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Musical line-up named for Nitro Boomtown Days

The Esquires will be the headlining act at Nitro Boomtown Days on Sept. 9. Courtesy photo

The centennial version of Nitro’s Boomtown Days festival will feature a wide range of musical entertainment from bluegrass to country to rock.

Nitro Mayor Dave Casebolt and others announced the entertainment lineup on Aug. 16.

“We are excited to have scheduled top-notch West Virginia performers who will make this festival extra special as we celebrate 100 years since Nitro’s founding,” Casebolt said. “We think the wide range of musical genres will offer something for everyone.”

The headline act for Saturday evening, Sept. 9, will be The Esquires, a group that has been entertaining West Virginians with rhythm-and-blues and rock music since 1964. The Peyton Law Firm will sponsor the appearance of The Esquires, who will perform at 7 p.m.

“The Peyton Law Firm has been a part of Nitro for more than 40 years,” said Harvey Peyton, founder of the firm. “This town has been very good to us, and we welcome the opportunity to give a little something back.”

Earlier that day, the Dread Pirate, Roberts, a band that plays a combination of bluegrass and jazz that has been called “jazzgrass,” will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. Stephanie Stacy & The Aftermath will perform country music from 3 to 5 p.m. 5:00. Fireworks will be displayed about 9 p.m., after The Esquires perform.

On Friday, Sept. 8, Jim and Valerie Gabehart will be the featured performers with bluegrass music from the hills of West Virginia.

All performances will be at the Living Memorial Park stage at 21st Street and Second Avenue.

Boomtown Days is an annual festival in Nitro, but this year, the city is celebrating 100 years since it was founded by the federal government in World War I to be a center for gunpowder production.


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