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The RFC Flashback: Episode 162

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Once again dipping into the FestivALL well, we go back for the second part of our coverage of FestivAll 2012, from June of that year. In this episode we kicked 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 raced 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. A quick trot up Capitol Street took us to the BB&T Stage in front of Taylor Books for the Raqs Shakti collective (seen right), with this performance featuring Jenna Brooke Swanson dancing to music provided by Amanda Jane and Dwayne Swanson (The Snake and The Pot) and violinist extraordinaire Alasha Al-Qudwah.

We returned to Davis Park for music from the Rich Collins Three-O, over which we brought you footage of artist Ian Bode, working on his epic FestivALL painting. At breakneck speed, we then jogged up to the Verizon Wireless Children’s Stage across from the Kanawha County Public Library, where Todd, Sophie, and Will Burge treated us to the song, “The Bugs Are Coming.”

All that running had us tired, so we paused for a moment to take a look at a theatrical event that wasn’t really officially a part of FestivALL. It was the Alban Arts and Conference Center production of David Alburn’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize  winning play, “Proof.”

Having returned from the drama, we found Duo Divertido performing at the BB&T Stage, over which we dropped in footage of FestivALL’s Princess, Jude Binder and Dizzy Doc’s Balloon Sculpture.  Eduardo and Beth treated us to a lovely version of “The Girl From Ipanema.” Next up, we had music from Bob Shank and Sam Morgan, combined with dance from Carli Mareneck and Friends.  We followed that with the Katzendrummers and a troupe of kids at the Verizon Wireless Children’s Stage, combined with scenes of the Children’s Art Fair, the ShockaCon alien, and the Rocky Point Farm horse carriage.

That’s not all. We also had the David Smith film, META, The Leon Waters Blues Band, and scenes from Dr. Sketchy’s and Bare Bones. It’s a loaded show, and typical of the vast riches of art, music, dance and more that you’ll find during FestivALL.