Dave Lavender: Festive and funky shows are setting up the holidays

November 23, 2018 GMT

Thanksgiving week always brings some interesting sort of homecoming shows and you can get a first time taste of the musical goodness of St. Augustine, Florida, musician Stephen Pigman out at the Fly In Cafe, 6090 Kyle Lane, Huntington, at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23.

Pigman was born in Huntington, but his family moved to Jacksonville, Florida, back in the 1980s and he’s been based out of Fla. ever since. He builds his songs solo with looping guitar, bass, and beatboxing, will be playing for the first time back in his home town.

Check out more of his vibe at www.stephenpigman.com and catch him live this weekend.


Weekend concert picks — time for some blues and Spanksgiving

The V Club is dialing up a couple hot nights of regionally touring bands with a hot triple bill of blues-burner Short and Company playing Friday with Of The Dell and Stanton, Kentucky, songbird Chelsea Nolan on Friday, Nov. 23. Nolan was just announced as one of the acts (along with Alabama and Blackberry Smoke) that are playing the Tumbleweed Festival next year.

On Saturday night, Nov 24, the V Club welcomes in the always funky and fresh Charleston-based unit, Qiet along with Gallipolis rockers, Maggie opening.

Qiet, which is fresh back from touring in Nashville and which has been all over the Midwest this fall will be serving up some grub with this special V Club show called Spanksgiving. Come out and nosh and dance with Christopher “Qiet” Vicent and his talent-laden band.

Check out the band’s killer new single “Mannequin,” (with artwork by Jimbo Valentine) here http://smarturl.it/qietmannequin and roll over to YouTube where that video has chalked up more than 53,000 views in a little over a month.

At 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, Clay Center is hosting pop singer/songwriter Jason Mraz and Toca Rivera on their “Live in Stereo” tour with special guest Gregory Page.

Save the date for a Moonage Daydream

We’re here past Thanksgiving where in 3,2,1 ... there will be a good number of folks who have had enough of the 24-7 holiday shlock streaming on radio, and thus it’s great news to hear of a regular concert.

And here comes a great one for David Bowie fans as Huntington resident stage rocker, Ryan Hardiman, and his Charleston collaborator, Mark Scarpelli, are bringing their “Moonage Daydream The Bowie Songbook Album Release” to Huntington’s V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Cover is $10 for those 18 and up.

The concert will feature Hardiman, Scarpelli, and the all-star string quintet from the recording (Alasha Al Qudwah, Joseph Cevallos, Jeff Lipscomb, Dean Pauley and Eli Chambers) playing some of that symphonic stardust, they put on the album, “Moonage Daydream: The Bowie Songbook,” that was released on Vinyl, CD and digital download on Oct. 20.


The symphonic sets will be followed by pecial guest DJ sets from DJGD & DJJMWJR

Go online at www.vclublive.com to check out more of the incoming acts.

Epic jam band’s journey chronicled in new book

The epic Colorado-based jam band Leftover Salmon has been entertaining fans with their original recipe mix of American roots music for the past 30 years. The new book by author Tim Newby is due out February 2019 on Rowman & Littlefield.

“History is made by those who write it, not the musicians who can’t remember it, Tim Newby knows our history and now it’s up to him to teach us what happened!” said Salmon’s fearless and always-tongue-in-cheek leader, Vince Herman.

Interestingly, the band’s history traces back to West Virginia. Herman, a grandson of Pennsylvania coal miners grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, and went to college for five years at West Virginia University where he became so immersed himself in the bluegrass and old-time scene in WV. He met Drew Emmitt who was on tour in Morgantown and moved to Colorado where they founded Leftover Salmon and the rest is now history.

The band, which played the V Club last October, is currently on tour, but the only regional date is Feb. 26 at the Woodward Theatre, in Owensboro, Ky. (on the Ohio River in western Kentucky).

For more information, other LoS news, please visit www.LeftoverSalmon.com.

On a giving note

The Cabell Huntington Coalition for the Homeless’ Karaoke for a Kause is set to rock the Black Sheep Stage at Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 279 9th St., Pullman Square from 7 to 11 p.m. Black Friday, Nov. 23.

Enjoy a Black Friday night of music, raffles and more. There is a $10 cover at the door. Raffle tickets will be sold separately for prize baskets that feature gift cards, tickets, art and more.

Also coming up at Black Sheep Stage is the Honky Tonk Heroes annual Honky Tonk Holidays fundraising toy drive.

That concert is set for 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 with Laid Back Country Picker, Flat Tracker, The Local Honeys, Sean Whiting, James Scott Bullard and Westwood Troubadours.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/realhonkytonk/ to find out more about the Honky Tonk Heroes who are also doing Christmas fundraising concerts in Lexington, and in Missouri.

Up river, the Point Pleasant River Museum, which suffered a damaging July 1 fire, is teaming up with internationally-known R&B and jazz singer, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., for a Home for the Holidays Fundraising concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Point Pleasant High School.

Tickets are on sale now by calling Ruth or Martha Fout at 304-674-0144.

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