Music announced for Coal Festival


By Terry Bartley - Civitas Media



MADISON, W.Va. — The entertainment schedule for the 2016 Coal Festival will be headlined by Bent River, The Avalons and Ronnie McDowell. Delores Cook, Chair of the Coal Festival, said she and her committee have worked very hard to provide entertainment, even within their monetary constraints brought on by the economy.

“With all the obstacles that we’re facing, we’re still trying to make it as enjoyable as possible for the people of Boone County,” Cook said.

The first event for this year’s Coal Festival will be karaoke on Tuesday, June 21 starting at 6 p.m. Cook believes this will be a fun event for everyone.

“Come out to enjoy the many talented people in the area and join in and show everyone what you can do!” Cook said.

The Miner’s Memorial will follow, held Wednesday, June 22 at 6 p.m. at the Boone County Courthouse. This year’s memorial will be dedicated to fallen miner Joseph M. Carter, Jr. of Stanaford, W. Va., the only miner lost this year. The service will be followed by the gospel sing, led by Tom Bias.

Every subsequent night’s entertainment will start at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment on June 23 will begin with the Coal Field Idol Finalists, followed by Wiley & Fro Show. The headliner this night will be local southern rock band, Bent River. They primarily perform covers of popular country and rock songs, as well as some originals. Guitarist David P. Howard said Bent River is glad they were asked to headline this night.

“We’re excited to be apart of the coal festival,” Howard said.

Rock cover bands, Hammer Down and Push Beyond will start the entertainment Friday, June 24. Friday will be headlined by the oldies throwback group, The Avalons. They describe their act as music, comedy and crazy antics. They believe “audiences will be swept away by a memorable journey through the 50s, 60s and early 70s,” according to their Facebook page.

Saturday’s entertainment will open with the Coal Field Idol Winners, followed by 2015 Coal Field Idol Winner, Ricky Cooper. This night will be headlined by Ronnie McDowell. McDowell will be “offering years of experience and his string of hit singles and albums for Epic Records between 1979 and 1986,” according to his official biography.

Cook said she is pleased with this year’s line-up.

“Every evening will be filled with song. Roger Hudson is arranging the local entertainment and will provide music throughout the festival,” Cook said, “ National entertainment is provided by MPE Entertainment of Huntington.”

By Terry Bartley

Civitas Media

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