Regional Music Fuel for First Ever Undercurrent Music Festival May 13

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It was a deep-seated passion for the music of the Mid-Ohio Valley and West Virginia that inspired Michelle Waters to create Hold the Note Magazine, a weekly live music guide that comes out of Parkersburg, W.V. Initially, Waters was photographing live music for Clutch MOV, which is now a sister publication for the entirely music-centric Hold the Note.

Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons. (
Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons. (

This year marks the publication’s very first Undercurrent Music Festival, which will feature regional superstars such as Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons, Steve Hussey and Jake Eddy, Echo Mecca, The Horse Traders and many more; all performing at Parkersburg’s Point Park Marketplace, located at 113 Ann Street. The festival kicks off at 2 p.m. and tickets are $20 and available here.

Steve Hussey and Jake Eddy. (
Steve Hussey and Jake Eddy. (

The event is slated to be regional to a fault, featuring even local concessions, such as fresh Italian pies from Maka Mia Pizza, tasty frozen confectionary from Whit’s Custard, refreshing smoothies and tea from Timely Brew, savory and sweet barbecued meats from Q Wagon Barbecue, a myriad of inspired dishes from Nacho Average Taco, and fine eats from Mango Latin Bistro.

WOUB’s Emily Votaw spoke to Waters about organizing the festival, what the Mid-Ohio Valley really sounds like, and what people can expect from the hyper-local event.

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