Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
Your Guide to the Weekend
You Gotta Regatta
The sixth annual Huntington Classic Regatta will be rocking the Ohio River at Harris Riverfront Park through as the American Powerboat Racing Association hosts its North American Championships drawing in drivers and fans from all over the U.S. and Canada.
Free and open to the public, the Regatta gates open at daily. There's driver autographs at daily then single-boat qualifying races from about daily.
, the racing begins at with practice runs, qualifiers are at , and the championship races start at
Although powerboat racing is the main attraction (it's being filmed for broadcast on Fox Sport Ohio and SportSouth), there's lots of other fun, even before you get into Harris Riverfront Park.
This year, the Regatta has moved its carnival out onto Veterans Memorial Boulevard between 8th and 10th Streets. The carnival runs , and and . Buy all-day passes or single-ride tickets at the ticket booth on the Boulevard.
Inside the park, there will be live music and nights. entertainment includes two local rock acts, Ashland-area metal band DreamCult at , and City Heat at
At , DreamCult opens up, with the Joe Freeman Bluegrass Band at , followed by headliner, Adam Wakefield, a recent contestant on NBC's "The Voice" at with fireworks to follow at
, there's also several other events including a Blue Knights Motorcycle Show, starting at , a Petting zoo from , and a pizza eating contest at
For a full schedule and more information, visit www.huntingtonclassic.com.
Take A Ride On A Riverboat Queen
If wave pounding powerboats are too wild of a ride for you, then hop aboard the Belle of Cincinnati.
That paddlewheel boat will be doing daily cruises and in Portsmouth, in Ashland, in Huntington and in Point Pleasant.
The first stop will be in the Portsmouth area on . Dinner cruises will be offered from on both and . A lunch cruise is scheduled from . A sightseeing cruise is planned for 3:30 to 5 p.m. .
The Belle of Cincinnati then will move upriver to the Port of Ashland and offer a lunch cruise from . A sightseeing cruise is scheduled from and a dinner cruise will be offered from .
The Belle then will move upriver to Huntington on Sunday, July 24. A brunch cruise will be offered from A sightseeing cruise will be offered from , and a dinner cruise is scheduled from
Dinner cruises cost $50 for adults and $28 for children. Someone wanting to take the cruise and not eat will pay $23 for adults and $14 for children.
Lunch cruises will cost $39 for adults and $24 for children. For those not wanting to eat and take the cruise, the cost is $23 for adults and $14 for children.
Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-261-8586 or go online at www.bbriverboats.com
More Downtown Fun
If you are already in downtown Huntington, check West Virginia's first M.A.D.E. ( (Music, Art, Dining & Entrepreneurship) festival that will take place in the 1000 block of Fourth Avenue in downtown Huntington.
Free and open to the public, the WV M.A.D.E. Fest will feature shops and booths from local artisans and entrepreneurs, a number of local food trucks, and a steady flow of live music in the lot between the former Glenn's and Redemption Church.
The fest runs , and .
The performance schedule of bands for WV M.A.D.E. is : - Short & Company (blues), - The Settlement (indie rock); - Of The Dell (young, throwback rock act); and at - WV native Nashville country artists, The Davisson Brothers Band.
On Saturday, July 23, the schedule has a full day of old-time string band music from such known acts as: - The Modock Rounders; - Willow Tree Carolers (young string band from Cincinnati); - The Broad Hollow Band (Bluegrass); 6:15 p.m. - Long Point String Band (old-time trio from Beckley); - The Bing Brothers Band featuring Jake Krack (globetrotting, famous WV string band featuring one of the world's best old-time fiddlers, Jake Krack); and - Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle (regionally traveling Americana and old-time from Cincinnati).
There is also some music (TBA) as well.
If you are a fan of ceramic art, get downtown to the Marshall University Visual Art Center's Carroll Gallery, located at 927 Third Ave., where the eclectic contemporary ceramic exhibit, "Appalachian Dirt" will be on display through .
Gallery hours are through . The exhibit features work of 26 ceramic artists living and working now in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia, is on display.
Music Coming At You Live
Whether you like country or gypsy jazz or heavy as it comes hard rock and metal, there's a cool concert for you this weekend.
Here's a look at my music picks for the weekend:
, Charleston-based national act Byzantine, which has hooked up with Metal Blade Records to put out its sixth release, will be rocking the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington. Byzantine, which played Pittsburgh night, will be rolling deep into the V with such acts as Signals, the local all-star metal unit, as well as Solarburn and Gods Below Us. Cover is $10 advance or $12 day of show. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/
Byzantinewv/ to see the band's new live performance video, "Justinian Code."
