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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.


SOLD OUT – Billy Strings & Fireside Collective

12 Dec



Thurs., Dec. 13th – Join us to see the incredible Billy Strings at one of the smallest venues he’ll play all year – capacity 275. This will be Billy’s third time playing the Rives, and while we certainly hope it’s not his last, let’s be honest. This guy doesn’t have many shows left in rooms this small.

Awesome Asheville, NC, bluegrass band Fireside Collective will open the show. All tickets are general admission. Room for standing/dancing down front, with seats in the back.

Lawless (R) – Thur., Dec. 6th

26 Nov


In 1931, the Bondurant brothers of Franklin County, Va., run a multipurpose backwoods establishment that hides their true business, bootlegging. Middle brother Forrest (Tom Hardy) is the brain of the operation; older Howard (Jason Clarke) is the brawn, and younger Jack (Shia LaBeouf), the lookout. Though the local police have taken bribes and left the brothers alone, a violent war erupts when a sadistic lawman (Guy Pearce) from Chicago arrives and tries to shut down the Bondurants operation.



We are proud to announce our partnership with Twin Creeks Distillery for this event!

Owner and Master Distiller, Chris Prillaman, will be sharing stories with the audience before the film.

Also, wet your whistle with a tasting or signature cocktail made with Twin Creeks Distillery‘s finest 1st Sugar Moonshine and Copper Corn Whiskey!



Tickets are just $5! Buy them HERE or locally at Daily Grind and Rising Sun Breads.


BIG Something & The Drove – Sat., Nov. 24th

12 Nov

Join us on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend for BIG Something and opener The Drove at the Rives Theatre.

A 6 piece powerhouse with a sound that is both unique and timeless, Big Something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk, and improvisation to take listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles. It’s no secret why this group has quickly become one of the most exciting bands to emerge from the Southeast. Soaring guitars, EWI (electronic wind instrument), synths, horns and alluring vocal hooks rise to the top of their infectious collection of songs and represent a sound that has caught the ears of such revered stalwarts as Umphrey’s McGee, Moon Taxi, Galactic, moe., Robert Randolph, and even The B52s, who have all tapped Big Something as direct support.

Tix $15 adv // $20 DOS. Artisan Cafe members get in FREE. Buy tix here >>>

TONIGHT – AJ Ghent & Full Band w/opener Griffin Haley – Sat., Nov. 10

8 Nov


$2 off all craft beers from 7-8 pm, and advance-priced tickets ($12) sold until 8 pm. Must have a ticket to the show to attend. 


 AJ Ghent [j-ent] and His Singing Guitar construct a musical sound that can be heard howling from the church to the streets to the clubs. His style can be defined as fresh, nostalgic, electrifying and roots rock, — fusing blues, funk, rock, and pop, mashing it into a genre he likes to call, NEO BLUES.

 AJ was born to fly!

The energy and passion which resonates from AJ’s music, from the strum of the guitar and the conviction of the vocals, the pounding rhythm of the drums, to the thought provoking lyrics, is sure to be felt by any crowd.



Griffin Haley is a Martinsville-based band. Founded by Griffin Haley. After a stint of living outside of Memphis Tennessee in Jonesboro Ar, he came back to Virginia inspired by the Rock n Roll and Soul he found in Memphis , and the Blues and Gospel Music of the Mississippi River Delta. Having made appearances with many other bands at festivals such as Roosterwalk, Front Porch Fest, Floydfest and many others Griffin decided it was time to form his own group. Playing a variety of covers and originals he blends blues, r&b, country and rock and roll and cycles out musicians so each show is a unique experience.






$12 adv // $15 door // $10 w/valid college ID




John “Papa” Gros Band – Wed., Nov. 7th

7 Nov


 Born in New Orleans, John “Papa” Gros has spent more than a quarter-century championing the music of the Big Easy. He’s played it all — New Orleans funk, rock & roll, jazz, blues, Americana, pop/rock, and he swirls those styles into a genre-bending gumbo that pays tribute to his influences while still pushing ahead into new territory. Like Allen Toussaint and Dr. John, Gros is a proud local who carries on the tradition of New Orleans music, both honoring its past and helping to shape its future.

“…honor the music he’s been living his whole life, and to add his own page to New Orleans’ history book.”

He’s been a sideman. A bandleader. A frontman. A solo artist. A singer. An instrumentalist. The roles have been varied, but the goal remains the same: to honor the music he’s been living his whole life, and to add his own page to New Orleans’ history book.


