Landau to close the evening with a set of rock ’n’ soul favorites!

The WV Music Hall of Fame will host its fifth annual Garden Party on Sunday, May 29, 3 to 9 p.m., at Café Cimino in Sutton .

This year’s event pays tribute to the career of WV pedal steel great Gary Boggs. In addition to playing with country legends George Jones, Connie Smith, Hank Williams, Jr., and Vern Gosdin, he led the popular Southern Mix band for many years. His son Billy – who cut his teeth playing with his dad – will be performing with Southern Mix, featuring Russ Hicks on pedal steel.

Christopher & Alasha (from Qiet fame) will perform and the evening will close out with a rock ’n’ soul set by “America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., members of his band and The Carpenter Ants.

Proceeds will support the WV Music Hall of Fame’s Traveling Museum, an ongoing project that has visited more than 500 schools and reached more than 16,000 students.

Listen to a smorgasbord of homegrown, West Virginia music; feast on Café Cimino’s award-winning buffet; and quench your thirst with an open beer & wine bar. Tickets are $65 in advance; $75 at the door (partially tax deductible).

** Buy your ticket by May 20 and you will be entered in a drawing to win a complimentary overnight stay that evening at Café Cimino. **

For information/reservations call 304/342-4412 or email or Café Cimino 304/765-2913.

West Virginia My Home Musicians and the Mountain Stage Experience

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s new documentary, “West Virginia My Home: Musicians and the Mountain State Experience,” offers a fascinating look at some of the most prominent musicians to come from West Virginia, and how the “Mountain State Experience” influenced their lives and music.

Artists including Bill Withers, Brad Paisley, Little Jimmy Dickens, Hazel Dickens, George Crumb, Kathy Mattea, John Ellison, Everett Lilly, Charlie McCoy, Billy Edd Wheeler and Billy Cox recall their experiences growing up in West Virginia, and how those values and ideals helped shape their careers.

Educational and inspiring, the documentary is suitable for all audiences. For students in particular, the film illustrates that growing up in a small town in a small state does not need to be a barrier to pursuing their dreams.

The film was produced by the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame and features the talents of numerous filmmakers including Steven Schmidt, Bob Wilkerson, Jack Wright and Evan Shaw. Charleston native Anna Sale, host of WNYC’s popular podcast, “Death, Sex & Money,” narrates the film.

The hour-long documentary was funded by the West Virginia Humanities Council, the West Virginia Legislature, and the Hamilton Family Foundation.

To purchase a copy of the film, or for information about setting up a screening: 304/342-4412;

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