Erin O'Hare



Louis “Waterloo” Hampton of The Beetnix is on the bill for The Ante Room’s next Round Robin Hip-hop Showcase on Thursday. Eze Amos

The Ante Room bets on local hip-hop with new showcase

Go to a hip-hop show in Charlottesville and you’ll see a rapper spitting lines to a crowd full of people giving him their full attention. They’ll be standing there, hipsters and hip-hop heads alike, stroking their chins, heads nodding to the beat. “They’re listening to every single word,” and when the rapper “says something dope, […]

Red Knierim and Matt Wyatt performed for patrons at Feast!’s rooftop wine garden on Saturday, October 1. The pop-up space will host wine tastings from Blenheim Vineyards on Fridays and Saturdays through October 22. Rammelkampfoto

Feast! pairs up with Blenheim Vineyards

There’s a rooftop wine garden in town, but blink and you’ll miss it. On Fridays from 4-7pm and on Saturdays from 1-6pm, now through October 22, Feast! is hosting a pop-up wine garden with Blenheim Vineyards in the Main Street Market tower, a cozy, open space with bistro tables, padded benches and some excellent views […]

Firefly staff and customers are encouraged to don their dirndls and lederhosen for the stein-hoisting competition Thursday, September 29. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Oktoberfest events abound in Charlottesville

It’s Oktoberfest season, and breweries, restaurants and bars all over town are celebrating one of the world’s largest festivals, which has its origins in an 1810 mid-October royal marriage in Munich. So dust off your dirndls and lederhosen, Charlottesville, and get thee to a bierhaus. Kardinal Hall Oktoberfest “is in the nature and history of […]

Ashley Sieg Williams (above) and Brice Cunningham are bringing a new restaurant concept to the former Tempo space. Rammelkamp Foto

Water Street replaces Tempo

There’s a new restaurant in the old Tempo space on the corner of Water Street and Fifth Street SE. It’s fittingly called Water Street, and, according to Ashley Sieg Williams, a trained chef who runs the front of the house, it’s not a rebranding of Tempo—it’s an entirely new restaurant. Williams says she and chef […]

Will Marsh’s indie-rock project, Gold Connections, has two releases slated for 2017. Photo by Mike Bottorff

Gold Connections’ future looks bright

A couple of years ago, while home on winter break from the College of William & Mary, Will Marsh found himself feeling overwhelmed by thoughts that drift, and often race, through young minds. Marsh was studying English, playing in a few bands on campus and worried about choosing a path—the right path—then facing the consequences of […]

Matt Monson, Kevin McElroy and Bradley Kipp will offer 10 beers on tap for the opening weekend of Random Row Brewing Co. September 16. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Brewery wants to tap into the neighborhood

Soon, you’ll be able to sidle up to one of the 45 bar stools at the Random Row Brewing Co. on Preston Avenue and say, “Bartender, I’ll have a random row, please.” The bartender will choose four different beers for you—a “random row”—but those beers have one essential commonality: They’ve all been made in the […]

Will Mullany and Judith Young formed the music booking group Camp Ugly to develop a representative scene beyond white dudes playing indie rock. Photo by Ron Paris

Booking team Camp Ugly breaks through the velvet rope

In May 2015, housemates Judith Young and Will Mullany went to the Paramount Theater for a screening of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, D.C. (1980-90). In the cushy theater seats, they watched how the early D.C. DIY scene unfolded, how now-legendary bands such as Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue and Fugazi […]

Painter Lou Haney’s exhibit, “Ripe,” opens September 2 at The Garage. Photo by Katelyn Greer

First Fridays: September 2

“There’s something compelling about taking something small and making it large,” says local artist Lou Haney, whose gouache on yupo paper paintings of larger-than-life fruit at various stages of maturity will hang at The Garage in September. “When an object normally fits in your hand,” she says, you have to reconsider your relationship to it […]

Barbie Brannock’s love of Southern California-style Mexican cooking comes from her mother. The menu at Barbie’s Burrito Barn includes burritos, tacos, bowls and tortilla strips instead of chips. Photo by Amy Jackson

Barbie’s Burrito Barn brings CaliMex to C’ville

For more than 20 years, every time Barbie Brannock cooked California-style Mexican food for her friends, they’d ask, “When are you going to open a restaurant?” They weren’t so much asking as they were insisting, says Brannock, who learned to cook in her mother’s Southern California kitchen, and was a Peace Corps worker, an artist […]

MIMA, a music nonprofit originally started in New York City, opened a chapter here in February and wants to engage the community in collaborative workshops. Photo: Murphy Thibodeau

Music nonprofit wants to help locals unite in song

Rappity rap, rappity rap. A 13-year-old tapped out a beat on a metal folding chair. Rappity rap, rappity rap. Dressed in black jeans, black untied high tops and a black Michael Jordan jersey over a white undershirt, he slumped forward, his restless fingers wandering over the edge of his chair, his gaze wandering up to […]

Jessie and Keith Stowell are the creative team behind the mysterious (but not locked) doors of the Cville Escape Room.
Image: EZE AMOS

Cville Escape Room challenges your brain

Back in May, a sandwich board adorned with a painted skeleton key advertising the Cville Escape Room popped up on the Downtown Mall, between the Main Street Arena and Violet Crown Cinema. Intrigued, a couple of friends and I book three slots in the fortune teller’s Secret room. Passing by the sandwich board we climb […]

Charlottesville’s Performers Exchange Project will present 21 performances of The Convolution of Pip and Twig at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. Fundraising performances take place locally on July 21 and 22 at PVCC’s Maxwell Theater. Photo: Will May

Edinburgh Festival Fringe influences local theater

Every August, tens of thousands performers from all over the world flock to Edinburgh, Scotland, and transform the 102-square-mile medieval city into the world’s largest stage: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Just about every space imaginable becomes a venue for more than 3,000 unique shows, says Charlottesville actor, director and producer Ray Nedzel, who has been […]

Drawing comparisons to The Avett Brothers and Jason Isbell, the Will Overman Band has generated a huge fanbase and lots of buzz about what’s next. See them at Fridays After Five this week. Photo: Publicity photo

The imminent rise of the Will Overman Band

While playing an album release show at the Southern on June 4, the five members of local amped-up folk-rock outfit Will Overman Band stepped off the stage and into the crowd to perform an acoustic rendition of the song “Ode to Virginia.” “We plopped down in the middle of the crowd and they formed a […]

Sly, modern pop duo Illiterate Light (Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran) plays up life’s pros and cons at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on April 22, Wild Wolf Brewery on April 23 and the Corner Indie Fest on May 3. Photo: Brandy Somers

Illiterate Light searches for moral middle ground

On a freezing-cold night in February, Harrisonburg band Illiterate Light played a set under a red light bulb in the kitchen of a house on First Street South, close to the graveyard. It was 1am and a dozen or so 20somethings leaned against walls and countertops, holding cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and passing around […]

KNDRGRDN (L to R: Eric Nelson, Jonathan Teeter and Max Bollinger) plays Crozet Pizza at the Buddhist Biker Bar on April 20. Photo: Ariana Miklowitz

Jonathan Teeter takes us back to KNDRGRDN

During a recent KNDRGRDN gig at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, frontman Jonathan Teeter looked up from his guitar mid-song. Bodies were packed in tightly, close to the stage, and he could see people bobbing up and down and singing along to “Your Shadow.” “Your shadow is coming in / Coming into my room / Your […]