The Adelphia Music Hall opened in 2010 and has since welcomed bands from all over the country and spanning all genres. In addition to musical acts, The Adelphia holds comedy nights, hosts fundraising events and is generally one of Marietta's favorite entertainment destinations.
"It's only been open a little over three years and it just keeps growing," said music director Todd Burge, who is also a professional touring musician and fixture on the West Virginia music scene.
"We're at the point now where acts are starting to reach out to us. I get about 25 to 40 emails a day from acts wanting to come through and play at The Adelphia," he said.
Some of the more notable musicians who have graced The Adelphia's stage include Marshall Crenshaw, The Bottle Rockets, Chris Hillman of The Byrds and Tim O'Brien.
"Tim is a dream act to have," Burge said of the Wheeling, W.Va. native and Grammy Award-winning country and bluegrass musician.
Other artists on Burge's wish list include a former Beatle.
Hit Parade is a regular performer at The Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta.
"Well, I'd like to have Paul McCartney," he said, only half joking. "No, but Steve Earle or somebody like that I'd like to get."
Burge said that throughout the year, The Adelphia will be trying out a new "tribute" series featuring the songs of Pearl Jam, The Eagles and Kid Rock.
Abigail Gedon, marketing and events coordinator for Galley Enterprises, Inc., said there are three businesses operating out of the historic building at 203 Second St.: The Adelphia Music Hall, The Galley Restaurant and the Hackett Hotel.
The Adelphia Music Hall
203 Second St., Marietta
On the web: www.thegalleymarietta.com/the-adelphia
Qiet - March 22
Davisson Brothers Band - March 29
Ha Ha Tonka - July 10
According to a press release, "In 1902, John Hackett purchased the building and turned it into a saloon and bowling alley. Some years later, after floods, prohibition and the Great Depression, The Adventure Galley opened in 1981, operated under a different moniker until 1996, and was reopened as The Galley."
The Adelphia boasts space for 90 on the first floor and an 800-square-foot balcony with a lounge area for 40. There is also a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, a pull-down screen and acoustics designed for any type of event.
Not only do patrons and music lovers get to enjoy everything that The Adelphia has to offer but the performers feel at home in the venue as well.
Perennial favorite Hit Parade has played its brand of feel-good 80s music at The Adelphia 30 times in the past three years.
"Todd, being an artist and experienced performer himself, has always been sensitive to the issues an entertainer might encounter," said guitarist Matt Yoak, who performs along with Terry McGee, Dave Turner and Danny Parsons in the Marietta-based band. "The management is as professional as any place we have played in our music careers and the venue's vibe and ambiance is first-class ... it has quickly become the undisputed epicenter for live music entertainment in our region."