STD LOGO 8 11It’s that time of the week again when we take a look at all the nifty misadventure into which we can take part over the coming weekend. As is now the norm, you can listen to an audio version of this news right in this neat little player/link HERE. In this week’s show, which premiered yesterday on The AIR, your PopCulteer and his wife, Mel Larch, tell you about all the STUFF TO DO this weekend, and bring you samples of music by Ron Sowell, The Laser Beams, Embracer and Groove Heavy.

13886991_1185445111527582_2174591198853556901_nOne event that came to light too late to make it into our audio show is a benefit for flood victims that will be held this Sunday at 1 PM at The Moose Lodge in Charleston.

Love Hope Rebuild”  is a benefit to raise money for those affected by the floods in West Virginia.

There will be seven bands performing:  Blues Crossing; 5$Red; Mike Pushkin; Huntington Blues Society All Stars; The Charleston Rogues; Jeremy Walters Band; and Creek Don’t Rise. All proceeds will go to Mountain Mission. A minimum $5.00 donation for the show. There will be raffles and food vendors. For more information, visit

Check out that event and our audio show above, and/or read on for words and pictures and such…

Thursday, August 11

The WVIFF Summer Garden Party (with live music by Mark Cline Bates) happens from 6 PM to 9 PM at Cavendish Hall, 207 52nd St. SE, in Kanawha City. This is the big annual party for film buffs to hear all about the upcoming film festivals and other events, plus you get great music and lots of food.  Tickets are available at Taylor Books and the WVIFF website.  A ticket Donation is $30 in advance, or $35 at the door. The tell us that a “Very Special Announcement” will be made at the party.

Heiner’s Concert Series at Pullman Square in Huntington continues with The Carpenter Ants, starting at 7PM. Stroll, shop and enjoy the sounds of Pullman Square. Great shops, restaurants and FREE concerts to ease into those relaxing summer evening.

Joseph, Mother of Jesus: Book 3, an original play by Daniel Kehde will debut Thursday night. The  Contemporary Youth Arts Company (CYAC) produces this show Thurs-Sat, Aug 11-13 and 18-20 at 8 PM at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater on Summers Street in Charleston. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $8 for Students. Call 304-342-6522 for more information.

Songwriter Stage with Ron Sowell, David Starr and Ronnie Fruge  takes place  from 7:30 PM to 10 PM at the Fireside Bar & Lounge (above Little India) on Charleston’s Historic East End. You will see and hear Mt. Stage bandleader, Ron Sowell, Colorado multi-instrumentalist and producer, David Starr, and the ragin’ cajun coming up from Louisiana, Ronnie Fruge. Enjoy these musicians in-the-round performing songs with great stories, in a cool comfortable atmosphere with drinks from Cari, the bartender, and great food from Little India Restaurant

At 8 PM at The Grove WV in Fayetteville, Allan Dale Sizemore will take the stage with a great show, doing his BlacKingCoal blues show as well as songs from his upcoming CD, Allan Dale Sizemore &The Trout Valley Ramblers Where The Sky and Innocence Meet. Allan will be taking preorders of the CD which should be ready by the end of September.The Grove WV is located at103 Keller Ave, Fayetteville.

Also, here in Charleston we have the Chucktown Jam at The Boulevard Tavern and Mike Withrow and Friends at The Empty Glass, with both of those shows starting at 10 PM



Down in Huntington, Wayward BurlyQ (Burlesque), The Laser Beams and Orvill Rex perform live at The V Club. Doors open at 8 PM, and the show will start sometime later, so you have plenty of time to get there. This looks to be a fun show with Wayward BurlyQ, including our imaginary daughter Kitty Killton, plus Pepper Fandango and other Waywards, with music by The Laser Beams and Orville Rex.

