On its website KR-3 describe itself as "Appalachian Psychedelica." Thomas has nothing but great things to say about the band that will appear at the tavern Feb. 21. Not only do its members offer unique West Virginia music, but they also are really community minded and look out for their fans, Thomas said.
He tells how KR-3 held a fundraiser for a fan's daughter. The daughter had Asperger's and suffered from sensory-integration issues, but said the band's music helped her focus. The band, touched by her story and her desire to play music, held a fundraiser to buy her a drum set.
Besides hiring established West Virginia musicians, the Boulevard Tavern encourages the local scene by hosting an open-mic night.
"We have really talented musicians that come out on Thursdays for open-mic night. I think we've become the most popular open-mic in town."
The weekly event is hosted by John Poole from No Pretty Pictures, and Thomas said when the weather warms up a bit, the monthly singer/songwriter nights will begin again. Singer/songwriter night is a way to showcase several locally talented musicians, usually sourced from people who have performed at open-mic. This allows the artist a longer set and more crowd exposure.
Thomas said the Boulevard Tavern is enthusiastic about being part of the art's community, not only musically but by supporting visual arts, too. The walls are covered with paintings and murals, including a few by Thomas himself. The system is casual. Artists bring in their work and, if the employees at the Boulevard Tavern like it, they'll hang it up with a card containing the artist's information. Then, if a patron wants to purchase it, they can contact the artist.
Reach Autumn D.F. Hopkins at autumn.hopk...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.