Performance: Mountain Stage with Kathy Mattea
Venue: Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Organizations: Hot Tuna, Malcolm Holcombe, Mick Flannery, Viv & Riley
Date: Sunday, October 1, 2023
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Event Types: Music, Arts & Theatre
Adult Tickets (based on seat location):
• Category A: $65.00
• Category B: $45.00
• Category C: $25.00

Students with ID and Youth 18 & Under: $10.00

The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech presents Performance: Mountain Stage with Kathy Mattea on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Join Grammy-winning country and bluegrass star Kathy Mattea for an episode of "Mountain Stage" recorded live from the Fife Theatre featuring performances from Hot Tuna, Malcolm Holcombe, Mick Flannery and Viv & Riley. Airing on nearly 300 public radio stations across America, the radio show features performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from traditional roots, folk, blues, and country to indie rock, alternative, synth pop, world music, and beyond.

On the air for almost 40 years, "Mountain Stage" is an institution and one of the most beloved and enduring programs in public radio history, broadcasting thousands of unforgettable live performances. Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, hosted by Kathy Mattea, and distributed by NPR Music, each two-hour episode of Mountain Stage can be heard every week on NPR stations across the country and around the world via NPR Music.

A two-time Grammy winner from West Virginia, Mattea has performed on the show more times than any other female artist, second to fellow West Virginia native Tim O'Brien, and co-hosted the show several times before taking over hosting responsibilities full time in 2021.

The name Hot Tuna invokes as many different moods and reactions as there are Hot Tuna fans — millions of them. To some, Hot Tuna is a reminder of some wild and happy times. To others, that name will forever be linked to their own discovery of the power and depth of American blues and roots music. To newer fans, Hot Tuna is a tight, masterful duo that is on the cutting edge of great music.

All of those things are correct, and more. For more than four decades, Hot Tuna has played, toured, and recorded some of the best and most memorable acoustic and electric music ever. And Hot Tuna is still going strong — some would say stronger than ever.

It has been said that the music Jack and Jorma play was transformative and that they injected an energy into their sound full of constant improvisation taking the compass on a joyride.


Malcolm Holcombe is a survivor. Most recently, a cancer survivor, so it’s a real gift to have [Bits and Pieces], his 18th album of brilliant vignettes and expressive musicianship. Shortly after his diagnosis in 2022, he and Jared Tyler decided to get these songs recorded, just the two of them, not knowing what the future held in store for them. To musicians, giving life to new songs can feel as critical as life’s most basic needs. If a completed album can come from it, all the better.

He’s a survivor of other struggles, too: ones that claim the lives of folks half his age. There are the self-inflicted ones, and the ones inflicted upon us by, well, the unpredictable world that he describes, unfiltered. Greed, hatred, inexplicable injustice… Malcolm helps us wrestle with them, as he has done for maybe a few lifetimes now. As he sings in Fill These Shoes, “People get murdered for no reason / Some give up their lives so others keep breathin'.” Through it all, we are blessed to have him among us.


With his warm, textured voice and rootsy songwriting aesthetic, Ireland's Mick Flannery burst onto the international scene in 2005 with his debut album, Evening Train. The record won praise and showcased Flannery's sound, which was drawn from American folk, rock, and Irish traditions. He built upon his initial buzz, hitting the Top Ten in Ireland with albums like 2008's White Lies, 2012's Red to Blue, and 2016's I Own You.

Born in 1983, Flannery grew up in Blarney, County Cork, where he was introduced to folk and blues music at a young age by his mother, a singer/songwriter. By his teens he was writing his own songs inspired by an eclectic mix of artists like Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Nirvana. After high school, he worked days as a stone mason while further developing his talents by taking a music management and production course at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa in Cork. Following his time at school, Flannery embarked on a tour of America, a trip that found him spending time in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Nashville, where he earned grassroots praise for his evocative, literate songs. Returning to Ireland, he issued his debut album, 2005's Evening Train. Written as part of a project for Flannery's music production course and initially conceived as a musical about two brothers, Evening Train was released to widespread acclaim and helped land Flannery a contract with EMI.


Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno play old-soul roots music, fluidly melding a backbone of Appalachian traditional music with fresh iconic melodies and the tightly wound vocal harmonies of indie folk based in Durham, North Carolina.

Both Leva and Calcagno, now just out of college, grew up steeped in old-time music, Leva in Lexington, Virginia and Calcagno in Seattle, Washington. After meeting in 2016 they soon collaborated on Leva’s debut record, Time is Everything, which Rolling Stone wrote "shone a light on the past without giving up its place in the present".


Adults tickets range from $25.00-$65.00 and tickets for Virginia Tech student tickets with ID and youth ages 18 & under are $10.00 each.

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The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech is located at 330 Turner Street NW in Blacksburg, VA.

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