The Travelin' McCourys make a stop at The Jefferson on Friday before hitting the road to Delfest. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Travelin’ McCourys

McCoury talent runs deep. Brothers Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo) spearhead the modern bluegrass ensemble The Travelin’ McCourys, joined by Jason Carter on the fiddle and Alan Bartram slapping the bass. After a stop in Charlottesville, the foursome hits the road for DelFest, a Maryland-based festival named after Grammy Award-winning bluegrass musician Del McCoury, who […]

Indie-rocker steps away from She & Him project with Zooey Deschanel and performs from his latest release, More Rain. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: M. Ward

Indie-rock poster boy M. Ward touts his new record, More Rain, as a doo-wop effort that offers collaboration with Neko Case, k.d. lang, Peter Buck, The Secret Sisters and NRBQ’s Joey Spampinato. The songwriter is frequently on the playlist through his work with others, be it his side project She & Him with Zooey Deschanel […]

After a three-year creative stint in Portland, Greg Kelly returns to direct the Charlottesville Mural Project. Photo: Ézé Amos

A new boost for the Charlottesville Mural Project

If you walk or drive past the Corner in the next few weeks, you may be surprised to see people suspended from the top floor of the Graduate hotel. These aren’t aerialists or stunt doubles for a local action movie; they’re muralists painting the latest installation of the Charlottesville Mural Project. Using a swing stage, […]

Rock, folk, Latin and Broadway-style tunes combine to give the musical Wings a joyful lift at two locations this weekend. Photo: Courtesy of Theatrix

ARTS Pick: Wings

Taking a musical approach to Earth Day, Peter Ryan’s Wings is a quirky, offbeat lesson on interdependence and survival. Loosely based on Aristophanes’ The Birds, the play follows two men who find refuge in a mythical bird paradise, but soon learn they cannot shake their earthbound problems. Ryan says there’s something for everyone in the […]