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Friday’s After Five – Free Summer Concert Series

May 6, 2016 - May 7, 2016 - 5:30 am - 8:30 am at nTelos Wireless Pavilion
700 E Main Street

In its 29th season, Fridays After Five, presented by Bud Light, continues to be Charlottesville’s favorite live concert series on the Virginia Credit Union stage.  The first concert will kick off at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall April 15th, from 5:30pm -8:30pm, and each Friday thereafter ending on September 9th.

Each week volunteers work the concessions on behalf of a variety of local non-profits who share in the proceeds, which raises tens of thousands of dollars to support their work in our community. The spring and summer schedule features local artists of myriad musical styles; there is something for everyone! Unwind Friday evenings at this fabulous and FREE Charlottesville institution.

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Friday’s For Food at Friday’s After Five

May 6, 2016 - May 7, 2016 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at nTelos Wireless Pavilion
700 E Main Street

 

Fridays For Food will be held on the first Friday of every month through September.

April 15 / May 6 / June 3 / July 1 / August 5 / September 2
nTelos Wireless and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank are joining forces to engage the community to end hunger locally through a monthly, summertime donation drive.

During Fridays after Five, a community gathering tradition, patrons are asked to stop by the nTelos Wireless & Blue Ridge Area Food Bank booth to donate on the 1st Friday of every month. Throughout the summer, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank will be keeping an on-going tally of all donations collected. Each month, nTelos Wireless will kick start the efforts with a $500 donation. Stand up and make a difference in the community – support the effort to stamp out hunger!

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35th Annual Scottsville Chili Cook-off and Brewers Challenge

May 7, 2016 - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at James River Runners
10092 HATTON FERRY ROAD

Our very own Tawne Hayes will be cooking!  And of course Highway will be there to judge all the chili {inset burp here}!   Want to put together your own team?  
Deadline to enter is April 30.

ADMISSION: $20 for 21 and older with beer tastings arm band
$15 for 20 and older or those not doing beer tastings
ADMISSION INCLUDES:
FREE PARKING
ALL THE CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI YOU CAN EAT UNTIL CHILI RUNS OUT!
LIVE MUSIC BY Matt Horn and Friends and other local musicians to be announced
AN ARRAY OF CREATIVE CHILI SET-UPS PLENTY OF FUN IN THE SUN WITH THE FAMILY/Kid Zone with bounce house and games
Carnival Concessions/funnel cake, hot dogs, burgers and more!

UP TO 30 CHILI SET-UPS ARE EXPECTED as well as LOCAL CRAFT BREWERS WITH TASTINGS AND BREWS FOR SALE. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE!

ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE SCOTTSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR THE PURCHASE OF RIVER RESCUE EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING.

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DMB 25th Anniversary Hometown Show to Benefit Charlottesville Community Charities

May 7, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm at John Paul Jones Arena
295 Massie Rd

Dave Matthews Band will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a special hometown benefit concert at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, May 7. To express its gratitude for the incredible support the community has provided from the beginning, the band will donate all net proceeds from the concert, totaling over $1 million, to charitable programs in the Charlottesville area via its Bama Works Fund.

In 1999, Dave Matthews Band established the Bama Works Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and has subsequently contributed a portion of each concert ticket sold to the fund. To date, the fund has raised more than $40 million and made over 1,300 grants, primarily to charitable programs in the Charlottesville area community. It has also responded to a variety of national and international needs.

An online ticket presale for the May 7 show will begin on Wednesday, March 23, at 10am ET at www.warehouse.davematthewsband.com for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association.

 Citi is the official credit card of Dave Matthews Band 2016 tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets to this show through Citi’s Private Pass Program beginning Tuesday, March 29, at 10 AM ET. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

 Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 1, at 10 AM ET.

