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March 24, 2011
The Herald-Star

Chaos Killed opening show

WEIRTON - Local progressive rock band Chaos Killed will open for Fair to Midland March 30 at the Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Chaos Killed, comprised of Anthony Rees of Marland Heights and Joshua Jenkins and Joshua Revels of Colliers, has played in numerous venues across the valley and already has shared the stage with major national acts such as Hollywood Records/Sounds + Sights recording artist Evans Blue.

"Fair to Midland is such a talented band," said drummer Revels. "The band is one we all have looked up to for a while and draw inspiration from." Fair to Midland is signed to Serjical Strike Records, an independent record label owned by System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian.

"We're very grateful that Drusky Entertainment has given us this opportunity, he added. "We're all so pumped!"

Since the January debut of their first EP "Blame It All On The Birds" on iTunes, Chaos Killed has more than 70 song downloads.

"It's so cool to see our hard work starting to pay off," said Revels.

Blame It All On The Birds was recorded and produced in Wheeling by Barry S. Cline Jr. of Viceroy Productions. "We're trying to jump on every opportunity to get our music out there," Revels said. "We're a very motivated and very determined group, and we're planning some big things for the near future."

Tickets for the show are available at the Smiling Moose on Carson Street in the Southside district of Pittsburgh; through the band by calling (304) 639-3525; or e-mailing

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Space Out! at Carnegie center

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center will celebrate outer space with astronomical programming during Space Out! Astronomy Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Out-of-this-world programs, activities and special events will engage sky-watchers of all ages.

Buhl Digital Planetarium & Observatory staff, members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh and the Kiski Astronomers will offer a variety of interactive experiences, from learning how to navigate among the stars and getting up-close to the latest and greatest telescopes, to observing meteorites and Moon rocks and catching up on the latest astronomical news. For those looking to continue their search of the sky at home, the Explore Store will display a selection of telescopes for sale, with knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions.

For a complete schedule of the weekend's activities, visit or call (412) 237-3400. Carnegie Science Center is at 1 Allegheny Ave. on Pittsburgh's north shore next to Heinz Field.

Brooke Hills Park passes on sale

WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Park is offering a discount on park passes, including golf, mini golf and pool passes as well as graduation parties.

To purchase passes or secure a shelter, visit the Brooke Hills Park clubhouse or call (307) 737-1236.

Karaoke at

Vineyard Cafe

WHEELING - JoAnna Sponaugle of Jo Jo Karaoke will host an evening of karaoke from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Vineyard Cafe.

She will be joined by her husband Mike, and the evening will be devoted to karaoke. Also included will be food and dancing.

The Vineyard Cafe is on the lower level of the Wheeling Vineyard Church, 647 Warden Run Road. For information, visit or on at the Vineyard Cafe-Wheeling.

Playhouse to hold show auditions

WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse will hold auditions for the first three shows of its 40th anniversary year April 9 at the Brooke High School auditorium.

Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, president of the playhouse's parent organization, the Brooke County Arts Council, said all area residents are welcome to audition.

"One of the most exciting things about the playhouse is that we discover new talent every year," Barnhart said. "And many of those talented people never did theater before they came to us," she added.

Anyone unable to audition at the scheduled times may make other arrangements by calling Barnhart at (304) 737-1301 through April 8 and leaving a message.

Auditions will begin at 10 a.m. on April 9 for the Rebecca Feldman-William Finn-Rachel Sheinkin-Jay Reiss musical comedy "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," directed by Russ Welch of Wellsburg. The show's script calls for three male and three female students and one female and two male adults.

The students are competitors in the spelling bee, and the adults are the supervisors of the bee. Actors auditioning will be taught a song from the show and will read selected passages from the script.

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" is the second show of Brooke Hills' summer season and will be performed at 8 p.m. June 16-19 and 23-25 and at 2 p.m. June 26.

Auditions for the third show of the summer, J.M. Barrie's wise and witty ghost story "Mary Rose," will begin at noon April 9. Charles Calabrese of Wintersville is the director. The cast includes five men and three women. Most cast members will speak with British accents. One male will speak with a Scottish accent, and a second male will speak with an Australian accent. Actors will be required to read selected passages from the script during auditions.

