Onced again, sit back and relax as your PopCulteer regales you with suggestions hither and yon.  There’s a ton of STUFF TO DO in Charleston and all over the Mountain State and beyond as we find ourselves rapidly approaching the end of the month of April.

We start with a show for which I don’t have graphics handy, but it sounds really cool.

The West Virginia State University Yellowjacket II Chapter of Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Incorporated will host local musician and member Tajai Holmes for a benefit concert for the CAMC Foundation on SATURDAY, APRIL 29 at 8 PM at Davis Fine Arts Building on the campus of WVSU. Proceeds from the concert will go toward that charity. Tickets will be available at the door for $5. Parental discretion is advised.

Tajai Holmes, known by his stage name Jai’Rahd, is a talented singer, rapper, producer, and songwriter born and raised in Kanawha County, WV. One of his biggest inspirations for singing stems from his uncle, the late Dr. Mark Holmes, a well-known gospel singer in West Virginia. Tajai’s versatility in music allows him to perform in multiple genres including hip-hop, R&B, pop, and trap. Currently, he works as a computer science engineer for Live Nation and is a member of Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship Incorporated, Yellowjacket II Chapter at West Virginia State University.

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM. Friday it’s Matt Mullins. Saturday Andrew Pauley entertains the crowd at Charleston’s beloved Bookstore/Coffee Shop/Art Gallery.

The Empty Glass has some great stuff through the week to tell you about.  Thursday from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Swingstein and Robin play fiddle and piano and sing swing and early jazz standards. Each week they donate their tips to a local nonprofit.  At 6: 30 PM Thursday, The East End Ghouls host a viewing party for Halfway To Halloween. Thursday at 10 PM The Glass hosts a Bluegrass Jam.  Friday Tim Courts plays during happy hour. Sunday sees the return of Empty Glass Got Talent  Next week they’ll have an open mic Monday night, and Songwriter Showcase on Tuesday.

Check last week’s STUFF TO DO for a list of theatre performances that are happening again this weekend. Also, Crumbl Cookie opens in Charleston, near the Aldi at Southgate, this Friday.  CAUSEACON happens Friday through Sunday in Beckley.

Please remember that the pandemic is not over yet. It’s still a going concern. And now there are seasonal allergies, the flu and other ferocious bugs in the mix. 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.

If you’re up for going out, here are a few suggestions for the rest of this week, roughly in order.