music It was the first time in a long time that felt like the presence of a “scene,” like Trax ’92 or The Hogwallers ’99. The Sons of Bill, who played their first ever gig one year ago opening for Monticello Road, used the holidays to their advantage for their anniversary show at Starr Hill […]
First Night Virginia celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and along with great regular acts like Abbey Road, Jay and Morwenna and Uncle Henry’s Favorites, this will be the first year that First Night sponsors a parade through Downtown. Craig Green’s Common Ground Chorus is modeled on Ubuntu: a belief that singing in harmony celebrates […]
The presents are all wrapped and under the tree. You still have time to go out and hear some music. At the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, Sarah White
How would you say Charlottesville fared musically in 2006? Let’s take a little test. Would you rather:
A. Take a long bike ride through city streets on a beautiful Saturday afternoon with little traffic around, finally settling in for a cold draft beer at Durty Nelly’s.
It used to be that when Christmas holidays approached, many in the music industry celebrated the success of the CD box set. It was the gift that said both, “I tried to be more thoughtful than a gift certificate,” and “I knew you would never spend 60 bucks on yourself, so Merry Christmas.” In the […]
One of the main reasons to be in a band (apart from the money and the girls, of course) is the opportunity to travel and play gigs in interesting places. As our friend Dave Grant used to put it, to go drinking in different languages. Jodie Foster’s loss is Bill Gates’ gain when Big Ray […]
Typically, I wait until December 23 to try and put myself in the holiday spirit, but some people prefer to take their time with the holidays. Get in the spirit: Debbie Hunter and her group will present medieval English carols and more at St. Paul’s Memorial Church. Debbie Hunter’s early music vocal group, Mira, will […]
Let’s just say some old college photos surfaced at a party. Maybe not the ones DJ Stroud was really worried about, but interesting photos nonetheless.
Andy Waldeck found his dream bass guitar on eBay recently. Waldeck, who likes trying to collect instruments from his birth year, recently found a 1966 candy-apple-red Fender Jazz Bass “with the most rare factory option, [the matching peg head paint.] This one is, as stated, in dead mint condition.
Two local bands with plenty of big buzz, Sons of Bill and Sparky’s Flaw, are putting their draw together for a Starr Hill show this Friday. Sons of Bill comprises three sons of UVA philosophical theology Professor Bill Wilson. He taught all of his kids how to play guitar and, according to brother James, he […]
I saw Dave Chappelle\’s movie Half Baked last weekend (I know, I\’m the last person in town to see it), and Chappelle is very funny, but it got me wondering.
Andy Friedman, painter and visual artist (he’s a cartoonist for The New Yorker), and singer-songwriter, has a strong Charlottesville connection that runs through local folk star Paul Curreri. Curreri says that Friedman was such a serious art student at Pratt, in New York City, that he became disillusioned after a gum eraser battle broke out in a professor-free classroom, and ultimately transferred to the Rhode Island School of Design. Friedman and Curreri were roommates at RISD, and later in Brooklyn, New York.
They call themselves a new kind of record label, and their business plan makes room for old and new technology. Mark Fulton and John Guenin launched the online label Record Theory this past February, distributing CDs for seven bands, most of them local. Fulton and Guenin both grew up in town and graduated from UVA. […]
"Best of C-ville" rockers American Dumpster have seen their share of trials and tribulations as of late- but with a trio of upcoming shows, they’re playing through the pain. When it rains, it pours. Local favorites American Dumpster have just survived a stretch that makes Fleetwood Mac look like The New Christy Minstrels. Among […]
Ask around town about favorite local bands, and you are very likely to find Sparky’s Flaw at the top of many people’s list. Ask Sparky’s Will Anderson about the reason for the band’s popularity, and he will give you the most nuts-and-bolts answer there is: “Good songwriting, good live shows and hard work.” Touring up […]
Mike Webb, publicity director at The Nation, got wind through a friend that his magazine was Dave Matthews’ favorite read. Webb called C-VILLE Weekly’s editor, who put Webb and The Dave together through contacts at Red Light Management. That led to a photo shoot after a DMB gig in Boston. The ad is part of […]
This Friday at Starr Hill, The Easy Star All-Stars will appear on the heels of the release of their CD Radiodread, a complete reggae version of Radiohead’s OK Computer.
In 2002, British pop music ‘zine Q wrote that The Flaming Lips were one of the “50 bands to see before you die.” Well, your opportunity will never be better than when the band arrives at the Pavilion next Tuesday, September 12.
Let’s go up to the Corner, shall we? Westminster House, formerly The Prism, is organizing itself and, in the spirit of both The Prism and Westminster Presbyterian Church, is offering a community center for traditional music and dance. Pete Vigour leads a monthly old-time jam, fiddler Alex Caton teaches lessons there, and Lori Madden and […]
Karl Wallinger had a really bad year. The former Waterboy was sitting on top of things when his band, World Party, released an excellent (and very Beatley) CD, Private Revolution, in 1987. But in 2000, things went awry.
Regarding the report of last month\’s planned sale of a majority portion of Musictoday to Live Nation, a spin-off of radio Goliath Clear Channel Communications, I spoke with Music-today\’s COO Del Wood, who put a very positive face on the transaction.
Greg Allen\’s musical vision is organic, and his work is testimony to the fact that when you stay with something long enough, your labors will produce fruit. Allen is the guiding force behind Songsharing, a loose-knit group of songwriters and musicians who are committed to performing free concerts in locales where you might not usually find live music.
Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported on Live Nation\’s purchase of a majority stake in Coran Capshaw\’s $100 million fan/merch business Music Today, which Capshaw started six years ago and which operates out of a former factory in Crozet.
I have always subscribed to the theory that you can find out as much about someone through their record collection as you could ever want to know. I could start a dating service based on what is in the record collections of single men and women, and virtually guarantee success. Some people predict criminality through craniology, but I stake my reputation on too many Daniel Johnston records.
When Martha Mendenhall was thinking about the idea of Wunderkammer, a multifaceted arts carnival profiled in C-VILLE just last week, she picked longtime Zen Monkey Dance Troupe member Zap McConnell to take the reins as artistic director. McConnell has been involved in many different aspects of performance art, from theater and dance to studying clowning in Mexico. When I talked to her, Zen Monkey was in preparation for their seventh annual Summer Dance Intensive, which hosts students from all over the region, and I got to ask Zap about her influences.
Bahlmann Abbot grew up in Fayetteville, in southern West Virginia. His grandmother was a picker and singer and his father played music as well. Abbot says, “It was in the storyteller tradition, sitting on the front porch and passing the guitar around.”