Musical Mayhem from New Orleans is coming to Lewisburg w/ Josh Paxton and Debbie Davis. The duo is performing a concert at the Irish Pub on Sunday, October 30th from 3-5pm.
Josh Paxton grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati and moved to New Orleans to attend graduate school for jazz piano. He never left and has performed and recorded with the Wild Magnolias, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Maria Muldaur. Marva Wright, various Nevilles and Marsalises, and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes.
“Man, that guy can PLAY!”– Bill Payne of Little Feat
Last year in 2015, Paxton visited Lewisburg for the first time when he played with Marc Stone. He tells us, “I’ve only played in Lewisburg once and I had no idea what to expect. I was truly moved by the reception I got there. Really nice, genuine people who seemed to enjoy what I was doing. So I’m very happy to have the opportunity to come back.”
Debbie Davis is a New Orleans’ premier female ukulelist . She moved to New Orleans in 1997 from New Jersey and began making a name for herself in the local music community singing jazz and all manner of musical styles.
“Debbie Davis stands out in the crowd of vocalists like a bird-of-paradise in a roomful of parakeets. Her voice is a magnificent, near-operatic instrument and her theatrical instincts are the stuff of Broadway musical-level performance.” – John Swenson, Offbeat Magazine
Davis has gone on to record with people like John Boutte, Soul Asylum, The Misfits, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Dukes of Dixieland, Leigh “Lil Queenie” Harris, Paul Sanchez (Cowboy Mouth), Kevin Clark, Tom McDermott, 3 Manisha, All That, Tin Men, Lil Band of Gold (CC Adcock), Marc Stone, Mike West, Harry Shearer, and Alex McMurray and was the jingle singer for the 2003 Zatarains ad campaign produced by David Torkanowsky. In 1999 she joined the world renowned vocal group, The Pfister Sisters, and has spent the last 14 years performing locally and internationally with the group. For more information about Davis, visit: debbiedavismusic.com.
Earlier in the month, don’t miss another traveling New Orleans’ musician, Beth Patterson. She plays at the pub from Thursday, October 13th until Monday, October 17th at 5pm each night. Patterson is a multi instrumentalist and plays the eight- and ten-stringed Irish bouzoukis (adaptations of a traditional Greek instrument). She is known for her razor wit and musical versatility, her performances are chock-full of drive, savage energy, and passion, laced with humor and rapport with her listeners, dishing out an eclectic repertoire of original and traditional songs. She integrates her quirky, progressive sound with Celtic music and other ethnic styles, resulting in her own sound she dubs “SWAP” (Songwriter/World/Acoustic/Progressive). For more info about Beth, visit: bethpattersonmusic.com
The Irish Pub is located at 109 E. Washington Street in downtown Lewisburg. For more information about October events, call them at 304-645-7386.
– HashtagWV, October 2016
HASHTAGWV ART & ENTERTAINMENT Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Christina Entenmann-Edwards has been a WV resident since September 2008. She was born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is no stranger to hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. In 2006, she graduated from Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut), Cum Laude, with a B.A. in History. In 2010, she graduated with an M.B.A. from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia). In February 2012, Christina launched HashtagWV as the area’s first full-color, free arts and entertainment tabloid + online platform. Christina completed the Leadership West Virginia class of 2021, which is an innovative program that grows, engages, and mobilizes leaders to ignite a life passion to move West Virginia forward.