Sonny Landreth, Lucius, Garland Jeffreys and JOHNNYSWIM will perform at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center as part of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.” This show will be the last in the 2012-13 season in Morgantown. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.

Sonny Landreth is an accomplished blues musician with an eclectic style that blends slide playing with fretting, tapping and slapping. His interest in guitar was sparked when he was a child growing up in Mississippi by Elvis Presley’s guitarist Scotty Moore. Later, when he settled in Louisiana, he drew inspiration from Chet Atkins, Robert Johnson, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, Elmore James and Ry Cooder. Landreth’s 2012 release and 11th album, “Elemental Journey,” is his first fully instrumental release, featuring guest stars Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson. Landreth’s brand of guitar playing is unique not only in its technique but in the wild enthusiasm he has brought it to it for more than 40 years.

The Brooklyn-born band Lucius has been described by The New York Times as “the next Feist.” The band’s varied sound defies musical labels. Seventeen Magazine describes the band as “alluring and magnetic.” Vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig wrote their self-titled EP in a Victorian house in Brooklyn. Unknown to them, the house had served as a recording studio, which was filled with happy coincidences that would foster their music and introduce them to their band mates Danny Molad, Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri. Lucius has received largely positive praise, including winning “Best Animation” at the 4th annual Music Video Film Festival Band Battle in 2013.

Garland Jeffreys is an inter-genre musician largely influenced by American rock-n-roll and blues, with a voice reminiscent of his former Syracuse University peer, Lou Reed. Jeffrey’s has been honing his sound since his early days in Manhattan nightclubs and has sung about the interwoven issues of race, love and politics throughout his career. Jeffreys is best known for “Wild In The Streets,” the unofficial anthem of skate culture that has been covered and appropriated by a number of other artists. “I like my folk, I like my jazz, and I like my R & B,” he told the website Ask A New Yorker. “I love my rock-n-roll with a dash of soul and funk.” With songs covered by artists as diverse as punk pioneers The Circle Jerks (“Wild in the Streets”) and the neo-folk band Vetiver (“Lon Chaney”), Jeffreys is truly unclassifiable.

Amanda Subano and Abner Ramirez of JOHNNYSWIM began writing and singing together in the spring of 2006 and found their similar influences of folk, soul, and rock combined effortlessly. Nashville newspaper The Tennesean describes the sound of JOHNNYSWIM as “a mix of Lauryn Hill and John Mayer.” The pair released their first self-titled EP in 2008, and performed on “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Showtime is set for 7 p.m. on June 2. An additional artist is expected to be added to the bill closer to the show. Tickets are $18 in advance and $23 on the day of show. Tickets are on sale now at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.

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