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Cutting-edge Acoustic and Family Friendly Rocket Science on Tap at Hatfield Hall

January 18, 2013

Rose-Hulman’s Hatfield Hall continues its performing arts series this month with two family-friendly shows.

Mountain Heart – January 19, 7:30 p.m.

  Mountain Heart  

Progressive bluegrass band Mountain Heart will combine bluegrass roots with jazz, rock, and funk influences in its cutting-edge acoustic show. Simply put, Mountain Heart is not your grandpa’s bluegrass band.

The group has become synonymous with ground-breaking excellence since forming in 1999. With lead vocals by singer/keyboardist Josh Shilling since 2007, Mountain Heart has revolutionized the way acoustic music is presented and performed., and is widely known throughout the music industry for continually redefining the boundaries of acoustic music. The band has gained legions of loyal fans as a result of their excellent musicianship and exciting live performances.

“I saw Mountain Heart live last year and they just blew me away,” enthuses Bunny Nash, Hatfield Hall’s manager. “I love bluegrass, but I also love the added elements of jazz and blues that they present.”

As one of the most highly awarded ensembles ever assembled, Mountain Heart has appeared on stage at the Grand Ole Opry more than 125 times, and has played with acts ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Avett Brothers, Montgomery Gentry, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Brad Paisley to Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, Yonder Mountain Stringband, Levon Helm, John Fogerty, and Patty Loveless. 

Mountain Heart's musical virtuosity, energy, and keen sense of entertainment dynamics have helped them to forge a unique sound and stage show, appealing to a wide variety of musical tastes. The band has transitioned effortlessly from large outdoor folk music and bluegrass festivals, to sold-out arena shows opening for Southern Rock icons and Lynyrd Skynyrd to co-headlining concerts with the acoustic guitar legend, Tony Rice.

Tickets for the show are $18 to $22 for adults and $10 for students and youths.


Doktor Kaboom – January 22, 7 p.m.

  Doktor Kaboom 

Perennial Hatfield Hall favorite, Doktor Kaboom, returns with an all-new show, Doktor Kaboom: It’s Just Rocket Science!

The creation of actor/comedian David Epley, Doktor Kaboom blends theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, engaging young minds with a show that’s brainy fun for the entire family.  Audience volunteers join the good doctor on stage for this interactive and hilariously entertaining journey of increasingly spectacular experiments and demonstrations. 

For 20 years, Epley has made his living writing, performing, and directing original interactive comedy across the United States and Canada. Having studied at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, he combined his love of science and performing arts to create Doktor Kaboom, an interactive one-man variety show that makes science cool for kids of all ages.

“I love David Epley.  I was one of the first Midwest presenters to pick him up when he started doing his science show,” explains Nash. “It’s really cool to see his popularity grow.”

In addition to the Family Series evening show, Doktor Kaboom will also be giving two special school day matinee performances for Wabash Valley teachers and students.  Hatfield Hall’s matinee program provides these shows at low cost to area schools to help promote science, technology, engineering, and math education.

“We really dig that he gets kids juiced up for science,” says Nash. “We get such great feedback from teachers, as well.”

Tickets for this show are $10 for adults and $5 for students.


Tickets for any Hatfield Hall show are available by calling the ticket desk at 812-877-8854. The desk is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., as well as two hours prior to any show. More information about the rest of the 2013 performing arts season is available at or at