Friday  August 12

At 3 PM, in Huntington, it’s the Grand Opening of our WHO’S ON 4TH Beer Café. It is an upscale restaurant/bar featuring fine American cuisine in Huntington WV. We have the best entertainment from sporting events on crystal clear HD and big screen TV. Our Cafe is also available for private parties, outside catering services and location shoots. Since BEER seems to be the dominant force in our local culture, this may be a big deal to those of you who drink.

The Pinch Reunion kicks off at the Wigwam on the Pinch Reunion Grounds. The music starts at 6 PM with performances by The Earl of Elkview, Pete Koskey and Champion Rose.

Starting at 6:30 PM, Live On The Levee features Shane Runion and The Joseph Sisters. It’s FREE.

13936552_10208712940173247_584484528_nAlso at 6:30 at Amma’s House in South Charleston it’s the Embracer/Greyhaven tour kickoff also featuring Youth.

This is a house show and cookout and it’s all ages, so don’t be a jerk and show up with beer or booze. And no fighting. It’s at 320 Joseph St, South Charleston

In Fayetteville, Hillbilly Carnival will be at The Grove WV at 7 PM for an evening of music and great food.

At 7:30 PM at The Clay Center, it’s the first of your last two chances to see The Charleston Light Opera Guild’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

This live version of the Disney animated classic can be seen at the Clay Center Friday August 12 at 7:30 and Sunday August 14 at 2:00.

Friday night The Empty Glass offers up Morgantown’s The Recipe, with Ryan Cain and the Ables in support starting at 10 PM.

13876545_1192525694119273_8217375242520515171_nThe cover is seven bucks and the tunes are from one of the signature groups of the intrepid roots music scene. Founded in “porch music,” The Recipe’s sound combines stellar songwriting and lyrics with a communal spirit that keeps the music unique and celebratory.

At the Blue Parrot at 10 PM, it’s a birthday celebration for Tom Crouse, one of the biggest supporters of live music in Charleston as well as being one of the kindest and most giving folks out there….Come on out and celebrate his birthday with him….PrankMonkey will be supplying the musical insanity along with a special unplugged set from The Forty Tens! Five bucks gets you in the door and a wonderful time is a sure bet.

At 10 PM at The Boulevard Tavern it’s a night of Funk with Dub V Funk and Groove Heavy. You can hear a sample of Groove Heavy in the audio STUFF TO DO at the above link.


Saturday August 13

The music starts early Saturday with a special event courtesty of East End Bazaar and The Clay Center with the doors opening at 10 AM. For the Art of Music, the East End Bazaar – Open-Air Artisan Market will partner with Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia and Sound Check Sessions to host a Battle of the Bands searching for the best bands and solo acts the region has to offer. The winner will earn the right to open a Sound Check Sessions show at The Clay Center.Each musician will have approximately 20 minutes to play three songs beginning at 11:00 AM. The three judge panel will select two finalists to return and perform two final songs at 1:00 PM. After final deliberations, a winner will be selected.Bands include Time And Distance, Groove Heavy, Corey Hagar, Hurl Brickbat, Kyle Marler and Independent State.

From 10 AM to Noon there’s a free outdoor Zumba party at Magic Island. Just show up and jump around to the music. It’s supposed to be good for you.

For some Family Fun, head up to The Alpine Theatre  at 210 Main St W, Ripley for a special showing of The Land Before Time at 2 PM and 7 PM. It’s five bucks to see an animated classic in a cool theater.

The Pinch Reunion continues Saturday with great music at The Wigwam on The Pinch Reunion Grounds. Starting at 2 PM you can hear Of the Dell, The Needful Things, Farnsworth and The Company Stores.

