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OPENING 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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Acoustic Syndicate at the Rives

 

Fri., Feb. 8, 2019 – Join us at the intimate Rives Theatre in Martinsville, Va. for a night with Acoustic Syndicate.

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.

 

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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.


 

 

Hallelujah at the Rives

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Sun., February 24, 2019 – The Rives Theater celebrates Black History Month with the screening of the 1929 film, Hallelujah, the first all African American cast film produced by MGM.

The celebration will open with a pre-screening talk led by Dr. Fred Motley. He will be discussing the important role this film played in its era as well as the influence it has had in the film industry from then until now.

Hallelujah Synopsis:

Zeke Johnson (Daniel L. Haynes) and his brother, Spunk (Everett McGarrity), sell their family’s crops for $100. When Zeke manages to lose the money gambling, due to his shifty girlfriend, Chick (Nina Mae McKinney), a fight ensues in which Spunk is killed. This causes Zeke to leave and seek a religious life. Years later, he returns to his hometown as a preacher, bringing his fiancée, Missy Rose (Victoria Spivey). However, Chick is still interested and knows how to manipulate him.

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Fred Motley is a storyteller/educator, theatre director, and actor who has been professionally active across the southeast and the nation for more than 30 years. Dr. Motley performs, directs and gives workshops at festivals, colleges and universities, schools, libraries and community events with special emphasis on African-American history and stories.

The pre-screening talk is at 2:30pm

Movie at 3:00pm.

Tickets are only $5.

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The Commonheart – Live at the Rives

 

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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Janis Little Girl Blue at the Rives Theatre

film imageFri., March 8, 2019 – 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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Tab Benoit at the Rives Theatre

Fri., April 5Tab 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.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Artisan Cafe members get in FREE!!!

 

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