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Michael Cerveris and co. return to WV

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Michael Cerveris and Kimberly Kaye of Loose Cattle. The pair returns to West Virginia for a series of shows over the weekend.

Tony Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris doesn’t get out too often with his band Loose Cattle, though he and the band will be playing a series of shows over the weekend in West Virginia.

The band will be in Morgantown Friday night and then at the Huntington Music and Arts Festival Saturday evening.

Sunday afternoon, Cerveris and his musical partner, Kimberly Kaye, will be playing a stripped down, acoustic set at Taylor Books in Charleston. Then the full group will play at The Grove in Fayetteville Sunday night.

Cerveris can hardly wait.

“I love getting to play with the band, stretch out and invent on the spot,” he said.

Since his last Tony for “Fun Home” in 2015, Cerveris hasn’t been doing much music of any kind. He’s been too busy with television and film projects.

He might be best remembered for his recurring role on “Fringe,” playing the mysterious “Observer,” but his latest role is on the Netflix crime series “Mindhunter.”

Cerveris plays assistant FBI director Ted Gunn. Television viewers might also remember him as Professor Pyg from “Gotham,” “Ramses IV” from “The Tick” on Amazon or James Castro on “The Good Wife.”

He was also in “Ant-man & Wasp” and “Detours.”

His Broadway credits include “The Who’s Tommy,” “Assassins,” “Sweeny Todd” and “Evita,” though Cerveris hasn’t had much time to do any live theater.

“I’ve had a lot to do between ‘The Tick’ and ‘Gotham’ and ‘Mindhunter,’” he said. “I’ve kind of been all over the place, doing all of these cool projects, but not so much live performance.”

Going out with Loose Cattle helps fill that need and it’s fun.

Loose Cattle was formed in 2011 by Cerveris, Kaye and a few friends. The sound was classic country and western, though slightly askew.

“Most of the band is located in New Orleans,” Cerveris said. “I’m kind of back and forth between New Orleans and New York. I spent a year in Pittsburgh filming ‘Mindhunter.’ I’ve been kind of all over the place.”

The lineup of the band varies with Cerveris and Kaye being the key, core members. When certain pieces of the band can’t make it out for a show, owing to touring or other obligations, Cerveris said they have a pool of musicians to draw from.

“This time we’ve got Rene [Coman] and Doug [Garrison] from a band called The Iguanas with us,” he said.

The Iguanas are a roots rock band from New Orleans. Some of their music has been featured in film and television, and the band tours nationally.

“Our fiddle players in New York and New Orleans are busy on other tours, so we have Molly Page with us. Molly is from Dunbar, teaches violin in Kentucky and was an early member of Tyler Childers’ band, the Food Stamps.”

For songwriting, he and Kaye trade lyrics, song sketches and ideas back and forth through email.

“It’s a lot more efficient to be in the same room, but we’ve gotten OK at the other way with the long-distance writing,” Cerveris said.

Sometimes, songs also come together on stage during shows, which are relaxed, fun and exploratory.

“Basically, everyone knows where we’re going to start and where we’re going to finish,” Cerveris said. “What happens in between will just be an interesting adventure for all of us.”

While in West Virginia, Cerveris explained they’d be doing four different shows.

“In Morgantown, we’re with a couple of local bands,” he said. “The festival show is a short set. Taylor Books is acoustic and then at Fayetteville, we do our usual two or three-hour set, like we do in New Orleans.”

Cerveris laughed and added, “That’s like everything we know and probably a few things we don’t.”

They try to live up to their name, he said.

“At least, the first part,” Cerveris laughed.

Additional info: Loose Cattle will be at 123 Pleasant Street, Friday at 9 p.m. and also includes performances by The Lords of Lester and Wake Up Autumn. They perform at the Huntington Music and Arts Festival at Ritter Park around 6 p.m. Saturday, Taylor Books in Charleston at 1 p.m. Sunday, and finish off the weekend at 7 p.m. at The Grove in Fayetteville with The Carpenter Ants.

See venues for ticket information.

Reach Bill Lynch at lynch@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5195 or follow @lostHwys on Twitter. He’s also on Instagram at instagram.com/billiscap/ and read his blog at blogs.wvgazettemail.com/onemonth.

Funerals for Saturday, September 21, 2019

Abodeely, Malakee - 11 a.m., St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston. 

Ayers, Helen - 11 a.m., Belcher Family Cemetery, Pinch Ridge.

Backus, Ernest - 2 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rainelle.

Bailey, Jerry - 5 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Carney Jr., Chester - 2 p.m., Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston.

Carter, Blanche - 11 a.m., Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, North Elkview.

Copen, Louise - Noon, McRoss Baptist Church, McRoss.

Fizer, Donna - 3 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Fowler, Jeannette - 1 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Goard II, Mitchell - 5 p.m., Central Community Tabernacle, Charleston.

Hammack, Barbara - 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Kessinger, Wilma - 4 p.m., Canaan Baptist Church, Charleston.

Knight II, James - 6 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Lymon, Daniel - 1 p.m., Grace Bible Church, Charleston.

McKown, Travis - Noon, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Wallback.

Miller, Alexander - 4 p.m., Roane County High School, Spencer.

Mitchell, Emma - 2 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Hurricane.

Montgomery, Betty - 11 a.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Charleston.

Pfeil, Ruth - 2 p.m., Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel, Poca.

Roush III, George - 12:30 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Samuels, Hazel - 1:30 p.m., Dunbar Kingdom Hall, Dunbar.

Slonaker II, Harvey - Noon, Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Starks, Henry - 11 a.m., Lantz Funeral Home, Buckeye.

Stooke, David - Noon, Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington.

Thompson, Thomas - 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

White, Duane - 1 p.m., Evans Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

White, James - 1 p.m., Cedar Grove Middle School, Cedar Grove.

Woodson Jr., Lewis - 1 p.m., Abundant Life Ministries, Charleston.