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January 16 – Superhold
February 13 – The Embers
March 6 – The Craig Woolard Band
Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon
Tickets: $30 season pass; $10 advance tickets for Superhold; $12 advance tickets for The Embers and The Craig Woolard Band; $15 at the door. Advance reserved seating is available. Call 540-389-1232 for tickets.
An Evening with John Cowan Band
Jan. 23, 2014, Clemintine Cafe, Harrisonburg, 540-801-8881
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Valerie June (additional night added)
Feb. 10, 2014, Lincoln Theatre, Washington, 877-435-9849
Lake Street Dive
Feb. 23, 2014, The Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, 800-594-8499 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
Over The Rhine
April 6, 2014, The Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, 800-594-8499 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
Adam’s Plastic Pond & Modern Medication with Carl Anderson
Jan. 25, 2014, The Southern Café & Music Hall, Charlottesville, 434-977-5590 (on sale 10 am. Friday)
Feb. 3, 2014, The Southern Café & Music Hall, Charlottesville, 434-977-5590 (on sale 10 am. Friday)
Dopapod & Kings Of Belmont
Feb. 20, 2014, The Southern Café & Music Hall, Charlottesville, 434-977-5590 (on sale 10 am. Friday)
The Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band (JGBCB)
Feb. 21, 2014, The Southern Café & Music Hall, Charlottesville, 434-977-5590 (on sale 10 am. Friday)
Cults with GEMS
Jan. 30, The Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, 800-594-8499
Royal Bangs with Bad Suns
Jan, 16, 2014, The Southern Café & Music Hall, Charlottesville, 434-977-5590 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
Feb. 12, 2014, The Southern Café & Music Hall, Charlottesville, 434-977-5590 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
Lost In The Trees with All Tiny Creatures
Feb. 26, 2014, The Southern Café & Music Hall, Charlottesville, 434-977-5590 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
Future Islands & Wye Oak with Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
March 3, 2014, The Southern Café & Music Hall, Charlottesville, 434-977-5590 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
Dale Earnhardt JR JR with Hellogoodbye
Feb. 8, 2014, The Fillmore, Charlotte, 800-745-3000 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
The Naked and Famous
Feb. 25, 2014, The Fillmore, Charlotte, 800-745-3000 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
Emblem3 with MKTO
March 2, 2014, The Fillmore, Charlotte, 800-745-3000 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
2 Chainz with August Alsina and Pusha T
March 20, 2014, The Fillmore, Charlotte, 800-745-3000 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
April 3, 2014, The Fillmore, Charlotte, 800-745-3000 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
April 19, The Fillmore, Charlotte, N.C., 800-745-3000 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
March 20, 2014, Echostage, Washington, 877-435-9849 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
Feb. 14, 2014, Lincoln Theatre, Washington, 877-435-9849 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
Steve Hackett Genesis Revisted 2014 World Tour
March 26, 2014, Lincoln Theatre, Washington, 877-435-9849 (on sale 10 a.m. Friday)
– compiled by Tad Dickens, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chantilly Festival Farm, in Floyd, has announced the lineup for its fourth annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, and it will included some of the best singers in the bluegrass business.
The festival, set for May 24 at the farm, will feature five-time International Bluegrass Music Association Award-winning singer Russell Moore and his band, IIIrd Time Out, and the latest IBMA best male vocalist winner, Junior Sisk, and his act, Ramblers Choice.
Also on the bill — Balsam Range, The Boxcars (led by onetime Salemite Adam Steffey) and Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome.
Tickets go on sale Feb. 1. Get more info at chantillyfarm.com.
Abingdon, nice as it is, is a fairly sleepy town where live music is concerned. Neighboring Bristol gets all the glory, with its Rhythm & Roots Reunion, but A-town is trying some things.
For instance, the town is partnering up with Barter Theatre and show promoter Bonefire Brands to put on the second run of January Jams. The program, which started last year, brings seven concerts to the iconic Barter. And not one is a potential snoozer.