Dave Matthews Band formed in Charlottesville in early 1991 when vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews sought out a few local musicians – including drummer Carter Beauford, saxophonist LeRoi Moore, bassist Stefan Lessard and violinist Boyd Tinsley – to help him record a demo of some songs he had written. The band’s first public performances were at a Middle East Children’s Alliance Benefit at Trax Nightclub on March 14, 1991 and at the City of Charlottesville’s Earth Day Festival in April of that same year. Dave Matthews Band’s first official gig was on May 11, 1991 at a private party held on the rooftop of a downtown Charlottesville warehouse.

The band has always had a special connection to Charlottesville, where it honed its live show on local stages. In 1993, Dave Matthews Band self-released its first album, Remember Two Things. The band signed with RCA Records and released its first studio album, Under The Table and Dreaming, in 1994. They celebrated its release with a show in Charlottesville, where the mayor had proclaimed it “Dave Matthews Band Day.”

Since then, Dave Matthews Band has sold more than 20 million tickets and a collective 38 million CDs and DVDs combined. It is the first group in history to have six consecutive studio albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 – Before These Crowded Streets, Everyday, Busted Stuff, Stand Up, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King and Away from the World.

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Friday’s After Five – Free Summer Concert Series

May 13, 2016 - May 14, 2016 - 5:30 am - 8:30 am at nTelos Wireless Pavilion
700 E Main Street

In its 29th season, Fridays After Five, presented by Bud Light, continues to be Charlottesville’s favorite live concert series on the Virginia Credit Union stage.  The first concert will kick off at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall April 15th, from 5:30pm -8:30pm, and each Friday thereafter ending on September 9th.

Each week volunteers work the concessions on behalf of a variety of local non-profits who share in the proceeds, which raises tens of thousands of dollars to support their work in our community. The spring and summer schedule features local artists of myriad musical styles; there is something for everyone! Unwind Friday evenings at this fabulous and FREE Charlottesville institution.

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WWE Returns to the John Paul Jones Arena

May 15, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm at John Paul Jones Arena
295 Massie Rd

WWE LIVE returns to the John Paul Jones Arena!

Dean Ambrose vs Bray Wyatt!

See all your favorite WWE Superstars in action including: 

Demon Kane

Kevin Owens

WWE Tag Team Champions New Day 

Alberto Del Rio

And Many More!

Tickets Start at $15!

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Friday’s After Five – Free Summer Concert Series

May 20, 2016 - May 21, 2016 - 5:30 am - 8:30 am at nTelos Wireless Pavilion
700 E Main Street

In its 29th season, Fridays After Five, presented by Bud Light, continues to be Charlottesville’s favorite live concert series on the Virginia Credit Union stage.  The first concert will kick off at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall April 15th, from 5:30pm -8:30pm, and each Friday thereafter ending on September 9th.

Each week volunteers work the concessions on behalf of a variety of local non-profits who share in the proceeds, which raises tens of thousands of dollars to support their work in our community. The spring and summer schedule features local artists of myriad musical styles; there is something for everyone! Unwind Friday evenings at this fabulous and FREE Charlottesville institution.

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Blackberry Smoke Rocks the Jefferson

May 21, 2016 - 8:00 pm at The Jefferson Theater
110 E Main St

The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville is pleased to announce the return of Blackberry Smoke, Saturday May 21st in support of their latest album, “Holding All the Roses”.  Don’t miss this rocking show with Nashville based Improvisational Rock Trio “Simo” opening.  Tickets are $25 in advance and go on sale Friday, March 25th at 10am.  Tickets on the day of are $27 but will likely sell out so get yours today. PRE-SALE TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!  PROMO CODE “ROSES”!

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Release Date: February 10, 2015

Charlie Starr – guitar/lead vocals

Paul Jackson – guitar/vocals

Richard Turner – bass/vocals

Brandon Still – keyboards

Brit Turner – drums

“I think that this record does a really good job of conveying what we do and what we’re about,” Blackberry Smoke singer-guitarist-songwriter Charlie Starr says of Holding All the Roses, the band’s fourth studio album and its first Rounder release.

