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Jeyon Falsini’s Main Street Annex gives a home to hip hop, goth and heavy metal acts. Image: James Scheuren

New Downtown venue aims to fill the music scene genre gap 

Jeyon Falsini didn’t mean to stick up for C’ville’s music scene underdogs. It just kind of happened. The longtime concert promoter and booking agent started working with the Main Street Arena in July 2012. Management wanted to bring in someone to turn its small overflow space on Water Street from a clothing retailer into a […]

Horse & Hound Gastropub owners Brooke and Luther Fedora put their heads together to create The Foodie’s Beer Book, which hits the stands August 5.  Photo: Justin Ide

Horse & Hound owners serve up literary fare for foodies

In The Foodie’s Beer Book, Horse & Hound co-owners Brooke and Luther Fedora say that when you’re cooking with beer, remember the rule, “one for you, one for the pot.” This is not meant to be taken literally, unless you want to be face down on the travertine when the oven timer goes ding. Turns […]

Bob Log III takes the live experience to outlandish places through costume rigging
and audience engagement. “I am trying to create this room full of people going apeshit,”
said the one-man party band. Publicity photo

Bob Log III cranks up the wacky concert antics

You get the feeling that 44-year-old Bob Log III is still figuring things out as he goes, a sci-fi time traveler reborn every few minutes to turn things upside-down all over again. The neo-bluesman has been making music professionally for more than 20 years, but every word out of his mouth still comes off as […]

Following a gig at the Southern on Friday, punk groundbreakers Against Me! will stop by Champion Brewing Company to quaff some Black Me (St)out, a beer they concocted with brewer Hunter Smith. Publicity photo

What do punk rockers and craft brewers have in common?

It all started with a punk kid’s tweet. Alterna-rockers Against Me! had heard about friends in NOFX working with C’ville-based Champion Brewing Company on a collaboration beer. Guitarist James Bowman, doing some recording with Mike Burkett (aka Fat Mike) of NOFX, tried the beer and tweeted at Champion brew master Hunter Smith that he liked […]

Ukraine-born rocker Eugene Hütz brings Gogol Bordello to the Jefferson on July 17. Photo credit: James Marcus Haney

Antics aside, Eugene Hütz’s Gogol Bordello is no joke

Eugene Hütz is a poet in any language. Speaking in his heavily accented English, his words pop. They have weight. They hit you like distorted riffs. Ask Hütz if his band Gogol Bordello’s exhaustive touring schedule takes its toll, for example, and he finds the perfect analogy. “Listen, this is like asking people that are […]

Windows are "the only piece of your house that you can see from the inside and outside," said Gaston & Wyatt's Mark Wingerd. File photo

Seeing clearly: There’s more to residential windows than meets the eye

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Surely, this means the eyes are pretty darn crucial. But what about windows? “Why is a window important? There are lots of reasons,” said Mark Wingerd, architectural salesperson for Charlottesville-based, high-end windows purveyor Gaston & Wyatt. “For one, it’s the only piece of your house […]

Expect the unexpected when Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones (pictured) appear at the Bridge in the far out electronica improv show Techne. Photo courtesy of the Bridge PAI

Techne project takes electronic music beyond boundaries

Accomplished local jazz musician John D’earth says people get too hung up on what is music and what isn’t music. Kids, for example, don’t need to play an instrument properly to be making music. They just need to be making noise. If you’re too square for that jive, Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones are ready […]

JD McPherson aims to shake the retro moniker with an edgier approach on a new record due this fall. He’ll preview some new tunes to the Jefferson audience on Thursday. Publicity photo

JD McPherson pushes beyond the throwback tag

JD McPherson may be about to piss a lot of people off. The singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist’s first record, Signs and Signifiers, was a faithful reproduction of old school rhythm and blues. He and his team, working with vintage equipment in a Chicago studio, knew there was an existing (mostly European) fan base just waiting to […]

