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Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival

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Appalachian South Folklife Center , Pipestem, WV

a MILESTONE year, the 15th anniversary of our celebration 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. 6-9, 2018.

Stay tuned to www.culturefestwv.com for 2018 lineup announcements, coming soon!

EVERY MONDAY- 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 censor your materials accordingly. There is a cover charge of $3 for audience and $2 for performers. Coffee, drinks and snacks are complimentary.

West African Drumming Workshop -w- Holorhythm

The Room Upstairs

Join us and HoloRhythm Community Drum School as we immerse ourselves in the traditional rhythms of West Africa! Students will get the opportunity to learn about the culture, the geography, the music, and how an ancient culture celebrated the rhythms of their lives! Students will learn how to play a variety of percussion instruments, learn to listen and respond, improve their health and happiness, and above all, have a great time! This is a fun-filled learning environment for all ages and levels of experience. Drums will be provided.

The cost is $20 per person per session, and complimentary drinks and snacks will be provided.

CassiRaye Live in The Room Upstairs

The Room Upstairs

Enjoy the beautiful original music of CassiRaye in the relaxing environment of The Room Upstairs. Grab a cup of coffee, kick back on a comfy couch, and enjoy.

CassiRaye is an emerging artist whose creative vision is as expansive as her soul. Born in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, and 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.

Benny Bettane Live in The Room Upstairs

The Room Upstairs

Benny Bettane is an Australian handpan player, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He is an international solo performer based in Italy, with performances spanning throughout Europe and North America. Benny is a pioneer of handpan composition and performance. He explores the creative bounds of his instrument through new fusion collaborations with musicians in multiple genres, including world music, jazz, funk, electronic music, and rap. Benny is additionally a sound-healer. His collaborations with yogis and spiritual teachers worldwide have earned him a reputation as a handpan musician with a healing gift. Find out more about him at bennybettane.com.

Experience Benny's music in the relaxed and comfortable environment of The Room Upstairs in the Mercer Street Grassroots District. Tickets are $10 for adults & $5 for students. Drinks & snacks are on the house.

Songwriters Circle

The Room Upstairs

This is a supportive listening environment for songwriters to share their original songs, solicit feedback from other songwriters and talk about the craft. Anyone is welcome to come and listen. Donations accepted for snacks and sound engineer's time.

The Fearless Fools Live in The Room Upstairs

The Room Upstairs

Enjoy a night of laughs with The Fearless Fools - VTC's Comedy Troupe. You may remember them from The Downtown Countdown in 2016; they were a hit in The Hot Chocolate Spot, and now they're back to crack us up in The Room Upstairs, the perfect setting for this type of show. Kick back on a couch, grab a cup of coffee and prepare to laugh your head off.

A part of the Vintage Theatre's VTC to GO program, The Fearless Fools are West Virginia's premiere professional comedy troupe!

Under the direction of The Vintage Theatre Company's founder and producer, Jason Young, the Fools specialize in a unique blend of short form and long form improv comedy. They also work to fuze original sketch comedy and stand-up comedy into their shows.

Celebrate Princeton Street Fair

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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 laser 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.

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

ADMISSION IS FREE!

Independent State Live in The Room Upstairs

The Room Upstairs

Enjoy the New Appalachian West Virginia music of Adam Cox & Independent State in the relaxing environment of The Room Upstairs. Great sound & lighting, comfortable seating and an inspired atmosphere make for a perfect way to experience the music of this talented band. Discover them here: adamcox.bandzoogle.com.

West African Drum Workshop -w- Holorhythm

The Room Upstairs

Join us and HoloRhythm Community Drum School as we immerse ourselves in the traditional rhythms of West Africa! Students will get the opportunity to learn about the culture, the geography, the music, and how an ancient culture celebrated the rhythms of their lives! Students will learn how to play a variety of percussion instruments, learn to listen and respond, improve their health and happiness, and above all, have a great time! This is a fun-filled learning environment for all ages and levels of experience. Drums will be provided.

The cost is $20 per person per session, and complimentary drinks and snacks will be provided.

All Together Arts Week- the 10th Annual!

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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.

Please stay tuned to ALLTOGETHERARTS.COM for details about the various events of the week and a complete schedule.

If you have an event you'd like for us to include, please shout out!

Spaceship Earth Live in The Room Upstairs

The Room Upstairs

Enjoy a night of musical exploration in the relaxed & comfy environment of The Room Upstairs!

Produced by Ashton Robertson, Spaceship Earth is a solo project which features live electric guitar blending seamlessly into homemade, organic electronic psychedelic bass music. Orbiting around the themes of outer-space, spirituality, sci-FY, ascension, LOVE, and magic. It is truly a one of kind experience! Utilizing multiple instruments such as guitar, and keyboard, Ashton is bringing musicianship back to electronic music. Come explore the galaxies with us, as we ride under the stars upon Spaceship Earth ♥

If you come to Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival, you likely remember Spaceship Earth. He's played shows/festivals with Tipper, Shpongle, Papadosio, Desert Dwellers, Kalya Scintilla, Trevor Hall, VibeSquad, Earth Guardians, Consider the Source, Govinda, Phutureprimative, Kaminanda, The Floozies, Andrelien, EarthCry, Space Jesus, The Human Experience, Living Light, Skytree, Itom Lab, Thriftworks, and many more!

Earth Day Celebration: Music, Art & Activism

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Appalachian South Folklife Center

Join us for a beautiful day of activity and celebration honoring Mother Earth featuring music, activities, discussions and more.

