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Mountain Moon Coffeehouse Returns to Stifel in Wheeling

Bill Gorby & the Musical Mercenaries

WHEELING — Some of the region’s best bluegrass, Americana and roots music artists perform in Wheeling as part Oglebay Institute’s popular Mountain Moon Coffeehouse. Crowd-pleasing performers, expert pickers, talented vocalists and captivating storytellers entertain crowds with foot-stomping tunes and expressive ballads. Shows take place in the historic 100-year-old Stifel Fine Arts Center.

The Mountain Moon Coffeehouse series continues Saturday, Nov. 23, with the Bill Gorby & the Musical Mercenaries.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Then, the music begins at 7 p.m. Guests can come early to explore the grand mansion and see why it’s a popular venue with performers and audiences alike. Coffee, tea and light snacks are included with the ticket price. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

Bill Gorby & the Musical Mercenaries plays an eclectic array of American music. With roots in folk, bluegrass and old time country, band members perform a diverse mix of traditional, classic and modern music. The band boasts a strong focus on three-part harmonies while featuring the instrumental talents of Bill Gorby, Buck Allemond and Jim Simpson.

Gorby sings lead and plays upright bass. He has performed over the past 35 years in a number of area bands including Peach’s Little Band, Hardly Herd, Stony Lonesome and others. Allemond sings lead, harmony vocals and plays acoustic guitar. In addition to the trio, he plays in the Roger Hoard Quartet and Tim Ullom Band. Simpson sings lead, harmony vocals and plays the mandolin. He also plays with Cabin Fever String Band and Black Slaney.

Members of Oglebay Institute receive a discount. Reserve seats at www.oionline.com or by calling 304-242-7700.

Other Mountain Moon Coffeehouse shows include Out of the Blue Bluegrass Band on Jan. 4 and Cabin Fever String Band on Feb. 1.

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