W.Va. sesquicentennial celebration at WVU Parkersburg kicks off with Gandydancer band

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Parkersburg, W.Va. 4/2/13 – In celebration of West Virginia’s 150 years of statehood, West Virginia University at Parkersburg presents premier mountain string band Gandydancer. The band will perform at in the College Activities Center Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. as part of the college’s Distinguished Performance Series.

Featuring five respected musicians, the group delivers traditional mountain music to listeners in a way they appreciate and remember. These musicians have a fascinating repertoire featuring some of the country’s purest American folk music. Gandydancer’s members include Dave Bing, Jim Martin, Gerry Milnes, Ron Mullennex and Mark Payne.

Each a champion multi-instrumentalist, the band members have known one another and played music together in different combinations for over 20 years. The band incorporates a fresh assortment of instrumental and vocal combinations. A cappella vocal harmonies, twisty old-time fiddle and banjo tunes, seldom-heard West Virginia folk songs, traditional bluegrass, new compositions, poignant ballads and driving instrumental numbers are all presented masterfully.

This performance is presented with support from the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission and is part of a month-long celebration at WVU Parkersburg. This and all sesquicentennial events are free and open to the public.

The complete schedule for sesquicentennial events at WVU Parkersburg includes:
April 1-30 – Exhibit of West Virginia Books, WVU Parkersburg library
April 3 – October Sky, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m., Student Lounge
April 6 – Gandydancer, 7 p.m., College Activities Center
April 10 – Showings of “We Are Marshall,” 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m., Student Lounge
April 11 – Sesquicentennial edition of the WVU Parkersburg student newspaper
April 12 – Elderberry Flood: The History, Lore, and Land of West Virginia in verse form, 7:30 p.m., College Theatre
April 16-May 3 – “Born of Rebellion,” West Virginia Humanities Council Exhibit
April 17 – Showings of “Matewan,” 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m., student lounge
April 18 – “WVU Parkersburg Celebrates West Virginia History,” College Activities Center, 7 p.m.
Book signing with WVU Parkersburg history faculty authors: Robert Anderson, Bernard Allen, Aaron Crites and Gary Tucker, WVU Parkersburg bookstore
Keynote address “Reflections on West Virginia’s Birth and the Ten Most Important Events Since its Birth” with Dr. Bernard Allen, WVU Parkersburg professor emeritus
April 23 – “The Revolution that Forged a State” with Dr. Ronald Lewis, West Virginia University Professor Emeritus, college theatre, 7 p.m., presented by the West Virginia Humanities Council
April 24 – Showings of “The Mothman Prophecies,” 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m., student lounge
April 26 – Johnny Staats & the Delivery Boys, 7 p.m., college amphitheater (College Activities Center in the event of rain)
April 30 – Marc Harshman, West Virginia Poet Laureate, 7 p.m., College Theatre, presented by the WVU Parkersburg Humanities Speakers Series

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