Radio Free Charleston’s coverage of FestivALL 2012 continues this week with another bonus length episode
featuring tons of music, dance, film, and other stuff. The city became a work of art and we were there pointing our cameras right in its face.
We kick off with The Bob Thompson Unit, captured at The Shops at Bridge Road, performing on the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame bandwagon. With the Bob Thompson Unit’s smooth jazz playing behind them, we cut to footage of the West Virginia Dance Company, recorded at the Charleston Town Center Mall.
From there, we race over to Davis Park at the Appalachian Power Stage to bring you a lovely, new “murder ballad” by Oak Hill’s virtuoso Americana band, The Boatmen.
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Last night your PopCulteer missed his first ArtWalk in years. Things came up and it couldn’t be avoided, and that means that we can’t bring you our usual huge photo essay. I’m very disappointed because the FestivAll edition of ArtWalk is always one of the most fun, and missing that, and the Derick Kirk benefit, will leave a big hole in the next episode of Radio Free Charleston, not to mention this blog.
But don’t despair. We’ve already got a ton of things on tap to record this weekend for part two of our FestivAll 2012 extravaganza, and we even have an extra-cool treat for this week’s PopCulteer.
But first we have a special video for you. The Alban Arts and Conference Center is openimg a production of David Auburn’s award-winning play, “Proof” tonight. With all the FestivAll hoopla, opening a play in St. Albans has to be a daunting experience. I ran down to the Alban Theater Wednesday night and shot some of the play for this clip. From what I saw, it looks like Director, Adam Bryan, and his cast have done a great job with Auburn’s play about a family coping with the fine line between genius and madness.
After that, we’re bringing you a long photo essay devoted to Wheeling’s Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum, which is one of the most fun places to photograph in the state.
First up, be warned that there is some strong language in this clip, but check out a bit of “Proof.”
When we went to Wheeling for MEGO Meet 2012 a couple of weeks ago, we also took the time to snap some pictures of the regular exhibits at the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum. Enjoy, and fill your eyes with childlike wonder…
Every year during June, Charleston, West Virginia is a city that becomes a work of art. For the past few years, Radio Free Charleston has been there to immortalize parts of this city-wide event in internet videodom. This is the first of two special episodes of Radio Free Charleston devoted to the sights and sounds of FestivAll 2012.
Included in this show is music from Red Audio, Andy Park, Emily Burdette, The Kanawha Kordsmen and Sweet Adelines and Paul Calicoat. We are also treated to an Effects Makeup demonstration by Rob “RJ” Haddy, a finalist on the SyFy program, “Face Off.” Much of the show is devoted to the FestivAll Art Parade, while we finish with scenes of The East End Main Street Streetworks Art Auction and Celebration, and auctioneer Ted Brightwell.
Among the Art Parade fun you’ll see Razor Sharp Productions with Porkchop and Pig Girl, Dale Morton Studio Mascots, Zombies and ghouls from Shocka Con, The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, The Chemical Valley Roller Girls, The Charleston Light Opera Guild and more!
We didn’t come close to making it to every cool event, but what we did capture was loads of fun. Next week we will bring you part two of our coverage, with music recorded at Thursday’s Derick Kirk Scholarship Benefit, and cool stuff from next weekend’s Capitol Street Art Fair, plus tons of other cool things.
Last week your PopCulteer headed North to Wheeling for the annual MEGO Meet, a convention of devotees of MEGO action figures from the 1970s, and their modern-day counterparts. The poster for this year’s show (seen right) was a tribute to Neal Adams’ classic cover for the “Superman vs. Muhammad Ali” comic book. The folks at The MEGO Museum know how to put on a great toy show.
Above this text you see RFC 160, “Deep And Dangerous Shirt,” our FestivAll stream-of-consciousness preview/sampler show. We tell you about some of the cool things happening during FestivAll, and we give you some examples of the artists and performers on display. This is not, by any means, a comprehensive guide–for that, visit the FestivAll website. This is just a sampler, so enjoy!
We kick things off standing in The Lee Street Triangle, where, on Saturday July 16, at Noon, there will be a free edition of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art show, where anybody who wants to will get the chance to do some live figure drawing.
Instead of video this evening, we’re bringing you some audio audio. A couple of weeks ago I hsd the honor of being the third guest recorded for “That Conversation” a podcast hosted by Patrick Felton. I had a blast doing it, and wouldn’t mind appearing again sometime when my phones aren’t ringing off the hook. You can listen as Patrick gets me to ramble on about pop culture, what incluenced Radio Free Charleston, cable TV weirdness in the 1970s and some of my personal history. If you ever wanted to hear me blather for almost 90 minutes, this is your chance! It’s great that Patrick is doing this, and you should check out his other podcasts with Dan Kehde and David Smith at his website.