Ohio Valley University is Becoming the MOV’s New Unlikely Music Venue
Across the region, music lovers can take their pick of nearly all styles and genres with the added bonus of it being close to home. In the past year alone, I have witnessed both gritty metal and introspective bedroom-pop in Athens, a bright dream punk band from New York in Charleston, and a handful of shows in Parkersburg/Marietta filled with phenomenal acoustic sets and cover bands.
It is safe to say that The Valley has a quantity of venues welcoming in quality musicians. Among these, looking to make an impact on the music scene is the unlikely campus of Ohio Valley University, who for the last 5 years has been steadily displaying regional artists and national acts to its students alongside residents of the MOV.
Behind the curtain lies the team of Student Involvement, directed by Leachelle Moore who curates nearly all the performances. “I not only wanted to bring in talent to the campus that I found to be hidden treasures,” says Leachelle in an interview I had with her on OVU’s campus,
“I wanted to bring in bands that had a certain ‘bonding factor’. I feel like music, and concerts especially, have a way of bringing people together in a really unique way. That’s what I hope to do whenever we host a show on campus”.
From the time she took her role as Director of Student Involvement in 2013, Leachelle had arranged some phenomenal performances. To name a few: In 2014 and 2015, the University showcased a folk band of siblings from Virginia, “The Hunts” to play an intimate acoustic set. The year after, in 2016, OVU hosted the beachy pop rock group from Pittsburgh, “Nevada Color” in a fun-filled night of song and dance. In that same year, the nationally acclaimed folk group “The Vespers” made a stop at OVU’s campus to divvy out some tasty banjo licks accompanied by soaring harmonies in a truly foot-stomping evening.
Ohio Valley University continues the streak of music into the New Year with their latest announcement to host indie rock band “Vacation Manor” later this month. Hailing from Virginia, Vacation Manor pulls inspiration from West Coast indie music to create a sound that is not only bright but extremely catchy. Check out the newly released music video for their single “Fading”, here:
The set (for Vacation Manor) is on Tuesday, January 30th on Ohio Valley University’s North Campus. Doors at 6, music at 7. The concert is free and open to the public.