Mountain Stage returns to the Keith Albee Sunday
After several years of a Mountain Stage drought in Huntington, I was super stoked last year when the Marshall Artists Series reeled in the world-famous Mountain State-made radio show to celebrate its 75th anniversary season in style.
MAS has once again called upon the great Mountain Stage with Larry Groce family to be a part of the Series season again and to do so in our exquisite 1928-built grand movie palace, the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.
For folks who've never seen the radio show that is heard weekly 'round the world on NPR and Voice of America, it truly is a treat to see how a two-hour live radio show is made.
We'll get that pleasure at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, as Groce and producer Adam Harris welcome in an eclectic bill that includes Dr. Dog, Nellie McKay, The Mountain Goats, Spirit Family Reunion and Red Wanting Blue. Advance tickets are only $25 and $30 at the door.
I was also stoked to see that the Mountain Stage family, in particular Michael Lipton, the band's veteran guitarist, will be hosting one of his post Mountain Stage jams. Normally when at the homebase in Charleston, Lipton hosts these jams with his band The Carpenter Ants at The Empty Glass, where the Ants have long nailed down a weekly gig.
While in Huntington, the Ants, which put out one of my favorite CDs of the past year, "Ants and Uncles," will be joined by Bud Carroll and his ace rock unit, AC30 for a post jam at the V Club, 741 6th Ave. Musicians from The Mountain Stage show are known to show up and sit in to create some magical jams. Cover is free with a Mountain Stage ticket stub and $5 for everyone else.
More Mountain Stage
While Groce and crew got a bead on closing out 2012 strong, they've also got an eye into the new year as well.
Tickets went on sale Oct. 26 for the first of three lives shows in Mountain Stage's historic 30th season of live performance radio.
The season will start Sunday, Jan. 20, at the WVU Creative Arts Center in Morgantown, with Old 97s front man and lead songwriter Rhett Miller along with Black Prairie, a Portland, Ore., "progressive string band" that features three-fifths of The Decemberists. Tickets for this event, the first of six shows at West Virginia University in the new year, are already on sale via TicketMaster.com, 304-293-SHOW and at the Creative Arts Center box office.
Returning home to the Culture Center on Jan. 27, Mountain Stage will welcome in Calexico and Bonnie Prince Billy, the musical pen-name of eccentric songwriter, singer and actor Will Oldham, the Louisville native who has released dozens of albums in addition to starring in feature films like "Matewan."
Kathy Mattea returns for a Feb. 3 show at the Culture Center with Kim Richey and Shovels & Rope.
Tickets for the two Culture Center shows are $15 advance and $25 at the door.
Ripples of The Hall of Fame
The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame has inducted a wide range of amazing West Virginia artists from musicians such as Chu Berry to country legends like Hawkshaw Hawkins and Little Jimmy Dickens to such seminal composers as Charleston native George Crumb, who is in a league all his own.
To pay homage to Pulitzer Prize winning composer, the Charleston Chamber Music Society will present a concert by Philadelphia's acclaimed 'Orchestra 2001' that will present Crumb's 'Voices of the Heartland' featuring four percussionists, playing over a hundred instruments from all corners of the globe, and joined by Crumb's daughter Ann as one of the guest vocalists as well as, baritone Patrick Mason, under the direction of noted conductor James Freeman.
The concert is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in Geary Auditorium, Riggleman Hall, University of Charleston. Tickets are $20, $5 for students, and free for ages 18 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. Call 304-344-5389 or go online at www.charlestonchambermusic.org.
A little road music
On Sunday, Del McCoury Band is playing in Elkins on the American Mountain Theater stage with two shows at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
To purchase a ticket or book any of the packages visit www.americanmountaintheater.com or call 1-800-943-3670. Tickets for Del McCoury are $40 each.
And on Wednesday, Nov. 7, the Ohio State Marching Band, whose half-time video-game themed marching show went viral on YouTube, will be performing at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, on the campus of Shawnee State University. For tickets, call 740-351-3600 or visit any Ticketmaster location or www.ticketmaster.com.
Kickstarting at the library
The crowd-funding source Kickstarter has helped thousands of artists and musicians fund their dreams, and a couple Tri-State natives now living in Nashville are hoping you can help their project as well.
David Adkins and Pete Carden were in the same Cub Scout den back in the day in the Hurricane area and now both are in Nashville. Adkins, who has been in Nashville 20 years is helping produce a project for Carden, a graduate of the Ringling Brothers clown college who has worked for Nashville Public Library for 12 years.
Carden has a new children's song project called Library Pete and is trying to pay for getting that record mastered and out to the public. Go online at www.kickstarter.com/projects/1083515032/library-pete-and-the-storytime-band?ref=live and help the cause.
Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.