It kicks off with St. Paul and The Broken Bones, with The Broadcast, on Jan. 9. It ends with Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, with Amythyst Kiah, on Jan. 25. In between, John Cowan with Mountain Heart, Jason Isbell with Holly Williams and more promise to rouse folks in the old venue.
Last year’s series of four shows generated such a response that the partners jacked up the offerings, Abingdon special events coordinator Sara Cardinale wrote in a news release.
Here is the lineup:
Jan. 9 — St. Paul and The Broken Bones with The Broadcast
Jan. 10 – Jim Lauderdale with Cruz Contreras
Jan. 11 – Iris Dement with Beth Snapp
Jan. 17 – John Cowan with Mountain Heart
Jan. 18 – Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives with Lost River Cavemen
Jan. 24 – Jason Isbell with Holly Williams
Jan. 25 – Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott with special guest Amythyst Kiah (note: Kiah is a gem, and probably won’t be around the Tri-Cities region much longer. Go see her while you can.)
Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Shows start at 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Weekend passes were added this year. For more info, call Barter Theatre Box Office, 276-628-3991 or go to www.bartertheatre.com. Learn more about the Abingdon Music Experience series.
A group of Roanoke Valley musicians have banded together to produce a CD for ailing drummer Todd Cooper, and they plan to celebrate it with a party on Wednesday at Billy’s Barn, in Salem.
Bands that Todd has played with, The Worx and Mafia Track Suit, are on the disc, as are Blue Mule, Poe Mack with Jane Powell, Richard Kiser, Lenny Marcus and more. Get info about the disc and hear some sample music.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (and no cover charge until 8 p.m.) Wednesday at Billy’s Barn for the benefit show. Performers on the bill are Blue Mule, Poe Mack with Jane Powell, Trouser Billy and Seven Mile Ford. Buy a CD at the show for $10, and all of the money will go toward helping Cooper with medical expenses related to his upcoming heart transplant.
In February, Cooper was driving to a West Virginia gig with The Worx when he went into ventricular tachycardia, a near-fatal heart rhythm. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure caused by viral cardiomyopathy. Since then, Cooper has been unable to either work (he was employed at Blackwater Studio) or perform.
But a lot of musicians sure love this guy, as do fans and friends of the bands he has played with.
Some folks did some pretty good guessing about the FloydFest music lineup last week after reading clues in a FloydFest e-mail.
The list is out today, and we were pretty close. Lauryn Hill, Ray LaMontagne, Lettuce, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the Duhks, the Lee Boys, Tauk, The London Souls, Tauk, Donna the Buffalo, Conspirator were my correct guesses in a fun little game.
I missed a couple, too. Not Buddy Miller but Buddy Guy will be playing, plus his your protege, Quinn Sullivan. And no Sonic Youth, which once put out a record called “Evol.” Turns out, that’s just a little palindrome of “love,” included in this year’s theme word, “Revolutionary!”.
Of course, there is plenty more that I didn’t even notice, and it starts with one I’m very excited about — Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, listed as the festival headliner. Nice job, Kris Hodges. Also billed — Ziggy Marley, Thievery Corporation, Groundation, Campbell Brothers (WOOT!!!!!), Hackensaw Boys, Michael Franti and Spearhead, J.J. Grey & Mofro, and lots more, including the top finishers in last year’s “On The Rise” fan-voted contest, Paper Bird and Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands.
And now let’s enjoy some Harper and Musselwhite.
Clarification: References to “Dancin’” Dave Versch have been removed from this post. Versch, in a message today, said he had not decided whether to continue at FloydFest.
FloydFest today announced some interesting logistical changes to its upcoming 13th version, scheduled for next July. The e-mailed announcement comes in the wake of this year’s event, which was plagued by problems getting onsite, then by torrential rains that left much of the grounds a quagmire.
For starters, organizers are going to sell 1,300 fewer tickets for the full weekend. The event will discontinue its X Spot and onsite RV camping, in what organizers said in the e-mail will “improve aesthetics and environmental impact” on-site. The off-site park-and-camp area will be expanded.
More importantly for folks who experienced trouble getting to the grounds this year and trouble getting off them the year before, extended arrival and departure options will allow customers to come as early as the Tuesday before the fest’s Thursday start, and leave as late as the day after it ends.
