The Mountain State Forest Festival is officially underway, and for many music fans, that means the countdown is on to a kickin' country show featuring headliner Chris Cagle with special guests, The Henningsens.
Cagle and The Henningsens are set to play at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Harper McNeeley Auditorium on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. The Forest Festival office only has a few premium - i.e. front row - seats for sale at a price of $45 a pop, but more tickets remain for general admission to the Country Music Show, a MSFF classic.
And in an effort to be more budget-friendly, festival organizers are knocking $20 off the price - general admission tickets to the show now cost only $25 under the MSFF's new Rush Program, Cindy Nucilli, MSFF executive director, said this week.
Chrissy Mullenax, assistant director of the Mountain State Forest Festival, prepares for the coming week’s events Friday at the MSFF office. Mullenax helps coordinate the Pet Show, the Band Field Show and the Photography Exhibit/Contest.
"We listened to the public and what they were saying," Nucilli said. "For general seating, they can either go online at www.forestfestival.com and click on the 'Country Music Show' tab or call 304-636-1824 and we'll do the seating for them.
"If you choose the online option, what's going to happen is you'll actually be able to select your seat by placing your cursor over it and clicking on the seat you'd like to have and it'll come up with a '$25 Rush Program' option."
Nucilli said Cagle brings the best of classic country music as well as a handful of hot new hits.
"Chris Cagle has a new repertoire of music," Nucilli said. "He's kind of changed his sound, and he's got new up-and-coming songs, but his first No. 1 smash, 'I Breathe in, I Breathe out,' remains a fan favorite."
Cagle's newest album, "Back in the Saddle," features a variety of new material, including, "Let There Be Cowgirls," "Dance, Baby, Dance," "My Life's Been a Country Song" and "Wal-Mart Parking Lot."
Nucilli said Cagle's latest album has been described as a "homecoming" and a "rekindling of his flame and a roaring reminder of his rock-infused country roots."
"We've received calls from out-of-state ticket buyers who have already seen him (Cagle) three times this summer," she said, "and they said he's put on one of the best shows they've ever seen."
The opening act, The Henningsens, are currently climbing the country charts, Nucilli added.
"They are going to have some really good songs, one of which, 'American Beautiful,' is in the Top 10 now," she said. "The younger crowd really likes The Henningsens."
In addition to online or by phone, tickets to the Country Music Show may be purchased at the MSFF office, located at 101 Lough St., across from the Robin Harvey Memorial Baseball Field between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the concert.
The Inter-Mountain, which is also a sponsoring tonight's The Guess Who Classic Rock Concert, will give away door prizes prior to both shows.
Also, the paper is giving away multiple sets of tickets to see Cagle and The Henningsens. Prizes will be awarded each day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. To win a pair of tickets, look for a Forest Festival-related trivia question to be posted daily on The Inter-Mountain's Facebook page. Be the first to respond correctly, and two tickets will be yours.
The link to the page is www.facebook.com/TheInterMountain.