Beginning at 11 am and ending at 9 pm Saturday and Sunday, the two-day event is held at the newly restored Freight depot
on comercial street, "Festival of the Rivers 2016" remains FREE to the public.The festival features something for every member of the family .The City's Sidetrack Park "Railroad Train" swimming pool is opened each day from 12 noon till 6 pm.

Festival of the Rivers
Held on Labor Day Weekend, Festival of the Rivers is a two-day music festival featuring Grassroots Appalachian music in celebration of our rivers and railroad culture.  Blues, Roots and Traditional musicians showcase the influence Appalachian music has had on the world. This free festival is located in Hinton, Summers County, West Virginia at the confluence of the Greenbrier, Bluestone, and New rivers. As the "Gateway Community" for the New River Gorge National River, the community and festival are near both the National Park Service's New River Gorge Visitors Center on Interstate 64 and the breathtaking beauty of Sandstone Falls.

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Hinton, West Virginia

Hinton is the county seat of Summers County WV. The town and county are rich in outdoor activity with superb fishing, two state parks, rail and coal history, and home of the Legend of John Henry, The Steel Drivin' Man. For more information on Hinton and the surrounding area visit the Summers County Convention & Visitors Bureau website. Beginning with the Gay 90's of the nineteenth century, the community experienced explosive growth. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the historic district includes over two hundred architecturally distinctive buildings. Styles encompassed are American Gothic, Classical, High Victorian, American Foursquare, and Greek Revival. The community is literally a living architectural exhibit. Hinton, West Virginia Website

Flannagan-Murrell House

The free festival is held by the Flannagan-Murrell House, Inc. (FMH),
a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to using the arts for the
benefit of the people of Hinton, Summers County, and West Virginia
in general.  FMH is maintained through community support and staffed
by volunteers. For more information on the organization please call
publicity coordinator, Dwight Emrich, at (304) 466-1401.

Flannagan-Murrell House, Inc. (FMH) was founded in 1990 with the
purpose of preserving the oldest extant house in the Hinton National
Historical District. A group of concerned citizens of Hinton and Summers County banded together and obtained a loan to purchase the abandoned house in order to save it from being razed. The cost of an annual membership in the organization is $15 for an individual, $25 for a family, or $50 in in-kind donations or services. FMH also offers lifetime memberships for $1000 and welcomes support for the continuing restoration of the building and program development in the arts. For more information contact Dwight Emrich 304-466-1401

Festival of the Rivers is sustained through the ongoing support of the State of West Virginia, corporate sponsors, and private donors.

  • Individuals or companies interested in vending at the festival should contact vendor coordinator, David Williams, at (304) 890-4602/466-1401or email by . The is no vendor fee this year however a donation is welome ,spaces are limited.

  • Anyone wishing to be considered for this year's festival should contact our coordinator, Dwight Emrich,  (304) 466-1401.
The Kind Thieves
      This Folk/Bluegrass consist of Cody Perkins - Mandolin/Vocals Colby Elswick - Banjo/Vocals , Drew Jobe - Bass/Vocals, Archibald Johnson - Guitar/Vocals Annie Starshine – Fiddle,
Andrew Brown - Percussion .
      Influences Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Punch Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, Allman Brothers, Eagles .Music is our passion. Songwriting our skill.                  Playing for you our pleasure.
"Many a thief is a better man than many a clergyman,     and miles nearer the gate of the kingdom"
                    George Macdonald.

The Parachute Brigade is a 5-piece acoustic and folk/pop rock band from Beckley, WV. The band consists of 4 lead vocalists, which allows them to have plenty of vocal harmony. Their instrumentation varies on song styles, with everything from acoustic and bass guitars to ukulele and kazoo. They do mostly cover songs, but each song has their own personal spin on it. They are, however, working on writing and recording their first original album, which they are hoping to release this fall. They've been a band for almost 4 years now, and they all have a long musical background which allows them to bring several different styles and elements to the stage. Overall, their goal is to keep their audiences captivated and have them singing along.
Valley Bluegrass Band started in 2005. The band was started by Larry & Loretta Cox, We are a traditional Bluegrass band. We feature a dobro, guitar, bass & banjo with some lead guitar for good measure The band has 3 lead singers and a fourth that sings harmony. We play most of the old favorite Bluegrass songs along with a few Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass Gospel songs. We also play some original songs. Our sound person Loretta, has run sound for several bluegrass events, Ralph II and some Professional Country Artists. We enjoy preforming and hope that when you hear us, You will want to come out to one of our many events Throughout the year to hear us again. You can check out our bands web-site at: You can book Valley Bluegrass Band for your special event
TRANSIT TIME BAND   was founded March 1971. We are the longest continuous playing band in the state of West Virginia.  The original band consisted of six members.  45 years later there are only two of the original members with the band. The band’s music consists of music of the 1950'S thru today.  The music consists of rock, classic rock, southern rock, country, and blues. With our own influences in each genre.  DAVID RUBLE:  founder of TTB, keyboards and vocals.  Over 50 years of experience, 45 years with TTB.DAVE WATKINS:  co-founder of TTB, lead vocalist, lead guitarist. Over 50 years of experience, 45 years with TTB. FRANK RHINEHART:  bassist, vocals, over 50 years of experience, 34 years with TTB.AUNDREA LaSHEA WHITE:  vocals, 30 years experience 2 years with TTB. BENNY DICKENSON: drummer, and newest  addition to band, 50 years experience, 1 year with TTB.

