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W.Va. Blues Society hosting disaster fundraiser

This just in from The Associated Press:

The West Virginia Blues Society and a St. Albans barbecue restaurant are hosting an all-day fundraising concert for families affected by the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

Tomahawk’s Smokehouse and Saloon will host the Miners’ Memorial Fundraiser starting at noon Saturday.

National recording artist Jason Ricci will headline the show. Other acts include the Crossroads Blues Band, Robert Altman, Holy Cow, C&S Railroad, John Taylor and Washboard Jo.

Tickets, including a hog roast with all the fixings, are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Children get in free.

All proceeds go to the West Virginia Council of Churches’ Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund.

FestivALL: Check out the coal photographs


Here in Charleston, today is the start of FestivALL, a great event that truly has something for everyone — even folks obsessed with all things coal…like Coal Tattoo readers.

On Monday evening, an exhibit of Thorney Lieberman’s photos, “Honoring America’s Coal Miners,” opens at The Cultural Center. The event starts at 6 p.m. You can see the whole photo project here.

For everything you need about FestivALL, be sure to check out the Gazette’s interactive map and schedule here.