"Mary Rose" will be performed at the playhouse at 8 p.m. June 30, July 1-3 and 7-9 with a matinee at 2 p.m. July 10.

The third audition of the day, at 2 p.m. on April 9, will be for the first show of the season - Neil Simon's classic comedy "The Odd Couple," directed by Michelle Turner of Wintersville. The cast includes six men and two women. Actors trying out for the play will be required to read selected passages from the script.

"The Odd Couple" takes to the playhouse stage at 8 p.m. June 2-5 and 9-11 and 2 p.m. June 12.

Auditions for the last three plays of the Brooke Hills season are scheduled for April 30. The shows include Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical "Into the Woods," directed by Nick Taylor; Charles Morey's comedy "Laughing Stock," directed by Diana Mendel; and a show for young actors, still to be finalized, directed by Julia Barnhart. All three directors are Wellsburg residents.

As always, the playhouse is offering patrons the opportunity to purchase advance season discount coupons. New this year, season ticket holders can choose among four plans and will have priority seating and be eligible for discounts on other arts council events.

For information and tickets, go to

McCoy coming to Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will host a show by country singer and consummate live performer Neal McCoy beginning at 8 p.m. May 7 at the Harv Amphitheater.

In the 20 years since McCoy released his first single he has recorded 11 albums and has 25 charted singles to his name. Three of his albums earned platinum status and one gold. McCoy's hit singles include "They're Playing Our Song," For a Change," "If I Was a Drinking Man" and "You Gotta Love That."

McCoy's next project "The Very Best of Neal McCoy" is set for release early this summer. The album is comprised of 19 of his top charted songs and a new original single "Rednecktified."

Tickets are on sale now at;; at the Mountaineer Players Club; or by calling Mountaineer at (800) 804-0468, extension 8297. Seating is general admission by section with prices at $49.99, $39.99, $29.99 and $19.99. Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort is owned and operated by MTR Gaming Group. Mountaineer Casino features slot machines, table games, live poker tables, a thoroughbred racetrack, an upscale hotel with amenities, golf course, fine dining and entertainment, a theater and events center and convention center.

Symphony to play Zeppelin music

WHEELING - The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will show its "mettle" and "metal" when it presents "The Music of Led Zeppelin" with Michael Shotton - a vocalist who has performed with many A-list session players, including Axl Rose, Billy Idol, Phil Collins and the legendary band Boston.

This must-see concert will be held at 8 p.m. April 8 at the Capitol Theatre under the baton of maestro Andre Raphel. Concert-goers will hear Led Zeppelin's greatest hits, including "Dancing Days," "Stairway to Heaven," "Black Dog," " Kashmir," "Dazed and Confused" and more.

Shotton, a vocalist of remarkable range, will perform backed by a four-piece Jeans 'n Classics band plus the entire Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.

Peter Brennan's Jeans 'n Classics are renowned for combining rock musicians and headlining stars with world-class symphony orchestras.

In addition to Shotton, the Jeans 'n Classics Band consists of Peter Brennan, guitar; Mitch Tyler, electric bass; Don Paulton, keyboards; and Jeff Christmas, drums.

Born in Newcastle, England, Shotton replaced Boston's Brad Delp in 1991 to appear on the band's fifth album "Walk On" (MCA).

He turned down the lead vocal position with the pop-rock band to sign to EMI records worldwide with his own original hard rock band, Von Groove.

To date, Von Groove has completed its ninth album under the Z Records/Marquee labels. In 1998 Shotton also became part of the rock group The Outpatience and released its debut album "Anxious Disease" (Teichiku/Virgin). This album features all of the members of Guns N' Roses (including a duet with Axl Rose); Steve Stevens (Billy Idol); Louis Conte (Phil Collins); and many other A-list session players. Recently, Shotton has been playing drums with the well-known Canadian band The Spoons, as well as performing as a solo vocalist on many symphony dates across North America.

This concert is sponsored by the Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary. WTRF-TV is the media sponsor.

This program is presented with 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.

Tickets can be purchased at the Wheeling Symphony box office at 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling, during regular business hours or by calling (304) 232-6191. Tickets also can be purchased at WesBanco Arena or any Ticketmaster outlet.

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