C-VILLE Writers



Flashback with Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles on Sunday at the Southern.

ARTS Pick: Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

The keyboard skills of Cory Henry came to be widely known through his work in the instrumental jazz orchestra Snarky Puppy, but Henry’s been blowing minds for more than two decades. Art of Love, the new album from Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, is a flashback to the 1970s that’s filled with warm grooves, […]

Get Trampled by Turtles at the Jefferson on Sunday.

ARTS Pick: Trampled by Turtles

Though the path of bluegrass and folk-rock is well-worn, it gained new life in 2004 when Trampled by Turtles made slow but steady progress to the inner circle of indie rock. Since then, the Duluth, Minnesota, band turned out one fast-pickin’ chart climber after another, and played in all 50 states and around the globe, […]

The IX Arts Park welcomes Trae Pierce & the T-Stones on Saturday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Trae Pierce & the T-Stones

Florida outfit Trae Pierce & the T-Stones arrives to funk things up with some hard-edged hip-hop mixed with rock and blues. Pierce is an accomplished bassist and four-time Grammy Award-winner (with Blind Boys of Alabama) who made his name as a member of The Ohio Players. The musical “monster” has joined forces with an ensemble […]

The Jellyman's Daughter play The Front Porch on Wednesday. Publicity image

ARTS Pick: The Jellyman’s Daughter

The Jellyman’s Daughter has gone from busking in the streets of Edinburgh eight years ago to making an album in 2018 that BBC Radio’s Ricky Ross calls “One of my favourite records of the year.” Known for soulful harmonies accompanied by cello, guitar, and mandolin, the duo’s music transcends go-to folk and bluegrass to become […]

Phoebe Hunt’s music is a transformative experience guided by her spiritual foundation. She plays The Front Porch Sunday, September 2. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers

The songs of Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers are tours de force of folk and alt-country, beautifully employing fast-paced fiddles and backing vocals on the group’s latest album, Shanti’s Shadow. Hunt’s music is a transformative experience guided by her spiritual foundation. “Though what I create may have its roots in my soul, it first has […]

Atlanta-based artist Jacquees brings his silky, intimate tracks to the Sprint Pavilion on Sunday, September 2. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Jacquees

Creating beats in hip-hop is essential, but Jacquees takes his music a step further by creating moods for each of his songs. The Atlanta-based musician’s silky, intimate tracks submerge you in a peaceful ocean of R&B; from the lilting hit “B.E.D.” to the angstier “Before the Fame,” they all carry the same feel-good aura along […]

Local singer-songwriter Adar transcends genres at IX Art Park on Thursday, August 30. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Adar

When a band’s music is described as genre-defying, it often means its musicians are struggling to find a successful sound. In the case of Adar, the local singer-songwriter does transcend genres and her songs successfully incorporate several types of music—funk, rock, and jazz—to create a smooth, innovative blend of sounds. Virginia funk acts Funktional Electrik […]

Gold Connections plays tracks from its latest record, Popular Fiction, at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Friday, August 31. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Gold Connections

Many associate Will Marsh’s band Gold Connections with Car Seat Headrest thanks to several collaborations, but Marsh’s group stands solidly on its own. After a label switch, the long-awaited release of Popular Fiction arrived in 2018, marking an impressive step forward. The album shows off the group’s broad musical range and challenging lyrics that address […]

When it comes to dining out on the Corner, you can’t go wrong with The Pigeon Hole’s biscuits with creamy red-eyed gravy and two eggs over easy. Photo by Tom McGovern

Cornering UVA’s food scene

By Sashank Sankar With a new school year comes a new group of university students eager to explore Charlottesville. For most of them, their first stop is the Corner, an area of shops, restaurants, bars, and coffee spots on the edge of UVA’s Central Grounds. The Corner has long been a popular hangout for students […]

Best of C-VILLE 2018: Shopping

Best of C-VILLE 2018: Shopping

JEWELRY STORE Andrew Minton Jewelers Runner-up: Schwarzschild Keller & George Jewelers Honorable mention: Tuel Jewelers Here’s where the rubber meets the road on this whole “buy local” business: Go into a big chain store and the jewelry displayed before you is the same as the jewelry displayed before shoppers in Urbandale, Iowa, or Maricopa, Arizona. […]

Best of C-VILLE 2018: Weddings

Best of C-VILLE 2018: Weddings

WEDDING PLANNER Adam Donovan-Groves (Donovan-Groves Events) Runner-up: Marisa Vrooman (Orpha Events) Honorable mention: Angelica Laws (Angelica & Co. Weddings) A fun fact about Adam Donovan-Groves? As a child, he attended Astronaut High School near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It’s not what you think—kids here aren’t preparing for space travel—but it might explain his meteoric […]

