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The Hot Jam Band with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Sax Ensemble

May 25, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on The Hot Jam Band with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Sax Ensemble
The six-piece Hot Jam Band brings us old Standards, Swing, Jazz, and Blues from the 30s, 40s and 50s.  From In The Mood to Satin Doll, this band brings the swing and jazz era alive.  With the Charlottesville-Albemarle Sax Ensemble.
The show starts at 8pm/$5. 

Comedy night with the Hamner Improv Troupe

May 25, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Comedy night with the Hamner Improv Troupe

“You say it, they’ll play it!”

HIT brings us an evening of improv comedy by a group of comedians seasoned by the Hamner Theater’s ongoing improv workshops and performances. Featuring Cindy LaChance, Nedira Haik, David Stewart, Bobbie Buxton, J. Taylor, Boomie Pedersen and Rose Harper.

The show starts at 8pm/$5.

Spring Fund Drive!

May 9, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Spring Fund Drive!

We need your help!

It was a long, difficult winter, and we’re very glad to see the warmth of spring and summer arrive.

We’re extremely grateful to everyone who donated to Rapunzel’s Further Ado Foundation in 2010, and grateful to all those who attended our Holiday fundraiser.

Unfortunately, we fell short of raising the money needed to cover our winter operating expenses by $1500.

As of this posting, there are over 500 people who actively visit the Rapunzel’s website. If every one of you donated just $3, we could keep the wolves at bay for a little while longer.  The people who do the most work to keep this place alive are not getting paid; your donation ONLY goes toward operating expenses.

Just $3. That’s less than you’d pay for a cover charge. It’s less than you’d spend in gas to drive over here. It’s less than many of the drinks on our menu. But if enough of you donate, you can make sure that the things you currently get for free will still be here: free wifi, free Wednesday jams, free open mic nights, that free first refill on your coffee.  You can make sure that Rapunzel’s will still be here at all.

Also, please keep in mind that ANY donation you make is tax-deductible, as we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

And if you don’t feel comfortable donating money, come see one of the great shows we have lined up this month! We need more warm bodies on these couches than we’ve been seeing lately.

Thank you, and we hope to see you soon!

Donate Here: (no paypal required)


Brian Patrick

May 3, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Brian Patrick

Rapunzel’s is pleased to reintroduce you to Brian Patrick.

Brian remains one of the smoothest and most soulful songwriters we’ve ever had the pleasure to host.  He’s won and placed in our annual Songwriting contest and in recent years has put together a band that creates a level of rootsy rock cohesion that perfectly showcases his brilliant creations.

For this show, Brian will take you back to the days when we first met him: performing as a solo artist, with perhaps an accompanist or two.  In this way, the nature of his songs shines most clearly.

The show starts at 8pm/$5.  Listen at

Carl Anderson & friends

Apr 29, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Carl Anderson & friends
Carl Anderson is an Americana singer-songwriter from Charlottesville, Virginia. Gone solo from his duo with local singer/songwriter, Carleigh Nesbit, he’s just released 20-Something Blues. It’s obvious that Carl’s innate talent for songwriting has been noticed around Central Virginia, as he was featured in last year’s edition of the Hook’s local music issue (Under the Radar and Dreaming) and has supported nationally-known acts like the Infamous Stringdusters and Yarn. Keep listening.

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The show starts at 8pm/$5.

Dr. Levine and the Dreaded Blues Lady with Laura Shepherd

Apr 23, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Dr. Levine and the Dreaded Blues Lady with Laura Shepherd

Acoustic blues from the 1920’s to today…

“assertive, expressive and sensitive”
        –Living Blues Magazine

a real blues woman [who’s] got soul”
       -Corey Harris

  “sings the real true blues…with a big
booming, bluesy voice”
        -Carl Larsen, Daily News Leader

powerful, biting slide guitar work”
        -Patrick Bagley, 
Franklin Journal

Lori Strother, the ‘Dreaded Blues Lady’, can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing. She has been performing her interpretation of acoustic blues since the early 1990’s, in venues including church fellowship halls, coffee houses, college campuses, bars, and chicken shacks.

Dr. Stephen Levine is a historian who studies and teaches classes that focus on the evolution and cultural significance of blues music in the United States. As a guitarist, he is particularly interested in slide and finger picking styles that emerged in the 1920s and 1930s, including Piedmont and Mississippi Delta Blues.

The show starts at 8pm/$5.  With special guest Laura Shepherd.

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Open Mic Night

Apr 23, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on 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.  Free for performers.  Spectators $2.

The Dallas Wesley Band

Apr 23, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on The Dallas Wesley Band

The Dallas Wesley Band is roots country with 21st century soul. Pedal steel cries, fiddle saws, electric guitar runs, upright bass lines, and Dallas Wesley’s one of a kind voice reminds fans of what real country music is all about.

Dallas Wesley and the band first performed together as Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys in Live Arts Theater’s sixteen-show, sold-out production of “Hank Williams: Lost Highway.” Their natural chemistry, as well as mutual respect for each other, led them to reconnect after Lost Highway, playing original songs, covers that remain true to the heart and soul of roots country music, and, yes, some of Hank’s best remain in the set list.

The show starts at 8pm/$7.

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The IllVille Crew

Apr 22, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on The IllVille Crew

From the Illville Crew website:

“The IllVille Crew was conceived in 2007 by original members: MitchWise, Marqui, Q*Black, & Dj 3rd Degree… but with the support of other local producers and musicians the crew has grown into a full live band. Now Jay Chowdhry, Jonathan Chance, Chris Doerman, Bobby Mclaren, Grove Miller, Marqui and Q*Black have formed an explosive urban underground hip hop movement.

Inspired by the ideas and creative melodies of local musicians, underground, and classic hip hop artists, the crew set out to fuse all their favorite genres while bringing back the raw essence of true hip hop and lyricism.

With the release of their upcoming E.P. “Nobody Knows” featuring songs such as “Don’t Cry” and their debut single “Nobody Knows” The crew is guaranteed to go down in the books as one of the most influential hip hop bands to come out of central Va.”

When this band first played on our stage, they had the entire audience up and dancing by the third song.  By the fourth song, most of the audience had called their friends to say, “Get over here, now!”  There is an energy and life-force brought in by this band that completely transforms the audience and the space, and if for no other reason than to experience the novelty of a Marshall Stack on Rapunzel’s stage, you MUST see this show.

The show starts at 8pm/$7.  Listen at

Tara Mills & Katherine Caine

Mar 18, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Tara Mills & Katherine Caine

Tara Mills brings us Americana Folk styled music inspired by bluegrass, old-time music, true mountain country and punk rock. Tara Mills & John Howard were the original members of Misty Strings, in which Tara’s vocals, acoustic rhythm and hauntingly beautiful lyrics combined with John Howard’s harmonies and post-punk guitar, mandolin and harmonica melodies.

For this show, Tara will be doing a special song-swapping show with Kathryn Caine.  Kathryn’s newest release, Down Home Girl,  is a perfect blend of pure country, bluegrass, and country rock.

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