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Two-day concert event to support Foster Adventure, Hurricane youth activity center

By Clint Thomas, Metro Reporter
Proceeds from the two-day Fund the Youth Fest will go toward opening the Empowering Youth Experience Center for teenagers in Hurricane. Courtesy photo

Regional bands will rock out at two-day Fund the Youth Fest concert coming this month to the John Henson Senior Center in Hurricane.

From 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27, nearly two dozen local groups will perform at the facility.

Admission is $10 daily. Proceeds will be directed to Foster Adventure and toward the operations of the Empowering Youth Experience (or EYE, for short) Center in Hurricane.

Aug. 26’s entertainment line-up includes:

• No One is Upright

• From Another Planet

• A Sense of Purpose

• Forest Wars

• Rader

• Almost Hell

• The Corinthian

• Chud

• Down in Round Three

• Youth

• Keep it Safe

• Flow Season

• Roy Bush.

Performing on Aug. 27 will be:

• Left Behind

• Skincarver

• Beshiba

• Livid

• Short Leash

• Homesick

• Cursed Path

• Fungus Funeral

• Crown Vic

• The Stolen Stitches

• Clawhammered.

The bands and soloists will bring a variety of music -- from West Virginia Emo to Ohio Metalcore -- from their bases throughout West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The Fund the Youth Fest is the brainchild of a Buffalo teenager, said Foster Adventure Executive Director Michael Jones.

“Ben Hobba is a teenager who is friends with some of the foster kids in my home currently,” Jones explained, “and they got to know each other really well through the youth group and stuff. Ben is avid in the local music scene and in heavy metal and just loves rock. He reached out to me and asked how he could get involved. He wanted to help out and he had this idea to run the idea by me and I was, like, ‘You know what? It sounds like it could be something fun.’

“So, Ben has pretty much spearheaded this music event. I’m securing the venue and soliciting help and donations and all that stuff. This young man has just really worked very hard to put the show on, to help our cause and assist us with getting some initial funding going to grow our programs.

“So, credit has to go to Ben Hobba, because we could have never done this without him. We are looking forward to the event and will be there helping in whatever capacity that he needs us,” Jones said.

Foster Adventure is a nonprofit organization. Its stated goal is to provide opportunities for young people, primarily in foster care, that will promote friendships, strong interpersonal skills, a desire for education and a sense of hope for the future.

The youth center will offer after-school activities, youth development workshops on subjects such as leadership, mentoring, academic and cultural enrichment, workforce skills and entrepreneurship. Computer and business classes are planned, as are special-interest classes in areas including cooking, gardening, video production, pet care and photography, among others. A youth advisory board, under the aegis of an adult board of directors, will run and implement activities, according to the Foster Adventure website.

The John Henson Senior Center is located at 2800 Putnam Ave. in Hurricane.

Nacho Average Taco, Putnam Music Exchange, Montani Mechanical Group, Hobba Electric and others are sponsoring the Fund the Youth Fest.

For additional information and to purchase tickets or make donations to Foster Adventure and its youth center funding, go to

Foster Adventure will also have a fundraising yard sale and vendor event from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at 200 Morris Court in Hurricane.


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