Davis & Elkins College is kicking off the new academic year with an evening of fun and excitement Sunday beginning at 8 p.m. in the College Amphitheatre on the lower lawn. The entire community is invited to the "Last Night of Summer Carnival" that includes fireworks and musical performance by Red Wanting Blue.
"We encourage members of the local community to come out and welcome the new students, bring a blanket and enjoy the celebration," Scott Goddard, vice president of Student Affairs, said. "It should be a fun evening for families with a great band and fireworks show. It's a perfect way to kick off an exciting new year."
The rock band Red Wanting Blue is based in Columbus, Ohio, but is often considered America's "local band." For years, the group led by singer-songwriter Scott Terry, has traveled thousands of miles through the nation's heartland, making fans the hard way - one at a time. But most recently, the band went national as it performed on the "Late Night with David Letterman Show."
Red Wanting Blue has established an exceedingly loyal following in and around the Midwest, where the band regularly fills clubs normally reserved for bigger names. Joining Terry are band members Mark McCullough (bass guitar, vocals), Greg Rahm (keys, guitars, organ, vocals), Eric Hall Jr. (guitars, lap steel, mandolin, banjo, vocals) and Dean Anshutz (drums, percussion, glockenspiel). Together they built an unshakable rock powerhouse that has brought Red Wanting Blue to national attention.
The fireworks display is set to begin at approximately 9 p.m. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Halliehurst.