Wild Ponies w/Dean Owen – Thr. April 11th – Season Pass Show

9 Apr

Welcome Martinsville natives Doug & Telisha Williams back to their hometown on Thursday, April 11th when Wild Ponies and Dean Owens perform at the Rives. Wild Ponies are on tour in support of their new album Galax. The touring band consists of Doug and Telisha Williams, Fats Kaplin, Katie Marie, and for some select dates other musicians who played on the Galax sessions. Released August 25th on Gearbox Records, Galax was recorded in a shed behind Doug’s grandparent’s farm in the mountains of Virginia.

Although they’re based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia — where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised — for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans.

Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with 2017’s Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band’s history while still pushing forward. Doug and Telisha took some of their favorite musicians from Nashville (Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard, and Audrey Spillman) and met up with revered Old-Time players from Galax, Virginia (Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer). Recorded in the shed behind Doug’s old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), it returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots.

Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s finest singer/songwriters. Armed with a searingly soulful voice, skillfully crafted stories and memorably heart-twisting melodies, he is a compelling and engaging live performer, with an emotional hurricane of stories and songs. In September 2017 he became the first Scottish musician to officially showcase at the prestigious Americanafest in Nashville. His visit included a guest spot with the Mavericks at their “all-star” show at the Basement East… and a mention in Rolling Stone. The trip was supported by PRS Foundation International Showcase Fund and The Saltire Society.

Tickets $15 advance & $18 at the doors. Season Passes gladly accepted.

 

 

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Tab Benoit – Fri,. April 5th – SOLD OUT

30 Mar

Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. Born November 17, 1967, he grew up in Houma, Louisiana. A guitar player since his teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends.

 

The nightly impromptu gigs were enough to inspire Benoit to assemble his own band – a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took his show on the road in the early ‘90s and hasn’t stopped since.

Despite the hype, Benoit has done his best over the years to maintain a commitment to his Cajun roots – a goal that often eluded him when past producers and promoters tried to turn him and his recordings in a rock direction, often against his better instincts. Te Blues Are All Mine, released on Vanguard in 1999 after Justice folded, marked a return to the rootsy sound that he’d been steered away from for several years.

Medicine, Benoit’s latest release on Telarc, successfully joins two gifted guitarists/songwriters in a session that proves greater than the sum of its very talented parts. The 11-track recording features seven new Benoit originals co-written with ace songwriter Anders Osborne. Engineered by David Z, Medicine spotlights the work of keyboardist Ivan Neville, drummer Brady Blade and bassist Corey Duplechin. Fiddler/singer Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil makes a special appearance on three tracks.

 

Spoken Word Open Mic Night – Thur., March 21st

11 Mar

Come join us at the Rives for an Open Mic Night!

Whether you are a poet, short story author, spoken word artist, singer-songwriter, or just want to support local talent, this event is for you!

These events are FREE and open to the public and will be held in the lobby at the Rives Theatre in a cozy and welcoming space where artists can express themselves through written word. If you are interested in performing be sure to contact Donna Thompson at donna@roosterwalk.com to get signed up.

Janis Little Girl Blue – Fri., March 8th

6 Mar

The Rives Theatre celebrates Women’s HERstory month in true rock n’ roll fashion! Join us on Friday, March 8th at 8pm for the film about the legendary woman of rock n’ roll, Janis Joplin.

 

Synopsis

Oscar-nominated documentarian Amy J. Berg examines the meteoric rise and untimely fall of one of the most revered and iconic rock ’n’ roll singers of all time: Janis Joplin. Joplin’s life story is revealed for the first time on film through electrifying archival and performance footage, revealing interviews with friends and family, and rare personal letters written by Janis herself and narrated by indie musician Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power. Berg’s “Janis: Little Girl Blue” is an intimate and refreshing portrait of a bright, complicated, often beleaguered artist who changed music forever. “Janis: Little Girl Blue” is written and directed by Berg, and produced by Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney (“Going Clear”, “Taxi to the Dark Side”). Also featuring Kris Kristofferson, Pink, Melissa Etheridge, Bob Weird, Dick Cavett, counterculture filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, and the Joplin family.

Movie 8pm

Tickets $5

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The Commonheart Live at The Rives – Fri., March 1st

25 Feb

Fri., March 1, 2019 – You know and them and love them from past performances at the Rives and Rooster Walk! With gritty vocals over rock riffs and horns, The Commonheart delivers an emotion-packed, soulful sound that lights up any stage. Frontman Clinton Clegg is a powerhouse who commands full attention with his limitless onstage energy and vocal range. The new album “Grown” is a remarkable display of each member’s talent interlacing heavy blues, soul, and gospel influence across trumpet, saxophone, keys, guitar, and singers. The Commonheart’s sound is a true testament to the past while completely holding its own as one of today’s most promising acts.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. 2019 Season Passes gladly accepted.

