1. Who’s Bad- The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band, The Jefferson Theater, Feb. 14th
Whether you idolized the Jackson 5, fell in love to Human Nature, or learned to moonwalk to Billie Jean, Who’s Bad is THE ULTIMATE music-and-dance driven Michael Jackson homage. This band of professionals relentlessly elevate the legacy of pop music’s King, always pushing themselves to be more precise, to raise the level of excitement and awe, while embodying Michael Jackson’s mission to bring people together of all races, genders, and cultures through music. As the curtain opens on a Who’s Bad performance, every MJ fan feels the adrenaline, screams at the sight of that unmistakable silhouette, and succumbs to a surefire Michael Jackson sing-along. The energy is purely magnetic, the musicianship is first-rate, the dance moves deftly inspired. Who’s Bad is a tribute befitting a King and their high-octane execution of MJ’s music and dance has catapulted them to the exclusive rank of Ultimate!
2. Hospitality, The Southern Cafe and Music Hall, Feb. 23rd
Hospitality is an American Indie pop trio from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2007 and consisting of Amber Papini (vocals, guitar), Brian Betancourt (bass) and Nathan Michel (percussion). The band is currently signed to Merge Records and released their first full-length album on January 31, 2012.
3. Dervish, The Paramount Theater, Feb. 21st
Dervish concert performances are a myriad of tones and moods ranging from high energy tunes, played with fluidity and intuitiveness, to beautifully measured songs, from charming lyrics of life and love, to inspiring melodies that lift audiences from their seats. All the elements are drawn together by Cathy Jordan’s masterful stage-presence. Her stories to the songs and interaction with the audience draw people into the music in a way very few performers can achieve. It’s no surprise then that Dervish is more in demand than ever. Their colorful career has taken them to every corner of the globe and has seen them share center stage with such names as James Brown, The Buena Vista Social Club, Oasis, Sting, REM, Beck and many more. Dervish is a band that both celebrates Irish music and has been instrumental in bringing it to a worldwide audience.
4. The Houston Ross Trio, Miller’s Downtown, Thursdays
Three part funk delivery system featuring Charles Owens on sax and Jeff Ladderback on drums.
5. “88 Keys” Wilson and Jazz Collective #9, Fellini’s #9, Mondays
Local legendary octogenarian plays piano at 5:30pm, followed by veteran area musicians learning, developing, and performing a weekly jazz repertoire.
6. Stephen Steinbrink + Erik The Red + Den, Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, Feb 17th
Stephen Steinbrink – Stephen loves Cville and Cville loves him back. His most recent album Arranged Waves is indie pop amazingness.
Erik the Red – The most genuine human you will meet. Songs that will melt your heart.
DEN – New project of UVA music grad student Erik DeLuca.
7. Yonder Mountain String Band With The Travelin’ McCourys, The Jefferson Theatre, Feb. 11th
Yonder Mountain String Band has always played music by its own set of rules. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences that the band cites, Yonder has pioneered a sound of their own. With their traditional lineup of instruments, the band may look like a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they’ve created their own music that transcends any genre. Dave Johnston points out “What could be more pure than making your own music.” Yonder’s sound cannot be classified purely as “bluegrass” or “string music” but rather it’s an original sound created from “looking at music from [their] own experiences and doing the best job possible.” The band continues to play by their own rules on their new record The Show.
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