The One More Girl on a Stage fest returns Friday and Saturday to Newport’s York Street Café for the Rivertown Music Club’s last ever event. Local musician Kelly Thomas has used the Rivertown Music Club to promote local music and raise money for a variety of charities for the past seven years. The One More Girl On a Stage fests have showcased female artists and raised over $9,500 for breast cancer-affiliated organizations the Pink Ribbon Girls and Susan G. Komen for the Cure (the beneficiary of this year’s event).
Thomas has decided to discontinue RMC to focus on her musical projects. She’s been involved in myriad eclectic musical endeavors over the years, from her Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pickups band to her duet album with 500 Miles to Memphis’ Ryan Mallot to her Gospel project, The Hayseed Tabernacle Choir. Next up is the relaunch of The Tammy WhyNots, an old-school, classic Country group also featuring Todd Lipscomb (Kentucky Struts), David Rhodes Brown (Magnolia Mountain, 500 Miles to Memphis), John Schmidt (Warsaw Falcons), Sylvia Mitchell (The Hiders, Hayseed Tabernacle Choir) and Greg Schramm (Tex Schramm and The New Radio Cowboys). The band is working on an EP and also plans to record a couple of songs at the historic Herzog recording space. The WhyNots debut Feb. 11 at the Southgate House.
This weekend’s final One More Girl on a Stage shows will feature music on two stages (in the main bar area and the third floor gallery space), as well as an exhibit of work by local photographers, a silent auction, raffles, belly dancing and more.
The lineup this year includes Kelly Thomas and The Fabulous Pickups, Ma Crow and Katie Laur, Lauren Houston, Tupelo Honey, Wonky Tonk, The Western, Raison D’etre, Shiny and The Spoon, Kate Haralson, Hello, Hello, Chakras, Kristen Kreft, Chelisa Bailey-McCord, Megan Hutch, Makenna and Shelby, Kristen Key, Shoot Out The Lights, The Whitney Barricklow Band, The Dishes, Liz Bowater and Switchblade Syndicate (which won the most recent Red MacCormack Recording Grant, doled out annually by the RMC).
Admission is $8 per night or $10 for a two-night pass. Music starts at 7 p.m. both nights. (Visit the blogs at citybeat.com for the full schedule.) On Jan. 27, downtown’s Taqueria Mercado hosts a celebration of the Rivertown Music Club’s successes featuring acoustic tunes from many of the artists who have supported the RMC over the years. The party starts at 5 p.m.
More Local Notes
• The folks behind the Art Damage radio show/experimental promo organization might have lost their headquarters last month when the Art Damage Lodge shuttered its doors, but there are plenty of other venues for AD to present shows. This Saturday at 10 p.m., Northside’s Mayday welcomes back Art Damage Soundtrack Nights (the event will ultimately run every first Thursday of each month, beginning Feb. 3). Featuring musicians performing new soundtracks for films (their own or others’), this month’s free installment features Weyes Bluhd (formerly of Jackie O Motherfucker), Pete Fosco (doing his progressive guitar thing to Kenneth Anger’s Lucifer Rising), Noise Pop crew Bear (the Ghost) and Abby Cornelius.
• New band Two Headed Dog plays Saturday at the Northside Tavern with the Cut in the Hill Gang (a rare local show for that band, which tours a lot in Europe). Featuring former members of Thee Shams and The Virgins, Two Headed Dog is currently recording its first album of bluesy Psych Rock with Brian Olive, Alive Records recording artist and former Greenhorne and Soledad Brothers. (www.myspace.com/twoheadeddog666)
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