RHYTHM AND WINE
August 17, 2013 at
Beverly, West Virginia
Enjoy Beverly’s newest event with wine-tasting and a variety of
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This event is scheduled to last from 11 am until 8 pm.
Admission to music and wine-tasting area will be $10 for adults, $5
The vendor area, with a variety of quality
crafts and food vendors, is admission FREE.
Wineries expected include:
Forks of Cheat Winery
Vu Ja De Vineyards.
Tentative music schedule:
Noon - Falling Branch String Band
1:15 - Caleb Karriker
2:30 - Gerry Milnes and Friends
3:45 - Jump Start
5:00 - Aurora Celtic
6:30 - Dennis McClung Blues Band
PRESS RELEASE FOR RELEASE AUGUST 1-8
RHYTHM AND WINE FEATURES
VARIETY OF LIVE MUSIC
The first ever Rhythm and Wine Festival in Beverly will offer the
public a chance to listen to six different live bands while enjoying
wine-tasting from West Virginia wineries. On August 17th, the
Beverly Heritage Center will host this one-day event, which will
also feature a variety of craft and food vendors.
The festival will be open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., with a $10
admission for ages 21 and over, and $5 for guests under 21. The
craft and food vendor area will be free and open to the public.
“I’ve worked for years with the Morgantown Wine and Jazz festival,”
said Darryl DeGripp, executive director of the Beverly Heritage
Center. “We wanted to bring the concept to Beverly, with music
representing a wide variety of Randolph County heritage and
The musical line-up for Rhythm and Wine includes well-known acts
such as the Dennis McClung Blues Band, Aurora Celtic, Jumpstart,
Gerry Milnes and Friends, Caleb Karriker, and Falling Branch String
Falling Branch String Band
The music will begin at 12 p.m. with
Falling Branch String Band, a
group that plays traditional American music from the southern
Appalachian tradition. They are primarily a vocal band, and
specialize in harmony singing, but also play many traditional fiddle
and banjo tunes. All of the band’s members live in Elkins and have
been playing together for twenty-five years.
Caleb Karriker is a young songwriter, musician, and singer from West
Virginia who splits his time between Elkins and Shepherdstown. He
describes his music as “equally informed by rock sensibilities and
American roots traditions.” In addition to his solo excursions,
Karriker also plays bass in the Shepherdstown-based band Bad Moon
and guitar in the Elkins-based band Holey Soles. He is slated to
perform at 1:15 p.m.
||Gerry Milnes and friends, a band that includes John Rossbach and
Jesse Milnes, will present a program of traditional music from
Randolph County and the surrounding area beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Milnes has collected old-time music in the region since 1975, and
sources include many old-time players from the Tygart Valley. Banjo
tunes, square dance tunes on fiddle, old-time songs, and
unaccompanied ballads will make up a program of local and regional
is a band inspired by the music of early jazz and the big
band swing era. The band also offers Jump Blues, which speeds up the
blues for dancing. The flute played by Katy McClane of Elkins is
featured as a lead horn, which creates a unique sound for this swing
band. Jump Start will be performing at 3:45 p.m.
From the hills of West Virginia,
original and traditional music for guitar, fiddle, Irish flute,
whistle, mandolin and tenor banjo that bridges the cultures of
Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia. Band members Alice Fleischman,
Michael Broderick and Andrew Nelson are multi-instrumentalists who
have played throughout the Mid-Atlantic states, at the Kennedy
Center and in Europe. Their music has twice been featured on NPR’s
Thistle & Shamrock music program. All three have played in numerous
musical groups spanning styles as diverse as Classical, Appalachian,
Celtic & Alternative. Aurora Celtic will begin performing at 5 p.m.
Dennis McClung Blues Band
A cross between B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Jimi Hendrix, the
McClung Blues Band
offers a unique blend of originals and blues
classics. They have been performing since 1989, and in 2006, were
honored by the Governor of West Virginia who recognized Dennis
McClung as Ambassador of the Blues for the State of West Virginia by
the Blues Hall of Fame. They will be the last musical act of the
evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
In addition to the music lineup, Rhythm and Wine will also feature
two West Virginia wineries—Forks of Cheat Winery from Morgantown,
and Vu Ja De Vineyards from Spencer. Local craft vendors will be set
up outside of the Beverly Heritage Center, with items including
jewelry, woodworking, antiques, soaps, and pottery. There will be
food vendors selling barbecue for lunch, and bread and cheese plates
as a lighter option to complement the wine tasting.
Rhythm and Wine is sponsored by the Randolph County Convention and
Visitors Bureau and The Inter-Mountain. This program is presented
with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and
History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from
the WV Commission on the Arts.
For more information on this event, please call the Beverly Heritage
or send an email to