C-VILLE Writers

The fight to save Sweet Briar College in Amherst heads to the Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday, June 4. Photo by Norm Shafer

Judge agrees to hear motion to block Sweet Briar closure

It’s been a good week for the activists trying to keep Sweet Briar College from closing. Nearly six weeks after the Amherst County college’s board of directors announced it planned to shutter the school at the end of the spring semester, the nonprofit Saving Sweet Briar announced it had raised $10 million in pledges from […]

One of the most colorful hip-hop icons of the last two decades, Snoop Dogg returns to party at the Pavilion on Wednesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Snoop Dogg

Fo shizzle Charlottes-vizzle. Rapper, producer, actor, activist and all around icon Snoop Dogg commands the stage with his smooth rhymes and patented swagger. Snoop’s catalog stretches over twenty years and thirteen albums, breaking through with hits like “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang,” “Gin & Juice,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and his most recent, “Peaches and […]

Sol Driven Train pulls into the Southern to unload its high-energy dance party on Tuesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sol Driven Train

Sol Driven Train’s musical psyche has been self-diagnosed with “sonic schizophrenia.” Citing influences from Paul Simon and John Prine, to New Orleans jazz, Caribbean island-rock and Afro-beat, the group has amassed a loyal fan base through its musical diversity. The band members first jammed together in their middle school music room, and formed a strong […]

John Kelly performs along with other local notables in the Six Pack Songwriter Series concert at the Paramount on Friday. Photo: Tim McDaniel

ARTS Pick: Six Pack Songwriter Series

Founded in 2013 by Jason Burke, the quarterly Six Pack Songwriter Series hosts a lineup of native Virginia musicians with diverse acoustic styles and subject matter. This time around, the series takes the stage in a bigger venue and places past participants John Kelly, Justin Storer, Michael Coleman, Sue Harlow, Susan Munson and Thomas Gunn […]

The multi-talented Rhiannon Giddens unveils her solo work, a homage to female voices, in a benefit concert for the Music Resource Center. Photo: Dan Winters

ARTS Pick: Rhiannon Giddens

After spending several years reviving the time-tested tradition of the African-American string band with the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, vocalist, violinist and banjo player Rhiannon Giddens is breathing new life into early ’60s folk with her first solo effort. Her debut album, Tomorrow is My Turn, dropped this past February and showcases Giddens’ R&B-influenced interpretations of classics […]

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GRiZ keeps listeners moving with his solid beats and shifting melodies on Tuesday at the Jefferson. Publicity photo


Grant Kwiecinski aka GRiZ is only going to get bigger. At age 23, the multi-talented artist has carved out a unique musical niche that’s a little bit of funk, a little bit of rap, a little bit of soulful sax, and it’s all GRiZ’s eclectic sound. His rising popularity landed him on festival stages from Coachella to Red […]

The Murphy Beds entrance listeners with traditional folk, close harmonies and the beautiful imagery of their lyrics. Photo: Anna Colliton

ARTS Pick: The Murphy Beds

Traditional folk duo Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer (above) sing and play the guitar, bouzouki and mandolin as The Murphy Beds. They draw on experience from Irish and American traditions (O’Leary grew up in Dublin and Hamer has roots in the New York music scene) on numbers like “Rise Up, My Darling,” a folk song […]

Be the first to get your hands on Danny Schmidt’s upcoming release, Owls, on Thursday at the Southern. Photo: Chris Carson

ARTS Pick: Danny Schmidt

Although acclaimed singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt is currently based out of Austin, Texas, his musical career began in Charlottesville. A contemporary of Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri, Schmidt got his start playing The Prism Coffeehouse and The Gravity Lounge, and was named oneof “the 50 most significant songwriters of folk in the last 50 years” by “The Midnight […]

Bridget Rue stars as Mother Bombie in a Shakespearean arranged marriage farce that proves timeless at American Shakespeare Center. Photo: Lindsey Walters

ARTS Pick: Mother Bombie

Mother Bombie is an Elizabethan comedy that tells the timeless story of parents’ fruitless efforts in matchmaking. Plans go awry when two couples are caught in the middle of an arranged marriage scheme. The roller coaster plot features disguises, servant’s antics, awkward teen love and a shocking reveal. With snappy one-liners like, “You must, for […]

