HUNTINGTON — Sorry April, but you weren't all that.
May is charging out of the gates with a Kentucky Derby number of awesome concerts incoming like Grammy Award winning R&B artist Ella Mai, 6Lack, country stomper, Justin Moore, national comedians such as John Crist and Donnie Baker, and a diverse plate of club stage burners from Town Mountain and Seckond Chaynce to After The Burial.
Here's a look at all of those good tunes going down from I-town and Ashland to Huntington and Charleston and beyond.
CAB takes a grammy-winning R&B 'Trip' to the Keith-Albee
The Marshall University Campus Activities Board turns up the burners bringing in a hot contemporary rhythm and blues show with 2019 Grammy Award-winner Ella Mai, 6lack (pronounced "black") and Mahalia in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.
General admission seating is $40 for the public, $20 for MU students and $30 for MU faculty and staff. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 304-696-6656 and in person at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse Box Office.
Mai is the London native singer who won the Grammy in February for Best R&B song for "Boo'd Up." She was also nominated for Song of the Year as well. That single is off of her self-titled debut studio album that also featured the single "Trip." Nominated for the British Breakthrough Act at the 2019 Brit Awards, Mai is fresh from playing at the Coachella music festival. 6lack is Atlanta rapper Ricardo Valdez Valentine, who gained notable recognition following the release of his single "Prblms," taken from his debut album, "Free 6lack" in 2016. His second album, "East Atlanta Love Letter," which came out last September, peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. Featured in the 2016 film "Brotherhood," Mahalia (Mahalia Burkmar), is a 21-year-old Birmingham, England, singer who has been signed to a major label since age 13. She has a new single and video out, "Do Not Disturb."
After the show, head over to Bombay Smokehouse where Woody Woods from Charleston and Eric Easley of e2ntertainment out of Beckley are hooking up for the R&B after party. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/marshalluCAB/ to find out more about Marshall University Campus Activities Board.
Moore the force be with you
Country hitmaker Justin Moore, who rocked the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on the American Made Tour with Lee Brice and Brett Young in April 2017, is back and bringing friends. Moore, who has seven career No. 1 hits including "Somebody Else Will" and "You Look Like I Need a Drink," will be bringing a special guest, Dillon Carmichael from Kentucky and West Virginia's own veteran festival favorites, The Davisson Brothers, for a 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 show.
A Burgin, Kentucky, singer/songwriter, the 25-year-old Carmichael has recorded four projects including his national debut, "Hell On An Angel" that was produced by Dave Cobb — the studio guru behind country radio powerhouses like Chris Stapleton and Zac Brown Band. Hailed by Rolling Stone Country as one of the "10 New Country Artists You Need To Know," Davisson Brothers Band blend up bluegrass, country and rock that has made them favorites at festivals and clubs in the region. Tickets are $49.75 and $29.75 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at www.Ticketmaster.com.
After The Burial before the weekend
The weekend starts Thursday night and it will be served with volume as progressive metalcore masters, After The Burial come hurling into the V Club, 741 6th Ave., armed with a new album "Evergreen" just released on April 19 on Sumerian Records with whom they've recorded five albums. With founding member and lead guitarist, Trent Hafdahl, the sole remaining founding member, the Minneapolis band, which has been touring since 2004, will be joined by Appearing Revision, Revised, Fall Before Your Creator and Southern WV veterans Let The Guilty Hang. Admission is $18 to $22 for this all ages show. Under 18 requires guardian accompaniment. Go online at www.vclublive.com for more info.
Sunday worship on a Friday night
Kool Hits 105.7 in association with Look'n Up Promotions present Songs of Faith, an Evening with gospel music legends Guy Penrod and Russ Taff along with local openers The Jason Lovins Band at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3.
Penrod, who is best known as the lead vocalist for The Gaither Vocal Band from 1994 to 2008, is joined by Christian music hall of fame member, Russ Taff, who sang for years with The Imperials, The Gaither Vocal Band, and on dozens of Nashville albums with everyone from Glen Campbell and Iris DeMent to William Lee Golden of The Oak Ridge Boys. Tickets are $45, $40, $35 and $25. Go online at www.paramontartscenter.com.
