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Letter From the Editor
This month, we welcome several new staff members to our team here at Contraband Magazine! Jesse Johnson is our new political writer, Lily Moran will be covering spirituality, Amina Renee will handle our LGBTQ pieces, and Jake Fertig will be doing our feature artist interviews. We are also welcoming Rafael Barker to the team as our editor, Mark Picozzi is our new sales representative, Wesley Eary is our new graphic designer, and Ryan Ann handles our public relations and social media. Thank you so much to everyone for being as excited, dedicated, and passionate about this project as I am!
A little bit of news: November 22nd, we will have the honor of hosting your Pre-Thanksgiving festivities at the Boulevard Tavern! Come Hang out with us as we listen to TrioGrove and Beggars Clan and welcome the holidays with music and fun.
I started this magazine because I wanted to be able to highlight all the things about this area that are awesome and worth paying attention to. It’s wonderful to see that so many other people feel the same way and have banded together to make Contraband everything I hoped it would be! Enjoy this month’s issue! – Savannah
Fourth months in and still going strong! This month, we’re super geared up for all the awesome events we get to be apart of! This Friday (Sept. 8th) we’ll be presenting Aaron Fisher and Ghost Fleet’s new album, along with music from Sheldon Vance and Of The Dell at The Boulevard Tavern. Music starts at 9 pm. $5 cover. Be there!
We’re also proud to announce that Contraband Magazine is a proud sponsor of Funktafest 2017! Make sure to head to Huntington on September 30th at the Ritter Park Amphitheater. Event is 100% free! Go getcha funk on!
Much love to everyone involved in making all this possible. <3
This month has been crazy!!! Contraband is really starting to take off, thanks to the tireless efforts of those involved and everyone who has stood up to support this project. We have grown to a readership of 3000 people and are now located in over 100 locations in and around Charleston. We’ve also made some updates to the website, adding a forum for feedback/suggestions/discussion with our readers. We also have a messaging platform on the website, as well. Need to get in touch? That’s a great place to start. Allllsoooo we’ve been able to begin giving back to our community a little, sponsoring the 2017 Funktafest in Huntington.
Our staff now includes over 30 writers, 4 graphic designers, 3 editors, and 2 marketing/social media gurus. Only thing we’re missing is a dedicated ad sales rep. If you or anyone you know would like to get paid to sell advertising space in the coolest magazine in town, contact us at email@example.com
But that’s besides the point. Contraband is doing awesome!! Thanks so much to everyone who’s helped me turn this into a reality. <3
I’m in awe of all the people who’ve come out of the woodwork to make this project possible!! Huge shoutouts to Hurl Brickbat, Jake Dunn and the Blackbirds, and Mike Pushkin and the Loyal Opposition for making our launch party last month awesome. Mad love to all of the writers, contributors, and the people who have helped me bring this thing from just an idea to a reality. Keeping this message short and sweet this month. Let’s make fantastic things happen!!
When you’re a kid, people are always asking you what you want to be when you grow up. I would always answer, without any doubt, that I wanted to be a writer.
As time went by, I realized that I didn’t have the life experience to really write stories with the kind of excitement and development that I wanted, and so I quit. Since then, I’ve had tons of types of jobs, flirted with potential careers, but never really found anything that held my interest for long. Now, I’ve found that marketing and advertising is perfect for me! I get to help talented people promote their passions and projects. This magazine is an extension of that perfect calling.
I created this magazine because I want all the talented people in this town to be able to have a place where they can all come together and showcase their skills and interests. I also found, when I moved back to Charleston a couple years ago, that it was nearly impossible to figure out where to go to find the best bands and events in town. My hope is that this magazine can also serve as a hub for news about upcoming events that newcomers and locals shouldn’t miss.
Within the first couple weeks of coming up with this idea, tons of people flooded my inbox with messages about wanting to get involved! It’s been wonderful to see that people agree that this magazine is necessary and get as excited about it as I do! Enjoy reading this first issue of Contraband and here’s to many more!
- Get Inked! – Feature Artist TJ Stanley…by Ryan Ann
- Charleston’s BEST Sushi
- The Mouth at the Mound…by C. G. Aaron
- The Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte…by KellLifts
- Social Media Exit: Part III…by Todd Keffer II
- Recalling the Past…by Nancy Nelson
- October Calendar of Events
- Freedom From the Cloth…by Gregory Fort
- Buskers Welcome…by Matt Murphy
- Orange Bourbon Smash
- Being Bi in WV…by Amina Renee
- Big Something? Big What? by Michael Grass
- WV Punk…by Dan Taylor
- Namaste: Finding Light in Dark Places…by Lily Moran
- LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream…by Joshua Beane
- Neir: Automata…by Todd Keffer II
- When Taking a Stand Means Kneeling Down…by Rafael Barker
- I Am Druid…by Gregory Fort
- Save the Sand Castle…by Corey Zinn
- How to Make a Moscow Mule…with Joshua Jenkins
- Mouth at the Mound…by C. G. Aaron
- The Charisma Factor…by Diana Workman Miller
- Zoo Cage #100…by Amina Renee Shepherd
- September Calendar of Events
- A Glimpse into the Life of a Transgender Woman…by Jamie Davis
- Social Media Exit…by Todd Keffer II
- Fletcher’s Grove…album review by Joshua Beane
- Sheet Music Satire…by Jacob Fertig
- Rosie the Riveter…by Anne Montague
- Medical Marijuana in West Virginia…by Harley Wince
- Smoke One…by Kenneth and Mercedes Jones
- Healthy Snacks…with KellLifts
- Poetry by J. Arthur Eary
- Save the Bakery
- Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats
- Lavender Lemonade
- Coal and the State of West Virginia
- Cigarettes After Sex – An Album Review
- Feature Artist – Nellie Rose
- Coming Out of the Closet in Appalachia
- Touch You Where?
- Social Media Exit
- Making Memories
- Guess What?!
- Create Your Own Mealplan
- Toad Wife
- A Rant
- The Mouth At The Mound
- The Mojito
- It’s Too Fucking Hot
- Writer’s Block
- Create Your Own Workout
- Kayleigh Phillips and Covenant House
- The Margarita
- The Real Elk City
- Signal Boost
- Give Him What He Wants
- William Matheny and the Strange Constellations
- Why Not?
- Gamer Rage
- Summer Treats
- Drag Shows and Being Trans
- The Best Kept Travel Secret in West Virginia
- Feature Artist – Ian Bode