Live Music

Positive Collective brings its rootsy, smile-inducing groove to The Ante Room on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Positive Collective

Positive Collective formed, in part, due to a chance encounter at Walnut Creek Park between Greg Ward and Chris Leva that resulted in a few jam sessions and the discovery of a mutual love of good-time, get movin’ tunes. The band is currently made up of seasoned musicians (whose combined musical experience totals more than […]

Acoustic-fusion duo Taarka spices things up at C’Ville Coffee on Sunday. Photo: Anne Stavely

ARTS Pick: Taarka

Prism Coffeehouse presents Taarka, a husband-and-wife-led team formed in 2001 in Portland, Oregon, by David and Enion Pelta-Tiller. The band, whose name is derived from a term in Indian cooking used to describe the sound of spices roasting, blends Virginia-rooted bluegrass and jazz with classical elements to form an eclectic and energetic gypsy-jazz. Sunday 1/10. $15-17, […]

Folk singer Marian McLaughlin follows her musical path to the Tea Bazaar on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Timmes

ARTS Pick: Marian McLaughlin

Experimental folk musician Marian McLaughlin has a trance-like effect on her audiences thanks to her stream-of-consciousness delivery that is at once delicate and multilayered. Her exploratory approach to music is inspired by French social revolutionary Guy Debord’s concept of dérive (also the name of her first release), where an individual sets out on a spontaneous […]