Wednesday, June 30th 6:00pm
Bluegrass Gospel Night - Corey Hager, The Sheppard Brothers, Putnam Family & Cossin Brothers
The Sheppard Brothers
Thursday, July 1st 6:00pm
Patriots on Wheels Bicycle Parade
on North Street
Thursday, July 1st 6:30pm
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.
Adam Tucker/Nikki Adkins
Thursday, July 1st 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. 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 Thursday, July 1st. stage will be located on the Jackson County Courthouse Lawn.
Friday, July 2 6:00pm
The Class Act
“The Class Act” is becoming a tradition connected with the Fourth of July Celebration in Ripley. It serves as an all-class reunion for Ripley High graduates, spouses and friends. The 2021 Class Act begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 2 on the lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse.
“The Fourth of July Celebration also is a big reunion for the community. Everyone is invited!” said Mayor Carolyn Rader who chairs the town’s Independence celebration. Several graduating classes now plan reunions to coincide with The Class Act. Music will be provided by DJ Colby Ferrell.
Saturday, July 3
The Little Partriots Hour 9:00 am
Opening Ceremonies 10:00 am
Firecracker 2-Mile Race 11:30 am
Sheetz Grand Parade 12:00 pm
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. WOWK-TV will also broadcast the parade live for those who wish to watch from home.
Line Dancing with Debbie Williams Pursley 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Saturday, July 3 4:00pm
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 will be on stage at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. 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.
Saturday, July 3 6:00pm
Rockland Road is many things. It’s a street near Nashville. It’s a studio where countless hit records have been recorded. It is a crossroads where country, gospel, pop, R&B and Americana music has thrived for years. It is a self-contained vocal-driven melodic band with a heritage as rich and authentic as its namesake. Six members, all sharing the last name Martin; representing four generations of musical heritage; all vocalists who play twenty-three instruments between them. Rockland Road is a powerhouse of soulful vocals blended with a pure, exuberant joy worthy of the literal and figurative blood that flows through their veins making them a family.
Fueled by a mutual passion for many genres and longing for a fun, family-friendly musical experience for their kids, Paul and Jamie Martin began singing together in 2010 with their four children: March, Kell, Texas, and Tallant. Quickly realizing that the kids all showed an uncanny knack for hearing harmonies, as well as for playing instruments, they began performing shows together. They’ve taken their stage show to venues as varied as the U.S. Library of Congress, the Country Music Cruise, the Grand Ole Opry, the White House, and countless fairs, festivals and performing arts centers across the country.
Dave & Daphne
Saturday, July 3 8:00pm
The Dave & Daphne Show is a High energy show! A duo from Nashville Tennessee, featuring classic country, bluegrass, Old time rock ‘n’ roll, instrumentals such as Orange Blossom Special and Flight of the Bumblebee, as well as Southern Gospel Classics! Dave played lead guitar for Barbara Mandrell for 10 years, Daphne was Southern Gospel Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year. Together they are 4-time RGV winners of the Duo of the Year Award and 2019 Entertainers of the Year! The Dave and Daphne show is exactly what somebody is looking for who wants to be entertained! DON’T YOU DARE MISS THEM! Types of Music include 50's, 60's, 70's, Bluegrass, Classic Country and Classic Rock. You and your family will love the sounds of Dave & Daphne.
Saturday, July 3 10:00pm
The day of festivities and celebrating our freedoms with friends and family will conclude with the ever popular fireworks show at 10pm.
Unity In The Community, U-Turn
Sunday, July 4
Come one, come all! Unity in the Community is for all ages and denominations. Come enjoy food, games, worship, and an exciting message on the Ripley Courthouse Lawn on Sunday, July 4th. Unity in the Community is a family oriented event taking place on the Jackson County Courthouse lawn. This exciting uplifting event is an outreach of Victory Church.