Weirton concert series to begin Friday

CONCERTS RETURN — Jill West and the Blues Attack is among the acts set to take the stage at the Weirton Event Center this summer. Weirton’s “Concerts Under the Stars” summer concert series is set to begin Friday. -- File photo

WEIRTON — As summer approaches, music will again be filling the air in downtown Weirton.

This year’s Concerts Under the Stars, summer concert series, organized through the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau, is set to kick off Friday at the Weirton Event Center.

Gates at the event center will open for each presentation at 6 p.m., with music beginning at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend any of the concerts.

“We have some of our favorites, but we’ve brought in some new acts, too,” CVB Executive Director Dan Greathouse explained.

The season will begin Friday with an appearance by The Fantasy’s, as well as a car cruise.

The remaining concert schedule includes U.S. Kids and Spinning Jenny, May 31; House of Soul, June 7; Jill West and the Blues Attack, June 14; Matt VanFossen Band, June 21; Aftermath, June 28; the Wheeling Symphony, July 5; The Hillbilly Way, July 19; tribute artists for Neil Diamond and Frank Sinatra, July 26; Bon Journey, Aug. 2; Vince Villanova Big Band, Aug. 9; De’Ja’Vu and Rumors, Aug. 16; and Hit Play, Aug. 23.

Car cruises also are scheduled for July 19, Aug 2 and Aug. 16.

Parking will be available in the Strip Steel Community Federal Credit Union parking lot, with the exception of the ATM lane, the alley off Lee Avenue, Municipal Plaza and along Main Street. In addition, a shuttle service, provided by Weirton Transit, will be available from the Municipal Plaza lot.

Greathouse noted Weirton won’t be the only community hosting a concert series this year, as plans also are in place for events in Follansbee, Newell and Chester.

In Newell, a Memorial Day program, held 2 p.m., Sunday and featuring the Oak Glen High School Band, will begin the series at Laurel Hollow Park. The 249th West Virginia Army National Guard Band will perform at Follansbee Park, 6 p.m., Monday, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra will be at Davis Brothers Pharmacy Pavilion in Chester, 6 p.m. Tuesday.

“It’s going to be a good year for Hancock and Brooke counties,” he said.