Paul Gladkowski, Joe Smith and John Goodman, members of the Presby Pickers, practice at First Presbyterian Church in South Charleston for the GoodNight celebration on Monday. The band members will be performing music from the Civil War era at the Baptist Temple Fellowship Hall on New Year's Eve. The Charleston Community Music Association's annual GoodNight program kicks off at 6 p.m. tonight in various downtown venues, featuring numerous local performers in sets lasting about 45 minutes each. The free, alcohol-free event is in its 19th year.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- GoodNight is often called the best night of the year in Charleston, and this year should be no different, according to George Daugherty, patriarch of The O'Daugherty Family Singers."It's a thrill," Daugherty said of the city's annual New Year's Eve celebration.Music was a minor interest of Daugherty's, though he did have a few brushes with greatness early on. He was taught to play musical saw by Jarvey Eldred -- a Morgantown musician known for his act with famed comedian and then-ventriloquist Don KnottsIt wasn't until Daugherty started performing at the Capital City Jamboree -- a weekly music show on the city's West Side -- that he got serious about music."I was a drone, really, for years," Daugherty said of his need to live a more balanced life. "All I did was practice law, and I needed to relax."The O'Daugherty Family Singers have grown to become a quintet, featuring the talents of Sally and Tom -- daughter and son, respectively -- and Daugherty's grandsons Devlin and Aidan."As the kids were born we added them," Daugherty said.Buddy Griffin -- a well-known musician who founded the Bluegrass Music Certificate Program at Glenville State College -- and two of his students, Laikin Boyd and James Blankenship, will join the group."Buddy has been putting out tremendous players," Daugherty said. "They really add some spark to our music."The O'Daugherty Family Singers' repertoire will be a tribute to veterans, as well as a way to honor those who have given a great service to the state. Tonight's performance is dedicated to Don Cohen -- founder of the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame. Cohen also started the Hershey's Track and Field Games, which started in Charleston as a way to get kids outside and interested in physical activity.Ten of the 11 venues will open at 6 tonight and have performances every hour on the hour until 10 p.m. Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral will start its performances at 7 p.m. following an evening Mass.GoodNight patrons can park for free after 6 p.m. in the Shanklin parking garage, next to City Hall on Virginia Street East. City trolleys will make stops at each venue throughout the night. Trolley rides are free, as is entry into each venue.GoodNight is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event. For information, call 304-744-1400. GOODNIGHT SCHEDULE
The GoodNight schedule of venues and performers is: - Baptist Temple Fellowship Hall,209 Morris St.6 and 8 p.m.: Presby Pickers (Appalachian/old-time gospel)7 and 9 p.m.: Appalachian Celtic Consort (music of the British Isles)
- WVSU Capitol Center Theatre,123 Summers St.6 p.m.: Gospel Brass Band (variety of music with gospel theme)7 p.m.: B-Ties Dixieland Band (Dixieland favorites)8 p.m.: Charleston Metro Band (country hits and TV commercial favorites)9 p.m.: Mountain State Brass Quartet (traditional brass band) - Civic Center Little Theater, Quarrier Street and Civic Center Drive6 and 8 p.m.: River City Youth Ballet Ensemble7 and 9 p.m.: Craig Hinchman Trio (pops, sacred and holiday music)
- Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St.6 and 8 p.m.: womanSong (seasonal favorites, folk and pop)7 and 9 p.m.: Kanawha Kordsman Barbershop Chorus (contemporary a cappella) - First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way6 and 8 p.m.: Roger Rabalais (Americana)7 and 9 p.m.: Bill McCoy and Friends (folk) - Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St. E.6 and 8 p.m.: West Virginia Youth Symphony (various ensembles and soloists)7 and 9 p.m.: Almost Heaven Chorus (Sweet Adelines four-part harmony) -Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, Leon Sullivan Way and Virginia Street7 to 9 p.m.: Ralph Mills (organ blast) - St. John's Episcopal Church, 1105 Quarrier St.6 and 8 p.m.: Charleston Civic Chorus (seasonal choral classics)7 and 9 p.m.: The O'Daugherty Family Singers ("A Salute to Patriotism") -St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Washington and Dickinson streets6 and 8 p.m.: Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus (gospel selections)7 p.m.: Appalachian Children's Chorus (camerata and concert choirs)9 p.m.: Jimmy McKnight (gospel) -St. Mark's United Methodist Church Chapel, Washington and Dickinson streets6 and 8 p.m.: Jennie Allinder, Jim Mullins and Friends (Celtic jigs, reels and ballads, Irish harp music)7 and 9 p.m.: Rose Fisher (hymn sing-along) - Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1600 Kanawha Blvd. E.6 and 8 p.m.: Jonathan Tucker with Mark Scarpelli (Josh Groban covers)7 and 9 p.m.: Ryan Hardiman with Mark Scarpelli ("Moonage Daydreams: The David Bowie Songbook")Reach Rachel Molenda at email@example.com or 304-348-5102.