It’s that spirituality that makes Via’s tunes appear to come from someone who is much older than the tender age of 19. He also wants the world to know that he’s not a one-trick pony. He starts working on his environmental studies degree at Warren Wilson College in August. “We’re suffering an environmental crisis. Our Earth is screaming out for help. I want to be part of the fight to help that cause out.”
Via is no stranger to area music festivals including Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, which is where he first caught my ear in the spring of 2015. In addition to Rooster Walk, this summer he’s performed at the Summer Solstice Fest in Greensboro, Groverfest in Olin, the Strawberry Festival in Shelby and the Virginia Folklife Festival, among others.
After watching this budding musician on stage for a few sets, my bet is that he’s wrong about that “normal” job. Check him out at FloydFest and let me know what you think.