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Saturday, Jan 26: 8th Annual Winter Music Festival.

The 8th Annual WV Winter Music Festival will take over downtown Lewisburg on Saturday, January 26th. Festival goers will be entertained by seven venues, scattered throughout the downtown, brimming with personable people, energy, and mixed musical genres. You will find old-time and bluegrass, funk and reggae, thrasher metal and classic metal, blues and R&B. Any one venue is no more than a block from another, meaning you can walk everywhere. This 2019 is an expected 40 acts (TBA) across 8 venues including Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Wild Bean, The Asylum, Sweet Shoppe, the Visitor’s Center, and the Lewis Theatre.

Last year, the event raised $16,000 as an emergency fund to help area musicians caught in unexpected financial stress and educational purposes. Over the years, the festival has helped many musicians across southern West Virginia and has sent dozens of students on field trips and music camps. It has provided Greenbrier East High School’s musical band, Second Block Rock, the opportunity to experience managing a series of performance along with Liberty High School’s aspiring young musicians. It has also helped students practice in their dedicated all-ages venue at The Hub Teen Center in Lewisburg. Moreover, the event has contributed proceeds to disease research at a Duke University. The $16,000 figure represents more than 800 locals and visitors from across southern WV and Virginia who converged in downtown Lewisburg last January. Many of the visiting attendees stayed in local hotels, b&b’s, and ate in our restaurants.

This year, the Winter Music Festival will be presenting 2 free workshops: Taxes and the Working Musician with a rep from H&R Block, and Learn the Harmonica for Beginners and Intermediate Players taught by a Hohner Harmonica rep, and the President of the Huntington (WV) Harmonica Club and Marshall University professor. PLUS! They are excited to offer everyone a free viewing of The Last Waltz on Thursday, January 24th at the Lewis Theater.


Thursday, January 24
“The Last Waltz” Film at The Lewis Theatre (this viewing is sponsored by the WVWMF and admission is FREE!)

Saturday, January 26

$20 Wristband gets admission everywhere

Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center 
All Events at Visitors Center are FREE
The Rahall Room 2-6pm Silent Auction
Workshop – The Musician and Taxes with H&R Block, 2-2:45pm
Live Music – Lieselotte, 3pm
Live Music – Country Blue , 3:30pm
Workshop – Harmonica for Beginners and Intermediate – George Miklas, Hohner Rep, and Jim Baughman, Marshall University, 4p-6pm

The Asylum
Katrina Brown, 6pm
Samuel James, 7pm
MA’AM, 8pm
Jim Snyder & Co., 9pm
Cold Ethyl, 10pm
A Rally Cry, 11pm

Hill and Holler
The Apostles of Boogie, 5pm
Fever Dream, 6pm
The Instigatorz, 7pm
Lo Key, 8pm
Heavy Hitters, 9pm
Abraxas, 10pm
Vital Shock, 12am

The Montwell Park Barn All Ages Venue ($5 Admission to this Venue Only)
6 until…
GEHS 2nd Block Rock
Skip Class, Play Brass
Groovus Phaticus
Elements of Us

The Livery
Mike Reed, 5pm
Wine & Roses (Jazz), 6pm
One For The Road (Jazz), 7pm
Whyte Noise Co., 8pm
Blue House, 9pm
Ancestor Radio, 10pm

North House Museum Listening Room
The Anatomy of a Song – Workshop with Clinton Collins, 6p-6:30pm
Songwriter Circle with Amy McIntire, Ben Luckett, Albert Perrone, Mel Waggy, 6:30pm

The Wild Bean
MudCat and Platypus, 7pm
Dan Yell Sun, 8pm

The Reliefs, 9pm
Chad Nickell and The Loose Change, 10pm
Stockyard Parade, 11pm

The Sweet Shoppe
That High Country Revival, 7pm
Corey Lee McQuade, 8pm
Black Mountain Bluegrass, 9pm
Long Point String Band, 10pm
Half Bad Bluegrass Band, 11pm

This year’s festival is Saturday, January 26th. Festival organizers are looking for a few more volunteers to help at venue entrances distributing wristbands. Please consider offering your valuable time to this wonderful event. For more information, visit or email jimsnydermusic

– HashtagWV #109. January 2019.

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