I feel compelled to start this week with the fact that today’s column lands on Cinco de Mayo, and there are several big events you need to know about. From Beckleythe Mad Hatter Club is hosting a two-day celebration starting today, Thursday, at 11 a.m. They offer a free taco dip all day and then live music by Randy Gilkey from 8 p.m. to midnight. The party continues Friday with giveaways, drink specials and more live music from JC Square At 20 o ‘clock. This party takes place at 410 2nd St., and they also open the pool tables for free while you’re there.
Foster’s Main Street Tavern may be an Irish pub the rest of the year, but not today. There will be mojo pork tacos, a supreme meal of chili cheese nachos, and awesome Cinco De Mayo drink specials. If that’s not enough, yours truly will be there to play music and host team trivia games that start at 7 p.m.
Some restaurants in Beaver we made sure you have some great options for Cinco de Mayo today. El Mariachi throws a party with an outdoor stage and four different live acts. WTNJ will be live on stage with The Big K of DJs and Mr. Firefly. Matt Mullins go on stage at 5:30 p.m., Jonas Carden at 6:30 p.m., Leo’s Pub & More Duo at 7:30 p.m. and pink casino at 9 p.m. they even have a food truck outside, t-shirt giveaways, and you can bring back your personalized drink if you order a margarita.
Just around the corner, Georges’ Taps & Italian Grill will trade their calzones for tacos. Georges’ will have several styles of tacos all day, three for $10, and you can pair them with a homemade margarita. Don’t worry, the regular menu will also be available, and you’ll still have a great selection of craft beers to choose from if margaritas aren’t your thing.
In my last columns, I updated you on several sought-after local ramp diners. They’ve taken place in churches, lodges, and even cafes, but if that’s not your speed, I’ve got you covered this week. This Saturday, May 7, The lost paddle at Oak Hill organizes its third annual edition Rhythmic dinner 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Enjoy traditional crawler fare and contemporary crawler crawls while listening to live music by The Hillbilly Gypsies and The long-pointed string group. The menu will include wood-fired ramp and potato pizza, ramp o’roni rolls, ramp quiche, ramp meatloaf and more. With the music and scenery of The Lost Paddle, you don’t even have to be a ramp fan to enjoy this one.
Ramps aren’t the only green thing we’ll be covering this week. the Beckley Arts Center has a reception scheduled for Friday, May 6, where they asked their members to submit artwork surrounding the color green. This exhibition is aptly titled. Always greener. The show starts at 6 p.m. and will run until June 11.
This is the second members exhibition of 2022, admission is free and refreshments will be provided. I’m going to check this one out for sure and can’t wait to see the different interpretations of the color green.
There’s live music everywhere you look this week, but I want to start with Clinton Scott and Chris Huddleknown as the Untrained professionals. Not only do these two put on an amazing show every time, but their schedule is insane. Just look at your chances of catching them this week. Thursday, May 5, they will be at South side junction in Fayetteville from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Friday, May 6, you can catch them at VFW in Sophia from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Saturday May 7, they will rock the sophisticated dog in Princeton from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., then return to Fayette County on Monday, May 9, where they play Wings Night at Chetty’s Pub in Lansing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thoz Guyz will play live at Calacino’s Friday, May 6. They describe themselves as “the ones your mama warned you about” and will throw in classic 80s rock with a bit of country.
Saturday evening, the Los Men return to the same stage. Both shows start at 8 p.m., so reserve a table early, order some delicious food, and enjoy the night of your choice…or both.
Johnny Spolarich will be at Rusty Musket in Mullens on Friday May 6th. Johnny plays acoustic guitar and his original songs have been compared to Aaron Lewis and Ed Sheeran. He’s very diverse with his covers, so you might hear him do his own version of a rock hit, followed by a folk song and maybe even a hip hop track. Located at 411 Guyandotte Avenue, this is a relatively new place to listen to live music, eat and drink.
The owner of Rusty Musket, Merrick Rice, invited me the other day for a meal, and I accepted. Several items on the menu looked appealing, but I opted for the Palmer, one of their grilled paninis. The Palmer is pastrami, provolone cheese, Swiss cheese, spicy mustard and pepperoncini peppers. All wedged between two slices of toasted sourdough bread and served with hand-cut fries. Everything at Rusted Musket is fresh and never frozen, and that certainly shows in a meal like this. Get off at 411, avenue Guyandotte at Mullen and try this place.
Here’s one for adults who want to be kids and kids who want to be adults. Burning Rock Off-Road Park bring the Monster Truck Renegade Tour here for Sophia Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. This tour offers over two hours of pure adrenaline-pumping excitement for fans of all ages. You’ll see several 10-foot-tall, 12,000-pound trucks at this event, including Toxic, The Virginia Giant, monster patroland bear foot. You will have the chance to see them all up close and then play in the famous Renegade Wreck Pit.
Tickets start at $10 with multiple upgrades, up to and including a real monster truck experience where you can ride the ride of your life.
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