2017-09-27 / What's Happening

Apple Butter Festival music and events


Billy Thompson and his band plays the blues on Saturday afternoon at the festival. Billy Thompson and his band plays the blues on Saturday afternoon at the festival. The 44th annual Apple Butter Festival on October 7 and 8 announces three notable music performers. The festival opens with The Carpenter Ants on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. for two sets from the bandstand. Revered for a quarter of a century as West Virginia’s premier rhythm and blues group, the Ants are regulars on the famed Mountain Stage. This Charleston area band also includes gospel soul and country funk in their playlist.

Saturday afternoon belongs to the blues and locally based world-class blues slide guitarist and recording artist, Billy Thompson. “When Billy saved us last year by stepping in at the last minute and gave a smashing concert, we signed him up for this year on the spot,” said Lori Hansroth, festival director. With more notice, Thompson is bringing his band to perform. They perform a unique amalgamation of musical styles including blues, rock, funk, New Orleans and R&B.

Sunday afternoon’s music is bluegrass with returning artist Marv Ashby and High

Octane playing roots drive, no-holds-barred progressive and traditional bluegrass. Another locally based group, Ashby has been a popular performer at the festival for the past few years.

A favorite exhibition, the

Bellysima Belly dancers will once again display their talents on the Courthouse steps on Saturday at

1:30 p.m.

New this year are exhibitions of medieval activities by the Society for Creative

Anachronisms taking place both days outside at the Ice

House Cultural Park.

George Washington’s time is also on display in a demo tent hosted by the Museum that will feature costumed characters, chair caning, shanty rope work and a chocolate stone.

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