1. Eilen Jewell with The Get Rights, Southern Cafe and Music Hall, Feb. 19, 8pm
Eilen Jewell is the queen of the minor key. Sad songs are her wealth and finery. But beware, savvy observer. Do not confuse the singer and her songs. Eilen’s fans have marveled at her warmth, unique wit, and onstage humor. Her song writing is a blend of influences from early blues, rockabilly and surf-noir, to 1960s era rock and roll. Her repertoire includes everything from up-tempo rockers that swing, to stunning, lyrically poetic ballads. The Los Angeles Daily News wrote, “Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition…. She’s mighty good.”
Eilen and her band have been living on the road, from North America to Western Europe, New Zealand and Australia, and have shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Blind Boys of Alabama, Chris Smither, and Junior Brown. Hollywood stars (Tom Hanks in Entertainment Weekly) to heads of state (British Prime Minister David Cameron in Britain’s Telegraph) have praised Eilen’s music in the press.
Eilen is currently recording her fifth, full-length, solo album with her long-time road band of guitar great Jerry G. Miller, husband and drummer Jason Beek, and slapping upright bass player Johnny Sciascia.
2. Big Blue Door Storytelling Jam, Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, Feb. 20, 8pm
The third Thursday of every month Big Blue Door are proud to present their BIG BLUE DOOR JAM, a show of true 6-8 minute stories on changing themes in changing venues! Volunteer teams of audience judges pick favorites. The storyteller with the most votes wins a jar of jam!
Twice a year they bring back jam-jar-winners and runners-up from the Door Jams for their BIG BLUE DOOR SLAM. For the Slams the whole audience votes and winner takes home a trophy!
3. Notes on High II, A Gospel Showcase, Feb. 22, 7:30pm
Celebrate an evening of song with the return of Notes on High, a gathering of some of the best local gospel bands and choirs. This concert from the gospel tradition features Chosen Gospel Group (Louisa), Portico Band (Charlottesville), Sanctuary Choir of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church (Charlottesville) and Sounds of Zion (Harrisonburg) and will be hosted by Chucky Hayes, former host of the “Total Praise with Chucky Hayes Sunday Gospel Show” on local radio station 92.7 Kiss FM.
4. Araña y Compas, Albemarle CiderWorks, Feb. 23, 3-5pm
Araña y Compas, or Spider and Compass, are Megan Sprague and Miles Pearce. “Influenced by flamenco, middle-eastern, and popular music styles, they bring a unique and dynamic sound to the stage.” Their complex percussion and guitar arrangements and captivating vocals are the excuse you’ve been looking for to spend an afternoon in Charlottesville’s bucolic countryside. Join us from 3-5 pm for cider and live music, rain or shine in our cozy tasting room. No cover charge, no outside alcohol.
5. Mardi Gras Weekend, Wintergreen Resort, Feb. 28 – Mar. 2, 10am
Join us for the annual Mardi Gras celebration, presented by Wintergreen Adaptive Sports. The weekend will feature the Syncro skiing event, costume parade and much more. Join us on Sunday, March 1st for the Wintergreen Slopestyle in the Terrain Park; open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages.
5. Barney J. Conrath: “Latent Images Revealed– A Juxtiposition of Man & Nature,” FIREFISH Gallery, Mar. 1, 5:30-8pm
Barney J. Conrath: A Black & White Photography Retrospective. Please join us for in intimate evening with the artist. His work captures the eerie majesty of nature and the gritty power of man made machines. Barney was inspired to finally show his work in a gallery setting after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Profits from the exhibit will be donated to the UVA School of Medicine.
7. MET Opera: Prince Igor, Paramount Theater, Mar. 1, 12pm
Alexander Borodin’s epic Prince Igor has its first Met performances since 1917 in a new production staged by noted Russian opera director Dmitri Tcherniakov in his Met debut. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the lush score, famous for its celebrated “Polovtsian Dances,” and Ildar Abdrazakov sings the title role of a 12th-century Russian hero. The cast also includes Oksana Dyka in her Met debut as Yaroslavna, Igor’s emotionally fragile second wife; Anita Rachvelishvili as the fiery Polovtsian princess Konchakovna; Sergey Semishkur in his Met debut as Vladimir Igorevich, Igor’s son and Konchakovna’s lover; Mikhail Petrenko as Prince Galitsky; and Štefan Kocán as the warlord Khan Konchak.
Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the MET for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Star bass-baritone Ildar Abrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting.
8. Iration with Natural Vibrations and The Movement, Jefferson Theater, Mar. 2, 8:30pm
This year has represented a period of growth for the Hawaiian-bred, Santa Barbara-based band, with their career elevating to a new level. Armed with their third full-length album AUTOMATIC, IRATION–Micah Pueschel (Guitar/Vocals), Joe Dickens (Drums), Adam Taylor (Bass) and Cayson Peterson (Keyboards)–further pushed their musical boundaries, with an emphasis on the craft of songwriting, while staying true to the sound their fans love. The band collaborated with Cage The Elephant guitarist Lincoln Parish who is featured on several tracks and helped co-produce select songs on the album along with long-time studio partner JP Hesser of Castaway 7 Studios in Ventura, CA.
AUTOMATIC is their most successful release to date. The 16-track collection immediately shot all the way up to the #1 spot on both the Billboard and iTunes Reggae Albums charts, as well as #7 on the iTunes Overall Albums chart, #75 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and #17 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.
9. Mardi Gras Bash, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Mar. 4, 5pm
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Bash at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 5PM. We get fresh crawfish flown in from New Orleans, dress up in costumes, bring in the funk and jazz band, and pass out the beads-beads-beads! If you dress up, you’ll receive a DB gift! The Adrian Duke Band begins at 6PM. Mardi Gras menu additions: Gumbo, Fresh Crawfish Boil, Fresh & Fried oysters, Muffuletta Sandwich, Catfish Po’ Boy, King Cake Cupcakes. Menu additions are subject to change! Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664.
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