Larry Groce, Todd Burge, & Jess Baldwin
#100Daysfor100Years Live Streaming Benefit Concert
From the stage of the historic Peoples Bank Theatre!
Saturday, August 1st, 2020 @ 8PM
Watch here: https://www.facebook.com/peoplesbanktheatre/live
Larry Groce is a singer, songwriter, and one of the founders of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage*, distributed nationally by NPR to over 240 stations. He’s been the host and artistic director of the show since its beginning in 1983.
Larry has recorded twenty-four albums. “Live Forever”, recorded with his wife Sandra on viola and produced by Don Dixon (REM, The Red Clay Ramblers, James McMurtry), was released in 2016, Larry’s top ten novelty single “Junk Food Junkie” was Dr. Demento’s Song of the Year in 1976 and one his children’s recordings for Walt Disney records was Grammy-nominated for “Children’s Record of the Year”. He’s been profiled in The New York Times, People Magazine and other national publications and performed on The Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show, American Bandstand, The Midnight Special, The Rich Little Show, Nashville Now, The Disney Channel, Doctor Demento, and A Prairie Home Companion. Larry was born in Dallas where he went to high school with Michael Martin Murphy (“Wildfire”), Ray Wylie Hubbard (“Up Against the Wall Redneck Mothers”), and the late B.W. Stevenson (“My Maria”). He lived in New York and Los Angeles before moving to West Virginia in 1972. In 2020, Larry will be inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
A native of West Virginia’s Wood County region, Burge spent the ’80s and ’90s earning his place as one of the most important and enduring figures in the state’s music scene, fronting everything from the alt-rock band 63 Eyes to the outlaw-country cover project Triple Shot. Since the early 2000s, Burge has concentrated on his singular brand of folk-pop storytelling with multiple performances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, The Kennedy Center, The Country Music Hall of Fame and more.
“West Virginia’s premier songwriter”
Larry Groce – Host of NPR’s Mountain Stage
“I’m convinced – Ingenious Todd Burge successfully blends more wit and wisdom per song than anyone else I’ve enjoyed in years.”
Ron Goad – Vice Pres – Songwriter’s Association of Washington DC
Learn more at www.toddburge.com
“Jessica brings that rare combination of a high degree of technical skill and a palpable level of emotion. She knows how to deliver the soul of a song. Simply stated: Pure Beauty.” – John Walsh
“My earliest experiences in the jazz idiom were spent in a vocal jazz setting. Jess still managed to blow all my expectations away. Comfortable in virtually all vocal genres, her skills as musical visionary, band leader, and arranger completed the package.” – Steven Heffner
After earning two degrees in it, Jess Baldwin left the world of classical music and returned to her first loves of soul, jazz, pop, and R&B. Her effortless voice, poetic lyrics, lush harmonies, and playful rhythms weave together into dreamy art pop infused with soul and jazz. Jess has appeared on American Public Television’s Songs at the Center, performed on Mountain Stage with The Fields of Gettysburg, won the Ohio Music Award for Cover Song in 2016 and 2017, and was a quarterfinalist in the American Traditions Competition in 2015 and 2017. Her newest set of songs were born out of a search for the meaning and feeling of home, which is currently Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not performing, Jess helps singers find their own voices in her teaching studio. Learn more at jessbaldwin.com.