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Main Stage Entertainment
August 8-11, 2018 • Harrisville, WV
2018 Feature Entertainment
Steel Town Cowboy is a Red Dirt, rock, Americana and blue group out of Pittsburgh, PA. The band has several lead singers and they are labeled as “not quite rock and not quite country”. This group is made up of Scott Shelby, songwriter and vocalist; Rob Lightner, a West Virginia native who has toured with Rick K and The Allnighters and The Brass Knuckles Band; Nathan Shaffer, another West Virginia native, vocalist and guitarist; Greg Kerr, who plays percussion, but can also be found on the guitar and bass from time to time; and Pittsburgh native Jon Leff, began his musical career studying classical piano, can be found on bass.
Jake Binegar will be back on the stage during the 2018 Fair & Expo, followed by Morgan White Saturday evening, Aug. 11.
Binegar grew up in the Mid-Ohio Valley and has claimed the title of West Virginia State Champion of the Country Showdown in 2014. He has opened for Aaron Lewis, Craig Campbell, The Cadillac Three and Confederate Railroad to name a few.
His first ever full length album, “Just Hanging On”, will be released Friday, May 11.
Morgan White was born and raised in the Southern coalfields of the state. She has released one album and is currently working on her second album. Her first album “I’m Gone” produced two number one singles, which included the title track that stayed at the top of the charts for 12 weeks.
Sour Mash String Band is a Mid-Ohio Valley based bluegrass band. They have been performing at different festivals, The Adelphia, The WV Polo Club and Parkersburg Brewery as they build their following throughout the music world.
The band consists of Josh Moody, guitar and vocals, Cody Nutter, mandolin and vocals, Patsy Brookover, bass, Mariane Barnett, vocals, and Greg Settle, banjo and vocals.
The Sheppard Brothers are a bluegrass band out of the Parkersburg area. This group has been together for 36 years and consists of three brothers, Terry, Mike and Butch, Shirley Sheppard, Tib Hart and Dwayne McCumbers.
All of the band members have roots deep in bluegrass and interact with the audience during their shows.
The Carriers were formed in 1969. During much of the 1970’ into the 80’s the group traveled the east coast, playing hundreds of engagements each year from Maine to Florida.
Now six decades later the realization of The Carriers' ambition continues. Although the group has gone through a number of changes, their message has remained the same: sharing the good news through the universal medium of music
David Kelly hits the low notes with the greatest of ease. He has written many of the songs the group sings. In 2007, Kelly obtained a Ph.D. in Divinity. He also has a background in law enforcement. David joined on stage by Denver Adams, Kristi Hadfield, and Jan Kelly.
Adams has been a longtime member of the group. When it comes to singing baritone, he is one of the best in the business, demonstrating not only a smooth solo voice, but blending expertly with the other members of the quartet in harmony. Denver also has a law enforcement and corrections background. He served six years in the United States Marine Corps.
Kristi is the newest member of the group. She was originally with The Carriers in 1993-1994. She has an amazing voice, a contagious smile and passion for serving her Lord. When Kristi is not singing she serves her community with Emergency Medical Services as a paramedic.
David’s wife, Jan rounds out the group as she lends her rich alto voice to the blend. An accomplished talented vocalist, the warmth of her voice, her stage presence, and her personality endear her to audiences everywhere, as she communicates the message of Christ in a loving and sincere way. Jan is a crowd favorite wherever the group sings. She owned a successful business for 30 years in West Virginia.
Comedian John Felts caters to audiences seeking good humor and good taste. He delivers real, funny, one-of-a-kind perspectives on dating, marriage, parenting, American culture and struggling to do the right thing.
John enjoys making a wide variety of audiences laugh while never having to resort to harsh language, shock value or taboo subject matters.
John studied Marketing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After competing in a few open-mic comedy competitions, John discovered he had knack for telling jokes and stories that could draw a crowd of any age. He began to attend more open-mics and caught the attention of club owners as he was asked to open and feature for touring comedians in Wilmington.
John has performed for churches, local businesses, charities and schools in his area. His carefully timed shows and clever punch lines are a success no matter what the venue!