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Annual Rural Nelson Meeting

Feb 26, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Annual Rural Nelson Meeting

Annual Rural Nelson Meeting, 6pm.

Bring a favorite dish to share and plan to buy your coffee, smoothie, beer or wine from
Rapunzel’s. Invite neighbors and friends to join us – all are welcome.
Call 434.263.5000 for more information, or visit

Curtis Matthews Tribute at NCHS

Feb 26, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Curtis Matthews Tribute at NCHS

We will be closed in support of the Nelson Music Project’s Curtis Matthews Tribute.

(We’ll be serving refreshments at this show.)

Tribute to Curtis Matthews, featuring Curtis, Jimmy Fortune & Others

Saturday, March 19, 2011 ~ 7:30 pm ~ Nelson County High School Auditorium

Please join us for this special tribute to Curtis Matthews, one of Nelson County’s stellar musicians. Performing old time and bluegrass music on the program will be many of the musicians who were influenced by Curtis and have played with him, including Jimmy Fortune (formerly with the Statler Brothers), Eddie Witt, David Matthews, Jimbo Cary, Bobby Jennings, the Country Ramblers, the Little Mountain Boys, the Allen Family and Ral Satterwhite.

Proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum’s Nelson Music Project and Rapunzel’s Further Ado Foundation.  Sponsored by Ameriprise Financial and Tiger Fuel Company.

Admission: $15 at the door/ $10 prior purchase. Tickets are available at the Nelson County Visitor Center.  We also have a few available at Rapunzel’s, or you may purchase ticktets online here:

Please note:  This show is at Nelson County High School…NOT at Rapunzel’s! 

Your receipt is your ticket–please bring it with you to the show.  We’ll submit a list for the door staff to match to your receipt.

Online ticket sales will NOT be available after March 16, 2011.

Paddy Keenan

Feb 26, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Paddy Keenan

Rapunzel’s is pleased to welcome the legendary uilleann piper Paddy Keenan back to our stage.  Paddy is perhaps best known for his work with the Bothy Band in the 70’s; The Bothy Band forever changed the face of Irish traditional music, merging a driving rhythm section with traditional Irish tunes in ways that had never been heard before. Those fortunate enough to have seen the band live have never forgotten the impression they made — one reviewer likened the experience to “being in a jet when it suddenly whipped into full throttle along the runway.” Paddy was one of the band’s founding members, and his virtuosity on the pipes combined with the ferocity of his playing made him, in the opinion of many, its driving force. Bothy Band-mate Donal Lunny once described Paddy as “the Jimi Hendrix of the pipes”; more recently, due to his genius for improvisation and counter-melody, he has been compared to jazz great John Coltrane.

On his own, Paddy brings us a show that spans a repertoire drawn from traditional Irish folk music, blues, and rock.  Generally acknowledged as the most accomplished uilleann piper performing today, Paddy is certainly one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation. He can rightfully claim his place alongside such open-style legends as pipers John Cash and Johnny Doran.

The show starts at 8pm/$12. 

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Purchase advance tickets:  Your receipt is your ticket, please bring it with you to the show.

Bill Evans and Gene Mills

Feb 26, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Bill Evans and Gene Mills

San Francisco Bay Area musician and Virginia native Bill Evans has been involved with bluegrass music and the banjo for over thirty-five years as a player, teacher, writer and historian. He occupies a unique niche in the banjo world: celebrated worldwide for his traditional and progressive bluegrass banjo styles as well as his innovative original compositions, he also enjoys a reputation as an outstanding instructor as well as being an expert player of 19th century minstrel and classic/parlor banjo styles. His latest accomplishment is authoring Banjo for Dummies for Wiley Publications. Since its release in August 2007, Banjo For Dummies has become the largest selling banjo book in the world.

Bill currently tours with his solo show The Banjo in America. He also will be appearing in the fall of 2010 with renowned bluegrass and old time musician Jody Stecher in a unique all-banjo show called The Secret Life of Banjos.

In addition, Bill performs from time to time with the Bluegrass Intentions, a traditionally oriented band featuring Alan Senauke (guitar) and Eric and Suzy Thompson (mandolin, guitar and fiddle) and Markie Sanders (acoustic bass). This band’s debut recording on Native and Fine Records, Old As Dirt, has received rave reviews and international radio airplay.

From 2007 to September 2010, Bill toured across the United States, Ireland and the United Kingdom with Megan Lynch. Better known by their BEML acronym, the duo released let’s do something… in the winter of 2009. This project resulted in the FOLK-DJ-L hit “Rocks and Water,” the #7 Most Popular Song of 2009 on this chart.

Bill will be joined by special guest Gene Mills.  The show starts at 8pm/$12.

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Blue Line Highway

Feb 8, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Blue Line Highway

Blue Line Highway

Acoustic rock/folk-rock group Blue Line Highway grows in popularity every time they grace our stage. Give but one listen to the flawless harmonies, the seamless flow throughout the show, and the band’s unflagging joy in their music, and you’ll know why they’ve become one of the best-loved groups to play here.

“An intriguing mix of sultry invitation and dangerous liaison layered over Melissa McKenna’s excellent lyrics.”

Richmond Music Journal

“…a diverse mix of country, jazz, and bluegrass that is both lush and dramatic.”

STYLE Weekly

The show starts at 8pm/$7.

The Flinders

Feb 8, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on The Flinders

The Flinders
“Banjo Jack” Boylan and Mary Beth Revak (both from Acme Swing Mfg. Co.) bring us their new side project: a bold, brazen combination of swing, western swing and country. The show starts at 8pm/$5.

the Twangtown Paramours with Sue Harlow

Feb 8, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on the Twangtown Paramours with Sue Harlow

the Twangtown Paramours

The Twangtown Paramours are MaryBeth Zamer and Mike Lewis, producing together a blend of thought-provoking lyrics and angelic vocals.

