ENTERTAINMENT 

 

US Kids

Friday, July 3  6:30pm

Having performed for 25 years in the Cleveland-Pittsburgh region, U.S. Kids have “seen it all, done it all, but not done yet.”

Lead singer Johnny DiCarlo plays keyboard. Carlo Volhl plays guitar. Bobby Pizzoferrato sings vocals and plays bass. Drummer Tim Malone also sings vocals.

U.S. Kids rock with hits of the 80’s and 90’s.

They will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3 on the Ripley 4th of July stage. This year’s stage is located on the plaza lot (formerly known as Heck's Plaza) along Academy Drive.

The American rock band’s message “embraces the freedom of every individual and the potential that lies within.” That is reflected in their CD “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Rock!”

All concerts will be drive-in.  Fans will be able to stay in vehicles to watch and listen to entertainment.

Rick K & The Allnighters

Friday, July 3  8:00pm

Rick K & The Allnighters are Ripley regulars.

The show band has made multiple appearances in Jackson County over the years and always brings a slew of dedicated fans.

This year’s road trip is a rock n’ roll review spanning the musical favorites from the 60’s, such as The Temptations, through today’s stars like Bruno Mars. In-between, you are sure to recognize tunes made famous by Bob Seger, K.C. & The Sunshine Band, The Four Tops, ZZ Top, Maroon 5 and Michael Buble.

Morgantown is listed as the band’s home base although they travel across America entertaining fans.

With Rick K on lead vocals, the Allnighters are Steve Moore on drums, Paul Alan on bass, Jimmy Hindman on guitar and Bobby Menear on trumpet.

Their performance is set for 8 p.m. July 3rd on the Ripley 4th of July Stage, located in the plaza parking lot (formerly known as Heck's Plaza) along Academy Drive.

All concerts will be drive-in.  Fans will be able to stay in vehicles to watch and listen to entertainment.

Sheetz Grand Parade

Saturday, July 4th   12:00pm

Covering 1.5 miles through beautiful downtown Ripley, the Grand Parade has been a 170 year old tradition bringing thousands to town.  Please respect others and stay safe.  The sidewalks will be marked to allow for social distancing while viewing the parade.  WOWK-TV will also broadcast the parade live for those who wish to watch from home.

Rimshot

Saturday, July 4  4:00pm

Rimshot gets the show started on the 4th of July in Ripley.

A classic rock band featuring tunes from the 70’s and 80’s mixed with a few country hits, the 5-member band is comprised of musicians from West Virginia and Ohio.

Jerry McGee of Parkersburg plays drums and serves as the band’s manager.

Jeff Arnold of Canton is on vocals and plays percussion. Dan Cox of Lubeck sings vocals and plays base. Marietta’s Bob Crock plays guitar and sings vocals. Lonnie Moore of Parkersburg alternates between keyboard and guitar while singing vocals.

Enjoy Rimshot’s sound at 4 p.m. July 4 on the Ripley 4th of July Stage, located in the plaza parking lot (formerly known as Heck's Plaza) along Academy Drive.

All concerts will be drive-in.  Fans will be able to stay in vehicles to watch and listen to entertainment.

Ultra Sound

Saturday, July 4  6:00pm

Ultra Sound features music from the 80’s with a touch of today’s hits.

The high energy band, which has a strong Jackson County presence and following, is making its 4th of July debut in Ripley. They’ll be on stage at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. There’s a new location for the entertainment in the plaza parking lot (formerly known as Heck's Plaza) along Academy Drive.

Guitarist Dickie Thacker of Cottageville says this is a gig that has been on his bucket list for years.

“I come from a musically inclined family and it has been a big part of my life,” said Thacker, who works in the family insurance business. “I always watched who was performing on stage during the Fourth.”

In addition to Thacker, Ultra Sound consists of Ripley native Anders Bush on bass, drummer Jon Hall of Ashland, KY, and lead vocalist Rusty Ballenger of Proctorville, OH.

Expect to hear songs made popular by such bands as Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Guns ‘n Roses and AC/DC, among others.

“We play a lot of sing-a-long songs,” he added.

All concerts will be drive-in.  Fans will be able to stay in vehicles to watch and listen to entertainment.

Adam Tucker/Nikki Adkins

Saturday, July 4  8:00pm

Call him Adam D. Tucker or call him Vegas McGraw. Regardless of name, here is an entertainer who brings the best in country music to Ripley.

Back for the 4th of July by popular demand, Tucker says it’s awesome to be performing again on stage. The fact that it’s close to home makes the occasion that much more special.

Hailing from Sissonville, he says it’s great to see family, friends and reunite with fans who have followed him for years.

“Coming to Ripley on the Fourth is a blast,” said Tucker, who has a Tim McGraw tribute show. “This is the fourth time that I’ve been here.”

He teams with three different bands in the various regions of the country. He’ll be joined in Ripley by his 6-member East Coast band. Five of them are from the Mountain State.

His West Virginia fan base includes a Charleston woman who has attended 163 of his concerts.

“I’ve been very blessed and I don’t take anything for granted,” said the 1995 graduate of Sissonville High. “I’m very grateful, but I’ve work hard at it for 17 years. My first concert was on May, 30, 2003 at St. Albans.

Touring has slowed since the COVID-19 situation emerged this year. Still, his career has taken him to 45 states, Canada and Mexico. Tucker has lived in Las Vegas for the last decade. He has opened for stars such as Taylor Swift, Trace Adkins and Charlie Daniels.

Tucker is not ready to quit yet. To quote a McGraw song, “I Like It. I Love It. I Want Some More of It.”

Showtime is 8 p.m. on July 4th, just prior to the fireworks display. The stage will be located on the plaza parking lot (formerly knows as Heck's Plaza) along Academy Drive. All concerts will be drive-in.  Fans will be able to stay in vehicles to watch and listen to entertainment.

Fireworks

Saturday, July 4  10:00pm

The day of festivities and celebrating our freedoms with friends and family will conclude with the ever popular fireworks show at 10pm.  

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