By Sarah Plummer
Music lovers milled in and out of “Beckley Unplugged” Saturday on Mountain State University’s campus, supporting their favorite local musicians and spending time with friends.
At times the crowds thinned considerably, but the all-day acoustic music festival was as diverse as its attendees, featuring gospel, country, bluegrass, jazz and reggae music.
Teenagers Jamie Johnson and Rachel Millirons, from Mercer County, were spending the weekend with Jamie’s dad.
“It’s cool there is something going on today,” said Jamie. “We have been in and out today listening to the music. We just got back from dinner and want to wait around to see Lady D perform.”
Rachel said the two had heard her on the radio and wanted to see her perform live.
The girls said they were surprised there were not more teenagers to hear the music, but they were impressed by Shady Spring High School students who comprise the jazz band Diggin the Weatha’.
Other performers included Shayar, Heart of God Mass Choir, and The Hatfields.
The event was organized by Mountain State University’s Government Association, and all proceeds benefit Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse and Southern West Virginia Men’s Fellowship Home, a long-term home for male recovering from alcohol and substance abuse.
The Beckley Area Derby Dames made a guest appearance, and door prizes were provided by a variety of vendors including Pasquale’s, YMCA, Foster’s, Marquee Cinema, Heavenly Ham, Calacino’s and Body Works.
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