America to be featured at Parkersburg Homecoming

PARKERSBURG – Rock band America will be the featured Parkersburg Homecoming headline entertainer at 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Suddenlink stage at Second and Avery streets in downtown Parkersburg.

America’s journey has found the band exploring a wide variety of musical terrain. Their best-known tunes, including “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross the River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People” and “Sister Golden Hair,” were cornerstones of 1970s top 40 and FM rock radio.

Yet beyond their impressive catalog of hits, listeners would discover there was always much more to America than surface perceptions, a press release states. The combination of Gerry Beckley’s melodic pop rock and Dewey Bunnell’s use of folk-jazz elements, slinky Latin-leaning rhythms and impressionistic lyric imagery contrasted well with Dan Peek’s (former band member) more traditional country-rock leanings and highly personal lyrics, the press release states.

America’s upcoming performance in Parkersburg was announced Wednesday by new Parkersburg Homecoming president Cyndie Wade and Michael Kelemen of Suddenlink, a major sponsor of homecoming.

Additional entertainment will be announced in the coming weeks, including a national country recording artist for Friday, Aug. 16 and various entertainment acts for the new riverfront Point Park amphitheater, homecoming officials said.

“Suddenlink is extremely proud to again be a part of Parkersburg Homecoming Festival for the third straight year and helping bring national level entertainment to the Mid-Ohio Valley. We think America will be a great addition to the long list of talent who have appeared at Parkersburg Homecoming over the years,” said Kelemen, director of government relations for Suddenlink.

Wade added, “I am excited about my new role as homecoming president and having the opportunity for our festival to again host a legendary classic rock act. We are excited to be bringing America to the Mid-Ohio Valley.”

“Parkersburg Homecoming is a great event for the community, both by presenting national level entertainment to be enjoyed by the area free of charge, as well as bringing visitors to Parkersburg for summer time fun,” said Chuck Lipps of RMA Presents.