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West Virginia bands take V Club stage this weekend

On April 17, 2014


The ever-growing West Virginia music scene will be well represented this weekend, capped by the return of the popular rock band AC30, at 10 p.m. Saturday at the V Club.

The festivities kick off at 10 p.m. Friday at the V Club with local funk-soul ensemble Downtown King. The band’s infectious, groove-driven sound will serve as the perfect opener for the night’s headliner, long-running Morgantown band Fletcher’s Grove. Together, the two acts promise a night of dance-heavy jams, a party-friendly atmosphere and top-notch musicianship.

Saturday will see local Americana act Patrick Stanley take the stage, followed by fast-rising Huntington indie rockers, Ona. Closing out the night will be the long awaited return of one of the area’s most revered acts, power-pop veterans AC30.

Ian Thornton, bassist for AC30, said the band has been absent on the scene for close to six months because they were working on their second albulm.

“We had a good chunk finished when we lost our drummer and picked up Rod Elkins, so we decided to start back from the beginning,” Thornton said.

The band’s knack for crafting catchy, hook-driven rock songs garners comparisons to legends like Big Star, Cheap Trick and even the Rolling Stones. With the ability to blend a roots-rock feel with a stadium-rock sound, AC30 is a testament to the diversity of the region’s expanding scene. Thornton, who has been booking shows in Huntington since 2007, said he has witnessed the growth first hand.

“I came in at a great time when local bands started really flourishing,” Thornton said. “Before that we were kind of type cast as a hardcore and metal scene, but since then we’ve seen bands come in from all different genres.”

Thornton also expressed a common sentiment regarding the Huntington music scene.

“One of the best parts is how supportive everyone is of each other,” Thornton said. “This weekend is a great example because I love every single one of these acts.”

As far as the future of West Virginia music goes, Thornton hopes the rest of the country will soon start to take notice.

“I feel like we’re a hub that will be continuously overlooked because of where we are located,” Thornton said. “West Virginia has a stereotype and it seems like a hard one to crack. I’d put some of our bands up against any in the country. Every band started out as a local band somewhere.”

Mark Williams can be contacted at

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