Those familiar with West Virginia’s music scene know of Andrew Adkins. In addition to being the frontman for the Appalachian Stompgrass band The Wild Rumpus, Adkins has also made a name for himself as a successful solo artist, performing around the country. Though he was born in nearby Nicholas County, Adkins, a former raft guide, has been in the Gorge for more than 20 years and witnessed first-hand the influx of music venues and talent in the area.
“The scene here is a communal thing. Venues are supportive of the artists and each other. It’s growing every day, and there’s plenty of great music to be found here in the Gorge and West Virginia as a whole,” Adkins said. “I write songs for a living — I could do that anywhere, but I want to do that here. I choose to do that here.”
Ready to listen? Many local rafting outfitters host live music and other entertainment along with their on-site adventure activities, and there are several festivals and events (Bridge Day, anyone?) that take place in the area throughout the year. Check out our event calendar for more. In the meantime, here are just a few venues where you can regularly enjoy live entertainment in the Gorge.
The Burrito Bar at Breeze Hill
Known for its food, brews and scenic views, The Burrito Bar at Breeze Hill, in Lansing, pairs live music with its Mexican fusion fare (vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available!) a couple of times a week. Stop by on Taco Tuesdays, Thirsty Thursdays, and most Saturdays to hear what’s playing. There is no cover charge, and all ages are welcome.
The Freefolk Brewery
Whether you’re talking about the murals, beer (15-plus house-made selections on tap), food or the regular musical acts, it’s clear that artistry is important to the folks at The FreeFolk Brewery in Fayetteville. Stop in Wednesday-Sunday to see what’s brewing.
This cool taproom/lounge/live music venue/art space is located above one of Fayetteville’s favorite eateries, Secret Sandwich Society, and with its chill vibe and wide selection of craft beer available, The Grove has made a name for itself as a happening hangout. Musical acts of all genres typically perform each week, Thursday-Sunday.
Southside Junction Tap House
If you’re hoping to catch a show one night after work, Southside Junction Tap House has you covered. Settle in with a brew and bite for live music on Tuesdays, wine and jazz on Wednesdays, and depending on the week, other days as well.