By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The basketball version of March Madness may not yet be upon us, but the music equivalent is with shows coming up this week from The Wooks, Magnolia Boulevard and JD Simo. View all of my top concert picks for Feb. 24 to March 2 below and the entire live menu here.
Tune in on Monday, Feb. 25 from 9-11 a.m. for episode 57 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio. I’ll be joined by Irvine brothers Trenton and Trevor Jenkins (Jinx Machine, The Jenkins Twins) along with Pikeville’s Bek Smallwood (Bek and The Starlight Revue) and special guest host Alexis Faye. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM-WLXU or online at LexingtonCommunityRadio.org.
If you’re a fan of comedic musical acts such as Birdcloud and Wheeler Walker Jr. then you don’t want to miss Thelma & The Sleaze, who come to the Green Lantern on Feb. 25 with local support from singer-songwriter Hannah Sturgill. The group last played in Lexington on Mother’s Day 2018 at the now defunct Willie’s Locally Known in support of Sarah Shook & The Disarmers. It’s safe to say this trip to town at the Lantern will be a much more suitable venue for the band’s blunt, reckless – dare I say sleazy – show. Music begins at 9 p.m. 497 W Third St.
JD Simo comes back to town on Feb. 28, bringing his infectious blend of acid rock, traditional blues, folk and soul to The Burl. Supporting Simo will be up-and-coming Lexington trio Sour Cream. Don’t let the name fool you. While the band isn’t bitter like the chip dip, they do provide a bluesy rock flavored kick so powerful that it netted them Album of the Year at the recent Lexington Music Awards for their self-titled debut. Not too bad for two Lafayette high schoolers and a Transylvania University freshman, who kick off the evening of music at 8 p.m. 375 Thompson Rd.
Indie rockers Buck the Taxidermist and Sunmates will team up on March 2 for the first in a series of brunch performances at Broomwagon Coffee & Bikes. Led by songwriter Kyle Ayres, Buck the Taxidermist serves up a forward nod to classic rock with conscious lyrics and reverbed and fuzzy solos on top of grooving bass and drum work. Music begins at 11 a.m. 800 N Limestone.
The Wooks return to The Burl on March 2 with special guest Melanie Brulee in what will be founding member Arthur Hancock’s last show with the popular Kentucky bluegrass troupe. With tickets in high demand, the band has added a special matinee show earlier in the evening at 6 p.m. after the original 8 p.m. show sold out in a flash. Tickets are still available for the matinee show here. 375 Thompson Rd.
Magnolia Boulevard returns home on March 2 to make their debut at the new Cosmic Charlie’s with Beckley, WV, psych rockers The Kind Thieves. The band is sure to be a wild one not only because it is the band’s first at a newly located, long established venue, but also due to it being one of the band’s last before going on a short hiatus as frontwoman Maggie “Noelle” Stanley prepares to give birth to her first child. Music begins at 10 p.m. 105 W Loudon Ave.
- WICK’S PICKS: Ep. 56 – 2/18/19 (w/Sour Cream and Chelsea Adams)
- The Wooks to part ways with Arthur Hancock
- This Lexington blues troupe is getting national attention in a really good way
- PREMIERE: Buck the Taxidermist unveil “Made for Greatness”
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 40 – 10/15/18 (w/ The Wooks and ivyrye)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 32 – 8/13/18 (w/ John R. Miller, Magnolia Boulevard, Katie Didit, Vivian Leigh)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 31 – 8/6/18 (w/Pearl Charles, Buck the Taxidermist, Kentucky Music Preview)