Dave Lavender: Grab tickets for some upcoming shows

April 5, 2019

HUNTINGTON - A couple weeks ago I heard a really cool story from “Big John” Bowen, the morning show host over at The Dawg.

Bowen was in Nashville back in February for a radio conference and popped over to the Grand Ole Opry to catch the debut of longtime buds Donnie and Chris Davisson (The Davisson Brothers Band), who hail from Clarksburg.

The band definitely made some friends and fans that night with such killer tunes as “Po’ Boyz” and “Jesse James.”

On that show also happened to be Justin Moore, who met the guys and dug the West Virginia native band so much he dialed up the bros to open for him May 4 at his tour stop coming to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. It is a one-off opening slot in their home state, but hopefully it will lead to more prime-time openings like that for DBB.

The Brothers come rolling into the Arena on Saturday, May 4, with Kentucky newcomer Dillon Carmichael and headliner Justin Moore as part of Moore’s new tour off his album “Late Nights and Longnecks,” which is out April 26.

Tickets are $49.75 and 29.75 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena box office, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com; to check out more about the Davisson Brothers, visit www.facebook.com/DavissonBros/.

The Big Band Theory

You’ve heard of the Big Bang theory, but the new theory floating around the Jewel City is the Big Band Theory. That is the theory that there’s no way you can stay in a funk if you get yourself to the Black Sheep Stage on the second Monday of the month.

That is when the Jewel City Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece professional big band — organized by Bobby Jenks and Jeff Wolfe — blasts off from 7 to 9 p.m. every second Monday at Pullman Square.

“I hope you can feel the good vibes of a swinging jazz band,” Wolfe told the packed crowd last month. “There’s nothing like it from our side of the bandstand.”

If you’re a fan of big band and live music, it is a not-to-miss monthly event. The other 2019 planned dates are May 13, Sept. 9, Oct. 14 and Nov. 11 with the orchestra off in the summer. There is no cover, but donations will be accepted.

Ohio River Revival

At 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, head over to the Ironton Elks Lodge 177, 416 Park Ave., Ironton, for a full night of music of bands that are going to playing the Ohio River Revival Festival on June 29.

Come out to the TORR Showcase Jam and enjoy tunes from Lexington, Kentucky’s Restless Leg String Band as well as local favorites Charlie Woods and Deep Hollow, Moonshine Crossing and The Coal Cave Hollow Boys.

The first Ohio River Revival will take place on Saturday, June 29, at the Ironton Riverfront with a free, day-long music festival that will include food and craft vendors. Bands will include Asheville’s red-hot Town Mountain, festival favorite progressive bluegrass unit Restless Leg String Band, and The Shelf Life String Band out of Pittsburgh.

Additional bands include String Therapy, Moonshine Crossing, Big Rock and the Candyass Mountain Boys, Charlie Woods and Deep Hollow, Knockin’ Spirits, Paul Wag and Friends, Coal Cave Hollow, Sour Mash String Band.

For more info, visit www.facebook.com/theohioriverrevival and www.ohioriverrevival.org.

If you would like to help sponsor Ohio River Revival or are interested in vending or volunteering, call Bob Delong at 740-550-2002 or email theohioriverrevival@gmail.com.

Less Than Jake more than 20

Party like its 1999 — literally. On Wednesday, April 10, head over to the V Club where they are hosting the seminal pop punk and ska band Less Than Jake, the Gainesville, Florida, band that blew up radio back in the 1990s and that is celebrating 20 years as a band.

They pop into the V Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday on a national tour with opening acts Mest, Punchline and Kali Masi.

This is an early all-ages show, but anyone without a parent or guardian must be 18 or up. The doors open at 6 p.m.

Go online at www.vclublive.com to check out more info on other incoming shows.

Get by with a little help from my friends

Last year, I had a full-page spread and in-depth piece on local all-star music man Alan Brown, who has been bravely sharing his rollercoaster emotions dealing with depression.

Brown, who everyone knows from his great tunes with The Dividends, the stellar regionally traveling pop-rock band that has played at Pullman Square Summer Concert Series and around the region, will be heading back to his old school to talk about his journey to wellness.

Next Wednesday at noon, Brown, who is by day (actually early freaking morning) a producer for WSAZ and a graduate of the Ohio University Southern electronic media program will be the featured speaker at the OU Southern “I AM” Speaker Series at the Ironton campus.

Brown will talk about his personal experiences of coping with depression and will talk about his journey to emotional well-being.

My road-trip pick

Head upriver to the historic Ohio River town of Marietta, Ohio, where they are hosting the second annual First Settlement Festival that runs Saturday, April 6, into Sunday, April 7, at The Adelphia Music Hall.

Notice for Huntington folks: This is the best and closest chance to catch your friendly neighborhood nationally traveling band named Ona.

Ona plays at 9 p.m. between Drift Mouth and Blackfoot Gypsies. Other Huntington bands on the bill include The Settlement (at 3:45 p.m.) and Flat Tracker (at 5:15 p.m.). The full schedule for the First Settlement Festival is noon, Micah Kesselring; 1:30 p.m., Joshua Lee; 2:15 p.m., Ben Davis Jr & The Revelry; 3 p.m., Hayfield and Crow; 3:45 p.m., The Settlement; 4:30 p.m., Cutler Station; 5:15 p.m., Flat Tracker; 6 p.m., OYO; 6:50 p.m., Jake Dunn & The Blackbirds; 7:55 p.m., Drift Mouth; 9 p.m., Ona and 10:30 p.m. Blackfoot Gypsies.

Go online at https://firstsettlementfestival.com/ for more info.

Jewel City Jam #JCJAM5 letting local non-profits sell tickets

We are just three weeks out from the Jewel City Jam, which will be celebrating its fifth year at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington.

The 2019 edition of #JCJAM5 will be held Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, at Harris Riverfront Park with 17 American roots music acts that run the gamut from folk, blues, old-time, swing jazz, rockabilly and Americana to country and jamgrass. Bands hail from Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia, to here in West Virginia.

Confirmed acts for #JCJAM5 will be Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton (both nights), David Mayfield Parade, Strung Like A Horse, The String Assassins, The Bluegrass Sweethearts Dave and Valerie Mayfield, Rob McNurlin and The Beatnik Cowboys, Laid Back Country Picker and Honey, String Therapy, Big Rock and the CandyAss Mountain Boys, Of The Dell, The 1937 Flood, Nip and Tuck, The Independent State, Micah Scott, Mike Gray and Tim Lancaster. There’s free camping and coolers allowed at the festival.

To do a local give-back, festival organizer Dave Ball is letting local charities and non-profits sell tickets. Folks can sell the daily $20 tickets and take $5 of that for their cause.

One of those efforts underway is tickets being sold for Hannah Caserta’s Cancer Recovery Fund, Ball said.

“We would make the same deal with any charity wanting to raise money,” Ball said in a release.

Contact Ball at ftblump@comcast.net and find out more about #JCJAM5 at www.facebook.com/jewelcityjamboree/ and go online at www.jewelcityjam.com/ to find out more about the #JCJAM5.

Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at lavender@herald-dispatch.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.