2018 Mrs. International Pageant

The Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with the City of Charleston, welcome pageant contestants from across the globe to compete for the title of Mrs. International Pageant 2018. The preliminary competition is Friday, July 20 at 7:30pm, with the final competition taking place the following evening, Saturday, July 21 at 7:30pm.

Mountain Stage: Tal National, Calan

Tal National: On stage, Tal National perform with six musicians, but because of their rigorous performance schedule might include up to thirteen members at any one time. At shows, musicians regularly change places midway through songs (including the amazing sight of drummers swapping without missing a beat). On some nights the band might divide to play two gigs simultaneously. Calan: Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.

Mountain Stage Presents: Patti Smith, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore, Tim O’Brien w/ Jan Fabricius, Charlie McCoy and Van William

MOLLIE O'BRIEN & RICH MOORE WITH BRIGID & LUCY MOORE: Families making music together have long been linchpins in the library of American music. It’s the singing. It’s the harmonizing. It’s the way you can’t tell which family member is singing which part. It’s the wonders of DNA at play that bring you into a rich, musical world that comes about only when people with common speech patterns and genetics get together behind a song. Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore’s fans have come to know over the years that they produce thoughtful and rich recordings covering the broad spectrum of all the music we call our own. PATTI SMITH & FAMILY: American rock musician, born on December 30, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 (Performer). TIM O'BRIEN W/ JAN FABRICIUS: Born in Wheeling, West Virginia on March 16, 1954, Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and started playing folk and rock music on guitar at age 12. After seeing Doc Watson on TV, he became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. VAN WILLIAM: Van William has spent every summer of his life working on his father's commercial salmon fishing boat off Kodiak Island, Alaska - a job he loved and a job that influenced every part of his life. When he wasn't fishing, he was growing up in the small coastal California town of Cambria, learning to write songs and eventually touring the world by the age of 20 - leading a few different indie rock outfits including Port O'Brien and WATERS. CHARLIE MCCOY: Grammy award-winning multi-instrumentalist who has also been a prolific Nashville session musician, especially on harmonica.

Live on Mountain Stage: Dailey & Vincent, Molly Tuttle, Western Centuries, The Sweetback Sisters and Richie and Rosie

DAILEY & VINCENT: Grand Ole Opry Members, Five-time GRAMMY® award winners individually, three-time GRAMMY® award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music; bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. MOLLY TUTTLE: Molly Tuttle, a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, has been performing on stage since she was 11 and recorded her first album at age 13. In just 2012 alone, she was awarded music and composition Merit Scholarships to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship award from the Foundation for Bluegrass Music in Nashville, Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and 1st place in the prestigious Merlefest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. WESTERN CENTURIES: Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ‘em rock out like The Band. The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at these crossroads, and their debut album Weight of the World introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing. With upbeat, barroom dance numbers, lilting, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between, the album strikes an oft-strived-for but rarely achieved balance between genre-busting experimentation and thoughtful continuity. THE SWEETBACK SISTERS: The Sweetback Sisters fresh take on the golden age of country music featuring vibrant vocal harmonies in a six-piece rockin' country band. The Sweetback Sisters' blend of magical harmonies, blazing leads, and charging rhythms doesn't just look back on honky-tonk with fond nostalgia, but rather moves it forward into the 21st century, presenting a vital take on an All-American genre. With King Of Killing Time, The Sweetback Sisters have hit their own golden era, and it only gets brighter from here. RICHIE AND ROSIE: Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton grew up a 150 miles and few decades apart. While both were raised by professional cellist, Richie started playing banjo at 14 and Rosie began classical piano lessons at eight, eventually moving to classical viola as a teen. Both shared incredibly unique, musically-immersed childhoods: Richie’s family founded the iconic GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance (which he is now President of) and by her junior year of high school, Rosie was playing fiddle and touring with folk rock band The Mammals. During that time, the two were introduced at Saratoga Springs’ Flurry festival -- a meeting that would spark a fated friendship and unique musical bond.

