There is no “He” and if there was, he wouldn’t really be away.  I’m just running out of clever headlines as we launch into this week’s list of STUFF TO DO.  There is indeed plenty of STUFF TO DO in Charleston and all over the Mountain State as we exit April and prepare to enter May and wonder how the year is passing by so quickly.

As I have been copying and pasting of late, this a good time to remind you that THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS.  It’s just a starting point, so don’t expect anything comprehensive, and if you feel strongly about me leaving anything out, feel free to mention it in the comments.

Folklore Music is having their first anniversary show of their Mountain State Music series of concerts. For this special event they decided to go bigger than normal.  They will be featuring 6 WV bands/artists on the beautiful stage of the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Charleston, a location well familiar to longtime fans of Radio Free Charleston.  Attendees will get to see and hear Alabaster Boxer, Andrew Adkins, Brenna & The Boys, Hello June, Khegan McLane & The Raccoon Wranglers and Makenna Hope.

This is a free event, but they do have a suggested donation of $10 for the musicians.  As always Daily 304 will be there providing a professional recording and live-streaming of the whole event.  This all happens at The Capitol Theater on Saturday, April 27th at 7:00 PM. Get ye there for a great night of WV music.

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM.  Friday it’s Jim Snyder. Saturday Khegan McLane takes the stage at the beloved bookstore/cafe/art gallery, before running a couple of blocks to play as part of the Mountain State Music show.

The World Famous Empty Glass Cafe has some great stuff this week  to tell you about.  Wednesday at 9 PM,  James Townsend takes the stage. Thursday at 5:30 PM the Helping Hour with Swingstein & Robin makes the world a better place with music.   Friday, Tim Courts plays during happy hour.  Look below for graphics for additional shows at The Empty Glass.

Please remember that the pandemic is still not entirely over yet. It’s a going concern with the ‘rona still lurking about. And now there are nasty seasonal allergies, rabid lawnmowers roaming the streets, politicians who are more interested in children’s genitals than they are in doing anything to help the voters, Mongolian humming butterflies and other damned good reasons to be careful. Many people who have very good reasons are still wearing masks, and many of us, understandably, are still nervous about being in crowds, masked or not. Be kind and understanding  while you’re out.

Keep in mind that all shows are subject to change or be cancelled at the last minute.

If you’re up for going out, here are a few suggestions for the weekend, roughly in order…