Bernice Lewis

Bernice Lewis

Nov 17, 2017 |  0 comments

With almost four decades of performing festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, colleges, and house concerts, along with a half dozen acclaimed CDs, Bernice Lewis has built a solid national fan base. She is also a published poet, a producer, and an educator extraordinaire. Lewis — who studied vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin, guitar technique with Alex DeGrassi and Guy van Duser, and songwriting with Rosanne Cash and Cris Williamson — has been a featured performer on NPR’s Mountain Stage program, as well as at the Kennedy Center. In 2008, she was awarded an Artist in Residence position by the National Park Service. In 1987, she was a finalist in the prestigious New Folk Songwriting Contest at the Kerrville (Texas) Folk Festival, where she continues to be a main stage favorite. Her ballad, “Bridges That Hold,” was included in Peter, Paul and Mary’s Lifelines video (PBS). She was featured in Yoga Journal for her work with sound and yoga, and has shared the stage with...

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Joe Newberry

Joe Newberry

Nov 15, 2017 |  0 comments

Known around the world for his clawhammer banjo playing, Joe Newberry is also a powerful guitarist, singer and songwriter. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing As We Rise,” featuring guest vocalist Ricky Skaggs, won the 2012 IBMA “Gospel Recorded Performance” Award. With Eric Gibson, he shared the 2013 IBMA “Song of the Year” Award for “They Called It Music.”A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor‘s A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the Transatlantic Sessions 2016 tour of the United Kingdom with fiddler Aly Bain and Dobro master Jerry Douglas, and at the Transatlantic Session’s debut at Merlefest in 2017.  In addition to performing solo, Joe plays in a duo with mandolin icon Mike Compton, sits in the banjo chair with old-time music legends Mike Craver, Bill Hicks, and Jim Watson, and performs with the dynamic fiddler and step-dancer April Verch. “A musician like Joe embodies the true South. You can’t have too many of...

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Blue Water Highway Band

Blue Water Highway Band

Nov 11, 2017 |  0 comments

Blue Water Highway runs just outside of Freeport up towards Galveston along the Texas Gulf Coast. This is the part of the world where the cultures of Texas and Louisiana collide in a unique melting pot steeped in the traditions of the people of both states. It is here, in the town of Lake Jackson, TX, that Zack Kibodeaux and Greg Essington became high school friends after Zack witnessed Greg playing Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” and immediately enrolled in piano lessons himself. Their partnership included performing in musicals and local coffee shops, until the friends went their separate ways after high school. Greg headed to New York City to pursue a degree in music technology. Zack went to Texas State in San Marcos to study vocal performance, specifically opera. Soon, Zack was writing songs and sending them to his friend in New York. Finally, he coaxed Greg back to Texas to form the band he had been hearing in his head. Although they had landed in their adopted...

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East of Monroe

East of Monroe

Nov 4, 2017 |  0 comments

East of Monroe is an Americana/bluegrass group based in Virginia and Maryland. Their music is mostly original tunes along with tasteful covers of diverse songs. The band members all have different influences and backgrounds and that accounts for the many different styles of music the group plays. It all comes together in a unique, entertaining way- and with their new release, By the River’s Edge, they will surely become a force on the acoustic scene.

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R-MC Alumni Reunion Show

R-MC Alumni Reunion Show

Oct 28, 2017 |  1 comment

This after reunion show, featuring Randolph-Macon alumni bands The Bombage Band and The Panties, is open to the public! Join us for a evening of fun and great music! $3 Cover

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BJ Kocen, Sarah White, & Justin Laughter

BJ Kocen, Sarah White, & Justin Laughter

Oct 26, 2017 |  0 comments

BJ Kocen has been in the Richmond, VA music scene for decades now. His work really started to get noticed in the early days of the Ashland Coffee and Tea where he opened for Todd Snider, hosted and won The Singer Songwriter Showdown, and played many shows there with some of the top musicians in the area. Bj then broke off and founded his own music series hosted at The Barksdale Theatre called “Stretchin” which ran for 5 seasons. He runs the glave kocen gallery with his wife Jennifer and they just celebrated the gallery’s ten year anniversary in September. ​Sarah White has a new album ready called High Flyer.  Recorded at Montrose Studio in Richmond VA.  Produced, mixed, and engineered by Stewart Myers of Dixie Five.  Players include Daniel Clarke (Ryan Adams, k.d. lang) on keyboards, pianos and accordion; Charles Arthur (Slaid Cleaves) on guitars, Charlie Bell (Charlie Louvin, Hackensaw Boys) on pedal steel; and John O’Reilly Jr. on drums. “Sweetheart”...

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