Indeed, Holding All the Roses compellingly captures the energy, attitude and honesty that have already helped to make Blackberry Smoke one of America’s hottest live rock ‘n’ roll outfits, as well as a grass-roots phenomenon with a large and fiercely loyal fan base that reflects the band’s tireless touring regimen and staunch blue-collar work ethic.

The 12-song set—produced by Brendan O’Brien, whose previous production clients have included AC/DC, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young—showcases the Atlanta-based quintet’s emotion-charged mix of bluesy rock, gospel soul, and country, with Starr’s raspy twang matched by his and Paul Jackson’s snarling guitars, Brandon Still’s hauntingly expressive organ and piano, and the propulsive sibling rhythm section of Richard and Brit Turner.  The songs’ musical and emotional appeal is further elevated by the band’s three-part vocal harmonies and expanded arrangements that make judicious use of fiddle and added percussion.

The five musicians’ instinctive musical rapport manifests itself equally strongly on such surging rockers as “Let Me Help You (Find the Door),” “Living in the Song” and “Wish In One Hand,” and on such intimate, introspective tunes as “Woman in the Moon,” “Too High” and the stirring, acoustic-textured “No Way Back to Eden.”  The album’s musical and emotional depth demonstrates how Blackberry Smoke continues to extend and expand the Southern rock tradition.

The musical maturity that’s on display throughout Holding All the Roses underlines Blackberry Smoke’s steady evolution from rough-edged club act to arena-ready rock ‘n’ roll juggernaut.  Since its formation in 2000, the band has never shied away from hard work, playing more than 250 shows a year and building an ever-expanding audience on the strength of its live shows, and with a noticeable lack of mainstream hype.

“We’ve built our audience one fan at a time,” states drummer Brit Turner.  “Sometimes it feels like we know every one of them personally, and we’re constantly amazed and moved by their loyalty and passion.”

Along the way, Blackberry Smoke has found time to record a handful of independent releases, including the albums Bad Luck Ain’t No Crime, Little Piece of Dixie, and The Whippoorwill (the latter on country megastar Zac Brown’s Southern Ground label), plus a pair of EPs, the concert DVD Live at the Georgia Theatre, and the live CD/DVD set Leave A Scar.  Although those releases found favor with fans and were received warmly by critics, the band members feel that Holding All the Roses marks the first time that Blackberry Smoke has had the time and resources to make an album that properly captures their musical essence.

“In the past, we never really had the resources to make the kind of records we wanted to make,” says Charlie, adding, “But this time around, everything lined up, and we were able to create an album that covers a lot of musical ground and works as a listening experience from beginning to end.”

It certainly helped that the band found a kindred musical spirit in producer O’Brien, whose affinity for solid songcraft and knack for capturing transcendent moments of musical inspiration made him the ideal man to capture Blackberry Smoke’s restless spirit in the studio.

“The whole experience was refreshing and spontaneous,” Charlie says of the album’s birth cycle.  “We got it done pretty quickly, but it didn’t feel like we were in a hurry.  We chose the songs to represent the different things that we do, and we took the time to work out the running order and figure out how the album should flow.  There are a bunch of three-minute songs on there, and a couple that are under three minutes, plus a couple that open up a little bit more and get a little bit jammy, and Brendan was very open about approaching each song to give it what it needed.”

“It was a way more comfortable record to make than anything we’d done before,” adds Brit.  “We were excited to work with Brendan for so many reasons, one being that he gets us and we don’t have to explain where we’re coming from, which hasn’t always been the case in the past.  We were all on the same page about the music, so we could just get down to business.”

Getting down to business is something that Blackberry Smoke has always been good at.  In addition to winning fans and friends throughout the United States, they’ve toured Europe three times, had their songs featured in movie and video-game soundtracks, and performed for country legend George Jones (who guested on the band’s second album) on his 80th birthday.

