Get Mad: Tonight brings your chance to see the mad skills of Steve Moore, also known as “The Mad Drummer” as the Buckhannon native and the rest of Rick K. & The Allnighters perform at the Jefferson County Fair starting at 7:30 p.m.
How big is Moore? Video of his over-the-top performance of ZZ Top’s “Sharp-Dressed Man” has been viewed more than 19 million times on YouTube. (Add to that number by searching online for “This drummer is at the wrong gig.”) Since his rise to fame, Moore has been tapped to play a drummer on an episode of NBC’s “The Office” and has been profiled in Modern Drummer Magazine, named to a website’s “12 Greatest Drum Solos On The Internet” and had one music blogger liken seeing him play to “watching a Rottweiler at the Chihuahua kennel.”
And it’s a bargain to see the Morgantown-based band at the fairgrounds at 1707 Old Leetown Pike in Kearneysville. The music is included in admission to the fair – free for those 6 and younger; $3 for those 6 to 15; $5 for everyone else. For a look at all the fun to be had at the fair through its conclusion on Saturday, go to www.jeffersoncountyfairwv.org.
Cemetery ‘Testimony’: The annual Elmwood Cemetery “Testimony of the Rocks” tour starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the cemetery at 4849 Kearneysville Pike in Shepherdstown. Shepherdstown Historian Laureate Jim Price will again lead the tour, with a focus this year on Shepherdstown’s 250th anniversary. The tour costs $10, and proceeds will go toward tombstone restoration in historic cemetery. Organizers suggest those taking the tour should bring a chair or blanket to sit on, comfortable clothing and walking shoes, and protection against gnats.
Free workshop: There are still a few spots left for Saturday’s free, daylong workshop on the unique, American music tradition known as “shape note singing.” Four Baltimore-based experts in the genre, which dates to Colonial times, will lead the workshop at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. “Shout of Sacred Joy: An Introduction to Shape Note Singing” runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Get registered or find out more by contacting the park service’s Living History Offices at 304-535-6063 or sending an email to Melinda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book event: Harpers Ferry-based author C.W. Nash will be at Panera in Ranson Thursday to discuss “Hunter,” his new novel for young adults. The free event happens from 4 to 8 p.m. at the eatery at 72 Oak Lee Drive.
The Baltimore native’s book – the first in a series the father of two has planned out – includes a protagonist with a life-threatening disease who must negotiate not only vampire hunting and a secret society, but how to keep the love of his life. He’s been traveling the East Coast promoting the work at book fairs, sci-fi conventions and other events. For details, go online to www.cwnash.com.