C-VILLE Writers



Country star Dwight Yoakam plays the Sprint Pavilion Saturday, August 24. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Dwight Yoakam

Hollywood hillbilly: Americana superstar, SiriusXM disc jockey, and accomplished actor Dwight Yoakam tours the songs that have earned him nine platinum albums and 14 Billboard top-10 hits. On his 2016 album, Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…, he dug into the bluegrass he listened to as a child in Kentucky and applied it to songs from his […]

Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians play Lockn' Festival Friday, August 23. Publicity photo by Todd Crusham

ARTS Pick: Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

Starry nights: Edie Brickell rejoins her band the New Bohemians for a string of festival dates, including a slot at Lockn.’ Though Brickell and the band have been on-and-off since rising to fame in 1988 with the album Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars and it’s inescapable hit “What I Am,” they’ve maintained a fanbase so […]

Americana singer and songwriter Will Overman is one of the local artists playing at Camp Corduroy this weekend. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Camp Corduroy

Camp songs: Local performers come together at Camp Corduroy for a two-day festival created to celebrate Charlottesville artists and raise awareness for nonprofits such as The Front Porch, The Nature Conservancy, and Fight Like a Grrrl. Dropping Julia, The Hackensaw Boys, and former “The Voice” contestant Will Overman are included in the lineup, and farm […]

ARTS Pick: Star Wars

Full force: Over three days, the original Star Wars trilogy—A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi—can be seen in its wide-screen glory. George Lucas launched a cultural phenomenon through the journeys of Luke Skywalker, from peasant to rebel leader; Princess Leia, from princess to revolutionary; and Han Solo, from outlaw […]

The Iguanas take over the Southern with their eclectic cultural mix on Saturday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: The Iguanas

Americana crossroads: New Orleans-based group The Iguanas broaden the geographical scope of what’s considered Americana. Drawing heavily from Latin music with lyrics in both English and Spanish, the band’s songs cross cultures, styles, and languages. After almost 30 years and eight studio albums, the four-piece has gone from house band to bringing down the house […]

Soul legend Gladys Knight makes a stop at The Paramount on Sunday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Gladys Knight

Great Knight: Seven-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Gladys Knight is a legend who has been scoring R&B hits since the ‘60s with the Pips. Often referred to as “The Empress of Soul,” she’s touring her ubiquitous songs like “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” […]

Lamar “Gordo” Gordon and Zachary “ZacMac” McMullen bonded  talents through a combination of humor, smart, snappy lyrics, and a willingness to be goofy at timesImage: Ron Paris

ARTS Pick: Hip Hop Showcase featuring EquallyOpposite

Get hip to it: EquallyOpposite’s Lamar “Gordo” Gordon and Zachary “ZacMac” McMullen make “rap music for people who don’t like rap music.” The hip-hop duo recognized something in each other that comes through in their music­—funny, smart, snappy lyrics, and a willingness to be goofy. “You never know what you’re gonna get,” Gordon told C-VILLE […]

Rachel Ries leads Her Crooked Heart on Tuesday at The Front Porch. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Her Crooked Heart

Heart unburdened: In going it alone, Rachel Ries found herself in a new community and nurtured it into the musical project Her Crooked Heart. Ries was touring for a solo album, going through a divorce, and had “leapt into the untethered unknown” when she got busy writing the transformative song cycle that defines her new […]

Mariana Bell celebrates with a group of talented locals at The Southern on Friday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Mariana Bell

Dream team: Most of the music made by Charlottesville-raised Aussie Mariana Bell can be comfortably described as indie rock influenced by jazz and folk. But in 2017, her collaboration with Sander van Doorn, DubVision, and Mako led to Bell’s name rising on the EDM charts with the single “Into the Light.” To celebrate her birthday, […]

MarchFourth steps it up at The Jefferson on Friday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: MarchFourth Marching Band

