All Together Arts Week

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Mercer County, WV

Experience a week in the life of the arts in Mercer County, West Virginia! Visit venues you've always wanted to explore, make new friends and discover & celebrate the vibrant creative scene our area is home to! From gallery hops, concerts, art shows and poetry readings to healing arts forums, networking and the beloved Grand Finale Parade & Day of Merriment, discover what the arts in Mercer County has to offer. This week is all about celebrating, showcasing and uniting the creative arts activity in Mercer County & beyond.

Find a Full Schedule of Activities, links and details at ALLTOGETHERARTS.COM

ATAW Grand Finale Parade & Day of Merriment

Mercer Street Grassroots District

The most whimsical day of the year in downtown Princeton! Don your faerie wings, grab some glitter and join the fun! The day begins at 11am with sidewalk chalk, face painting, costuming and joyous festivity. We will make our way to the parking lot next to Service Cleaners at 12:30 p.m. and begin marching at 1 p.m. down Mercer Street. Costumes, wings, puppets, glitter, and non-motorized floats are welcome and highly encouraged. Anyone is welcome to join the parade! (No motorized vehicles are allowed.)

After the parade we will make our way to the Town Square for drumming, dancing and general merriment.

This day concludes a week of creative activities around Mercer County as the Grand Finale of All Together Arts Week.

Infinite Third Live in The Room Upstairs

The RiffRaff Arts Collective, 865-869 Mercer Street

Enjoy the transcendent sonic experience of Infinite Third live in The Room Upstairs, a beautiful turn-of-the-century-ballroom turned small theater located in the Mercer Street Grassroots District of downtown Princeton. This event is the Grand Finale of All Together Arts Week - the 11th Annual! St. Petersburg, FL-based Billy Mays III chose his moniker, Infinite Third, to represent an inner duality. ‘Infinite’ being the part that’s connected to greater consciousness. ‘Third’ representing the human element. It follows that his endless layers of ethereal guitar, primal beats, and pulsing drones act as conduit for something greater than the sum of their parts. Songs are often improvised journeys through undefined scales, structured and concise, but with room for random moments of openness – the perfect gateway into experimental music. Infinite Third’s debut album, Gently, was released in December of 2009 after a year of tragic events. In February of that year, Mays survived a near fatal apartment fire that engulfed everything he owned, including his recording studio. Picking up the pieces, he cobbled together a minimal guitar-based setup that informed his new approach to creating music. But before he could catch his breath, his father, well-known TV personality Billy Mays, passed away unexpectedly. When he finally began recording again, it was under the banner of Infinite Third, and was more vulnerable than ever. Since then 12 hours-worth of LP’s, EP’s and song sketches have been released via the artist collective Remember You Are Dreaming. It’s a fitting home for Mays, whose music has had a considerable impact on artists of different mediums, from visual artists to filmmakers, serving as a sonic inspiration for their own creative process. He’s implemented exploratory streaming live sessions and performances in non-traditional venues with his Ambient Installation Series, attracting local champions in the press world. Tampa Bay Times ran an in-depth profile and he was bestowed two “Best of the Bay” awards from Creative Loading’s reader’s poll - Best Local Experimental Act and Best Local Instrumentalist. Mays’ interactive looping project Mouth Council was also chosen by Shure Microphones for an international marketing campaign. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Drinks & snacks are on the house!

Natural Born Leaders Live in The Room Upstairs

The Room Upstairs

NBL is a 5 piece soul/rock/neo-hip hop band out of Asheville, North Carolina. They gain their inspiration from many different genres of music, different lifestyles, and different life paths floating about the world. This project has been active for 2 years playing primarily in the South East, US. NBL very much lives and breathes their art and are dedicated to it. They just released an EP titled, “About Time” on May 5, 2018. About Time was produced at ARTCORE studios by Patrick Doyle and mastered by industry veteran Brian Lucey.

Celebrate Princeton Street Fair

Mercer Street Grassroots Distrcit

Get ready to Celebrate Princeton! Enjoy a full day of live music and special performances including Imagine Circus, a performance circus troupe featuring aerial trapeze, silks and lyra right in front of The Renaissance Theater! Jump on the meltdown, slide down waterslides, play lazer tag and put put golf, shop tons of vendors, check out the car show and artist demos, discover the creative businesses in the Mercer Street Grassroots District and enjoy the enlivened and colorful atmosphere of downtown Princeton. ADMISSION IS FREE!

Stay tuned to celebrateprinceton.com for a complete performance line-up and schedule of activities, coming soon.