Mock rock cyberpunks ONWE come to the Tea Bazaar in order to shame you for your extravagant lifestyle on Monday. Photo: Melissa Cha


Derisive punk pranksters ONWE make their second local appearance this month at the end of a tour that has booked up and down the East Coast as well as four shows at Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest Festival. Since the 2014 release of the single “Unpaid Internship,” the trio has risen to the summit of […]

A powerful representation of hidden modern economies defines London National Theatre’s streaming production of Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the Paramount.
Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

ARTS Pick: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo’s nonfiction masterpiece, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, hits the big screen in a live streamed National Theatre production directed by Rufus Norris. Peek behind the curtain of Mumbai’s luxury travel industry to discover the ambitions of a bevy of slum dwellers: From garbage-trading homemaker Zehrunisa to scholarly Manju to scheming thieves […]

Laurie Berkner’s kid rock combo of quirky lyrics and folk pop melodies prompted Time magazine to deem her “a kind of sippy-cup Sheryl Crow.” Photo: Jayme Thornton

ARTS Pick: Laurie Berkner

If you are a parent of a millennial there’s a good chance you can sing along to the tunes of “kindie rock” songstress Laurie Berkner. Her hits “We Are The Dinosaurs,” “Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)” and “Victor Vito” (made popular on Nick Jr. TV channel) offered a welcome alternative to the catchy banality of Barney and The […]

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line bring their electrified roots rock to the Southern on Wednesday. Photo: Jim McGuire

ARTS Pick: Nora Jane Struthers

Virginia-born and Nashville-based, Nora Jane Struthers makes her country roots come alive on the energetic new album, Wake. The former high school teacher’s first self-produced record crosses Emmylou Harris with Pearl Jam in a collection of percussive panoramas and Southern-fried slide guitar. Struthers and her backing band, The Party Line, strip away the safety net […]

Virginia State Police will investigate the ABC's arrest of Martese Johnson. Photo courtesy Martese Johnson

Corner bar releases statement on Martese Johnson arrest

The Corner bar that denied Martese Johnson entry shortly before the UVA third-year was arrested in a bloody confrontation with Virginia Alcholic Beverage Control (ABC) police early last Wednesday morning has released a statement about the incident, and has told reporters Johnson appeared neither drunk nor belligerent. Johnson was charged with public intoxication or swearing […]

Jazz great Wayne Shorter leads a special evening of improv and excellence to benefit the Amazon Aid Foundation. Photo Credit: Robert Ashcroft

ARTS Pick: Wayne Shorter

Blue Note recording artist and composer Wayne Shorter has been a preeminent jazz saxophonist since the 1960s when he performed with Miles Davis and his Second Great Quintet. The 10-time Grammy-winner is joined onstage by Esperanza Spalding, the young double bass phenom who’s garnered four Grammys herself, including the award for Best New Artist in […]

Losing is not an option for Caroline Spence, who is outpacing her competition in some of the country’s top songwriting contests. See what the fuss is about on Sunday at the Southern. Photo Credit: Marge Curtis

ARTS Pick: Caroline Spence

Caroline Spence has taken Nashville by storm over the past two years, winning songwriting competitions at the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Kerrville Folk Festival and taking American Songwriter Magazine’s 2013 grand prize. The momentum encouraged Spence to crowdsource funding for the full-length album, Somehow, paving the way for the Charlottesville native to take her music […]

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Charlottesville leaders speak up on Martese Johnson arrest

Several local leaders have added their voices to the unfolding controversy over the arrest of third-year UVA student Martese Johnson by ABC officers early Wednesday morning. Johnson, who was photographed bleeding from the head as officers cuffed him on the ground outside a Corner bar, was charged with obstruction of justice and public intoxication or swearing […]

J. Roddy Walston & The Business will be taking care of all things rock 'n' roll at the Jefferson on Thursday. Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson

ARTS Pick: J. Roddy Walston & The Business

Up-and-coming Southern rockers J. Roddy Walston & The Business are on tour in support of Essential Tremors, an album that borrows its name from a nervous system disorder that’s plagued the band’s frontman throughout his career. Walston said that it makes sense to be more open about his ailment on this record because the album […]