Little Theatre, Big Show

If you aren't familiar with the BBC show Doctor Who, the main character flies through time and space in what is known as a T.A.R.D.I.S. We won't get into what the letters stand for, but the "vehicle" takes on the form of on old police box. However, the inside is somewhat of a wonder. As it is pointed out in the show on more than one occasion, "It is bigger on the inside."

Moundsville, WV has its own "T.A.R.D.I.S." in its historic Strand Theatre. It takes on the form of a small theatre, but it seems so much bigger on the inside. It is a somewhat small theatre, boasting a whole 400 seats. However, the little theatre is capable of holding big shows. The lighting is more than sufficient, and the sound system has the ability to satisfy some of the biggest names in Nashville's Bluegrass family. The theatre itself just has a comfortable feel to it.

This past Saturday, BMEF produced another benefit concert that showcased Crandall Creek and headliner, Alan Bibey and Grasstowne. Crandall Creek has recently gone through a couple changes. The members that have moved on are missed and will be forever in the hearts of the band members left behind, but fans are also amazed by the new additions that have come to join the family. Despite having members who are new to the mix, Crandall Creek was able to perform the beloved songs their fans expect to hear with the same quality and professionalism they have always presented.It is no wonder Alan Bibey and Grasstowne have won multiple awards and are one of the hottest bluegrass bands in Nashville at this time. Their performance was nothing short of amazingly perfect. Their sound is so crisp and clear, and anyone can tell by the pure joy in each one of the band members smiles as they are playing their songs, they are doing what they love. Their second set included a special song that should touch the hearts of anyone connected to Marshall County, WV. They played a song Alan Bibey did with the band IIIrd Time Out called Moundsville Pen.Not all bands are quite so accommodating, but they even left time at the end to do one of our favorite things at our concerts. They gave the audience the treat of two fun-filled songs with both bands on stage playing together. The energy of each band during their sets is one thing, but this is where the "T.A.R.D.I.S." probably struggled. The energy that came from its stage with both bands playing together is something that would be hard to contain.Thank you to Alan Bibey and Grasstowne and Crandall Creek for an amazing night. Thank you to our sponsors, Williams Energy and Main Street Bank, for your generosity. Without you these shows could not happen. Thank you to Josh Blakemore and Andy Blum for the sound and Mark Henthorn for the lighting. Thank you to those who donated items for the silent auction. Thank you to those of you who are still bringing in nonperishable food items. Thank you to those of you who came out in support of our show and our cause.

Finally, thank you to the volunteers at Helping Heroes for the work you do with our country's veterans. Of course, all of our proceeds go to a good cause. We hope the donation made to Helping Heroes will be of great benefit.

Everyone watch for details coming soon about our next event scheduled for November 17th. We hope to see you there!