Indecision made its name in the early days of Charlottesville’s jam band scene. The group will celebrate 30 years together at Fridays After Five this week. Publicity photo

Local jam band Indecision still rocking under the radar

Could Indecision have been DMB? Could the names Evans and Ibbeken have been synonymous with the C’ville music scene, instead of Dave Matthews? Could “Take It All In” have been “Ants Marching”? Probably not, admits Indecision’s David Ibbeken. But the band, which made its debut in Charlottesville in 1984, was by most accounts a stroke […]

Since competing on the “The Voice,” Melanie Martinez has moved on musically, but stays in touch with her superstar coach Adam Levine. Publicity photo

Melanie Martinez hopes to sidestep the reality competition label

 I was convinced that Taylor Hicks would not only win the 2006 season of “American Idol,” but would also become wildly successful as a recording artist. I was so convinced of his ability to appeal to a range of audiences, that I told anyone who would listen he’d be the most popular “Idol” of all time. […]

Threepenny Café owner Merope Pavlides and chef Eric Nittolo plan to make charitable giving a focus of the new restaurant. Rammelkamp Foto

Threepenny Café is going all out to become part of community

Merope Pavlides and her husband Peter Emch didn’t come to Charlottesville on the best of terms. Their son was ill and being treated at the UVA Medical Center. Still, the couple was taken by the city’s “vibe and wonderful people” and uprooted from Baltimore to make Central Virginia their home. Pavlides, a special needs educator […]

Mellow Mushroom is known for more than its pizza and hoagies. Beer buyer Greg Kane makes a point to stock more than 30 beers, including as many local brews as possible. Photo: Elli Williams

Where do national chains fit in with the local beer scene?

If you put any thought at all into the food and drink you consume, chances are you think “chain restaurants” are about as good for your body as a Paula Deen cookbook. But times they are a chain-gin’. Even dollar-hungry national restaurant groups have begun to recognize that consumers appreciate well-made products. For craft beer […]

The Charlottesville Women’s Choir has been singing in support of women’s rights, peace, justice, and equality for almost 30 years. Photo credit: Bevan Crocker

Charlottesville Women’s Choir celebrates three decades of activism

A recreational choir, started by amateur singers around a coffee shop piano, shouldn’t last 30 years. The demands of everyday life and the challenges of finding new members simply shouldn’t allow it. But don’t tell that to the ladies of the Charlottesville Women’s Choir. “It has evolved,” said Estelle Phillips, who’s been with the group […]

Painting a home's exterior can change the whole look. Photo: Elli Williams

Hues at home: Palette helps homeowners decide on the best color combos

Fretting about what color to paint your living room? Good news, the hottest trend is to give up on color altogether, according to Stephanie Snyder of Charlottesville’s high-end paint and home store Palette. “People are cleansing those bright colors with more soothing colors,” she said. “Soft grays, pale blues, creamy whites—lots of whites—opens up spaces […]

Jerry Horace Danner, founder of Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie and Blue Moon Diner, drags himself out of bed every day to serve up homemade vegan food at Holy Cow, the tiny Second Street spot off the Mall. Photo: Elli Williams

Dr. Ho brings his passion for vegan eating to the Downtown Mall

Dr. Ho is battling constant pain. The man who started the North Garden* cult favorite Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie and used to own the Blue Moon Diner* has been fighting a crippling disease for 17 years. He calls the ailment “late stage Lyme disease,” and while there is some disagreement among medical doctors about the condition’s […]

Willie Watson launches his solo career with some poignant covers of obscure folk songs and proves that he’s not the same old crow. He plays the Southern on Friday.

Willie Watson looks to kick start his solo career

Willie Watson, formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show, is turning to the South to help build some momentum for his new solo act. “We wanted to hit certain markets right off the bat,” Watson told C-VILLE Weekly in a recent phoner. “The South is sort of the hotbed of my fan base.” Watson will likely […]