Entering into the first full weekend of the new year, we have tons of stuff happening in and around Charleston to tell you about.  I don’t know if we’ll have any seventy degree temperature swings this weekend, but it is supposed to be unseasonably warm.

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM. Friday it’s Steve Himes. Saturday Andrew Adkins serenades the crowd.

The Empty Glass has some great stuff through the week to tell you about.  From 9 PM to 11 PM Wednesday, Ginger Wix will be at the World Famous Empty Glass. Thursday from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Swingstein and Robin play fiddle and piano and sing swing and early jazz standards. Each week they donate their tips to a local nonprofit.  Friday from 5 PM to 8 PM Timmy “Courts and Friends hold down the fort at the Glass. Next week they’ll have an open mic Monday night, and Songwriter Showcase on Tuesday. Weekend shows are listed among the graphics below.

Saturday at 7:30 M at the WV Culture Center, Mary Hott and the Carpenter Ants will perform “Devil in the Hills.” This soulful Americana song cycle was inspired by recently discovered first-person accounts of life deep in West Virginia’s coalfields. For more information and tickets, go HERE.

Please remember that the pandemic is not over yet. Many people who have very good reasons are still wearing masks, and many of us, understandably, are still nervous about being in crowds, masked or not. Be kind and understanding  while you’re out.

If you’re up for going out, here are a few suggestions for the rest of this week, roughly in order.