Saturday: Experimental Film, Punk, Bluegrass

April 26th, 2014 · No Comments · By

There are a ton of great events happening tonight in town. Apologies for the brevity, but I’ll just get you the information you need and put in some pretty pictures to fill out the space.

Tonight at the Bridge PAI there is a collection of experimental audio visual performances. Short films are being paired with live scores. The combination filmmaker/musicians is:
Nathan Halverson + Jason Robinson
Taka Suzuki + Ryan Maguire/Jon Bellona
Greg Nachmanovitch + Will Bollinger

There’s no cover, but bring money for donations. That event is starting at 8 PM. More information can be found in this article written by the amazing Sarah Lawson.

At the Tea Bazaar, three punk bands are playing. Sometimes I feel like the Charlottesville scene is dominated by older people, which isn’t a bad thing at all, but I’m really excited to see that all 3 bands playing tonight have members under the age of 24. Lil Huffy, from Harrisonburg, play fuzzy pop music. You may have seen them open up for Speedy Ortiz or METZ at a recent Charlottesville show. Naked Naps are from Raleigh and play lo-fi 90’s style emo punk. Catie Yerkes, guitarist and vocalist, writes excellent hooks and poignant lyrics that capture some of the frustrations of us 20-somethings. Finally, Sundials, a Richmond/Charlottesville pop punk band will be playing. They’re one of the hardest working bands around, constantly playing and recording, and put on a great live show. Show starts at 9:30 and is $5. Here’s a nice poster designed by Thomas Dean:

At the Pavilion, Grammy-winning Nickel Creek is playing. I grew up in a country music house (now look at me!) and Nickel Creek was one of the few bands that came on CMT that I could actually stand, so that’s saying something. That show starts at 7 PM and tickets go from $35-55. Should be a great show if you like contemporary bluegrass. If you can’t afford it, go sit on the bridge and enjoy the tunes and hope that it doesn’t start to rain.

Finally, Avers and Black Girls are playing at the Southern. I don’t know too much about either group, but this sentence should help you determine what Avers sound like. “Their debut spans a psychedelic spectrum of musical light; ethereal, cathartic, and illuminated from within by raw emotion, blending the aural colors which fill the space of Empty Light.” (Um, what? That was the least helpful description ever.) But Avers have a member of The Head & The Heart in it, so if you like alt folk and nice harmonies, it’s probably the show for you. Presented by WNRN, starts at 9 PM, is $7.

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