C-VILLE Writers

Andrea Wolper has traveled the globe with her jazz quartet and makes her first local appearance on Saturday at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Andrea Wolper Quartet

A New York jazz scene staple, Andrea Wolper Quartet has been praised in the industry press as “easily superior to the ever expanding population in the singer/songwriter category,” and Wolper has been named one of the “great jazz singers.” The group’s style combines poetry, text and improvisation to create  beautifully complex compositions, and when she’s […]

Top of the Hops Beer Festival will feature more than 150 craft beers from around the world.

Food & Drink Pick: Top of the Hops Beer Festival

Top of the Hops Beer Festival Saturday, September 26 Enjoy two-ounce samples of more than 150 craft beers from around the world combined with great food, education seminars, music, food and games. $50-80. 21-plus. 3pm. nTelos Wireless Pavilion, 700 E. Main St. betsy@redmountainentertainment.com. For the complete festival guide, click here.

Michael Coleman joins a diverse lineup of musicians and performance artists for the Tom Tom Fall Block Party at the Ix Art Park. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Tom Tom Fall Block Party

Looming sculptures and creative spaces serve as the landscape for the annual Tom Tom Fall Block Party featuring music, food trucks, crafts, performances and a beer garden. Music by Michael Coleman, Moonlight Circus, Disco Risque and Galaxy Dynamite will keep the event lively. Amid the groovy backdrop there will be a tech mixer where some […]

Photo: Jack Looney

So damn local: Your guide to going native

What does it take to be a true local? We think a commenter on Facebook said it best: “The truly quintessential Charlottesville experience isn’t actually available to tourists. It’s having lived here long enough that you can’t go anywhere without running into someone you know, yet still feeling like you live in a decently sized […]

With a fearless, exploratory zeal, Greensky Bluegrass brings its aural duality to the Jefferson on Wednesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Greensky Bluegrass

From their home base of Kalamazoo, Michigan, the five members of Greensky Bluegrass have forged a defiant, powerful sound composed of seemingly irreconcilable elements. While rooted in classic string-band Americana, the tension and release between tradition and innovation, prearranged songs and improvisation, and acoustic tones and electric volume is what makes this act so thrillingly […]

Strand of Oaks returns to town for a headlining gig at the Southern on Monday. Photo: Dusdin Condren

ARTS Pick: Strand of Oaks

Sometimes personal crises are the inspiration behind the most expressive art, as showcased on Tim Showalter’s recent album HEAL. Under the moniker Strand of Oaks, Showalter demonstrates through his love of ’70s, ’80s and ’90s rock and pop that the process of healing is often a combination of clarity, confusion and euphoria. Tying together three decades […]

Mitch Wise’s rhymes go out of orbit this Saturday at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mitch Wise

Local rapper, emcee and producer Mitch Wise lays down rhymes from his under-ground, independent rap album, Saturn Return. His complex beats laced with folk and electronic influence add an unexpected layer to the wild dichotomy of grounded lyrics and a soaring rhythm. Wise is joined by rap artists Keese, B Cope and Brian Moon for a […]

Husband-and-wife duo Rich Moore and Mollie O’Brien are joined by Todd Burge to open The Prism Coffeehouse fall series at C’ville Coffee on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: An Evening with Mollie O’Brien, Rich Moore and Todd Burge

The Prism Coffeehouse fall series kicks off with An Evening with Mollie O’Brien, Rich Moore and Todd Burge. O’Brien stands out as an accomplished vocalist who challenges musical boundaries, while Moore’s onstage commentary and seasoned guitar skills string together an intuitive, high-quality set. Burge draws from his rich life experiences, writing songs from a different […]

Mr. Pride of America, Jason Elliott, says that dating in Charlottesville can be tricky, but it’s “versatile” when it comes to the dating pool. Photo: Jen Fariello

Love all ways: What it means to be gay in Charlottesville right now

For those in the LGBTQ+ community, there are still challenges ahead. Legally, Virginia law doesn’t prohibit the discrimination of gay people in areas of housing or employment. Gay seniors are ducking back into the closet as they enter conservative nursing care. Homosexual (and pansexual and gender queer and transgender…) teens still feel ashamed to be […]

Gary Green takes the harmonica to a new level when he joins Mayer Kirby Mayer for a special benefit show at the Paramount. Photo: Courtesy subject

Local ties: Harmonica player Gary Green hits a familiar stage

As audio engineer for Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater, it’s Gary Green’s job to make musicians sound great. What many people don’t know is that Green is an accomplished musician in his own right. A virtuoso harmonica player, he won the Hohner-sponsored 1987 World Harmonica Championships, and by his own estimate has since played on recordings for […]

May the wind be at your back when Celtic rock band Gaelic Storm blows through the Jefferson on Sunday night. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Gaelic Storm

The name evokes a tempestuous clan of freckled redheads taking no prisoners as they blast through a set of fiddle-driven pub rock in the heart of a Celtic village, but, in reality, Gaelic Storm is a group of friends who met in Santa Monica, California, and made it big after appearing as the steerage band […]

All will be Xilent on Friday when the DJ brings his dubstep by way of Warsaw, Poland, to the Jefferson. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Xilent

  Xilent’s rise to prominence has been meteoric, to say the least. At just under two years since his debut release, Choose Me II, marked the arrival of a serious new talent, he’s become one of the most talked about names in dubstep. Maintaining a global DJ schedule alongside his production and remix work, Xilent is […]

