“All the world’s a stage” and at Pipestem Resort State Park the outdoor amphitheater has talent arriving and exiting through August and into September. “Our shows are affordable, family oriented and open to the public,” event coordinator Shirley Martin said.
Amphitheater entertainment includes:
Jim and Valerie Gabehart
Jim and Valerie Gabehart’s performance is a bluegrass adventure. After marrying in 1981, the Gabeharts continue a 27-year musical partnership. The bluegrass music includes traditional and gospel. The band includes Jim Gabehart, banjo; Valerie Gabehart, guitar; Steve Acord, mandolin; John “Buckwheat” Green, bass; and Amy Gabehart. Learn more about Jim and Valerie Gabehart on www.jimandvaleriegabehart.com.
Hailing from Taylor County, country group Taylor Made consists of siblings Wendy Williams, Greg Duckworth and Brian Duckworth. One Nashville icon described the group as “three distinct voices with family harmony” and has 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. Taylor Made’s newest single is “Things You Don’t Grow Out Of.” Learn more about Taylor Made at www.taylormadecountry.com.
Rick K and the Allnighters
One of the most exciting performers on the music scene today, native West Virginian 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. To learn more about Rick K and the Allnighters, visit http://www.rickkandtheallnighters.com/
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! To learn more about the Van-Dells, visit www.van-dells.com.
The Emeralds specializes in “golden oldies/classic rock,” also known as “beach music,” and some of the better contemporary performers. The band was initially formed in 1999 by former members of several well-known groups in the Bluefield/Princeton area.
All amphitheater shows begin at 8 p.m. and end at approximately 10 p.m. The amphitheater at Pipestem has 525 seats and attendees may also bring blankets for great hillside seating. No alcohol is allowed and all shows are litter free. Attendees do not need to be an overnight guest at Pipestem Resort to attend shows. Shows are open to the public and there is a minimal admission fee of $6 to $10 per adult with reduced rates for children.
For Pipestem State park amphitheater information, call (304) 466-1800 or click the “Things to Do” tab atwww.pipestemresort.com.
Image courtesy West Virginia Division of Natural Resources