WANT TO GO?
With The Black Lillies, Over the Rhine, Vienna Teng, Susan Werner and Brendan James
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Advance $15, at the door $25
INFO: 800-594-TIXX or www.mountainstage.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- People in bands are like anyone else. They have places they like to go. Sometimes, it's some little hole in the wall in their hometown where everybody knows them. It could be a famous bar like the 40-Watt Club in Athens, Ga., or even that place where they got their first real break.
Well, "like" isn't the right word.
"We love that place," singer Cruz Contreras gushed. "We absolutely love it. The Purple Fiddle is a special place for us. We've got a lot of friends there."
Contreras said Thomas is just a cool place.
"I'm a fan of small towns and rural places," he said. "I was born in a small town in Michigan, and I've always been comfortable with that [rural life].
"And I love the outdoor stuff: the skiing, the hiking. They've got a microbrewery."
Plus, the crowds at The Purple Fiddle are hard to beat.
"They get up and dance," he said. "You get two songs into the show, and the crowd doesn't quit. They do not quit, and then I look at the clock and we've been playing for four hours and they're screaming.
"These are people I can relate to."
Contreras said The Black Lillies have played the Purple Fiddle around 10 times, and it was in Thomas, at the end of the band's last tour where he put some of the finishing touches on the group's third record, "Runaway Freeway Blues."