The Jayhawks, Hot Tuna Headline Mountain Stage’s Return To Athens

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NPR’s “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” will return to Athens on Sunday, Oct. 9 for a live two-hour show. The 7 p.m. show will be held at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Now in its 28th season, “Mountain Stage” is heard weekly on the WOUB Radio Network Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 2 a.m. The show features five guest artists in a two-hour showcase that is 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 & John Doyle, mid-western roots rockers Ha Ha Tonka and Athens’ very own Southeast Engine. Tickets are $25 for the first ten rows. Remaining seats are $15.

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (740) 593-1780 or at the auditorium box office, Monday-Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets for the show are available now.

“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.”

This will be the radio show’s seventh recording in Athens.

“Mountain Stage” host and artistic director Larry Groce says his team is looking forward to returning to Athens. “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.”

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