Photo: Morgan Salyer

Best of C-VILLE 2018: Food & Drink

RESTAURANT Lampo Runner-up: The Local Honorable mention: Al Carbon Good things, they say, come in small packages. And the best things come from Lampo. The pint-sized Neapolitan pizzeria opened in 2014 to rave reviews and since then has set the standard for just plain good food in our area. Don’t get us wrong—“just plain good” […]

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Best of C-VILLE 2018: Health & Fitness

KIDS’ PARK IX Art Park Runner-up: Pen Park Honorable mention: Greenleaf Park It isn’t just that IX Art Park, that whimsical wonderland of weird and provocative work on Second Street, stretches the imagination —though it certainly does. But the folks at IX also stretch the bounds of what a park should be: a playground with […]

Best of C-VILLE 2018: Services

Best of C-VILLE 2018: Services

REAL ESTATE COMPANY Nest Realty Runner-up: Story House Real Estate and Montague Miller & Co. (tie) Honorable mention: Loring Woodriff Real Estate Associates If the name Jim Duncan sounds familiar, it’s because the realtor—and Nest founder—has been an agent in our area for nearly 20 years, penning the Real Central VA blog and educating clients about […]

SURJ members serenade diners at Miller’s in 2017 with chants like “Nazi go home.”

Eze Amos

Anti-racists instruct

During the week leading up to the August 11 and 12 anniversary, local anti-racist groups hosted a series of events, including panels on their use of in-your-face tactics and why they believe the First Amendment should not apply to white supremacists. Protesters up the ante UVA religious studies professor Jalane Schmidt opened the August 7 […]

The Brothers Osborne play The Jefferson Theater on Sunday, August 26. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Brothers Osborne

Like most great musical innovators, The Brothers Osborne don’t fit neatly into one category. They’re country performers first and foremost, as their drawling voices and lyrics peppered with ain’ts prove. But there’s equal influence from heartland rockers like Bob Seger and Tom Petty in their rollicking, high-energy shows. Sunday, August 26. $44-50, 7:30pm. The Jefferson […]

Sheryl Crow takes the stage Sunday evening at Lockn' Festival at Infinity Downs. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sheryl Crow

In 1994 Sheryl Crow followed her breakout smash single “All I Wanna Do” by asking, “Are you strong enough to be my man?” Soon after, the private life of the former high school beauty queen became as popular as the numerous hits from the 50 million albums she sold. Crow has been linked romantically to […]

Jacob Lourie releases his debut full-length, Sad Boi Bops Vol. 1, at The Front Porch on Friday, August 24.

ARTS Pick: Jacob Lourie

When you’re an independent musician in a competitive town like Charlottesville, it’s never too soon to get started. Jacob Lourie’s musical career began during his senior year at St. Anne’s-Belfield School. This month heralds his first full-length release, Sad Boi Bops Vol. 1, and it promises to live up to its name with tracks that […]

Nathan Colberg plays songs from his record, Silo, at The Garage on Sunday, August 26.

ARTS Pick: Nathan Colberg and Grant Frazier

Two of UVA’s favorite crooners join forces for a rare, one-night-only show. Nathan Colberg graduated back in 2017, and his music career has quickly gained traction with beautiful, keyboard-driven tracks like “Charlottesville” (understandably, a local favorite), and his first full-length, Silo. Grant Frazier is a rising fourth-year, but he already has a 2016 album under […]

Vulfpeck's Cory Wong plays the Southern on August 15. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Cory Wong

Indie group Vulfpeck might be known for its sultry vocals, but backing that falsetto are the crazy, unpredictable riffs of Cory Wong. To better showcase his guitar skills, Wong is on a solo tour that combines his serious musical skills with his unique, off-the-wall  comedy. Many of the tracks are likely to be instrumental, but […]

Stavros Halkias let's loose at the Southern on Friday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Stavros Halkias

Stavros Halkias is a busy guy. Not only has the comedian toured his stand-up routine alongside artists like Tig Notaro and Tom Papa, he co-hosts a raunchy podcast called Cum Town, and has a scandalous Instagram account, in which the plus-size star likes to pose in as little clothing as possible. Despite the controversy that […]

Venice takes a leading role at the Paramount on Thursday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Canaletto & the Art of Venice

Ever wanted to experience Venice from the comfort of a theater seat? Canaletto & the Art of Venice makes that possible with a collection of paintings created by Giovanni Antonio Canal, the renowned city-view painter. The film gives viewers a chance to see Canaletto’s gorgeous depictions alongside vivid shots of the city, which highlight the differences […]