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WOUB and Ohio University Performing Arts Series to bring 'Mountain Stage' to Athens

ATHENS, Ohio (Aug. 10, 2004) -- On Sunday, Oct. 17, the WOUB Radio Network and the Ohio University Performing Arts Series are proud to present "Mountain Stage" at 7 p.m. in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

This special presentation of "Mountain Stage" will feature Leo Kottke, the well-known master of acoustic guitar known for his distinct finger picking style, gravelly voice and dry humor; Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, who blend traditional Shona mbira music with western instruments and a political message; Jorma Kaukonen, recognized as one of the most important guitarists of our time with a body of work lasting over three decades -- his brilliant finger-picked fretwork and songwriting, a compelling blend of rock, blues, folk and country influences, have distinguished Jefferson Airplane; and BeauSoleil, "America's most popular Cajun group," who has preserved the rich Cajun musical traditions of Louisiana, while adding elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more.

Tickets for this special performance will go on sale Monday, Sept. 13, at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium Ticket Office, located in the north lobby at the East Union Street entrance. General admission tickets will cost $15 and a limited number of seating in the first four rows of the venue will be available for $25. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Ticket orders can also be placed by calling (740) 593-1780 and must be charged to Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

"Mountain Stage," now in its 21st-year, is a two-hour radio show recorded before a live audience in Charleston, W.Va., and is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. It is a series of specials that present acts ranging from traditional roots and country music to avant garde rock and jazz.

"Mountain Stage" producers respect the musicians who keep traditions alive, as well as the innovators who forge ahead. In addition to showcasing both established and emerging artists from the United States, "Mountain Stage" has featured artists from all over the world. And because the show?s producers believe that all music is related, the show?s guest list is the most stylistically varied of any national radio or television performance program.

"Mountain Stage" airs on the WOUB Radio Network Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. For more information visit woub.org.  

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Media Contact: WOUB Public Information Coordinator Olivea Oldham, (740) 593-4944 or Olivea_Oldham@woub.pbs.org

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