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Dave Lavender: Merry magic croons around local shows

December 21, 2018 GMT

The holidays are always a special time for bands because tours wind down and folks get to set the saddle to the side while hanging out at the local watering hole.

The five-man band of bubs, Ona, has been burning up the road this fall and come carrying that lantern of light through the Solstice as they’re on an eight-show run that’s had them blazing through hot spots such as Philly, D.C., Brooklyn, Pittsburgh and Columbus.

They’re back playing a “home game” Saturday as they play the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington with Lexington funk and R&B favorites, Joslyn and the Sweet Compression.

This is the fifth year, they have played the Saturday before Christmas, and it’s always a not-to-miss show.

Get there early because while doors open at a normal time of 8 p.m., it’s a 9 p.m. sharp start time. Cover is $12 advance (online at vclublive.com) and $15 day of show.

Helping out for the holidays

Speaking of rolling in off the road, the hard-traveling Tyler Childers and The Food Stamps, who’ve only got three end-of-year sold out dates at Louisville’s Palace Theater (Dec. 29-31) to close out their nearly 40-date sold-out run, is barely taking a breath before helping out those in need.

Knowing too well about the continued fresh water crisis in Martin County, Kentucky, Childers, a proud eastern Kentucky native whose fall tour was the Sludge River Roadshow, is helping out where he knows it is needed most - a poor pocket in this country where folks have been battling to have clean water for years.

Childers, and members of his Huntington-based management, are delivering more than 500 cases of water from LeSage Natural Water to those in need in Martin County on Saturday. There will be a distribution at the Roy F Collier Community Center, 1200 Main Street, Inez, Ky., from noon to 1:30 followed by a meet and greet and an acoustic performance at 2:30 p.m.

For those outside of Martin County wanting to attend the event and performance part of the day, they are asking for a suggested donation of one case/jug of water per person. They will not be able to accept any monetary donations at this time, only goods.

For full details, ongoing updates, and to learn how to donate water to the cause, please visit http://bit.ly/MartinCountyWaterDropOff

My weekend concert picks

OK, if you’ve had your fill of Burl Ives and his merry elves, there’s some just regular ole, awesome concerts this weekend as well.

For modern rock fans, who’ve been jonesing for some more music from the dormant rock unit, Ten Carp Lie, your Christmas wish has come true. The band Kevin Brendler, vocals, Matt Parkins and Scott Niles, guitars, Mike McGhee, bass and Jeremy Hall drums are reuniting for a show at 9 p.m. at The Hall (formerly Rivals II) at 6003 Route 152, Wayne.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/tencarplie/ to find out more about the band which rocked here since 2002 opening for such acts Tantric and Saving Jane back in the day.

For those looking for a neat dinner and a jazz show, the only place to be is Blazer’s Restaurant & Bakery, 1624 Carter Avenue, Ashland, as they are hosting West Virginia Music Hall of Famer, Bob Thompson Trio from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Space is limited, reservations are available.

If you’re in a country state of mind, head over to the Paramount Arts Center on Saturday night Ross Fest: A Delta Hotel by Marriott Winter Jam set for 7 to midnight Saturday, Dec. 22. The event will feature Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound, Chelsea Nolan, Laid Back Country Picker, Josh Brown and the Hard Living Legends and Devil’s Creek Special.

Tickets are $25 or $50 for VIP. The concept is a memorial celebration of local music fan and Ironton HIgh School teacher Ron Ross who passed away of a heart attack this fall.

Go online at www.paramountartscenter.com for more info.

‘Out of These Walls’ and into the Music City

Marshall University graduate and touring and sessions musician Jimmy Lykens is stretching his wings down in Music City.

Lykens, a Raliegh County, W.Va., native working musician in Nashville, has just released a new original single, “Ballad of a Bad Man,” the first single from his forthcoming EP, “Out of These Walls,” which also features fellow Marshall grad and ace keyboardist/guitarist, Jon Cavendish.

If you’re down Music City way, you can hear more real mountain-carved country goodness as he’s playing a full set from 2 to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at Tennessee Brew Works.

Head over to https://www.facebook.com/jimmylykensmusic/ to follow his music.

I-Town Elks Go Truckin’ Into Saturday Night

It will be a long, strange trip over at Ironton’s Elks Lodge, 177, 416 Park Avenue, Ironton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, as they welcome in the Dayton-based Grateful Dead tribute act which has been playing since 2007.

Terrain Moon has shared the stage with Rhythm Devils with Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann, Melvin Seals &JGB, Dark Star Orchestra, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Jess McReynolds, moe., George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Real Big Fish, Rusted Root, ekoostik Hookah, and David Gans.

Cover is $10 or $15 per couple. The public is invited.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/terrapinmoon/ and https://www.facebook.com/IrontonElksLodge177 for more information.

Booth back on the block with two Christmas videos

I hadn’t heard of anything from local crooner John Eric Booth in a while, but he popped up this past week on Montani Films’ “Good Time Christmas Show,” a Christmas video advent calendar of sorts, that is running daily Christmas videos from Dec. 1-25 featuring local musicians and celebs, such as this week’s Tim Irr performance.

Last week Booth stopped by Montani’s studio at CoWorks where he and host Michael Valentine worked up some yuletide magic with Valentine’s partner, Josh McComas on the cameras on “Christmas Time is Here.”

It was a good choice since Booth actually just cut his own official video to “Christmas Time is Here” a few weeks ago shooting with Mark Totten in Charleston and then Gallipolis in Lights where he has performed two of the last three years for their fundraising gala to help fuel that project.

“The concept for that was for dads to cherish their kids - that was the little message in the end and it came together really well,” said Booth, whose daughter Erica is in that video.

Booth, who has been getting a nice bump from the two recent Christmas videos, said he hopes to be back in a big way in 2019 after putting his music on the backburner.

“It has been real sleepy for a while and I just sort of rebooted myself not long ago and got hooked up with the same agency that manages Landau so they on board with that and so I am working hard and getting ready for 2019. It feels like it took me 13 years to get here.”

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