VENDORS, visit celebrateprinceton.com for info. & an application.

CassieRaye Live in The Room Upstairs

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The RiffRaff Arts Collective, 865-869 Mercer Street

Enjoy the beautiful sounds of of CassiRaye Live in The Room Upstairs, a beautiful turn-of-the-century-ballroom turned small theater located in the Mercer Street Grassroots District of downtown Princeton. CassieRaye is an emerging artist whose creative vision is as expansive as her soul. Now based in Sherperdstown, WV, she was born in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, and was strongly influenced by her southern roots, audiences find themselves captivated by her earthy, sensual voice, and her original songs lead listeners into the most intimate depths of the human experience. CassiRaye's music continues to find its way into hearts across North and South America, and she has been a featured performer at music festivals and concert venues throughout the eastern US, including Culturefest in West Virginia, and BuddhaFest in Washington, DC. In addition to being a gifted musician, CassiRaye is also an accomplished visual artist, and in all her creative work, she is inspired to transform the heaviness of life into beautiful expressions of healing that are uplifting and playful. When she's not creating beautiful music and art, she finds herself most inspired by nature, good tea, quality time with beloved friends and family, and her hometown, Shepherdstown, WV. Her debut album Open was released in Spring of 2015.
Tickets are $10 for adults & $7 for students. Drinks & snacks are on the house!

Damn Tall Buildings Live in The Room Upstairs

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The RiffRaff Arts Collective, 865-869 Mercer Street

Check out this Boston-based Guerrilla Roots, Bluegrass, Old-time, Blues, String Band, Folk band in The Room Upstairs, a beautiful turn-of-the-century-ballroom turned small theater located in the Mercer Street Grassroots District of downtown Princeton. Boston Globe called them “The Carter Family for the millennial generation." In their early days, Damn Tall Buildings didn’t rehearse – they busked. Now, whether live or on record, the band still radiates the energy of a ragtag crew of music students playing bluegrass on the street. But anchoring that energy is their instrumental chops, their strong songwriting, and their varied influences that stretch beyond bluegrass, even beyond American roots music altogether. Whether sharing lead vocals and instrumental solos or blending their voices into loose, joyous harmony, the four members of Damn Tall Buildings (guitarist/lead vocalist Max Capistran, bassist/lead vocalist Sasha Dubyk, fiddler/vocalist Avery Ballotta and banjoist/vocalist Jordan Alleman) blend elements of bluegrass, blues, roots-rock and vintage swing to create a captivating, high-energy sound. Since their busking days, they’ve made three albums: 2014’s Cure-All, 2015’s self-titled, and their forthcoming third album, Don’t Look Down. The band has also relocated to Brooklyn, NY and toured widely, sharing stages with Sierra Hull and the California Honeydrops and appearing at festivals like Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Freshgrass Festival, where they took second place in the 2016 band competition. Their lyrics find beauty and glory in the mundane, workaday struggle of everyday life: time keeps passing, you don’t like your job, you drink too much, you laugh with your friends, you search for a home, and you dream about what else might be out there. You carry on. This is what Damn Tall Buildings sings about, what they seek to share with their audience. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Drinks and snacks are on the house.

The Parachute Brigade Live in The Room Upstairs

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The RiffRaff Arts Collective, 865-869 Mercer Street

Catch this outstanding Indie/Folk Rock band Live in The Room Upstairs, a beautiful turn-of-the-century-ballroom turned small theater located in the Mercer Street Grassroots District of downtown Princeton. The Parachute Brigade is a 5 piece Indie/Folk Rock band from Beckley, WV. Their sound is a mixture of acoustic Americana and ambient Indie Alt Rock. Their vocal harmonies and driving instrumentation provide a unique sound and an emotional listening experience. Beginning as a cover band in 2012, they made a name for themselves by doing random popular songs in their own folkish, harmony driven way. However, they decided to start writing their own music shortly after, and quickly realized they had something special. They recorded a 5 song EP of original music in Nashville, TN over the summer of 2017, and are in the process of touring these songs as emerging artists at festivals and venues this summer. You can soon find the album, titled “The Gold EP,” on their website, ITunes, and Spotify.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Drinks & snacks are on the house! www.theparachutebrigade.com

Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival

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Appalachian South Folklife Center , Pipestem, WV

Join us for the 16th annual Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival on a magical mountaintop in Pipestem, West Virginia- a weekend long oasis of creativity featuring 3 stages of music and dance performances, workshops, children’s activities, artisan vendors, healing arts, facilitated discussions, community art projects, an epic fire circle, drumming, camping & so much more Sept. 5-8, 2019.

