Red Wing Roots Music Festival attendees know The Judy Chops, self-described as a mountain swing band, put on one heck of a live performance. I’m not sure what you call the group’s unique blend of swing, blues and rock with shades of classic country thrown in, but I call them a good time.The group is currently touring to promote its newest EP, “Bad Like Me.”
If you haven’t had the chance to catch one of the band’s shows, this weekend provides you with two opportunities if you are in or near southwest Virginia.
Friday, Aug. 12, The Judy Chops are playing for the first time at Dogtown Roadhouse,302 S Locust St., in downtown Floyd beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $5, which is less than it costs to go to a movie. On Saturday at 9 p.m., the Staunton-based group is playing closer to home on the Clementine Main Stage, 153 S. Main St., in Harrisonburg. Opening is Uncle Bengine, or Ben Schlabach, who is described as writing driving folk tunes that are laden with personal adventure and tales of family, friends and gals. Find tickets here.
According to Dogtown’s Facebook page, “The Judy Chops are an indomitable force in the Virginia music scene, rocking audiences with original tunes, remixed covers, and mash ups since 2008. Their many festival appearances and shows have included opening for acts like Lake Street Dive, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Black Lillies, and The California Honeydrops. Stylistically, the band blends elements of swing, blues, rock-a-billy, classic country and western; a vintage vibe with a modern flair.”
Here’s just a sample of what you’re going to hear if you go: