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Preview New Music, Win Prizes & Hang Out with WVPB at #WhyListen Party


Have you ever wondered what makes a new song into a good song? Or why we like the songs we like? West Virginia Public Broadcasting invites you to the #WhyListen: First Listen Music Party on February 4 from 6 to 8 p.m at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Charleston.

“The response to last October’s #WhyListen party in Huntington was phenomenal,” says West Virginia Public Broadcasting host and #WhyListen event coordinator Joni Deutsch. “Getting folks in the same room to listen to new, local tunes and have an open music discussion is a special thing to witness. We can’t wait to bring the party to Charleston this February.”

The #WhyListen event will include a first listen of music from West Virginia and beyond, including the premiere of new music from regional acts Qiet, Jeff Ellis, Time and Distance and William Matheny. Guests can take advantage of Black Sheep Burrito & Brews drink specials and free appetizers for the night as they “talk tunes” with Mountain Stage host and artistic director Larry Groce, West Virginia Public Broadcasting host Joni Deutsch and Charleston bassist/producer/songwriter John Inghram.

The event marks West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s third project with NPR Generation Listen, an initiative to bring young, intellectually curious minds into the public broadcasting community. The event will also act as the official winner announcement for the Charleston WV Convention and Visitor Bureau’s “Charleston Wilco Valentine” giveaway, which ends February 3.

“The Charleston CVB is really excited to be a part of WVPB’s #WhyListen event. It’s the perfect place to announce the winner of our Wilco/Mountain Stage ticket giveaway,” said Charleston WV CVB Vice President Tim Brady, “Mountain Stage brings diverse music to the area, and this event on February 4 will be another fun way to make new discoveries too.”

The February 4 #WhyListen event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information on the #WhyListen first listen music party and to reserve a seat, visit To enter the CVB’s Wilco/Mountain Stage giveaway, go to

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