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Major and the Monbacks, Annabelle’s Curse, Tyler Barham and others bring unique sounds to the Piedmont the weekend of Aug. 7-10

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It’s another crazy busy live music weekend shaping up around the Piedmont. Following are just a few shows you may want to check out. Know of a live music performance I missed? Please add it in the comments below.

Major and the Monbacks and Morgan Wade

8 p.m. Saturday, Shining Star Farm, Martinsville, Virginia

Two bands that earned “fan favorite” status at the seventh annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival will return to Martinsville on Saturday as part of Arts at the Rives Theatre’s (ART) annual outdoor summer show at Shining Star Farm on Barrows Mill Road. After several rockin’ sets at FloydFest, Major and the Monbacks, are bringing their eight-piece band to perform their unique dance-friendly, horn-infused Southern brand of  “rock ‘n’ soul.” The Morgan Wade Band, an alt-country group from Roanoke, will open. “We bring a lot of bands to the Rives that have never played the Martinsville region even once,” said Shane Pinkston, president of ART, tells Visit Martinsville here. “Introducing new music to the community is part of our nonprofit’s mission, but at the same time, it’s always fun when we get to bring back local favorites like Major & the Monbacks and The Morgan Wade Band. If you haven’t seen either of these bands yet, I promise you won’t be disappointed. They put on a great show, and they’ve really developed strong followings in M-HC because of that.” Tickets to the concert cost $12 in advance or $15 at the gates to Shining Star Farm, which is located at 3838 Barrows Mill Road. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Daily Grind, Woodall’s Music or online. Patrons are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the show, but outside alcohol will not be permitted. Hot Stones Pizza and the Homestead Creamery will be serving food at the venue. Arts at the Rives Theatre (ART) is a 501c3 community non-profit dedicated to maintaining the historic Rives Theatre by using the space for music, arts and education. To learn more about ART, including upcoming concerts, click HERE.

Annabelle’s Curse

8 p.m. Saturday, Reidsville, North Carolina

Fresh off performances at FloydFest 14 and Rooster Walk 7 that earned them a legion of new fans, Annabelle’s Curse will make their debut at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at The Listening Loft in Reidsville, North Carolina. This alt-folk group from Bristol, Virginia, has a sound that is hard to define but easy to listen to. According to the Facebook page, B&T’s Listening Loft “is not a business but a gathering place for invited friends and fans to hear live, original music and visit with the artists in the comfort of our home. BYOB and a sweet or savory treat to share if you wish. Doors open at 7:30 with the concert starting at 8:30. If you plan to dine at The Celtic Fringe next door please get there early so you don’t miss a note! While there is no cover charge, a generous donation is appreciated and band merchandise will be available.The artists receive all proceeds.”

Steve Moran and Will Easter

7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Mad Bean, Madison, North Carolina

If you are looking for a great place to wind down and hear some amazing music from some up-and-coming young (and-not-so young) artists, you should check out The Mad Bean.

Tyler Barham

7 p.m. Friday, Stonefield Cellars, Stokesdale, North Carolina

Fast-rising country star Tyler Barham will return to Stonefield Cellars as part of the winery’s Friday Flavors Concert Series. Accompanying Barham will be guitarist, vocalist and songwriter John Griffin, a native of Madison, North Carolina. Tickets are $10.


7 p.m. Friday, Muddy Creek Cafe, Bethania, North Carolina

Local pop/rock band, Suitcase, is set to perform at Muddy Creek Cafe, 5455 Bethania Road. Admission is free. For more information, call (336) 923-8623 or visit

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