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Concert Celebrates ArtsLink Day on Thursday

Ken McBride

NEW MARTINSVILLE — The city of New Martinsville proclaims Thursday, Aug. 5, as “ArtsLink Day” in honor of its 20th anniversary.

ArtsLink was incorporated on July 25, 2001, as the arts council for Wetzel and Tyler counties. ArtsLink occupies the Francis Creative Arts Center, a building provided by West Virginia Northern Community College, which was donated by the Francis family for utilization as an arts center.

Ken McBride — pianist, singer and entertainer — will be featured in concert at the Lincoln Theater at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5. The show will be presented by ArtsLink as part of its 2021 Coffeehouse Series. This will be a free show as John Joe Mensore is celebrating his 83rd birthday, so he could not be more pleased to sponsor this return show of his dear friend for his birthday celebration.

ArtsLink president Scarlet Hood remarked, “These two have performed together previously and put on a wonderful show.”

His extensive repertoire includes some classical selections, the contemporary sounds of Sinatra, Humperdinck, Joel and Broadway show tunes, to all the favorite Irish melodies.

His acclaimed rendition of “The Phantom of the Opera,” is truly a musical spectacular to be seen and heard. McBride is well known for performing in Venice, Fla., at T.J. Carney’s.

McBride is a native of Waterford, Ireland, hence his familiarity with all the Irish songs his fans adore. For many years now he has been performing in U.S. venues, from large concert halls, to small intimate pubs and restaurants.

For a sneak peek of his talent visit kenmcbridehimself.com.

This event is sponsored by J.C. Mensore Distributor. ArtsLink’s 2021 Coffeehouse Series is sponsored by First Mutual Bank.

ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible.

People with special needs may contact Donna Earley at 304-455-2278 to request assistance. Financial support for ArtsLink activities is provided by the city of New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Commission, West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, EQT Foundation and Ohio Valley Online.

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