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Bare Bones to take Opera House stage

January 29, 2011
The Inter-Mountain

The second half of the Pocahontas County Opera House's 2010-2011 Performance Series gets under way with the return of a local favorite in February.

The a capella trio Bare Bones, who were known previously as The Missing Persons Soup Kitchen Gospel Quartet, kicks off the next round of concerts at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5.

The music of Bare Bones is bigger than one genre, spanning time and many styles. They move from gnarly old Appalachian ballads to Motown, African-American songs of the antebellum South, contemporary songs about love and broken hearts, protest songs and old-time songs of salvation. Bill and Becky Kimmons team up with Mark Davis (also of VooDoo Katz and Comparsa) to form the a capella trio.

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IN CONCERT — The a capella trio Bare Bones, known previously as The Missing Persons Soup Kitchen Gospel Quartet, kicks off the next round of concerts at The Pocahontas County Opera House at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5. Members include, from left, Bill Kimmons, Becky Kimmons and Mark Davis.

Formerly known as Soup Kitchen, the group's new name came to Becky Kimmons recently when she and Bill Kimmons were singing in the kitchen, and talking about the glories of the unadorned chord. "It's the bare bones of music," she says.

Two things are constant with Bare Bones - strong rhythm and tight harmony. Add the Kimmons' irrepressible sense of humor, and you have a memorable evening that will send you away singing.

The performance season at the Opera House continues with its annual Opry Night, featuring the Classic Country Ramblers and "The Appalachian," John Wyatt on Feb. 26, followed by The Bing Brothers with Jake Krack on March 5.

Performances at the Opera House are informal, family friendly and open to all. The entrance and main seating are handicapped accessible. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to attend; special accommodations can be arranged upon request. Admission to all performances is $7 unless noted otherwise. Admission is available at the door and in advance at or by calling 304-799-6645. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Pocahontas County Opera House is located at 818 Third Ave. in Marlinton.

For information on other upcoming Opera House events, visit, or call the Opera House at 304-799-6645.

These performances are part of the 2010-2011 Performance Series sponsored by the Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Financial support is also provided by Pocahontas County Drama, Fairs and Festivals.



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