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Mandolin Orange kicks off festival season with returns to MerleFest, Rooster Walk 9

Ever wondered where the funny, punny name Mandolin Orange — one of today’s premiere American roots bands — has its origins?

“We were driving back from our first gig opening for Kickin Grass, a band from Raleigh, and we thought what a cool name and that we needed a name,” remembers Emily Frantz (violin/guitar/vocals), who makes up half of this uber talented duo who still call Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home.

Andrew Marlin (mandolin/guitar/vocals), who loves puns and word play, had this little round and orange mandolin at the time, said half-joking how about Mandolin Orange? And it stuck.”

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Jarekus Singleton Band, Turkey Feather Get Together to perform at Rives Theatre on Friday, May 12

Jarekus Singleton Band will return to the historic Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville, Virginia, at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017.  Turkey Feather Get Together is set to open.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Season Passes gladly accepted.


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The Seldom Scene to make Rives Theatre debut on Friday, March 10

The Seldom Scene is bringing its unique blend of progressive bluegrass on Friday, March 10, to the historic Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville, Virginia. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and day of show. Doors open at 8 p.m. with music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online here.

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Anders Osborne, Trongone Band to perform at The Rives Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 16

The Trongone Band will open for Anders Osborne and his full band beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the historic Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville, Virginia.

Tickets are $30 in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2715661 and $35 day of show at the Daily Grind and Rising Sun Breads.

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

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.

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New ways to ring in the new year in North Carolina, Virginia

On New Year’s Eve, more than a million people will gather in New York City’s Times Square to watch a crystal ball drop and more than 100,000 people are expected to gather in Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park to watch the musical note drop. But if big crowds aren’t your idea of a party, here’s some musical alternatives to ring in the new year:

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Rooster Walk, ART officially join forces

Frequent readers of this blog know that two of my favorite music-related venues are Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival and the historic Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville, Virginia.

Johnny Buck, co-founder and executive director of Rooster Walk, announced today that the two nonprofits are officially joining forces.

From the press release, “The boards of Rooster Walk Inc. and Arts at the Rives Theatre (ART), who already often work together to bring live music and arts events to Martinsville-Henry County, recently voted to formalize their relationship by combining under the Rooster Walk umbrella.

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