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Dave Lavender: Music is merry around the region

November 30, 2018

’Tis the season for singing and giving, and, not surprisingly, Dos-3-Guises have stepped right up to the microphone.

The popular local pub band composed of Bert Fulks, Steve Fetty and Thom Boggs will be showing their “sweeter and softer side” as the three rockers have teamed up with stellar singer-songwriter Emmy Davis to form The Misfit Toys, who’ll perform three concerts to raise money for food pantries at Cabell County middle schools.

Cost is a $10 donation to see any of the concerts which Fulks promises will be filled with “all Christmas tunes - a little caroling, sprinkled with rock, theatrics, silliness and merriment.” The concerts are set for 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Bobby G’s Past Times on 14th Street West; from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Brickyard Tavern, U.S. 60, Barboursville; and from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Black Sheep Stage, 279 9th St. (Pullman Square) Huntington. That concert is all-ages.

Fulks said they’ve cooked up a wide range of Christmas tunes that include “Early Morning Christmas,” by Cyndi Lauper, some vintage stuff by The Band (“Christmas Must be Tonight”) as well as tunes by Barenaked Ladies, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, as well as plenty of traditional tunes as well.

“We are doing everything from contemporary rock and roll stuff to traditional tunes that you would be singing in church and everything in between,” Fulks said.

Fulks said when they were putting the shows together, they knew they needed an assist.

“We kind of have a rougher edge to our sound and we were like we have to have somebody who has something angelic about their voice,” Fulks said. “Blending those two together has been a lot of fun.”

Christie Brewster, a Huntington East Middle School STEM and sixth grade math teacher, said she really appreciates them helping the middle school pantries. At HEMS alone, they send weekend meals home to 100 students so they have something to eat each weekend.

“I think those guys are a lot of fun and I just love that they are helping us out,” Brewster said.

The Whizzbang BAM Gang Movin’ On Up

A tip of the hat to Ian Thornton’s Huntington-based Whizzbang BAM (Booking and Management) which has been like a musical game of Chutes and Ladders, been working to keep their artists climbing up the musical ladder to bigger and broader things.

Those moves are happening now in a big way. Just this past week, while I was out on Thanksgiving break, Thornton announced that ace singer/songwriter William Matheny, who plays Mountain Stage on Sunday, has joined Pivotal Touring, that Huntington-based indie rockers, Ona have joined Paradigm Talent Agency (which books Tyler Childers among the other hundreds of top shelf touring artists), and Cincinnati-based, locally-loved outlaw country Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound have joined Crossover Touring.

As was announced WBM will proudly continue to work with them as their management. And I echo the sentiment of WBM by saying I too can’t wait to see what is in store for the #whizzbanggang

Go online at https://whizzbangbam.com/home to find out more about the 10 artists they represent.

Childers on CMT

If you didn’t make it to Nashville in September for the 17th annual AmericanaFest, you can still catch some of the action thanks to CMT.

CMT will air the 2018 AmericanaFest TV special on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. with local favorite Tyler Childers featured on a solo version of “Nose on the Grindstone”) one of his best tunes about the Opioid epidemic.

Other performers featured are: Brandi Carlile (“The Joke”), Buddy Guy (“Damn Right, I’ve Got The Blues”), I’m With Her (“Overland”), Irma Thomas (“Time Is On My Side”), Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (“White Man’s World”), John Prine (“Summer’s End”), k.d. lang (“Trail Of Broken Hearts”), Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real (“Forget About Georgia”), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (“Hey Mama”), Fantastic Negrito, Nelson and Rateliff (“Fortunate Son”), Margo Price (“A Little Pain”), and Rosanne Cash (“Everyone But Me”) and

2018 AmericanaFest took over Nashville during the week of Sept. 1116, with the Honors & Awards ceremony on Sept. 12 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium serving as the week’s centerpiece. More than 250 acts performed more than 500 shows over the five-day festival that took place at 62 different venues.

American Idol Contestant Coming to Huntington High

Emerging country singer/songwriter and former “American Idol” contestant Jada Vance, who hails from outside Nashville, will visit Huntington High School at 1:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at 1:20 p.m., where she will perform and participate in a Q&A with music students.

Vance is on a radio promotional tour, for her new EP, “Rear View Revival.” Prior to her visit at Huntington High School, she will appear on 103.3 WTCR.

Go online at https://www.jadavance.com/ for more info on Jada Vance and to check out her videos “Hick and Roll,” and “There’s Always Me.”

They Shall Be Released

Closing out the 2018 fall semester portion of the Marshall Artists Series will be two-time Grammy Award-winning singer Gregory Porter.

The 47-year-old singer, songwriter and actor, will be presenting songs off of his fifth studio album, “Nat ‘King’ Cole & Me,” a tribute to his childhood singing idol who passed away in 1965 at the age of 45.

Porter will be performing those crooner classics with an orchestra and sing some holiday favorites at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Tickets are $76, $57 and $38. Contact the Marshall Artists Series Box Office at 304-696-6656 or order tickets online at Ticketmaster.com. You may also visit the box office in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on the Marshall University campus. Box noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A tip of the hat to Porter whose latest album and first-ever live album and DVD drops today.

Go online at gregoryporter.com and https://www.facebook.com/gregoryportermusic/ to find out more about Porter.

Speaking of new releases, Huntington-based McComas Video has released two new music videos, “A Song is Born: The Cincinnati Sessions,” from Arlo McKinley, and if you’re jonesing for Spring, check out the new video shot by Josh Edwards, Josh McComas, Courtney Holschuh, and edited by: Michael Valentine, of nationally touring artists Kim Richey and Chuck Prophet of their song, “Whistle On Occasion,” which is on Richey’s album, “Edgeland.” The video was shot in Charleston when they were appearing on Mountain Stage.

Go online at https://www.vuhaus.com/videos/kim-richey-kim-richey-w-chuck-prophet

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