Get Entertained at Pipestem State Park Amphitheater This Summer

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Pipestem, WV (HNN)  – With summer fast approaching, Pipestem Resort State Park has lined up a variety of performances at the park’s outdoor amphitheater.

 

 “We book different types of entertainment for our Saturday and other evenings at the amphitheater,” said Shirley Martin, events coordinator. “From community band and dramatic presentations to bluegrass or rock and roll or the stories and mirth of Bil Lepp, West Virginia’s champion liar, the performances at Pipestem Resort are affordable fun as well as quality entertainment for the entire family.”

 

  Many of the shows are free. Entertainment that is Price A is $8 in advance until 2 p.m. the day of the show and half price for youth ages 5-12 and children aged 4 and younger are free. Price A tickets after 2 p.m. day of the show is $10. Price B tickets do not have advance ticket sales and tickets are $6 for adults and half price for youth ages 5-12 and children aged 4 and younger are free. 

 

Pipestem’s amphitheater has 525 seats, or attendees may bring blankets for great hillside seating. The performances are open to the public. The event is alcohol and litter free. There is a refreshment concession stand on site.  Free shows do not require a ticket or reservation and attendees do not have to be overnight guests at Pipestem State Park. 


Pipestem State Park is located in Summers County. The park is open year-round and features two lodges, two golf courses, three restaurants, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, camping hiking, fishing, biking, horseback riding, miniature golf, aerial tram rides, vacation cabins and a naturalist program. For more information about Pipestem Resort State Park, visitwww.pipestemresort.com or call 304-466-1800 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              304-466-1800      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for event, camping, restaurant and reunion information.

 

Pipestem State Park’s outdoor amphitheater entertainment in 2011.

 

May 28

East River Mountain Town Band

Hear a community town band perform an eclectic mix of classical, popular and patriotic concert band music.  This ensemble of 60-plus members is directed by Concord University graduate and retired Mercer County music teacher Mel Saunders.  Show begins at 8 p.m.  Free admission

 

June 4

Summers County K.I.D.S.

A dramatic stage performance by youth from the Summers County area. This year’s performance will be “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”  Show begins at 8 p.m.  Price B

 

June 10

Treasure Island

The Summers County High School drama club will perform the play titled “Treasure Island”. 

Show begins at 7 p.m.  Price B

 

June 11

Maurice Ulmer Group

This group has been rocking the two Virginias for several years.  If you like classic rock ‘n’ roll, blues and rockabilly, you will find your groove.  Come and enjoy original music composed by Maurice Ulmer, an ASCAP Award Winner in 2010 for his CD “Rock of the Alleghenies,” and also stick around to hear some of your favorite classic rock songs.  Members of the band live in Covington, VA and Clifton Forge, VA. Show begins at 8 p.m.  Price B

 

June 18

Jim & Valerie Gabehart

Welcome to Jim & Valerie Gabehart’s excellent adventure!  After marrying in 1981, they began a musical partnership which has lasted 27 years (and counting).  After forming the group STEADFAST in 1982 and performing bluegrass music throughout West Virginia and surrounding states for the next fifteen years, Jim & Valerie spent the next 10 years focusing on raising their children, playing primarily gospel music closer to home.  When their youngest left home for college, they began work on putting together a new group and getting back out on the road. Show begins at 8 p.m.  Price B

 

June 25

Everett Lilly & Lilly Mountaineers

West Virginia natives and masters of bluegrass music, the original Lilly Brothers originated from Clear Creek, WV, and began their career by singing in churches and local shows.  Everett toured with Flatt & Scruggs in the early 1950s and participated in 14 influential recordings that included classic duets with Lester Flatt.  The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover became the 20th inductees into the International Bluegrass Association’s Hall of Honor and in 2009 were inducted into the WV Music Hall of Fame.  Show begins at 8 p.m.  Price B

 

July 2

East River Mountain Town Band

Hear a community town band perform an eclectic mix of classical, popular and patriotic concert band music.  This ensemble of 60-plus members is directed by Concord University graduate and retired Mercer County music teacher Mel Saunders.  Show begins at 8 p.m.  Free admission

