By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The indie-folk stylings of Horse Feathers, iconic Louisville rap quartet Nappy Roots and the hip-hop and rock fusion of Ivyrye are on tap on this week’s live menu. View all of my top picks for June 17-23 below and the entire menu here.
Join me from 9-11 a.m. on Monday, June 17 for episode 71 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio. I’ll be joined by Arthur Hancock to chat about his solo music endeavors mixed in with a plethora of music from artists performing in town throughout the week, including those above, along with new music from Michael Tyree, Forrest and others. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM or stream online at lexingtoncommunityradio.org.
Songwriting troubadour Tim Easton makes a return stop to The Burl on Wednesday, June 19 with local songbird Maggie Lander in toe. The genre-bending Easton, an Ohio native, has sharpened his teeth and broadened his perspectives through music over the last 20 years, releasing a handful of albums since starting off busking around Europe in the late 90s while Lander, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist on fiddle and guitar, writes heartfelt and emotional tales of her life experiences through a soulful Americana blend on her latest EP Old Flame, released in August 2018.
Celebrate Juneteenth, a day commemorating the emancipation of slavery in Texas and other confederate territories, on June 21 with a pair of two hot Kentucky bands, one from the present day and another from yesteryear, as Louisville southern rap quartet Nappy Roots and Lexington neo soul collective Joslyn & The Sweet Compression team up for a performance at the Lyric Theatre. For Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, the show comes just after releasing their debut, self-titled EP to a wealth of praise last month.
No-holds-barred rock ‘n roll invades Cosmic Charlie’s on June 21 when locals Ivyrye, Sour Cream, Much Obliged and Dad Shorts visit for a Summer Solstice celebration. While each group delves into different spheres of rock, they all feature high-flying instrumentals and a vocal fury. Most notable of the later is Ivyrye, led by the hip hop and rock fused vocals of Deven Roberts and electrifying guitar from Colin Michael, who recently returned from recording new music in Chicago. Joining Ivyrye are psychedelic rockers Much Obliged, thrashing blues/psych trio Sour Cream and Dad Shorts.
Horse Feathers, the Astoria, Oregon project led by Justin Ringle stampedes back into The Burl on Friday, June 21 for a hometown bash for J. Tom Hnatow (bass/pedal steel) and Robby Cosenza (drums). The band has been running up the odometer over the last year touring in support of their new album Appreciation, a jovial compilation of catchy Pacific Northwest indie rock. The Claudettes, a Chicago-based quartet mixing blues, jazz, soul and punk energy to produce a vibrant roots sound and Daniel Case will open the show.
The Soulful Space concert series returns for its first installment since bringing Erika Wennerstrom to town in February with Mark Charles Heidinger on Sunday, June 23 at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center. With a calming and upbeat voice that elegantly weaves together poetic tales, Heidinger provides a grand sound as a one man show, a craft he’s been working on extensively as of late since putting indie-folk project Vandaveer on hold. Joining Heidinger for the show will be 18-year-old Lexington songwriter Eliza Sayers.
- LISTEN: Sour Cream get saucy on “Come Again”
- WICK’S PICKS: Ep. 68 (Moonshiner’s Ball and Joslyn & The Sweet Compression)
- WICK’S PICKS: Ep. 56 – 2/18/19 (w/Sour Cream and Chelsea Adams)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 44 – 11/19/18 (w/ Maggie Lander and J. Tom Hnatow)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 42 – 10/29/18 (w/ Massive Cult and Much Obliged)
- Wick’s Picks: Ep. 40 – 10/15/18 (w/ The Wooks and ivyrye)
- Taking it personally: New EP ‘Old Flame’ shares musician’s story of tragedy, triumph
- Traveling man Tim Easton heads to The Burl
- Horses of a Feather Flock Together
- One on One with Vandaveer’s Mark Charles Heidinger