WISE — The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Student Government Association and the Student Activities Board will host the very first concert in the college’s new Convocation Center on Oct. 4.
Papa Joe Smiddy and the Reedy Creek Band will take the stage at 8 p.m. in the inaugural concert performance at the Convocation Center. Construction was completed last month at the $30 million facility, which also hosts indoor athletic events and offers convention arena space.
Papa Joe Smiddy is the first chancellor at UVa-Wise and chancellor emeritus at the college. UVa-Wise officials said it is fitting he will play the first tunes on stage at the new facility. Papa Joe and Reedy Creek will open for Natalie Stovall, a performer creating a buzz in the Nashville music industry.
Stovall will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $5 for the general public and are available at the Convocation Center box office. UVa-Wise students, staff and faculty are admitted free with proper I.D.
Stovall began playing fiddle at an early age and has performed on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and Grand Ole Opry. She was invited to sing for President Obama at the White House Press Correspondents Dinner.
The release of her first recording, “Late Night Conversations,” was a top 50 radio hit, and her song “If I Run to You Now” was used in the National Lampoon movie “Bag Boy.” Stovall has performed numerous times on college campuses, military bases, fairs, festivals and nightclubs, and recently garnered awards at the APCA national conference and Campus Activities Magazine winning Best Band, Best Entertainer, Best Female and Best Music awards.
Stovall will release her second recording soon, “Standing My Ground,” featuring five new songs she wrote and her popular version of the Charlie Daniels classic “Devil Went Down to Georgia.”