POINT PLEASANT — Fans of Chase Likens are looking forward to the American Idol finalist’s appearance at this year’s Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta.
Likens will perform a free concert starting at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, June 30 in the amphitheatre at Point Pleasant Riverfront Park.
Of course “Likens Lovers” could hardly get enough of their hometown, American Idol this spring when the singer made it into the top 24 of the latest season of American Idol. Though Likens didn’t make it further than the top 24, this didn’t slow him down and he recently performed at Appalachian Power Park with his band and this spring was in a production of “Pride and Prejudice” at Marshall University. Likens is a theatre major at MU.
A special homecoming was organized this spring to welcome Likens home and judging from that crowd, he’s sure to draw a large group of fans to his performance on Saturday night.
This spring, Likens was honored at his homecoming by several fans and local dignitaries. Mayor Brian Billings and City Clerk Amber Tatterson, who represented the City of Point Pleasant, presented Likens with a plaque and proclamation which declared March 10, 2012 as Chase Likens Day in Point Pleasant. Mason County Commissioner Rick Handley then followed suit, making a similar presentation but declaring March 10, 2012 as Chase Likens Day throughout Mason County. PPJ/SHS Principal William Cottrill also presented Likens with an award and announced his photo would hang on the school’s Wall of Fame. Brandy Barkey-Sweeney, who helped organize the homecoming, read a special proclamation from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office which recognized Likens’ efforts on American Idol, particularly the positive way he represented West Virginia in the national spotlight.