Ekklesia is a praise band from Hinton, WV that began in the summer of 2013. Wanting to play good music and believing the message of Jesus Christ should be shared above all else, the band was born. They get their name from the greek word, Ekklesia, which means “a dynamic gathering of growing disciples, a powerful movement with a world changing mission.” The band has performed for various events including Praise and Worship events, Christmas events, Youth Rallies, and Fundraising Events. Band members include Jason Stover on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Keith Mills on vocals and electric guitar, Tim Sims on vocals and drums, Adam Rhinehart on vocals and bass, Kelly Harvey on lead vocals, Becca McLaughlin on vocals and piano, and our beloved banjo player, the late Chris Coughenour.     Chris’s love for God and zeal for life will never be forgotten. In Chris’s memory, Ekklesia would like to dedicate their Festival of the Rivers performance.
4 Ever Classic Drawing from diversified backgrounds in music and live performance, 4Ever Classic covers popular Classic Rock. Bobby Perdue (guitar and vocals) and Genia Perdue (vocals), are husband and wife from Narrows, VA. Jeff Brookman (bass and vocals) and Kevin Brookman (guitar) are brothers from Peterstown, WV. Rich Larsen (keyboard, guitar and vocals) is from Forest Hill, WV. Adam Brugh (drums) is from Pearisburg, VA.
Bad Magic Numbers The award-winning band’s musical influences are as diverse as the geography of its members’ home states.  Founded in October 2012, Bad Magic Numbers burst onto the southern West Virginia music scene in 2013 playing an eclectic mix of rock, country, blues, and gospel they refer to as “sonic folk”.  Whether they are playing the classics with a twist or songs by the Numbers, the blending of their musical influences produces a distinctive and spirited sound.  Band members include Michael Lee Wills (vocals and trumpet), Melanie Williams-Smith (vocals and keyboard), Ric Libby (lead guitar and vocals), Rick Moorefield (bass guitar), and Benjamin Pitt (drums).
Illusionary Field Unit-Built from years of experience,  IFU is an original band with a unique music-based   Style that crosses a spectrum of music genres. Powerful  vocals by Kyra Claussen.  Guitar and vocals by Andy DucanJosh Bibb on lead guitar. John Bill Ashley on bass and vocals. William Bailey on drums.“IFU’s style of music is “Americana slam jam” that made the room feel like a Quentin Tarantino movie “               
EAST OF MEMPHIS BLUES BAND is a Beckley, WV variety group which has performed extensively throughout West Virginia and Southwestern Virginia. Blending a mix of musical genres ranging Chicago and Texas Blues, and Americana to Classic Rock, they have developed a distinctively expressive style all their own. From hard swinging blues, to memorable ballads, this group is sure to captivate even the most critical listener. Chris Hopson (Lead Vocals, Harmonica, and Guitar), Bill Hunter (Lead Guitar), Ronnie Campbell (Bass Guitar), and Ronnie Buckland (Drums)
Corey Lee McQuade is a multi instrumentalist and singer/songwriter born and raised in WV and currently residing in Speedway, WV. His solo performances include finger picking and flat picking guitar and clawhammer banjo including bluegrass, blues, country, and folk.  Corey Lee McQuade, the other flatpicking dobro man, carries on the dobro style of Tut Taylor, flat picking the resophonic guitar aka dobro.

Southern Virtue consists of (as of now) Steve Mounts-bass, vocals, Johnny Bukkitt-drums, Randy Farmer guitar, vocals. For the most part we play Classic Rock, but we do play a few country songs. We have all played music most of our lives, with various other bands and a lot of other musicians, but we seem to fall back to this band, Southern Virtue. It's all about having fun, enjoying good music and being around good people. Steve is from Hinton and still lives here. Johnny is from Peterstown. Randy is from Hinton and lives in Princeton.
Jamie & Jamie are an acoustic indie-Americana duo from Beckley, W.V. They combine the raspy vocals of guitarist Jamie Brackman with the rich and feathery vocals and banjo lines of his female counterpart Jamie Allan. Their music tells a story of the heartbreak and hope of lives in abandoned places.