C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for Jun 12-18


Saturday 6/16

Stringin’ ’em along

This town enjoys a bounty of talented musicians and we burst with pride when one of our own rises to national success. Next on that list is guitarist Andy Keathley, who left us for Berklee College of Music in Boston, ended up in Los Angeles and returns on tour with his critically praised, foot-stompin’ jamgrass band The Get Down Boys. The Boys have been tearing up the circuit with high energy, raucous shows—it looks like the lessons at Charlottesville Music have really paid off. $7, 9pm. The Southern Café & Music Hall, 103 S. First St. 977-5590.

Berklee College of Music grads The Get Down Boys have established themselves
on the bluegrass circuit. (Publicity photo)


Friday 6/15

Content of our character

This week, Virginia joins 26 other states in Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery, dating back to 1865 and the reign of Honest Abe. The reverent celebration will be marked on Friday by “A Tribute to the Ancestors,” with drumming, music, and spoken-word performances in an idyllic setting. Organizers have requested that white or African clothing be worn to the event to create a “visual effect that is striking and uplifting, and serves as a beautiful reminder of the history we celebrate.” Free, 5:30pm. PVCC’s lakeside amphitheatre behind the V. Earl Dickinson Building, 501 College Dr. 295-6632.

Saturday 6/16

Game on

For ‘Hoos fans having gridiron withdrawal, there will be football in Scott Stadium on Saturday.  The catch, in this case, is that it’s on the big screen. The UVA athletics department is hosting outdoor screenings of popular family-friendly flicks this summer and the series kicks off with The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw. The movie will be preceded by a raffle, which includes 2012 football tickets and a chance to tour the locker rooms, for those curious to see where their favorite players hang their helmets. Free, 7pm. Scott Stadium, 1815 Stadium Rd. 924-8821.