John McCutcheon returns to Charlottesville on Saturday for a concert based on the life and work of labor activist Joe Hill. Publicity photo

Roots meets grassroots: John McCutcheon pays tribute to Joe Hill

John McCutcheon is equal parts musician and storyteller, skilled with a variety of instruments but also engaging when telling tales between tunes. He is a Wisconsin native who called Charlottesville home for years before moving to Smoke Rise, Georgia. He is also an avid community organizer and political figure in folk music. Given this multifaceted […]

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 […]