Locally made Rockbridge Guitars have earned a reputation for exceptional tone and master craftsmanship. They can be spotted in the hands of accomplished musicians including Dave Matthews, Mike Campbell and Warren Haynes. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Rockbridge Guitars carves its own place in popular music

Just off the Downtown Mall on West High Street lies one of the city’s most unknown but profound musical treasures: Rockbridge Guitars. Here, a quartet of master luthiers hand-fabricate around 60 custom-designed, top-shelf acoustic guitars a year for some of the world’s most talented players. Since opening its doors, Rockbridge has accumulated a star-studded clientele […]

Accomplished local singer-songwriter Lauren Hoffman and The Secret Storm bring it on at the Southern on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lauren Hoffman and the Secret Storm

After taking a hiatus to raise her daughter, Charlottesville’s Lauren Hoffman returned to the stage last year with a new band, The Secret Storm. The current musical incarnation defines Hoffman as a compelling frontwoman backed by myriad instruments such as the cello, electric violin, piano, synthesizer and guitar. When signed by Virgin Records America, Hoffman […]