Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Paula Cole, LADAMA, Matt The Electrician and Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons  on Mountain Stage at Ohio University

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Paula Cole, LADAMA, Matt The Electrician and Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons on Mountain Stage at Ohio University

Sun · October 15, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$12-$20

This event is all ages

Reserved Seating
Advance Tickets: Student: $12, Senior: $18
General: $20
Available at venue box office.

Tickets are also available by phone 740.593.1780.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Lay It On Down, five-time Grammy nominee and critically acclaimed guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s ninth album, debuts at #1 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Top Blues chart, #1 on both the Current Rock Albums chart and Internet Albums chart, #5 on the Top Current Albums chart and #34 on the Top 200. The record is out to critical acclaim on Concord Records.

“[Shepherd] is a guitarist who can easily mesmerize an audience with his playing ability and through his passionate and energetic solos.” –Huffpost

“There’s sufficient nitro-burning, blues-drenched shredding to keep live audiences playing their air guitars. But Shepherd’s obvious attention to and insistence on exceptional material with musical…inventiveness continues to impress, and 22 years into his career raises him and Lay It On Down above his plentiful competition.” –American Songwriter

“The gentle ‘Lay It On Down’—which Shepherd co-wrote with ‘Blue On Black’ collaborators Mark Selby and Tia Sillers—certainly represents something different for Shepherd and company.” –Billboard

“[‘Baby Got Gone’ is] the most rollicking country-infused rock track you’ve heard in a long time.” –CMT

“…a king-size helping of Shepherd's trademark roots rocking fireworks.” –Guitar World
“Shepherd joined forces with some of Nashville’s best hit songwriting teams to further along his smoking guitar prowess, proving that he’s got musical talent to spare beyond his trademark technique.” –Yahoo! Music

“This variety, when melded with such tasteful execution, turns Lay It On Down into not only one of Shepherd’s richest records but one of his best.” –AllMusic

“Lay It On Down showcases a more roots-based, Americana sound from Shepherd, and the guitarist was inspired by several genres and musical eras during its inception. The album was recorded super-old-school—live in the studio to analog tape.” –Guitar Player

“Some of the sauciest, sweetest lead guitar chops you'll hear this side of 2017…just listen, and let the riffs just take you away with the wind.” –Baeble Music

Recorded at Echophone Studios in Shepherd’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana and produced by Shepherd with Marshall Altman (Matt Nathanson, Natasha Bedingfield, Kate Voegele), the album was largely recorded live in the studio to analog tape.

“Diamonds & Gold,” the latest single off Lay It On Down, recently premiered via Guitar Player. Additionally, Billboard premiered the record’s title track, while CMT Music premiered the video for the album’s first single, “Baby Got Gone.”

Shepherd’s band on Lay It On Down features long-time band members Noah Hunt and Chris Layton, along with bassist from Shepherd’s supergroup side project The Rides Kevin McCormick and keyboardist Jimmy McGorman. “I’m proud of the album we have delivered to the fans and I think they'll be excited by what they hear,” notes Shepherd. “The band we’ve assembled did a fantastic job bringing these songs to life and conveying the musical message to the listener. Now we are looking forward to bringing this new music to the live show to watch it develop even more.” Shepherd further discusses the writing/recording process in the new album’s video trailer, watch/share it HERE.

Shepherd is currently on a U.S. tour in support of the album’s release. See below for a list of dates.

Lay It On Down finds Shepherd two decades into a recording career that began when he was 16. Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide and, in addition to his five Grammy nominations, he has won two Billboard Music Awards, a pair of Orville H. Gibson awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive award and two Blues Music awards. He’s had six #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles, and his acclaimed documentary project 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads was the top-selling blues album of 2007. Shepherd’s last release, 2014’s Goin’ Home (Concord Records), debuted at #25 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and spent several weeks at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart.
Paula Cole
Paula Cole
Born April 5, 1968 in Rockport, Massachusetts, USA
LADAMA
LADAMA
LADAMA is a group of four women, virtuosic musicians, and educators -- Lara Klaus, Daniela Serna, Mafer Bandola and Sara Lucas—each from a different country and culture of the Americas, who are sisters in song, rhythm and spirit. Harnessing music from their respective countries of origin --Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States, the group utilizes traditional and non-traditional instruments from across the Americas, but with a modern twist, to produce Latin Alternative music.

