Goodwolf performs at Sullivan’s, Empty Glass on Saturday

Goodwolf

Tyler Grady

In celebration of their latest album release, Tyler Grady of local alternative rock band Goodwolf will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sullivan’s Records, 1588 Washington St. E. The show will be solo-acoustic due to limited space. The event will take place after regular store hours and it will be BYOB.

After the in-store performance, the full band will perform at the Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St. MJX will also perform.

Both events are album release shows for Goodwolf’s new album, “Car in the Woods,” which officially was released this week on vinyl. The digital version of the album was released in October.

For more information, visit the band’s Facebook.

Stolen gear alert

Local jazz guitarist Ryan Kennedy is the latest victim of music gear thieves.

According to his Facebook page, someone stole Kennedy’s Mackie ProFX12 mixer from his car on Tuesday night. It looks like this:

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The thieves also got a Boss BCB 60 pedal board containing the following guitar effects pedals:

  • Hardwire Stereo Reverb Pedal
  • Hardwire delay pedal
  • Xotic BB plus distortion pedal
  • Dunlop Crybaby Wah Wah pedal

Keep your eyes on local pawn shops for this stuff. If you have any information about the theft, call Charleston Police at 304-348-6480, or send Ryan a message on his Facebook page.

You might recall back in July that Jeremy Davis, fiddler for the local bluegrass group Total Meltdown, had his fiddle and mandolin stolen from his home. No reason to believe these crimes are related, of course, except that some people are big ol’ jerks.

‘Fiddler’ brings excitement to the Clay Center

The Charleston Light Opera Guild and the Clay Center has just finished another brilliant, successful production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

This classic musical is one of the most successful musicals to take to the stage holding the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for nearly 10 years. Because of the popularity of the musical and the demand for a family-friendly performance the Charleston Light Opera Guild has put on the production five times in the past.

This classic musical is known for hit songs like “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” as well as its lovable and relatable characters.

Based on a short story by Sholom Aleichem, the story centers on Tevye the dairyman and his family in Anatevka, on the eve of the Russian Revolutionary Period. In this small town their Jewish religious traditions is something they follow closely to be closer to God.

He tries to instill these traditional values in his five daughters, but due to unforeseen circumstances and changing times, he must decide what is most important to him – tradition or family.

Joe Romagnoli, a West Virginia native who played Tevye, couldn’t have made his character any better.

Romagnoli was charming, likable, relatable and funny. In a nutshell, he was the perfect Tevye and he rightfully stole the show. “If I Were A Rich Man,” one of the main character’s most notable songs, was nothing less than perfection.

Audience members laughed with the character as he playfully questioned God about his life. They also felt a lump in their throats when he said goodbye to his daughter Hodel who left Anatevka to be with her betrothed.

Tevye’s three oldest daughters, played by Beth Winkler Bowden, Brynna Horswell and Katherine Shaver, also stole the spotlight with their phenomenal voices. “Matchmaker,” a song sung by the trio, brilliantly showcased their voices and acting abilities. This was probably the best-performed song of the evening.

And Yente, the matchmaker — there are no words on how perfect Debbie Cannada was in this role. Nearly ever line she spoke had audience members bursting out in laughter.

One of the biggest surprises of the night for me (and other audience members at the performance) was “Tevye’s “dream.”

After making arranging a match between his oldest daughter and the wealthy butcher Lazar Wolf, Tevye learned that Tzeitel loved Motel, the tailor. They came to him and after some convincing the couple received his blessing to be married.

Instead of telling his wife, Golde, about the ordeal he had a “dream” which explained why Tzietel and Wolf should not marry. After being shaken awake by his wife, he tells her about the dream while she listens to interpret what it means.

In this dream Grandma Tzietel came back from the grave to congratulate him on the match—except the she was congratulating the match between Motel and Tzietel.

Then, to really convince his wife, Tevye made up that the ghost of the butcher’s late-wife, Fruma-Sarah, threatened their daughters life. She said that if Tzietel married the butcher she would kill her within three weeks of their marriage.