When Jack Casady (left) accepted an invitiation from his friend Jorma Kaukonen to join Jefferson Airplane in 1965, he had no idea that it was the beginning of a 50-year partnership in rock 'n' roll. Photo: Publicity photo

Perfect landing: Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady on Jefferson Airplane’s golden anniversary

In 1965, amid the notorious counter-cultural hub of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district, began what would prove to be one of the most influential experiments in rock history: Jefferson Airplane. As headliners of those now legendary festivals—Woodstock, Altamont, Monterey Pop and Isle of Wight—like the roaring sound of the zeitgeist itself, the music of the Airplane […]

Good times are on the bill when Low Cut Connie rolls up to play some modern boogie-woogie at the Southern on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Low Cut Connie

The electrifying duo Low Cut Connie formed in 2010 when singer-songwriters Adam Weiner and Daniel Finnemore got stuck in a freight elevator together for four hours. The unlikely pair joined forces to create their own variety of righteous rock ‘n’ roll and have enjoyed adoration from NPR, Rolling Stone, MOJO and even President Obama, who added the […]

Country singer and comic artist Guy Gilchrist frequently includes musical tributes in his drawings of the daily cartoon Nancy. He plays at the Ix Arts Park on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Guy Gilchrist

Nashville singer-songwriter Guy Gilchrist has enjoyed a very colorful career—literally. An accomplished illustrator, Gilchrist got his first big break when Jim Henson hired him (along with brother Brad) onto The Muppets comic strip creative team. In 1995, he took over the popular American cartoon Nancy, sketching the daily antics of a curious girl recognized by […]

“We deliver lyrics and sound with as much truth and conviction as we possibly can,” says frontman Will Overman. He keeps it real along with his band at the Pavilion on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Will Overman Band

The hum of American life reverberates throughout the hills and valleys of Virginia in the form of the Will Overman Band, a passionate quartet whose music is simultaneously rooted in the folk song spirit of a Blue Ridge mountaineer and filled with an energetic dynamism. The band delivers sincere music with all the comfort of […]

Tradition may evoke a staid, predictable event, but Timothy Summers and Raphael Bell curate the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival with a modern edge, fresh talent and gorgeous classics. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

High quality music gets local exposure for the 16th year at the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. Co-founding musicians Timothy Summers and Raphael Bell bring familiar names and rising stars from across the globe to perform around town in a broad program of modern and classical works ranging from the sublime to the strange. Through 9/20. $6-100, […]

An all-female band of jazz players takes over Brooks Hall when the Whole World in Her Hands Tour comes to UVA on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Monika Herzig

She writes about it, she teaches it and more importantly she lives it. Jazz pianist and educator Monika Herzig leads an all-female lineup featuring veteran flutist Jamie Baum, along with Israeli-American musicians Reut Regev on trombone and Adi Myerson on bass, and Nashville-based drummer Arianna Fanning holding down the beat for an evening of instrumentals […]

People’s Blues of Richmond is a powerhouse of throwback blues rock and modern, dark psychedelica. The trio plays the Southern on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: People’s Blues of Richmond

Founded during a time of grief, People’s Blues of Richmond is a band that oozes with emotion. Co-founders Tim Beavers and Matt Volkes were mourning the loss of a friend when they began playing and writing songs together, eventually resulting in 2013’s Good Time Suicide. Tracks such as “Cocaine” and “Black Cat” define the band’s […]

After writing hits for other Nashville country boys, Cole Swindell wrote one for himself and shot to the top of the charts. He will be “Chllin’ It” at the Jefferson tonight. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Cole Swindell

With the 2013 hit single “Chillin’ It,” Cole Swindell went from a tiny town celebrity to a growing star. He got his first break in Nashville by writing tracks for his Sigma Chi brother Luke Bryan and went on to pen tunes for Thomas Rhett and Scotty McCreery. When Swindell began to write and sing […]

The Paramount Theater will soar to new heights during The Sound of Music sing-along on Saturday afternoon. Photo: 20th Century Fox

ARTS Pick: The Sound of Music

When Fräulein Maria was assigned as the governess to the seven von Trapp children she transformed the entire family through song, managing to unfreeze the coldest of hearts. At The Sound of Music sing-along, attendees are encouraged to use their complimentary fun pack containing props for use throughout the show. A vocal warm-up will be […]

The Full Moon Saloon sets its endless summer vibe against a tropical backdrop at Glass House Winery on Friday. Photo: Tracey Collins

ARTS Pick: Full Moon Saloon

Named after a bar in Florida that inspired Jimmy Buffet to write his songs, local cover band Full Moon Saloon is gaining notoriety and stacking up the gigs, including a recent Fridays After Five appearance. Since forming in 2000, FMS has had Parrotheads and reggae fans alike eating out of its musical hand as the […]

“Cooder-White-Skaggs is the legacy express, or I’ll eat a bug,” Ry Cooder (right) told Rolling Stone magazine. The triple bill appears at the Paramount on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ry Cooder

Decades after laying down licks for Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Ry Cooder remains unobtrusively prolific as a slide guitarist and an album producer. His work with Buena Vista Social Club and Ali Farka Touré has added Grammy Awards to his shelf, while collaborations with The Rolling Stones, Lowell George, Van Morrison and Judy Collins […]