Carpenter Ants to perform free concert at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg Thursday


LEWISBURG, W.Va. – Carnegie Hall begins the 2024 Ivy Terrace Concert Series Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. with an Appreciation Show for Carnegie Hall 2024-2025 Volunteers with music by The Carpenter Ants. Sponsored by City National Bank, the concert takes place outside on Carnegie Hall’s Ivy Terrace as attendees watch from the expansive lawn in front of New River Community and Technical College. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and pack a picnic to enjoy live music. All Ivy Terrace concerts are free, open to the public, and alcohol free.

Over four decades and more than 4,000 performances, The Carpenter Ants, a quartet steeped in Appalachian gospel, soul, and country, has amassed a resume that rivals many national groups and includes some of the most creative artists in American music.

The group has recorded and performed with British folk-blues icon Kevin Coyne; wunderkind singer/songwriter Nellie McKay; singer/actress/Surrealist Ann Magnuson; and co-founder/host of NPR’s “Mountain Stage” Larry Groce. 

A testament to its “solidarity,” the group still includes three of four original members (singer Charlie Tee passed in 2021) and has brought its sound – and the rich music of Appalachia – to listeners nationally and internationally.  Members are Michael Lipton (guitar/vox), Ted Harrison (bass/vox), Jupie Little (drums/vox) and Mark Bates (organ/vox).

The Ants have toured Moscow three times, performing at venues including the prestigious 3,500-seat Russia Concert Hall, and a Letterman-styled TV show (audience: 100 million). Five tours of Slovakia have included festivals and events for the Roma community and Ukraine refugees. 

The Carpenter Ants have appeared on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” (Lipton has been the show’s house electric guitarist for nearly 40 years) and “Whad’Ya Know?” and have been joined onstage at their storied “post Mountain Stage jam” by guests including Tyler Childers, Amanda Shires, Margo Price, Steve Poltz, Paul Thorn, Terry Adams, Todd Snider, Lenny Kaye, Kukuruza (Russia) and Mokomba (Zimbabwe).

For the first Ivy Terrace concert, Greenbrier Dairy’s Cow Licks Dessert Trailer and Kitchen 304 will be vending on location. 

Concerts may be canceled due to inclement weather, so Follow and Like Carnegie Hall’s Facebook page for updates. For more information, please visit or call (304) 645-7917.

Carnegie Hall WV is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Fantasy Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.  


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