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2017 Live at the Rives Concert Series kicks off season with The Big Payback on Saturday, Jan. 28

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The 2017 Live at the Rives Concert Series will include the Saturday, Jan. 28, opening party + at least six more shows. The historic Rives Theatre is located at 215 E. Church St. in uptown Martinsville, Virginia.

From the Rives website:

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 – Kickoff Party w/ The Big Payback: A Tribute to the music of James Brown with opener Tennessee Jed – The Big Payback is a musical powerhouse, dedicated to recreating the music of James Brown as accurately and as passionately as possible.No stone is left unturned! Their repertoire is filled with all the classic hits you know and love, as well as tons of J.B.s rarities and B sides. Splits, hits, turns, and segues, its all here! With so much Season Passesemphasis on authenticity, even the Godfather would have to jump back and kiss himself. The most cynical of cynics will have their minds blown and their hearts warmed from the second the beat drops until theyre left exhausted, sweaty, and smiling hours later. This is truly something to behold, people! Its exactly what you would and should expect tennessee-jed-picfrom a top notch tribute band. … Tennessee Jed: Start with a strong dose of lyrical singer-songwriter acoustic folk. Add a helping of catchy hooks mixed with modern rock arrangements and searing, soulful vocals. Then package everything in a hot-rod Americana string band format featuring some of the Southeast’s finest bluegrass pickers, funkers, and rockers. The finished product is a smooth blend like fine whiskey, called Soul-Country Pimpgrass! Jed is currently touring as a solo act featuring intimate, yet lively acoustic versions of his genre-defying music. Season Pass tickets cost $125 and include catered dinner plus open bar at the show, in addition to free entry to all six Live at the Rives series shows in 2017. 2017 All Access tickets cost $250 and include catered dinner plus open bar at the show, in addition to free entry to every show at the Rives in 2017 other than the 2 Artisan Cafe shows. Buy tickets online HERE.



anders_press-pic-webThursday, Feb. 16, 2017 – An Evening With Anders Osborne & His Band – ** Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 18th** – The depth of one’s life is evident through their music. The more sorrow, laughter and adventure experienced, the more interesting curves and crevices are carved into an artist’s songs. The miles traveled leave rich lines in the verses that only time, misadventure, and hard-won wisdom can produce. Anders Osborne is a map of intensely felt, passionately engaged living, a fractured but healing topography of heartbreak and hope for fellow travelers to explore.
Osborne’s music is redolent of the blues bathed in West Coast sunshine and brotherly compassion, a torchbearer for rock ‘n’ roll with blood in it’s veins and a heart in it’s hands. His long awaited new full length, Spacedust & Ocean Views, offers up graceful songwriting and signature guitar work on one of the strongest releases in his storied career. A strong sense of place runs through the album. From an evocation of geography to a questioning of one’s place in the universe, big ideas are condensed in thoughtful, smoothly swinging ways. It’s the album his fans have been waiting for- one that only he can deliver. An Artisan Cafe Concert. Tickets $30 adv // $35 day of show. Tickets online HERE and sold soon at Daily Grind and Rising Sun Breads.



seldom-scene-picFri., March 10, 2017 – Seldom Scene – ** Tickets currently available online ONLY from this link** Over 40 years since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions in Ben Eldridge’s Bethesda, Maryland basement, The Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre. Their legendary weekly DC-area residencies included bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop. The band’s popularity soon forced them to play more than once a week—but they continued to maintain their image as being seldom seen, and on several of their early album covers were photographed with the stage lights on only their feet, or with their backs to the camera. The Seldom Scene have performed at the White House many times, and continue to tour year-round.The Seldom Scene are Lou Reid (mandolin/vocals), Dudley Connell (guitar/vocals), Ronnie Simpkins (bass/vocals), Rickie Simpkins (banjo/fiddle) and Fred Travers (dobro/vocals). Tickets cost $25 adv // $30 DOS. Doors 8 pm, Music 9 pm. Buy Tickets HERE.



billystrings_1_color_jgillespieSat., April 1, 2017 – Billy Strings – “Imagine taking a hardcore heavy metal band like Pantera and cramming all that energy into the body of a 23-year-old bluegrass guitarist. That’s Billy Strings. He tears up the stage during his set, grimacing, growling, head-banging and tearing the holy sh*t out of a set of super-charged Americana. Kid can pick! DAMN can he pick!  It’s acoustic music with a punk edge and a lot of youthful enthusiasm and, oh man, that PICKING!  Strings covers a wide variety of classic tunes and songs in his show, from a slow-burning cover of ‘Wild Bill Jones’ to a raw cover of ‘Cocaine Blues’ or picking delights like ‘Red Haired Boy’ and ‘Soldier’s Joy.’ Season PassesBut the standout track is the opening song, ‘Dust in a Baggie,’ a cleverly written mountain song about meth that manages to take a very current and destructive issue and translate it into the bluegrass vernacular. It’s a tour-de-force, written by Strings himself, and is the moment you realize just how far this kid’s gonna go.” — D.L. “THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION” Tickets $15 adv / $18 day of show. Season Passes accepted. Tickets available online HERE and will soon be available locally at Daily Grind and Rising Sun Breads in Martinsville. Music starts 9 pm.


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