C-VILLE Writers



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 […]

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Shopping

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Shopping

Vintage clothing store Duo Runner-up: Twice is Nice Honorable mention: Low Generally speaking, any clothing item from 20 years before the present day can fall into the “vintage” category. Which means that, while those denim flares you’ve kept since ’92 are cool again, you won’t be able to sell them to Duo, the new and used […]

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Services

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Services

Real estate agent Sasha Farmer Runner-up: Jamie White Honorable mention: Bob Hughes They say, once you step into a house, you know within 60 seconds whether or not you’re interested in making it your home. We wonder if the same can be said of hiring a realtor. It certainly seems that way for Sasha Farmer, who stays […]

Honesty is always the best policy at Airport Road Auto Center, where "reputation by recommendation" drives business. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Entertainment

Music act Sons of Bill Runner-up: Love Canon Honorable mention: Chamomile & Whiskey They’ve been called Charlottesville “sonic royalty,” and nearly a decade after the Wilson brothers Sam, Abe and James formed the Americana band and named it in honor of their father, retired UVA theology professor William Wilson, they’re still going strong and gaining […]

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Food & Drink

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Food & Drink

Restaurant Mas Runner-up: The Local Honorable mention: Lampo We always thought “Mas” meant “more” in Spanish, until we realized it doesn’t have a crucial accent mark. Owner Tomas Rahal clues us in that’s it’s an abbreviation of his name—and a double entendre on “more.” Which makes sense, because the original tapas restaurant in town always makes […]

Avid Birdwood golfer Blair Engle admits that part of his decision to move to Charlottesville hinged on the Boar's Head course. Photo: Amy Jackson/Jackson Smith

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Health & Fitness

Yoga studio Hot Yoga Runner-up: ACAC Honorable mention: Bend Yoga To the uninitiated, exertion of any kind in a room heated to 105 de-grees might sound like a maso-chistic exercise, but don’t tell that to the hordes who say there’s nothing as invigorating as a 90- minute session of hot yoga at the appropriately named […]

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Making the grade: Your guide to an A+ school year

At the start of a new academic year, it’s inevitable that some students mourn their summer vacations and others feel happy to have something to do. Either way, going back to school can be a stressful time for both students and parents. Who’s picking Jacob up from football practice? And how much did Jessica’s scientific […]

Country music star Glen Campbell takes his private agony public in the documentary I’ll Be Me at the Paramount tomorrow. Photo: @PCH Films

ARTS Pick: I’ll Be Me

I’ll Be Me documents the courage of country musician Glen Campbell who, when diagnosed with Alzheimer’s-related dementia, decided to plan an amazing farewell tour across the U.S. with his family. The film shows the struggle of the affliction, but also how friends, family, love, laughter and music can help a person cope with its unpredictable […]

Drew Gibson brings his reflective songs of love, loss and family pride to The Garage on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Drew Gibson

Alt-country singer-songwriter Drew Gibson proves that home is where his heart is on the new album, 1532. Drawing on family history, the finger-picking guitarist proves his talent as a storyteller though a mosaic of memorable events turned into song. The tracks convey the hardships in Gibson’s life from an uncle’s battle with leukemia to family […]