Tami Keaveny

Arts Editor Tami Keaveny has navigated the world of arts and entertainment through a variety of marketing and public relations jobs. She has worked at WBCN, BAM Music magazine, Bonnie Simmons Management, Bill Graham Presents, Tickets.com, ClearChannel Entertainment, WordHampton Public Relations, Starr Hill Presents, and SMG before taking the desk as Arts Editor at C-VILLE Weekly. She calls San Francisco State University her alma mater and Charlottesville, Virginia her home. Hobbies include: amateur food photography, junk food culture (Food Seen), orchid killing, offensive cross-stitch, vintage glassware collecting, and wine with everything.

Sis plays the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on Tuesday (publicity photo).

ARTS Pick: Sis

Spacey, slinky synths paired with earnest poeticism and come-hither vocals drive the experimental pop of San Francisco’s Sis. Touring on the heels of its debut album, Euphorbia, the group is already playing up the creative juice that’s flowing to a new release set for Spring 2019. In the meantime, Sis’ brand new single, “Nightie,” (released […]

At 76, David Crosby continues to create new music and wow audiences. He performs songs from throughout his career at the Paramount on Thursday. Photo by Anna Webber

David Crosby is still speaking out against the madness

Naming someone a “voice of a generation” may be cliché, but when applied to David Crosby, there’s nothing trite about it. After founding The Byrds with Roger McGuinn in 1964, he left to form Crosby, Stills and Nash in ’69. Neil Young joined after the first album, and CSNY played its second live gig at […]

Barefoot Movement performs on February 22 at the Southern. Photo: Catherine Truman Photography

Arts Pick: MerleFest on the Road

Thursday 2/22 MerleFest on the Road gives added exposure to the players at (the late) Doc Watson’s popular Americana music festival in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Chicago’s soulful five-piece The Way Down Wanderers, laidback Nashville bluegrass act The Barefoot Movement, and seasoned folk musician Andy May, carry the torch in an ensemble show that previews the […]

Bryan Cranston is the executive director, producer and writer of “Sneaky Pete” (pictured on set). He appears as part of the UVA President’s Speaker Series for the Arts on March 26 at 2pm. “We look forward to hearing about Bryan’s career... along with his views on the impact of the arts on his life and our world,” says UVA’s vice provost for the arts, Jody Kielbasa. Photo courtesy Amazon Prime Video/Eric Liebowitz

Bryan Cranston on taking risks, misinformation and learning to cook…meth

Talk about Bryan Cranston and the conversation inevitably turns to his leading role in “Breaking Bad” as the high school chemistry teacher-turned-drug-lord Walter White. But Cranston’s career has many layers, as detailed in A Life in Parts, his autobiography published in 2016. Many of his early gigs were comedic roles, as on “Seinfeld” and “Malcolm […]

The J. Geils Band frontman and radio DJ Peter Wolf—drawing comparisons to Mick Jagger thanks to his acrobatic stage presence, raw shimmy and vocal dexterity—propelled the band up the charts with “Come Back,” “Centerfold,” “Freeze Frame” and “Love Stinks.” Publicity photo

Catch music legend Peter Wolf at Lockn’

In the early ’80s, at the advent of the new MTV era, Peter Wolf led one of the most popular rock ‘n’ roll bands on the airwaves. The high-energy blues of Boston’s The J. Geils Band formed around John Geils’ guitar licks and the innovative use of rock harmonica, but it was frontman and radio […]

Lockn’ festival producer Dave Frey shows off a whimsical addition to Garcia’s Forest, the portal door. “Walk through and if you don't like what happens to you, just walk right back the other way and it will undo it all,” he jokes. Staff photo

Lockn’ festival is groomed and geared up for more

Lockn’ festival returns to Oak Ridge Farm on Thursday, and while the musical acts including Phish, Ween and My Morning Jacket are expected to draw more than 30,000 fans to the area, event producer Dave Frey defines the key to enjoying the festival as “locality.” Pointing out the attributes of the recently established Nelson County Preserve, […]

Georgia Castleman will sing the role of the shepherd boy for the third consecutive year, in Ash Lawn Opera’s Amahl and the Night Visitors on Saturday. Photo: Courtesy Ash Lawn Opera

Night vision: Ash Lawn Opera’s annual holiday gift

When Georgia Castleman takes her third and final curtain call for the lead in Amahl and the Night Visitors on Saturday, she will be giving up a role that was a gift to the opera world. In 2012, Ash Lawn Opera expanded into a winter season and introduced local audiences to Amahl, a one-act opera […]

Lockn' co-founder Dave Frey looks forward to a bigger festival with more options.  staff photo

Updated: Lockn’ adds to its infrastructure and allure

Updated: Due to a powerful storm, the opening of  Lockn’ campgrounds has been delayed until further notice and Thursday performances have been canceled. When gates open to the show field  on Thursday, returning campers and daytrippers will find what should be an improved experience at Lockn’ Music Festival, the four-day music bash on Nelson County’s […]

Image: Ron Rammelkamp

Beatle landing

Paul McCartney performed at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville on Tuesday. The rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, who turned 73 last week, showed no signs of age and blasted through a set of 30-plus familiar songs that kicked off with “Eight Days a Week,” leaving nothing to prove as one of the most influential musicians in the […]

