The Mountain State Brewing Company will present a dinner theater performance entitled "Celebrate West Virginia" on Saturday, at 7 p.m. at the Mountain State Brewing pub in Thomas. The concert features the duo Father and Son, which consists of West Virginia's "Bard of Education," Mick Souter performing on banjo, guitar, mandolin, autoharp and dulcimer along with his son, William Souter, performing on fiddle.
Mick Souter has been touring his one-man show, "Celebrate West Virginia," throughout the state to celebrate West Virginia's sesquicentennial anniversary this year. Souter performs full time as West Virginia's "Bard of Education" appearing at schools, theaters, festivals and state parks for audiences of all ages.
His son, William, a 14-year-old Elkins native, now lives in northern California, and is performing as the younger half of Father and Son for limited engagements this month. William has been studying and playing "old-timey" Appalachian-style fiddle since he was age 5.
Father and Son has recently appeared at Tamarack, the John Henry Festival and the Preston Community Art Center - as well as various coffeehouses. This Saturday, they will perform songs and stories that celebrate the history, heritage and beauty of the Mountain State at the Mountain State Brewing Company pub in Thomas.
Souter says "Celebrate West Virginia" is a wonderful, fun-filled way for proud West Virginians to come together to celebrate our state's historic 150th birthday.
"The fact that my son, William, is able to join me in the concert with his wonderful fiddle playing is just an added bonus for the audience," he said. "Add to that the West Virginia cuisine they are serving for the dinner theater, and you have the makings of a memorable evening."
The dinner portion of the dinner theater will include locally sourced sausage gravy and biscuits with home-fried ramp potatoes, as well as Mountain State's popular, award-winning microbrews.
For more information on the "Celebrate West Virginia" Dinner Theater, interested people can contact the Mountain State Brewing Company at 304-463-4500.