Live Music with Matt Smith and Friends at Towngate

Matt Smith and Friends features the musical stylings of Matt Smith, Chad Burrall, Adrian Niles and Ananga Martin, from left.

WHEELING — Live music returns to Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre when Matt Smith and Friends will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Living in the moment and going with the flow, Matt Smith and Friends create an atmosphere of warmth and love in their music. A mixture of old friends and new, the group consists of Matt Smith, Adrian Niles, Chad Burrall and Ananga Martin.

Smith and Niles have been making music together for more than 25 years. Smith has recently returned to his roots, picking up the bass after taking some time to explore Irish folk music. Niles is a legend in the local music scene and is arguably one of the best guitar players in the area. Burrall adds a melodic. flowing feel on the mandolin that binds the music together. Ananga Martin has emerged as a prolific songwriter whose music transports listeners to another time and place.

The group is currently recording an album of music written by Martin, which will be featured in the second set of the performance. The first set will be made up of music from such artists as Townes Van Zandt, The Grateful Dead and The Band.

Smith said, “We want this to be a night of friends, both audience and performers, coming together to enjoy music from the soul.”

The concert Saturday is part of Towngate Theatre’s Second Season and is sponsored by Main Street Bank. Tickets for the show are $10 and can be purchased at www.oionline.com, at the door or by calling 304-242-7700.

A church-turned-theater, Towngate is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market District. Towngate is a cornerstone of creative life in Wheeling and serves as an entertainment destination for residents of Wheeling, the Upper Ohio Valley and beyond. People of all ages and backgrounds gather here to create and experience art onstage.

Towngate presents and hosts a full season of community theater, poetry and spoken word performances, children’s theater productions, improvisational comedy and ballet performances. Local and regional musicians perform on the Towngate stage. Towngate is a single screen cinema, too, presenting thought-provoking documentaries, independent and artistic films. Towngate is also an art gallery. The theater lobby is home to changing art exhibits. Dozens of live performances, concerts, events and classes take place year-round.

For more information, visit www.oionline.com or call 304-242-7700.

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