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March 20, 2014

Sagebrush Round-Up offers night of family music

FAIRMONT — The Sagebrush Round-Up will open its doors for another Saturday night of music for the whole family this weekend.

The venue will feature country acts Chuck and Robby Comas, Tane’ Lynne & the Total Package and Rickey Whipple, along with the Round-Up Band.

Tane’ Lynne & the Total Package are no strangers to the Sagebrush stage, said Bill Janoske of the house band.

“She’s one of our more popular local acts that plays at the Sagebrush,” he said.

Ricky Whipple has also played at the venue several times over the years.

“He’s a longhaul truck driver who travels all over the United States, but every time he gets a chance to play at the Sagebrush, he makes his way into Fairmont to play,” Janoske said.

The Sagebrush does not serve alcohol and is tobacco-free, making it a good place for a night out, no matter your age.

The venue can seat 1,000 people on a given night and has plenty of room for dancing, said Janoske.

“We’re a family venue, and people there are little kids, all the way up into their 80s and 90s. Anyone is welcome at our place.”

Before the show, at 5 p.m., the Sagebrush will serve a home-cooked meal to guests and will continue to serve dinner all evening.

Patrons may also buy hot dogs and hamburgers all night.

Open stage is from 6-6:30 p.m. for musicians or anyone who wants to perform a song or two with the house band, and then the music starts right after.

From 6-11 p.m., there is continuous music.

“You’re gonna see great talent,” Janoske said. “You’re gonna see country music at its best with fiddles and steel guitars and great singers, both men and women.”

The venue offers music every Saturday night, with three to four acts in a given evening.

“It’s just a great place to come see local music,” Janoske said.

Tickets are $6 at the door, and guests can eat dinner, which changes each week, for $8 extra.

The Sagebrush is more than just a concert hall, however.

It is also a nonprofit organization, run by a board of directors, and the home of the West Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that offers exhibits showcasing country music in Fairmont and West Virginia and music memorabilia dating back to the 1930s.

There is also a store that sells souvenirs.

The Sagebrush Round-Up will offer a night of bluegrass music on March 29, and Rick K and the Allnighters will perform April 11.

Ashley Monroe will also come in from Nashville to perform April 12. Tickets for her show are $25.

The Sagebrush Round-Up and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are located in Bunner Ridge near Fairmont, about six miles from exit 139 off I-79.

Email Chelsi Baker at cbaker@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @cbakerTWV.

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