Old Central City Gazebo, local businesses will showcase their products amidst excellent music programming featuring the Huntington Blues Society, Billy & Gretchen Lee, The Fabulous Twang Master with Maggie Moore and Ricky Renard .
Ritter Park will also host the annual Art in the Park show this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
All of these add up to a great opportunity to travel from event to event all weekend long, browsing the work of local artists, having a great meal in town and listening to live music at the gradually.