To be just days removed from New Year's Eve, one of the biggest entertainment nights of the year, we have a pretty stout flow of music rolling into the region this weekend.
And some good deals to boot for folks whose wallets were ravaged by the man in the red suit.
As far as bang for the buck, it is hard to beat a multi-band festival, and once again the Charleston Civic Center has reeled in a first-night tour stop for the 2018 Winter Jam Tour Spectacular on Friday, Jan. 5. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the main concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door.
There's a dozen contemporary Christian acts on the bill with a three-act pre-party, followed by such artists as New Song, Jordan Feliz, KB, speaker Nick Hall, comedian John Crist, Kari Lobe, building 429 and headliners Skillet, which formed in 1996 and which is still rocking thanks to the husband and wife team of Korey and John Cooper.
On a local note, Wheelersburg, Ohio, native Seth Morrison, son of well-known area musician Dave Morrison, has been the lead guitarist with the band for the past six or so years.
Go online at www.skillet.com to check out tunes from the band's latest album, "Unleashed," which features such songs as the epic "Feel Invincible," which was the theme song for TBS' E-League, the live video game tournament, as well as the official theme for WWE Battleground.
And go online at www.winterjam.com to check out more from the nearly 50-city tour.
'Follow You to Virgie'
and the V Club
If your New Year's resolution for 2018 is to go to more Tyler Childers shows, you are in luck. Childers, the Lawrence County, Kentucky, native who had a breakout year in 2017 with his Sturgill Simpson-produced debut, "Purgatory," rolls back home with his Huntington-based band The Foodstamps for two sold-out shows at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington.
Childers had to postpone his original December dates at the V Club after his grandma died unexpectedly.
For folks coming to the show, the original Dec. 2 show is rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 5, and the Dec. 3 show will take place Saturday, Jan. 6. Both nights will have an early start time, with doors opening at 7 p.m.
Although the shows are technically sold out, there have been plenty of tickets (at face value) floating about this week among fans on Childers' Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/tylerchildersmusic/, and there could well be some floating around at the club those nights because of the date change.
For those shut out of the show, but still wanting to support the Childers' musical fam, you can head over to Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 220 9th St. where Childers' wife, Senora May, a fine Americana songwriter and artist in her own right, will be playing brunch from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6.
Speaking of the new Black Sheep, it will host the first Sunday night open mic session of the year at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/blacksheepwv/ for more info.
My musical road-trip picks
It's colder than a polar bear in a blizzard, so might as well go somewhere in West Virginia where you can play in this arctic tundra.
So my musical road-trip picks this weekend are to Snowshoe Mountain, which continues its Beats on the Basin Music Series with the three-man Asheville, North Carolina, area rock unit The Get Right Band on Friday, Jan. 5.
In addition to The Get Right, it also is Burton's Women's Snowboard Camp and College Winter Break up on the mountain, which has nearly all of its 60 trails open.
Go online at https://www.snowshoemtn.com/things-to-do/events for more info on music at Snowshoe.
And over in Lewisburg, West Virginia, Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company hosts its monthly first Saturday free concert of the year with Bicycle playing at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6.
GBV also will host its third annual Chili Cook Off, featuring chili from area home chefs as they compete to win prizes from the brewery for Best of Show and People's Choice.
All tastings are free and begin at 5 p.m. at the tasting room, which will be open from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Call 304-520-4669 to register for the chili cook-off and go online at http://www.gvbeer.com/event/january-free-concert/ for more info.
Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at email@example.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.