Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial Kickoff Event
September 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$15.00
Join us on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in Charleston, WV to kick off the Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial with a concert featuring two accomplished musicians behind the soundtrack of the 1987 film, Matewan.
Virtuoso blues harmonica player Phil Wiggins, a 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellow, and West Virginia folklorist and musician Gerry Milnes are teaming up for a rare and special showcase performance, produced by the Augusta Heritage Center and the Blair Centennial Committee. They’ll be joined by Heather Hannah, a songwriter and third-generation harmony singer from the coal fields of West Virginia. Other special guests, lecturers, and speakers are TBA!
The Battle of Blair Mountain is a history that can’t just be told, it must also be sung. Music and poetry were more than moral support for striking coal miners; they were a vehicle by which the suppressed history of the Mine Wars and Blair Mountain were passed from one generation to the next. Come learn about some of these traditions with us!
Ticket sales are non-refundable. If an in-person concert isn’t possible due to public health concerns, the event will be held virtually.
Ticket sales help fund the 2021 Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial, a series of events to take place throughout the Mountain State and Appalachia over Labor Day Weekend. Visit blair100.com for more information.