[caption id="attachment_34074" align="aligncenter" width="800"]<img class="size-full wp-image-34074" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/08\/Black-Mountain-Bluegrass-Boys-return-to-Opera-House-stage.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" \/> The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys[\/caption]\r\n<h1>This Labor Day weekend, the Pocahontas County Opera House welcomes the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys back to its stage on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m.<\/h1>\r\nTo loyal Opera House concertgoers and anyone who knows bluegrass music in West Virginia, the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys need no introduction. The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys are among West Virginia\u2019s longest-running bluegrass bands.\r\n\r\nThe 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).\r\n\r\nThey took their name from Black Mountain in their native Pocahontas County.\r\n\r\nFor five years the group worked a weekly radio show on WVAR, in Richwood. They also made regular appearances at local events and regional bluegrass festivals.\r\n\r\nIn 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 bluegrass 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.\r\n\r\nChris 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\nTickets for the Opera House performance are $10 for adults and free for anyone 17 years old and younger. Tickets are available at pocahontasoperahouse.org, the Fourth Avenue Gallery in Marlinton, and at the door the evening of the performance.\r\n\r\nPerformances 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. Support is also provided by Pocahontas County Drama, Fairs and Festivals and the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau.