On September 24-25 at the State Fair of West Virginia in Lewisburg, the Healing Appalachia concert will take place with a healthy roster of headliners and openings, all working to support thriving Appalachian addiction free.
Friday September 24, Traditional knowledge and holy knowledge will open the show, with the title winner of Country Music Album of the Year Arlo McKinley play then, and none other than Tyler childers headliner of the evening. Then on Saturday September 25 it will be Don Rigsby, Jeremy Pinnell, Buffalo Wabs and Price Hill Hustle, Lucero, and headliner The Marcus King group. Also, Kathy mattea will be the emcee for the event on Saturday.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of death in people under the age of fifty in the United States. The Appalachian region has been significantly affected by the opioid and heroin epidemic, and West Virginia in particular, which is the only state located entirely within the Appalachian region.
“We want to stress again that this is a charity event. These artists give of their time, talent and energy to provide a memorable experience while raising funds and raising awareness ”, says Heal the Appalachians.
Hope in the Hills, which helps organize the Healing Appalachia concert, is a 501 (c) 3 organization run by a board of fully volunteer industry professionals. The board includes chairman Dave Lavender, who writes for NPR’s Mountain Stage, and is also a musician himself. Ian Thornton, who is the director of Tyler Childers, Arlo McKinley and others, is the vice chairman of the board.
Doors open at 3 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday. Tickets for each individual evening or the entire weekend are available, and more information can be found at healingappalachia.org .