Saturday at 6 PM it’s Girls Night Out 2016: Purple For The Purpose

The year’s BIGGEST all-women fundraiser to elminate domestic violence! All proceeds benefit the YWCA Charleston’s Resolve Family Abuse Program. The YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program offers 24/7 shelter, a crisis hotline and emergency intervention for victims of domestic violence. YWCA Resolve provides services for the entire family in Kanawha, Clay and Boone counties. Last year alone, YWCA Resolve served 2,529 individuals (unduplicated); provided 3,491 shelter nights to victims and their children; provided over 5560 hours of case management and advocacy, and a host of other services. For tickets and more information, visit

13669073_10154374652538593_6516688017548741796_nAt 6 PM at Taylor Books on Capitol Street,   there will be a Book signing with author Nina Danilova. Danilova is a Vaganova-trained dancer and a former member of the Kirov company. She holds a graduate degree in ballet pedagogy and has worked with the award-winning Pacific Northwest Ballet. Ms. Danilova will be signing her book, Eight Female Classical Ballet Variations.

At 6:30 PM Charleston’s Light Opera Guild celebrates 20 years of their theater on the West Side of Charleston at 411 Tennessee Ave. CLOG celebrates 20 years in the Charleston Light Opera Guild theater with tributes to their volunteers and other important people, plus a look back at their founders and the last 20 years. Food, beverages and entertainment will be provided – plus there will be a Silent Auction with proceeds going to benefit CLOG. Attendance is FREE but donations are accepted.

At 7:30 PM we have another fun free event at the Roadside Park in Saint Albans. It’s a one-hour music concert by Anna Mae from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Then afterwards you will get to watch a movie under the stars. Mark Bradley will also play a few songs before it all starts so be sure to get there early enough! He will go on around 7:30 PM. The movie will be The Goonies!

If you want great pizza and great music, head up to Elkview at Roni’s Pizza Bar and More for live, cover-free music from Mother’s Nature. It starts at 8 PM, the music is sweet and the food delicious. Plus you can gaze across the interstate at the ghost mall that was cut off from civilization in the flooding last June.

13906895_1192544900784019_6685463486524281008_nLate night music in Charleston Saturday includes This May Change & Badlands, live at the Blue Parrot at 10 PM.  Five bucks gets you in. Also at 10 PM, The Empty Glass offers up Luna and The Mountain Jets with Tim Browning. That show has a seven-dollar cover.

The Country-Rock of Shane Runion, fresh from his appearance the night before at Live On The Levee, lights up the Monkey Barrel at 9 PM, with no cover.

13895384_1176787209040766_8697791545543830358_nRounding out the Charleston live music bar scene Saturday we have Holly and the Guy, The Dividends and The Heavy Hitters at The Boulevard Tavern. 10 PM, five dollars.

Sunday August 14

The fun starts at 1 PM at The Mound in South Charleston for Sundae Fundae, a day of free ice cream, and more. United Way of Central West Virginia hosts the annual Sundae Fundae on D Street/The Mound. Sundae Fundae is a fun-filled event for the entire family, with interactive carnival games, ice cream and even that guy with the pretend Batmobile from the 1989 movie, and not the real and only true Batmobile from the 1966 TV show.

The Pinch Reunion concludes with a day of Gospel Music, starting at noon.

At 3 PM Zenergy Cycling at 906 Walnut Road, celebates their first anniversary. Zenergy Cycling is West Virginia’s Premier Boutique Indoor Cycling studio. On August 14th, they celebrate our 1 Year Anniversary! Join them for food, drinks, music, and fun! Indoor cycling is a wonderful thing that helps keeps bicyclists from veering in front of our cars when we try to drive through town.

At 5 PM it’s Drag Queen Bingo at The Broadway on Leon Sullivan Way. This month the theme is Luau. It’s a benefit for Rainbow Pride.

Speaking of that sort of thing, there will be a truly underground show Sunday at 7 PM at The Queer Agenda. The show features Kitten Forever, The Royal Brats and The Laser Beams, who you heard a bit of earlier in our show. You have to know somebody who will tell you where the venue is. It’s a top secret.


Wrapping it all up this weekend, we have I Set My Friends on Fire, Time And Distance and Letters at The Empty Glass. That’s Sunday night at 10 PM and you get three great bands for five measly bucks. You know you want to go.