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Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend

Your Guide to the Weekend

Memorial Day weekend may be in the rearview mirror but the party has already started and the rock 'n' roll is amped back up and ready to discharge again into the heart of the night.
Here's a look at a few cool places to rock out this weekend inside, outside and all around.

'Nothing New' At Last

The talent-laden, water-tight rock unit, Deadbeats and Barkers sprays open its latest batch of jazz-punk-country-and-rock-greased songs, a CD called "Nothing New" during the weekend's not-to-miss indie rock show at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington. Showtime is 10 p.m. Saturday, May 30 with fellow regionally-traveling rockers Ona and another three-piece Basic Cable Preachers (from Columbus) are also on the bill.
One of the longest-running college-aged indie rock bands in recent years, Deadbeats and Barkers, tattooed themselves onto the hearts of locals with a couple steel-belt years of weekly gigs at Shamrock's and V Club and a top shelf, brown-paperbag-wrapped debut album, "Local Scum."
Also known these days around the region as the Foodstamps, the ace backing band for country craftsman Tyler Childers, Deadbeats and Barkers roll it back and rock original style with James Barker on guitar, Craig Burletic on bass and Rod Elkins on drums and all three singing like tonight could be the last waltz.
Cover is $7 for those 18 and up. 

Bobaflex Warriors Unite

The five-man Mason, W.Va. native rock band Bobaflex has been tearing up stages in Huntington since they were birthed here as a hell-bent for fury rapcore act back in 1998.
Led by Shawn and Marty McCoy, Bobaflex has morphed and shown its true grit through the years as a constantly on-the-verge radio rock act who has made a living wearing a path from the west coast and back.
Armed with songs from their brand new CD, "Anything that Moves," (which can now be pre-ordered) the band touches down at Huntington's V Club, 741 6th Ave., for a Friday night throwdown with Betrayed by the Bullet, Ashes Arose, Relative Obscurity and Dark Kast Live.
Doors open at 7 p.m. May 29 for the show which starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance and $17 day of the show.
Go online at http://www.theofficialbobaflex.com/ to find out more about that band whose summer tour takes them to about a dozen states (to Utah and back).

Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound

The Honky Tonk Heroes, a local group of classic country fans started up by such folks as J.J. Waters, Andy Nichols and tons of rabble-rousing old-school country music fans, takes its show on the road so to speak as they move it on over to Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 1555 3rd Ave., Huntington from its normal home at the cozy Highlawn neighborhood joint, 26th Street Drinkery.
At 9 p.m. Thursday, see two Huntington blues rockers (Chris Sutton and Mike Lyzenga) team up as their honky tonk alter egos in Eustice Justice bringing the truth on such razor-edged rockabilly as "Hillbilly Heroin," and just try and not take a shine to country outlaw, Justin Payne, the pride of Nellis, W.Va.

Ritter Live

Organized by the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District with the help of local musician and organizers, Joe Troubetaris, of Porch Unplugged, Ritter Live is a free monthly concert series at the Ritter Park Amphitheater.
The first Ritter Live concert series is set for Sunday, May 31 with music starting at 2 p.m. and going until about 7 p.m. Acts for the first Ritter Live are Robert Black, Emily Davis, Wild Atlantic, Jordan Andrew Jefferson, Noise, Blues Crossing, Mojomatic, and The Settlement.
There will be full concessions through the Park District and other vendors. Everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair, kick back and enjoy the great sounds and beautiful setting of the historic Ritter Park Amphitheater. Enjoy soft drinks, or cold beer on tap, and if you need a snack, Laikyn's Hot Dog stand will be there with an array of munchies.Other Ritter Live dates are July 5, Aug.9, Sept. 13 and Oct. 4.
Go online at www.ghprd.org for more info or call 304-696-5954.