Brass tactics: Circus-like characters, eye-catching costumes, and a blend of big-band-friendly musical styles make up the exalting sensory overload that is the MarchFourth Marching Band. The 20-member troupe from Portland, Oregon, is a festival staple, and has been tapped for high-profile gigs at the Kennedy Center, The Fillmore, and ESPN’s “ESPY Awards” show. The band’s […]

Accomplished Music Row songwriter Irene Kelley is playing her own songs at The Front Porch on Friday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Irene Kelley

Bluegrass beginnings: Loving Dolly Parton may have gotten Irene Kelley kicked out of her first rock band (she was fired for bringing a Dolly album to practice), but in the 30 years since, her bluegrass sensibility, songwriting talent, and instrumental know-how have made her an accomplished musician. Moving from Pennsylvania to Nashville at the start […]

Max Frost belts it out at the Southern on Saturday night. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Max Frost

Gone west: Max Frost’s polished brand of indie pop has scored him alt-rock radio hits, a collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, and an opening slot for Awolnation and Twenty One Pilots. His recent album, Gold Rush, focuses on the newfound vulnerability that coincided with his move from Austin, Texas, to Los Angeles, where he had […]

Map of the downtown Confederate monument tour. Courtesy WTJU

In brief: Not the Daughters of Confederacy tour, City Council is back, no confidence in Cumberland, and more

Tour de force For the past couple of years, Jalane Schmidt, UVA professor and activist, and Andrea Douglas, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center director, have been conducting tours of our downtown monuments, providing new context for the Confederate statues that have long dominated Court Square and Market Street parks. Now, those who haven’t seen […]

On Sunday, August 4, The Paramount Theater screens a live broadcast of London's National Theater production of Small Island. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Small Island

Crossing the pond: Small Island, Andrea Levy’s prize-winning novel, brought to the stage at London’s National Theatre, traces the stories of three people in post-war Britain, all trying to reinvent themselves. Hortense and Gilbert are Jamaicans moving to the U.K. with hopes of a new life, and Queenie wishes to escape familiar Lincolnshire. Their stories […]

Mike Kroboth, Amanda Lyons, and Rachel Paisley  perform in Handle with Care, a Summer Short written by Rachel Martinez and directed by Katherine Mata. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: GTP Summer Shorts

Short break: Gorilla Theater Productions continues its commitment to diversifying theater with Summer Shorts, an opportunity for five local playwrights to get their work produced and performed. The unique series of plays gets a boost from five of GTP’s experienced directors, who draw from a group of 13 actors to bring the stories to life. […]

Political intrigue and deception run deep in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, part of the American Shakespeare Center's Roman trio. Photo by Lauren Rogers Parker

ARTS Pick: Julius Caesar

Building Rome: Political intrigue and deception run deep in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, part of American Shakespeare Center’s Roman trio. The characters struggle with their own humanity and morality, as they try to justify power grabs and shady deals. Initially performed in 1599, more than 1,500 years after Caesar died, the historical epic may have been […]

The Albemarle County Fair keeps it classic with a three-day agricultural celebration that features animals, exhibits, baked goods, crafts, and live entertainment. Image: Rick Stillings

ARTS PICK: Albemarle County Fair

Fair play: Care to learn the ins and outs of weaving, snuggle up with a bunny, or test your skills in a cornhole tournament? In its 38th year of operation, the Albemarle County Fair will feature classes, demonstrations, livestock shows, and outdoor games for all ages, along with classic eats like fried dough and candy […]

ARTS PICK: Chris Isaak

ARTS PICK: Chris Isaak

Wicked ways: Chris Isaak performs from his 30-year career, including his mega-hit “Wicked Game” and songs from the critically acclaimed 2015 album First Comes the Night. Nicknamed the “Elvis of the ’90s,” Isaak can be an emotional storyteller  or an edgy rocker, but he always woos the crowd with authority. Tift Merritt opens the show. Thursday […]