By Wendy Holdren
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Friends of Coal Auto Fair will add an additional night of entertainment, a Thursday night kick-off party with local bands Motion Theatre and Shea.
“Previously the Friends of Coal Auto Fair has been a three-day, two-night event, but this year we’re making it three days and three nights,” said Jay Rist, CEO of the YMCA of Southern West Virginia.
Starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Carter Family Foundation Field at the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex, join these local rock bands to help kick off the Auto Fair weekend.
“I love their music and I expect a great crowd for the live music on the lawn,” Rist said.
There will be a $5 cover fee for the performances, which will go toward operation and maintenance of the Sports Complex, as well as operations at the YMCA.
Both bands, Motion Theatre and Shea, have been around for about three years and they say their sound complements each other.
They played a show together at the Raleigh Theatre a couple months ago and invited the Liberty High School band students to come out and jam with them.
“It was an epic show,” said Jason Lockart, manager and bass player for Motion Theatre. “We kind of became sister bands.”
He said it was great for this type of genre to get a little more recognition in an area that typically leans toward country music.
Motion Theatre said they get inspiration from bands like Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Radiohead and The Rolling Stones. Shea describes their genre as a combination of folk, indie and alternative.
“There are some really passionate and great artists around here. There are a lot of great things happening in the area and we’re glad to be a part of the Friends of Coal Auto Fair,” Motion Theatre vocalist Greg Lilly added. “We’re thrilled to be participating in something to benefit the community. It’s really flattering that we were asked to perform.”
Although the guys said they were a little confused about the line-up at first — they initially thought they were opening for Saturday night’s performer, Travis Tritt — they said they couldn’t be more excited about kicking off the weekend event on Thursday night.
“We’ve been here for a decade now and it’s a great way for the community to come out and enjoy themselves for a weekend,” Rist said.
For more information about the event, visit www.friendsofcoalautofair.com.
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