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Getting ready for an Appalachian takeover

May 10, 2019 GMT

Alias 14W has been bringing in some incredible and funky shows to Huntington.

I felt blessed to be among a room full of folks who got to witness the mind-blowing jazz of The Chicago Project last Wednesday (thanks to the Central City New Music Series by Ross Compton).

Then on Friday, a couple of musical compadres, Clark Littlepage and Jess Hurst (DJ Feminasty of Huntington) teamed up to bring in a couple Detroit dance music acts, Lady Monix and Peter Croce last Saturday night.

Although I didn’t get to hit what ended up being an incredible event, I did catch up with Littlepage and Hurst, who were promoting the weekend as The Rust Belt Alliance, up at Honey Bones.

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It was there on Sunday afternoon where Feminasty rolled out a super tasty Beats and Brunch session reviving a short-lived but amazing DJ series by longtime friend DJ Jesse Clark in Huntington at Java Joint shortly after he rolled back here from NYC in 2005.

Under the chill beats of the Brunch, Littlepage, an area native who spent 28 years here before moving to Pittsburgh three years ago, said he was super stoked to see all-ages and funky creative spaces such as Alias 14W popping up in Huntington.

“It is very encouraging because it something that I have been wanting to see in this area for so long and it is finally happening,” Littlepage said.

“I want to cheer that on as much as possible and support the people doing that. I think it is important. There are a lot of creatives in this area and the outlets for them are not abundant so something like that comes along you have to be a part of that.”

He said that with Huntington now having two all-ages venues in Marigold and Alias14W creatives of all ages will get to experience new things they may not otherwise.

“I still hear people talking about HYAMP (Huntington Youth Arts and Music Project),” Littlepage said. “Communal spaces like that bring people together and it gives them new perspectives and gives them an opportunity to express themselves and to experience something they normally wouldn’t get to experience.”

Go online at www.facebook.com/RustBeltAlliance/ for more information and to contact them.

Some Prine time on vinyl

Some cool vinyl news from the Tyler Childers camp. While we wait on word on his full-length follow-up to “Purgatory” (my bet is it to win, place and show) in August two years from his first release, we just found out Thursday, May 9, that pre-sales are now on for a limited-edition, blue vinyl that features a 7-inch record including John Prine’s arrangement of Stephen Collins Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight” as well as a spirited live rendition of “Paradise” featuring John Prine & Tyler Childers Live from Beaver Dam, Kentucky, on May 11, 2018.

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All the net proceeds from this record will be donated to the Appalachian Citizen’s Law Center. You can find out more about the center here: https://appalachianlawcenter.org/. You can pre-order it over at the John Prine store. They’re expecting to ship it out in mid-July, but you can listen to it now on Spotify.

They shall be released: The Settlement working it

I got to see The Settlement a couple weeks ago at StinkFest before the rain closed down the stage and Colten Settle’s band of kindred spirits is one of those units that just gets better every time you hear them.

If you’re up for an always worthwhile road trip, they are up at Athens’ Casa Nueva Friday night, May 10, with another top-shelf funky unit, Tangled Roots. In the meantime, check out their new lyric video (by James Isaac Evans) for the song “Work,” written by Settle that is out on all digital streaming platforms. It’s just a taste of their new record which is being engineered and Mixed by Bud Carroll with mastering by Richard Dodd.

Go online at www.thesettlementband.com/music to check in on The Settlement shows for this summer.

Road-trip pick: A three-band blast of Mountain Music Fest

ACE Adventure Center is prepping for its big Mountain Music Festival that will take place May 30-June 1 at ACE in Oak Hill, West Virginia. To get the word spread, Mountain Music Fest is hosting pre-parties around the state. At 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, they will be at the Rock City Cake Company, 205 Capitol St., Charleston, to showcase some of the acts that will play at MMF this year. All three of these bands could headline, and we’re lucky enough to have them all at once on May 10.

Based out of Asheville, North Carolina, Travers Brothership: Twin brothers Eric and Kyle Travers and their Soul/Funk/Rock/Jam ensemble has since performed more than 400 shows across the U.S. Fayetteville’s Black Garlic has gathered a big fan base with their pungent funk, upbeat riffs, electronic sweetness, soft-rock texture and deep, subtle jazz notes. Also on the bill is the genre-blurring jam unit Brother Smith, a young five-piece band native to the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.

Cost is $10. Go online at http://mountainmusicfestwv.com/ for more info.

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