Mountain Stage Returns to Wesleyan: Tickets Go on Sale Feb. 1

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

“Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce,” the internationally distributed live performance radio program, returns West Virginia Wesleyan College, Sunday, April 7 for a performance at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. General admission tickets for the event will be $30 in advance. A limited number of student tickets will be available on campus for $20. More details are below. All tickets will be on sale Friday, February 1 at 10am.

The two-hour radio program showcases five guest artists on each episode and records the show for later distribution to 130 NPR stations nationwide and overseas via the Voice of America satellite system. Three guest artists have already been confirmed for April 7, with additional guests to be announced.

Bela Fleck

Abigail Washburn

On April 7 Mountain Stage will feature two of the world’s most highly regarded banjo players, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, in a rare duo performance. Mountain Stage is one of only two scheduled performances in the United States before the duo embarks on a European tour later in the month.

Throughout their years together, Fleck and Washburn have always made music, whether for their own pleasure, during a year of touring with the Sparrow Quartet or other live performances. After a somewhat impromptu festival performance, the duo realized they had a strong canon of songs they could perform together. Both have performed on Mountain Stage in various different musical incarnations, but this will be their first as a duo.

The Stray Birds

The SteelDrivers

Nashville-based modern bluegrass band The SteelDrivers will also perform. The group’s third release, “Hammer Down,” (to be released February 5) features the band’s unparalleled intensity, vocal strength, peerless harmony and instrumental virtuosity. This will be the group’s third appearance on Mountain Stage.

The third act is up-and-coming string band The Stray Birds, whose self-titled album was included on a list of “Best Folk & Americana Albums of 2012” by NPR Music.

Two more guest artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks.

Mountain Stage is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. This episode will be scheduled for later distribution by NPR in spring 2013.

Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce

Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts

West Virginia Wesleyan College

59 College Avenue Buckhannon, WV

Doors 6:30pm Showtime 7pm

Advance Tickets: $30 General Admission WVWC Students $20*

Available at MountainStage.org, 800.594.TIXX (8499) or on WVWC Campus. (Student tickets are $20, which will be available through March 1st.  Any student tickets not purchased by March 1st, will be put back in the general admission pool of tickets.  General Admission tickets are $30 and may be purchased in the Campus Life Office while supplies last.

For more information, including hi-res photos and interview requests, please contact Adam Harris, 304.556.4900.