Listening party previews winter festival in Marietta

MARIETTA — The final eight bands scheduled to perform at next month’s Undercurrent Winter Festival in Marietta will be revealed Friday night at Peoples Bank Theatre.

Area residents are invited to attend Friday’s free listening party at Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., from 5 to 9 p.m. to get a sneak peek at the complete lineup (15 bands) for the Undercurrent Winter Festival Feb. 9 and 10 at Peoples Bank Theatre, said Michelle Waters of Parkersburg, event organizer.

People will be able to watch and hear the festival’s artists’ music on the theater screen. There will be drinks for sale inside the theater, as well as a winter-themed selfie spot.

A First Fridays Fire & Ice Night ice sculpture will be in front of Peoples Bank Theatre during the listening party.

Scheduled to perform on Friday, Feb. 9 during the Undercurrent Winter Festival are William Matheny, Hello June and Hayfield & Crow. Performing on Saturday, Feb. 10 will be The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, The Worn Flints, Mooney Tyson and Cassius At Best.

The remaining festival lineup, to be announced Friday evening, will include three more artists for Friday and five more for Saturday, said Waters.

Music genres are varied. All artists are from Ohio and West Virginia, as they were at the Undercurrent Music Festival last May at Point Park Market Place in Parkersburg, said Waters.

Genres will include Ambient, Indie, Post-Rock, Alt-Pop, Garage-Country, Folk, Daisy core, Hip-Hop and Rock.

“This time about half of the bands have all or some members from the Mid-Ohio Valley, said Waters.

The Undercurrent Winter Festival, presented by Hold The Note and the Marietta theater, is designed to show that music talent isn’t confined to larger cities, Waters said.

“We have such a wealth of great music coming out of this area and the surrounding areas, and we want to give people a chance to really get to hear a good variety of that great talent in one location,” Waters said.

“We want people to be able to claim pride in knowing they are from here, they’re from small towns around here, they’re our neighbors, our friends, neighbors in our home states, and they’re worth paying attention to,” she said.

Tickets for the festival are $18 on Friday, Feb. 9, $23 on Saturday, Feb. 10 and a weekend pass is $35.

Waters said she appreciates Peoples Bank Theatre for its support of local music.

Tickets for the Undercurrent Winter Festival can be purchased at the Peoples Bank Theatre box office, by calling 740-371-5152 and online at