The Southern Cafe & Music Hall

The Way Down Wanderers play up the positive vibes at the Southern on Tuesday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Way Down Wanderers

Sweethearts of the road: It can be tough to stand out in the field of bluegrass with all the talented players currently on the road, but The Way Down Wanderers have found a sweet spot in the mix. The Peoria, Illinois, band relies on exceptional musicianship and a family-like bond with fans to get heard […]

Filmore explores new country at the Southern on Saturday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Filmore

Fan favorite: He may be labeled a country singer, but Filmore’s music doesn’t fit neatly into one category. Whether he’s adding electronic beats or R&B elements, or picking up the occasional banjo, the young Missourian puts a fresh twist on country music traditions, and it’s garnered him millions of streams. The musician is also known […]

Mariana Bell celebrates with a group of talented locals at The Southern on Friday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Mariana Bell

Dream team: Most of the music made by Charlottesville-raised Aussie Mariana Bell can be comfortably described as indie rock influenced by jazz and folk. But in 2017, her collaboration with Sander van Doorn, DubVision, and Mako led to Bell’s name rising on the EDM charts with the single “Into the Light.” To celebrate her birthday, […]