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This is no April Fool’s: Billy Strings to bring his unique talents to the Rives Theatre on Saturday, April 1

If you haven’t heard Billy Strings perform, you haven’t been to a recent Americana music festival. This uber talented 24-year-old tore up stages last year at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and Appaloosa Roots Music Festival, just to name a few.

Strings became a sensation in his home state while still in his teens. “He has an almost supernatural ability on guitar, banjo and mandolin that has set the region’s bluegrass and folk scene on fire,” according to a profile published in 2012 in Northern Express, a Michigan arts weekly.

He eventually moved to Nashville to further his career. Strings released a self-titled, six-song EP in 2016, which contains an eclectic and foot-stomping mix of originals and traditional songs such as “Black Mountain Rag,” also covered by Doc Watson.

Strings, né William Apostol, will demonstrate his unique brand of bluegrass at The Rives Theatre on Saturday, April 1, in uptown Martinsville, Virginia, at a Rooster Walk 9 preview show. ShadowGrass, a group of young musicians from Western North Carolina and Southwestern Virginia , will open.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of show. Season passes are accepted. Tickets available online HERE and available locally at Daily Grind and Rising Sun Breads in Martinsville. Music starts 8:30 p.m. with Strings taking the stage around 9:15 p.m. NCAA basketball fans take note: The Rives will also be showing the UNC/Oregon Final Four game on the upper theatre’s movie screen beginning around 8:50.

You can also catch Strings at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, North Carolina,


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Scythian to wrap up St. Patrick’s Day 2017 ‘Border Scramble’ tour on storied Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

MerleFest fan-favorite Scythian is launching its “Board Scramble Tour” this week just in time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2017. When you’re a Celtic rock band, St. Patrick’s Day is your Super Bowl and this year is no exception for the Washington, D.C.-based group.

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On Huffington Post: Got joy? Watch the premiere of the Melmark Joybells video ‘Ooh La La’

When is the last time you felt joy? I mean pure, unadulterated joy? As adults, the kind of joy we experienced as children just swinging on the playground or spinning around on a merry-go-round can be as elusive as buying that winning lottery ticket. This post also appears on The Huffington Post blog here.

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Don’t miss Will Overman Band and Carbon Leaf at Richmond’s The National on Saturday, Dec. 17

Treat yourself (and preferably someone else) to the gift of music this holiday season and make plans to catch two of Virginia’s hottest up-and-coming acts — Will Overman Band and Carbon Leaf — on Saturday, Dec. 17, at The National,  708 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia.

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Lowland Hum returns to its roots on fourth album, ‘Thin,’ set for release Feb. 10, 2017

It’s safe to say that in the cacophony that has been this political season, we are all looking for some peace.

“It’s such a noisy time in history, people want something quieter,” says Daniel Goans, one half of the duo that makes up Lowland Hum.

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On Huffington Post: Little Hill Trio to release first CD at Appaloosa Fest over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-4

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Scythian fans are most likely already aware the Celtic rock band and Merlefest fan favorite is hosting its second annual Appaloosa D.C.’s Roots Music Festival  over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-4, 2016, featuring 40-plus bands on five stages plus musical workshops by top artists.
In addition to Scythian, headliners include The Black LilliesMipso, Penny and Sparrow, Marie Miller, Humming HouseBilly Strings, The Accidentals and Lowland Hum, among others.


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Scythian to perform at The Forum on Friday, June 17, in Arlington, Virginia

Fans may be surprised to learn that the founding members of Scythian, a Washington, D.C.-based Celtic rock band, didn’t like Irish music originally.

But when brothers Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka were in college at the  Franciscan University of Stuebenville, Ohio, Alex became obsessed with an Irish fiddler. Alex, who was a classically trained musician, said, “What is that? Whatever that is, I’ve got to do it.”

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