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Montclaire String Quartet to continue at WVSU


The Montclaire String Quartet has found a new home at West Virginia State University.

The quartet, formerly the quartet in residence for the West Virginia Symphony, is now the quartet in residence at WVSU.


The Kentucky Headhunters remember Johnnie Johnson


Among the names of rock ’n’ roll’s pioneers, there are few as big or as bold as Chuck Berry. The 88-year-old singer, guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, is one of the architects of modern Amer...

Pop Cult celebrates 10 years


On The Charleston Gazette-Mail’s website, Rudy Panucci’s “Pop Cult” blog isn’t the easiest thing to find.

The blog is near the bottom of the front page, usually a couple of inches...

The Mavericks mix country music and Cuba


Raul Malo, front man for The Mavericks, is thrilled that for the first time in over half a century, there’s a U.S. embassy in the Cuba’s capitol, Havana.

“The next thing is to ease the travel r...

Broccoli Samurai to perform at Boulevard Tavern


There’s some kind of magic involved with coming up with a good band name. A good name can catch people’s attention, helps sell the band to an audience who maybe hasn’t heard of them.

A band nam...

WVSO announces 2015-2016 season


The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra has announced their 2015-2016 season.

This season symphony schedule includes the return to single Saturday night performances at the Clay Center instead of the more familiar Fr...

Summertime Sippers: Smooth Ambler offers refreshing herbal drinks


Over the next few weeks, the Sunday Gazette-Mail is featuring some summertime sippers, great cocktails for that backyard barbecue or for just lounging in the shade. These are drinks made with local ingredients, local liq...

Charlie Keaton’s war: WV man wants to go fight ISIS


PINEVILLE, W.Va. — It’s been a hit-or-miss year for gardens. Spring was cool and wet. Heavy rain lasting for days came in late June and early July, but at the house where Charlie Keaton’s been living...

The hunt for Bat Boy


Get Mark Passerby started on the subject of Bat Boy, and he’s liable to never stop talking.

Passerby will tell you there’s a whole world, deep in the dark places of the earth, where even veteran explo...

Lady Antebellum singer prepares for milestone birthday ahead of Charleston show


In around seven months, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott will hit an important milestone.

She'll turn 30.

Finding the right accent for Logan Brill


Logan Brill doesn't know exactly where she belongs, but she knows where she wants to be.

'Dearly Departed,' recently installed


The Kanawha Players are still growing into their new home at the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston.

Beers to us II: Gazette-Mail staffers offer mixed reviews of DuClaw brews


It’s not always the safest thing to send your product to the newsroom and invite a taste test. It takes a certain amount of confidence in what you have, a certain sense of rightness, but it doesn’t hurt to ...

Shots from the bar: Music rocks town as summer winds down


Summer is slowly but surely winding down. The kids are headed back to school, in school or out of school and living on your couch, but that doesn't mean everything is coming to an end — far from it.

People a...

Summertime Sippers: Cocktail calorie counts go south


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Over the next few weeks, the Sunday Gazette-Mail will be featuring some summertime sippers, great cocktails for that backyard barbecue or for just lounging in the shade. These are drinks made w...

Mark Cline Bates to play Boulevard Tavern


Mark Cline Bates has worked with Grammy-winning producer, artists

By Bill Lynch

Staff writer

A lot of songwriters use their craft as a kind of therapy. Mark Cline Bates said it's the only kind he's ever...

West Virginia State Fair returns


Even if you’re not from off the farm, there’s something for just about everyone at the West Virginia State Fair in Fairlea.

The annual celebration of practically all things West Virginian returns Frid...

Alabama to bring ‘Southern Drawl’ to State Fair


If you ask Jeff Cook, the reason Alabama got back together in the first place was because of a West Virginian — Brad Paisley.

Cook, who performs with his cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry Friday night at t...

Summertime Sippers: Mixologist stirs in some homemade twists


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Over the next few weeks, the Charleston Gazette-Mail will be featuring some summertime sippers, great cocktails for that backyard barbecue or for just lounging in the shade.

These are dri...

Garrison Keillor brings “America the Beautiful” tour to Clay Center



Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" presents "America The Beautiful" Tour

WHEN: 7:30 Tuesday

WHERE: Clay Center

TICKETS: $35, $49 and $65

INFO: 304-...

R&B act 112 headlines Multifest in 26th year


Multifest returns this Saturday and Sunday to Charleston for its 26th year. The two-day free festival, this year held at Haddad Riverfront Park for the first time ever, will offer music and dance to celebrate diversity i...

Author David Wagner aims for the soul of the modern man


David Wagner’s trip across the America got off to a rocky start.

Last Tuesday, the yoga master and guru flew from Los Angeles to New York where he planned to hit the road for a 3,200-mile cross-country trip ...

Summertime Sippers: Infused liqueurs are perfect for mixing


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — We’re in the hottest part of the season, when the mercury is practically oozing out the top of the porch thermometer and a walk downtown feels like stepping on the surface of the sun.

Low impact tai chi a great exercise for all ages


Yoga studios and classes have sprung up all over Charleston, but it’s not the only Eastern exercise that’s out there.

Over the last several months, Stephanie Harper has been teaching tai chi and Qigon...

“Facing Off” with WV native Jordan Patton


Jordan Patton had trouble paying attention in class.

The Parkersburg native laughed and said, “In high school, I used to sit and draw monsters and things like that instead of doing my actual class work.&#...

Q&A with local band A Story Told


Q: How did A Story Told get started?

WV native chef nearly survives getting ‘Chopped’


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Mary Brent Galyean made it to the final round of Tuesday’s “Chopped Grill Masters” competition before she was “chopped” from the popular Food Network show.

I-Vibes brings Paul Trammell back to Charleston


Paul Trammell didn't necessarily pick up the guitar because he wanted to be some kind of a rock star. He did it because his brother picked up the guitar before him.

WV native to appear on Food Network competition


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Life can be pretty good, if you know when to get out of your own way.

It took expedition chef Mary Brent Galyean a long time to learn that.

“There was a lot of years when I d...

Q&A with Ona


Friday night, Huntington’s Coyotes in Boxes opens for Qiet at Live on the Levee in Charleston. Qiet is the popular local band. Coyotes in Boxes is the band that made the move to Nashville a few years ago to try to...

Wheeling native stars in FX comedy 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll'


Actor John Corbett used to have some crazy dreams about going back to high school.

Shakespeare in the park(s)


The Vintage Theater Company in Bridgeport figures that if West Virginians don’t have something, they should just go ahead and do it themselves.

“We looked around and found out that West Virginia is on...

'All Good' Fest Returns to WV


This weekend, the All Good Music Festival makes its return to West Virginia, this time to the Berry Hill Farm at Summit Point in Jefferson County.

Reboot It!: A tech podcast that isn’t too technical


Internet security professional-turned-podcaster Bill Gardner is adamant that his podcast, “Reboot It!” is not a technical podcast — well, it is, but it’s not necessarily for the hardcore compu...