West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage with Larry Groce makes its return to Morgantown on Sunday, Jan. 17. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center. Scheduled to appear are Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing!, Kaukonen & Bromberg, Vetiver and Among the Oak and Ash. Tickets are on sale now at the Mountainlair Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 304-293-SHOW.
Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing! – Recognized as one of the most gifted violinists and contemporary composers in America, Mark O’Connor shines as a leading talent of his generation. Having studied under violin master and Texas fiddler Benny Thomasson and French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, O’Connor has been called by The Los Angeles Times, “one of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music—any music—today.” With various influences, genres and traditions, O’Connor has created a musical style of his own that has led to numerous successful albums. O’Connor has also performed at The White House and the ceremonies of Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Games for which he also composed the Olympic Reel.
Kaukonen & Bromberg – Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen is one of the leading practitioners and teachers of fingerstyle guitar and is at the forefront of rock-and-roll. As a founding member of both Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna, Grammy nominee Kaukonen has also recorded more than a dozen solo albums. Rolling Stone magazine named him as one of its greatest rock guitarists of all time, as well as the 16th greatest acoustic guitarist. David Bromberg has been making a name for himself on the guitar since the 1960s. Bromberg has played on over 100 albums with artists such as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Jerry Garcia and Ringo Starr. In 1970, Bromberg began a solo career and has released countless albums in the years that followed. Critics call him a “guitar virtuoso” and a “brilliant entertainer.”
Vetiver – Frontman Andy Cabic originally played guitar and wrote music as a member of the indie rock band The Raymond Brake in Greensboro, N.C. After moving to San Francisco, he founded Vetiver with fellow musicians Colm O’Ciosoig (My Bloody Valentine), Hope Sandoval (Massy Star), Joanna Newsom, and Devendra Banhart. In 2004, the group released its first self-titled album. The band also released “To Find Me Gone” in 2006 and “Things of the Past” in 2008. Vetiver’s fourth full length album, “Tight Knit,” debuted earlier this year. Vetiver’s music has been described as “surreal,” “tender and accessible” and “quirky and warm.” While the band’s line-up has changed over the years, the music remains as haunting and dreamy as ever.
Among the Oak and Ash – A product of musicians Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr, Among the Oak and Ash recently released its self-titled record featuring a dozen folk songs. While only two of the songs were written by the duo, the rest are traditional tunes with a mixture of new arrangements. The record also features a bonus cover track of The Smith’s “Big Mouth Strikes Again.” Redefine magazine described the album as “haunting and heartfelt; Starr and Joplin put their handprints on songs shared over hundreds of years, continuing the communal history of these oral traditions.”
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show and may be purchased at the Mountainlair Box Offices, online at ticketmaster.com and by phone at 304-293-SHOW or 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Giant Eagle on Greenbag Road.
Mountainlair Box Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
This event is produced by WVU Arts & Entertainment. For more event information, call 304-293-SHOW, or visit us online at http://events.wvu.edu.
CONTACT: Ali Daly, WVU Arts and Entertainment