All Shows


pbr-picSat., Oct. 29People’s Blues of Richmond + Atlas Road Crew – Peoples Blues of Richmond brings a carnival-like mayhem to their dark, blues-infused psychedelia. The power trios new album Quit or Die is their third studio release and was recorded in Richmond, Va at The Ward Recording Studio with Ricky Olson. Within the past 24 months they have signed atlas-road-crew-picwith Madison House Booking, toured full time, put out a full length album released June 10th, 2016 and recorded a 7-inch LP produced & engineered by the highly sought-after Mark Neill, the man behind The Black Keys platinum-selling, Grammy-winning Brothers record. Atlas Road Crew is South Carolina rock ‘n’ roll shot with southern soul accents. Formed in fall of 2011, Atlas Road Crew is rapidly building one of the most loyal fan bases on the East Coast, packing venues to capacity from South Season PassesCarolina to New York City, and expanding quickly to major US cities in between. The overwhelming positive response to the bands latest recorded effort Halfway to Hopkins,produced by Grammy Award winning producer Rick Beato, has this young band quickly becoming the South Easts must see live act of 2016. Music starts at 9 pm. Season Passes Accepted. Buy tickets online HERE.



mipsoFri., Nov. 18Mipso – When Mipso’s 2013 debut, Dark Holler Pop, rose to #8 on Billboard’s Bluegrass charts, the success surprised a lot of people – Mipso’s four members included. “Well, we didn’t know so many people would buy it,” laughs mandolin player Jacob Sharp, “and we definitely didn’t know we were a bluegrass band.”

Since then, Mipso has performed over 300 shows and welcomed frequent collaborator Libby Rodenbough’s voice and fiddle to the fold – and has continued to grow as musicians and songwriters, while drawing continual inspiration from their North Carolina roots. Their new album Old Time Reverie – produced by Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin – is a reflection of that musical and personal growth: a gripping, mature sophomore release that finds the quartet expanding their sonic resources while doubling down on their experimentation with string band tradition.

Season PassesWhile the instrumentation on the acclaimed Dark Holler Pop embraced North Carolina’s bluegrass heritage head-on, Old Time Reverie finds Mipso shifting their focus away from bluegrass, introducing new instruments and textures to create a distinctly different sound. Clawhammer banjo out of 1920s early country music meets atmospheric electric organ (played by Josh Oliver of The Everybodyfields) more native to 1970s pop. Add imaginative songwriting and a group cohesion gained from two years of near constant touring, and the resulting sound is powerfully rhythmic, lyrically sharp, and woven with beautiful four-part harmonies. Tickets $15 advance & $18 day of show. Music starts 9 pm. Season passes gladly accepted. Buy tickets online HERE. 


Mission in the RainFri., Nov. 28 – Mission in the Rain + Bear Mountain Picnic (reunion show)- Mission in the Rain is a group of High Country musicians from North Carolina celebrating the music of The Jerry Garcia Band. Founded in the fall of 2015, this Boone, NC-based band features members Jonathan Priest, Toma Fuller, Brandon Holder and Slate Lacy. Their Sunday evening set on the Pine Grove Stage of Rooster Walk 8 was a huge hit that left fans requesting their return appearance to Martinsville. ART is happy to have them coming back for our annual Day After Thanksgiving Show! Bear Mountain Picnic will reunite for their first show in years. The band, comprised of young Martinsville natives, formed while students at Martinsville High School more than 4 years ago. Tickets $12 adv / $15 day of show. Online tickets will be available HERE.


mason-via-picSat., Dec. 31, 2016 – Mason Via Band + Lizzy Ross – The Mason Via Band brings an intoxicating mix of booty shaking, foot-moving funk to the stage. Via, the college freshman who’s been playing festivals and venues for more than 5 years, has an all-star cast including guitar, drums, bass, keys and pedal steel. His funk band performed most recently in Martinsville at Rooster Walk 8, when they played during Sunday’s “Free Pours at 4” set in the lizzy-picVIP Hospitality Area. Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez play original songs out of Durham, NC. Together, these two artists make music you can feel in your bones. Their recent live album Violet Bell captures the magic and tells the story of their love for music in the best possible medium: song. Lizzy Ross made a name for herself in NC and beyond with her stirring original songs and a voice like cigarettes and the smoothest whiskey youve ever tasted (Stephen Markley, Chicago RedEye). Omar Ruiz-Lopez (Jonathan Byrd, Crystal Bright, the Durham Symphony Orchestra) elevates the music with violin, guitar, cello, mandolin, and stellar vocal harmonies. Tickets $15 adv // $20 day of show. Tickets online HERE and sold locally at Daily Grind and Rising Sun Breads.


big-payback-picSat., Jan. 28, 2017 – 2017 Kickoff Party w/ The Big Payback: A Tribute to the music of James Brown – The Big Payback is a musical powerhouse, dedicated to recreating the music of James Brown as accurately and as passionately as possible.No stone is left unturned! Their repertoire is filled with all the classic hits you know and love, as well as tons of J.B.s rarities and B sides. Splits, hits, turns, and segues, its all here! With so much Season Passesemphasis on authenticity, even the Godfather would have to jump back and kiss himself. The most cynical of cynics will have their minds blown and their hearts warmed from the second the beat drops until theyre left exhausted, sweaty, and smiling hours later. This is truly something to behold, people! Its exactly what you would and should expect from a top notch tribute band. Season Pass tickets cost $125 and include catered dinner plus open bar at the show, in addition to free entry to all six Live at the Rives series shows in 2017. 2017 All Access tickets cost $250 and include catered dinner plus open bar at the show, in addition to free entry to every show at the Rives in 2017. Buy tickets online HERE.


seldom-scene-picFri., March 10, 2017Seldom Scene – ** Tickets currently available online ONLY from this link** Over 40 years since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions in Ben Eldridge’s Bethesda, Maryland basement, The Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre. Their legendary weekly DC-area residencies included bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop. The band’s popularity soon forced them to play more than once a week—but they continued to maintain their image as being seldom seen, and on several of their early album covers were photographed with the stage lights on only their feet, or with their backs to the camera. The Seldom Scene have performed at the White House many times, and continue to tour year-round.The Seldom Scene are Lou Reid (mandolin/vocals), Dudley Connell (guitar/vocals), Ronnie Simpkins (bass/vocals), Rickie Simpkins (banjo/fiddle) and Fred Travers (dobro/vocals). Tickets cost $25 adv // $30 DOS. Doors 8 pm, Music 9 pm. Buy Tickets HERE.



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