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Weezfest ’07 is this weekend at Memorial Park in Summersville.  This is the fifth annual two-day festival that showcases some of West Virginia’s finest bands performing live.  Admission is free, but proceeds from concessions and donations will go to the Blue Bells. There will be a diverse assortment of bands and it sounds like an incredible couple of days of fun and music in the sun (and moon).  The show runs from 4PM to Midnight Friday and Saturday June 1 and 2.  For more details check out the Weezfest MySpace page. Follow the jump for the flyer.

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Friday night, June 1, at the MonkeyBar in Huntington, national act Camshaft will perform.  Opening up for them will be local metal gods Voices Of Anatole, who will be future guests on Radio Free Charleston.  Tickets are six bucks, and the Monkey Bar is located at 611 4th Avenue in Huntington.  The show is scheduled to start at 8Pm, so plan accordingly. And make sure you have a designated driver!

Saturday June 2 at the Blue Parrot, located at 14 Capitol Street in Charleston, Rose City, RFC faves The Concept, and The Underdogs will put on a high-energy rock and roll extravaganza.  The cover charge is five bucks and the show starts at 10 PM.  Be sure to bring extra underwear to fling at the bands.

On Memorial Day, Mitch O’Connell, who I met back in the CODA days, left this cool bit of artwork in my MySpace page comments.  I thought I’d share it with you.  Mitch, who has had his illustrations published in Playboy, Entertainment Weekly, and tons of other big shot mainstream publications, is now designing tattoo art.  You can order a handsome new book that showcases his body art here.  And to think, I knew him when he was just a lowly comic book artiste. 

Last Friday Night At Taylor Books

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Josh Buskirk, who appeared on the latest episode of Radio Free Charleston along with Whistlepunk, performed at Taylor Books last Friday.  We were on hand with our handy-dandy video box and were lucky enough to snag one entire song by Josh.  Hope you enjoy it.  Josh will be back at Taylor’s at the end of next month.  If you enjoy great guitar-playing, you should make it a point to get out to see him.

Monday Morning Art: Revisiting Miceala

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You had to know that with all the photos I shot a couple of weeks ago during the dress rehearsals for the WVSO’s production of “Carmen,” that I couldn’t resist doing a little digital assaulting of them.  Well, this week’s dose of art is a digital drawing based on a photograph of the lovely Mariel Van Dalsum-Boggs as Miceala, the “good girl” caught up in the tragic love story in “Carmen.”  The grand artistry of the opera has inspired my meager efforts here. 

 Once again, click the image for a larger view. And go here for the Monday Morning Art Store, and here for the PopCult store. In the unlikely event that anyone actually purchases anything with this image on it, a portion of the proceeds will be given to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  

Hard to believe, but the twentieth episode of Radio Free Charleston is online now!  This was an amazing show to bring to fruition.  At times it was like giving birth to a spiked watermelon, but the end result has us all basking in the glow of a show well done. 

This episode is “Carmen Shirt,” and the host segments were shot in the White Room at Radio Free Charleston Manor, tucked away in a nearby undisclosed location.  Wearing the Carmen shirt was probably the only way we’ll get the lovely Cristina Nassif, who played Carmen last week for the WVSO (Scroll down for photos),  to appear on the show. But you never know.

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Monday Morning Art: Tracks East

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This week it’s a blast from the past!  Deadlines and work on RFC number 20 have once again eaten into our weekly art-making time, so we’re going to revisit a piece of art from 13 months ago.  Tracks East is a digitally-assaulted photograph looking East in Dunbar.  It’ll go up in the Monday Morning Art store tomorrow,  once tehnical issues are sorted out.  Meanwhile, go back and look at all those photos of the opera that I posted Friday.

The Maestro At Work

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Special thanks to Maestro Grant Cooper, stage director Bodo Egesz, Paul Helfrich, and the crew at the Clay Center for allowing me to come in and take pictures during the dress rehearsal.  I hope they’re not regretting their decision because of my sleep-deprived idiotic commentary with these photos.   To wrap it up, I have the only real candid shot that I took last night.  Maestro Cooper, deep in concentration between acts. 

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