Posted on August 18, 2016, BY Staff

Bluegrass band Coal Town Rounders and Americana singer-songwriter Van Wagner will perform on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. The performance is part of Bucknell University's Family Weekend festivities.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased online at the Campus Box Office or by calling 570-577-1000. Please note that tickets are available in the main auditorium only; the balcony will be closed.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

Grafting their passion for Appalachian music and harmony singing to 21st century sensibilities, Northeast Pennsylvania-based quartet Coal Town Rounders are making their own moves in a genre that's heavy on the tradition. They perform live around a single microphone, which lends a timeless quality to an old-time approach and showcases the human element of interaction inherent in acoustic music.

Van Wagner teaches environmental science at Lewisburg Area High School and was selected as the Conservation Educator of the Year in 2005 from Schuylkill County and in 2007 and 2009 from Union County. Outside of the classroom, he educates audiences with his music and programs on Pennsylvania history. His music has been featured on the History Channel, WVIA, and Country Music Television (CMT). He has released 20 original albums and published a book entitled Coal Dust, Rust, and Saw Dust.  

Patrons are encouraged to arrive at 6 p.m. for a free opening act in the Weis Center Atrium lobby called "Hard Coal: The Concert." It will feature the sometimes folksy, sometimes haunting, always beautiful music that Guy Klucevsek composed for the play Hard Coal: Life in the Region, along with singer-performers from the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.

This show is the kick-off event for the Weis Center's year-long series about coal, Coal Collections: Local, National and International Stories. The Weis Center, the Bucknell Place Studies program and the Bucknell Center for Sustainability & the Environment (BCSE) are coordinating this series. A reception will immediately follow the performance in the Weis Center Atrium lobby. The performance is sponsored, in part, by the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, the News Item and Catawese Coach.

A free shuttle will be available from Shamokin and Mount Carmel, courtesy of Catawese Coach Lines. The shuttle will depart from Weis Markets in Shamokin at approximately 5:15 p.m. and from Divine Redeemer Church in Mount Carmel at 5:30 p.m. The shuttle will return between 10 and 10:30 p.m.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or email.

For more information about the Weis Center, visit its website or social media channels on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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