Before heading to the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion on the Virginia/Tennessee border this weekend, Delta blues sensation Jarekus Singleton is making a stop with his full band in uptown Martinsville, Virginia, to perform in the historic Rives Theatre.
From the Rives website: At just 30 years old, Jarekus Singleton is a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Singleton’s cutting-edge sound –equally rooted in rap, rock and blues traditions– is all his own.
He melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice effortlessly moving from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a fresh, electrifying bluesman bursting at the seams with talent.
Singleton has been tearing up clubs and festivals across the US and Canada and has performed twice at the world-renowned Chicago Blues Festival. With the addition of high-visibility performances including Springing The Blues Festival, Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco, The North Atlantic Blues Festival, The PA Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Heritage Music Blues Festival, The Cincinnati Blues Festival, The Festival International du Blues, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec and many more, Singleton is on the cusp of international stardom.
Tickets are $12 and the music starts at 9 p.m. following uptown Martinsville’s Culture Crawl. ?? link
Other acts on the horizon at the Rives include:
Sept. 26 – Devon Allman Band ($12/$15) Note: This show is a “Live at the Rives Theatre Series” event and included in season passes. Devon Allman’s last performance at the Rives in April 2012 was a sellout. “Don’t miss this awesome Southern Rock/Blues show,” Rives President Dean Johnston says. Doors open at 8 p.m., and Devon Allman will begin performing around 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance from Woodall’s Music, the Daily Grind or buy them online HERE. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Oct. 16 — Naughty Professor – ($10/$12) Note: This show is a “Live at the Rives Theatre Series” event and included in season passes. Music starts at 9 p.m.
According to Rives website, Naughty Professor is a forward thinking music endeavor pioneered by six young musicians from around the country, now anchored in New Orleans, Louisiana. Formed in 2011, the band’s mission was to embody the jazz-influenced party culture of the Big Easy in a constantly evolving, high energy funk/soul outfit. Naughty Professors’ live performances, which weave together complex compositions and loose individual improvisation, quickly commanded the attention of many notable musicians in town, including George Porter Jr., Galactic, and The Revivalists. With fresh recorded material in the works and a rigorous tour schedule planned for 2014 and beyond, Naughty Professor is poised to soon become the next household name associated with the echelon of New Orleans music.
Nov. 4 – Mandolin Orange with Lizzy Ross ($12/$15) Note: This show is a “Live at the Rives Theatre Series” event and included in season passes. Music starts at 8 p.m.
According to Rives website, The road has been good to Mandolin Orange since the 2013 release of ‘This Side of Jordan.’ NPR called the album “effortless and beautiful,” naming it one of the year’s best folk/Americana releases, while Magnet dubbed it “magnificent,” and American Songwriter said it was “honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and the sort of unfakeable intimacy that bonds simpatico musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.” The record earned them performances everywhere from the iconic Newport Folk Festival to Pickathon, as well as tours with Willie Watson, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Wood Brothers, and more. LIZZY ROSS – A popular staple at the Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, Lizzy Ross has been described as, “folksy, jazzy, bluesy in all the best senses of those words. It’s like country music the way you wish country music would be rather than the redoubt of pop triflngs it is… a voice like cigarettes and the smoothest whiskey you’ve ever tasted.” – Stephen Markley, Chicago Redeye.
Nov. 21 – Donna the Buffalo with Peter Rowan ($30). Only 250 tickets are available for this performance, which is expected to sell out. Season passes are not accepted for this show, however, Artisan Cafe members get in FREE with RSVP.. Tickets are available at Woodall’s and the Daily Grind in Martinsville or www.brownpapertickets.com.
Arts at the Rives Theatre (ART) is a community nonprofit dedicated to preserving the historic Rives Theatre by offering high-quality musical, educational and artistic programming. This volunteer-run organization is devoted to transforming the Rives Theatre from a movie house into a live-music venue and a community space for arts and education.
The Rives Theatre was formed in 1932 as a playhouse, then later enjoyed more than seven decades of success as a first-run movie house. Now, the movie theatre has been transformed into a live music venue. There is a stage in front of the screen, room for 50+ on the dance floor and roughly 200 permanent seats.