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Concert Celebrates ArtsLink Day

Johnny Joe Mensore and ArtsLink present Ken McBride at the Lincoln Theater on Thursday, August 5, at 7:00

The City of New Martinsville proclaims Thursday, August 5, as “ArtsLink Day” in honor of their 20th Anniversary. ArtsLink was incorporated on July 25, 2001, as the arts council for Wetzel and Tyler counties. ArtsLink occupies the Francis Creative Arts Center, a building provided by West Virginia Northern Community College, which was donated by the Francis family for use as an arts center.

Ken McBride, Pianist, Singer, and Entertainer Extraordinaire will be featured in concert at the Lincoln Theater on Thursday, August 5, performing at 7:00 pm, presented by ArtsLink as part of their 2021 Coffeehouse Series. This will be a free show as John Joe Mensore is celebrating his 83rd birthday so he could not be more pleased to sponsor this return show of his dear friend for his birthday celebration. ArtsLink president Scarlet Hood remarked, “These two have performed together previously and put on a wonderful show.”

His extensive repertoire includes some Classical selections, the contemporary sounds of Sinatra, Humperdinck, Joel and Broadway Show tunes, to all the favorite Irish melodies. His acclaimed rendition of “The Phantom of the Opera”, is truly a musical spectacular to be seen and heard. Ken is well known for performing in Venice, Florida at TJ Carney’s.

Ken is a native of Waterford, Ireland, hence his familiarity with all the Irish songs his fans adore. For many years now he has been performing in USA venues, from large concert halls, to small intimate pubs and restaurants.

For a sneak peek of his talent visit

This event is sponsored by J. C. Mensore Distributor. ArtsLink’s 2021 Coffeehouse Series is sponsored by First Mutual Bank.

ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact Donna Earley at 304-455-2278 to request assistance. Financial support for ArtsLink activities is provided by The City of New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Commission, West Virginia Northern Community College, W E T Z/ W Y M J Radio, EQT Foundation, and Ohio Valley Online.