LADAMA’s debut, self-titled album, set for release in the Fall of 2017, could not be more timely; both Latin America and the United States, in fact the world, are in need of projects that transcend boundaries and defy norms. This is precisely what their debut album, crafted carefully on a journey through Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and New York, represents. LADAMA’s new self-titled album transcends space, time and borders. Hatched across continents and language by the members of the group themselves, it delivers a fresh take on a myriad of traditional, Pan-American rhythms all coming together seamlessly into LADAMA’s unique blend of enthralling sounds.

The songs in this collection emit an electric pulse and energy that are truly global in concept and vision. A song like Porro Maracatu is a vibrant and provocative marriage of two traditional rhythms from Afro-Colombian and Afro-Brazilian culture. Confesión is a tender love letter to self-actualization and womanhood. Traditional instruments combine with electric arrangements to produce a vibrant, melodious experiment in allowing oneself to feel, speak and reimagine the currents that connect us all across the Americas. In its deepest essence, LADAMA’s inaugural album is a reflection of what it means to communicate across the Americas. Written, composed, arranged and produced by the dynamic foursome, the album is an organic yet modern expression of authenticity across cultures.

LADAMA met on the road in 2014 while touring Los Angeles, Arizona, and New Mexico as part of the prestigious OneBeat Program. Between individual performances, leading youth workshops and public music-making events,

Lara, Daniela, Mafer and Sara uncovered a common dream of building communities through sound and empowering women and youth through music. Reimagining South American and Caribbean styles like cumbia, maracatu, onda nueva and joropo and blending them with soul, R&B and pop, LADAMA creates a new sound all their own. Together, the four shred on the Bandola Llanera from Venezuela, the Tambor Alegre from Colombia, and the Pandeiro from Northeastern Brazil.

With powerful vocals, often accompanied by Pat Swoboda on the bass, LADAMA delivers an utterly unique musical experience. LADAMA flows from the electric to the acoustic, from Spanish to English and Portuguese, and from the high plains of Venezuela to the Colombian coast. Their art proves that borders are meaningless, transporting us to a future where the world communicates across continents and cultures, through sound and story.
Matt The Electrician
Matt The Electrician
Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and thousands of shows.

His work ethic served him well in the mid-1990s, when he moved to Austin in search of new horizons and better opportunities. Matt was already playing music by then, and in need of a steady day job, he began working as an electrician, spending his days wiring houses in the Texas heat. Once quitting time came, he'd grab his guitar and drive himself to an evening show, usually taking the stage in his work boots and sweaty clothes. "Hi; I'm Matt the Electrician," he'd tell the crowd, hoping his occupation would help explain his appearance. The name stuck, even after his growing fanbase at home, as well as abroad, allowed him to hang up his pliers for good.
Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons
Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons
Armed with electric guitars, swooning vocals, and songs that split the difference between rock & roll and dreamy psychedelia, Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons pack the biggest punch of their career with Homemade Vision.

Like the band’s debut, Hey Kid — an album whose kickoff track, “Athens,” earned Perley an International Songwriting Award in 2014 — Homemade Vision was recorded in the Howlin’ Moons’ hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Many of the songs were dreamt up somewhere along the highways and backroads that crisscross America, though, coaxed into life by a group of roots-rock road warriors who regularly play more than 100 shows a year. As a result, Homemade Vision is the sort of wide-ranging record that creates its own geography, building an imaginary place where the influences of David Gilmour, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, and Nebula all intersect.
Venue Information:
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
Athens, OH
Athens, OH, 45701