Mary your calendars, tell your fiends & stay tuned for lineup announcements!

Lobo Marino Live in The Room Upstairs

The Room Upstairs

Named after the enormous Pacific Sea Lion, Lobo Marino's brand of experimental folk draws from a rich palette of international and folk influences. Built primarily on harmonium, bass drum, banjo and various unique instruments and voices, Lobo Marino continues to evolve as the musical response to the continuous travels and ongoing spiritual journey of its members, Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price.

They are also the founders of Earth Folk Collective and Fonticello Food Forest in Richmond,VA. Deeply dedicated to environmental and social causes, when traveling they carry in their music a message of humanity's need for reconnection with the earth. While at home, they spend time community organizing and running their donation based educational homestead Earth Folk Collective.

Delnora Reed & Friends Live in The Room Upstairs

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The RiffRaff Arts Collective, 865-869 Mercer Street

Enjoy the beautiful sounds of Princeton native & Nashville based songwriter Delnora Reed live in The Room Upstairs, a beautiful turn-of-the-century-ballroom turned small theater located in the Mercer Street Grassroots District of downtown Princeton. Delnora is an Entertainer based out of Nashville, Tennessee. She has been performing her signature blend of roots, country and folk music across the country since she was a teenager, continuing a long and distinguished family tradition in music. Delnora released her first album, “Delnora”, while still in high school, garnering airplay on Country Radio in the United States and in the United Kingdom. After graduating from Princeton Senior High School, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Concord University in just two and a half years while also being named one of the 10 “Best College Entertainers in America.” Soon thereafter, she moved to Nashville where she was signed to an Artist Development deal for a Major Record Label. Two subsequent major record label deals and a few independent projects have served to continue honing her craft. "Music’s in the bloodlines for Delnora Reed; her great-grandfather Henry Reed’s fiddle tunes are a centerpiece of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Her own efforts, while steeped in old-time country and bluegrass, are considerably more contemporary. Such songs as “Sleepwalking” split the difference between Alison Krauss and Patty Griffin, with hushed sincerity and gutsy delivery." ~ K. Oliver Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Drinks & snacks are on the house!

Andrew Adkins Live in The Room Upstairs

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The RiffRaff Arts Collective, 865-869 Mercer Street

Enjoy the sounds of this extraordinary WV songwriter Andrew Adkins live in The Room Upstairs, a beautiful turn-of-the-century-ballroom turned small theater located in the Mercer Street Grassroots District of downtown Princeton. After seven years of fronting the popular Appalachian Stompgrass band The Wild Rumpus at countless festivals, concerts and clubs including Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and the AMA (American Music Association) as well as writing nearly all of the songs for their 3 studio albums, Andrew has now firmly established his own voice with the release of his 4th solo album. “Who I Am” on Mountain Soul Records. Produced by Mountain Stage musical director Ron Sowell, recorded by virtuoso guitarist and engineer Bud Carroll and featuring an all star line up on West Virginia musicians, the album showcases Andrew’s wry insightful songwriting and his soulful authentic voice. “Andrew Adkins is without a doubt the embodiment of the current state of roots music in West Virginia, as well as it’s most profound songwriter” -No Depression Magazine Tickets are $10 for adults & $7 for students. Drinks & snacks are on the house! This is event is part of the ART WALK in the Mercer Street Grassroots District.

The Charleston Rogues Live in The Room Upstairs

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The RiffRaff Arts Collective, 865-869 Mercer Street

Enjoy this raucous Irish band in The Room Upstairs, a beautiful turn-of-the-century-ballroom turned small theater located in the Mercer Street Grassroots District of downtown Princeton. The Charleston Rogues are a 8-piece Pogues cover band with their own Appalachian flair! Based in Charleston, WV, playing the songs of The Pogues, along with traditional Irish reels & jigs, a few country songs & a few originals, they have become known for their camaraderie and their high-energy, fun shows, offering a little something different to the Charleston area, which has a history of Scotch-Irish immigrants who settled in Appalachia. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

EVERY MONDAY NIGHT- Open Stage Night!

The Room Upstairs

Join Us for OPEN STAGE NIGHT every Monday evening in the Room Upstairs! Relax in the comfortable living room style environment, enjoy the creativity flowing from all corners of the room, play music, read poetry, dance, tell jokes or just enjoy the show. All ages and styles are welcome. This is an all ages event, so please be mindful of your material choices when young people are present. There is a cover charge of $3 for audience and $2 for performers. Coffee, drinks and snacks are on the house.