Now I wasn’t a fan of this part back when I saw the film when I was younger, but this was probably my favorite ensemble number of the musical. It was funny and audience members couldn’t seem to get enough. Every single element of the number — the choreography, the costuming and the characters — was spot-on.

Another highlight throughout the play was the high-energy choreography — especially the bottle dance.

This traditional Jewish dance was the highlight of the musical’s wedding scene. Dancers who participate in the dance wear a kippah, a marker of their faith, on their heads in addition to a bottle as they dance.
Then, at one point in the dance they get down on their knees – all while balancing a bottle on their heads.

If you didn’t go this musical, you really missed out.

But don’t worry — the Charleston Light Opera Guild’s upcoming productions look just as promising. Visit www.charlestonlightoperaguild.org for more details.

Cutting through the #WV2014 noise: hashtags help track election night chatter

Twitter is my favorite social media platform because of its instantaneous nature and its potential to quickly send your thoughts, ideas and photos around the world. Ask #AlexFromTwitter.

So it makes sense that Twitter and election night go hand-in-hand. Journalists have results streaming in and need a quick way to get them out to our audiences. You, the follower and opinionator of politics, have thoughts to get out of your head. And hashtags have the ability to bring that all together into a “super-stream” of Twitterers on the same subject.

I used a service called Keyhole to track the #WV2014 hashtag on Election Day, and it shows the ebbs and flows of  political Twitter activity throughout the day.

#WV2014 Analytics

#WV2014 analytics from Election Day 2014 (Click for a bigger view)

Political Twitter hit its fever pitch at around 8 p.m., as Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, claimed her victory over Democratic opponent and current Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in a speech at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. 552 tweets went out with the #WV2014 hashtag within the 8 p.m. hour alone.

From 8 a.m. on Nov. 4 until 11 a.m. on Nov. 5, a total of 2,031 #WV2014 tweets reached 3,418,247 different Twitter users and garnered 6,655,143 impressions (a count which accounts for Twitter users who see multiple #WV2014 tweets).

The #WV2014 hashtag was tweeted from users in 25 different states and eight countries.

The Daily Mail reached out to other West Virginia media outlets to encourage the use of the #WV2014 hashtag on all election-related Tweets.

Although state news organizations are typically competitive, we all share the same goal of sharing a variety of different viewpoints with our readers.

The #WVchemleak hashtag (a Daily Mail creation) was widely adopted as the “official” hashtag of the Freedom Industries chemical leak in January that tainted the water supply of about 15 percent of the state’s population, and as PBS reported in March, social media played a big role in the way media outlets and even state agencies disseminated information to the public.

The #WVchemleak hashtag pulled together information on water distribution locations and the progressive lifting of the “Do Not Use” order throughout West Virginia American Water’s Kanawha Valley water system, which spans nine counties.

The #WV2014 hashtag was adopted by at least nine different West Virginia media outlets, including print, radio and broadcast media. Altogether, 535 different Twitter users joined in on the hashtag.

Some media outlets opted to forgo #WV2014 and use their own hashtags instead, which were commonly branded with the outlets’ name.

This makes it easy to find tweets from members of those media outlets but, unfortunately, it excludes those tweets from the wider political conversation.

Analytics for another Election Day hashtag that was specific to one West Virginia media outlet.

Analytics for another Election Day hashtag that was specific to one West Virginia media outlet.

Tweets with this other Election Day hashtag reached significantly fewer users, but more importantly, there’s a huge discrepancy between reach and impressions.

What does that mean?  Users following this hashtag are seeing a lot of information from one source.

Meanwhile, this outlet’s information isn’t shared with those following the #WV2014 hashtag, so this outlet’s information and commentary is left out of the mix. That’s not very social social media.

As journalists, we seek and verify information through multiple sources, and news consumers who want a more complete perspective of current events should do the same thing.