Next year’s festival, with the nickname “Revolutionary,” runs July 23-27, 2014.
“Our goal is to create the ultimate boutique musical event experience, and provide every attendee with an inspired, yet safe and comfortable environment that they enjoy,” organizers wrote in an e-mail blast on Friday afternoon.
According to information at FloydFest.com, all onsite tents will require a pre-purchased “tent tag,” for a 15-foot by 15-foot spot. Those tags will go for $50 and $100, according to the website.
Those tags are available only to 4-day, 5-day and VIP (now called “High Roller”) tickets.
Some of these changes were sparked by organizers’ assessment of 1,000 post-event survey responses, according to the e-mail.
Five-day passes are $185, according to the site. Get more info via floydfest.com.
Performer announcements are official on Monday, the day tickets go on sale at 10 a.m.
But the e-mail gave hints about the 2014 lineup. Here are my guesses as to some of the acts on the bill — Lettuce, The Lee Boys, Tauk, Donna the Buffalo, Conspirator, Duhks, Buddy Miller, The London Souls, Robert Randolph and the Family Band and Ray LaMontagne. Finally, and this is a wild card, Sonic Youth? And a very wild car — Lauryn Hill?
Remember, all those are simply guesses!!!!
And finally, in another bit of FloydFest news that is sad for your columnist (Dancin’ Dave’s departure hurts my heart something awful), longtime FloydFest co-organizer/communications director Linda DeVito has left the festival. She said that she is focusing on her Floyd County-based real estate business.
Look for more FloydFest news and information over the next week or so at the blog or in print.
Somehow this one slipped past my radar. Country and bluegrass musician Victor Conner, who recently had heart transplant surgery, still needs financial help. Here’s show info for a benefit set for Sunday at Schooners:
HEART CHORDS PRESENTS
Praying and Playing for Victor Benefit
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Schooners Restaurant and Bar
2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
*Entertainment Line Up*
2:00 p.m. Opening Remarks by Vance Conner
2:10 – 2:40 True (The Roanoke Ukulele Essemble)
2:40 – 2:55 Wyatt, Will & Korey
3:00 – 3:40 Ridin’ Hard Bluegrass
3:40 – 3:55 Eric Larsen
4:00 – 4:45 Jimmie Wilson (Willie Nelson Tribute)
4:45 – 4:55 Wyatt, Will & Korey
5:00 – 5:45 Nashville Departure
5:45 – 5:55 Eric Larsen
6:00 – 6:45 The Tribute Band
6:45 – 6:50 Wyatt, Will & Korey
6:55 – 7:25 The Conner Family (Conner Family Music)
7:30 – 8:15 Blue Mule
8:15 – 8:20 50/50 Drawing, etc…
8:25 – 9:15 Untax’t Whiskey
9:15 – 9:25 Comments, etc…
9:30 – 10:00 + Bad G Band
**A Buffet consisting of Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Home Made Macaroni Salad, Baked Beans and Chips…$7.00/person**
****A NON-SMOKING EVENT****
However, there will be a smoking section outside!!
He repopularized “Wagon Wheel,” and he plays golf with Frank Beamer. He also used to sing with pop-rockers Hootie and the Blowfish, but that band is a distant memory for a lot of country fans who are heavily into Darius Rucker’s nascent country music career.
The crossover crooner is scheduled to make his first headlining stop in Roanoke on March 1, in a date at Roanoke Civic Center.
Eli Young Band and David Nail are scheduled to open the show.
It will be Rucker’s first Roanoke Valley appearance since February 2011, when he opened for Brad Paisley at the civic center’s coliseum. I wrote a review of that show, but our website ate it. I’ve copied from our text files and will paste after the jump link. He headlined a 2009 show at Virginia Tech’s Burruss Auditorium.
In both shows, he mixed his newer country material with Hootie favorites, for fans of that band. The two styles fit pretty seamlessly together.
Tickets are $49.50 and $39.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Roanoke Civic Center box office, hometownbanktix.com or 877-482-8496.