Americana Music Festival Favorite “The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers” at Stifel

WHEELING, W.Va. (February 23, 2016)- Mountain Moon Coffeehouse returns to Wheeling, bringing some of the best bluegrass and Americana music the region has to offer. The venue will once again be Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center, located at 1330 National Road, Wheeling. The next show takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5 and features The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers with Justin Rector opening in support.

The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from old-time, bluegrass, country, jazz, rockabilly and swing styles to create their tight, high-energy string band music. Well-crafted original songs with emotional depth, masterful picking and resonant vocal harmonies combine to forge new territories and a fresh take on Appalachian Americana music.

Band members Gary Antol, Libby Eddy, Mitch Hall and Ed Croft hail from the mountains and river towns of southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

Well known in the Americana music circuit throughout the mid-Atlantic region, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers are big crowd-pleasers at The Great Blue Heron, The Three Rivers Arts Festival, Flood City Music Festival, Whiskey Rebellion Festival, Hickory Fest, Smoked Country Jam and others.  The band recently showcased their unique and innovative style of Appalachian roots music on a national tour, winning over new fans from Colorado to California, Arizona to Oklahoma. Their recording of “Mannington #9,” a searing tale of lives lost in a mining disaster written by West Virginia native Keith McManus, was included in Relix Magazine’s 2015 Summer CD Sampler.

The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers have opened for The Steeldrivers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Black Lillies, Town Mountain, David Davis and The Warrior River Boys, Larry Keel, The Felice Brothers, Mike Compton, Drymill Road, The Rumpke Mountain Boys, The Hillbilly Gypsies and Frank Solivan and The Dirty Kitchen.

Opening for The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers is local musician Justin Rector, member of Zane Run and New American Groove.

Doors open at 7:00pm with music beginning at 7:30. Admission is $15/$12.50 (OI Members) and includes non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are available by calling (304) 242-6855 or visiting

Other upcoming Mountain Moon performances include: Herb & Hanson April 2 and Marsh Wheeling String Band May 7.