Mary Shea Watson



Musicians from around the world gather August 10-19 at the Staunton Music Festival to perform classical and modern music. Many of the artists, such as UVA’s I-Jen Fang (shown performing a John Cage piece last year), return thanks to the festival’s unique programming and performance opportunities. Photo by Les Kipp

Staunton Music Festival pushes past tradition

What do two cellists, one percussionist, and a tennis match have in common? The answer is “a lot,” if you ask UVA faculty member and distinguished percussionist I-Jen Fang. On Sunday at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, as part of the Staunton Music Festival, Fang will be joined by cellists Jan Müeller-Szeraws and Michael Unterman. […]

“The Livestock Marker Show” featuring recent work from Russ Warren (above), Kathy Kuhlmann and Gwyn Kohr (below) is on display at Les Yeux du Monde through July 15. Courtesy of the artists

Les Yeux du Monde steers away from traditional media

On the second floor of Les Yeux du Monde, artist Russ Warren takes stock of his latest project. It’s a series of bulls drawn using livestock markers—paint sticks used to label cattle and farm animals. Gallery director Lyn Warren points out two piles of discarded chunks of the oil-based markers, fluorescent and accumulating on the […]

Andrew Gabbert and Elizabeth Brightbill of Terra Voce will have four minutes to enlist the SOUP audience’s support of their third album, which features a mix of Brazilian choro and jazz, traditional Galician folk, and 18th-century Iberian dances. Publicity Photo.

Charlottesville SOUP serves up its 10th micro-grant

A bowl of soup is a comfort. Whether you are seeking relief from a head cold or cold weather, or want to pour your soul into cooking a meal shared with friends, soup is the answer. In 2013, Victoria Williams, Maureen Brondyke and Brooke Ray infused those ideas of sustenance and community into Charlottesville SOUP—a […]

Photographer and illustrator Guillermo Ubilla leads a zine-making class at the Bridge for LGBTQ youth and allies on June 11. Photo by Eze Amos

Local artist leads storytelling workshop for LGBTQ youth

For local photographer and illustrator Guillermo Ubilla, making art feels natural. He thinks it sounds cheesy, but he says it’s what he was meant to do. “My art is a combination of skills and experiences I’ve had,” says Ubilla. “It’s a way of expressing myself. I’m privileged to do art, so I want to do […]

Lord Nelson celebrates the release of its second album, Through the Night, with a hometown show at the Southern on May 18. Publicity photo

Lord Nelson explores heritage and movement

After a Lord Nelson show at a venue in the southeast, an audience member approached lead singer and guitarist Kai Crowe-Getty. “You guys aren’t for erasing history, right?” the attendee asked. “Every now and then,” Crowe-Getty says, “we have to diffuse a situation like that and stand by what we believe.” Listen to Lord Nelson’s […]

Wesley Diener, Josephine Miller and Rachel Mink will perform in Le Devin du village accompanied by pianist John Mayhood on Saturday at Old Cabell Hall. Photo by Amy Jackson

UVA student reinterprets Le Devin du village

In the months before graduation, many students in UVA’s fourth-year class embrace “senior spring” by soaking up sun on the Lawn, checking items off the list of “118 things to do before you graduate” or hanging out with friends instead of attending class. But Wesley Diener, who’s graduating from the music department’s distinguished major program, […]

For 95 years the Charlottesville Music Club has held a monthly meeting to discuss, celebrate and listen to music together. The club recently piloted an outreach program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. Courtesy of subject

Wednesday Music Club keeps it classical for 95 years

Wednesdays usually mean two things—you’re one day closer to the weekend and, at the end of the day, you realize how much work stands between you and that weekend. In 1923, the founding members of the Wednesday Music Club deemed the midweek mark a cause for celebration. “They met Wednesday mornings because they had a […]

Charlie Shea, 13, is an eighth-grader at Henley Middle School. For an English project, she’s organizing Celebrate Yourself at the Southern on March 18 to benefit the Suicide Prevention Awareness and Resource Council. Photo by Eze Amos

Local middle schooler organizes suicide prevention concert

On Charlie Shea’s first day of middle school two years ago, she received some words of wisdom from her father, Danny Shea. “My dad told me, ‘It’s going to suck. I’m just going to brief you,’” Shea remembers. In the past two years, she says she experienced “enough bad days to go around,” as well […]