MaryBeth Zamer has sung professionally since the age of 18. Before moving to Nashville, she was a fixture of the local music scene in the Washington, D.C. area, where she fronted a popular bar band for several years. MaryBeth toured Europe, worked as a guest artist with several other bands, and sang background vocals for the band Method Actor featuring Eva Cassidy.

After relocating to Nashville, MaryBeth continued her musical career working as a demo singer for local songwriters, as a background vocalist for several new country artists, and working on her own projects, including serving as lead vocalist for the band Blue Martini. She now sings lead vocals for the Twangtown Paramours.

Mike T. Lewis has played guitar for a million and a half years, and bass for about half that long. He sometimes tours with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, playing upright bass.

In 1997, Mike had a #1 pop hit in South Korea on Yang Pa’s first album called “A Heartbeat Away”. It sold over 800,000 units. The tune was #1 for five weeks and stayed on the charts for six months. In addition to the hit in Korea, Mike has had songs recorded by independent artists in the U.K., Japan, and the U.S.

Since 2000, Mike has owned and operated a studio, producing tunes for up and coming performers as well as people who should spend their money more wisely. His newest endeavors are producing the Twangtown Paramours and his own solo project.

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With special guest Sue Harlow.  The show starts at 8pm/$5.

We Are Star Children: The final Rapunzel Session

Feb 8, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on We Are Star Children: The final Rapunzel Session

We Are Star Children:  The Rapunzel Sessions

Please join us for the third and final live recording session!  For this show, we will be offering free dinner to the Star Children fans, so come break bread with us, dance with us, cheer with us, and help We Are Star Children create a general mayhem of exhilaration and downright good fun.  Plus, you’ll become a part of We Are Star Children history by participating in this live recording event.

Check out WASC on WNRN:


We Are Star Children are recording a
live CD, and they’re doing it in a groundbreaking, innovative way.

Any fan of this band knows that
“innovative” is practically the mission statement of their live
shows.  The raw, indomitable energy of their adventure-pop sound, the
remarkable stage charisma of lead vocalist/guitarist Gene Osborn, and
the band’s overall commitment to making sure that no audience member
ever sees the same show twice…all this has earned them hundreds of
loyal, impassioned fans.  The love and exuberant joy in the room at
one of their shows become tangible.

We Are Star Children want to capture
that experience.  These live recordings will occur
over the course of three performances at Rapunzel’s, recorded by
Packing Shed Records, and released as We Are Star Children’s next CD in early 2012.
The part that makes this so unusual is that the audience will be
aware of and witnessing the recording.

We’ve all been to see shows by our
favorite bands, and we’ve all bought live CDs, and on some level we
know that the recording must be going on somewhere.  In these three sessions, the recording will be visible.  Every audience
member will know, in that moment, that they are becoming a
part of the finished product.  And that finished product will stand
as a reminder of the days when it meant something to hold a physical
CD in your hand.  The entire series, from individually
signed-and-numbered promo posters to the packaging of the final CDs,
will feature the work of artist Kiersten Nash.

If any band can find a way to marry the
quest for perfection with the pursuit of unbridled joy, it’s We Are
Star Children.  We can’t wait to go along for the ride.

The three shows will be August 27, October 22 and December 10.

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The shows start at 8pm/$10.



Open Mic Night

Feb 8, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night
If you’ve got a talent, we’ve got a stage!  Whether you sing, write poetry, tapdance, play bagpipes, swallow swords, dance the mamushka, or just need to rant about something…Rapunzel’s is the place to be this Friday night.

Signup begins at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm.

The Halliday Line

Feb 8, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on The Halliday Line

The Halliday Line

Whether playing as a country duo or as a full-on Western dance band, The Halliday Line are sure to deliver the goods. Steeped in American music traditions ranging from honky-tonk to swing to old-time Appalachian music, The Halliday Line blend it together in a way that will take you back to another time, while making it unmistakably original.

Band Members:

Katie Burke ( a.k.a. Sweet Halliday) (acoustic guitar, vocals) is the daughter of a music teacher, and it’s not a stretch to say that she was singing before she was born. She started her vocal training around the time she learned to talk, and hasn’t looked back since. Katie has also lent her strong rhythm guitar hand to various bands in Central Virginia, including The Chickweeds and The Blue Ridge Rhythm Devils.

Liam Kelly (a.k.a. Picky Halliday) (pedal steel and electric guitars, banjo, vocals) has played more instruments in more bands than can be counted. He most recently fronted The Jugbusters, an old-time honky-tonk band from Blacksburg, Virginia, voted “Best Local Band” in the 2010 Collegiate Times Reader’s Poll.

Jerry Renshaw (electric guitar, vocals) is a recent transplant from the country music scene in Austin, Texas. Jerry has played lead guitar for the likes of John Howie Jr. (of The Two Dollar Pistols) and Lucky Tubb, great nephew of country great Ernest Tubb. Equally comfortable in classic country or western swing genres, Jerry has a mastery of technique and style that few can match.

Aaron Olwell (fiddle) has extensive experience fiddling for contra dances, square dances, Irish set dances, and anything else where his stunning combination of rhythm and melody can play a role.

Lew Burruss (bass) is one of the most sought-after bass players in Central Virginia. Aside from his work in The Halliday Line, he currently holds down the bottom end for The Don’t Tell Darlings, Acme Swing Mfg., The Rivanna River Chiggers, and about any other band that can schedule him in.

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The show starts at 8pm/$7.


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