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Outdoor music: Area boasts great venues, lineups

February 28, 2013
By KAYLA VAN DYNE - Times Leader Staff Writer , Times Leader

THE OHIO Valley is providing other forms of entertainment to the Ohio Valley including bring outdoor venues, which provide residents with music concerts.

In the Ohio Valley, there are three venues that provide entertainment along with multiple events as well.

Wheeling host Waterfront Wednesdays which provides a night full of music at the Wheeling Heritage Port Amphitheater which will start at 7 p.m. this year instead of 7:30 p.m. On these nights, music lovers can spend the evening listening to bands from every kind of genre.

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WATERFRONT?WEDNESDAYS in Wheeling has provided free, weekly musical entertainment to residents of Wheeling and surrounding communities for years. Each week is a different musical offering, varying in genre.

"I'm proud of all the live music we present to Wheeling," said Tim Birch, supervisor of the concert series. "We put on this much entertainment for city this size."

Along with the Waterfront Wednesday, there is also the toe tapping Tuesday every second and forth Tuesday of the month and there is Toe Tapping Tuesday. Every first and third Tuesday is Toe Tapping Tuesday too.

In St. Clairsville, the Department of Parks and Recreation host two hour concerts from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday starting on June 4 and ending on August 13. This will be the second year for the band amphitheater, in the years before a flat bed truck was used.

This year the band amphitheater will host everything from blue grass to country to rock, along with bringing in tribute artist. Thanks to Classy Chassis, a local car club, they have also been able to host car shows and the St. Clairsville Rotary Club and the chamber of commerce for their help with events. There are plans for a dinner show this year as well. All the events will have a concession.

"We are still auditioning groups and are close to having the whole line up," said Kevin Barr, director of the St. Clairsville Department of Parks and Recreation. "We encourage everyone to come out."

One of the specialties of these venues is an emphasis on local artist, which Barr has discovered that there is a lot of local talent in the area.

"We showcase local talent on week nights, it's surprising the amount of local talent," said Barr.

Barr is also planning a movie on the lawn, with a screen on the stage. The event will be lawn chair and blanket seating.

"The first year was a nice surprise," said Barr. "We've received a lot of complements."

On July 2, the Department of Parks and recreation will host its community days which will include inflatables, entertainment, concessions, a car show and fire works. These events are free but donations are welcomed.

Oglebay also host outdoor concerts, which takes place during the summer months called the Summer Sunday Series.

The concerts are presented by The Elizabeth Stifel Kline Foundation. All performances will be held at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The concerts will be moved indoors, if the weather is not fit. Much like the other venues, Oglebay host a wide variety of bands from rock to jazz to bluegrass to tribute bands.

Van Dyne may be reached online at kvandyne@timesleaderonline.com

 
 
 

 

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