Marshall Artists Series prepping for Mountain Stage taping next Sunday
HUNTINGTON — Mountain Stage Host and Artistic Director Larry Groce, will be bringing the live radio show back to Huntington at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.
Mountain Stage is a two-hour music radio show produced by WV Public Broadcasting and distributed worldwide by National Public Radio (NPR) and the Voice of America’s satellite radio service. The program showcases a diverse variety of music, from traditional to modern.
Tickets for Mountain Stage are free for full-time students with Marshall I.D., part-time students can receive one ticket half-price. Regular adult tickets are $25 or $30. Tickets can be purchased at the box office on the campus of Marshall University at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, over the phone at 304-696-6656 or online at ticketmaster.com.
Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is sponsored by Neighborgall Construction, Air Systems, Inc., Boggs Roofing, Marshall University Alumni Affairs, Cabell Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Edward Tucker Architects, Frontier Communications, Oldies 97.1, TCR, WVHU, WOWK, H-D, MU, and the College Of Fine Arts.
Here’s a closer look at the artists and bands appearing.
When guitarist/vocalist Scott McMicken met bassist Toby Leamen in the 8th grade, Dr. Dog was years in the making but was officially established in 1999 with the Psychedelic Swamp record. The Philly-based six-piece indie rock band has now been creating music for over a decade, specializing in a genre-bending style that draws from 1960s harmony-laden pop-rock, a hint of Americana Twang, a dash of 1990’s- esque/ psychedelic breakdowns and a little hint of funk-rock. While the band traditionally recorded its albums in the seclusion of their Philadelphia studio, Dr. Dog realized they would need to leave the comforts of their own studio and work in a professional studio with the help of an outside producer if they were to continue their album-by-album growth. The rest is history.
Go online at www.Drdogmusic.com
There is really no limit to where McKay’s musical talents have been heard, from radio, to TV, to Broadway and even in movies. She has written original music for Rob Reiner film Rumor Has It, as well as performed on-screen in the film PS I Love You. Her music has also been heard on a variety of TV shows, such as; Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Weeds, Nurse Jackie and Privileged. She also recently finished contributing to the soundtrack for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
McKay has won a Theatre World Award for her Portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera. She was also the recipient of a very different award, The Humane Society’s Doris Day Music Award for her dedication to animal rights. She is also known as an outspoken advocate for feminism, civil rights and other progressive ideals.
Go online at www.nelliemckay.com
Spirit Family Reunion
For homegrown American music to stomp, clap and shake to, Spirit Family Reunion is where to get just that. The group started singing together on the street corners, subway stations and farmer’s markets of New York City. When Spirit Family Reunion gathers to sing, strangers and neighbors come to rejoice in the sound, there is no divide between performer and spectator.
“Dusty acoustic guitars, wailing fiddles and weeping accordions, with a woozy-yet-skintight rhythm section- and topped off with burr edged vocals that sound like they’ve been soaked in a Mason jar for generations- it’s the type of music that blurs the line between past and present so thoroughly, and so deftly, that time feels irrelevant.” – Past Magazine Best of What’s Next.
Go online at Spiritfamilyreunion.com
The Mountain Goats
Starting out with humble beginnings, the Mountain Goats began life in a Norwalk, employee-housing studio apartment with little to recommend that place as a living space. In this room, equipped only with a cassette recorder, John Darnielle started turning some of his poetry into music by using his guitar he’d gotten for a few bucks at a nearby strip mall music store. John eventually started playing for his friend Rachel Ware who happened to play bass. John and Rachel toured the eastern U.S. and Europe. The two worked together from 1991-1995. In 1995 John began to work with bassist Peter Hughes and in 2001 the two hit the studio together and were later joined by drummer Jon Wurster. In 2008, the three recorded Hectic Pride, and in early 2009, The Life of the World to Come.
The New Yorker magazine referred to John Darnielle as “America’s best non-hip-hop lyricist” and in its June 2006 issue, Paste Magazine named Darnielle one of the “100 Best Living Songwriters.”
Go online at www.Mountain-goats.com
Red Wanting Blue
Led by singer-songwriter Scott Terry, Red Wanting Blue is proudly based in Columbus, Ohio. With only the aid of word of mouth, hard work and perseverance, Red Wanting Blue has established an exceedingly loyal following in and around the Midwest. Terry’s passionate and poetic songs are the kind of tunes that could have only been written by a man who has lived this kind of life on the road. It’s these songs and Terry’s moving delivery of them that “knocks ‘em dead, but leaves ‘em talking.”
Red Wanting Blue’s upcoming studio recording From the Vanishing Point is a coming-of-age album for the band and is the first to be recorded for a label after several self-released records.
“We’re talking some seriously high caliber musicians folks. One song in and I was hooked. They proceeded to blow me away song by song.” – Quirky New York Chick
Go online at www.Redwantingblue.com