Alumni Rock Band The Mighty Pines to Open Lyceum Series


The 2023-24 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will kick off with a performance by the soul-inspired roots rock band The Mighty Pines at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in Baldwin Auditorium.

This St. Louis-based group is known for creating vast musical landscapes with layered harmonies and thoughtfully crafted instrumentation. The performance will be a homecoming for alumni bandmembers Neil Salsich (’11), John Hussung (’11) and Gerard Erker (’09). Salsich was recently featured on season 23 of NBC’s “The Voice.” His rendition of the Hank Williams classic “Honky Tonk Blues” wowed celebrity coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan during the blind audition, earning a four-chair turn.

The Mighty Pines have toured nationally and supported renowned acts such as JJ Grey & Mofro, The Dead South, Railroad Earth, Brian Owens, Fruition and Sam Bush. Their most recent album, “Late Last Night,” showcases the band’s growth as songwriters, arrangers, singers and musicians, stretching out with a sonic spaciousness and sliding effortlessly from roots and folk ballads to rock and soul.

Tickets are available starting Aug. 28 and can be picked up on campus in the Union & Involvement Office in the Student Union Building, the Advancement Office in McClain Hall 205 or the Admissions Office in the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center. Tickets are also available downtown at the Kirksville Arts Association.

This season all Kohlenberg Lyceum Series events are provided free of charge thanks to the generous support of local sponsors, the Friends of the Lyceum program and the Truman State University Foundation. Friends of the Lyceum receive exclusive benefits including reserved seating, special parking and a commemorative gift of the season based on the level of their donation.

For more information, visit or call 660.785.4128.
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