Create Your State Spring Tour

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Various Venues in West Virginia

Are you interested in using creativity and the arts to elevate your hometown, build community, and catalyze social and economic change? If you see bigger possibilities for your community, please join us for a very special and transformative program March 12-16—an experience that can can start or expedite your journey to revitalizing and redefining where you live and how you see the world. The CYS Tour is a multimedia performance and workshop that inspires and empowers creative community transformation. It provides a full program of immersive experiential learning for leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, students and other involved citizens. Social entrepreneurs from Princeton, WV will tell their personal story of how the arts are reigniting their once abandoned downtown with creative capital, reclaiming it as an arts district that is increasingly drawing new business and tourism. You will gain skills, tools, and on-the-ground contacts to spark positive change and cultivate a similar scene in your town, and you will be invited to take advantage of ongoing support—resources, contacts, mentorship—after the workshop as you carry out your arts-based community development projects. Come be part of an innovative movement that is redesigning towns across West Virginia, transforming residents from the inside out, and broadcasting our strengths to the rest of the world. Change truly comes from the inside and out. Are you ready to be that change and create your state? The program is free of charge and open to the public. Anyone regardless of where you live, is welcome to attend. Dates are as follows:

Monday, March 12 - Wyoming County (Venue TBA) Tuesday, March 13- Beckley Art Center Wednesday, March 14- Morgantown (Venue TBA) Thursday, March 15- The Old Brick Playhouse, Downtown Elkins Friday, March 16- Montgomery (Venue TBA)

For more information, visit createyourstate.org or call 304-320-8833

The Parachute Brigade Live in The Room Upstairs

The Room Upstairs

Enjoy the sounds of The Parachute Brigade in the relaxing and inspired environment of The Room Upstairs. Kick back on a comfy couch, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy. About the Band: 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 will be $10 for adults and $5 for students. Drinks and snacks are on the house.

La Rouge- A Red Dress Art Event

RiffRaff Art Boutique

Join us for a night of mingling, art, and love at the beautiful RiffRaff Art Boutique, located at 869 Mercer Street in The Mercer Street Grassroots District. A perfect occasion for sweethearts and singles alike, La Rouge offers guests complimentary wine, cheese, tasty treats from Coal Country Kandies, and shopping for those one-of-a-kind gifts you’ve been looking for.

The Boutique encourages all guests to don red attire in honor of Saint Valentine’s Day, so whip on that red dress and tighten those red ties! (*Formal dress is not required. Be as comfy or fancy as you please. Just add red!)

Delight in LIVE MUSIC by Tim & Maggie Mainland, meet and enjoy the company of the boutique’s artists, and explore the boutique’s fine selection of unique jewelry, pottery, sculptures, paintings, photography, and more. Oh! And don’t forget to treat your love (or yourself) with one of the boutique’s hand-made, one-of-a-kind gift items.

The RiffRaff Art Boutique won’t be the only ones lighting up the downtown. We encourage guests to give ample time to visit other locations in the Grassroots District.

Create a perfect gift for your sweetheart at Diamonds 'N Gold Look's Valentine's Day Paint Night Paint a heart-shaped box or other trinket at Let Your Art Shine*** Explore the fascinating work of Jamie Biggs at Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Art Gallery

We look forward to seeing you in red at the RiffRaff Art Boutique’s La Rouge: A Red Dress Event!

The Downtown Countdown

Downtown Princeton

an epic, multi-stage music and arts celebration complete with 5 indoor venues of live music & comedy, fire dancers, an ice sculptor, black light art room, virtual reality, LED Flow Zone, games & more, plus a ball drop and fireworks at the stroke of midnight. Keep up at http://www.downtowncountdown.org

Mercer Monster Mash

downtown Princeton

a Halloween extravaganza!

Events for the Whole Family Bring Mercer Street Back From the Grave! Kick off the night with Trick or Treat on Mercer Street with businesses like Crit Hit Comics & Games giving out free comics and Mercer Street shops like The Hatter's Bookshop offering special Halloween treats! The street will be closed from Bee St. to 7th for a safe Trick or Treating experience. :) Enjoy family friendly activites all evening like Life Sized Canyland at Princeton Public Library, ReScare Nightmare, a haunted house at Rescare, a costume contest hosted by Doc Atwell & STAR 95-9, "Tombtown" art exhibit at Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Art Gallery, "Enchanter's Lair" at The RiffRaff Arts Collective and more. Take a little break... and then, at midnight, it's the return of the cult classic ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at midnight (back by popular demand!)

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Schedule of Events: Tuesday, October 31: 6pm-8pm- Trick or Treat on Mercer Street (Downtown merchants will keep late hours to pass out treats and feature special activities and the street will be closed from Bee to 7th.) 6-8pm- Life Size Candyland at Princeton Public Library 8pm- Costume Contest Hosted by Doc Atwell of Star 95 on Town Square Stage 6-10pm- ReScare Nightmare (Haunted House at Rescare- 712 Mercer Street) 6-10pm - Tombtown Exhibit at Holler Contemporary Appalachian Art Gallery 6-10pm- Enchanter’s Lair at The RiffRaff Arts Collective midnight- Rocky Horror Picture Show in The Renaissance Theater

Events are FREE of charge with one exception: ReScare Nightmare Haunted House will charge $2 or 2 cans of food to go to local charities.

DO you love Halloween?! We sure do! Join us!

Stay tuned for all kinds of event updates.

Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival

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Appalachian South Folklife Center

Culturefest, now in its 14th year, is a weekend long immersion in the creative arts featuring 4 stages of music and dance performances, workshops, children’s activities, artisan vendors, healing arts, camping and more on a beautiful mountaintop in Pipestem, West Virginia. Stay tuned to culturefestwv.com for details.

865-869 Mercer Street, downtown Princeton, West Virginia / 304-425-6425