The Davis & Elkins College Appalachian String Band and Dance Collective will perform at the Randolph County Community Arts Center's Brown Bag Concert at noon Wednesday. This free monthly event is sponsored by Davis Trust Company.
The Appalachian String Band is under the direction of Gerry Milnes and performs old-time tunes native to West Virginia and the greater Appalachian region. Milnes is an award-winning fiddler and banjo player and has toured internationally with his band Gandydancer. Students Kaia Kater-Hurst, Rebecca Wudarski and Scotty Leach make up this year's ensemble.
The Dance Collective performs common dance forms of the Appalachian region and beyond, and is directed by Matthew Kupstas. Kupstas has danced with the renowned Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble and has performed as a guest dancer with Nickel Creek, Uncle Earl, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Chris Thile and Michael Daves and The Gibson Brothers. He won the ACHF World Clogging Championships with the Bailey Mountain Cloggers in 2006 and 2007. Becky Hill will be joining the Dance Collective as a special guest. While in college, Hill and Kupstas worked together to start the D&E Dance Collective in spring 2010. The string band and dance collective were both started in that fall.
The Randolph County Community Arts Center, a nonprofit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and surrounding areas, is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins. The Arts Center is supported by private donations as well as the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. The Brown Bag Concert Series is sponsored by Davis Trust Company. Additional information on classes, concerts and exhibits is available by calling the Arts Center office at 304-637-2355 or visiting www.randolpharts.org.