MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS L ogan is awash with artists, especially musicians, and especially musicians playing bluegrass music. Some say it’s because Logan is so remote—you don’t always have something to do after the sun goes down, so you pick up
a guitar. Or a fiddle. Or a banjo. Or a mandolin. Such was the case for singer–songwriter and performer Roger Bryant , winner of the Vandalia Award, West Virginia's highest folklife honor. Regardless of the reason, there are plenty of opportunities to see first- rate musicians. Every week there are a shows at Pickin’ in the Park , a unique homegrown music venue in what used to be a horse stable. Logan also has two community theater companies, and they’re both very active. Outdoor community theater company The Aracoma Story was formed in 1975 to ensure that a play by the same name, which tells the story of the Native American tribes in the area, would be staged every year. The Coalfield Jamboree theater, home to an elaborate production of Shrek and an impressive array of performances every year, is a 1930s venue that has been restored beautifully through the efforts of community volunteers committed to the arts. Logan is most recently famous for being the home of America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr . As his manager, Burke Allen Adkins says, “As a coalfields kid, could I have imagined one day working with a bluegrass picker? Maybe. A country crooner? Possibly. Dreadlocks and Sinatra? Who would’ve thought it? Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and I have now been around the world and back together for the past decade, and it all comes back to our common bonds of music and our love of our shared hometown of Logan in the southern West Virginia coalfields." If you aren't familiar with the name Liam Farley , it's only a matter of time. The 10-year-old fiddle playing phenom from Logan County has been entertaining folks since he was 4. He has played for dignitaries and won several competitions in West Virginia and around the country. Liam won first place at the 2018 Vandalia Gathering in the state capital of Charleston and has become a YouTube sensation with millions of views.
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The Annual WV Fire & Ice is held in early October at the Logan County Airport in Logan. WV Fire & Ice is a craft beer/wine tasting event and chili cook-off. Enjoy a beautiful venue with great food and cold drinks. Entertainment provided by the Santa Cruz Band!
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