James Ford



Fest foot forward: Downtown, everything's waiting for you

Fest foot forward: Downtown, everything's waiting for you

Here We Go Magic brings its layered, stream of consciousness lo-fi to the acoustically excellent Haven stage on Saturday. (Photo by Gregory Mitnick) Spurred on by the success of their Nelson County-based festival, the Festy organizers are now spreading out the atmos-phere with events through-out the year. On Saturday, The Infamous Stringdusters, curators of The […]

WTJU’s Folk Marathon is a Week-Long Feast for Music Fans

WTJU’s Folk Marathon is a Week-Long Feast for Music Fans

Upcoming shows will pay tribute to beloved labels like Rounder and Island Records, as well as live on-air performances by Trees on Fire and the Downbeat Project, and shows devoted to more unusual themes, such as “The Music of Coal,” the songs of late Monkee Michael Nesmith, and a two-hour collection of songs about chickens.

New imprints look to label local bands

New imprints look to label local bands

Pseudo-sisters Sarah White (left) and Sian Richards bring their old-time act, the All-New Acorn Sisters to Charlottesville’s newest music spot The Whiskey Jar. (Publicity photo) Charlottesville has long been a delicious melting pot of bluegrass, rock, and alt-country, and the number of high-quality performers here seems as good as it’s ever been: so it was […]

New City Arts hosts three-day forum

It often seems as if Charlottesville has an unusually high number of artists – and arts organizations – per capita. But are those artists serving the needs of the community, and vice versa? The New City Arts Initiative, the Charlottesville-based branch of the International Arts Movement group, is hosting a weekend-long forum to address these questions and more.

Warehouses to pavilions

Warehouses to pavilions

  A note from Arts Editor, Tami Keaveny: As we go to press with his second Feedback column, I’d like to officially welcome James Ford to our staff. James is well-known in the Charlottesville arts community, mainly because he has worked for or written about so many organizations within it. As an expert on film […]

The CLAWs come out in Charlottesville's all-female competition

The CLAWs come out in Charlottesville's all-female competition

Bridge volunteers paint car tires, reminiscent of artist Allan Kaprow’s “Happenings,” to promote the annual Revel fundraiser.(Photo by James Ford) Charlottesville gained national attention in recent years as the home of the Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLAW), the women’s arm-wrestling league that spawned a wave of similar movements around the country, in which legitimate competition […]