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Preview New Music & Hang Out with WVPB at Fayetteville's #WhyListen Party

Joni Deutsch
Group shot from last February's #WhyListen event in Charleston.

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 Thursday, April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m at The Grove at Secret Sandwich Society in Fayetteville.

“The response to our last #WhyListen parties in Huntington and Charleston were phenomenal,” says West Virginia Public Broadcasting host and #WhyListen event coordinator Joni Deutsch. “Getting young 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 the New River Gorge this April.”

The #WhyListen event will include a first listen of music from West Virginia and beyond, including the premiere of new music from regional acts The Company Stores, The Parachute Brigade, Mark Cline Bates and The Kind Thieves. Guests will enjoy Secret Sandwich Society’s local brews and beverages for the night as they “talk tunes” with Mountain Stage host and artistic director Larry Groce, West Virginia Public Broadcasting host Joni Deutsch and Fayetteville singer-songwriter Andrew Adkins.

The event marks West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s fourth project with NPR Generation Listen, an initiative to bring young, intellectually curious minds into the public broadcasting community. This event marks the station’s first collaboration with Secret Sandwich Society and Generation New River Gorge.

Enjoy West Virginia-made beverages and get to know #WVmusic fans at April 7's #WhyListen.

“We are happy and excited to host this forward-thinking event,” said Secret Sandwich Society owner Lewis Rhinehart. “Attracting and retaining a younger population is just what the doctor ordered for our great state.”

“Events like #WhyListen are exactly what our communities need to remain inviting and innovative,” added Generation New River Gorge President Angela Sundstrom. “Young professionals are especially attracted to such gatherings, so we hope to see these events flourish throughout the New River Gorge region, as well as the entire state.”

The April 7 #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 whylistenfwv.splashthat.com.

About West Virginia Public Broadcasting: West Virginia Public Broadcasting tells West Virginia’s story through high-quality programming and services including radio, television, Mountain Stage®, wvpublic.org, WV LearningMedia and Ready To Learn®. West Virginia Public Broadcasting is a trusted resource for education, news, emergency services and community development.

Joni Deutsch was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in public relations and advertising. After learning the radio ropes at WLUR 91.5 FM in Lexington, Virginia, Joni returned to the Mountain State and joined the West Virginia Public Broadcasting family as the creator and host of the weekly indie/alternative music program A Change of Tune and the critically-acclaimed 30 Days of #WVmusic interview series.

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