The Week In Review and Stuff To Do

May 2, 2014 by rudy panucci

1658536_10152392167484134_6345238327749241448_oThe PopCulteer
May 2, 2014

With so many things happening this week, and so much stuff to catch up with, we’re going to Take a moment to review the PopCult highlights.

Sunday night I posted the entire Kanawha Forum concert by The Terra Firma Ensemble. Monday saw our usual Monday Morning Art, this week once again featuring Paco Fish. We also posted the latest RFC MINI SHOW starring Jody Herndon.

Tuesday we updated you with the latest news from Captain Action and ReMEGO figures. Wednesday I posted an essay about a great new way to deal with telemarketers. Yesterday our Bookshelf featured covered the career of the late comic book great, Al Fieldstein. We also previewed this weekend’s Theater events and looked at what’s happening at The Blue Parrot.

Looking ahead to the weekend. Tomorrow will see a new RFC Flashback entry, reviving one of the “lost” episodes of Radio Free Charleston. Sunday we are running a featuring introducing you to The Ford Theater Reunion, who will be playing at The Boulevard Tavern next week.

And now that we’re all caught up, how about we look at some of the cool things happening in and around Charleston this weekend that we haven’t already covered yet?


529345_566354746729065_1830378896_nIt’s FREE ALL AGES COMEDY at 4 Brother’s Comedy Night tonight on Main Street in Saint Albans. 4 Brothers Coffee and Tea House presents a slew of local comedy talent performing their best bits–sanitized for your protection–starting at 8 PM. This is a great chance to hear the up-and-coming comedians from our growing local comedy scene in a family-friendly setting, which is really cool to watch because it keeps them from using many of their favorite words as crutches.

This promises to be a fun night, and an early night for those of you who no longer burn the midnight oil.

Free Music Friday

The enchanting Sasha Colette will bring her lovely voice to The Bluegrass Kitchen starting at 7 PM. Also at 7 PM, the Wegmann Brothers (Tim and Greg) take the stage at Paterno’s at The Park. At 7:30 PM you can catch Julie Adams and Steve Hill at Taylor Books.

9 PM sees RFC guests Blue Million performing at Bruno’s on Leon Sullivan Way near the Clay Center, and also Renegade Mary going live at Smiley’s Lounge in Saint Albans.

At 9:30 PM, our friends at The Creekside Cafe in Hurricane present an evening with Jordan Andrew Jefferson, an incredible singer/songwriter from Huntington who has appeared, via music video, on RFC in the past and is on our list to record in the future.

More Music Friday

Rick Perdue and friends

Rick Perdue and friends

Guitar wizard, Rick Perdue bids farewell to Charleston, playing his last show before moving to Nashville at Sam’s Uptown Cafe at 9 PM. The doors open at 8 PM. Tim Hoover will DJ during the breaks. The $8 cover charge goes to aid with Rick’s moving expenses.

At the Empty Glass, Time and Distance (soon to return to Radio Free Charleston) takes the stage at 10 PM with Beckley’s Motion Theater and new Charleston band, Dead For Decades. The cover for this show is $7. Time and Distance is one of Charleston’s hardest-working bands, spending much of the year touring the nation, spreading their melodic power-punk message. it’s always a good idea to catch them while they’re in town.


At The Boulevard Tavern at 10 PM, it’s the headlining debut of Soul Slaw, Charleston, WV’s newest collective effort to provide the Kanawha Valley with tasty jams. Well seasoned musicians, marinated in the local scene for years, playing extended versions of songs from Allmans to Zappa. Special guests, The Amazing Automatics kick off the evening with tunes we all know and love.The cover is five bucks.



Head to your local comic book shop and pick up as many free comics as you are allowed. It’s all day long and it’s your best chance to get something for nothing all year.

Of if you get your comics from Westfield, like I do, just order them online.

10156130_716879645021695_5455024143973563084_nAll-Day All-Ages Show

At the Elkview Community Center, Everpulse presents their annual Spring Bash, starting at 1 PM. Featuring Everpulse,Relative Obsecurity, No Pretty Pictures, Johhny Compton, Erin Kelly, and a new band from Chillicothe OH, From Another Planet. There is NO COVER and this is a great chance to catch some terrific local artists early in the day in a safe environment.

More Free Music

Cover Free Music on Saturday includes The Yew Piney Trio at 7 PM at Bluegrass Kitchen, Ritch Collins Three-0 at 7:30 at Taylor Books, Renegade Mary at Smiley’s Lounge at 9 PM and an open mic at Crumbpecker’s Bar in Saint Albans.

More Music

10288749_10203692932143418_2240828827976652729_nThe Goods will reunite, bringing Brandi and Robby back together at The 13th Lane Taproom at Dunbar Lanes, with a $3 cover. Black Mountain Revival will be at Creekside Cafe at 9:30 PM with a $3 cover charge. At 10 PM Silent Lions with My City and the new line-up of Farnsworth will perform at The Boulevard Tavern, with a five dollar cover. Also at 10 PM, Hybrid Soul Project performs at Timothy’s below The Quarrier Diner, with an $8 cover. As many of you already know, Unknown Hinson will be at the V Club in Huntington at 8 PM. Tickets are $18.

The big show in Charleston Saturday night is our old buddies, The Nanker Phelge, who will hold their CD Release party for their new album, “The Empire Bank Incident,” at 10 PM, with No Pretty Pictures in support. This will be your chance to get a new batch of tunes by two of West Virginia’s finest songwriters, Stephen and Mark Beckner, and catch one hell of a pure rock and roll show. Five bucks gets you in the door, but bring more cash so you can buy a CD. The Heart of Appalachian Roller Derby ladies will be on hand for some reason or another.



At 7 PM, it’s West Virginia Youth Symphony Spring Concert at The Scottish Rites Temple (406 Capitol Street in Charleston). Admission: $10 for adults, children free.

That’s it for this week. Keep checking PopCult for all the latest news on what seems to be a random assortment of topics.

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