What's UP With The RiffRaff
CLICK HERE for a great story about The RiffRaff recently featured in WV Living Magazine.
Create Your State
All Together Arts Week Paints the Town!
May 7-14 will mark the 8th annual county wide celebration of the arts & community. The week begins with a circle talk for networking among creative people in & around our area, and concludes with an unforgettable grand finale day complete with music & merriment in the streets and a colorful parade. The rest of the week will be filled with events at various venues all across Mercer County, WV. Stay tuned for more about All Together Arts Week, which The RiffRaff created to bring people together in creativity.
Princeton Renaissance Project
Something very exciting is currently happening on Mercer Street. After years of energy sparks, a synergy has taken hold, and The RiffRaff now team with The City of Princeton, Community Connections, Princeton Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, Princeton Times, ETB Architects, WV Community Development Hub and more for Princeton Renaissance Project. While PRP is a multi-dimensional effort, one of the most exciting aspects is the acquisition of the old Royal/Lavon theater, newly christened "The Renaissance Theater," just a few doors down from The RiffRaff. Fundraising is on-going, and renovations are underway to restore the theater to its former glory. It will house movies, music and more. Find out more here:
Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival
September 8-11 will mark the 13th annual Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival at The Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, WV. We pour our hearts & souls into the event which features two stages full of music and dance performances, workshops, a children's village, healing arts, artisan vendors, drum circles, a parade, an after hours cabaret, camping and more. Presented by LLyniuM entertainment, the core of The RiffRaff Arts Collective, the event is a weekend long immersion in the creative arts and has been called "an inspired, forward thinking diversion from the norm." The goal of the festival is to celebrate diversity and promote unity. The event has become an annual convergence of creative minds from Southern WV and has been referred to as "a creative oasis." Find more information and tons of photos, visit:
Artists' Alley, a 22 mural project involving a multitude of artists, is sponsored by Golden Artist Colors, as a result of The RiffRaff's presence at the Americans For the Arts Conference in Pittsburgh last spring. Sherwin Williams donated the prep materials. CLICK HERE For a Link To a Full Album. Several large professional murals were completed in addition.
Pictured above are Jeff Pierson's portrait of Blind Alfred Reed, Rob Cleland's joyful celebration of life and Christopher Clark & John Trail's bookshelf next to the public library.
Stages Music School
Students at Stages Music School have been performing in Nashville, Pigeon Forge, Boston and around WV, making music videos and changing the world! CLICK HERE to keep up with their constant stream of activity. Stages is currently eying expansion with an after-school program which will ultimately include instruction in recording and other music technology. Stay tuned for updates!
Check them out at thechangebeginswithus.com
Audible Art Studios Releases!
Two album releases have come from Audible Art Studios in The Room Upstairs recently. Option 22's newest album, "The Change," and Adam Cox's first release, "Free and Independent State" are now available. Both albums were recorded, mixed and mastered here.
The Change is composed of 11 original songs ranging in style from Americana to Funk to New Age to World Rock with messages about life, love and the need for change on the planet. Visit option22.net to order a copy and find out more about Option 22, part of the core of The RiffRaff. Adam Cox's album features 14 original tunes rooted in family lore, personal experiences, and his love for this WV land. Find and buy his music at adamcoxmusic.com.
Out & About
The RiffRaff was honored to be featured on a panel discussion for the Americans For the Arts Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, PA in June 2013. The discussion was about the benefits of cultural districts. The conference led to some fruitful connections, notably with Golden Artist Colors who graciously sponsored our beloved Artists' Alley projects.
A Look Inside The RiffRaff
This is a documentary about The RiffRaff by OurMountainState.org made in 2009. For the complete version of the story with captions, please link to this fantastic community development portal for the great state of West Virginia.