By Emily Pawlowski | Echo
This Saturday, Grains and Grill restaurant in Fairmont is hosting a concert to celebrate the James Dean Festival.
Music and festivities begin at 5 p.m., with Cadaver Dogs opening the show. Soulshot is to follow at 6:45 p.m., and Zach Day and Full Throttle are to finish off the night at 8:30 p.m.
Cadaver Dogs is a rock and roll group that plays covers from the '60s, '70s and '80s. They have been playing for Grains and Grill since the first concert was hosted.
"This performance is always fun for us - we went to high school with owners Barry and Joanie Howard - and James Dean weekend has always been a reunion of family and friends," said Crystal Miller, a member of the band.
Soulshot has also worked with Grains and Grill before, playing at the brewery. They play contemporary music often heard on the radio.
Zach Day and Full Throttle specialize in blues rock, but also play classic covers with their own twist. They have worked with Grains and Grill and its attached brewery multiple times.
"There are so many things I really enjoy about this particular event, but my favorite has to be the open parking lot atmosphere," Day said. "It's just laid back with food and drinks and a lot of fun people!"
This will be the fourth concert Grains and Grill has hosted since 2015.
It was started as a way for Grains and Grill to give back to the community, according to owner Joanie Howard. It was a way for the restaurant to stay involved even during the rush of the James Dean festival.
The concert is free of charge and open to people of all ages. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and be ready for a large crowd.
"There's all kinds of people," Howard said. "I know a lot of different local high school and alumni groups try to organize to have their classmates meet there. So there's a lot of that going on, a lot of impromptu class reunions as well."
Food such as cheeseburgers and chili dogs will be available at the concert. There will also be a limited menu available in the restaurant itself.