Mountain Stage: The Mountain Goats, Joe Henry, Nellie McKay, John K. Samson

Performers include: The Mountain Goats, Joe Henry, Nellie McKay, and John K. Samson.

Mountain Stage: North Mississippi Allstars, Paul Thorn, Bonnie Bishop, Declan O’Rourke, Bil Lepp

Performers include: North Mississippi Allstars, Paul Thorn, Bonnie Bishop, Declan O'Rourke, Bil Lepp.

Mountain Stage with Emily Salier, Overcoats and More

Become part of a 33 year old tradition at a live recording of Mountain Stage! This special FestivALL episode will feature Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls, folk-soul duo Overcoats and more with special guest host Michael Cerveris. For more than 30 years, Mountain Stage with host Larry Groce has been the home of live music on public radio. Produced in West Virginia and distributed by NPR, each two hour episode of Mountain Stage can be heard every week on more than 200 stations across America, and around the world via NPR Music and Recorded in front of a live audience, Mountain Stage features performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues, and country; to indie rock, synth pop, world music, alternative, and beyond. Location: Culture Center, WV State Capitol grounds-- Charleston, WV Tickets: $15-$35 Info at

Girls Night Out

Now attracting more than 1,000 women from the tri-state area, GNO is a party women don’t want to miss. Local restaurants prepare their tastiest bites and male volunteers wait on guests with signature drinks, beer or wine from the bar. Photo opportunities abound, as GNO is widely known for its stunning décor. This year’s theme: Be Boho Chic, Live Violence Free. Inside the event, guests can shop a beautifully staged silent auction of over 100 items and dance the night away to live DJ entertainment. Tickets $125 thru August 1st; $150 starting August 2nd at

Mountain Stage featuring Martin Sexton Trio

The Martin Sexton Trio & more perform on Mountain Stage Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Culture Center Theater, Charleston, West Virginia.

Mountain Stage featuring Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm and Luther Dickenson

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, Luther Dickenson & more perform on Mountain Stage Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the Culture Center Theater, Charleston, West Virginia.

Mountain Stage featuring St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Mac McAnally, The Wild Reeds, and Chastity Brown

St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Mac McAnally, The Wild Reeds, Chastity Brown & more perform on Mountain Stage Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Culture Center Theater, Charleston, West Virginia. Visit the website to order tickets.

Mountain Stage featuring Okkervil River, Mokoomba, Curtis McMurtry, and David Amram

Okkervil River, Mokoomba, Curtis McMurtry, David Amram and more perform on Mountain Stage Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the Culture Center Theater, Charleston, West Virginia. Visit the website to order tickets.

Mountain Stage featuring Steve Earle and the Dukes

Enjoy the musical stylings of Steve Earle & the Dukes, The Mastersons, The Sherman Holmes Project and more on Mountain Stage, July 16, 2017, at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, West Virginia. Visit the link to order tickets.

Mountain Stage

West Virginia’s capital city will be celebrating the annual Celtic Calling weekend and Mountain Stage will be a part of

Dance Gala featuring Taylor 2

The Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the world’s most sought after and respected ensembles in the world. The smaller six-member Taylor 2 was established in 1993 to ensure that Mr. Taylor’s works could be seen by audiences all over the world without regard to economic or logistical limitations. Their engagements are flexible and customized to meet the needs of the area. Mr. Taylor’s works are performed by companies throughout the world that include the Royal Danish Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Paul Taylor is one of the most accomplished artists that this country has ever produced. His choreography is hailed for it’s musicality. He has set works to an eclectic mix of music that varies from classical symphonies to scores from Ragtime and Tin Pan Alley. Mr. Taylor has received nearly every important honor given to artists in the United States and his companies continue to inspire dancers and choreographers everywhere. Critics and audiences cheer the athleticism, humor and range of emotions found in Mr. Taylor's work. West Virginia companies, The Charleston Ballet, under the direction of Kim Pauley, and River City Youth Ballet Ensemble, under the direction of Michelle Raider, will also perform. Tickets: $22 available at Clay Center box office (304-561-3570) and online; tickets also available at Charleston Ballet and River City Youth Ballet studios in advance or at the door 1 hour prior to show time.