Ohio Valley offers free live music
Summer may be coming to a close in a few weeks and the new school year is just around the corner, but there still are opportunities to enjoy free musical entertainment in the Ohio Valley.
And whether you enjoy country, rock or the oldies, there are a variety of bands playing the hits at venues across the region. Lindsay Piccolini, director of the St. Clairsville Recreation Department, said the city’s amphitheater next to the Rec Center on Fair Street once again is providing free entertainment in the form of musical acts.
The concerts are held each Tuesday through July at 7 p.m.
She said the city of St. Clairsville appropriates about $15,000 each year for the concerts, but residents and businesses donate money as well.
She said the city’s recent Community Day celebration was well attended despite high temperatures on that day. She estimated about 1,000 people came out for the free event.
“The crowd really seemed to like the music. It was a really nice day,” Piccolini said.
Following are upcoming free concerts at the St. Clairsville venue and other locations in the valley:
In St. Clairsville, the Recreation Department’s Summer Concert Series’ remaining shows, which begin at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the amphitheater, 102 Fair St., include:
¯ Tuesday — Hit Play.
¯ July 24 — Shades of Time.
¯ July 30 — Joseph Sisters.
In Wheeling, Oglebay Park’s free concert series at the Anne Kuchinka amphitheater also is under way. Concerts are held at 7 p.m. on the following dates:
¯ July 22 — Rusty Wright Band (Blues).
¯ Aug. 5 — Hard Day’s Night (Beatles Tribute).
¯ Aug. 19 — Phil Dirt & the Dozers (oldies).
¯ Sept. 2 — Wheeling Symphony Music Under the Stars.
Also in Wheeling, Lunchtime Live! at Market Plaza on Market Street’s free concert series features local entertainment from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the following dates:
¯ Aug. 3 — Jason Treuman. An acoustic act who plays hits from the 1950s through today.
¯ Sept. 7 — Wheeling Park Bluegrass Band. Composed of Wheeling Park students, the band performs Appalachian music.
The series is sponsored by Wheeling Heritage and Williams Lea Tag.
Wheeling Heritage Port’s Waterfront Wednesday concerts are held at 7 p.m. Remaining dates include:
¯ Wednesday — Matt Van Fossen band.
¯ July 25 — Polka Night with Lil John and his ATM Band.
¯ Aug. 1 — Hit Play.
¯ Aug. 8 — Rumors.
¯ Aug. 15 — 11/70 Band.
¯ Aug. 22 — M-80s.
Aug. 29 — Easy Street.
The free Toe Tappin’ Tuesday concert series, sponsored by the city of Wheeling, start at 7 p.m. at Wheeling Park Amphitheater on the following remaining dates:
¯ Tuesday — Mystery Theater Unlimited: “My Big Fat Reality Wedding.”
¯ Aug. 7 — Roger Hoard Jazz Quartet.
¯ Aug. 21 — Artists on Call presents “Movies in Melody.”