Charleston's Festivall Preview

By: Jennifer Cottrill Email
By: Jennifer Cottrill Email

An annual celebration of the arts is just more than a week away in Charleston and the opening acts have been announced, the venues are set and some tickets are already up for grabs.

It's a summer tradition that's sizzlin' in Charleston including music, dance and art all wrapped up into one.

With Festivall right around the corner, city leaders are hitting the streets to map out the plan for downtown.

Beginning next Friday, Festivall kicks off with Blues, Brews and Barbeque at the University of Charleston.

Friday night the opening acts also include five-time Grammy winner Robert Cray and the soul band O-jays. These are two acts organizers said will be hard to follow.

"It's an attraction you have to have some reason for people to come that gets them here, “ Charleston City Treasurer Victor Grigorac said, “Once we get them here I think we can hook onto them if we can get them here."

The Annual Wine and All That Jazz Festival attracts thousands of people to UC's lawn from all across the state.

City leaders said public stages around town will provide more than 40 hours of free music throughout the weekend.

Events like Blues, Brews and Barbeque and the Wine and Jazz Festival do have an entry fee.

"All of the art groups have come together to make this a wonderful success and it promotes the community with economic development, and it improves the quality of life," Becky Ceperley of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation said.

Tickets for those events are on sale at the Clay Center.

Festivall is June 21 through the 24 in Charleston.

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