Fri., Sept. 9 – Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes + Slick Jr. & The Reactors at Shining Star Farm. Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes rocks the house all the time every time! This classically trained New Orleans-based band delivers a smorgasbord of musical genres every time they hit the stage. JSDN defy easy categorization, their irreverent funk is cut with rock riffs, a Gypsy/Klezmer flare, a Latin tinge courtesy of a hard hitting horn section, and a sense of humor. JSDN is a collection of carefully crafted alter egos, mystical musicians hesitant to share their personal selves but collectively ready to funk beyond the call of duty. The ensemble features Johnny Sketch (Marc Paradis ) on guitar, electric cello, and lead vocals; Busta Gnutt (Dave Pomerleau) on bass and backing vocals; Dirty Johnny (Andre Bohren) on drums and backing vocals; and Johnny Rico (Omar Ramirez ) on trumpet and flugelhorn: Johnny Walker (Brad Walker) on Saxophones. Slick Jr. & the Reactors bring their unique prospective of the Blues drawing their influences from classic artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy. And infusing those with other influences such as The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead and R&B artists such as Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye. They are a groovy little Blues boogie band from Southwest Virginia. Season Passes gladly accepted. All tickets $15 each and available at Daily Grind and Woodall’s Music. Buy them online HERE. Slick Jr. begins at 7:45. JSDN will start around 9 pm. Serendipity Bistro’s food truck will be on-site selling food.
Sat., Oct. 8 – The Brewster Walk Craft Beer Festival & Concerts. Featuring 60+ delicious craft beers and live performances by Steep Canyon Rangers, The Trongone Band and Relacksachian. The second annual Brewster Walk Craft Beer Festival & Concerts will take place Saturday, Oct. 8th in uptown Martinsville, Va., on the street in front of the Rives Theatre. Gates open to VIPs at 1 pm and to GAs at 2 pm. The music will end at 6:45 pm (last call) and the beer festival will officially conclude at 7 p.m. A total of 500 General Admission tickets will be made available. GA tickets cost $30 and will include the commemorative Brewster Walk sampling glass, 15 3-oz.samples of delicious beer, admission to the event beginning at 2 p.m. and all three concerts. We’re only selling 150 VIP tickets to Brewster Walk. VIP tickets cost $50. Gates will open one hour early for VIPs (1 p.m.). VIP ticket holders also get the commemorative glass, 25 samples of delicious beer and access to the Rives Theatre (our VIP Hospitality Area). Plus all three concerts. The event is open to patrons age 21 years and older. BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE. For more information, visit www.RoosterWalk.com.
Fri., Nov. 18 – Mipso – 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.
While 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. No season passes accepted. Buy tickets online HERE.
Fri., Nov. 28 – Mission in the Rain – 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! Tickets $12 adv / $15 day of show. Online tickets will be available HERE.