Apr 18, 2012 07:31 AM WV Sound
Keeping a beat in the Mountain State
Arlo Guthrie and Michael Cerveris join the Marshall Artists Series and Mountain Stage
For 75 years, the Marshall Artists Series has been a staple at Marshall University. The event has always brought in different entertainment and speakers, and for about the last decade, has been collaborating with Mountain Stage for many shows. “This is the final event of the 75th anniversary line-up, and it is a salute to all of the previous years, set by Mountain Stage,” says Angela Jones, director of marketing and external affairs for the Marshall Artists Series.
Mountain Stage, a live radio show from West Virginia Public Broadcasting, will include several exciting sets by big names at the Keith Albee Theater in Huntington on Sunday, April 29, 2012. Larry Groce, one of the three founders of Mountain Stage, put together the event to mark of the anniversary of the Marshall Artists Series. “It’s a tribute to the series from the very beginning,” Larry says. The show will include performances by Paul Thorn, Michael Cerveris, Delta Rae, and Arlo Guthrie & Boys Night Out.
Paul Thorn is set to open the show; he has performed on Mountain Stage a few times before. “We felt that Paul was a good person to be on with Arlo because he’s sort of a bluesy Americana singer, similar to Arlo,” says Larry.
Michael Cerveris, a Huntington native, is also slated to perform. Though he is currently starring on Broadway in the revival of Evita, Michael made time for the special event, Larry says. “He used to sell popcorn at the Keith Albee as a kid and is very excited to be performing on Mountain Stage, seeing as he listened to us while in West Virginia and even in New York,” he says.
The third performer, Delta Rae, is also sure to please with an exciting and high-energy performance. “Mountain Stage has always featured young and new talent, and that’s what Delta Rae is,” Larry says.
The headliner, of course, will be Arlo Guthrie, son of Woodie Guthrie, known as one of the first folk musicians.
Opening acts will have about 20 to 25 minutes to perform, and Arlo Guthrie will close the show with an hour-long set.
Check out Mountain Stage at these upcoming events:
Sunday, April 29, 2012; 7 p.m.; Keith Albee Theater, Huntington, WV; Arlo Guthrie & Boys Night Out, Paul Thorn, Michael Cerveris, Delta Rae