EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFireworks Featured At Live On Levee Concert Friday
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 24, 2013 5:08 PM EDT
Charelston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Friday’s Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee concert in Charleston will end with a bang – literally.
A special fireworks show following the free concert featuring the Campbell Brothers and the Carpenter Ants, according to a news release from the city of Charleston . Produced by Dominion Fireworks, the display is sponsored by AARP of West Virginia and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. Because of the weather-related cancellation of the fireworks on July 12, this show promises to be the biggest one of the Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee season.
The free concert begins on the Schoenbaum Stage of Haddad Riverfront Park at 6:30 p.m. with an hour-set by the Carpenter Ants, one of Charleston’s longest-running soul and R&B bands. Then the “sacred steel” music of the Campbell Brothers will begin at 7:45 p.m. with two sets that will conclude at 9:30 p.m.
According to the band’s website, the Campbell Brothers “present sacred steel: African-American gospel music with electric steel guitar and vocal.” The Clay Center also is co-sponsoring this performance by the Campbell Brothers as part of the center’s 10th anniversary celebration this year. A 12-15 minute fireworks show will follow, combining pyrotechnics of a brief show that was already scheduled for the evening with the rescheduled fireworks that were rained out two weeks ago.
Because of the concert and fireworks, traffic on both sides of the Kanawha River will be affected Friday evening. The usual closure of Kanawha Boulevard between Court and Capitol streets will begin at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., MacCorkle Avenue will be closed between Porter Road and U.S. 119 south, although traffic to and from the train depot and South Side Bridge will be permitted along Ferry and Thayer streets until 9 p.m. At that time, Thayer and Ferry streets will be closed, although the South Side Bridge will remain open to traffic.
Because this display will include larger shells than previous Friday night shows, the safety zone around the launch site will be enforced both on land and water. Boats will not be permitted within about 100 feet of riverbank next to the launch site on MacCorkle Avenue right across from Haddad Park.
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