Robin Kessinger Festival & Workshops

May 2nd & 3rd



Coonskin Park Amphitheater
2000 Coonskin Dr, Charleston, WV 25311


The Sleep Inn at the Mink Shoals exit of I-79 (right outside of Charleston headed North on I-79 – beside the wonderful Harding’s Restaurant) is holding a block of rooms for us!!! They are offering the reduced rate of $89 for king or double queen if you ask for the Robin Kessinger Festival block with a cut off of April 18 ….the direct phone is 1-800-216-0661. All rooms have a small refrigerator, microwave, hair dryer, iron and board, coffeemaker, high speed internet, and a deluxe continental breakfast in the lobby from 6 – 10 AM. This will most likely be our ‘after hours’ jam location, too!

Festival Information

A nonprofit festival to be held at Coonskin Park Amphitheater, hosts the WV State Flatpick Guitar Championship and holds traditional music workshops.

Mission: To celebrate the traditions of passing on musical heritage in the mountain state.

The Robin Kessinger Festival hosts the West Virginia Flatpick Guitar Contest. We promote and encourage people to support West Virginia’s musical heritage as well as expose them to a variety of musical styles. Our hope is that everyone who attends our festival will go home with fond memories of the celebration of music, the beauty of our state, and the good times with new and old friends.

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Check out this video from our 2014 champ Allen Shadd

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Has everybody checked on Robert Shafer’s post about liking their band? They’ll be in Bristol July 10. They are getting promotion to go to Nashville. Look for info on his page. Let’s get them to Nashville!

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Please follow the link to “Like” this video & help our friends of Blue Yonder make it to Nashville at a chance to be on an upcoming old time album with such names as Dolly Parton & Vince Gill.

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A lil piece of history. :)

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Here’s a quick Where Are They Now? of the last 2 years state champs….

2014 State Champ, Allen Shadd just finished a new album with guest performer Bryan Mcdowell, our 1st festival yr winner & triple crown winner at Nationals. Allen won Wayne Henderson Fest last year so look for, as always, an entertaining performance this year at Wayne’s Fest in Mouth of Wilson VA

Our 2013 WV State Champ, Matt Lindsey is performing locally in Charleston WV with his band The Dread Pirate, Roberts. Regulars at Bluegrass Kitchen & always a supremely entertaining jazzgrass band. Who can’t love that?

I’ll post more as I gather info. Please support these and other local talent. Pick up their albums when possible.
For you are what keeps traditonal music alive in the mountain state.

Have a beautiful weekend. :)

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