Mountain Stage Returns to Huntington's Keith Nov. 4

Updated 7 years ago by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series
Mountain Stage Returns to Huntington's Keith Nov. 4

Mountain Stage Host and Artistic Director Larry Groce, will be bringing the live radio show back to Huntington Sunday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. 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.

Information on Artists/Bands appearing is as follows:


Dr. Dog

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.


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.


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.”


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


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


Other artists TBA.

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