Avett Brothers and afterparty with Vetiver, activists reflect on war and warming up for Mount Eerie


Earlier this year I revealed my surprise that the Avett Brothers had booked not one, but two (!) consecutive dates at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion, to which "Avett fan" responded in the comments section: "No need to be too shocked. The Avetts have been selling out venues much bigger than the Pavilion in states south of Virginia for years now." Tonight is the second evening in which Avett Fan and I get to hash out our differences, him or her from the inside the Pavilion and me from the Belmont Bridge, on my way to check out the Vetiver and the Fruit Bats after party.

There have been fliers all around town for a series of events being billed in town for this weekend as "The Military Industrial Complex at 50." Turns out it’s a three-day conference that begins today at the Haven and runs through Saturday and Sunday at PVCC’s Dickinson building, centered on the goal of "moving money from the military to human needs." A list of speakers are more info are here. (Read a brief interview with organizer David Swanson here.)

When I was in high school I studied under a very special drama teacher who refused to start rehearsals until the first frost. While it’s not quite there yet, the "cooling off," as Devon Sproule calls it on her new album, has arrived, and with it theater season begins with a couple of worthy shows. While we’ll have to wait for next weekend to see the opening of A Life in the Theatre, a softer Mamet work, at the Hamner. But fortunately last night saw the opening of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist masterpiece Endgame at Four County Players. The production runs through October 1 in the theater’s Cellar black box space—we’re looking forward to seeing it.

If you looked at this week’s C-VILLE, you probably saw that it was sort of like a little Mount Eerie welcome party in the arts section. It’s because no one in today’s indie rock landscape can hold a candle to that band’s Phil Elverum, who for my money is the most exciting, thoughtful and unpredictable musician (he’s also a shrewd businessman who offers his tunes on a variety of media and offers books and photos and more for superfans like me) working in that world today. Rather than moving to some big city after becoming successful about a decade ago, he incorporated his hometown of Anacortes, Washington, increasingly into his music in a variety of exciting ways that I’ll leave to you to discover. That said, sometimes his shows kick ass and sometimes they’re super-boring. But would you really want to go in knowing what to expect? Outside the purposes of this blog post, the show is in fact on Monday. Just saying to conserve your energy.

"Lost Wisdom, Pt. 2"