Pipestem Resort State Park in Summers County has a variety of entertainment planned for the 2013 summer season, including bluegrass and gospel music evenings.
Pipestem's 525-seat amphitheater is a summer outdoor venue. Show attendees also can bring blankets for additional hillside seating. A refreshment concession stand is onsite. The venue is family friendly and no alcohol is allowed. A minimal attendance fee helps to defray costs for some shows and some evenings are without fee. All shows are open to the public and begin at 8 p.m.
Entertainment includes The Maurice Ulmer Group on June 15. The group has been rocking the two Virginias for several years with classic rock, blues and rockabilly. Original music composed by Maurice Ulmer is on the compact disc "Rock of the Alleghenies." The band includes Ulmer on guitar, bass and vocals; Cathy Lowry on keyboards, flute, recorder, bass and vocals; Steve Herald on drums; and Jimmy McCutchen on guitar, bass and vocals.
Southern gospel singer/songwriter Carla Bragg will appear June 22. A graduate of Concord University, Bragg followed her heart and family musical roots, and began a weekly radio broadcast after graduation. She writes, produces and sings gospel music. Her CDs include "God Is a Good God…All the Time," "The Calling," "Song in My Soul" and "In the Garden."
The Furrow Family shares a rich background in gospel music of close harmony and musical abilities on June 29. From Princeton, this family group has shared music and ministry cross the country for more than 40 years.
Acoustic Cross Roads, which will perform July 6, is a New River Valley-based band that covers a wide variety of musical styles: country, rock and blues. A.C.R. started off years ago as an acoustic duo, but today the band is a five-piece electric band.
Grass Stains play from the heart and offer an innovative and upbeat style of bluegrass music on July 13. The "Stains" have years of experience performing traditional bluegrass, "new grass" and gospel music.
An evening of entertainment by several student groups of Stages Music School of Princeton will perform July 20. Featured performance will include The Graham Twins, 11-year-old singer/musicians who play a mix of country, pop and oldies. Miss Behavin', an all-girl band of teenagers that plays rock and pop music. The Heartbreakers also is an all-girl band of 11- and 12-year-old girls playing county and pop music. Time Machine is a classic rock band that plays way beyond their years. Hanna Belle is a singing duo of two firecrackers that entertain with gigantic voices.
An evening of great music of the best Top 40 from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today is planned July 27. Stonestreet has been the opening act for national entertainers such as Sheena Easton; Michael McDonald; Jefferson Starship; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Paul Young and others.
From Monroe County, Hans Creek Grass is a traditional bluegrass group that will get your toes tapping and your hands clapping on Aug. 3.
Meet Geologist Ken Ashton at the amphitheater on Aug. 8 for a presentation on geology of West Virginia. The evening focuses on how the land we now know as West Virginia originally formed. Images around the state illustrate the importance of West Virginia's hundreds of millions of years of geologic history to our present mineral wealth, economy, breathtaking scenery, and the geology of the particular park. Ashton will lead a "rock 'n walk" on Aug. 9 departing from Mountain Creek Lodge at 10 a.m. and follow the Bluestone River exploring. Both programs are fee-free and open to the public.
Taylor Made Country, described as "three distinct voices with family harmony," will perform Aug. 10. 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.
A multiple winner of the West Virginia Liars Contest, Bil Lepp tells tall tales written by himself and his brother on Aug. 17. His outrageous stories about Buck-dog, fishing, politics, trains, the rodeo and many others get the audience roaring with laughter. This one-hour program is free.
West Virginian Rick K shares his distinctive vocal style and charismatic stage presence on Aug. 24.
Adam D. Tucker presents a powerful show on Aug. 31. His Tim McGraw tribute accurately recreates the music and mystique of country music icon. Tucker was born and raised in Charleston.
For information about Pipestem Resort State Park, accommodations, golf, horseback riding, dining, activities and events, call 304-466-1800 or visit www.pipestemresort.com.