The 2016 edition of the annual West Virginia Winter Music Festival (formerly the Greenbrier Valley Winter Music Festival) is slated for Saturday, January 30. This year’s event boasts 7 venues with close to 40 acts from a 5 county region in WV and VA. Participating venues this year are Greenbrier Valley Theater, The Irish Pub, The Sweet Shop, The Lewis Theater, The Asylum, Hill n Holler and the All Ages Stage at the Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center.
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Advance discount tickets can be made here (on the same page as this article) starting Monday, January 18th. Tickets will be sold at 2 for $30. There will be 20 tickets total for sale. Please check back with us on the 18th. They will sell FAST!!! <--WE ARE SOLD OUT OF TICKETS
LBSPY IS GIVING AWAY 2 SETS OF TICKETS!!! To enter to win, email email@example.com. Your name will be entered into a raffle. Deadline to enter is midnight on Monday, January 11th. The winners will be notified on Tuesday, January 12th by noon.
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Advance tickets may also be made with credit cards by calling Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s box office during normal business hours beginning January, 25. The number of the box office is (304) 645-3838. Wristbands purchased in advance through GVT will be available only at GVT after 3pm on the day of the event. For those not purchasing in advance, wristbands will be available on the day of the festival at the door of any venue for $20. Cash only. Please remember that no Credit Cards will be accepted at any venue other than GVT. The wristband allows access to any and all venues. An All Ages pass for the Visitors Center only, will be $5 at their door only.
The Festival’s success has been solely due to the volunteers and attendees that come out as a unified, live music supporting, community on the last Saturday of January and make it happen.
In the last year and a half, the Festival has given over $7700 towards initiatives that have helped cover band camp fees for aspiring young musicians, assisted working musicians and their families and other activities that promoted music in our area.
ASYLUM, 114 E. Randolph Street
Cold Ethyl, 6-6:35pm
Absolute Love Affair, 6:50-7:25pm
A Rally Cry, 7:40-8:15pm
Chad Nickell & Loose Change, 8:30-9:05pm
Dan Yell Sun, 9:20-9:55pm
Vital Shock, 10:05-10:45pm
SWEET SHOPPE, 125 W. Washington Street
Don Steck, 6-2:20pm
The Wegman Brothers, 6:30-7:30pm
The Goodson Boys, 7:40-8:40pm
Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, 8:50-9:50pm
Squawkin’ Henry, 10pm-close
GREENBRIER VALLEY THEATER, 113 E. Washington Street
Robin & Doug, 6-6:50pm
Gary Roper, 6:55-7:40pm
Matt Evans, 7:45-8:20pm
Jar Movers/Apostles of Boogie, 10-close
VISITOR’S CENTER, 200 W. Washington Street (6pm-close)
Emmalea Deal, 6pm
Groovus Phaticus, 6:30pm
Abby & Regan, 7:30pm
The Graham Twins, 8pm
Greenbrier East Jazz Combo, 8:30pm
Myles & Rhiannon, 9pm
2nd Block Rock, 9:30pm
HILL & HOLLER, 204 N. Jefferson Street
Harmony Creek Junction, 6-6:35pm
Jeanne Hoffman, 6:45-7:25pm
Jim Snyder Project, 7:30-8:10pm
Clinton Collins & Friends, 8:20-9:10pm
Half Bad Bluegrass Band, 9:20-10:10pm
Camp Run a Muk, 10:20pm-close
IRISH PUB, 109 E. Washington Street
Patrick O’Flaherty, 6-6:30pm
Scott Honaker, 6:40-7:20pm
The Buzzards, 7:25-8:05pm
The Coverts, 8:15-8:55pm
Sam & Janet Evening, 9:05-9:45pm
Freeman Jones, 9:55-10:50pm
Rivertown Gypsies, 11pm-close
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LEWIS THEATRE, 113 N. Court Street
WTSQLP 88.1/internet Radio Taping:
Mark Spangler, Roger Rabalais, Clinton Collins, 6-6:55pm. (Performing Songwriter Session 1)
Amy McIntire, Allan Sizemore, Jamie & Jamie, 7-7:55pm. (Performing Songwriter Session 2)
Scott Honaker, Esker Morris, Andrew Adkins, 8-8:55pm. (Performing Songwriter Session 3)
The Wegmann Brothers, Gary Reynolds, Katrina Brown, 9-9:55pm. (Performing Songwriter Session 4)
Black King Coal, 10-close
Festival Board member, Tim Pyne, explained, “The first year the festival was held, it was to help me and my family after the fire that consumed our home. I’m a part of it now, not because of that help, but because it’s a good thing and I believe in it.”
The Festival partnered with LBSPY’s Share the Love Festival designed to encourage people to “Eat, Shop and Listen Local,” and with the Lewisburg Downtown Business Association’s music events for First Fridays at Five.
The Festival also held a series of Brown Bag Concerts on Lewisburg’s Greenspace this past September during the 5 Wednesday’s lunch hours.
The Festival is a non profit 501c3 corporation. It’s mission includes building an emergency fund that assists working musicians in unexpected times of financial stress, supporting educational projects and giving back to the community through various music performances.
For more information, visit wvmusicfestival.org, and on the Friends of West Virginia Winter Music Festival Facebook page.
– Jim Snyder, LBSPY #73. January 2016