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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!

Lord Nelson

Jul 16, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Lord Nelson


Coming together in an orchard farmhouse, the five members of Lord Nelson arrived from various musical backgrounds. After playing together years ago, three of the members returned to central Virginia and formed Lord Nelson, a heartfelt rural rock band. With multiple songwriters, and collective orchestration, a creative balance was struck to bring honest songwriting to the forefront of American rock. As a group, Lord Nelson collectively find themselves somewhere between orchard shed shredding and warehouse songwriting. Their songs sound like a bonfire in the county with a case of beer and a girl.

Lord Nelson consists of Dimitri Salonikios (guitar, vocals), brothers Kai (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Bram Crowe-Getty (drums), Tommy Proutt (bass guitar), and Andrew Greeley (fiddle).

The show starts at 8pm/$5.

The Brian Patrick Band

Jun 15, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on The Brian Patrick Band

The Brian Patrick Band is a soulful roots rock & roll outfit. In listening to them, you will hear the flavors that make American music great; rock, soul, country, blues, & folk, all delivered with the fervor of a great rock & roll band. The Brian Patrick Band captivates audiences with great original songs, tight vocal harmonies, and beautifully textured arrangements. Their live sets feature selections from Brian’s first solo effort “Nowhere Left to Fall” as well as many new songs to be released on future recordings. Once you’ve experienced the Brian Patrick Band, you will be a fan for life.

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The show starts at 8pm/$7.

Julius Hangman

Jun 15, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Julius Hangman

Julius Hangman returns after a long absence from our stage!

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, a whole lot of talent.
– C-ville Magazine

Julius Hangman brings breathtaking three-part harmonies and a spellbinding mix of covers and original material. This group has an engaging, spine-tingling sound that strikes us as one of the most refreshing new bands we’ve heard.

The show starts at 8pm/$5.


Gene & Gayla Mills

Jun 15, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Gene & Gayla Mills

Gene and Gayla Mills play acoustic Americana: folk tinged with bluegrass, country, and more, with an emphasis on Gene’s award-winning original songs. “One of the best (and also one of the best-kept secrets) in the central Virginia music scene,” the duo features impressive lead guitar, solid bass fiddle, and smooth harmonies. Their songs—both originals and covers—tell rich, concrete stories of memorable characters, from miners and farmers to lovers and soldiers. Covers range from traditional ballads to the Beatles, Larry Sparks to Bob Dylan, Hot Rize to the Louvin Brothers. Gene’s CD Waiting for Rain has garnered nationwide airplay, and he and Gayla have recently completed “If Stones Could Talk,” their first album as a duo.

Gene writes lyrics that are complex and rich, telling stories and creating characters that are concrete and memorable. From stories about coal mining or farming to lost loves or lessons from war, the duo play songs that move audiences. Their songs include the upbeat, the comic, and the tragic, but all are pleasing to the ear.

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The show starts at 8pm/$7.

Fusion & Variety Dance Show

Jun 11, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Fusion & Variety Dance Show

For the first time in almost ten years, we will be hosting a mixed-style dance show. Not only bellydancers, but hoopers, hip-hop dancers, poi spinners, jugglers and more will be showcased at the most inclusive dance and movement performance we’ve ever had.

The show starts at 8pm.

The Design

Jun 11, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on The Design

Original founding members of Naughty Dynamic and The Design, Jennifer Stuart, Jimmy Spitler and Jacob Tal drove the band by playing Charlottesville and locally surrounding venues for the past three years, including The Downtown Pavilion for Fridays After Five, The Southern, Outback Lodge, Fellini’s, Alley Katz, Saxx Jazz Lounge, The Rock & Roll Hotel, The Edgar Allen Poe Museum, among numerous others. Constant gigging and a fat, unique sound set them apart from other local acts and their fanbase grew. The other members were taking different directions, so Jennifer, Jimmy and Jacob continued writing and playing with Ryan Manegold Mark Medlin, and Jason Viglietta. With a new approach to playing and writing, they have been working tirelessly to write richly original new music that has one simple goal: To make you feel good.

The show starts at 8pm/$5.

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Grace Pettis with Curtis Prince

Jun 11, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Grace Pettis with Curtis Prince

“Having recently witnessed Grace on stage and heard her perform material from her debut album as well as yet to be recorded compositions, I can attest that Grace weaves words and melodies into memorable songs with a regularity that you’d only expect from a seasoned troubadour.”

-Arthur Wood, Maverick Magazine 
Grace has solidified her reputation as an accomplished songwriter with her recent win at the 2011 Kerrville New Folk Contest, as well as being asked to perform at the2011 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase.  

In the fall of 2009 Grace released her self-titled debut album recorded at the renowned Blue Rock Studio in Wimberley, TX.  After releasing her album she splashed on to the music scene winning NPRs 2009 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, where her, “Nine to Five Girl” was selected for the “Best Song” award.  

Grace carried this momentum when she performed as an “Official Showcase Artist,”at the 2010 International Folk Alliance conference, where she captured the attention of John Platt, Rich Warren and many others as one of the young standouts.  Later that spring Grace won the Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contest Grand Prize, and the “People’s Choice” award.  

Grace went on to join the Storyville Coffee “Freedom Tour” with the likes of Willie Porter, David Wilcox, and Pierce Pettis.  After touring with Storyville Coffee in the summer she continued to tour in various arrangements from solo, to duo performances with Pierce Pettis, to trio performances with Billy Crockett and Dirje Smith.  

Grace is now gearing up to record her highly anticipated second album, which will be released early 2012.  In the meantime Grace will be touring across the country building on her ever growing fan base.

The Show starts at 8pm/$7.   With special guest Curtis Prince.

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Closed for Memorial Day Weekend

May 25, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Closed for Memorial Day Weekend

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