Musical variety at Peoples Bank Theatre festival

From staff reports

Peoples Bank Theatre will host the Undercurrent Winter Festival on Friday and Saturday.

Organizers said the goal of the event is to bring awareness to the variety of high quality music in Ohio and West Virginia, empowering local musicians to see even more value in their craft, while empowering the community to know it holds as much value as major musical meccas.

The festival started last spring at the Point Park Marketplace in downtown Parkersburg with music by a variety of local artists. Those who attended that event will have completely new experience with the February show, said event organizer Michelle Waters.

“We wanted to offer a brand new lineup because we feel like there are so many bands that deserve to be featured,” she said.

“I think the first Undercurrent was fantastic, and I’m proud to be able to showcase another collection of artists in round two,” Waters said.

The winter festival is presented by Peoples Bank Theatre and Hold The Note. Tickets are $18 for Feb. 9, $23 for Feb. 10 or $35 for a weekend pass. Tickets can be purchased at the Peoples Bank Theatre box office, by calling 740-371-5152 and online at peoplesbanktheatre.com/event/undercurrent.

On Friday, doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. The evening’s performers include William Matheny, Adam Remnant, Hello June, Corey Shields Trio, Cutler Station and Hayfield & Crow.

On Saturday, doors open at 3 p.m. and music starts at 4 p.m. The day’s performers include The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, The Worn Flints, Mooney Tyson, A Story Told, Mobile Home, Cassius At Best, Wilson Raps, Homesick and sineqube.

William Matheny, of Mannington, W.Va., with his rock ‘n’ roll band is the headliner on Friday. The headliner on Saturday is The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, described as an immersive, indie, post-rock, emo band, with some members from Parkersburg.

The music genres represented by the festival’s lineup include a wide variety. The Undercurrent Winter Festival is designed to show that music talent isn’t confined to larger cities, said Waters.

“For a lot of people I know who are coming to Undercurrent, they’ve told me they’ve never been to the Peoples Theatre before,” she said. “I also know most of the artists performing at Undercurrent have yet to perform there, and I’m so excited for everyone to experience the gorgeous, historic interior, as well as the topnotch stage crew and team of the PBT.”

The schedule of peformances includes:

Friday

¯ 7 p.m.: Hayfield & Crow

¯ 7:45 p.m.: Cutler Station

¯ 8:30 p.m.: Corey Shields Trio

¯ 9:15 p.m.: Hello June

¯ 10 p.m.: Adam Remnant (with band)

¯ 11 p.m.: William Matheny (with band)

Saturday

¯ 4 p.m.: Sineqube

¯ 4:45: Wilson Raps

¯ 5:30 p.m.: Homesick

¯ 6:15 p.m.: Cassius at Best

¯ 7 p.m.: Mobile Home

¯ 8 p.m.: A Story Told

¯ 9 p.m.: Mooney Tyson

¯ 10 p.m.: The Worn Flints

¯ 11 p.m.: The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die.