Musicians will come together to celebrate the life and musical legacy of Terry Richardson in a special concert at the Pocahontas County Opera House in Marlinton on Sunday, Oct. 23.
Richardson passed away in May of this year. He was the fourth-generation owner of Marlinton’s iconic C.J. Richardson Hardware store, which his family has operated for more than a century. A talented guitarist, Richardson also played in a number of bands from a young age. In recent years, he was a fixture on stage with traditional Appalachian music groups Juanita Fireball & The Continental Drifters and The Elk River Ramblers. The latter played on the Opera House stage just a few months before his passing, as part of the concert hall’s annual Opry Night.
There’s no admission fee to the tribute concert, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Pocahontas County Opera House, where Richardson frequently enjoyed playing.
The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a potluck social and open jam session. Everyone is invited to bring an instrument and join in the music.
At 7:30 p.m., the musical tribute continues with an all-star lineup of Pocahontas County traditional musicians who once played with Richardson, including Juanita Fireball & The Continental Drifters, The Elk River Ramblers, Dwight Diller, Stony Bottom Crossing, Kelsey Beverage & Friends, Clair Mosesso, and more.
Performances at the Opera House are informal, family-friendly and open to all. The entrance and main seating are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to attend; special accommodations can be arranged upon request by calling 304-799-6645.