Breast cancer survivor and UVA writing professor Charlotte Matthews has partnered with filmmaker Betsy Cox to launch multimedia workshops for women dealing with cancer. The next workshop series starts February 2 at University Baptist Church, and a new online workshop series begins February 4—both are open to women of all ages. Photo by Eze Amos

Whistle Words helps women impacted by cancer share stories

Before she received a Stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis at 39 years old, UVA writing professor Charlotte Matthews lived on a cattle farm. Whenever the farmer found a dead cow in the pasture, he bulldozed a grave and buried the animal. Matthews remembers the farmer whistling to himself in these moments. “He was so authentic […]

Devon Sproule and John D'earth join more than a dozen local artists for Disturbing the Peace: A Benefit Concert for Indivisible Charlottesville at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church-Unitarian Universalist on Sunday. Publicity photos

Local artists perform to benefit Indivisible Charlottesville

When Scott DeVeaux was growing up in New York in the 1950s, he encountered “a lot” of Civil War specters. Several relatives were named after Confederate generals, displayed Confederate figurines throughout their homes and celebrated memorabilia like trading cards commemorating the centennial of the War Between the States. Though he didn’t know what to make […]

Erin & The Wildfire release Thirst at the Southern on October 13. Photo by Tristan Williams

Erin & The Wildfire releases first full-length album

While playing a 30-minute set at Lockn’ in 2014, Erin & The Wildfire guitarist Ryan Lipps broke a string on every guitar he brought, so to cover the lag in the “squeeze-in-as-much-you-can-set,” drummer Nick Quillen told a long, drawn-out joke. “It wasn’t exactly the best thing we’ve ever done, but it was certainly memorable,” Quillen […]

Erin Lunsford performs and emcees at the gender-balanced Festy Experience that includes Ani DiFranco, Joan Osborne and Drive-By Truckers on October 5-8 at Infinity Downs. Photo by Ron Paris

The Festy balances male and female talent

When Erin Lunsford is on the road with her band, Erin & the Wildfire, she’s often overlooked. Because she’s a woman, Lunsford says, many assume she’s a groupie—even though she’s the band’s lead vocalist and it’s her name on the bill. Though it’s initially difficult for her to pick just one, Lunsford recalls a particularly […]

Caitlin Lennon has been with the Charlottesville Ballet for 10 years. Courtesy photo

Charlottesville Ballet kicks it up for 10th anniversary

Ten years ago, Caitlin Lennon received a job offer from a “small startup.” Emily Hartka and Sara Clayborne, co-founders of what would become the Charlottesville Ballet, asked Lennon to join them as a company dancer. Lennon was training on full scholarship with the Richmond Ballet, had never visited Charlottesville, wasn’t sure about her salary and […]

Caroline Spence returns home to play at The Southern with Sam Wilson, Darrell Muller and Brian Caputo on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Laura E. Partain.

Charlottesville’s Caroline Spence resonates on new album

For singer-songwriter Caroline Spence, there’s no debate about where to find the best ice cream on the Downtown Mall. It’s at Chaps, and it’s the banana flavor. “It’s the only good banana ice cream in the entire world,” says Spence, who grew up in Charlottesville and used to open for touring artists like Joshua Radin […]

In his role as the general manager at Sprint Pavilion, Kirby Hutto interacts with some of the hottest acts in the music business.
Photo by Jen Fariello

Takin’ care of backstage business at area music venues

If Gary Green does his job well at the Paramount Theater, nobody will know. As the theater’s audio production manager, he analyzes how sound waves produced by artists will be affected by rising temperature and humidity as audience members fill the space. He knows how voices sound in each microphone, and where the Paramount’s resonance […]

At The Front Porch’s new home on Water Street, founder and executive director Emily Morrison plans to expand programs, partnerships and concerts that welcome musicians and artists of all genres. Photo by Amy Jackson

The Front Porch celebrates inclusivity at new location

The Front Porch’s Emily Morrison wants artists of all backgrounds to find peace at the roots music school she founded in 2015. With help from friends, Morrison began the school in a back room in her home and soon moved into a space at Mountaintop Montessori. Last June the nonprofit moved into the old Michie […]