Start planning now for some summer tunes
One of the things I have dearly loved about the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, which is starting its 14th year is that Michael Lipton and crew have done an incredible job of celebrating the rich, diverse and important contributions of West Virginia musicians both living and dead.
God love ’em (and we do), but the musical waters of the Mountain State run deep and wide beyond Little Jimmy Dickens, Kathy Mattea and Brad Paisley, who are some of our best-known native artists.
Of note during Black History Month is the website, www.wvmhof.com, which was revamped thanks to funds from the West Virginia Humanities Council, has a section where you can click on and learn about all of the incredible African-American inductees and the contributions they have made to American music.
Those inductees include: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bill Withers, as well as Johnnie Johnson, Leon “Chu” Berry, Ann Baker, Maceo Pinkard, Don Redman, Nat Reese, Billy Cox, Diamond Teeth Mary McClain, The Swan Silvertones, Ada “Bricktop” Smith, Bob Thompson, John Ellison and Harry Vann Walls.
Visit the WVMHoF’s brandnew website and watch the induction segments of these incredible artists. And while you’re there, take your time and check out all the site’s new features. Be sure and save a couple dates as the Hall of Fame will present a tribute to Charlie McCoy at Carnegie Hall on March 29, and they are also well into planning for Garden Party VIII, featuring John Ellison, at Cafe Cimino on Sunday, May 26.
Huntington’s Ona on the road again
As Huntington’s stellar indie pop rock unit Ona will soon go through the prep and landing of its highly anticipated sophomore release, “Full Moon
Heavy Light” (coming this spring). The band is keeping their live game strong with a just released 20-date schedule that kicks off next Friday, Feb. 15, in Nashville and rolls through some 10 states.
They’ll hit such music-rich cities as Austin, Texas; Asheville, North Carolina; Charlottesville, Virginia; Cleveland; Madison, Wisconsin; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; New Orleans; Mobile, Alabama; and Charleston, South Carolina.
They’ve got 10 dates out with CAAMP with whom they toured last year and seven dates out with Tyler Childers and The Food Stamps.
Keep up with Ona at The-BandOna.com
Running down the gear with Food Stamps
Speaking of The Food Stamps, if you’re into gear, you’ll definitely want to check out the new Premier Guitar “Rig Rundown” episode online https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/28584-rigrundown-tyler-childers-band.
The show features host Perry Bean interviewing band leader Jesse Wells (who plays guitar, fiddle, mandola and baritone), James Barker (who plays guitar and pedal steel) and Craig Burletic (bass guitar).
Of note is that Barker, who lives in Huntington, gives quite a nod to area amplifier magician Richie Hall, and also talks about really putting the “pedals” to the pedal steel, talking at length about playing his steel guitar through regular guitar amps with a full complement of about 10 pedals. These give him a variety of wild sounds he can coax out of the traditional steel guitar.
And in true Minnie Pearl fashion, Burletic has left a price tag on a component of his bass rig because he got such a good deal.
For gear heads and fans of Tyler and the band, it’s a mustwatch to hear Bean find out all the hidden audio secrets out of these locally based, internationally touring guitar heroes.
For folks wanting to see Tyler and the boys live, those chances just got a whole lot better this spring.
The band will be headlining Friday, May 31, at Mountain Music Fest, and have been announced to be playing the next week at Nelsonville Music Festival in Nelsonville, Ohio (about an hour and a half from Huntington). Go online at www.tylerchildersmusic.com to find out more about those shows and more.
Thinking summer time
That blast of warm air this past week has us thinking summertime, so hey, go ahead and fast-forward into August as tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. today, Friday, Feb. 8, for Cody Jinks’ Friday, Aug. 9, concert at the 2019 State Fair of West Virginia.
“Cody Jinks is one of the most dynamic up-and-coming singers in the industry today,” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins said in a release. “We are excited to be bringing him to the stage as one of the first announcements for the 2019 concert series. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks!”
Ticket prices and details on how to order can be found at www.statefairofwv.com. Tickets will only be available via Etix at http://statefairofwv.com/entertainment/ or by calling 800-514-ETIX (3849) Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will not be sold at the State Fair box office until later in the spring.
The 10-day State Fair of West Virginia is celebrating 95 years with “Summer’s Greatest Adventure,” on Aug. 8-17. The State Fair of West Virginia, with a $13.8 million economic impact on the state of West Virginia, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment and education.
For more information, visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.
Some all-ages action
Emo and post-punk hardcore fans will be stoked to know that the Philly-native band Circa Survive will be popping into Huntington’s V Club, 741 6th Ave., for an all-ages show set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 12.
The band has chalked up more than half a dozen albums and is probably best known for its 2010 album “Blue Sky Noise,” on Atlantic Records, that was their highest charting record at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.
Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at a circasurvive.brownpapertickets.com for the show which also features Embracer.
Go online at https://circasurvive.bpt.me and at vclublive.com for more info on upcoming V Club shows.
On an exciting note regarding the all-ages scene is that KerryErin Coats is opening up an all-new, all-ages venue in Huntington at 1325 4th Ave. (beside Tat Nice) that is named Chuk’s, in honor of the late, great Huntington rocker Chuk Fowlord, who passed away in October 2013 at the age of 36.
Fowlord was in a slew of local rock, punk and metal bands that included most recently the regionally traveling doom rockers Wizards of Ghetto Mountain, and he was in a string of other bands that included Killbot, Polish Corn Dogs and Back Stabbath.
Coats has already booked the first touring show at Chuk’s it is set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, with Virginia screamo act Infant Island, Waxjaw, Homesick and Kerry-Erin in support.
Cover is $5 for the space and the touring band. There will be no drugs or alcohol — respect the space and respect each other. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/Chukswv-340540286547890/ to give Chuk’s a like on Facebook.
My music pick this weekend
Head over to the V Club Saturday, Feb. 9, for a four-pack of regional rockers with Maggie, Ducain, Flip On it and Niota.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 9 p.m. for those 18 and up. Cover is only $7.
Go online at vclublive.com to find out more about this and other incoming shows.
Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.