“We were way ahead of our time,” said Felipe Rose (second from left). “It’s something that nobody had ever tried, and it’s so different that it still sells to many generations across the board for many decades.” Publicity photo

Interview: Felipe Rose’s unexpected role in The Village People

Like Playskool figures come to life, The Village People emerged on the disco scene in 1977, and by the following year the entire country was singing and mimicking the vocal group’s famous “Y.M.C.A.” moves. An act derived from the gay culture of Greenwich Village, the group formed when Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo spotted a […]

Boasting a peer group of fans, Bill Burr is  a "comedian's comedian." He performs his standup comedy at The Paramount Theater on Thursday. Image: Koury Angelo

Wake up call: Comic Bill Burr stands up for himself

With notable TV appearances on Comedy Central, three standup recordings, and several film roles under his belt, Burr is on track to become the next household name in comedy. Not to be overlooked is his work as a dramatic actor, like his role as Patrick Kuby on “Breaking Bad.”

Wynonna is resignedly candid about a private life that’s intertwined with tabloid tongue-wagging and an entire family in
the spotlight.

Wynonna approaches Christmas with a new perspective

While most of us are keeping pace with the holiday bustle, country music superstar Wynonna is taking herself out of the madness this year. “I’m not doin’ it,” she said. “I’m just not. Not after what I’ve been through this past year.” In addition to the rigors of touring, recording, and reality TV appearances, she’s […]

Alfred Hitchcock was so taken with Tippi Hedren that he personally trained her as an actress, followed her, and pressured her for sex. When Hedren shunned his obsessive attention, he disowned her and referred to her only as “the girl.” Photo credit: Snap/Zumapress.com

A conversation with Hitchcock ingénue Tippi Hedren

Last year’s HBO film The Girl depicted the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, and his discovery of Tippi Hedren, who went under contract with Hitch in 1961 and starred in his films The Birds and Marnie. The movie revealed the director’s obsessive desire to control and seek favor from his “ice cool […]

Veteran radio host Terry Gross reveals her inner drama queen when things go awry. “When Lou Reed walked out, even though there was nothing for us to broadcast, it gave the day a lot of drama, and it turned it into a very interesting day,” she said. Image: Will Ryan

Off the air and on the record with NPR’s Terry Gross

‘‘From WHYY in Philadelphia, I’m Terry Gross with ‘Fresh Air.’” Every NPR junkie knows this intro, and the anticipatory thrill as the warm, steady voice of Terry Gross floats through the radio speakers to set up the backstory of “Fresh Air’s” current interview guest. For almost 40 years, Gross has been conducting compelling, substantive interviews […]

The massive Oak Ridge Estate property in Nelson County is preparing for the four day Lockn' Festival in September. Image: T. Keaveny

Interlocken changes its name to Lockn’ Festival, loses Neil Young

The organizers of the Lockn’ Festival (formerly Interlocken Music Festival) scheduled for September 5-8 on the grounds of Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington, VA have confirmed that Neil Young & Crazy Horse, originally scheduled as the headline performance, has cancelled. According to a press statement, the appearance was cut from the line-up due to a […]

Photo: Jackson Smith

Jess Martin: Superfan

We all know that fan—the one who can rattle off concerts dates and set lists, detailing the lineup, the between-song banter, and even the attire of her favorite band or musician. Jess Martin is of that tribe. The 30-year-old Charlottesville resident has more concerts under her belt than some aging rock stars, and she’s just […]

Charlottesville is in for some country music gold when Loretta Lynn and friends come to town on Saturday. “It’s gonna be fun,” Lynn said. “We don’t come out to do a bad show.” Publicity photo.

Honky tonk girl: Loretta Lynn still rules country music

Loretta Lynn released her first record, Honky Tonk Girl, in 1960 and began a 53-year-and-counting career that has made her the most awarded woman in country music. A true-to-her-roots Kentucky girl, Lynn never let the bright lights of Nashville blind her, and she met the pitfalls of fame in public, working through addiction and marital disharmony […]

Annie Oakley (Emilie Faith Thompson) and Frank Butler (Jonathan Elliott Coarsey) are loaded for laughter in Heritage Theatre Festival’s season opener Annie Get Your Gun. “The thing I love most about Annie Oakley is that she is very no-nonsense about what she wants,”said Thompson. Photo Michael Bailey.

Summer stocked: The Heritage Theatre Festival returns with guns out

The construction is complete, and Robert Chapel is ready to dig in. As Heritage Theatre Festival’s Producing Artistic Director, Chapel is eager to launch the company’s first full season in two years following the opening of UVA Drama’s new Ruth Caplin Theatre. “I’ll be doing five shows: two in the Caplin, two in the Culbreth, […]

Workers hang images of wildlife photographer Tim Laman's work to open the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph. Image: Tami Keaveny

Birds in TREES: The annual LOOK3 Festival Of The Photograph begins

One of Charlottesville’s most anticipated springtime events began today with the hanging of the LOOK3 TREES exhibit.  The installation has kicked off Charlottesville’s LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph since it began in 2007. “It’s really our coming out party,” said LOOK3’s managing director, Andrew Owen. LOOK3 attracts an estimated attendance of 25,000 artists and observers […]