There's a New Venue in Town
This coming Saturday, The Dils Center (formerly a department store in a thriving downtown Parkersburg) will open its doors to live music.
Recently purchased with the goal of revitalizing this iconic space, new owner Todd Stubbe (a working musician for many years, currently part of the duo Cradle & Grave), is excited to see the Dils come back to life. His enthusiasm for our music scene and our community is infectious. He feels encouraged by the response to more events coming to downtown Parkersburg already, saying the feedback and support for live music has been an "exponential snowball of awesomeness".
The first show of its type, in what promises to be many more, this Saturday's lineup includes several high-quality talented artists from our home states of Ohio and West Virginia.
Organizer of the event, Jake Eddy comes from a varied musical background (from playing banjo, to collaborating with artists that call many different styles of music their home(s)), but is also quick to add that he's not "any one thing":
"I just make Music.", Eddy said, "I definitely try not to be just one thing. That’s the beauty of art. There are no rules!"
True to Jake's heart, the lineup for the event on the 24th includes an assortment of talented artists from several different genres. "The artists are great and I wouldn’t expect anything less than great from them.", he shares.
Saturday's lineup includes:
Luke Sadecky, a relatively new member of our local music scene, is known for his strong songwriting and pure vocals. Be sure not to sleep on his opening up the night's music with an acoustic set. He's definitely worth showing up at 6, for.
Roy F. Bush, another musical renaissance man from the WV, can easily slide from EDM, to metal, to haunting, "Sad Bastard" music. This coming Saturday, he'll be breaking out an acoustic set, with a musical surprise or two. Let's just say if you've heard him play live before, it may not be quite the same as before.
Jake Eddy will be joining local music legend Steve Hussey to play a duo set on Saturday. Their Bluegrass and Americana hits have garnered attention of many groups and organizations, including most recently, the Independent Music Awards . Steve initally hired Jake as a session musician, and they instantly clicked and became close friends. Not long after their initial work together, Eddy was signed to Hussey's record label, Merf, and it has been amazing, according to Mr. Eddy.
The Janes, together for over 5 years now, have been gaining more traction recently, playing more local shows at spots like downtown Parkersburg's The Coffee Bar. Check out these ladies and their awesome, folk-inspired, three-part harmonies!
Whatever for Now, is a new, young, energetic rock band who will be sure to shake things up as the night goes on, and
Back Porch Alibi will close out the night with their infectious, original takes on our favorite hit songs.
Talk about a great night of music to kick start the future of music at The Dils!
When asked about the future of The Dils, in addition to hosting live music, Mr. Stubbe rents out office space on the upper floor, and is also renting the main floor for private events, conferences and pro wresting/other live events. To contact him for your event, message the Dils Center Facebook page, or email Todd direct: firstname.lastname@example.org
As for upcoming events, Jake is hoping to host events like this one, to continue to bring attention to our varied and wildly talented local music scene, about once a month. Be on the lookout for more dates, soon!
Music is set to start at 6pm this coming Saturday (the 24th). The Dils is located at 521 Market St. in Parkersburg. Admission is 7$, and concessions will be available. All ages!