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Musicians announce Leap Day concert in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Three West Virginia singer-songwriters are using the Leap Year Day this month to provide a show in Parkersburg.

“Our Songs and Stories of West Virginia” will be performed by Larry Groce, Mike Morningstar with Dustin McCray, and Todd Burge from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Parkersburg Art Center, 725 Market St.

Burge, of Wood County, said this will be a “special Leap Day show for West Virginians.” Leap Days occur about every four years, adding an extra day onto February.

“This is the first Leap Day show for me,” Burge said.

Groce will be inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame on April 4 in Charleston. He is the host and creative director for Mountain Stage music radio show and a longtime singer-songwriter.

Morningstar, a Parkersburg native and Gilmer County resident, received The Distinguished West Virginian Award from Gov. Jim Justice last October. Morningstar’s life and music are the subject of the movie “Mike Morningstar: Here’s to the Working Man.”

Burge has played everything from Alternative Rock (63 Eyes, The Larries) to Contemporary Folk, performing concerts at festivals and in venues such as The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Kennedy Center and Mountain Stage.

Burge expects the Leap Day show to have an improvisational format for songs about West Virginia.

The show will be held in the third-floor ballroom of the art center.

Tickets are available at toddburge.com.

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