Social media gives consumers easier access than ever to information from all kinds of sources. And I think all media outlets should share the common goal of promoting the discussion of issues and ideas that transcend ownerships, network affiliations and competitive journalism.

After all, you can’t have “social media” without “media.”

Bill Cosby coming to the Civic Center

Get your puddin’ pops and JELL-O jigglers ready…Bill Cosby is coming to the Charleston Municipal Auditorium on March 28.

You can buy your tickets for the 77-year-old comedian’s concert beginning next Friday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m.

Prices are $47.50 and $65 (plus fees). Tickets will be available online at the Charleston Civic Center box office, www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.

‘Car Talk’ host dies at 77

"Car Talk" hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi, better known as "Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers"

“Car Talk” hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi, better known as “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers”

Tom Magliozzi, who co-hosted the popular NPR radio show “Car Talk” with his brother Ray, died on Monday from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 77.

Known to audiences as “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers,” Ray and Tom spent decades helping listeners diagnose their car troubles…often insisting callers mimic the strange noises coming from their car.

Although a casual listener might mistake the brothers for affable small-town mechanics, both were actually MIT graduates.

They became national radio celebrities after National Public Radio syndicated “Car Talk” in 1987.

The show remains on the air, despite Ray and Tom’s retirement in 2012.

Brad Paisley kicks off tour with Morgantown dates

West Virginia’s favorite country hitmaker Brad Paisley will kick off his next national tour with a pair of concerts at Morgantown’s West Virginia University Coliseum on Jan. 16 and 17.

Tickets for the show range from $39 to $79. They go on sale this Friday, Nov. 7.

You can purchase tickets at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, www.ticketmaster.com, 304-293-SHOW and 1-800-745-3000.

(Click here to see a list of my top 5 favorite Brad Paisley songs, in honor of his recent 42nd birthday.)

Aretha reschedules Clay Center date

ArethaSome disappointing news: Aretha Franklin has rescheduled her performance in Charleston, W.Va. for next spring.

The Queen of Soul was slated to perform at the Clay Center on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Now she will perform on Sunday, May 17, 2014.

In a press release the Clay Center blamed the change on “an artist scheduling conflict.” The change comes on the tail of B.B. King’s recent cancellation of a show at the Clay Center.

Ticket holders are now being notified. If you’ve already purchased tickets for the Nov. 25 show, hold onto them.They’re still good for the May 17 show.

You can also request a refund by Tuesday, Nov. 25 by visiting the Clay Center box office or calling 304-561-3570.

Happy birthday, Brad Paisley!

Paisley,_Brad_(2007)_1Brad Paisley, that West Virginia-born guitar slinger and country hitmaker, turns 42 years old today.

Born in Glen Dale, W.Va., Paisley joined Wheeling’s famed “Jamboree USA” radio show when he was 14 years old, becoming the youngest-ever regular cast member. He stayed with the show for eight years before moving to Nashville in the mid-1990s.

He scored his first No. 1 hit in 1999 with “He Didn’t Have to Be.” He has returned to the top of the country charts 13 more times, including a streak of 10 straight No. 1 hits from 2005 to 2009.

In honor of his special day, here’s my top five favorite Brad Paisley songs:

5. “I’m Gonna Miss Her” I’m not much of a fisherman, but I appreciate this tongue-in-cheek ditty. My wife does, too, for the record.

4. “He Didn’t Have to Be” This is some solid songwriting, and sure to tug at your heartstrings. As I mentioned before, this was Brad’s first No. 1 hit.

3. “Alcohol” Another fine example of his sense of humor, this ode to controlled substances calls to mind country music classics like Roger Miller’s “Chug a Lug.”

2. “Two People Fell in Love” Another warm-and-fuzzy song. You know you like it.

1. “Whiskey Lullaby” First of all, this song is a duet with Alison Krauss. Second, it’s a perfectly written country tragedy. Third, it features Alison Krauss.