By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Local flavor carries the banner on this week’s live menu with a David Bowie tribute from Chico Fellini, Magnolia Boulevard’s first hometown show of the year and a performance from one of the top local artists to watch in 2019. View all of my top picks for Jan. 6-12 below and the entire live menu here.
Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio returns at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7 with music and conversation from Ryan Anderson of Bendigo Fletcher and Tanner Blevins of Wicked Peace. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM-WLXU or online at lexingtoncommunityradio.org.
Trippin’ Roots bring their blend of roots rock to Slainte Public House in Georgetown on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. The band — comprised of Evan Curran on vocals/guitar, Zac Day on guitar/backing vocals; and brothers Aaron and Andrew White on bass/backing vocals and drums/percussion respectively — have been building momentum since dropping their debut album “Waiting for the Fall” in 2018. Friday’s show at Slainte kicks off at 8 p.m.
Magnolia Boulevard — one of Central Kentucky’s premiere breakout bands in 2018 — makes their 2019 hometown debut at The Burl on Jan. 11 with rising Louisville artist Carly Johnson. The show is a warm-up of sorts for the group made up of Maggie Noelle on vocals/guitar, Gregg Erwin on guitar, Ryan Allen on keys, Todd Copeland on drums and John Roberts on bass, who later in the month will be traveling cross-country to Anaheim, California, to perform at the 2019 NAMM Conference, which brings members of the musical products industry together to network and conduct business for the year ahead. Friday’s show kicks off at 9 p.m.
Lexington outfit Ivryre, which meshes together rock and hip-hop influences, returns to the Green Lantern on Jan. 11 with Nashville garage rockers The Dirty Delusions and local singer-songwriter Michael Tyree. Ivyrye is one of only a handful of area bands with multiple nominations at the 5th annual Lexington Music Awards, to be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the Lyric Theatre, up for four honors as a band and with individual members Colin Michael and Deven Roberts. Friday’s show begins at 9 p.m.
Chelsea Nolan — one of the top Kentucky artists to watch in the new year — comes to Georgetown to perform music from her debut EP “Chelsea.” at Slainte Public House. Nolan has turned many heads since releasing her EP last fall, which includes performances from Montana Hobbs of The Local Honeys, Chloe Edmonstone and brother Josh Nolan. Saturday’s show kicks off at 8 p.m.
Chico Fellini — a supergroup that includes Shangri-la Productions mastermind Duane Lundy on guitar, Chris Dennison on vocals/piano, Emily Woxihara on bass/piano/vocals and Brandon Judd on drums — gathers at The Burl on Jan. 12 for a special performance of music from the library of the legendary David Bowie. Joining Chico Fellini for the show will be grunge rockers Johnny Conqueroo for a set of covers dubbed “Songs of our Heroes.” Saturday’s show kicks off at 9 p.m.
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- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 40 – 10/15/18 (w/ The Wooks and ivyrye)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 39 – 10/8/18 (w/ Chelsea Nolan, Dan Conn and Jen Tackett)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 32 – 8/13/18 (w/ John R. Miller, Magnolia Boulevard, Katie Didit, Vivian Leigh)
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