ELKINS - When the first Polio Plus concert was staged in 2010, local professional musicians wanted to get involved as a means to support the global eradication of polio. Fast forward to 2013, and the Elkins musical community still is dedicated to the Polio Plus goal and willing to add their time and talents to achieve the eradication of this terrible disease.
This year's concert is scheduled for Monday at the Elkins High School Auditorium. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are available in advance for $10 each from Rotarians and selected businesses in town. Tickets are $12 at the door. The two-hour concert will feature a wide variety of musical styles to entertain every member of the family.
The musicians donate their time and talents so all funds raised are used to support the project.
A rousing beginning to the concert will be led by the West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College, with a special tribute to all the armed services. A youthful and talented Gracie Matheny will follow with various selections, including her popular and moving rendition of the National Anthem.
The song stylings and high-energy performance of Black Water Mojo - Seth and Erin Young - will get everyone's feet tapping.
Following this portion of music will be an update on the world-wide Polio Plus campaign by Elkins Rotarian Ron LaNeve.
Bringing everyone back into the musical groove will be the local favorite bluegrass band, Hardly Ever. Their music and enthusiasm for the bluegrass genre is uplifting to all who listen. This is a real treat that music lovers have enjoyed for years.
The final act will be local jazz icon, recording artist and producer Seth Maynard and Osmosis with a lively program featuring a special patriotic rendition of "America the Beautiful."
With Monday being Veterans Day, musicians have chosen selections that pay tribute to the men and women of the armed forces as well as American patriots