Mountain Stage: Tal National, Calan

Tal National: On stage, Tal National perform with six musicians, but because of their rigorous performance schedule might include up to thirteen members at any one time. At shows, musicians regularly change places midway through songs (including the amazing sight of drummers swapping without missing a beat). On some nights the band might divide to play two gigs simultaneously. Calan: Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.

Bettye Lavette and More on Mountain Stage

BETTYE LAVETTE: Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric.

Mountain Stage Presents: Patti Smith, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore, Tim O’Brien w/ Jan Fabricius, Charlie McCoy and Van William

MOLLIE O'BRIEN & RICH MOORE WITH BRIGID & LUCY MOORE: Families making music together have long been linchpins in the library of American music. It’s the singing. It’s the harmonizing. It’s the way you can’t tell which family member is singing which part. It’s the wonders of DNA at play that bring you into a rich, musical world that comes about only when people with common speech patterns and genetics get together behind a song. Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore’s fans have come to know over the years that they produce thoughtful and rich recordings covering the broad spectrum of all the music we call our own. PATTI SMITH & FAMILY: American rock musician, born on December 30, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 (Performer). TIM O'BRIEN W/ JAN FABRICIUS: Born in Wheeling, West Virginia on March 16, 1954, Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and started playing folk and rock music on guitar at age 12. After seeing Doc Watson on TV, he became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. VAN WILLIAM: Van William has spent every summer of his life working on his father's commercial salmon fishing boat off Kodiak Island, Alaska - a job he loved and a job that influenced every part of his life. When he wasn't fishing, he was growing up in the small coastal California town of Cambria, learning to write songs and eventually touring the world by the age of 20 - leading a few different indie rock outfits including Port O'Brien and WATERS. CHARLIE MCCOY: Grammy award-winning multi-instrumentalist who has also been a prolific Nashville session musician, especially on harmonica.

Live on Mountain Stage: Dailey & Vincent, Molly Tuttle, Western Centuries, The Sweetback Sisters and Richie and Rosie

DAILEY & VINCENT: Grand Ole Opry Members, Five-time GRAMMY® award winners individually, three-time GRAMMY® award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music; bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. MOLLY TUTTLE: Molly Tuttle, a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, has been performing on stage since she was 11 and recorded her first album at age 13. In just 2012 alone, she was awarded music and composition Merit Scholarships to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship award from the Foundation for Bluegrass Music in Nashville, Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and 1st place in the prestigious Merlefest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. WESTERN CENTURIES: Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ‘em rock out like The Band. The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at these crossroads, and their debut album Weight of the World introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing. With upbeat, barroom dance numbers, lilting, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between, the album strikes an oft-strived-for but rarely achieved balance between genre-busting experimentation and thoughtful continuity. THE SWEETBACK SISTERS: The Sweetback Sisters fresh take on the golden age of country music featuring vibrant vocal harmonies in a six-piece rockin' country band. The Sweetback Sisters' blend of magical harmonies, blazing leads, and charging rhythms doesn't just look back on honky-tonk with fond nostalgia, but rather moves it forward into the 21st century, presenting a vital take on an All-American genre. With King Of Killing Time, The Sweetback Sisters have hit their own golden era, and it only gets brighter from here. RICHIE AND ROSIE: Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton grew up a 150 miles and few decades apart. While both were raised by professional cellist, Richie started playing banjo at 14 and Rosie began classical piano lessons at eight, eventually moving to classical viola as a teen. Both shared incredibly unique, musically-immersed childhoods: Richie’s family founded the iconic GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance (which he is now President of) and by her junior year of high school, Rosie was playing fiddle and touring with folk rock band The Mammals. During that time, the two were introduced at Saratoga Springs’ Flurry festival -- a meeting that would spark a fated friendship and unique musical bond.

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame's seventh induction ceremony welcomes its new class of inductees: Hasil Adkins, Frank Hutchison, Ann Magnuson, The Morris Brothers, Fred “Sonic” Smith, and Michael W. Smith. Presenters and acceptors include West Virginia Governor Bob Wise (The Morris Brothers); Tim O’Brien (Frank Hutchison); Patti, Jesse and Jackson Smith (Fred “Sonic” Smith). The house band will again be led by 2008 WVMHoF inductee Charlie McCoy. The show will be hosted by Tony award winning actor and Huntington native Michael Cerveris and Wheeling native Mollie O’Brien.

Joy to the World

JOY TO THE WORLD W/ BOB THOMPSON FT PAULA COLE THU · DECEMBER 13, 2018 Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm $25.00 - $30.00

Mountain Stage with Emily Salier, Overcoats and More

Become part of a 33 year old tradition at a live recording of Mountain Stage! This special FestivALL episode will feature Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls, folk-soul duo Overcoats and more with special guest host Michael Cerveris. For more than 30 years, Mountain Stage with host Larry Groce has been the home of live music on public radio. Produced in West Virginia and distributed by NPR, each two hour episode of Mountain Stage can be heard every week on more than 200 stations across America, and around the world via NPR Music and Recorded in front of a live audience, Mountain Stage features performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues, and country; to indie rock, synth pop, world music, alternative, and beyond. Location: Culture Center, WV State Capitol grounds-- Charleston, WV Tickets: $15-$35 Info at

A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament

Join us for the 2017 A. James Manchin Marble Tournament in the Great Hall of the Culture Center. This tournament is open to all children ages 7 to 14 and is free to enter. Registration begins the day of the tournament at 11:30 a.m. Practice along with playing tips start at 12:30 p.m. and the tournament kicks off at 1:30 p.m. This event is presented in association with the West Virginia Marble Shooters Association.

Easter Carnival at the Capitol

Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice invite you to the annual Easter Carnival on the North Plaza of the State Capitol. There will be games, face painting, food vendors, door prizes at noon and photos with the Easter Bunny. It's free and open to the public.

FOOTMAD presents: Foghorn Stringband

One of the finest stringbands on the West Coast! The Foghorn Stringband is steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration. Onstage, the Foghorn Stringband gathers around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon. Each member comes not only from a different part of the American roots music spectrum, but leads the pack in their field as well. Caleb Klauder’s wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as much as by his upbringing in Washington State. Also from Washington, Reeb Willms grew up in the state’s Eastern farmlands singing hard-bitten honky-tonk with her family. Nadine Landry’s roots lie in the rural backroads of Acadian Québec, but she cut her teeth as one of the best bluegrass bassists in Western Canada. Minnesotan Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, simply put, is one of the best old-time fiddlers of his generation and has a voice that sounds like it’s coming from an old 78. Admission: $20 adults, $15 over 60, $10 any age with valid student i.d., under 13 and VISTA / AmeriCorps workers FREE

West Virginia Dance Festival

Enjoy dance classes throughout the day and evening performances. West Virginia dance schools and companies are featured performers.

Mountain Stage

West Virginia Music Hall of Fame member Tim O’Brien is back on Mountain Stage with a new group and a

West Virginia Adventure Day

This event showcases the wide variety of attractions, activities, and events in the mountain state- from lodging and dining to outdoor recreation, culture and heritage. Contact Vicki Vaughan at 304-957-9225 or Meghan Smith at 304-957-9344 for more information.