textures-0007If you want to ring out the old year and ring in the new with live music in Charleston, you have plenty of places to do it.

The Goodnight festivities, featuring free live music in a dozen venues around town from 6 PM to 9:45 PM presents it’s 23rd year of fine programs of entertaining music in the Kanawha Valley. You can find the full schedule HERE. Highlights include performances by Appalachian Celtic Consort, The Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus, The Almost Heaven Dulcimer Club and The O’Daugherty Family Singers.

Also of note is that Ryan Hardiman and Mark Scarpelli will once again be performing “Moonage Daydream: A Tribute To David Bowie” at First Presbyterian Church at 7 PM and 9 PM, with Jonathan Tucker and Scarpelli taking the stage at 6 PM and 8 PM. You can see a previous Bowie performance by Ryan and Mark at the bottom of this post.

There will also be live music in Charleston’s nightclub scene, and if I missed any performances of note, please take the time to tell us about them in the comments.

Live music is a great way to welcome a new year, and it looks like the major television networks are throwing in the towel early on 2017. The NFL has cancelled this week’s Sunday Night Football game on NBC, and FOX and ABC are starting their countdowns early in the evening (and we all know how unwatchably boring those shows can get when they’re just on for half an hour). So why not get out and support the local scene a little? 2017 was awful enough on every front. Maybe we can welcome 2018 with something a little more positive.

Check out some of these shows…