About The 2nd Annual Coal River Songwriters' Festival

The show at the Alban Arts Center on May 4, 2024 will be the third night of the festival.  Night one being, May 2nd at the Coal River Coffee Company's Open Mic Night from 6 to 10, and night two being a show put on and broadcast from WWSA 96.9 studios 7 to 10 pm with another 12 local performers.

Brought to you by: 
Coal River Renaissance- Planning and promoting community-fostering events in the greater Saint Albans, WV area.
The Alban Arts Center
WWSA Radio 96.9
The Coal River Coffee Company

The Coal River Songwriters' Festival was conceived by James Townsend and Chris Sutton in 2022.  Its goal is to feature and promote local songwriters who have been a part of the music scene in Saint Albans the past several years.  Our artists are specifically drawn from the weekly open mic that runs from 6 to 10 at Coal River Coffee Company, and our Coal River Songwriters Group that meets the first Saturday of each month at 12 noon at CRCC as well.

This Years Lineup of Artists:
Schaefer Ball
Dan Beach
Abby Blackner
Nolan Collins
Spencer Elliot
Sam Eplin
John Hale
John Harrison
Makenna Hope
Douglas John Imbrogno
Megan Wooten LeRose
Anne Melton
Chris Sutton
Travis Vandal

Alban Arts Center

The Alban Arts Center is a small arts organization in the heart of downtown St. Albans.  Located within the historic Alban Theater, originally built in 1938 as a movie house, the Alban Arts Center provides a wide array of artistic opportunities for St. Albans and the surrounding community within its intimate 225 seat theater.  Primarily focusing on the performing arts, the Alban produces 4-6 productions every year, in addition to hosting several other theatre companies and touring productions.  The Alban, as a small and energetic organization, can segue from large, family oriented casts to intimate and intense dramas in the course of their season; and even produces an annual Shakespeare in the Park at St. Albans City Park.  The Alban also hosts concerts, movies, and a variety of other performances throughout the year.

              In addition to producing and hosting theatrical productions the Alban Arts Center also houses the Alban Arts Academy, a twice yearly extra-curricular academy that has provided artistic education to the greater-metro area, since 2010.  Academy classes include Acting, Improv, Musical Theatre and much more.  All classes are taught by local artists, and over 1,000 students from 7 counties have traveled to St. Albans for their arts education needs.  Every spring and fall semester the Alban Arts Academy offers 15+ classes and awards scholarships to students that may need them.