CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A pair of big-name country music acts will headline West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration later this month, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced today.
Lonestar and Ronnie Milsap will cap a weekend of sesquicentennial festivities with a June 22 concert on the State Capitol steps, according to a news release from Tomblin's office.
Lonestar -- featuring lead vocalist Richie McDonald, guitarist Michael Britt, drummer Keech Rainwater, and keyboardist Dean Sams -- has three platinum-plus albums and 10 No. 1 country hits. The band's chart-topping songs include "Amazed," named 1999's Academy of Country Music Song of the Year, and 2003's "My Front Porch Looking In."
Ronnie Milsap, meanwhile, is a six-time Grammy winner who has recorded over 40 No. 1 hits during a career spanning four decades.
Milsap will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. on June 22 and will be followed by Lonestar.
The birthday celebration's daytime music lineup kicks off at 11 a.m. on June 22 and features West Virginia artists including soul sensation Lady D, of Beckley; Lewisburg reggae funk band Vern's Pot O'Chili; Americana folk singer Christian Lopez of Martinsburg with his trio Joe Taxi; and the Davisson Brothers Band, rising country stars from Clarksburg. These artists will perform on the Capitol steps during the daytime festivities, entertaining the thousands of West Virginians expected to attend the celebration.
West Virginia's 150th birthday festivities begin at the state Capitol on Thursday, June 20, and conclude Sunday, June 23. The celebration will include the Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off, a classic car cruise-in, the unveiling of the Postal Service's West Virginia statehood stamp, food and craft vendors, the Vandalia Gathering, and three showings of a 3-D video that chronicles West Virginia's history and will be projected directly onto the face of the State Capitol.
On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the observances will end with fireworks shows. To view the complete schedule, visit www.birthday.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx. ;