By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — A new years bash with The Wooks and Joslyn & The Sweet Compression and dual album release show with Coby Langham and Sean Whiting top next week’s live menu as we turn the calendar to 2019. View all of my top picks for Dec. 30 to Jan. 5 below and the entire live menu here.
Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio returns to it’s normal slot, live from 9-11 a.m. on Monday mornings, on Jan. 7 with indie rockers Wicked Peace and Ryan Anderson of Louisville band Bendigo Fletcher. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 WLXU-FM or online at lexingtoncommunityradio.org.
Lexington group Octalux, meeting at the intersection of rock, metal and punk, will gather at Al’s Bar on Dec. 30 for their final performance of 2018, a rare acoustic show featuring guitarists/vocalists Tony Dell’Orfano and Brandon Hurley. The duo will be joined on the evening by fellow singer-songwriter Michael Tyree for the 8 p.m. show.
The Wooks will help ring in 2019 with a New Years Eve bash at The Burl on Dec. 31. The Wooks have been hard on the road this fall in support of sophomore album Glory Bound, sharing the stage with the likes of Tyler Childers, The Infamous Stringdusters and Front Country, among others. For their NYE throwdown, which begins at 10 p.m., the band will be joined by the Way Down Wanderers and Joslyn & The Sweet Compression for an eclectic mix of groovy and high energy music.
Singer-songwriter Eric Bolander takes to the Red Barn Radio stage for the series’ first gathering of the new year. The musician will discuss his roots in the craft along with juggling roles as a father and high school teacher. For the show Bolander will be joined by cellist Seth Murphy and drummer Ben Caldwell. The program begins promptly at 8 p.m. and can also be streamed on Facebook Live via Red Barn Radio.
Central Kentucky Grateful Dead clones Born Cross Eyed bring their monthly caravan of misfits to Rock House Brewing for a psychedelic and jam-filled performance on Jan. 5. The group, which has been a fixture in the local music scene and beyond for over a quarter century, will be joined for the show, beginning at 9 p.m., by drummer Dino English of nationally renowned Dead cover band Dark Star Orchestra.
Singer-songwriters Coby Langham, of Danville, and Sean Whiting, of Paintsville, will hold a joint album release show at The Burl on Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. for new albums Years on the Road and High Expectations, respectively. The pair will be joined on the night by musicians Jason Sinkhorn and Laid Back Country Picker. For more information on Langham and Whiting, stay tuned to the Jan. 4 edition of the Weekender in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
- WICK’S PICKS: Ep. 46 – 12/3/18 (w/ Coby Langham, The Helmuths and The Quinns)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 40 – 10/15/18 (w/ The Wooks and ivyrye)
- Sean Whiting delivers soul-shattering performance on “Just the Same”
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 37 – 9/24/18 (w/ Lylak and Sean Whiting)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 30 – 7/30/18 (w/ Dr. Hamilton’s Remedy, Brad Fowble and Octalux)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 24 – 6/13/18 (w/ Eric Bolander)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 23 – 6/6/18 (Festival of the Bluegrass Edition)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 10 – 3/7/18 (w/Arthur Hancock and CJ Cain of The Wooks)
- Listen to The Wooks new cut “Me and the Stars” feat. Michael Cleveland
- The Wooks to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home, welcome new band member
- Lexington’s Wook-A-Ween celebrates the season and raises money in support of the CAN’d Aid Foundation
- Wookin’ Ahead
- The Wooks make final four at Telluride Bluegrass Fest
- The many hats of Eric Bolander
- The Wooks clean up at Lexington Music Awards
- Listen: The Wooks “Little Circles”
- Wooks make waves with debut ‘Little Circles’
- The Wooks bring plethora of covers to Green Lantern debut
- Banjo-picking Wooks hit Green Lantern on Thursday