By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Marcus King Band, Steep Canyon Rangers and Fine Lines come to town in next week’s live menu. View all of my top picks for Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 below and the entire menu here.
Tune in on Monday, Jan. 28 for another episode of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio as singer-songwriters Eric Bolander and Jory Bowling join the program. Listen at 93.9 FM-WLXU or online at lexingtoncommunityradio.org.
Emerging Nashville rockers Fine Lines come to The Burl on Jan. 27 with local support from high energy rock ‘n rollers Home Grown Head Band and soul, rock and Americana outfit Champs of the Sun, who recently had frontman Mark Allen as a guest on Wick’s Picks on Jan. 21. The early show begins at 7 p.m.
Prolific southern blues, funk and rock star Marcus King returns to Lexington with his band on Jan. 30 at Manchester Music Hall with fast-rising local blues rockers Magnolia Boulevard, also making their Manchester debut. The show is the first in town for King since performing with Chris Robinson’s As the Crow Flies last March—also at Manchester—and his band’s first show in Lexington since performing downtown at WUKY’s Phoenix Friday’s in May 2016. Both bands bring their own distinct blend of southern rock and blues, both led by distinctive voices in King and Magnolia Boulevard’s Maggie Noelle. Wednesday’s show begins at 7 p.m.
Bundle up and head to nearby Irvine for the Snowbound Throwdown, an all-day bash at the Steam Engine Pizza Pub on Feb. 2 featuring music from Laid Back Country Picker, Luna & The Mountain Jets, Wayne Graham, Chelsea Nolan, Brett Ratliff, Don Rogers, Sean Whiting and Giant Rooster Sideshow. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. and also include a showing of the documentary film Chico accompanied by a performance from David Prince (Chico himself).
Progressive and twangy bluegrass group the Steep Canyon Rangers make their first stop in Lexington without renowned actor/musician Steve Martin in toe since the 2010 World Equestrian Games when they come to Manchester Music Hall on Feb. 2. The group is currently riding high off the success of “Out in the Open,” which dropped last year. Saturday’s show begins at 7 p.m. with a performance from Lexington’s Eric Bolander.
A trio of Kentucky songwriters will converge on Al’s Bar on Feb. 2 when the Sebree-based Dan Conn joins forces with Danville artists Coby Langham and Jason Sinkhorn. All three artists are fresh off releasing new records, with Sinkhorn’s “Junction City, Kentucky” dropping last summer followed by Conn’s “Shine On” and Coby Langham & The Citizen Band’s (which includes Sinkhorn as bassist) in November 2018. Saturday’s show begins at 9 p.m.
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