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MOVIE: Sweet Charity

Thr., Aug. 8th – VisitMartinsville and the Rives Theatre are partnering to Celebrate 50 Years of Love in Virginia by showing a series of Throwback Thursday films. The Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Virginia is for Lovers slogan launched in 1969, so we are showing some of the biggest blockbuster hits from that year this summer at the Rives Theatre. Join us on Aug. 8th for Sweet Charity!

Movies begin at 7:00 p.m. $5 admission. All tickets are sold at the doors of the theatre on Aug. 8th. Learn about all the ways VisitMartinsville is celebrating 50 Years of LOVE by going to


Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band

jgb-logo-e1563837162852.jpgSat., Aug. 10th -Join us under the pines  at Pop’s Farm for the Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band. Tickets are $12 adv // $17 at the gate and FREE for Rives Theatre season pass holders. Camping is also available at the venue on show night: $10 per vehicle for tent campers, $25 per vehicle for RV & tow-behind campers.

Gates open at 4 pm for campers and at 7 pm for noncampers. Music will start at 8 pm.

About the band: Formed in Athens, GA in 2012, JGBCB has been filling a hole in the Grateful Dead scene by offering up spirited covers of classic songs pulled exclusively from the repertoire of the Jerry Garcia Band, Garcia’s long-running side-project. JGBCB has played shows from Key West to Colorado, exciting audiences with performances of beloved Garcia tunes not found within the traditional Grateful Dead catalog.

The Jerry Garcia Band (famously known to Dead Heads as “JGB”) was as much a songwriting outlet for Garcia as it was a chance for him to cover the music he loved. With Jerry and bassist John Kahn as the band’s staples (playing together as far back as 1970), a varied set of keyboardists, drummers, and backup singers filled out the lineup over the years, each bringing their own unique character to the band. Over the course of it’s existence, JGB played a number of diverse musical styles, covering artists such as The Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, The Band, Jimmy Cliff, Smoky Robinson, The Rolling Stones, the Wailers, J.J. Cale, and Ray Charles. The list goes on and on, recalling the names of rock, soul, and folk royalty.



John ‘Papa’ Gros Band

John Gross picWed., Aug. 21st – Join us on a Wednesday night in uptown Martinsville for the John ‘Papa’ Gros Band at the Rives. Tickets are $12 adv // $15 day of show, and music starts at 8 pm.

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.

After kicking off his career as an organist and pianist, for George Porter Jr.’s Runnin’ Pardners, during the 1990s, Gros formed the funk group Papa Grows Funk in 2000. When that group disbanded in 2013 (the Rives Theatre hosted the band on its final tour), Gros worked as a sideman for many Nola artists, including Better Than Ezra, Anders Osborne, The Metermen, Raw Oyster Cult, and Bonerama, and playing organ during a pair of all-star tributes to Dr. John and the Neville Brothers.

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.

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BW2015_POSTERSat., Sept. 7 – The fifth annual Brewster Walk Craft Beer Festival & Concerts will take place in uptown Martinsville, Va., on the 200 block of East Church Street in front of the Rives Theatre.

The event will feature performances by Mountain Heart, C2 & The Brothers Reed and the Isaac Hadden Band.

Gates open to all patrons at 1 pm. the music will end at 6:45 p.m. (last call) and the beer festival will officially conclude at 7 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: CLICK HERE to learn more about volunteering at Brewster Walk and to sign up online!

GA tickets cost $30 and will include the commemorative Brewster Walk sampling glass, twenty 3-oz. samples of beer, admission to the event and the concerts.

Designated Driver tickets will cost $20 each, garner 1 p.m. entry to the event and the concerts.

We’re only selling 150 VIP tickets. VIP tickets cost $55 in advance. VIP ticket holders get admission to the Rives Theatre lobby for special tastings,, wine and real bathrooms. They also will receive the commemorative glass, unlimited samplings all day and all three concerts.

The event is open to patrons age 21 and older.

For more information, visit


Town Mountain + Jon Stickley Trio

Sat., Nov. 2, 2019Come join us at the Rives for an amazing co-bill of Asheville, N.C., bands! The first band starts at 8 pm, and both will play full-length sets. Tickets cost $15 advance and $20 day of show. Season passes are accepted! BUY TICKETS HERE.

About Town Mountain: Since releasing their debut album Original Bluegrass and Roots Country in 2007, Town Mountain has made a name for itself in bluegrass and roots circuits and have amassed a sizable catalog of original songs. They’ve toured with a who’s who of like-minded artists, including Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys, the Del McCoury Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Tyler Childers and many others. In 2016, Town Mountain made their Grand Ole Opry debut, performing both at the Opry House and at the famed Ryman Auditorium.

About Jon Stickley Trio: Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio, who’s deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin moves the listener’s head, heart, and feet. “It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music—although Stickley’s pop showed him his first chords when he was 12 years old. Instead, Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres—all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” writes Guitar Player Magazine.


Spoken Word Open Mic Night

Thur., July 18, 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 Tom Berry at to get signed up.




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