Cowboy Up @ The Opry House: Fresh off of playing Fur Peace Ranch last weekend, Rob McNurlin rolls into the Mountaineer Opry House at in Milton to play both kinds of music - country and western. McNurlin, who often tours with Kayton Roberts, Hank Snow's steel guitar player, will be joined by old-time music makers, Modock Rounders, who've got a new CD out, as well as the bluegrass of Yesterday's Gospel. Admission is $15, or $12 for seniors and $5 for kids 12 and under.
A Mountain of Dobro: Arguably the world's best Dobro player, Jerry Douglas, the Buckeye native whose folks all hail from West Virginia, rolls back home with his award-winning traditional bluegrass superstar unit, The Earls of Leicester for a Mountain Stage live show taping at at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston. Also on the bill is award-winning Americana artist, Lera Lynn as well as fellow bluegrassers Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, veteran folkie Cheryl Wheeler, and Nora Jane Struthers (formerly of the Alaskan bluegrass act Bearfoot). Tickets are $20 advance or $25 day of show. Available online, by phone (877-987-6487) or at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston.
Song Slayers Unite: Red-hot Oklahoma singer/songwriter John Moreland has been on the road opening for Jason Isbell. Moreland, who recently burned up the Paramount stage at a sold-out concert with Isbell, will be at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., on Tuesday, July 26. Also on the bill is equally as talented Eastern Kentucky songsmith, Tyler Childers. Tickets are $10 advance or $13 day of show.
Get A Taste of Those Hot Summer Nights
Camden Park Hot Summer Nights: Camden Park continues its annual Hot Summer Nights concert series with the second of three weeks of live national act Americana music. Here's fingers crossed for non-monsoon conditions as the park welcomes in Connecticut-based gypsy jazz band Caravan of Thieves who have been described "as if Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton's house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired."Caravan of Thieves plays at and . Remember there is discounted Starlight Admission after for the park, which has more then 30 rides and attractions including the new spinning coaster, The Slingshot.
Also as part of Hot Summer Nights, there will be fireworks for three Saturdays in a row.
Go online at www.camdenpark.com to find out more about the series, which also features Woody Pines on .
Trucking into Kahunas
Do you like big trucks and you cannot lie, well, have we got the auto show for you. RJ Kahunas, 10699 U.S. Route 60 in Ashland at the KYOVA Mall, hosts a Truck Show from .
Hosted by the Eastern Kentucky Truck Kings, RJ Kahunas, and Rush Off-Road, the truck show welcomes all makes and models. No entry fee.
Kahunas will provide food and there will also be inflatables for the kids. Food will be a $5 plate which includes either a hamburger or two hot dogs and chips and a can of pop. Donations are gladly accepted.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/
rjkahunas/ for more info.
HART in the Park Continues 'Seussical'
Oh the magical, musical places you can go when you find yourself in the Ritter Park Amphitheater as Huntington Area Regional Theater (HART in the Park) heads into the second of its three-weekend run of "Seussical The Musical," which is set to run through .
Based on the deep and lyrical Dr. Seuss stories, "Seussical" features a colorful and playful set, some fantastic sing-a-long tunes and some great characters such as Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird, Yertle the Turtle, the Sour Kangaroo and a whole bunch of Whos from Whoville.
The Grammy nominated musical was written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the superstar team that won the Best Original Score Tony for "Ragtime" and who also teamed up for "Once on This Island." Showtime is but you'll want to get there at for picnics and then at , is the children's pre-show, "Camp Ritter," written by Cindy Westbrook.
Tickets are $12 children/seniors or $15 adults. Group rates are available. Tickets can be purchased at www.GHPRD.org or at the gate the night of the show. Call 304-696-5954 or visit www.GHPRD.org.
My Dave Trippin' pick: My road trip pick this weekend is to Brooks, West Virginia where they are hosting One Love, an Appalachian Reggae Festival, from .
Enjoy a day of reggae music with such authentic reggae acts as Jamaican native and now West Virginia resident Shayar and Krooshal Force as well as The White Abbot, The Kind Thieves, DJ Freeman, and emcee Elvis Sterling.
Go online at www.oneloveappalachia.com to find out more about the festival which is $15 in advance, $20 at the door and free for children 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult.
Gates open at noon. There is an open mic from 3 to 5 p.m., and the show starts at 5 p.m. For information or to purchase tickets in advance, please call 304-237--0097 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
From 1-64: Take exit 139 (Sandstone I Hinton). Take Route 20 South 5.8 miles to Meadows Auto Sales for Concert Parking. Park and walk 100 feet back to concert site entrance.
Dave Lavender is the author of "Dave Trippin: A Daytripper's Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia" and his new travel book, "Mo' Dave Trippin" now for sale on Amazon.com and through CreateSpace. Check out the new book at the Red Caboose, Empire Books and News, and now at Camden Park. Lavender covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.