The W.Va. Independent Music Festival will be held Saturday, September 1, at Chief Logan State Park Liz Spurlock Amphitheatre. The free to attend event will feature “The Who’s Who of West Virginia bands” offering everything from Americana to Punk.
“When you set out to book the best bands in the state, you can know no genre,” Daniel Johnson, organizer of the event said.
Johnson said the show has grown each year and the evolution this year is to make it free.
“So, this year the festival will be 100 percent free of charge to come through the gate,” Johnson said.
The lineup includes:
The pride of W.Va., Jeff Ellis, with his brand of Appalachian-Infused Folk Rock; 90’s veteran hardcore all-stars Malicious Intent return to the stage after a 10 year hiatus; Huntington rocker John Lancaster makes an appearance for the second year in a row, and Logan County Heavy Metal band Let The Guilty Hang will make their debut. Many, many more bands will fill out the day from Folk Rock to Heavy Metal.
“This show was booked to provide the music lovers of the state the chance to see bands they may not normally have the chance to see,” Johnson said. “While one genre may not be ‘your thing’, you may discover something amazing you would otherwise have overlooked. A mutual admiration society will also convene backstage, as most of these bands have came up together and with most bands sharing such diverse genre gaps, the ability to share the stage is rare. So look for the hipsters to be side stage for the metal bands and the tattooed thrashers to be singing along to the indie bands.”
Schedule times for the bands are:
11-11:20 a.m. — Derek Bowen
11:30-11:50 a.m. — Sheldon Vance
12-12:20 p.m. — The Fabulous Brothers Steele
12:30-12:50 p.m. — Nation
1-1:20 p.m. — Foz Rotten & His Dirty Scoundrels
1:30-1:50 p.m. — Heavy Set Paw Paws
2-2:20 p.m. — Meet Me in the Matinee
2:30-2:50 p.m. — The Big Bad
3-3:30 p.m. — Jesse Smith & The Holy Ghost
3:40-4:10 p.m. — Tim Browning & The Widowmakers
4:20-4:50 p.m. — Undersocial
5-5:30 p.m. — Linework
5:40-6:10 p.m. — Deadfacedown
6:20-7:50 p.m. — Lo Pan
7-7:30 p.m. — Let The Guilty Hang
7:40-8:10 p.m. — John Lancaster
8:20-9 p.m. — Malicious Intent
9:10-10 p.m. — Jeff Ellis