Jones isn’t the only notable artist who’s come out as a Blackberry Smoke fan.  Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson, Grace Potter and the Zac Brown Band have all gone on record as admirers, while ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons admiringly advised, “The band is tight enough.  Quit practicing!,” and no less an authority than Gregg Allman stated “That band is gonna put Southern Rock back on the map.”

The critics agree. The Washington Post proclaimed them “a band that can reclaim Southern Rock for the South,” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution declared, “The Atlanta quintet is the real deal.” Billboard praised their “epic-sounding ballads,” and The New Orleans Times-Picayune called them “an airtight band that is far smarter and more sophisticated than casual observers may realize… Blackberry Smoke’s amalgamation of hearty Southern rock, alt-country and deep soul is equally suited for roadhouses or arenas.”

The acclaim extends to the other side of the Atlantic.  The London Times noted, “Unpretentious and as musically tight as you would expect a band who plays night after night would be, Blackberry Smoke brought a little bit of Georgia sunshine to a rainy night in London.”  The English hard-rock journal Kerrang! proclaimed, “Blackberry Smoke are now a Big Deal…  They’ve achieved it simply because they’re awesome.”

Much of that awesomeness lies in the potent musical and personal rapport that’s at the core of Blackberry Smoke’s music.  “It’s evolved over the years, but that chemistry has been there from day one,” says Charlie.  “It’s always been about the five of us listening to each other and creating something that belongs to all of us.  When we started, we were young and impatient, playing everything too fast and with everything always turned up to 10.  But eventually you calm down and settle into the music, and you learn to play with patience and soul.”

“Everything with us has been a natural progression, but it’s always felt like it’s been about the five of us and about the chemistry,” Brit asserts.  “Me and my brother and Charlie had played together a lot in other bands, so that was a really strong foundation.  And all five of us grew up loving songs that were really well-crafted, whether they were by the Beatles or the Stones or Aerosmith or Skynyrd.  That’s a big part of our common ground, and I think that we’re always trying to come up with songs and records that are as good as the ones that we grew up with.”

While the five bandmates are excited that their move to Rounder offers the potential of reaching new listeners, they’re not planning on altering their approach for mass consumption.

“The plan for this record,” Charlie says, “is to go out and play as much as we can, and just take it to the people.  There’s so much that’s out of your hands when you release a record, but that’s the part that we can control.  That, and making an effort to make a better record every time.”

“We’ve always been really hands-on and deeply involved, and that’s not going to change,” concludes Brit, who adds, “The thing is, we really do care about this stuff, and we don’t have it in us to phone it in.  We really care about what we do, and we care about every person who comes to see us play, even the jackass who’s screaming for the song that we just played.  So we’re ready to pick up the ball and run with it.”

 

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Willie Nelson & Family

May 25, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm at nTelos Wireless Pavilion
700 E Main Street

With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In the last five years alone he delivered nine new album releases (of which one resulted in a Grammy Award win), released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone
magazine.

Tickets on sale Friday, Feb 26 at 10am!  OR get tickets early Wednesday, Feb 24 at 10am – Thursday, Feb 25 at 10pm.  Use password: LEGEND

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Friday’s After Five – Free Summer Concert Series

May 27, 2016 - May 28, 2016 - 5:30 am - 8:30 am at nTelos Wireless Pavilion
700 E Main Street

In its 29th season, Fridays After Five, presented by Bud Light, continues to be Charlottesville’s favorite live concert series on the Virginia Credit Union stage.  The first concert will kick off at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall April 15th, from 5:30pm -8:30pm, and each Friday thereafter ending on September 9th.

Each week volunteers work the concessions on behalf of a variety of local non-profits who share in the proceeds, which raises tens of thousands of dollars to support their work in our community. The spring and summer schedule features local artists of myriad musical styles; there is something for everyone! Unwind Friday evenings at this fabulous and FREE Charlottesville institution.

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