Live Music

The raucous, unstoppable Adia Victoria broke through an isolated childhood by writing songs for her cat. She plays the Tea Bazaar on Saturday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Adia Victoria

Young blues musician Adia Victoria is a self-proclaimed “back porch blues, swamp cat lady, howlin’ at the moon.” Born in South Carolina and currently based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Victoria sings about the South in a soft, sweet tone, but she can turn suddenly by cranking up the energy, stomping her feet and wailing through […]

Major players Stephen Nachmanovitch and Robert Jospé will collaborate in the live improv concert Free Play at UVA’s Brooks Hall on Saturday. Photo: Greg Nachmanovitch.

Hipper than jazz: Two local cats take improvisation to another plane

Jazz player and UVA music professor Robert Jospé has some pretty far-out ideas about music. But Stephen Nachmanovitch, the man who’ll join Jospé onstage for a completely improvised concert on January 24 at UVA’s Brooks Hall, makes him seem like an accountant in a conservative suit. “My early musical experiences were in the classical music […]

Cuddly duo Sylvan Esso has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the electro-pop scene. They play the Jefferson on Saturday. Photo: DL Anderson.

ARTS Pick: Sylvan Esso

In 2012, Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) joined Nick Sanborn (Megafun) in Durham, North Carolina to collaborate on a song, and even though they had their own respective projects, they agreed there was something special between them, and eventually Sylvan Esso was born. The duo released its self-titled debut album in 2014, resulting in a 10-song […]