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Spoken Word Open Mic Night – Thurs., Feb. 21st

11 Feb

Spoken Word Open Mic Night

Thur., Feb., 21, 2019 – Come join us at the Rives for an Open Mic Night!

Whether you are a poet, short story author, spoken word artist, singer-songwriter, or just want to support local talent, this event is for you!

These events are FREE and open to the public and will be held in the lobby at the Rives Theatre in a cozy and welcoming space where artists can express themselves through written word. If you are interested in performing be sure to contact Donna Thompson at donna@roosterwalk.com to get signed up.

Acoustic Syndicate – Feb. 8th

30 Jan

Join us Friday, Feb. 8th for our first Season Pass show of the year!

Acoustic Syndicate is a musical institution. Since 1994, their unique blend of bluegrass instruments, rock sensibilities, and conscious songwriting has inspired a generation of musicians. Through 7 albums, thousands of performances, and tens-of-thousands of miles, Acoustic Syndicate has long been heralded as one of the important influences on the modern roots-music revival.

Always a family affair, the band is fronted by Steve McMurry on guitar and vocals, and his cousin Bryon McMurry on banjo, guitar, and vocals. Their signature three-part harmony is rounded out by Bryon’s brother Fitz on drums and vocals. Jay Sanders holds down the bass with style, while dobro maestro Billy Cardine completes the quintet with his world-renowned tone and precision.
“Their modern take on traditional bluegrass and rock values culminates in a glimmering, driving sound rich with acoustic textures and glowing vocals,” said Paul Kerr, of JamBase. If there was ever a band that could capture the universal truths of life from the roots up, it’s Acoustic Syndicate. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. Season Passes gladly accepted. Buy ’em at the Daily Grind, Rising Sun Breads, or CLICK HERE.

Same As It Ever Was (Talking Heads Tribute band) – Opening Party – Sat., Jan. 26th

21 Jan

SAIEW IMAGE 2OPENING PARTY: Same As It Ever Was (a Tribute to the Talking Heads)

Sat., Jan. 26, 2019 – Join us for our yearly tradition, the Rives Theatre’s opening party concert! For $125 per ticket, you will receive entry to this show, which includes open bar (beer, wine, liquor) and catered dinner, as well as Season Pass to the 2019 Live At The Rives concert series. The concert series will feature at least six shows over the course of 2019, not counting this Jan. 26th show. The revenue generated by Season Pass sales helps us offer world-class programming throughout the 2019 year. There is no better way you can support live music at the theatre than attending this show!

Love The Talking Heads? Same As It Ever Was does it right. This 7-piece outfit of Knoxville musicians came together out of their mutual love and respect for the music of the Talking Heads in the summer of 2004 and have not looked back since. Over the years the band has performed extensively, and now nearly have the entire Talking Heads catalog at their fingertips; They bring the excitement and energy of everything from ’77 to Naked, and all the B-sides in between. Same As It Ever Was strives to maintain the integrity of the Talking Heads’ groundbreaking music, while bringing their own panache to the game. Whatever you’re your level of familiarity with Talking Heads, you can expect to have an unforgettable time with Same As It Ever Was!

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Spoken Word Open Mic Night – Thur., Jan. 17th

26 Dec

Come join us at the Rives every third Thursday for an Open Mic Night!

Whether you are a poet, short story author, spoken word artist, singer songwriter, or just want to support local talent, this event is for you!

These events are FREE and open to the public and will be held in the lobby at the Rives Theatre in a cozy and welcoming space where artists can express themselves through written word. If you are interested in performing be sure to contact Donna Thompson at donna@roosterwalk.com to get signed up.

The Lee Boys w/opener Marvelous Funkshun – Sat., December 22nd

14 Dec

The Lee Boys are one of America’s finest African-American sacred steel ensembles. This family group consists of three brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) along with their three nephews, Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (7-string bass) and Earl Walker (drums). Each member began making music at the ages of 7 and 8 in the House of God church they attended in Perrine, FL. Here they underwent a rigorous course of training in a variety of musical instruments, including lap and pedal steel guitars. Born and raised in Miami, each of The Lee Boys grew up in the church where their father and grandfather, Rev. Robert E. Lee, was the pastor and a steel player himself.

“Sacred steel” is a type of music described as an inspired, unique form of Gospel music with a hard-driving, blues-based beat. The musical genre is rooted in Gospel, but infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country and ideas from other nations.

Featuring soaring guitar and pedal steel over a heavy groove, Marvelous Funkshun blends Funk, Southern Rock, Blues, Sacred Steel, Hip Hop and R&B.  The band has toured heavily throughout the southeast since 2014 and they have solidified a unique sound and supportive fan base from North Carolina to Florida.  The live shows are a dynamic, foot-stomping get down and “The Funkshun”, as fans have been known to call them, have shared the stage with many of the top names in the jam scene.

 

 

Doors open at 7PM and music starts at 8PM. Tickets cost $10 adv // $12 at the door. Season Passes gladly accepted.

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