By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — With Thanksgiving falling this week we reflect on our thanks for a rich and vibrant music and arts scene in Central Kentucky, which this week offers up shows from DeBraun Thomas and The Local Honeys, among others. See all of my top picks for the week ahead below and the entire live menu for Nov.18-24 here.
Tune in live to Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio every Monday from 9-11 a.m. on the dial at 93.9 FM and online at lexingtoncommunityradio.org. Next week, Nov. 19, I’ll be joined by indie folk duo The Sway, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Maggie Lander and journeyman J. Tom Hnatow.
DeBraun Thomas, REAL Tha Poet, My Government Name (11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Limestone Hall for LexBrunch)
LexBrunch returns to Limestone Hall in downtown Lexington on Sunday morning with entertainment from rock and blues musician DeBraun Thomas, REAL Tha Poet and My Government Name with Sweet LiLu’s on-site providing brunch food and cocktails.
Thomas, originally from Menlo Park, California, moved to Kentucky just over a decade ago to attend the University of Kentucky, where he graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism. Since then Thomas has hosted The Crunkadelic Funk Show Saturdays at 9 p.m. on WUKY 91.3 FM, performed music throughout Lexington and acted as one of the lead voices behind the ‘Take Back Cheapside’ movement that led to the movement of Confederate monuments in Lexington’s Cheapside Pavillion. Thomas’ music, described as rock and soul, is ripe with influences of Sly & The Family Stone, George Clinton and Jimi Hendrix, as evidenced on his 2015 debut All My Colors Are Blind.
Noncompliant, The Hal Dolls, Recipe for Gamma Rays, Greg Rekus, Paige Beller (9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at The Green Lantern)
Lexington all-female grunge rock group Noncompliant celebrate the release of their new album and return home from a tour across the Southeast. on Nov. 18 at The Green Lantern. Supporting the trio comprised of Rae Young on guitar/vocals, Ryan Mathers on bass/vocals, and Hilaree Frazier on drums will be The Hal Dolls, Recipe for Gamma Rays, Greg Rekus and Paige Beller.
Break out of your post-Thanksgiving food coma with a trio of Kentucky sweethearts in The Local Honeys on Friday evening at Country Boy in Georgetown. Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs will be joined by Megan Gregory as they spin their old-time and Appalachian rooted tales with support from Tim Lancaster.
The Local Honeys have been trailblazers in many ways, meeting at Morehead State and becoming the first two women to graduate from the school’s old-time music program. The school helped to establish many connections for the band, most notably Jesse Wells, formerly a professor at the school and fiddle player for The Wooks and currently the do-everything man on tour with Tyler Childers.
If you’re looking to slip into another food coma, head to Slainte Public House, also in Georgetown, on Friday night to hear honky tonk songsmith Grayson Jenkins perform and get your hands on free pie.
Jenkins, a Lexington native by way of Greenville, Ky., has become a staple around bars and music clubs throughout Central Kentucky in recent years, having graduated from and worked at the University of Kentucky until the summer of 2017, when he left his job to pursue music full time.
Rock ‘n’ rollers MOJOTHUNDER gather again for a no-holds-barred throwdown at The Burl on Nov. 24. The show will be the first for the band’s new lead vocalist, whom the group has kept under wraps. MOJOTUNDER announced via their Facebook page on Sept. 14 that the group had parted ways with former frontman Marc Phillips.
Joining MOJOTHUNDER for the show will be Bowling Green, Ky., alt-country outfit The Josephines and rockers Iron Vessel, hailing from amish country in Lancaster, Pa. The show will also be a benefit for Paws 4 the Cause, a non profit organization dedicated to rescuing animals from extreme situations.
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 34 – 8/27/18 (w/ DeBraun Thomas, Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, Petefest)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 27 – 7/2/18 (w/ Nicholas Jamerson, Grayson Jenkins, Dark Moon Hollow)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 11 – 3/14/18 (w/Nicholas Jamerson and Grayson Jenkins)
- Wick’s Picks: Grayson Jenkins, Wesley Smith and Ryan Allen LIVE in studio (2/7/18)
- Grayson Jenkins quit his day job at UK to pursue music full time
- The Local Honeys aim for trailblazing traditional music
- Local artist’s new album culminates last few years of his life