[caption id="attachment_852" align="alignleft" width="150"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2013\/08\/Black-Mountain-Bluegrass-Boys.jpg"><img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-852" alt="Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2013\/08\/Black-Mountain-Bluegrass-Boys-150x150.jpg" width="150" height="150" \/><\/a> Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys[\/caption]\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County Opera House will celebrate the Mountain Music Trail with the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The band has become a regional audience favorite and a mainstay of the Opera House\u2019s annual performance series.\r\n\r\nVenues, musicians and tourism offices in West Virginia Counties have joined together to create the Mountain Music Trail - a regional partnership devoted to promoting cultural tourism and sustainable economic development through traditional music, dance and folkways of the Allegheny Mountain region.\r\n\r\nThe Mountain Music Trail is loosely based along the U.S. Route 219 corridor and places an emphasis on old-time, bluegrass, country, gospel and regionally significant ethnic music that is found in the region.\r\n\r\nThe Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys are among West Virginia\u2019s longest-running bluegrass bands. The group first organized in 1968 around the foursome of Richard Hefner (banjo\/tenor vocal), his brother Bill Hefner (guitar\/mandolin\/baritone vocal), their late uncle Glenn \u201cDude\u201d Irvine (mandolin) and the late Harley Carpenter (guitar\/lead vocal). They took their name from Black Mountain in their native Pocahontas County. For five years the group worked a weekly radio show on WVAR, in Richwood. The also made regular appearances at local events and regional bluegrass festivals. In the mid-1970s they recorded a pair of albums: \u201cMillion Lonely Days\u201d and \u201cTalk of the County.\u201d More recent albums include \u201cBlack Mountain Bluegrass Boys 1968-1973,\u201d \u201cLive at Midnight,\u201d \u201cLive at The Opera House\u201d and \u201cLive at Greenbrier Valley Theatre.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs with many bands, the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys have had changes in personnel over the years. Richard Hefner remains as the lone original member. Hefner\u2019s traditional bluegrass banjo playing and tenor vocals have contributed both continuity and much of the \u201chigh lonesome\u201d sound for which the band has become so well-known. He has displayed his banjo skills many times as a victor in contests and at the Vandalia Festival. Chris Nickell from Monroe County, contributes driving lead and rhythm guitar work as well as lead vocals. Rick Carpenter - son of founding member Harley Carpenter - picks a fine mandolin and sings lead and baritone vocals. Bass player Mike Smith, of Culloden, has worked with such notables as Larry Sparks, Dave Evans, and the Goins Brothers.\r\n\r\nDoors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8. Children 17 and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets are available in advance at pocahontasoperahouse.org and at the Fourth Avenue Gallery in Marlinton.\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County Opera House is located at 818 Third Avenue in Marlinton. Performances at the Opera House are informal, family-friendly and open to all. The entrance and main seating are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to attend; special accommodations can be arranged upon request by calling 304-799-6645.\r\n\r\nThe Opera House Performance Series is presented with financial assistance through a grant from the WV Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts. Financial support is also provided by Pocahontas County Drama, Fairs and Festivals, Pendleton Community Bank and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Allegheny Mountain Radio and the Law Office of Roger D. Forman.\r\n\r\nMountain Music Trail kick-off events will be held at several venues in the coming months. The events range from music to square dancing to festivals and include the following:\r\n\r\n\u2022 Sept. 6, 8:30 p.m. - Hillbilly Gypsies at The Purple Fiddle Caf\u00e9 in Thomas, $12.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Sept. 19, 7 p.m. - Old-time Traditional Square Dance at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, $5.