David Lavender: Spring is a good time to start thinking about summer
Spring may be a slow train coming but if you don't have summer on your mind, you're going to miss out on some amazing music.
Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, March 7 for Louisville's Forescastle Festival, that features such artists as Jack White, Beck, Outkast, Nickel Creek, and many more.
The 12th annual fest is set for July 18-20, 2014 at the award-winning Waterfront Park, on the banks of the mighty Ohio.
Go online at http://forecastlefest.com/ and lock 'em in because tickets will go fast for the fest.
Food Stamps on the Move
Good news on the festival front for Kentucky singer/songwriter Tyler Childers who has teamed up of late with Deadbeats and Barkers plus fiddler Molly Page for an all-star backing band called The Food Stamps.
Word is they just got an offer from the super-sized fest called, Buckle Up that is set for July 18-20 in downtown Cincinnati.
They'll be playing Friday, July 18 on the same stage as such luminaries as Old Crow Medicine Show, Alabama and many more.
And if you want to see Childers live, head out Thursday, March 20 when he will be playing with Knoxville songwriter Matt Woods. Childers will also be at the Black Sheep on Thursday, March 27.
Flat-Pickin' Good Retreat
What's better than learning some flat-picking from some of the world's best flat-pickers? How about doing that in a beautiful woodsy setting.
You can do all the above as Twin Falls Resort State Park in Mullens, W.Va., is hosting their annual "Pickin' in the Park - Guitar Workshop."
That workshop is taught by West Virginia super-pickers, Robin Kessinger, Robert Shafer both of whom have won the National Flatpicking Championships in Winfield, Kan.
Also teaching is Jim Ritchey, who's had songs cut by such artists as Kenny Rogers and Jim Messina and who also worked with some of the blues' greatest legends, such as Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb and Big Mama Thornton.
Reservations are required. For prices, reservations or other information, call 304-294-4000 or visit http://www.twinfallsresort.com.
Fiddling In the Spring
The South Charleston Museum and its historical LaBelle Theatre, 311 D St., South Charleston, blow open the doors at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8 with a "D Street Series," concert featuring popular string band, The Wild Rumpus joined by the wild and woolly Fabulous Brothers Steele with Qiet's amazing violinist Alasha Al-Qudwah sitting in.
The event will be hosted by Louis Argento, and there will also be a photo exhibit by Andrew Rude and Wesley Eary. Tickets are $5 with kids getting in free.
Marching In for Mountain Stage
Some news from the Mountain Stage family. First off, the blues-packed March 23 show is sold out. That's going to be a barn burner with Robert Cray, Blind Boys of Alabama, John Hammong and festival favorites Dumpstaphunk on the bill.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, Mountain Stage, which is distributed nationally by NPR Music and overseas by the Voice of America satellite service, has an Irish touch. Mountain Stage with host Larry Groce will welcome in Irish-music mainstays Solas, traditional Irish singer Sean Keane, legendary cowboy singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, indie-music icon Mark Mulcahy and up and coming Nashville recording artist Logan Brill, to the Culture Center in Charleston.
Go online at www.mountainStage.org to see the full schedule which features some cool road shows like Pink Martini up at Ohio University on March 16, an April 6 stop in Buckhannon, W.Va., at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and an April 13 show in Morgantown, W.Va., at the Creative Arts Center.
Tickets for this Sunday's taping are $15 advance and $25 at the door. They are available online, by calling 800-594-TIXX or at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston.
MAG Getting Ready
The Musical Arts Guild is now in rehearsal for its spring show. That show date is set for Saturday, April 5 at the Guyan Country Club. Under the direction of Mark Smith, and with Lara Donahoe accompanying, MAG will be performing "The Great American Songbook" concert.
The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner followed by performance, and of course, the announcement of the three $1,000 scholarship checks to area students.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased by calling 304-638-6716 (Dee Carney) or contacting any MAG member.
Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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