Weston Summer Stroll set for Aug. 23

The producers of the upcoming Weston Summer Stroll on Aug. 23 have named the four downtown Weston eateries that will be hosting major jazz artists for an evening of dining and live music, all with no cover charge.

Topping the list of venues is Thyme Bistro, where Morgantown jazz stalwarts, The Jenny Wilson Trio, will perform with internationally acclaimed vibraphonist and drummer, Chuck Redd, from Washington, D.C.

In the Pink Moon Coffeehouse, Marshall Keyes, a Baltimore saxophonist, will join Seth Maynard’s Osmosis, an Elkins-based quintet that made a big impression during their first performance in Weston last January.

Second and Center Cafe will host the Steve Himes Connection, a guitar trio from Charleston, who will appear with a guest vocalist, Danielle Conard, in performing jazz standards like “Fly Me To The Moon” and “Beautiful Tonight.”

Trumpeter and Lewis County educator, Adam Loudin, has organized a special quartet for the shows in Kathy’s Riverside Restaurant, featuring Steve Rudolph, one of the most highly regarded swing pianists in the eastern United States. An exceptional rhythm section will be supporting Loudin and Rudolph in drummer, Tom Wendt, and bassist, Paul Thompson. The latter are from the James Moore Sextet.

The schedule of the Stroll dictates 50-minute long sets of music performed at 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m., with each featured ensemble appearing simultaneously in the individual restaurants. This allows approximately 25 minutes between shows so audience members can move between venues if that is their desire.

Also included among the announced musical events is Dick Harrison’s Big Band Dance Party from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Weston Town Market on Second Street between Main Avenue and Post Office alley.

According to the WVJS, the Lewis County Commission has provided a grant to help bring the jazz music to young people and seniors who might not be able to participate in the Stroll.

On Aug. 23, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital will host a special all-ages health fair at the Lewis County Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Aug. 24, there will be a special educational event just for students and their parents – the Too Cool For School Show in the Pink Moon Coffeehouse from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Market will offer space to local vendors so people strolling between venues will have a chance to shop as they move around the three-block area where the jazz venues are located. Downtown merchants are being encouraged to be open for the evening.

This program is presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce is working with the Mountain Lakes CVB to enhance the Weston Town Market with quality vendors and attractions.

For more information on the West Virginia Jazz Society and the Weston Summer Stroll, call 304-269-3683 or send email to: info@wvjazzsociety.com. To participate in the Weston Town Market, phone Mayor Julia Spelsberg at 304-269-8167.

Additional information and contact personnel are being developed. Volunteers should email help@wvjazzsociety.com.