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This is no April Fool’s joke: Will Overman Band, Annabelle’s Curse to perform at Tin Pan on April 1-2

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Two of my favorite bands — Will Overman Band and Annabelle’s Curse — are playing at The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Road ,in Richmond, Virginia, April 1-2. If you’re in the area, you need to buy your tickets now because both shows are sure to sell out.

I discovered both bands at Rooster Walk 7. Annabelle’s Curse is returning to Rooster Walk 8 over Memorial Day and hosting The Howling Craft Beer and Music Festival  May 27-28 while WOB is performing at MerleFest and Front Porch Fest.

If you haven’t heard either of these bands play live, you won’t want to miss either one of these shows!

On Friday, April 1, Paulo Franco and Shane Cooley Duo and the Will Overman Band, a Charlottesville, Virginia, group whose style has been called “amped-up folk rock,” are set to perform at The Tin Pan. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Musically and lyrically, the band draws from its Virginia roots. The band is composed of Overman, on guitar and vocals; Daniel McCarthy, guitar; Brittney Wagner on vocals; J Wilkerson on bass; and Christopher Helms, drums. Drawing comparisons to The Avetts and Jason Isbell, the band carries an unwavering commitment to its music — and to its fans.

Overman writes on Facebook, “We’ve got our good buddy Tim Dunkum sitting in on keys, so this is gonna be a special night. We hope you’ll start spreading the word. Let’s see as many of your beautiful faces as possible.”

WOB recently finished recording its first full-length studio album that is set to be released last this spring.

On Saturday, April 2, Annabelle’s Curse, another Virginia-based band, will take over The Tin Pan. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at

AC is a transcendent, genre-defying five-piece group who performs perennially at Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and they made quite an impression as runner-up in FloydFest’s 2014 On the Rise competition.

“The first time we played in Richmond we were greeted by a big crowd,” says Carly Booher, who sings and plays mandolin, in a recent press release. “I can’t wait to return to the Tin Pan, where it all started, and give everyone an amazing show. It’s gonna be an awesome night.”

According to the release, musically and lyrically, Annabelle’s Curse draws from unyielding roots in Bristol, Virginia.

Tim Kilbourne, who plays guitar and does much of the writing, started Annabelle’s Curse with Zack Edwards, a high-energy guitarist who plays with such alacrity he developed a well-earned reputation for breaking strings. Travis Goyette and Tyler Luttrell bring the rhythm, artfully playing the drums and bass, respectively. Booher also brings a distinctly sweet and soulful vocal element to the band, which can mesmerize listeners with a poignant ballad then wake them with the equivalent of a musical punch to the gut — sometimes all within the same song.

The band has so far released three albums — “Monsters,” “Hollow Creature” and, their latest, “Worn Out Skin,” which features the melodically irresistible “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.”


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