Splash Down @Waves of Fun 

The summer swelter is on and area swimming pools are all open except for Dreamland which hopes to be open by mid July.
If you'd like to hit a waterpark, you're in luck as Hurricane's Waves of Fun Water Park opens on Saturday, May 30.
The closest water park to Huntington, Waves of Fun features a 505,000 gallon wave pool with three free diminishing to surf, there's 102 minutes of waves followed by eight minutes of calm. There are concessions, a 60,000 square foot area for sunbathing, several water slides and lots of nearby activities in Valley Park. The park has sand volleyball, 18-hole miniature golf, hiking trails and more. Opening day is Saturday, May 30. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Aug. 1-end of season: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $10 (for individuals 48’ and taller), $9 (for individuals 42’ to 47’), $8 (for individuals under 42’); $ (for seniors 55+). Four and younger get in free. Float rental is $5 ($1 back after returning the tube). $6 for all after 4 p.m. Season pass tickets (purchased after May 25: Adult (12 and older) is $264 and child (under 12) is $193 All ages $7 on Mondays for Putnam County residents (with proof of residency) excluding holidays. Call 304-562-2355 or you can contact the park office as well for reservations for parties, 304-562-0518 and on the web at http://wvwavesoffun.weebly.com/.

Barboursville Park Gets Disneyfied
Looking for a fun outing with the tots? Load up your cookie crunchers for some Friday night fun as the Barboursville Park Amphitheater will be showing the Disney animated film, "Planes Fire and Rescue," on Friday, May 29.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will be shown at sundown.
The 83-minute-long film follows the animated plane Dusty, who learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter, or else his air strip will be shut down.
Refreshments will be available for purchase such as popcorn, Pepsi, and Orange Leaf yogurt, but you may bring your own snacks.
Come early before the movie to tour a Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department fire truck and to visit with K-9 Gus and the Barboursville Police Department. Admission is free, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.
For more information, call 304-733-1500.

Watch a Wild Ride Through Downtown
Downtown Huntington is always a cool place to ride bicycles and come Saturday, May 30, come and celebrate that fact as downtown hosts a wild day of downtown loop racing, the Tri-State crit race, which is the W.Va. crit championship race with the start-finish beside Pullman Square running between 8th and 10th streets on 3rd and 4th avenues.
There's a slew of races for all ages and abilities and lots of fast-paced action for spectators as well as riders complete a closed course through the downtown.
Races start at 3 p.m. May 30 with a fire vs. police department race, followed by a citizen race, and then a stack of some of the top amateur and pro riders in the region.
At 6:45 p.m., there will be a Jeff's Bike giveaway followed by five kids races and then the main attraction, the top men's race.
Go online at www.mcdonaldstristatecrit.com/ for more info on the race, how to register to ride and more.

Rails and Ales Tix On Sale Now

In the first couple of years, Huntington's Rails and Ales craft beer festival has sold out in a matter of hours. In fact, last year more than 1,5000 tickets sold out in just over three hours.
This year, The Better Beer Coalition (BBC), which organizes the festival, are expanding the festival by moving it to Harris Riverfront Park to accommodate nearly 3,000 guests.
The Festival will feature live music, food from local restaurants and, of course, the headliner, more than 100 specialty craft beer from West Virginia breweries and craft breweries across the U.S. and from around the world.
Tickets are on sale starting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1. Guests may purchase a VIP ticket for $60, which provides early access to the event and a custom made beer growler, or a general admission ticket for $35.
Tickets may be purchased on-line at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rails-ales-beer-festival-2015-tickets-16657031630. Links to the site will be available on the Festival website, www.railsandales.com, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/railsandalesfestival.

My DAVE TRIPPIN PICK: My roadtrip pick this weekend is to Nelsonville, Ohio, where the campus of Hocking College (about an hour and change north of Huntington) is hosting the Nelsonville Music Fest an eclectic, camp-out music fest that runs Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, May 31 organized by Stuart's Opera House.
Headline acts include Merle Haggard, Flaming Lips, Lucero, Merle Haggard, St. Vicent, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Black Lips, Brandi Carlili, Built to Spill, Trampled by Turtles and many more.
Weekend pass is $130, kids 12 and under get in free, with a teen ticket (13 to 17) $65.
Go online at www,nelsonvillefest.org for more info.

Dave Lavender is the author of "Dave Trippin: A Daytripper's Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia" and is nearly completed with a new travel book, "Mo' Dave Trippin." He covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.