Despite rain, West Virginia artists Kate Boytek and Josh Pantry shine bright at Down and Dirty Music Festival

By Matthew Young, RealWV

CHARLESTON, WV – The chilly temps and dreary skies couldn’t stop the good times from rolling through Charleston last weekend, as the Salango Law Down and Dirty Music Festival took over GoMart Ballpark for the two-day event.

Featuring an all-star lineup of Nashville hitmakers – including Jameson Rodgers, Matt Stell, David Nail, and Restless Road among others – the festival provided concert-goers with a weekend packed with country music.

Doing West Virginia proud were homegrown up-and-comers Kate Boytek and Josh Pantry, whose energetic blend of original songs and classic favorites had the crowd rocking.

Josh Christian, whose nickname “Josh Pantry” has become his stage name, is a Charleston native. With nearly a decade of playing music under his belt, Josh has shared the stage with performers such as Cody Wickline, David Morris, Julia Cole, and The Davisson Brothers.

Josh Pantry will be performing on Saturday as part of Rocktober Fest, in Canvas, before returning to Charleston for a show on Nov. 4. To learn more about Josh Pantry, including a complete schedule of upcoming performances, visit

While the humble roots of singer/songwriter Kate Boytek may have been planted in Logan, the powerhouse performer announced her arrival in Nashville this summer with the video release of her hit single “Anywhere.” Now, with a full EP scheduled for release in 2\024, Boytek is poised the set the music world ablaze with her mix of country, rock, folk, and Americana.

Kate Boytek will be performing at the historic Alpine Theatre in Ripley, on Oct. 28, and at the Glade Springs Resort in Beckley, on Dec. 8. For more information about Kate Boytek’s tour schedule, visit


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