Below is a Press Release from the City of Charleston.
Highland Hospital is proud to support the Live on the Levee which benefits 5 inner-city charities: Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center, YWCA’s Sojourner’s Shelter, RCCR’s Samaritan Inn, Covenant House and Manna Meal.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two weeks from today, the Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee concert series will launch the 13th season of free Friday evening concerts from the Schoenbaum Stage in Haddad Riverfront Park. This year’s set of concerts will include a wide cross section of musical styles, some national acts, plenty of West Virginia performers and fireworks shows to kick off the season Memorial Day weekend and close the season on the Friday of Labor Day weekend.
“In 2004 Live on the Levee began with local bands playing on a temporary stage for several weeks in a wide open and often overheated concrete park,” Charleston Mayor Danny Jones recalled. “Now, thanks to the canopy in Haddad Park, the Schoenbaum Stage and growing commitment of our sponsors and organizers, the Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee is a staple of summer in our city, a weekly celebration on Charleston’s front porch along the river and a centerpiece of several special weekends throughout the summer.”
“Led by Moses Auto Group, 43 sponsors have stepped up to support this effort this year, and that means the music acts and fireworks are paid for completely through private contributions,” said City Council President Tom Lane, who came up with the idea for the free concert series. “With the weekly raffles that benefit our agencies that focus on homelessness, the promise we made 13 years ago – good fun for a good cause – continues to be true as this event continues to grow.”
“There are so many reasons I love Charleston, and the Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee is the one that leaves everyone with a lasting impression of a city that is committed to arts, culture, fun and a very powerful sense of community,” said Jim Strawn who chairs the organizing committee, raises sponsorship money and serves as primary emcee through the season. “We’re taking steps every year to provide a great cross section of bands, so people with varied musical tastes will be able to enjoy the concerts throughout the season.”
“Moses Auto Group has a significant stake in Charleston with our dealership being in downtown, and we are proud to be a strong supporter of such a great event that brings our community together every Friday during the summer months,” said Suzanne Moses Persinger. “As someone with an interest in a wide variety or music, I am delighted that this year’s lineup offers something for just about everyone.”
“This year’s music spans the musical spectrum from country, modern rock and old-time to zydeco, soul, R&B, classic rock and jazz,” said Adam Harris, chair of the Live on the Levee Music Committee and executive producer of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s “Mountain Stage.” “This line-up features a lot of new faces, plenty of national and regionally recognized talent, and of course a healthy dose of West Virginia’s best artists.”
The city continues to collaborate with various organizations in Charleston to present performances that will reflect several special events during the summer months that coincide with Friday evenings. This year organizations and/or events include: Special Olympics’ Summer Games (Opening ceremony, June 3), Capitol City Biker Bash (June 10), FestivALL Charleston (June 17 and 24), Friends of Old-time Music and Dance [FOOTMAD] (July 15), Multi-Fest (August 5), and the annual Sportsfest/West Virginia Games (August 12).
The non-profit agency partners include the Roark Sullivan Lifeway Center, YWCA’s Sojourners shelter, Covenant House, RCCR’s Samaritan Inn and Manna Meal.
CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS AND HEADLINERS:
Nationally renowned tribute band Beatlemania Magic recreates the Beatles’ early concerts with identical costumes, equipment and spot on harmonies. This is a can’t miss event for Beatles lovers of all ages. Other national acts set to perform include Dangermuffin (June 24), Bucky Covington (July 8), The Revelers (July 15) , Zapp (August 5) and CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (September 2).
The season kicks off with Charleston’s living jazz legend, the Bob Thompson Band, opening the night on May 27, followed by one of the state’s hottest live bands, Hybrid Soul Project, and opening night fireworks.
FestivALL has lined up two groups with West Virginia roots that are making a name for themselves on the national scene. June 17 will feature indie pop-folk duo The Sea The Sea, whose Mira Stanley is a native of Charleston. Martinsburg’s Christian Lopez Band headlines that evening. Lopez was named a “Best Newcomer” by Rolling Stone Country based on the strength of his album “ONWARD.”
The second weekend of FestivALL will feature local rockers Soul Slaw opening for Dangermuffin, a group from South Carolina that has played throughout the state and developed a loyal following in Charleston with their Appalachia-meets-Carolina-Coast sound.
July 1 will celebrate Veteran’s night with two of the region’s most highly regarded young songwriters. Folk-rocker, Iraq-war Veteran and current South Charleston Police Officer Jeff Ellis and his band will open the night followed by the Americana roots music of Tyler Childers, who made his national radio debut on “Mountain Stage” in September of 2015.
Country-music star and Season 5 American Idol finalist Bucky Covington (“A Different World”, “It’s Good to Be Us”, “I Feel Ya”) will perform July 8 following another past American-Idol contestant and Marshal University alum Chase Likens.
Electro-Funk group Zapp will headline a Multi-Fest produced evening of music on August 5, alongside venerable Charleston-based R&B band Stratus.
The season will come to a close in a rousing fashion September 2 when the “Prince of Zydeco”, C.J. Chenier, brings the Red Hot Louisiana Band to play some bayou music along the Kanawha River. C.J. began performing alongside his GRAMMY® award-winning father, Clifton Chenier who was “The King of Zydeco.” The Diablo Blues Band will open the night with their guitar and harmonica driven blues sound.
Groups making a return from previous years include Jeff Ellis (July 1), last season’s show-stealers The Joseph Sisters (August 12), Toothless Ruth & Relative Obscurity (August 26), A Story Told (July 29) and Mother’s Nature (June 3 with Special Olympics). West Virginia groups making their first appearance at Live on the Levee include Soul Slaw (June 24), Tyler Childers (July 1), Huntington’s indie-rocker darlings Ona and Charleston’s honky-tonk rockers The Horse Traders (July 22), Three Men and a Baby featuring Ryan Hardiman and Mark Scarpelli, and Diablo Blues Band.
Title Sponsor: Moses Auto Group.
Very Special Friend Sponsors: Brewer & Company, WCHS TV8/Fox 11, Highland Hospital, LM Communications.
Special Friend Sponsors: Mardi Gras Casino & Resort, Marty’s Tire Store, Four Points Sheraton & Recovery Sports Grille, The Health Plan.
Friend Sponsors: AARP of WV, Amherst Madison, Charleston Marine, Coventry Cares of West Virginia-An Aetna Product, Express Employment, Fast Signs, Health Smart, Proud Eagle, Terradon Corporation, Walker Machinery, BridgeValley Community & Technical College, Devonshire, Frontier, Charleston Visitors Bureau.
Contributing Sponsors: Bowles Rice, CB Hall Insurance Agency, Charleston Newspapers, Clayman & Associates, Columbia Pipeline, Ear Nose & Throat, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Sears Monument, United Talent, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Thrasher, Bath Fitter, Bell Law Firm, Highmark WV, Redeemer Lutheran Church, University of Charleston, Art & Virginia King, ZMM Architects, WTSQ “The Status Quo” and C&H Taxi.
If you would like for Highland to support your community event, please contact Jim Strawn at 304-348-1417.