Courtesy of Jamyme Thornton Pop Evil will perform Thursday, Aug. 13 at Rally on the River in Ironton.
Dirt Band rides again: Are they folk, rock or country? Who cares - for more than 50 years, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been making a tasty brew of American roots music. You can see the iconic band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland. With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top 10 hits such as "Fishin' In The Dark" and "Mr. Bojangles," multiple Grammy, IBMA, and CMA Awards and nominations, the band's accolades continue to accumulate. In fact, their groundbreaking "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame. Get tickets by calling 606-324-0007 or online at
Greenbo has the blues: Head over to Greenbo Lake State Resort Park near Greenup, Kentucky, which hosts the free Col. Bill Williams Blues Festival on Saturday, Sept. 9. The evening kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with the presentation of the 2017 Cultural Heritage Award to Kathy Setterman. Bands performing are: Jeremy Short and Jeana Pillion at 5 p.m.; Cerulean at 6 p.m.; Chris Sutton at 7 p.m.; and Keith Little from Cincinnati at 8 p.m. This is the last concert in the Greenbo Summer Music Series.
Christian rock at Ritter: Head up to Ritter Park Amphitheater for Coats and Cans for Christ, an evening of Christian rock at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Performing is The Jason Lovings Band as well as Going Vertical, an all-girl high-school-aged Christian rock unit. Admission is free, but folks are asked to bring donations of coats and/or cans of food for the area shelters.
Charleston knows country: The Charleston Civic Center welcomes Jason Aldean's They Don't Know tour at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Tickets are $30 to $70.
Thursday, Sept. 7
Known for his roles on "Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job!" and extensive tours throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia, David Liebe Hart is an outsider musician, actor and painter. While his vast and bizarre catalog of songs about aliens, religion and failed relationships has yielded cult hits such as "Salame," "Father & Son" and "Puberty," his recent collaborations with electronic musician Jonah Mociun have propelled Liebe Hart into previously unexplored territory.
Head out to the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington, where Hart will be doing his multimedia live performance, with Charleston's funky hip-hop unit The Dinosaur Burps opening.
Admission is $10 advance or $12 day of the show for those 18 and up.
Go online at
Friday, Sept. 8
ShockaCon, West Virginia's premier horror and sci-fi convention, returns to Charleston for its sixth year Friday through Sunday, Sept. 8-10, at the Beni Kedem Shrine Center.
ShockaCon fans will find celebrity guests, educational workshops, interactive panels and demonstrations, vendors and hours of live performance and music.
Special guests include Tony Todd, best known as the star of "Candyman," and Ari Lehman, the first Jason Voorhees, performing with his band First Jason. Meet "American Horror Story" alum Naomi Grossman, who portrayed Pepper in seasons 2 and 4. Check out the event schedule in advance online, full of panels, demos and workshops led by experts and artisans, online at
Sunday, Sept. 10
He may have handed the reins of hosting "A Prairie Home Companion" over to the next generation, but iconic radio show host Garrison Keillor celebrates his 75th birthday year by heading out on the "Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour," which pulls into the Clay Center at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. Head over to Charleston to enjoy more than two hours of stories, love duets, Guy Noir, Cowboys, poetic outbursts and the famous Singing Intermission at which the Eager and Able-Bodied stand and sing around the campfire.
Get tickets for the show, which includes special guest Heather Masse by going online at
Monday, Sept. 11
Join the Park District at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Spring Hill Cemetery as a new 9-11 Memorial Plaza, being built around the World Trade Center Artifact Memorial, will be dedicated. The new plaza, which will be on the National Register of 911 Memorials, will be unveiled during the ceremony. Come and pay tribute to the victims of 9-11 and pay tribute to the first responders and citizens who risked their lives on 9-11.
While at Spring Hill, take time to walk, bike or drive the The Healing Field - more than 3,000 American flags on display through Sept. 13.
Other Patriot events this weekend at Spring Hill include the Bell Tower 5K Run/Walk, set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the cemetery. Come out and enjoy this closed course that will start and finish near the Memorial Bell Tower in the historic Huntington cemetery. Enjoy panoramic views of the city of Huntington, the Marshall Memorial, the Healing Field, and the Memorial Bell Tower as you run or walk through the cemetery. Proceeds benefit the memorial Bell Tower Fund. Register online at