THIS WEEKEND: Folk TONIGHT at Tea Bazaar; WASC TOMORROW at Woolly Mammoth; St. Patrick’s Prom SATURDAY at Fry’s Spring

March 13th, 2014 · No Comments · By

got a weekend round-up here. short-list: TONIGHT folk, rootsy, shape-note-esque material at tea bazaar, $5; FRIDAY We Are Star Children listening party at Woolly Mammoth, free; SATURDAY SQUEEZEus, Smiffs and American Girl at Fry’s Spring Beach Club.

[[apologies for the small posters, couldn’t find any larger resolutions online and i have a bit of discomfort about pixelated images.]]

Tonight is a solid acoustic-folk-but-still-powerful bill at Tea Bazaar: Aimee Wilson comes from Philly, while being born and raised in Tennessee. You can sense the blend of Appalachia and New Age spirituality, as Wilson’s music style draws from shape-note, Sacred Heart material as well as tablas and sitars. Ears to the Ground Family hails from a radical Christian community in Harrisonburg committed to singing truth to power. They have insane harmonies and really incredible rhythms grounding their sound. The Rung and Spoke is local duo Eric Smith and Kayde Fen, who have been playing out more regularly in the past six months or so. I caught their set at Tea Bazaar (also with Ears to the Ground Family) a few months back and was really excited about their sound. I think it’s still developing, and it’s really promising. They’re both super kind people, blend vocally really well and have a creative approach to instrumentation (harmonium, bowed banjos, etc.).

If you’re feeling more honky-tonk, there’s also the Get Rights at Blue Moon Diner, featuring eclectic pioneer Sabra Guzman. It’ll be a more casual environment, starts at 8pm and is free.


Tomorrow night, one of Charlottesville’s most enduring bands We Are Star Children has a listening party at the Woolly Mammoth (formerly Black Moto Saloon) for their upcoming album With Arrows, due out on March 25th. The album has been a while in the making (I have joined and left the band since the album started!) and Friday’s listening party will be a good time to hang and listen. Beako (Daniel Zizeski) will be performing and also Brian Wimer’s Amoeba Films (of CLAW documentary fame) has shot a video for the album, which will also be screened at the gathering. The event is free, starts at 8pm and is open to all.

Saturday is a bit of a Valentine’s Day-retry (even though I hear the event was well attended!), this time as a benefit for the Montessori School of Charlottesville. SQUEEZEus is the only Squeeze cover band in the United States (perhaps the world?) and contains members of all sorts of local bands, such as Invisible Hand, Order, Borrowed Beams, and Weird Mob. The Smiffs is a local Smiths cover band, most notable for their now-three-year-running Valentine’s Day Prom and great lead vocals. American Girl is a Charlottesville Tom Petty cover band. Cover is $10, not sure how much of the proceeds go to Montessori School but some do. Starts at 8pm, and is at the Fry’s Spring Beach Club–a really fun venue out JPA extended (from Durty Nelly’s, go down JPA about half a mile and it’s on your right).

Please holler in the comments if there’s anything else that should be on here!


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