The Weekender (Feb. 21, 2014)

Gov't MuleYou’d better let your soul shine. Gov’t Mule is coming to the Clay Center on Saturday. The show begins at 8 p.m., and there are still tickets available.

The band is touring in support of its new record, “Shout,” which is a concept album unlike any other I’ve seen.

It’s a two-disc effort, but each of the discs contain the same songs. The only difference is on disc two, the lead vocals are handled by a variety of guest stars, from classic rockers like Doctor John and Steve Winwood to modern music favorites Ben Harper, Grace Potter, Dave Matthews and more.

Here’s some more stories from this week’s Life sections to help you plan your weekend:

  • If you’re in the mood for a road trip The Spring, a new vegetarian restaurant in Lewisburg, is now open all day on Saturday. The place is gaining in popularity with locals, and hopes to eventually be much more than a restaurant. Read more about The Spring here.
  • Chef Paco is back in town. This former Bridge Road Bistro and Stonewall Resort chef has returned to the Mountain State after running a successful gourmet smokehouse in New Mexico. He’s bringing some of those flavors to his new job as executive chef at the Berry Hills Country Club.
  • The Empty Glass is hosting Brandi Good and the Seventh Sun tonight at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the East End bar is throwing a Gov’t Mule after party with Blistered Nifkin and Travis Egnor and the Horse Traders. That begins at 11 p.m.
  • Also Saturday, local gypsy-rock band Qiet will host an Affordable Care Act enrollment party at the Bluegrass Kitchen. Starts at 9 p.m. Cover ranges from $10 for general public, $8 with health card and $5 if uninsured and willing to look at insurance options. (Click here to read my recent story about Qiet and their new album.)
  • KR-3 are playing the Boulevard Tavern on Friday night with Ouralias. InFormation will play there on Saturday night with local band The Company Stores.
  • Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will perform Saturday at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton. The show starts at 7:30 p.m, doors open at 5 p.m. and tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for children.
  • In the mood for a play? The Limelight Theatre Company’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” comes to the WVSU Capitol Theater on Summers Street tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

And here’s one more thing before you go, music fans: Charleston could soon have its own independent, low-power Americana station. “Roots Town Radio” received its FCC license this week and hopes to launch by late summer or fall.

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