D&E invites community to celebrations

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College students will soon arrive on campus and the college invites community members to celebrate their return with a compelling performance by mentalist Banachek on Aug. 23, plus a concert with Cover Drive, carnival games and fireworks, on Aug. 24. Both events are free.

The Banachek “Miracles of the Mind” performance, scheduled for 8 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, promises to astound the audience with a journey into the unknown and a display of incredible feats. In his performances, Banachek reduces cutlery to a near liquid metal state and reads thoughts that no one could know.

As the only mentalist ever to fool scientists into believing he possessed psychic powers and a leading authority on creating the impossible, Banachek has been featured on CNN Live, A&E, BBC, PBS, NBC’s “Today Show,” and numerous network television specials in more than 32 countries. He has also performed for top Fortune 500 companies and has twice won College Entertainer of the Year and APCA College Artist of the Year. Performers around the world such as Uri Geller, David Blaine and Criss Angel seek his performing expertise. In the past, he has performed the buried alive and bullet catch tricks.

“Banachek performed at Davis & Elkins College years ago and his show is simply amazing,” says D&E Vice President for Student Affairs Scott Goddard. “While a bit hard to explain, audience members will leave amazed and thoroughly entertained.”

On Aug. 24, the Last Night of Summer Carnival celebration gets started at 8 p.m. at Claude King Davis Memorial Plaza. Back by popular demand is the carib-pop band Cover Drive. The act is making its third appearance at Davis & Elkins after performing in March 2013 and again at the Dej’ vu Music Festival in May.

“Cover Drive has taken Davis & Elkins College by storm,” Goddard says. “Currently D&E’s favorite band, many on campus and in the surrounding area have grown to love the band from Barbados.”

With a bubbly blend of their Caribbean roots in reggae, dub and soca, mixed with happy hook-laden pop, the band ignited the UK music charts with three top 10 hits from their debut album “Bajan Style.” They released their EP “Living in Limbo” in December and anticipate that their second album will be out later this year.

“While they have had major success ‘across the pond’ to the point they can’t walk the streets in the U.K., the band is now trying to make a name for themselves in the U.S.,” Goddard says. “Something tells me that you might be kicking yourself months from now if you miss seeing this act at D&E. Similar to when The Lumineers played on campus and in a year were performing on the Grammy Awards.”

As Last Night of Summer Carnival guests enjoy the music of Cover Drive, they can also participate in carnival-style games and enjoy food. A spectacular fireworks display will light up the sky at approximately 9 p.m.

The celebration serves as a lead-in to the week ahead when students begin classes on Aug.25.

For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.