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Spoken Word Open Mic Night

Thur., March, 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.


5ft. Productions presents – The Cycle

Sat. March 85FT PRODUCTIONS,LLC would like to invite you to a public screening of the new independent docufilm entitled, THE CYCLE. The film starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12.00 and are available at the door.

 

THE CYCLE captures the untold stories of everyday people and their families struggling with generational curses. The sins of the fathers has changed their course of life. THE CYCLE identifies eight generational curses traced back to slavery. THE CYCLE is illustrated through testimony from a phenomenal cast starring: Jennifer Michelle, Stephanie Renee, William McKee, Reba Lindsey and Rev. Travis Newkirk. THE CYCLE was written and directed by Terrence Graham and edited by Darius Carr.


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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Wild Ponies + Dean Owens

Thr., April 11th – Welcome Martinsville natives Doug & Telisha Williams back to their hometown on Thursday, April 11th when Wild Ponies and Dean Owens perform at the Rives. Wild Ponies are on tour in support of their new album Galax. The The touring band consists of Doug and Telisha Williams, Fats Kaplin, Katie Marie, and for some select dates other musicians who played on the Galax sessions. Released August 25th on Gearbox Records, Galax was recorded in a shed behind Doug’s grandparents farm in the mountains of Virginia.

Although they’re based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia — where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised — for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans.

Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with 2017’s Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band’s history while still pushing forward. Doug and Telisha took some of their favorite musicians from Nashville (Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard and Audrey Spillman) and met up with revered Old-Time players from Galax, Virginia (Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer). Recorded in the shed behind Doug’s old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), it returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots.

Dean Owens is one Scotland’s finest singer/songwriters. Armed with a searingly soulful voice, skillfully crafted stories and memorably heart-twisting melodies, he is a compelling and engaging live performer, with an emotional hurricane of stories and songs. In September 2017 he became the first Scottish musician to officially showcase at the prestigious Americanafest in Nashville. His visit included a guest spot with the Mavericks at their “allstar” show at the Basement East… and a mention in Rolling Stone. The trip was supported by PRS Foundation International Showcase Fund and The Saltire Society.

Tickets $15 advance & $18 at the doors. Season Passes gladly accepted.

 

 

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South Hill Banks + Kentucky Derby Party

Sat., May 4th – Join us to watch the Kentucky Derby on the big movie screen at the Rives, followed by a performance from South Hill Banks. The Derby Party starts at 4 p.m., and live music starts shortly after the race is over.

The Derby Party is FREE with a paid ticket to the show! Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the doors. Sorry, season passes are not accepted for this show.

South Hill Banks – Lance Thomas (vocals, guitar), Eric Horrocks (mandolin, vocals), Ryan Horrocks (banjo, vocals), Dan Fiasconaro (guitar, vocals), and Justin Doyle (upright bass) – have carved a niche for themselves with their jam infused bluegrass sound. Formed in August 2015 in Richmond, Virginia, South Hill Banks pulls from a wide range of influences such as classic rock, jam, blues, to traditional bluegrass to keep audiences entertained with a blend of sounds old and new. ***Floydfest 17 “On The Rise” Competition Winner*** Be sure to check out their brand new album “No Time For A Breakdown” out now!

Get your tickets here. 

 


Billy Strings – RW Preview Show

Billy Strings and his full band will play a Rooster Walk preview show on Thursday, May 16th at the Rives Theatre in Martinsville, Va.! The last time Billy played the Rives, the show sold out in less than 12 hours!

Billy Strings plays hard and he lives hard, picking so fast and intensely that he’s known to break multiple strings per song, and basing the songs he writes on the hard lives he grew up around in the abandoned rural communities of America. His new album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, taps into a deep vein of psychedelia in Americana, referencing everything from the Dead to Sturgill Simpson, but all underlaid by Billy’s undeniable virtuosity and his knowledge of the roots of American music. He’s one of the most beloved young bluegrass guitarists today within the bluegrass community, and his front porch in East Nashville is constantly filled up with Nashville’s best roots musicians just picking up a storm.

Music starts at 8 pm. (No opener)

 

 

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