Tickets $20

Slick Jr. & The Reactors – MHS Class of ’78 Reunion (Open to Public) – Friday, Nov. 2

29 Oct


Rock band Slick Jr. & The Reactors will perform at the Rives for the Martinsville High School class of 1978 reunion party, but all members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend. The band, made of of some of the area’s most talented musicians from Patrick, Henry and Franklin counties, specializes in “Boogie, Roots and Dem Dang Greasy Blues.”


Doors 8PM // Music 9PM

All tickets cost $10.

Buy Tickets Here

Skydog (Allman Brothers Tribute Band) – Sat., Oct. 27th

9 Oct

We are bringing the music back to the stage of the Rives Theatre for our Fall season!

Join us as we bring back the music to the stage at the Rives Theatre on Saturday, October 27th. Skydog was the nickname given to Duane Allman during his years as a Muscle Shoals session musician. Since 2009 this Richmond, VA powerhouse has become one of the most sought after Allman Brothers Band tributes in the nation. These six seasoned musicians rekindle the spirit of the original ABB line up. Driven by their passion to pay homage to Duane and Berry, Skydog revisits the early years with classic Fillmore East arrangements and unbridled grit. The members of Skydog share a long history performing together in other ensembles and after several years of talking about how much fun this would be, it was high time for Skydog to be unleashed. $12 adv. // $15 at door // $10 w/valid College ID // Season Passes Accepted


If it’s vintage Allman’s that you crave, look no further,  Skydog is it.



Also joining us is Donate Life Virginia along with NASCAR Cup driver Joey Gase.

Donate Life Virginia is proud to partner with NASCAR driver Joey Gase for the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway.  At the age of 18, Joey tragically lost his mother, Mary, to a sudden brain aneurysm. Faced with a difficult decision, he and his family decided to donate his mother’s organs. Later, they learned that her gift helped to save and improve the lives of 66 people. Joey developed a passion for educating others on the need of organ, eye and tissue donation and honoring all of those affected by it. His car regularly features the face of his mother and others who have given the gift of life, making his one of the most unique cars in NASCAR.




Love Beats Rhymes (R) – Thurs., Oct. 4th

2 Oct

Thur., Oct. 4 – Arts at The Rives is teaming up with Books and CranniesNatalie Hodge, and Chad Martin to explore the worlds of hip-hop and poetry.

When struggling rapper Coco (Azealia Banks) enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon (Jill Scott). Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek real meaning in her lyrics, setting her on a journey of discovery that takes her through rap clubs and poetry slams, leading her to find her true voice – and true love – in this uplifting movie costarring Lucien Laviscount.



Join us at before the movie for a spoken word/poetry event in the lower theatre co-hosted by Natalie Hodge and Chad Martin as we explore the marriage between hip-hop and poetry. Poetry event begins at 7pm followed by the movie, “Love Beats Rhymes” at 7:30pm. Event included in the purchase of movie ticket. Concessions, beer, and wine will be available for purchase.

Doors: 6:30pm

Poetry Event: 7pm

Movie: 7:30pm

Tickets: $5 adults // $3 Children (7 and under are free)

BUY TICKETS HERE (Also available locally from the Daily Grind and Rising Sun Breads)

Kat Wright at Pop’s Farm – Fri., Sep. 28th

20 Sep

Join us on Pop’s Farm for the last show of the summer as we kick off the Rives’ fall season! 


Rooster Walk 10 alumn, Kat Wright, will be returning to Pop’s Farm for a party in the Pines. If you missed her at Rooster Walk or simply just can’t get enough of her sultry sound, be sure to mark your calendars and get your tickets. Camping is available the night of the show for just $10 a car or $25 for an RV


Kat Wright, whose voice is both sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful; gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, has been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse”. Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting. There’s soul flowing in and out of her rock ‘n’ roll with a serpentine seduction. Some of soul music’s sweet, grand dames belt, shout, seethe, and succumb, while Wright sings gently like a heartache’s apology. It’s funky in spots and beautiful all over. And it hurts a little … like it should.


Sponsored by Sovah Health and Deschutes Brewery. 2018 ART Season Passes accepted! Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome. No outside alcohol. We’ll have a food truck on-site, plus beer, wine and water for sale. Gates open to RVs at 1 pm. Gates open to Tent Campers at 4 pm.


Tix: $12 adv//$15. (Tix $10 at the gate with valid college ID).


GET YOUR TICKETS HERE (Or locally at Daily Grind and Rising Sun Breads)