It’s oppresively hot and there’s still a lot of  STUFF TO DO this week. Please remember, if you are attending an outdoor event, stay hydrated and if somebody says the floor is made of lava, they probably aren’t just playing a game. Still, when in the course of hooman events the heat and humidity and misery rise to try to keep you down, you must stand defiant and venture forth (unless like me, you prefer to stay in where there’s air conditioning).  What I’m saying is, there’s still plenty of STUFF TO DO in Charleston and all over the Mountain State and beyond as we get hit in the face with the reality that the scientists who warned us about man-made climate change were all right, and the ones paid by oil and gas companies were lying.

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. There’s like, a helluva lotta stuff happening.

Live Music is on tap at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM.  Friday it’s Autumn Rae. Saturday local legend, Jeff Ellis, takes the stage at the beloved bookstore/cafe/art gallery.

The World Famous Empty Glass Cafe has some great stuff this week  to tell you about.  Thursday at 5:30 PM Swingstein and Robin return with music for a cause. Later Thursday, at 9 PM, Johnny Splolarich taked the stage. But wait…there’s more!

Friday the whole evening is devoted to a fundraiser for Chris Chaber, who owns The Empty Glass.  Chris recently underwent a very invasive hip reconstructive surgery and is currently doing rehabilitation therapy that will take a few months to get him up and running again. Medical bills are adding up quickly and he’s unable to work at this time. The Empty Glass staff is excited to be able to put together this benefit to help Chris out with medical bills and personal livelihood essentials.  They have an action packed evening of local musicians that have volunteered their time to perform.

There will also be a silent auction featuring gift cards from local businesses, Chuck’s Phenomenal Cheesecake, a One Month free membership to HOTWORX, local artwork and more.  The music line-up, beginning at 5:30 PM: Happy Hour Jazz w/ Timmy Courts & Friends; Tom Kirk & Diana Burton; Calvin Grimm; The Carpenter Ants; Unmanned; Mike Selbe & Friends; Violent Convictions; Grant Jacobs; Golden; 4 Chill; Static Fur; Roy Bush.  Admission is a mere $10 minimum donation at the door (credit cards accepted) and the show is 21+.

We have graphics for the rest of the weekend shows at The Glass, but also remember that next Tuesday the legendary Spurgie Hankins Band appears for their monthly show.

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, rampaging Boeberts, Mongolian Cluster Fudge Cakes, unindited co-conspirators 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.

Here we go, roughly in order…