A weekend of must-see music
We’re in that space between Labor Day weekend and the bulk of music-filled fall festivals. But never worry, music lovers, Tri-State venues are loaded this weekend, everyone from Buddy Guy to Old Crow Medicine Show comes rolling through to stomp and holler.
From world-class jazz guitarists to the best of the blues, rock and old-time, and even a few awesome late summer fests, here’s a look at just a few of the must-see concerts this weekend.
Heading to the Medicine Show
When it comes to keeping alive the string band tradition it doesn’t get any hotter or better than the foot stomping, instrument swapping Old Crow Medicine Show.
For the past 20 years, the Grand Ole Opry members have been rolling along like a “wagon wheel” spreading the good gospel of string band music at the world’s largest festivals. They’ve been on tours with such acts as Willie Nelson & Family, Brandi Carlile, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, John Prine and The Avett Brothers.
At 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, OCMS rolls into the historic Paramount Arts Center in Ashland with new tunes off of its sixth album, the April-released “Volunteer,” produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson).
Tickets are $39.50, $44.50, $49.50, $54.50.
Don’t miss the soulful country opener, Charley Crockett, a globe-trotting descendant of Davy Crockett, who kind of sounds kind of like Bill Withers and Hank Sr. had a musical baby.
Go online at www.paramountartscenter.com for more info and to get advance tickets and for more info on these and other upcoming concerts.
Red hot and guitar jazz
Over at Route 60 Music, enjoy a night of gypsy jazz as Argentina native Gonzalo Bergara performs an intimate concert in Barboursville.
Bergara will be performing a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Route 60 Music. Tickets are $10 at the door. The 30-year-old guitarist has toured worldwide with John Jorgenson Quintet, as well as performed and recorded with hundreds of artists including Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, Howard Alden and more.
Go online at https://www.gonzalobergara.com/.
As if that isn’t enough world-class guitar jazz, note that New Orleans jazz guitarist John Rankin, who has been a featured performer at most of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals since 1981, is bringing some of that Big Easy jazz up to the Paramount Arts Center as part of the Boykin Jazz Alley.
The New Orleans String Kings will be in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, on stage at the historic Paramount.
Tickets are $35 and $18 for students and can be purchased online at www.paramountartscenter.com, by visiting the box office on 1300 Winchester Ave., Ashland, or by calling 606-324-0007.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer burning up the blues
When it comes to rocking out the blues, few can torch the strings like 81-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy.
A major influence on everyone from Hendrix and Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughn, Guy, helped pioneer Chicago’s fabled West Side sound and continues to push the boundaries and influence of blues rock guitar.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, the 81-year-old guitarist, who has won both the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and Kennedy Center Honors, will be rocking the Clay Center stage in Charleston. Special guest opener is Guy’s longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge.
Go online at https://www.theclaycenter.org/event/buddy-guy/ to get tickets.
Get old and in the way
Go get in the old-time way as Carter Caves State Resort Park, located just an hour west of Huntington, will host the annual Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ that started Wednesday, and runs daily through Saturday, Sept. 8. The roots music festival that began as a family reunion honors old-time music and eastern Kentucky traditions as well as the late master fiddler J.P. Fraley. Musicians will be jamming in parking lots and sharing music around the campfires of Carter Caves State Resort Park.
The music at the Fraley Festival has not been confined to any one type. Folk, old-time, western, western swing, early country and others are played on a regular basis at the festival.
Concerts will be held in the Park Amphitheater on Thursday evening, Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday afternoon and evening. Concert fees range from $4-$10. A $25 weekend pass is available which admits you to all the concerts and jam sessions.
For more information, visit www.fraleyfestival.com.
It’s almost fall and there’s a feast of fun fests in the region. Louisa, Kentucky, hosts Septemberfest, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 7-9.
Some of the musical highlights include Laid Back Country Picker, Sean Whiting and Sons of FM on Friday night. Saturday is chock-full of music, with about a dozen bands all afternoon and into the evening, including well-honed bluegrass bands Hammertowne, Turning Ground and Dave Adkins Band, along with some young country acts like William Michael Morgan, Kelsie May and Tyler Booth. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/Septemberfest2018/ for more info.
Culturefest World Music and Arts Festival
Head over to the magical mountaintop of the Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, West Virginia, for the 15th annual Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival that runs Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 6-9, with more than 40 diverse musical acts from around the region as well as dozens of dance performances, workshops in radiant body yoga, meditation, West African drumming, Egyptian belly dance and more.
Just a few of the musical acts include The Company Stores, Black Garlic, Appalatin, Africa Unplugged, The Parachute Brigade, Mystic Warriors and many more.
There’s also more than a dozen unique artisan and retail vendors, food, guided meditation and lots of activities for kids including special yoga classes, tons of craft activities, a costume parade, story time and a bounce house.
There’s truly something for everyone, and fun for the whole family.
Full weekend passes including all four days plus camping are $50. Day passes are also available. Kids 5 and under get in free and kids 5 to 12 get in for $20. Find details and purchase advance tickets at culturefestwv.com.
Cutting some free grass
About 40 minutes northwest of Huntington, Greenbo Lake State Resort Park near Greenup, Kentucky, hosts GreenboGrass — the sixth annual Greenup County Bluegrass Festival will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Greenbo Lake State Park Amphitheater.
Admission is free as part of the Second Saturday Summer Music Series at Greenbo which is organized by the Greenup Extension Arts Council, a program at the Greenup County Cooperative Extension Service.
The lineup for this year’s event is The Willis Twins, Toby Morrison and Friends, Diamond Ridge and headliner Bottomline featuring special guest Don Rigsby.
Go online at https://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/greenbo-lake/ for more info.