Country Christmas, Hardcore House Show, & Rock at Tea House

December 17th, 2010 · 8 Comments · By

In what’s now become something of a Charlottesville institution, Sarah White, Sian Richards, and Jim Waive are holding the seventh annual Country Christmas show tonight!  It’s inevitably a lovely and charming event, one of the things that re-affirmed my decision to stay in Charlottesville when I first landed back here; awesome folk, country and gospel songs with a sweet holiday flavor.  This year the line-up is Jim Waive and the Young Divorcees (his full band! worth seeing if you’ve only heard him solo at the diner) and Sarah & Sian as the Acorn Sisters, forming a knock-out gospel duo; they’re joined by beloved local songwriter Paul Curreri (last spotted harmonizing with partner Devon Sproule in a beekeeper helmet on Wednesday), and the esteemed local duo known as Old Calf, aka Ned Oldham (of Anomoanon, Palace Brothers) and Matty Metcalf (seemingly ubiquitous hardworking backing musician extraordinaire). The cover is $15, and the good news is that the proceeds go to supporting the Blue Ridge Food Bank, so it’s like an Xmas thing that’s actually about giving to the needy, and not just about tinsel (although they’ll have tinsel, too). It’s at the Southern tonight, doors open at 7pm with music at 8:00 — and please bring some extra non-perishable goods for the Food Bank!

If you’re in the mood for something heavier, maybe to shake of those post-exam blues and expend some pent-up energy from being snowed in, there’s also a bunch of heavy-type bands playing at the Magnolia House tonight! Graves and War Tempest are both brand-new Cville metalcore bands; I saw them both play their first show opening for Worn in Red back in October, and it was pretty fucking awesome! If you’re not the sort of person who eats, sleeps, and breathes hardcore, a 5-band bill can get kind of tiresome, but I’m pleased to report that at that show, not only was every single band excellent — but the two brand-new bands may have been the best ones! So it’ll be great to catch Graves and War Tempest again, as well as to catch my first glimpse of Sharkopath, the new-ish band of Matt Gotto from the new-defunct Cosmonaut’s Ruin, which I think also has some members of Bride of the Narwhal in it. Rounding out the bill is a VA band called Empire whom I’m not familiar with; the whole thing starts at 10pm (give or take a few hours, as is S.O.P. for house shows).

Lastly, there’s also a cool Tea Bazaar gig; locals Astronomers (operators of the Astrolodge, coverers of Queen, refusers of the definite article, and good folks), along with Lights East, and a band from Durham called —  are you ready for this? — they’re called Hammer No More The Fingers. Despite being winners of the 2009 Nailgun Award for Worst Band Name, I seem to recall they’re actually a pretty good band. That starts at 9pm at the Tea House, and costs $5.

Of course, now that I’ve told you to go out, here’s the part where I advise you to be safe, and stay home if your roads are not clear; the streets will be covered in ice tonight, as the temp. drops to 20° after a day of melting and dripping snow. Rock&Roll is fun, but it’s not worth getting killed over. Good concerts will happen again, in safer conditions. That said, if you live in a convenient location, and are walking (or skiing) or around town tonight; have a blast!

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 graham // Dec 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I have it on good authority that Astronomers no longer reside at (the) Astrolodge. I believe their new habitat has been dubbed The Bizness or some such. They still remain good – nay, great! – folks! I’m going to try to make mine a double bill with the Tea Bazaar show followed by my first Magnolia show (if I can find it).

  • 2 Jacob // Dec 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Also, I hear there’s a punk show at Blue Moon (?!) — no, not in the garage, in the diner proper — and Heavy Burner and another band are playing at the Taphouse. Packed night!

    (But come to the Tea House!)

  • 3 Sarah // Dec 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    And pantherburn at the box! shit happens.

  • 4 Jacob // Dec 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Oh, right, I did hear about that — not only Pantherburn, but a good band from Prague (what?) called Ocean Versus Daughter. Real chill. Good stuff.

  • 5 James // Dec 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I have it on good authority from the Blue Moon Diner (at whose counter I am now seated) that tonight’s show is Midway Charmers and the Last Blackouts – one non-local, one local, loud punk rock (unconventionally so, for the Diner, which is why it starts at 10pm. no cover!)

  • 6 James // Dec 17, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    oh, and American Dumpster is playing Fellini’s anniversary party.

  • 7 Matt // Dec 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Hammer No More the Fingers rules. They just straight up rule.

  • 8 Jacob // Dec 18, 2010 at 11:37 pm