A couple of Charleston venues are offering free admission to the public to bring some joy into the lives of locals suffering through the WV American Water ban/Freedom Industries chemical spill/licorice-scented toxic tap water extravaganza.
The Clay Center is offering “Pay What You Wish” (including free) admission to their museum gallery January 18th through February 14th. Clay Center CEO Judy Wellington said: “This is our way of giving something positive and enjoyable to our community, after the stressful week everyone has had.“
Sunday night’s Mountain Stage concert featuring Bettye LaVette, David Broza, Matrimony, Declan O’Rourke and Noah Gundersen will also be free. Mountain Stage is general admission and often quickly sold out even when they charge, so I recommend getting there early if you want a seat. Host Larry Groce’s announcement for the event emphasizes what a gem Mountain Stage is to the local community: “After the water disruption and the extreme weather, we all need a chance to re-boot and I think an evening of good music seems like a fine way to do it.“
Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke’s Mag Pai Zai is an album I kept meaning to review but never seem to remember until I stumble upon it again. The problem is the standout tracks are so brilliantly amazing they cast a very dark shadow over the weaker tracks. Subsequently, the album is not very memorable as a whole. But those standout tracks are truly stellar: the mellow acoustic folk opener “Time Machine,” the gentle, tinkling tune “Dancing Song,” the string-accented rumination on “Galileo” and especially the astounding, mesmeric acapella ballad “Marrying The Sea.”