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Dave Schools (far left) will take a few notes from his “teachers” and play many with his band Widespread Panic at the Lockn’ Music Festival. Publicity image

Schools in session: WSP bassist gets prepped for Lockn’

Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools is a Virginia native. When reached for a recent phone interview he sounded genuinely enthusiastic about his old home state hosting the Lockn’ Festival, a high-profile jam band bash taking place at Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington this Thursday through Sunday and featuring Grateful Dead offshoot Furthur, Trey Anastasio Band, the Black Crowes and the String Cheese Incident, among many others.

The genre-jumping songwriter and accomplished guitarist, Anders Osborne, brings his melting pot of rock to the Jefferson. Publicity photo

Down on the Bayou: Anders Osborne’s evolving New Orleans Sound

Through a two-and-a-half-decade career, Anders Osborne has consistently proven to be one of New Orleans’ most versatile musicians. Since releasing his debut album in 1989, Osborne has become a Crescent City mainstay, able to vary his sound from edgy Bayou blues (2001’s Ash Wednesday Blues) to introspective soulful folk-rock (2007’s Coming Down). He’s collaborated with […]

Joan Baez will co-headline with the Indigo Girls at the Pavilion on June 11. “We’ll definitely be doing songs together on this upcoming tour,” said the folk singing legend. Publicity photo.

The voice: Joan Baez gives old songs new life

Joan Baez still possesses the unwavering ability to make any song her own, even when she didn’t write the lyrics. It comes from her voice, an unmistakable soaring soprano with nightingale soul that took her to the stage of the Newport Folk Festival at the tender age of 18 and still carries a music career […]

The David Wax Museum may be the only band at the Tom Tom Festival to play the quijada, an instrument that makes its sound by rattling the dried out teeth on a donkey’s jawbone. Publicity photo.

ARTS Preview: 5 bands to catch at Tom Tom Fest 2013

Last year, the Tom Tom Founder’s Festival debuted with a bold music line-up. While Josh Ritter delivered a spirited performance to a full house at the Haven, scattered shows by national acts, like the Walkmen and Futurebirds, were underattended. This year Tom Tom organizers are shifting the focus to local and regional bands, and beefing […]

Singer-poet Todd Snider plays on the wild side of folk music, backed by The Burnouts, at the Jefferson on Thursday.(Publicity Photo)

East side story: Nashville anti-hero Todd Snider goes electric

Todd Snider lives on the other side of the tracks from the Music City establishment. It’s in his attitude as much as his address. With a reverence for Americana in its many forms, and a delivery that can mirror the wry wit of early Dylan or the earnest twang of John Prine, Snider tells humorous tales of sketchy characters and uses thought-provoking wisdom from the dive-bar underbelly to rail against what ails him.

Photo: Jack Looney

Six reasons to see DMB this weekend

It’s been more than two decades since Dave Matthews Band emerged from Charlottesville and forever altered the pop-rock landscape with rootsy jams highlighted by the juxtaposition of fiddle and sax. While small gigs at Trax and frat parties were the launch pad, the band belongs to the rest of the world now—with 37 million albums […]

Photo: Andrew Zapanta

Charlottesville Track Club inspires new runners

Working out before the sun comes up is never easy. But it helps to have the support of some like-minded friends. That’s the attitude of the members of the Charlottesville Track Club, who meet every Wednesday morning at 5:30 for group speed workouts at the University of Virginia’s Lannigan Field Track. It’s just one of […]

Bassist John Stirratt (far right) is the only original Wilco member other than front man Jeff Tweedy, but the band’s a happy, well-oiled Americana machine. Feel the love on Thursday at the Pavilion.

Wilco cruises into Pavilion with good vibes

Wilco is in a good place. The band’s near-two-decade slog through the music world has had its fair share of adversity: addiction, line-up shuffles, and a gut-punch rejection from Reprise Records of what turned out to be its most successful album (2002’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot). Now, the band has held the same crew together for […]

Urban outdoors: Charlottesville Triathlon Club makes multi-sport training easy

Urban outdoors: Charlottesville Triathlon Club makes multi-sport training easy

Wet and wild: The Charlottesville Triathlon Club offers weekly swimming practices. (Courtesy CTC) If you’ve ever dreamed of fighting the vicious headwinds of Kona at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, the Charlottesville Triathlon Club can put you on the right road. As multidisciplinary competitions, triathlons usually combine running, biking, and swimming, and the amount […]

Head of the camp: An interview with David Lowery

Head of the camp: An interview with David Lowery

David Lowery wears many musical hats. He’s best known as the front man of Cracker—the popular alt-rock outfit that hit it big back in the early ‘90s with the platinum-selling album Kerosene Hat. But Lowery’s reach in the business is much greater than Cracker’s ubiquitous radio hits like “Low” and “Get Off This.” Before Cracker, he founded […]

Preview: The delayed musical odyssey of the Wood Brothers

Preview: The delayed musical odyssey of the Wood Brothers

 Bands of brothers are nothing new. Whether it’s Stanley, Everly or Avett, sibling combos are well established across a range of musical generations and genres. But unlike the lifelong chemistry established by some family bands, Oliver and Chris Wood spent nearly two decades playing apart before finally coming together. The Wood Brothers band together at […]

Ain’t no rock wall high enough: Erin Horn scales one of Rocky Top’s 20-plus-foot climbing routes. (Photo by Nick Strocchia)

New owners, new life at local climbing gym

Rock climbers in Charlottesville looking for a quick fix face a geographical conundrum. Reaching a decent crag requires at least 45 minutes in the car. Fortunately, for the past 18 years Rocky Top climbing gym has been a reliable Downtown vertical refuge, and soon the sanctuary for top-rope routes and bouldering training will see some […]

The Infamous Stringdusters eschew bluegrass dogma

The Infamous Stringdusters eschew bluegrass dogma

It’s been a big year for The Infamous Stringdusters. The dynamic five-man string band picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental, started an independent record label, High Country Recordings, and kicked off a sold-out bill in front of 10,000 people at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre this past summer. But as far as […]

Plan your jam

Plan your jam

I can’t resist a good music festival. From the Americana overload of North Carolina’s Merlefest to the eclectic jam rock orgy of California’s High Sierra Music Festival, I’ve burnt my vacation days over the years chasing the country’s top sonic galas. For me, a great festival is just as much about the setting as it […]