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ELKINS — Our Towns “Live & Drive” Summer Concert Series will return to the Rotary Amphitheater in Elkins Town Square on Thursday with a performance by the rockabilly band Ryan Cain and The Ables.

The show will begin at 6 pm and will run in conjunction with the Mountain State Street Machines’ weekly cruise-in that gets underway at 5 pm

This will be the seventh of the 10 free concerts that are scheduled to run through Sept. 22. This week’s show is coming off the heels of a Brother Smith concert in July that was moved indoors due to weather conditions.

Our Town volunteer Bobbi Trimboli told The Inter-Mountain the Seneca Mall Atrium is the location where shows will be moved when there is bad weather.

“If it is raining or there is pending rain, we will always be moving the concerts to the Seneca Mall Atrium,” she said. “That’s where we moved the last concert to and it worked out very well. So in case it’s storming and you drive and don’t see anybody at Town Square, come on down to the Seneca Mall because that’s where we will be.”

Ryan Cain and The Ables are known as the most authentic-sounding rockabilly band in the United States, officials said. Cain is a West Virginia native who has traveled the East Coast for more than 20 years performing early rock and roll hits and original music.

The group is known for exciting live shows, and in 2012 their album “My Pistol Rides Shotgun” was nominated for an Ameripolitan Award for Best New Rockabilly Album. Singles from the album were used in a NASCAR advertisement campaign and the television show Supernatural.

Cain is a multi-instrumentalist who is equally versed in honky-tonk and country music. He is also known to play soul, doo-wop and surf-rock instrumentals during his live shows.

Cain’s band is made up of Matt Jordan on piano and vocals, Clint Lewis on upright bass, and Lindsey Bailey on snare drum and vocals. Jordan has played with Reverend Horton Heat and Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats in the past.

Vendors, including the Kiwanis Corn Dog Wagon, will be set up and selling food before and during the cruise-in and concert. Vendors can call 304-636-0415 for more information.

The Interact Children’s Museum will also be on hand to provide children’s activities during Thursday’s event.

The rest of the year’s concert schedule features: The Hooten Hallers on Aug. 25; Blue Steel and The New Relics on Sept. 8; and Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. on Sept. 22.

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