Inaugural Mudstock concert in Elkview to continue flood relief efforts
Although the floodwaters of June 2016 have long receded, the needs -- physical, financial and emotional -- still exist for the thousands affected by the disaster’s ravages in the Elk River area and beyond.
To assist those who are still rebuilding, restoring and recovering from last year’s cataclysmic flooding, Elk River Strong volunteers will host the first-ever Mudstock 2017 -- From Mud to Miracles concert on Friday, Sept. 1, at the Crossings Mall in Elkview.
Elk River Strong is organizing the free concert in partnership with United Way of Central West Virginia and the Greater Kanawha Valley Long-Term Recovery Committee.
The benefit event is intended to be family friendly; no alcohol will be permitted on the premises. Those attending are requested to bring their own lawn chairs for seating.
Participants will be able to enter for and win prizes in raffles and other giveaways at Mudstock 2017, which will get underway at 4:30 p.m.
A silent auction will be held during the event. Other donations toward flood relief in the Elk River and other parts of West Virginia will also be accepted.
Commemorative Mudstock T-shirts will be available for purchase, as well.
Highlighting the musical line-up will be country recording artist Daryle Singletary. A Georgia native, Singletary has recorded hits such as “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun,” “Amen Kind of Love” and “The Note.” His latest album is entitled “There’s Still a Little Country Left.” Over his career, Singletary has been accompanied on tracks by country stars such as the late George Jones, Merle Haggard and Johnny Paycheck; Dwight Yoakam; Ricky Skaggs; John Anderson and Rhonda Vincent. He is joined by Vince Gill on the song “Say Hello to Heaven,” featured on “There’s Still A Little Country Left.”
Singletary will take the stage at 9 p.m. The other scheduled entertainers, playing rock, Southern Gospel, oldies and country tunes, and their showtimes include:
• 4:30 p.m.: Brighter Side
• 5:15 p.m.: Jason O’Brien
• 5:30 p.m.: Ruff Cut Country
• 6:30 p.m.: Hogan’s Goat
• 8 p.m.: Tommy Griffith.
The West Virginia Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 37 Honor Guard will also make a presentation at 8 p.m.
Connie Nelson, an event organizer, said donations and sponsorships are still sought and encouraged for Mudstock and subsequent flood relief endeavors. Checks can be mailed to: United Way of Central West Virginia, One United Way Square, Charleston, W.Va. 25301. Designate “Mudstock 2017” on the check. Donations can also be submitted electronically at unitedwaycwv.org
Gold ($5,000), Silver ($2,500) and Bronze ($1,000) sponsorship levels are available. Other donations will be welcome, and businesses or individuals can also donate gift cards or certificates to be presented as award prizes at the concert.
Among participating sponsors, at presstime, are: Kroger, Advance Auto Parts, Kmart, All Quality Construction, McDonald’s, Poca Valley Bank, The Cookie Store and Chase Bank.
The Crossings Mall was recently reopened after the bridge that was washed out during the late June 2016 flooding was replaced. “The Crossings Mall owners have offered the mall parking lot as the venue and deputy/security presence,” Nelson said. “EMS and ambulances will also be there.”
For more information about Mudstock 2017 or Elk River Strong, contact Connie Nelson at 304-545-8808.