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Poetry & Fiction Night

Aug 20, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Poetry & Fiction Night

Lynn Martin & the Sons of Orpheus with Marian Pearce and Arvind

Lynn  is a Nelson County-based poet and performer. Her poetry,
on its own, is a powerful, gut stirring experience made no less
gripping by Lynn’s extraordinary control and sense of performance.
Fed by the haunting musical support of the Sons of Orpheus, her
work will leave you breathless. 

Lynn and the Sons of Orpheus are releasing a new live cd at this event.

Lynn will be joined by guest poets Marian Pearce and Arvind. 

Marian Pearce has long been a creative force in Nelson County and at Rapunzel’s, leading youth theater camps and classes and spearheading our original poetry & fiction night years ago.  Her writing captures in one deft motion both the peculiarities of human behavior and the scope of the natural forces that move us on a daily basis.

Arvind has become the resident poet of our monthly open mic night, bringing us glimpses of a world both dark and hilarious.  In Arvind’s work, even the most mundane subjects have the power to turn you upside down and make you wonder why you didn’t see it coming, and the twist is almost always good for a laugh.

The second portion of this event will be an open stage for writers to share their work.

Please contact us if you are interested in reading.

The Free Radicals

Aug 20, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on The Free Radicals

Country, Americana, honky-tonk and western swing–The Free Radicals reunite for a special show at their home venue.  The show starts at 8pm/$5.

Chamomile & Whiskey with Freeman & Cody Mowrer

Aug 20, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Chamomile & Whiskey with Freeman & Cody Mowrer

Chamomile met Whiskey in the winter. The soft blue of the cold sky was melding into the Blue Ridge mountains, and a crescent moon was on the rise. Marie Borgman and Koda Kerl had recently finished a cross country tour which had taken them across steep mountain ranges…to rocky coastlines, and lead them to the Redwood forest…it was there, underneath the towering trees that they realized they needed to start a band.
Upon returning home they embarked on an experimental journey, playing many shows with many talented musicians. But on an early spring night in Nelson County, on the stage of Rapunzel’s they realized they had found the members of Chamomile and Whiskey. The ever-so-smooth Tim Diebler on the upright bass, the ebullient and percussive genius of Brenning Greenfield, and the wily and capricious banjo playing of Ryan Lavin.
Chamomile & Whiskey’s music is passionate and eclectic. In minutes they take can take you from swinging your partner and stomping your boots to a soft and beautiful tear gently rolling down your face. Koda’s voice and lyrics seem to be equally soaked in whiskey. His songwriting has been described as “a mix of Dylan and Prince,” with shades of folk, funk, and rock. Marie Borgman’s accompaniment with the fiddle elevates the songs. Deft in the old-time and Irish traditions, she can have the crowd moving with each swing of her bow. The slower songs allow her to display her powerful poignancy with touches of gypsy and classical. Adding yet another dimension to the sound, Ryan Lavin’s versatility is a driving force in the diversity of the music. With his prowess with both banjo and guitar, as well as singing and songwriting, he seems to play a different role with every tune. Although he has spent most of his life in Ireland, his music is strongly rooted in blues and country…with perhaps a touch of pirate. All of this is held together with ease by the wonderful rhythm section. Whether he is behind the kit, or holding a washboard or djembe, Brenning drives each song with his mastering of so many different styles. Tim is in a similar vein. Whether bowing beautifully or pulling out a jazz solo, he shows depth in his understanding of music. On stage the five light up the crowd with their infectious energy and obvious affection for each other. The autumn of 2011 will see the bands first released recording, as well as many vibrant shows as they move forward they continue to create and evolve, feeding on their joy and friendship and the beauty of their home…the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The show starts at 8pm/$7. With special guests Freeman & Cody Mowrer.

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Central Va Blues Society

Aug 20, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Central Va Blues Society

The Central Virginia Blues Society exists to keep the blues alive in our area, offering a network of musicians and performances and regular blues jams.  Their next jam will be Friday December 2.  This jam-style show features a full lineup of blues singers and musicians performing with the CVBS house blues band.

Please note that this show starts earlier than our usual time:  7pm!

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