Pan Jammin’ Free Steel Drums Concert to Kick Off Highland Arts Unlimited’s 44th Season

Pan Jammin’ Steel Drums will open the 44th season of Highland Arts Unlimited on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 6:30 pm, on the Plaza of the Church-McKee Arts Center at Potomac State College with a free concert.

The group is under the direction of Fred Kesner who started the steel drum movement in Keyser several years ago when he organized Teal Steel at Frankfort Middle School. He now offers classes for beginning and more advanced players in Keyser and the groups have performed widely in the area.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the auditorium of the Church-McKee Arts Center.

Persons joining Highland Arts the evening of the concert may deduct 10% from their membership category this evening only.

Other programs in the 2016-2017 season include: Thursday, Sept. 15, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. who is coming back to Keyser by popular demand and with the addition of Glenn Leonard former lead singer with the Temptations; Friday, Oct. 14, The Skyliners,  a popular doo-wop group from Pittsburgh, Pa.; Sunday, Dec. 11, River City Brasstacular also from Pittsburgh, Pa. for a holiday program; Sunday, March 28,  Don Stephens, pianist, at the Keyser Presbyterian Church at 3:00 pm; Saturday, April 29, Johnny Staats bluegrass music at the Church McKee Arts Center.

Also in October, Highland Arts is bringing a program for elementary school students in Mineral County, “Toying With Science”, starring Garry Krinsky, a multi-talented performer specializing in bringing the arts and sciences to life for young audiences.

Highland Arts Unlimited is a non-profit volunteer group dedicated to bringing quality music, drama, dance and visual arts programs to the community, as well as providing free arts programs to Mineral County Schools. The programs are funded by membership and corporate contributions, financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts; financial support from the Mineral County Board of Education, with generous in-kind support from Potomac State College of West Virginia University.

For more information concerning Highland Arts call 304-788-3066 or 304-788-9465.