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Four can’t-miss music events in Charleston, WV this weekend

Megan Hippler

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As July starts to draw to a close and the summer days continue to grow shorter, the music scene in Charleston, West Virginia has not slowed at all.

This weekend, July 30th to August 1st, there are at least four music events occurring. The prices vary. Some of the performances are in the heart of the city and one is in a rural restaurant and bar. The music ranges from country to rock to hip-hop and R&B.

Any Charleston resident or visitor ought to be able to find a show to satisfy their requirements.

The Kentucky Headhunters and Ducain

Live on the Levee continues this Friday July 30th with a good ol’ country time on the waterfront. Head down to the Schoenbaum Stage in Haddad Riverfront Park to catch a night of Southern rock bands. First performing together in 1968, country and Southern rock band The Kentucky Headhunters know how to put on a show. With a Grammy and three CMA awards under their belts, the Kentucky Headhunters have no problem floating between genres, letting the blues, heavy metal, or R&B influences seep into their music. Huntington’s own Southern rock band Ducain will also take to the stage with their musical offerings from “the dusty places of the American south where tradition and progress come to fight.” The show kicks off at 6:30 pm and is free to all ages.

The Company Stores and The Mighty Good Times

Rock music lovers can head to The Red Carpet on Charleston’s East side Saturday afternoon to catch this rocking double act at 5:00 pm. Charleston’s own post-rock fusion band The Company Stores promises soulful, brassy tunes and a fun show that may or may not include handstands. The Mighty Good Times, a six-piece rock band from Richmond, Virginia, mixes honest, heartfelt lyrics with a wild show that may or may not include fire spinning. The potential for antics at this show is near to bursting, and no one will want to miss out. Tickets and more information about the show are available on Eventbrite. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the show. All ages are welcome.

The Davisson Brothers

Country music lovers can catch one of Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know" on the edge of Charleston at The Farm Bar & Grill. For more than a decade the Davisson Brothers have been bringing their country rock music to the national charts and packed venues across the nation, and they’re now in the middle of a five-venue stretch across their home state. This show kicks off at 5:30 pm with the acoustic crooning of the crowd favorite duo LoJam. The Davisson Brothers will take the stage at 7 pm. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door. More information about the show and the venue can be found on The Farm Bar & Grill’s Facebook page.

Pandemic Concert Series at the Empty Glass

Music lovers looking to do a bit of good with their ticket sales should head to the Empty Glass Saturday night for the latest in the pandemic concert series. 98.7 The Beat’s DJ Woody Woods will broadcast remotely as the hip-hop and R&B show kicks off. DJ Special K will be hosting Charleston’s own vocalist Shamita Smith, also known as Mitalynn, who is the featured performance of the night. There will also be performances by Duck City Music, a hip-hop movement from Rand, West Virginia, and Charlotte hip-hop artist Facenville. The show starts at 9 pm, and tickets are $10 with a portion of the proceeds going to The KJ Taylor Foundation. KJ Taylor was a senior at Capital High School and promising football player when he was shot and killed in April. Tickets and more information on the concert can be found on The Empty Glass’ website.

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Megan Hippler writes about West Virginia humanities. Her work has appeared in Orion, Seamwork, and PopSugar.

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