Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
Power Up for Retro Games at the Arena
It is on like Donkey Kong over at The Big Sandy Superstore literally.
On Saturday, the Arena Conference Center just pushes play from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with Power Up, the Tri-State's annual Retro Video Game Convention.
Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under get in free to Power Up, which will have around 20 some vendors, artist, and exhibitors this year. There will be a Super Smash Melee and Mario Kart double dash tournament, The Gathering tournaments and board games from Hometown Hobbies, and a Pokemon League with eights gyms being represented at Power Up.
Sign up to challenge the Pokemon League and earn a set of 8 badges for just $5. (All proceeds will go to Children's Hospitals) Once signed up we will have gym leaders around the convention floor. Take on the gym leaders in 3 v 3 Pokemon battles.
Go online at www.facebook.com/poweruprvgc for more info.
Blues Fest Shines Honor On Late, Great Huntington Singer
The Diamond Teeth Mary Blues and Art Festival rolls a whole lot of blues Friday and Saturday at Heritage Station in downtown Huntington
Honoring the late, great Huntington native blues singer Diamond Teeth Mary Smith McClain, the free blues fest kicks off with a blues Party on the Patio at 7 p.m. with C&S Railroad, and Cincinnati-based blues burner, Noah Wotherspoon.
Saturday is a full day of music kicked off with the Huntington Harmonica Club, Chaz Humley and The Effects, Parker and Gray (from Virginia), Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues (from Florida), Jeremy Short, the winner of the first Huntington Blues Society competition, and his band Short and Company. The headliner is Detroit bluesman David Gerald and his band. There will be food and drink vendors and folks can visit the Shops @ Heritage Station. Inside the CVB, check out the week-long Billy Scott Memorial Art Exhibit with this year's spotlight artist, Jimbo Valentine, of Amalgam Unlimited.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/HuntingtonBluesSociety/?fref=ts for more info.
Strange Lives Presents Heck Yeah Fest! Headbanger Music & Arts Festival
Set for 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at The V Club Night Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington. Put on by the zine "Strange Lives," the event will include 10 visual artists displaying and vending and some of WV's heaviest and wildest bands including: The Black Knots, Almost Hell, Dabs. Rookscare, Ratship, Cavern, Rhin, Horseburner and more. Advance tickets to be on sale at https://www.facebook.com/events/1817643235132876/ soon.
A Paramount Weekend in Ashland
If you want an eclectic weekend of live music here in the Tri-State go ahead and pitch a tent inside the Paramount Arts Center as they are hosting three back to back nights of national acts concerts this weekend.
On Friday, the Kentucky Music Trail hosts Kelsea Ballerini, the first female solo artists in more than 15 years to start her career with two No. 1 country singles.
On Saturday, Jazz Alley series shines a light on Louisville-area jazz man Dick Sisto and his trio and on Sunday evening it's Third Day, a Christian rock band with 31 No. 1 singles on Christian radio.
For Ballerini ... Tickets are $30, $22 plus fees. VIP Pit seating $60. Trailblazer seating available in first five rows. Your final ticket purchase will include a $1 per ticket fee that goes to the Paramount’s Historic Theatre Restoration Fund.
Go online at www.KelseaBallerini.com to find out more about Ballerini, who has been out on tour with Rascal Flatts and who has been touted by Billboard Magazine as “Country’s Next Queen,” praised by Rolling Stone as the “Nashville It Girl” and selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country.
For Sisto, tickets are $35 and $15 students. Seats are on stage with the musicians with complimentary appetizers, and a cash bar and for Third Day on Sunday, Tickets are $26.75 and $35.75 for the balcony, $35.75 for the floor and $65 for Gold Circle seating for the show which features special guest Warren Barfield. Go online at https://www.itickets.com/events/363405 or call 800-965-9324.
For all Paramount info, go online at www.paramountartscenter.com or call 606-324-0007.
It's 'Ladies Night' At the Theater
The men of ARTS theater (Simon Woods, Mike Murdock, Michael Naglee, James Holley, Rick Payne, and Andrew Surber) show the uh, full range of their work this weekend as ARTS tackles the British music comedy, "The Full Monty," that takes place at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 25-27.
Directed by Amy Carlson, with musical direction by Lara Donahoe, and choreography by Coni Anthony, "The Full Monty" tells the story of a group of out of work steel workers who all decide to perform for one night only as a member of a male strip revue - Hot Metal. This show contains adult language and themes.
Show only tickets are $15, or dinner and a show tickets are $30. Thursday, Aug. 25 is Ladies Night. Ladies bring a friend and buy tickets two for $20 at the door. Tickets will be sold at the door for each performance. In addition, tickets may also be purchased online at www.artstristate.org.
Call 304-733-2787 to make your dinner reservations. The dinner menu is: Green salad with raspberry vinagerette dressing, Polish sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, warm fruit, rolls, and strawberry shortcake.
Have Some Final Fridays Fun
From Grayson to Portsmouth, it's the Final Friday of the month and that means a great celebration of art, music and more.
In Grayson, Final Fridays takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Grayson Gallery with the works of artist, writer and Appalachian arts advocate Misty Skaggs, and music by the country group Bonnie and Shannon. And Portsmouth's historic Boneyfiddle area has Final Fridays from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. with live music, art, food and more on Second Street between Court Street and Market Streets. Featured performers Friday are; Kendra Villager, Rob McNurlin, Boosh Hawg, Sasha Colette, Keyamo and Joet and Deacon Ron.
Hit The Lake:
School may be started back, but there's still lots of great fun to be had out at Beech Fork Lake State Park, just south of Huntington and Barboursville. They have daily activities from Thursday, Aug. 25, through Sunday, Sept. 4.
With temps headed back to the 90s this weekend, be sure to check out the park's 50-meter swimming pool now open weekends only through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. Weekend hours for the pool will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays through Labor Day.
Just a few other highlights includes a 7 p.m. Friday, Selfie Scavenger Hunt: Take selfies with the items on the list. Complete and return to the naturalist for a prize. Pick up at the camp store. Then at 8:30 p.m. Twilight Hike: Bring a flashlight, water, comfortable walking shoes and an adventurous spirit for a fun night hike. They will be doing the Nature Trail and the Long Branch Trail, approximately 1.5 miles. Meet in the parking lot behind the camp store.
On Saturday, they have yoga in the park, a camping festival with Setzer's and Burdette, Kids fishing, hayrides and scary stories at the cabin in the woods.
My Dave Trippin Pick: My road trip pick is to the Fly-In Cafe, at the Robert Newlon Airpark just north of Huntington.
You can boat in, bike in, fly in or even sky dive into this first year fest the Fly-In Festival that features more than a dozen bluegrass and old-time music acts on Saturday, Aug. 27.
The Fly-In Festival will feature Bing Brothers and Jake Krack, Robin Kessinger and many more old-time and bluegrass bands on Aug. 27 at the Fly-In Cafe, at the Robert Newlon Airpark on WV 2 (beside the YMCA Kennedy Center).
Tickets are on sale now for that festival. Tickets are $25 and $15 for tent camping. There's also limited full hookups for $35. Call 304-733-1240.
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.