Country Band “Zane Run” at Stifel Mansion Feb. 4

Bluegrass in Wheeling: Zane Run at Stifel Center

Zane Run Performs at Historic Stifel Mansion

Country band Zane Run performs February 4 at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center.  The show is part of the popular bluegrass and Americana music series Mountain Moon Coffeehouse.

Born out of the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains,  Zane Run is an up-and-coming country band with an edge.  The band is stripping down its sound to perform two intimate sets in the historic Stifel Mansion in Wheeling, which is a favorite venue of performers and audiences alike.

Taking its name from Revolutionary War heroine Betty Zane, the band created a hard-hitting sound that reflects the tenacity, wherewithal and hardheadedness of the Upper Ohio Valley.

Band members Zeke Blake, Justin Rector, Dean Connors, Brad Wilson, and Jacob Moore throw down everything from Jason Aldean to AC/DC and everything in between.

What does Wheeling sound like?

In 2014, founding member Dean Connors sought the answer to the question,
“What does Wheeling, West Virginia sound like?”

This search led to other prominent musicians from the region. One by one, the nucleus came together. Bridging different generations, gathering different influences and collecting upon past experiences evolved into the experience that is Zane Run.

Zane Run creates music under the silhouettes of rusting steel mills, in the haunting echoes of a long defunct railroad system and near shuttered coal mines of a generation or two ago.  The band describes its sound as “the echo of a distant rifle on the first Monday after Thanksgiving; the party at the lake that lasts all weekend long and friends from college that will be friends forever.”

Zane Run has released three singles that can be heard on local radio as well as Pandora and I Heart Radio. Released in 2014, “The Devil in Me” continues to sell steadily in the region as well as worldwide.  The infectious, guitar-driven “Bonnie and Clyde” is a crowd favorite at live shows. “How’s the Fishin’” tells a somber story of an American soldier getting deployed, his memories and his yearning for simpler days out on the lake.

Mountain Moon Coffeehouse continues through May. “Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers” perform March 4; “Herb and Hanson” perform April 1 and “Two Bridges” takes the stage May 6.

Get Tickets

Doors for all shows open at 7:00pm. Music begins at 7:30. Admission is $15/$12.50 (OI Members) and includes non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks. You can purchase beer and wine at all shows.

For tickets, call (304) 242-7700 or visit