Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

Fridays 8-10 pm, Saturdays 8-10 pm

For more than 30 years Mountain Stage has been giving radio audiences the best seat in the house for some of the world's most renowned performers. Distributed by NPR Music and produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is the longest running live-performance radio show of its kind. Each two-hour show features five guest artists performing live in front of an audience with studio quality audio. Showcasing talent from all over the world and in virtually every style of music, Mountain Stage has played host to world-class musicians and songwriters while consistently turning audiences on to new music. Our Podcast features songs not heard on the radio broadcast and featured sets are posted at NPR.org/mountainstage.

The Mountain Stage team has announced two new events to its upcoming live show schedule. Advance tickets for both events will be $30 and will be placed on sale Friday, February 10 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 877.987.6487 or locally at Taylor Books in Downtown Charleston. Both shows will be at the Culture Center Theater on the state capitol grounds.

Wilco, Jeff Tweedy, Space Oddity
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Since their formation as an alt-country influenced group in the mid 90's, Chicago-based band Wilco have evolved into the de facto standard bearers for experimental and indie rock. They close their Mountain Stage set this week with a cover of the late David Bowie's masterpiece "Space Oddity."

Listen: Larry Groce Perform on NPR's Mountain Stage

Feb 1, 2017
Larry Groce
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Although he's hosted over 850 episodes, it's been a long time since Mountain Stage host Larry Groce has performed a set of his own on the show. But he does this week, with songs from his first album in over two decades, Live Forever.

This week's broadcast also features performances from seminal indie pop band Guster, established singer and entertainer Robert Earl Keen, and Americana folk band The Westies.

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Since their formation in 2000, Portland-based indie rock band Blitzen Trapper have played nearly every major festival in America and shared the stage with the likes of Iron & Wine and Wilco. Here they play "Black River Killer" from this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.

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UPDATED: Larry Groce pulled the following performances from our archives as a tribute to Maggie Roche and her work on Mountain Stage.

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
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Keeping one foot in their native Michigan's Mowtown soul and another in Music City, bluegrass-inspired ensemble Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys delivered one of our favorite performances of 2015. You can listen to their entire set on this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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Best known for his 1971 acoustic pop hit "Sunshine," Jonathan Edwards also has a solid background in country, folk, and bluegrass music. Here he performs the traditional song "I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," from this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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From Northampton, Massachusetts, beloved folk-rocker Stephen Kellogg returns to Mountain Stage this week with a band that includes Miranda Mulholland of the Great Lake Swimmers. He closes his 2015 set with crowd favorite "The Bear" on this week's encore broadcast.

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The year 2016 was noteworthy for lots of reasons at Mountain Stage .  Our 32nd year of live performance radio from the Mountain State included 25 shows from seven venues in four states and two new guest-hosts! With 2017 around the corner (11 shows already on sale) and nostalgia in the air, here are 10 highlights of the year that made 2016 a special one.

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Singer and songwriter Craig Finn is best known as the frontman of the raucous punk-influenced rock band The Hold Steady. But in his solo work, Finn turns his focus to quiet themes of perseverance and redemption, as we can hear on this Mountain Stage performance of "Christine" from his latest album Faith in the Future.

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Over the course of nearly half a century, NRBQ - which stands for "New Rhythm and Blues Quartet" - has earned the distinction of being one of the most finely tuned bands in America, with plenty of swing. Lead by founder and pianist Terry Adams, Scott Ligon takes the lead on this Mountain Stage performance of "Waitin' on my Sweetie Pie."

Chris Robinson, jam band, Mountain Stage, The Chris Robinson Band
Jay Blakesburg

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce welcomes The Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Mandolin Orange to Charleston, West Virginia on March 26.

Jim McGuire

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce the return of Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn and The Del McCoury Band to Charleston, West Virginia.

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As Don Henley's long-time writing partner, JD Souther has had his hands in some of the most memorable pop songs of all time,  including "The New Kid in Town" and "Best of My Love." But here, Souther teams up with Mountain Stage favorite Nellie McKay to cover another legendary songwriter: Cole Porter's standard "Every Time We Say Goodbye."

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2016 was a big year for NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage. We celebrated 33 years of live performance radio, commemorated the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s legendary set, and listened to the voices of two new guest hosts

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Once part of the Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars, Southern folk musician John Paul White returns to the Mountain Stage to perform cuts from his new solo release Beulah, including the atmospheric lament "Once and Future Queen." 

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On Sunday, February 12, Mountain Stage will have a sweetheart of a Valentine's Day show as we welcome special guest host Todd Burge to present the long-running public radio show.

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Every month, NPR asks 10 public-radio music curators to share the songs they're loving right now.

This early-winter mix doesn't disappoint. West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Joni Deutsch (host of A Change of Tune and producer/guest host of NPR's Mountain Stage) shared her favorite song with NPR's Weekend Edition.

Vasilia Scouras / Mountain Stage

Milton, WV based Blenko Glass Company has teamed with West Virginia Public Broadcasting to commemorate 33 years of Mountain Stage with a limited edition, hand blown glass record. This one-of-a-kind piece will be available for an introductory price of $60 per piece, at Mountain Stage's SOLD OUT event on Sunday, December 4 in the Culture Center Lobby, and when Mountain Stage opens its "Pop Up Shop" at WVPB, 600 Capitol St. Charleston, WV on Wednesday December 14 and Thursday December 15, from 11a.m. to 6p.m.

NPR's Mountain Stage

Grab some snacks and a party hat! You're invited to the 33rd anniversary celebration of NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage.

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