The Fall-Winter 2018 Season Rolls On!

A broad spectrum of Mountain State music -- from the inventive, expressive compositions of Marshall University jazz legend Mark Zanter to the poetry and grace of beloved songwriter Colleen Anderson -- will be featured as our 2018 season rolls on Saturday, Oct. 20. This latest installment of our monthly 90-minute music variety show, now in its second year, begins at 7 p.m. at Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton St., Barboursville. Hosted by Randy Yohe and Michelle Lewis, the show, which takes the stage on the third Saturday night of each month, also features The 1937 Flood as the house band. In addition, each month's show features new and established musical acts as guest artists.

Here are the headliners for the upcoming show:

Cat Cirner-- Colleen Anderson was born in Bay City, Michigan, and discovered the Mountain State when she left her studies at Western Michigan University Honors College to temporarily serve with VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) in Cabin Creek, WV. There she helped start Cabin Creek Quilts, a cooperative of 150 low-income quilters. Following 15 months of volunteer service and a year of work as an editor, Colleen returned to college, this time at West Virginia University, where she received a B.A. in English in 1975. Twenty-five years, she earned a Master's degree in Humanities, this time from Marshall University. Colleen has been self-employed as a writer and designer since 1975, and formed "Mother Wit Writing and Design" in 1983. Her creative studio has earned numerous honors, including West Virginia Communicators' Best of Show award and several First Place awards from the National Federation of Press Women. Her stories and poems have been published by the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project, Redbook, Embers, Kestrel, Arts & Letters, Passager, Carolina Quarterly, The Sun, and many other periodicals. Meanwhile, her beautiful songs have been featured on Public Radio International's "Mountain Stage" and "The Folk Sampler," and she has produced two albums of original songs, Fabulous Realities (1991) and Going Over Home (2001). Over the past two decades, she has frequently performed with guitarist George Castelle, who for several decades was the Chief Public Defender in Kanawha County, where he still works on John Lillya part-time basis. Colleen's song “West Virginia Chose Me” is included in several anthology recordings of West Virginia music, and two others have won the FOOTMAD songwriting contest and qualified for the semi-finals in the Mountain Stage NewSong performing songwriter competition.

-- Mark Zanter, coordinator of music theory and composition at Marshall University's School of Music, is an active composer and performer who has received commissions from diverse orchestra around the country. He also has appeared as a composer and performer on NPR’s "Live at the Landmark." Dr. Zanter's works have been performed nationally and internationally at festivals such as MUSIC X, The Cortona Contemporary Music Festival, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and ECHOFLUX 14. He is the recipient of grants and awards from The American Society of Composers and Publishers, The American Music Center, The American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and WV Music Teachers Association. As a performer Mark is equally at home performing standard repertoire, creative music, and jazz and has appeared with orchestras, chamber groups, and improvisers. “I am interested in the expression of an idea," he says, "in creating pieces through observation of the inherent musical potential of my sound material. In each piece, I invent processes that express this potential, generating contexts for their realization. In that sense my music results from the interaction of observations, intuition, and processes, rather than from a willful shaping of my materials.”

Proceeds for the show will be donated to support Huntington Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter. Admission will be a $5 donation. 

Fans and supporters have multiple ways to view the monthly. The best way, of course, is attend in person, taking a seat in the concert area of Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton St., Barboursville. Those who can't attend in person can take in the fun online, streaming it through Facebook Live or watching an archived show on YouTube.

To see video from previous Route 60 Saturday Night shows, click here!