7:30 p.m. Ray Brass Band at Fig (1331 West Main street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903). FREE.
If you’re in the mood to hear some Balkan brass band music, head to Fig restaurant on the corner to see the Raya Brass band all the way from Brooklyn. They bring the energy baroque grandeur of European folk music to the States in a big way. You can listen to their tunes here.
5:00 p.m. Food and Fire event/Gift Forest at the Bridge PAI (209 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902). FREE.
If you want to have a more relaxed evening, check out the Food and Fire event at the Bridge. There will be a fire pit, food trucks, drinks, art and music. Also while you’re there, you could check out the Gift Forest, a curates selection of handmade and vintage gifts which just opened last week.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Art auction at the Haven(112 West Market St., Charlottesville, VA 22902). $10 (tickets here).
Also on Friday evening, the Haven will have its annual art auction, pop up shop, raffle and open studios. Art and homemade goods will be up for auction, and artists in residence will open their studios up for those in attendance. Doors, studios, raffle and pop up shop open at 5:30 PM. and the silent auction goes from 6 PM to 7:30 PM
1:00 p.m. Ha Ha Tonka at the Southern. FREE (must reserve tickets by emailing email@example.com)
Folk group Ha Ha Tonka will be playing a matinee show at the cafe in the Southern. If you want some laid-back acoustic music to start up your Saturday, check it out!. Listen to Ha Ha Tonka’s song “American Ambition” here .
Have a good weekend!
sorry to nerd out like this, but this is an adorable and rad event and i’m gonna put it up on here. ima do me rite now
from daily progress:
Chess Grandmaster Jesse Kraai is slated to give a reading from his new novel “Lisa, A Chess Novel,” and play a simultaneous game against up to 25 players Monday.
The Charlottesville Chess Club and the University of Virginia Chess Club are the hosts of the 7 p.m. event at St. Mark Lutheran Church on Alderman Road.
Anyone who wishes to play against Kraai should arrive by 6:45 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.
full disclosure: i am a card-carrying member of the charlottesville chess club
also, while i’m just spitballing here, check out marilyn manson on bret easton ellis’s podcast, The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast.
Work off last night’s meal with the ever-grooving, always powerful Grits-N-Gravy DJ duo of Colin Powell and Rum Cove.
Colin sez Fun R&B records and dancing and projections, as always.
This month’s venue is Club R2 (which is Rapture). Starts at 10pm, no cover.
When I first moved to Charlottesville in 2009, there was a sense of spontaneity in both performing and putting on shows. Nailgun itself served as a fun waterhole for last-minute shows, screenings, whatever bubbled up during the week. And despite something being organized day-of, a worthy event could bring a sizable mass of people.
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This past week, the buildings at 315 and 317 West Main Street were torn down. 315 held many businesses throughout its history, the main anchor in its final years being Random Row Books. Random Row was a place near and dear to my heart. I was an employee there for most of its three-plus year existence. Ryan Deramus, the owner, let me setup a rinky-dink tailoring operation in the corner of the bookstore despite me never having touched a sewing machine before (it’s now my full-time occupation).
Random Row was a locus of culture in Charlottesville. I wanted to write-up a little bit about the store and also some events from its brief but dense life. Please feel free to add your own in the comments!
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in a mere twelve hours, an evening of alt-guitar and/or psych-whatever. see what Appalachia produces to get to the other side of convention. or what john fahey left in the shenandoah valley..is that what the drone string on a banjo is for?
daniel bachman (formerly known as Sacred Harp) is a young fredericksburg-ian, his primitive style hewing close to fahey’s. a fantastic instrumentalist on the Tompkins Square label, he thrums and resonates the harmonies out of the acoustic guitar. here’s him on npr:
i wrote about nathan bowles a few days ago when he was playing at magnolia haus with scott verrastro (of Kohoutek). bowles plays in both Pelt and Black Twig Pickers (the former more experimental, the latter more roots traditional)..anyone know which his solo show favors?
Dais Queues (<– soundcloud link) is c-ville’s own davis salisbury, in other times one-half of experimental outfit Grand Banks. also not clear how davis’s solo stuff has been trending–i mentioned solo fred frith before–but undoubtedly it will be engaging as his material usually is.
h/t to owen for making sure this great show was written up.
Show starts at 9pm at Tea Bazaar, $7
Adam Smith has just informed me Ski Lodge did an abrupt hockey-stop on Diamond Hill, sprained its knee and had to pull from tonight’s bill at The Southern. Invisible Hand will be taking over and playing at 8:30. Atlanta’s Gringo Star headlines, promoting their self-recorded, produced, pressed and distributed record Floating Out To Sea. Tickets are $8.
In related/belated news, Hand drummer Adam Brock’s new EP with Borrowed Beams of Light, On The Wings of a Bug is generating buzz, not the least of which is coming from the video below:
An Enemy of the People by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen was written in 1882 but has been adapted and updated by all kinds of characters, from Arthur Miller to Florian Borchmeyer, who is currently running an open-ended version of the play at BAM in Brooklyn.
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Artist Julia Sharpe is a good friend who recently had a show at Chroma Arts Laboratory called “Dark Matter” showcasing her innovative techniques in the encaustic medium and beyond. We sat down to talk about her process, both technical and philosophical.
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is conventional creativity getting you down? are you tired of saying, ‘it was fine, but only if it were a bit……stranger’? well, friends, do i have a deal for you. say ‘fuck yourself’ to everything familiar and come out to see real far-out experimental music. tonight’s show brings local musicians who provide high quality, too. it’s not like going to hear that brooklyn noise band that’s doing all the jams the kids like to hear up in the williamsburg. no, my friends, this is that home-grown weirdness. that pure jam. down home avante-garde filth that fucks your shit up real good.
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