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CHESTER – Co-sponsored by Montani Semper Liberi – Music and Art and Bob Milby VFW Post No. 6450, Music and Art Autumn Fest 2021 will dramatically arrive in Chester on Sunday

Taking place at Chester City Park, the event will feature several renowned nationwide tours on the main stage of the Davis Brothers Pavilion, as well as a roster of talented young students performing on the adjacent VFW stage.

The event will feature an array of vendors, artisans and authors set up with products to display and sell. Additionally, the ground floor of the VFW will be converted into a gallery featuring artists from the Top of WV Arts Council, as well as other professional and student visual artists. Food trucks will be on hand to help make the event a family destination all day.

Music and Art Autumn Fest is scheduled to start at noon and admission is free.

Those interested in participating as a salesperson or visual artist can call or text (304) 374-7474.

Heading the entertainment list will be the Steel Wheels, a Blue Ridge-based band who have been together in one form or another since 2005, giving thousands of shows spanning countless miles across the country.

“For a long time at ease in the space between tradition and innovation, they have forged a deep and undeniable bond with their loyal fan base, a mutual loyalty that is fully displayed during their moving live performances. “ noted a spokesperson for the event.

The Baltimore-based Cris Jacobs Band will be another star group at the festival. Somewhat a legend among his music peers for his technique as a guitarist, the singer-songwriter expressed his emotional and artistic development as a husband and father.

“I want to create a body of work that my family will one day be proud of and show that I had compassion for the human condition and that I was not just a self-indulgence,” he is quoted in a press release.

Raised in Clifton Forge, Va., And now based in Asheville, the “deeply introspective” Alexa Rose described her latest album as “An enchanting new voice from the Appalachians wraps his lost mind around a dream; it looks like Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton’s soul child. (NPR)

Born and raised in Morgantown, Ruby Hornsby began her classical training as a violinist at the age of 3 and continued until her graduation from West Virginia University. Now based in western Pennsylvania, her experience across multiple genres has led to her approach to self-proclaimed mountain soul music. The multi-instrumentalist has recorded on cello, mandolin, bass and piano and performs on violin, guitar, viola and ukulele in her shows.

A well-known figure in the local music scene, Bill Crawford selects songs from a vast library of timeless and traditional tunes in his performances.

His appreciation of American Roots music is evident in his “old soul” delivery of acoustic gems. “It is his sincere approach that sets him apart from others” added the spokesperson.

The Davis Brothers main stage schedule is (times are approximate): noon, Bill Crawford; 1 p.m., Ruby; 2:25 p.m., Cris Jacobs Band; 3:50 p.m., Alexa Rose (duet); and 5:05 p.m., the Steel Wheels.

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