Month of May begins with Fun

May 1, 2012

The musical month of May literally starts with Too Much Fun and looks like it might continue for 31 days.

Guitar slinger extraordinaire Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, fresh off the season finale of WNKU-FM’s Studio 89 finale Monday night, wind up a three-night area stand Tuesday at Molly Malone’s in Covington after playing Dayton’s Canal Street Tavern Sunday.

It’s quite the week at Canal Street. Larkin Poe, the duo of Rebecca and Megan Lovell who formerly played with sister Jessica as the Lovell Sisters, play songs from their new EP, “Thick as Thieves.” And Sunday, David Olney of “Deeper Well” fame comes to the club.

On the opposite end of the venue scale, Riverbend opens its season. The highlight is the May 29 appearance of the Dave Matthews Band with Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose “Leaving Eden” album is making new fans for the band throughout the land.

Scott Miller, who helped close the Southgate House with the V-Roys in December, returns with just his guitar to Molly Malone’s, while Colin Hay, the frontman of Men at Work, does the same at the 20th Century in Oakley.

Chuck Prophet, who is on the road with his latest, “Temple Beautiful,” stops at the MOTR Pub, while St. Vincent plays the refurbished Bogart’s.

The Taft Theatre stays busy with J.J. Grey & Mofro, Hoots & Hellmouth, and local hero Brian Olive, who is featured prominently on the new Dr. John album, “Locked Down.”

Speaking of local heroes, Noah Hunt returns to town with the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band at the Madison in Covington.

1: Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, Molly Malone’s, Covington

3: Larkin Poe, Canal Street Tavern, Dayton

6: David Olney, Canal Street Tavern, Dayton

9: St. Vincent, Bogart’s; Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Madison Theater, Covington

11: Scott Miller, Molly Malone’s, Covington

16: J.J. Grey & Mofro, Taft Theatre

17: Colin Hay, 20th Century; Chuck Prophet, MOTR Pub

23: Hoots & Hellmouth, Taft Theatre

25: Brian Olive, Taft Theatre

29: Dave Matthews Band and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Riverbend