 

July 7

Bil Lepp

A winner of the West Virginia Liars contest, Bil Lepp tells tall tales written by himself and his brother.  His outrageous stories about Buck-dog, fishing, politics, trains, the rodeo and many others will have the audience roaring with laughter.  Show begins at 8 p.m.  Free admission

 

July 9

Taylor Made

One Nashville icon described the group as “three distinct voices with family harmony.”  He compared Brian to an early Merle Haggard, described Greg as a blend of Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett, and said Wendy sounded like a cross between a young Loretta Lynn and Janis Joplin.  Accompanied by top-of-the-line musicians, the brothers and sister aren’t confined to one particular musical genre.  Country ballad, country dance, bluegrass, southern gospel, southern rock, classic covers, and even doo-wop — they do it all with a unique style that comes from decades of performing together.  Show begins at 8 p.m.  Price A

 

July 14

Wings of Wonder: Birds of Prey

Wendy and Ron Perrone present live birds – hawks, owls and eagles – in an entertaining and educations format.  Great show for all ages.  This performance will be held in the Faulconer Room at the McKeever Lodge.  Show begins at 7 p.m.  Free admission

 

July 16

Hans Creek Grass

From Greenville in Monroe County, WV, Hans Creek Grass is a traditional bluegrass group that will get your toes tapping and your hands clapping.  Show begins at 8 p.m.  Price B

 

July 22

Dixie Melody Boys/Allison Durham Spear

For nearly five decades, The Dixie Melody Boys have produced an award-winning gospel music quartet sound that has taken them across North America.  In 2004, long-time bass singer, Ed O’Neal was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Allison Durham Spear was raised in the bluegrass fields of Kentucky and even a land so vast couldn’t contain her talents. Her appearances with the Gaither Homecoming concerts and in America’s mega-churches have left the nation wanting more from this incredible singer. Show begins at 7 p.m.  Price A

 

July 30

The Grass Stains

The Grass Stains play from the heart and offer an innovative and upbeat style of bluegrass music.  The “Stains” have years of experience performing traditional bluegrass, “new grass” and gospel music. Show begins at 8 p.m.  Price B

 

August 6

Time Peace

Turn back the hands to when rock and roll ruled the air waves and stage. Enjoy this band from Craigsville, WV.  Show begins at 8 p.m.  Price A

 

August 11

Geology! Rocks.

Meet Geologist Ken Ashton at the Amphitheater for a presentation about the geology of the “Mountain State.”  Presentation starts at 8 p.m.  Free admission

 

August 12

Geology! Rocks -  Hike

Meet at Mt. Creek Lodge for a walk with geologist Ken Ashton along the Bluestone River and focus on the geology of the park.  Discount coupons will be given for your tram ride after the hike is complete.  Hike begins at 10 a.m. 

 

August 13

The Collegians

An evening performance that includes energetic beach music and some old-time rock ‘n’ roll.  The Collegians have been entertaining for 30 years. Diversified in musical styles, this group keeps the audience wanting to get up and dance. Anyone who enjoys Carolina Shag or West Coast swing music will be delighted.  Show begins at 8 p.m.  Price A

 

August 20

Rick K & the Allnighters

One of the most exciting performers on the music scene today, Rick K shares his enthusiasm and love of music with an ever-growing audience across the country.  A distinctive vocal style and charismatic stage presence have earned Rick K and his band rave reviews at major fairs, casinos, and clubs. Rick K’s grandmother, an accomplished gospel and jazz pianist, and his father, a drummer, paved the way for this rock ‘n’ roll band’s energized leader.  Show begins at 8 p.m.  Price A

 

August 27

The Van-Dells

The Van-Dells is an oldies show group specializing in ‘50s and ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll.  They sing a range of oldies combined with a unique blend of comedy, choreography, tight harmonies and costume changes.  The show has two parts. The first show includes the personas of the final graduating class of Van-Dell High School. Dressed in letter sweaters, the group combines comedy with songs from the ‘50s. The second half takes the audience on a nostalgic trip through the ‘60s. Bring your dancing shoes and join the fun!  Show begins at 8 p.m.  Price A

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