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Skydog at the Rives

Sat., Oct. 27thSeason Passes gladly acceptedSkydog was the nickname given to Duane Allman during his years as a Muscle Shoals session musician. In the wake of the 40th anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band, Skydog returns. This Richmond, VA powerhouse is quickly becoming one of the most sought after ABB 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. If its vintage Allmans that you crave, look no further, Skydog is it. Tix: $12 adv//$15.

Donate Life Virginia will be present at the show, 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.

Donate Life Virginia manages the state’s registry for organ, eye and tissue donation. Right now, 2,400 Virginians are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Twenty-two people die everyday in the U.S. because the organ they needed was not donated in time. One donor can save eight lives and heal 75 others. It’s easy to register. You can do it the next time you are at the DMV or online at



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

Fri., Nov. 2nd – 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.” All tickets cost $10. Buy them here >>>






Leap! (PG)

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Sat., Nov. 3rd – Join us for an afternoon of fun for the entire family.

Best friends Félicie and Victor hatch a plan to escape from their rural orphanage in 19th-century France. Félicie dreams of becoming a ballerina, while Victor wants to use his brainpower to invent things. After busting out, Félicie makes her way to the Paris Opera where she joins a class of highly trained dancers who are auditioning for the lead in a production of “The Nutcracker.”

Doors: 2pm

Movie: 3pm

Tickets: $5 adults // $3 kids (7 and under FREE)

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

John ‘Papa’ Gros Band

     Wed., Nov. 7th – 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.

Tickets $15 adv // $20 day of show. Buy ’em HERE.


AJ Ghent at the Rives

Sat., Nov. 10thSeason Passes gladly accepted. 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.

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.  AJ aims to create an unforgettable experience for music lovers, with the hopes of taking them to a musical paradise.  A little hip-shaking, finger snapping, head nodding is all you need for this tuneful travel excursion. He calls James Brown, Prince, and his family heritage as influences. He can be heard picking, sliding and strumming all over those strings, whether it’s one of his custom built 6 or 8-string lap steel hybrids or his acoustic resonator. What is different from most lap steel players is AJ performs standing upright like a guitar player, using his over handed technique to play slide, so that he can dance, and have more mobility during his live shows.  AJ was born to fly! Tix $12 adv//$15.



BIG Something + The Drove at the Rives

Sat., Nov. 24th – Join us on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend for BIG Something and opener The Drove at the Rives Theatre. BIG Something

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 >>>


Lawless (R)

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Thur., Dec. 6th – Join us at the Rives Theatre for the final movie of the series!


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.

Doors: 7pm

Movie: 8pm

Tickets: $5 Adults // $3 Youth (must be with adult to enter)

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

SOLD OUT: Billy Strings + Fireside Collective at the Rives

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.


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