Childers, The Carpenter Ants to perform
First series show at reopened Dils Center Saturday
PARKERSBURG — David Childers from Charlotte, N.C., and The Carpenter Ants from Charleston will be featured Saturday night in the Mid-Ohio Valley Americana Music Series’ first show at the newly reopened Dils Center in Parkersburg.
There will be a recommended donation of $10 for adults. A portion of the proceeds will help support the programs of the Parkersburg office of Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.
The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the music will start around 7:30 p.m. at the Dils Center, 521 Market St.
When asked if there was a moment when he knew he wanted to be a songwriter, Childers said, “when I was 14 and I heard Bob Dylan.” But musical dreams and real life careers often have different paths to follow.
For Childers there was high school football and college law school. Childers established himself in a 35-year law career.
Eventually he would step away from the courtroom and move back toward his love of songwriting.
When he is not creating songs, Childers also indulges in his love of painting and poetry. Chaucer and Kerouac are influences. He is a native of Mount Holly, N.C., just outside the Charlotte beltway.
“My dad was exposed to opera when he was an airman in Italy. He used to sing snippets from arias around the house. He was a Scotch Irish hillbilly but never lost the feel of Italy in him. My mom was a beautiful lady whose father was a radio announcer in the old days of live country music,” Childers explained when asked about his formative exposure to music.
Childers released his first album in the late 1990s. He has spent the last 20 years collaborating with numerous renown musicians, including Don Dixon of R.E.M. fame. His latest album, “Run Skeleton Run,” was released in 2017 and produced by Dixon. Childers can also be found sometimes sharing the stage with NASCAR driver turned songwriter Kyle Petty.
“The Carpenter Ants from Charleston W.Va., will serve as sort of a house band for the evening,” event musical coordinator Jeff Fox said. The Carpenter Ants are comprised of Michael Lipton, Charlie Tee, Ted Harrison and Jupie Little. “Folks will hear rhythm and blues, gospel, soul, rock and country all simmering together in the Carpenter Ants’ trademark sound,” Fox said.
The Carpenter Ants will play on their own and as the backing band for Childers. “Over the past decade the Ants have became the de facto ‘house band’ for the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, which means they have collaborated to honor the musical styles of many different inductees, sometimes playing alongside and other times as a posthumous memorial to the musicians,” Fox said. “As one might imagine this takes a great deal of talent, expertise and versatility.”
The Dils Center is aiming to provide a gathering place for all types of events, with several different venue ideas within the once iconic department store, Fox said.
Fans should bring their favorite snacks and beverages, to enjoy responsibly, to Saturday’s show, Fox said. There are none for sale at the Dils Center for this show, he said.
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