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Bent Theatre Comedy Improv

Mar 18, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Bent Theatre Comedy Improv

 Get Bent with the Bent Theatre!

This “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”-inspired comedy improv group draws on audience input, a variety of games, and their own uniquely twisted sense of humor to create a show that will have you giggling, guffawing, or grinning throughout the show.

Astronomers with Northern Diver

Mar 18, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Astronomers with Northern Diver

“As the name suggests, Charlottesville quartet Astronomers favor an expansive, stargazing sound. Guitars circle like satellites through eccentric, chiming orbits. Though the bright, busy tones get exotic and ethereal enough to suggest shoegazers, they’re much more restrained, grounded in a straightforwardly melodic sensibility … Frontman Nate Bolling’s moody baritone croon could definitely find a home across the pond, but the jagged churn of tracks like “Or Maybe It’s Nothing” melds post-punk slash to an elegant Britpop sweep. For a relatively new band they’re remarkably assured, with an impressively fanciful sound.”

Chris Parker,
With special guest Northern Diver.  Listen at

Byron Massie CD Release Party!

Mar 18, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Byron Massie CD Release Party!

The award-winning Byron Massie brings us original old-school country with a Nelson County feel.  Byron’s songwriting ranges from clever to poignant to nostalgic to downright funny, and every word is written and sung from the heart.  Come hear why this artist has won or placed in our Songwriting Contest so many times.  If you like country music in the style of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, you will not be disappointed.

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The show starts at 8pm/$7.

Rapunzel’s Raqs Fall Bellydancing Event

Mar 18, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Rapunzel’s Raqs Fall Bellydancing Event

Featuring Fata Morgana and a host of professional dancers from around the state…and beyond.  Come celebrate the ancient art of bellydancing!

Fall means pumpkins, crisp days, woodsmoke in the air, and…Rapunzel’s Raqs Fall bellydance show. We’ve been hosting the finest bellydancers not only in the area, but from all over VA, NC, and MD for over ten years.  A full show will be followed by an open drumming/dancing jam, where all are welcome to hop up and dance or play.The show starts at 8pm/$5.

Sally Rose with Katie Wood

Mar 18, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Sally Rose with Katie Wood

Sally Rose, the siren of Nelson County, brings her sweet self back to Rapunzel’s.  We’ve been watching this young woman grow into her voice and expand her music career for nine years, and it’s such a joy to have a musician and songwriter of her caliber right here in the county.  Her songs will melt you, her voice will transfix you, and her stage presence will make you fall head over heels in love with her by the end of the first song.

Her original style of song-writing is a combination of indie-folk, soul, rock, and a little heart break.  At the age of 17, she released her first full-length album, “Home” and just released her second, “heat lightning.”

“A true artist”
-News & Advance-

“…watch this girl, she’s quietly, but aggressively, climbing the ladder in the music scene”.
-Nelson County Life-

“Nelson County’s sweet voiced singer-songwriter”

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The show starts at 8pm/$7.  With special guest Katie Wood.

Trees On Fire

Mar 18, 2011   //   by adminsara   //   Events  //  Comments Off on Trees On Fire

Trees on Fire first sprouted its roots in 2005 amidst the hills and woodlands of Charlottesville, Virginia. The quintet, lauded by many as “hybrid-rock geniuses,” has been scorching the music scene since its inception. Daily rehearsals, frequent live performances, and collective ecosystem platforms cultivate the band’s undeniable chemistry. The mix of two former opera singers turned prolific songwriters, two symphonic virtuosos turned rock ‘n’ rollers, and one irrefutably tasteful percussionist creates a dynamic blend of sounds.

Known for its ear-catching fusion of reggae, hip hop, rock, electronica, classical, klezmer, funk, and beyond, Buzz News Reporter Ken Payne hails Trees on Fire’s “razor-sharp four-part harmonies and organic world rhythms… original, innovative grooves [with] inspirational messages…” It’s no surprise the band’s high-energy and multi-cultural melodies lure and stir the senses of wide audiences, while Dave Matthews Band’s Boyd Tinsley attests “[Trees on Fire is] a band to watch for sure.”

Organica (2010), Trees on Fire’s debut full-length album delivers “chill funk to rockin’ funk mingled with organic soul,” says Helen Brown, Director, Vice President and Correspondent of Magazine 33. Produced by Trees on Fire, alongside mastermind producers Rob Evans (Dave Matthews Band, Tim Reynolds Trio) and Eric Heigle, Organica, as Brown describes, “takes listeners from the heights of the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains to the buzzing swamps and bayous of the bottom-land.” Recorded in the woods of central Virginia and at Louisiana’s hidden gem, Dockside Studios, where such artists as BB King, Taj Mahal, Mark Knopfler, and Sonny Landreth have recorded, Organica is the first of what is sure to be many Trees on Fire albums.

Listen and learn more at  The show starts at 8pm/$10.

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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