Sunday, October 1, 2023, 7 PM

Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

Category A $65 | Category B $45 | Category C $25
$10 students with ID and youth 18 and under
15%-25% subscription discounts available

"There’s something quintessentially West Virginia about Mountain Stage. Beyond the world-class performances, beyond the collaborative atmosphere, beyond how much fun it is, I think the show offers a really important insight into the people and the culture that makes West Virginia so special, and I’m always thrilled to help share that with the world.”

— Kathy Mattea

Join Grammy-winning country and bluegrass star Kathy Mattea for an episode of Mountain Stage recorded live from the Fife Theatre. Airing on nearly 300 public radio stations across America, the radio show features performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from traditional roots, folk, blues, and country to indie rock, alternative, synth pop, world music, and beyond.

About Hot Tuna

 A tour announcement graphic from the band Hot Tuna. On a grey background is a black and white image of the band members, former Jefferson Airplane musicians Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, both looking towards the right of the image frame. Overlaid text reads "Final Hot Tuna Electric Run featuring Justin Guip. Going Fishing Tour 2023"

The name Hot Tuna invokes as many different moods and reactions as there are Hot Tuna fans — millions of them. To some, Hot Tuna is a reminder of some wild and happy times. To others, that name will forever be linked to their own discovery of the power and depth of American blues and roots music. To newer fans, Hot Tuna is a tight, masterful duo that is on the cutting edge of great music.

All of those things are correct, and more. For more than four decades, Hot Tuna has played, toured, and recorded some of the best and most memorable acoustic and electric music ever. And Hot Tuna is still going strong — some would say stronger than ever.

The two kids from 1950s Washington, D.C., knew that they wanted to make music. Jorma Kaukonen, son of a State Department official, and Jack Casady, whose father was a dentist, discovered guitar when they were teenagers (Jack, four years younger, barely so). They played, and they took in the vast panorama of music available in the nation’s capital, but found a special love of the blues, country, and jazz played in small clubs.

It has been said that the music Jack and Jorma play was transformative and that they injected an energy into their sound full of constant improvisation taking the compass on a joyride. It is still their plan to continue in their original duo format. They are not retiring from touring, but the electric lineup of this long-lived incarnation is going fishing for a while.  The road may not go on forever, but the destination is still beyond the horizon.  Friends, this is the year to catch them as ‘Electric Tuna.’ They will be inviting companions old and new to join us and hope that you will, too. 

About Mountain Stage

On the air for almost 40 years, Mountain Stage is an institution and one of the most beloved and enduring programs in public radio history, broadcasting thousands of unforgettable live performances. Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, hosted by Mattea, and distributed by NPR Music, each two-hour episode of Mountain Stage can be heard every week on NPR stations across the country and around the world via NPR Music. 

A two-time Grammy winner from West Virginia, Mattea has performed on the show more times than any other female artist, second to fellow West Virginia native Tim O'Brien, and co-hosted the show several times before taking over hosting responsibilities full time in 2021.

Some of the most iconic Mountain Stage guests over the years have included Regina Spektor, John Prine, Odetta, Wilco, R.E.M., Angélique Kidjo, Phish, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Alison Krauss, Townes Van Zandt, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, and Buddy Guy.

Mountain Stage is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR Music.

Kathy Mattea first performed at the Moss Arts Center in 2014. This is the first Mountain Stage performance at the Moss Arts Center.