NPR's Mountain Stage will return to Ohio University's Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorum on Sunday, Oct. 9 for a live two-hour show.
Now in its 28th season, Mountain Stage is heard Saturdays at 8 p.m. on the WOUB Radio Network. The show features five guest artists in a two-hour showcase, recorded for later distribution to more than 100 NPR stations nationwide and overseas on the Voice of America satellite service. The show is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
Performers for the Athens show include alt-country band The Jayhawks, legendary rock group Hot Tuna (featuring Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady), traditional Irish folk artists Karan Casey and John Doyle, mid-western roots rockers Ha Ha Tonka and Athens' very own Southeast Engine.
"We are thrilled to have Mountain Stage returning to Athens for what will surely be an incredible night of music," says Andrew Holzaepfel, associate director of programming at Ohio University. "Not only will our audience have the opportunity to hear five amazing groups, but they share the experience of seeing 'live performance radio' being recorded for future broadcast."
Mountain Stage host and artistic director Larry Groce says his team is looking forward to returning to Athens for the 7th time. "We have a great station in WOUB and the folks in Athens love great music, regardless of genre, therefore they appreciate what we strive to do with the show. The university and venue staff always makes us feel at home and the auditorium is a beautiful setting to see a show."
Jayhawks fans will be in for a special treat when the band sticks around to play a full set at Stuart's Opera House on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Rayland Baxter will open the show.
"Stuart's is very excited to have The Jayhawks play in our theater," said Brian Koscho, marketing and promotions coordinator for Stuart's Opera House.
"This is a perfect band for the Opera House and we are thrilled to host them," he said. "An opportunity to have a band of this importance playing with their classic lineup was amazing, and seeing them play in our intimate and historic Opera House will be an awesome time."
Visit www.stuartsoperahouse.org for more information.