Mountain Stage has a busy fall schedule filled with exciting, emerging talent, and fresh, new material from some of music’s most endearing voices.
The lineup is coming together for the show’s return to Memorial Auditorium in Athens, OH on Sunday October 15, with the help of our affiliate WOUB and the team at OU Performing Arts. We’ll hear from two of pop and rock music’s most recognizable names, both of whom have continued to reinvent and re-imagine their creative output throughout their careers.
“Lay It On Down” is the latest release from guitar-rock mainstay Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his band - longtime vocalist Noah Hunt, drummer Chris “Whipper” Layton (renowned for his prior work with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble), veteran bassist Kevin McCormick and keyboardist Joe Krown. The record’s ten original songs explore some vital new creative territory while embodying the same rootsy musicality that’s been a common thread in the nine acclaimed albums that Shepherd’s released since he first emerged as a teenaged guitar wunderkind nearly a quarter-century ago.
Paula Cole’s voice is committed to memory thanks to the opening moments of “Dawson’s Creek,” but since then she has continued to evolve her music, most recently with “Ballads,” featuring classic American jazz and folk songs from the 1930s-1960s. “Ballads” is a journey to Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan, to John Coltrane and Nina Simone, to Bobbie Gentry and Nancy Wilson, sung by Cole’s immensely soulful voice. Her compositions have been covered by a diverse range of artists; jazz legend Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Katherine McPhee, JoJo, hip-hop duo THEY. She has sold approximately three million albums, performed with icons such as Peter Gabriel, Dolly Parton, Herbie Hancock, Emmylou Harris; Amy Lee of Evanescence, Burt Bacharach, Counting Crows and Matchbox 20. October 15 will mark Cole's fourth appearance on Mountain Stage since 1994.
Also scheduled to appear on October 15 in Athens, OH is the multi-national group LADAMA. LADAMA is an ensemble of women musicians from across the Americas who, as well as performing as an internationally touring band, strive to engage youth in their respective communities in the process of music-making, composition and audio production through collaboration and performance workshops.
Tickets for October 15 are available online, by phone (740-593-1780), and at the Memorial Auditorium Box Office. Doors open at 6:30p.m. and the show starts at 7p.m. See the entire list of upcoming Mountain Stage shows here. Mountain Stage Members who make a sustaining gift get exclusive pre-sale access to our Culture Center shows before tickets are available to the public. Find out more at mountainstage.org/member.