Florida rapper Seckond Chaynce at The Bar
The Bar, 1305 South Third St., Ironton, has been reeling in a wide variety of live music. At 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2, they host Seckond Chaynce, a rapper/singer/song writer/creative based in Tampa Florida by way of Jacksonville. A community activist and a mentor to young men in the urban community, Seckond Chaynce has put out two full length recordings, an EP and several mixtapes. He visits DJs all over the state to speak and encourage at risk youth. Seckond Chaynce has been on the national radar for a few years, as he was named in 2017 as one of the top 100 artists to see at the famous SXSW festivals by NPR. Go online at seckondchayncemuzik.com/.
Feverwar album release
Locally-based, regionally traveling rockers Feverwar celebrates the Revival Recordings release of its new EP, "Piss Poor," with throw down release party at the V Club Saturday night that also features Kaonashi, 156/Silence, Deadculture and Scroungehound.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is prompt at 8 p.m. Cover is $12 for those 18 and up. Cover price includes a copy of the new album.
Go online at https://www.revivalrecs.com/feverwar to find out more about Feverwar.
Iron Town Jamboree
Get a sampler of some of the best regionally touring Americana, country and bluegrass acts from southern Ohio and Kentucky during the five-hour Iron Town Jamboree that runs from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at The Bar on Third, at 1305 S. 3rd St., Ironton. Coming over from the Red River Gorge area in Kentucky is fireball vocalists and songwriters Chelsea and Josh Nolan, from Raceland, Ky., is country rockers, Josh Brown and the Hard Livin' Legends, burning up some bluegrass from eastern Kentucky and Ironton is Charlie Woods and Deep Hollow, and songwriter Emily Jamison from Lexington. Admission is $12 general admission advance or $15 at the door, and $25 VIP. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/The-Bar-1906773102977328/ for more information.
A viral 'Human Being' coming to the Paramount
Red-hot comic John Crist, whose comedy videos have more than a billion views, brings his Human Being comedy tour to the Paramount Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5.
Crist, who is known for such viral videos like "Millennial International," "Road Rage in the Church Parking Lot," or "Every Parent at Disney," is bringing in his latest tour which has played to more than 100,000 people in 55 cities.
Crist, who has shared the stage with such acts as Dave Chappelle and Jeff Foxworthy, is bringing friends — openers Mike Goodwin and Aaron Webber.
Go online at www.paramountartscenter.com for more information.
Some Rock City Island cantina music
It's May 4, so get your May the Fourth Be With You Star Wars geek on at Charleston's Rock City Cake Company at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4 with Star Wars themed cakes, folks dressed up in their Jedi gear and, an evening of quirky and incredible music from one-man band, Zach Deputy and his "island-infused, drum 'n' bass, gospel-ninja-soul."
Opening the night is Manor and Friends, a rock/ jam/ funk band from Morgantown.
Tickets are $15 and will sell out.
The Burrito Bar kicks off season with Larry Keel
The popular New River Gorge music venue, The Burrito Bar at Breeze Hill in Lansing, West Virginia, gets its season off to a rowdy start with a double bill of
The Larry Keel Experience and local jazz-juiced funk rockers, Black Garlic.
Keel, who is based out of Lexington, Virginia, has become a jam-festival favorite the world over with his triple threat as a singer, monster-flat-picker and ace songwriter.
Keel, who has chalked up nearly 20 albums and been featured on a dozen more, is currently touring as The Larry Keel Experience which features his wife Jenny on bass and mandolin master, Jared Pool.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 dollars at the door Tickets will be available at The Burrito Bar if not sold out. You can also text 304-640-8235 and leave name and amount of tickets and we will get in touch to arrange payment.
V Club to Light The Torch for rock 'n' roll
It's some Monday Night Madness come 6 p.m. Monday, May 6, as The V Club, 741 6th Ave., welcomes in the national tour of Nuclear Blast Records artists, veteran L.A. metalcore band, Light the Torch.
Fronted by vocalist Howard Jones, who spent a dozen years with the popular Grammy nominated, band Killswitch Engage, Light The Torch has been around since 2012 under the name Devil You Know.
Light The Torch, which is touring off of its 2018 album Revival, I will be joined by Fear The Dream,er I, the Oracle, Disarm, and The Fallen.
Tickets are $20 and $25 day of show. Go online at https://lightthetorch.brownpapertickets.com/ and go online at www.vclublive.com for more info on other incredible incoming V shows including Circa Survive on May 10, and Colter Wall on May 11 as part of the W.B. Walker's Old Soul Radio Show Live! (Featuring Colter Wall, The Horse Traders & More!).