By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Galactic, Kung Fu and Tank and The Bangas come to town this week. See all of my top concert picks for April 15-21 below and the entire menu here.
Tune in on Monday, April 22 from 9-11 a.m. for episode 65 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio when I take a look back at some of my favorite new music so far in 2019 and get a visit from singer-songwriter Grayson Jenkins. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM-WLXU or online at LexingtonCommunityRadio.org.
For the first time in 2019 music fans will flock to Terrapin Hill Farm in nearby Harrodsburg for the Cabin Fever Reliever, the venue’s first event of the year that serves as the unofficial start of festival season in the bluegrass. This year’s lineup features funk legends Galactic hot off the release of their latest album Already Ready Already, along with Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass featuring 80s and 90s cover kings Love Canon and Wisconsin traditional bluegrass outfit Horseshoes & Hand Grenades along with local and regional standouts Rumpke Mountain Boys, Restless Leg String Band, Mama Said String Band and Fat Box, among others. For Galactic this trip to Central Kentucky will be a shakeup from their last two, when the band performed in front of a packed crowd at the legendary Lyric Theatre. It won’t be the first time to town for Williams and Horseshoes either, who’ve both played prior at Cosmic Charlie’s in the heart of town along with out on the farm. Music begins on Thursday, April 18, and continues throughout the weekend. For ticket information, band schedules and more visit TerrapinHillFestivals.com.
We move from one New Orleans band in Galactic who’s played in Lexington on numerous occasions to another who’s making their debut in town in Tank and The Bangas, who will bring their intoxicating blend of poetry, hip hop, R&B, soul, funk and rock to Manchester Music Hall on April 18. Formed in 2011 after a chance encounter at an open mic brought the group’s core together, the band has made a name for themselves touring with a ferocious live energy, one that netted them a unanimous victory in NPR’s Tiny Desk contest in 2017. The group will bring that energy, passion and a whole lot more to their Thursday show in addition to their new album Green Balloon, out May 3.
A Kentucky music reunion will commence on April 19 when Greenville, South Carolina’s Matt Fassas, formerly from Irvine, and Darby Wilcox team up with local favorites Blind Corn Liquor Pickers at Al’s Bar. After moving away years ago, Fassas, Wilcox and much of the Greenville music scene were brought back to the area through the Moonshiner’s Ball, which each artist has performed at in each of it’s four gatherings. Fassas’ brings with him a high energy blues rock sound ripe with captivating solos and heavy licks. The show will be one of the last at Al’s in its current form, as the venue recently came under new ownership who plans to cut and remodel the bar’s interior in the coming months.
Connecticut’s Kung Fu will bring their lethal blend of funk to Lexington with a 4/20 blowout at Cosmic Charlie’s. Comprised of drummer Adrian Tramontano, key wizard Beau Sasser, bassist Chris DeAngelis, saxophonist Rob Somerville and guitarist Tim Palmieri, the group fuses together touches of funk, jazz and rock, packing a punch more intense than a karate kick to the gut.
Upbeat alt-folk outfit The Head and The Heart come to Manchester Music Hall on April 21 in support of their forthcoming album Living Mirage, out May 17. Supporting them for the show will be Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), who returns to town after performing at The Burl in February with Tyler Ramsey (Band of Horses).
- Carl Broemel releases cover happy “Brokenhearted Jubilee”
- Kentucky artists join forces on “Pine Mountain Sessions”
- WICK’S PICKS: Ep. 55 – 2/11/19 (w/ Mama Said String Band and Brother Smith)
- Love Canon: A Cover Story
- Keller Williams trippy tunes to invade Cosmic Charlie’s
- Carl Broemel: A man of many jackets