Lung at Kinship Goods!

Lung will play Kinship Goods in the fab Elk City district of Charleston, WV on August 7th with local favorites Static Fur. If you haven’t heard Lung, they are a Cincinnati electric cello and drum duo who sound like a mix of The Dresden Dolls, St. Vincent, and Deap Vally—so needless to say, I adore them and I’m so excited to see them play live.




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Introducing The Company Stores…

The Company Stores are my favorite local band. They are very well known and beloved in Charleston, WV. With their recent set at Mountain Stage, I think/hope the band is poised for a national break-through soon. Their lovely, eclectic new album, Little Lights, has quickly become a favorite of mine.

Lead singer-songwriter Casey Litz’s lilting, robust voice at times reminds me of Rhiannen Giddens, Natalie Merchant, and Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom, but their genre-bending, self-described “Hill Hop” sound–a mix of clangy Appalachian folk fiddles, swirling psychedelic rock guitars, big band brass, and occasional splashes of classical piano–is incomparable.

Standout tracks are “Fall From Heaven,” “Nightingale,” “Optimistic,” and “Shenandoah Fall,” but the album is fantastic in it’s entirety.

The Company Stores Official Site

Heart: Live at The Clay Center (Concert Review)

Charleston, WV — As the home of Chuck Yeager, West Virginia is accustomed to legends breaking the sound barrier. That was no sonic boom that shook The Clay Center tonight, however, it was the supersonic, aerodynamic voice of Heart’s Ann Wilson….

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Local Music & Poetry at Third Eye Cabaret

Third Eye Cabaret is a local music and spoken word poetry showcase hosted every other Thursday night at the Fireside Bar & Lounge (above Little India restaurant), 1604 E Washington, Charleston WV. Past performers have included Muruch favorites Crystal Good and Marium Bria. This Thursday’s Third Eye Cabaret will feature spoken word poetry by Rachel Tigerbeat Hicks and a variety of world music by Qiet, the Restless Natives, Alasha Al-Qudwah and Ancien. The show will also be webcast live on Youtube.

Third Eye Cabaret

Discount Ballet Tickets for WV Parents

West Virginian parents who receive CHIP and/Medicaid assistance for their kids can get discount Charleston Ballet tickets for just $5 each thanks to the Ballet For All program. You just have to purchase tickets in advance at the box office as supplies are limited.

I cannot emphasize enough what a positive impact Charleston’s arts scene had on me as a very poor child – one who went from a turbulent home of domestic violence to a loving but struggling single-parent home. I’m so grateful to the kind friends and their parents who took me to the WV Symphony, The Charleston Ballet and Mountain Stage, all of which gave me an intense interest in and love for the arts that I may not have developed otherwise. Those experiences had a direct influence on my pursuit of writing about music, first through this blog and eventually for The Charleston Gazette.

So take your kid to the ballet, it’s a memory that will have lasting effects.