Dave Lavender: Catching the concert fever

November 17, 2018 GMT

The 2019 music festivals are starting to trickle out news of who’s booked where and it’s been a whitewater stream of news this week for Tyler Childers.

Early in the week, Childers and his Huntington-based Whizzbang BAM management announced Childers and the Foodstamps will be joining one of his main influences, Willie Nelson and Family as a special guest April 12-14 at the Whitewater Music Amphitheater in New Braunfels, Texas.

Childers was also announced as one of the only country acts on the Atlanta rock festival Shaky Knees Music Festival in May headlined by fellow Kentuckians, Cage The Elephant along with Beck, Incubus and Tame Impala.

MerleFest, one of the country’s most prestigious American roots music fests, announced its initial lineup of 75 artists for the April 25-28 fest that will include some local Tri-State flavor as Ashland native Wynonna Judd and Lawrence County, Kentucky, native Childers and their respective bands are on the bill. Childers will make his MerleFest debut on Friday, April 26. Wynonna & The Big Noise will make their MerleFest debut on Thursday night, April 25. Tickets to MerleFest are on sale at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857.

West by God waltz

File this under too cool for school but finally, there’s a ‘Last Waltz’ Thanksgiving tribute in West Virginia.

It was Thanksgiving 1976 at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom where the iconic American roots music group, The Band performed its last concert after 16 years on the road.

You can celebrate that musical legacy this weekend and next week at the The Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre, 403 Neville St, Beckley as the roll Martin Scorsese’s epic film of that night which featured The Band with an all-star lineup of guests including Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young.

The Playhouse will be rolling the film at 8 p.m. Nov. 16-17, at 3 p.m. Nov. 18. And equally cool, The Playhouse will also be hosting “West by God Waltz” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. Enjoy a collection of the region’s best musicians performing a tribute to The Band. Just a few of the bands and ace musicians jumping in include The Carpenter Ants, The Kind Thieves, Long Point String Band, Long Point String Band as well as Randy Gilkey, Parry Casto, Travis Egnor and many more, Tickets are $20 through Eventbrite.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/TheRaleighWV/.

1,000 miles from nowhere, but only 40 miles From us

Good news for honky tonk heroes out there, the Betsy Lane, Kentucky, born and Bakersfield, California-made Dwight Yoakam, a disciple of that Buck Owens style country, will be in concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Charleston’s Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, online at tickets.theclaycenter.org.

The Oak Ridge Boys stopping By Portsmouth

Grammy Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, will once again celebrate the Christmas season with their timeless hits and holiday classics on their 2018 Shine The Light On Christmas Tour.

This year’s tour takes the Oaks to 32 cities in 18 states, and kicked off Wednesday in Branson.

The 29th annual Christmas tour which includes 40 minutes of hits, and an intermission, followed by their full production Christmas show, once again stops by The Vern Riffe Center for the Arts in Portsmouth, Ohio, on Saturday, Nov. 17.

For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit oakridgeboys.com.

A songs giving Route 60 Saturday night

Tis the season for helping folks through song, something The 1937 Flood does monthly with its Route 60 Saturday Night variety show.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, head out to Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton St., Barboursville, for a concert with acclaimed singer/songwriter Kate Long and up and coming duo Siamese Cycle.

Hosted by Randy Yohe and Michelle Lewis, the show also features The 1937 Flood as the house band.

Each month, the $5 admission is donated to a local non-profit. This month’s recipient is Boys and Girls Club of Huntington.

Rock the vote for Ashland

Ashland in Motion has been rocking the music scene in Ashland presenting the first Oyo Music and Arts Fest in October and filling the streets with music on the First Friday Art Walks.

AIM has applied for $25,000 in matching grant funds to use for a 2019 concert series and is one of the 15 cities that are finalists in that grant competition.

Ashland in Motion’s proposal is to host a 10-12 week summer/fall concert series on the Ashland Riverfront. Grant selection is heavily weighed by the number of public votes an organization receives.

Show your support for Ashland and its chance to showcase live music by voting through Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Go online at https://grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page/ to vote.

A Feverwar pitch at Press Club

The five-man band Feverwar, Nicholous Thomas (vocals), Nathan Blake (guitar, vocals), Abraham Bentley (bass), Jaydon Bennett (guitar), and Jeffrey McClelland (drums, vocals), have been making a splash on the metal scene this fall.

The Tri-State-based band, whose latest single and video, “Permanent Fix” was debuted by Tattoo magazine back in October, is doing a mini-tour this weekend. As part of that tour, they’re putting on a damn near rock fest Saturday night at the Press Club, 1212 Fourth Ave., Huntington.

Feverwar, which is playing Louisville Friday and Pittsburgh Sunday, rolls in Saturday night with Guerrilla Warfare (Louisville), Freeze (Philly) Deadculture (Cincinnati) Crown Vic (WV) and Trash Pageant (Portsmouth, Ohio).

The band is just warming up too as they’ve just announced a three-band seven state tour with 11 dates in December that rolls all the way to Texas.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/Feverwar/ to hear more.

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