CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Mountain Stage" closed out their 30th year with a show put together for longtime fans.
The radio show got a decent crowd, though it was by no means a sell-out.
To finish up the year-long celebration, for the first time in almost 20 years, the show was broadcast live over the radio, as well as simulcast on the Internet. Broadcasting the show live, warts and all, seemed like a cute gimmick -- a little nod to some longtime fans who've romanticized about the good ol' days.
The gimmick stopped being so cute after the opening act, Diego Garcia, rolled into town a couple of hours late. The 7 p.m. start got pushed back to give the crew time to run Garcia's band through the very necessary sound check.
The swaggering Garcia mostly managed to redeem himself for the delay, turning in a decent performance with about a half dozen songs, mostly about love or loss, but he also managed to come off as a little arrogant.
It might have been nice if Garcia had said, "Hey, sorry we're late. Traffic was bad" or "the driver overslept," but he never got around to it.
Host Larry Groce might have tossed in a dig about Garcia's tardiness when he mentioned that Lucy Wainwright Roche had driven from a show the previous night in New Jersey to be on time.
Still, even though the show started off a little raggedly, it more or less righted itself as it got in motion.
Roche, by the way, might have been the highlight of the night. This was her fourth time on the show and she played songs off her latest recording, "There's a last time for everything." Roche, performing alone, sounded amazing and turned in a soul-crushing version of Robyn's dance-pop hit, "Call Your Girlfriend."