By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Honky tonk holiday shows and a night of wine paired with sad songs from Justin Wells highlight the live menu for Dec. 16-22. View all of my top picks for the week below and the entire menu here.
Join Matt Wickstrom every Monday from 9-11 a.m. for Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio. The next show on Dec. 17 — the last of the year — will feature guest host Alexis Faye and singer-songwriters Rachel Crowe and Senora May. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM or online at lexingtoncommunityradio.org.
Honky Tonk Heroes, a community of like-minded individuals who are avid supporters of local and regional music, are holding a holiday benefit concert a The Burl on Sunday, Dec. 16. As the event name suggests, the evening will be filled with honky tonk-infused country and Americana featuring Chelsea Nolan, Geno Seale, Dan Conn, Abe Partridge, Dog Rogers, 29 Horses and DJ Charlie Brown Superstar. Proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass. 375 Thompson Rd. 6 p.m. $10. Ages 18+.
Husband and wife duo Chris and Jenn Shouse take to the Red Barn Radio stage on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Chris has appeared on Red Barn in the past with Louisville-based 23 String Band, while Jenn will be making her performing debut on the program. The duo released their debut EP Gray Space earlier this year upon moving from Louisville to Irvine, Ky., where Chris now teaches music at West Irvine Intermediate Elementary School. 161 N Mill St. 8 p.m. $8. All ages.
The Local Honeys present the Hoppy Holidays Music and Appalachian Artist Bazaar on Thursday, Dec. 20 at The Burl. In addition to a performance from the Honeys, a slew of other artists will share the stage including Laid Back Country Picker, Don Rogers, Slut Pill, Grits & Soul, Chelsea Nolan, The Handshake Deals, The Swells and Short & Company. Also on site will be several local craft artists and vendors to browse and purchase last minute holiday gifts from. 375 Thompson Rd. 8 p.m. $10. Ages 21+.
Experimental rockers Letters of Acceptance return to The Green Lantern on Friday, Dec. 21. The group, which formed years ago as a series of recordings and collaborations between Clinton Harlin Newman and John Harlan Norris, has recently reunited and recruited Lexingtonians Scott Whiddon and Tim Welch to round out their sound. Joining LOA at the Lantern will be Columbus, Ohio-based electro-folk outfit WYD and the Emily Woxihara Trio. 497 W Third St. 9 p.m. $5. Ages 21+.
Justin Wells hosts his fourth annual Wine and Dine event at The Burl on Saturday, Dec. 22. The show has become a trademark show in recent years in the Central Kentucky music scene, nestled in the midst of the holiday season. Wells, who in 2016 released solo debut Dawn in the Distance, will be performing many songs off that record along with tunes from his days in Fifth on the Floor and new songs penned for an album on the way in 2019. Kicking off the intimate concert will be performances from The Local Honeys and Wells’ former Fifth on the Floor bandmate Jason Parsons paired with dinner from Roll’n Smoke. Tickets for the entire evening are $25, while tickets to Wells’ performance only are $15. 375 Thompson Rd. 7:15 p.m. Ages 18+.
- WICK’S PICKS: Ep. 47 – 12/10/18 (w/ Geno Seale and Rhyan Sinclair)
- LIVE MENU: Dec. 9-15 (Isbell comes to EKU edition)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 45 – 11/26/18 (w/ Nick Dittmeier and The Local Honeys)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 39 – 10/8/18 (w/ Chelsea Nolan, Dan Conn and Jen Tackett)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 29 – RYVOLI, Supermoon, Laid Back Country Picker
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 17 – 5/2/18 (w/ Justin Wells)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 15 – 4/18/18 (w/ Chelsea Nolan)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 13 – 3/28/18 (w/ Jeremy Short)
- The Local Honeys aim for trailblazing traditional music
- Justin Wells lyrics run deep with debut record