Chan Hall

Chan Hall

May 19, 2018 |  0 comments

Jazz pianist and composer Chan Hall’s soothing grooves provide a vibrant, expansive landscape of poetry in motion; influenced by Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Chick Corea, and George Benson. The July 2011 release of Chan’s debut album Dreaming Afterdark has gained buzz throughout the mid-Atlantic jazz community. The project is the culmination of a lifetime of dreams deferred for this jazz keyboardist. A native of Wilson, North Carolina, William “Chan” Hall started playing the piano by ear at the age of 15. But it was playing basketball that ruled his teenage years. He dreamed of becoming a superstar athlete at North Carolina State University. At the same time, he was a standout percussionist in his high school concert band. He was featured on the xylophone, vibes, marimba, bass drum, and auxiliary percussion instruments. During those years, his band instructor introduced him to jazz music. He instantly fell in love and even more so when the possibility of playing college...

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Road Kill Roy

Road Kill Roy

May 12, 2018 |  0 comments

“Perhaps Bob Marley said it best: ““One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”” This could not be more true for live music. To me, there is nothing better than going to see a band perform. No matter what my mood was that day, if the energy from the band is on point I seem to find myself forgetting about all my troubles and letting go of all the negativity that can so easily creep up and take control of you. It is even more uplifting when you come across a group of guys that have come together as a band for all of the right reasons. This is exactly what you get when you have the opportunity to see Road Kill Roy perform. These five individuals from the Richmond area play music because it is what they love to do. While getting rich and famous might be the catalyst for some bands, the guys from Road Kill Roy want to play their music because it makes them happy. I have been seeing their name all over the place recently and finally got the opportunity to...

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Mitchel Evan & Justin Golden

Mitchel Evan & Justin Golden

May 11, 2018 |  0 comments

Mitchel Evan is a 23 year old songwriter from Richmond, Virginia, now living in the outskirts of Denver, Colorado. He first started playing piano at the age of 9, but it wasn’t until he picked up the guitar at 13 that he discovered his passion and knack for songwriting. Mitchel writes songs with an emphasis on lyrical content and emotional delivery in an effort to map the shortest distance from his heart to the listeners’. In addition to his 4 piece rock band, Mitchel Evan and The Mangrove, the artist is working on a full length solo album and continues to write, record and tour at a prolific rate.   Opener Justin Golden’s origins are deeply vested in the blues. With roots in the Mississippi Delta, Chicago, and the Piedmont of Virginia, he has always felt most connected to the blues. First picking up the guitar at age 19, Golden did what came naturally and let the music flow through him. With an extremely diverse musical palette, Golden aims to bring some new ideas to...

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Rob Williams

Rob Williams

May 5, 2018 |  0 comments

An Hour Before Daylight is the third release from Richmond, VA-based singer/songwriter Rob Williams. Like his previous two albums, it offers all-original material plus one carefully chosen cover — in this case, it’s a briskly rhythmic rendition of Lucinda Williams’s “Blue.” His sound is rough but warm, full of turns and twists through a soundscape of folk, rootsy rock, Americana twang, and Williams’s original touches, unbound by genre. His stories lead us to places that feel familiar and timeless. Places that stretch as high as hope can go (“Icarus Dreamt”) or just a whisper away from someone who’s spent too many sad nights on that barstool next to yours (“Broken”). And not just to those places but also to the triumphs and, yes, the failures of people who lived there or were just passing through. Some of them are beyond our reach — the miners who perished underground in “Butte, Montana, 1885,” an ancestor from impossibly long ago in “Lucy, You’re...

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Brock Zeman

Brock Zeman

May 4, 2018 |  0 comments

When it comes to storytelling, Brock Zeman is a master craftsman. The Canada-based singer-songwriter has spent the past 12 years carving and chiseling Americana soundscapes, drawing from roots-rock and alternative country. But what separates Zeman from his contemporaries isn’t a willingness to speak truth – it’s his unwillingness to conform to the rules of Nashville and the traditional framework of genre. What gives Zeman’s stories force isn’t that he’s just singing a narrative – he’s living it. Over the course of his career, Zeman has released 12 studio albums, one live record, toured North America extensively and received praise from numerous press outlets. “His songs have more depth than can be realized first time through, which only enhances with each listen,” wrote Penguin Eggs. Zeman has also won a slew of songwriting awards, including 2nd place at both 2016’s Unsigned Only Competition as well as the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for his track...

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Suzie and the G-Tones Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

Suzie and the G-Tones Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

Apr 28, 2018 |  0 comments

“Suzie and the G-Tones” strikes a perfect chord between youthful energy and old soul. Featuring the passionate, full-throated singing of Susan DePhillip and the thrilling fretwork of John Georgiou, Suzie and the G-Tones play an eclectic mix of rock cover tunes and originals that are always sure to please. Think vocal harmonies with smooth rock and bluesy grooves. Think The Beatles, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, Lucinda Williams, Susan Tedeschi, and a whole lot more. Expect innovative arrangements, instrumental prowess, and a surprise or two along the way. With Scott Young on saxophone and keys, and a rhythm section of Chris Colohan on bass and Gary Williams on drums, this seasoned five piece delivers major entertainment. Fun times, familiar songs, great music: Rock done right.    

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