Fri., March 10th: The Seldom Scene at the Rives

17 Feb

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.

Tonight: Anders Osborne band w/ opener Trongone Band

16 Feb


Doors open to the public at 8 pm and The Trongone Band starts things off at 8:30 pm. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at the doors of the Rives. DON’T MISS THIS SHOW.


Dave Jordan & The NIA – Sat., Jan. 14th

1 Jan


New Year’s Eve: Mason Via Funk Band + Violet Bell (feat. Lizzy Ross)

27 Dec

Join us this Saturday for a fantastic New Year’s Eve show! 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 VIP Hospitality Area.

Violet Bell, featuring Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez, 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 cost $15 in advance. They’re available online HERE and sold locally at Daily Grind and Rising Sun Breads. Tickets will cost $20 each at the doors of the theatre.

Monday night (Dec. 26th): Left Hip Pocket

21 Dec

left-hip-pocketLocal southern rock band Left Hip Pocket will perform at the Rives Theatre on Monday night for the venue’s annual day after Christmas concert.

The band, comprised of five Martinsville-Henry County natives, plays a mix of cover songs and originals. In addition to southern rock, Left Hip Pocket (LHP) also is known for their impressive blues chops.

“We’re very excited to have been invited back to the Rives,” said band leader Riggs Roberson. “We’ve got a great set lined up with some new originals in the mix, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone there.”

The band consists of Roberson (lead vocals and electric guitar), Austin Janey (vocals, keyboard), Griffin Haley (vocals, rhythm guitar), Wenn Harold (electric bass) and Camry Harris (drums). This will mark the band’s third performance at the Rives. In addition, LHP has been a part of the last three Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festivals, including an Allman Brothers Band tribute set with special guest Josh Shilling on organ and keys.

“Left Hip Pocket always puts on a fantastic show,” said Johnny Buck, a theatre board member. “Monday night will be a great opportunity to connect with friends and fellow music fans while dancing off some of those Christmas calories.”

Tickets to the concert cost $10 in advance from the Daily Grind, Rising Sun Breads and The theatre has also made five group ticket packages available at the Daily Grind; each packet contains 10 tickets and costs $75.

Admission will be $15 per person on show night at the theatre’s box office. Doors to the Rives will open at 7 p.m., and Left Hip Pocket will begin playing at 8 p.m.

Following Monday night’s show, the Rives will host the Mason Via Funk Band and Violet Bell, featuring Lizzy Ross, on New Year’s Eve. Then, New Orleans rock band Dave Jordan & The NIA will take the stage on Jan. 14, 2017. For more information, visit


Yarn’s ‘Christmas Yarn Ball’

1 Dec


Yarn – Friday, Dec. 16, 2016: Brooklyn-based Americana/Alt-Country band Yarn’s sound owes as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones. Much like its name, the band Yarn weaves country, rock, blues and more into a genre-defying blend that has captured the attention of fans and critics alike. Following in a fine tradition that includes forward thinking roots bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders of The Purple Sage. Yarn weaves roots music idioms into a fresh sound that turns on hipsters and fans of country music alike, with technically impressive song-crafting and universal tales from the road of life. Tickets $15 adv // $20 day of show. Sold online HERE and locally at the Daily Grind and Rising Sun Breads.

Mission in the Rain – (Nov. 25)

22 Nov


Our annual Day After Thanksgiving show is always one of the theatre’s best parties of the year! Join us Fri., Nov. 25th for a reunion set from MHS grads Bear Mountain Picnic, followed by a night of Jerry Garcia Band tunes from Mission in the Rain.

Tickets are $12 advance from the Daily Grind and Rising Sun Breads, or online HERE. Tickets will be $15 at the doors of the theatre on show night. Music starts at 9 p.m. Sorry, no season passes accepted.

Next show: Mipso on Fri, Nov. 18th

30 Oct

Join us Friday, Nov. 18th for the Chapel-Hill-based, internationally touring folk band Mipso. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $18 at the doors of the theatre, and season passes are gladly accepted. Music begins at 9 p.m. Tickets available locally at Daily Grind (uptown Martinsville), Rising Sun Breads (Brookdale Ave.) and online HERE.

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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.



Halloween Throwdown! PBR + Atlas Road Crew

11 Oct


Join us on Saturday Oct. 29th of Halloween weekend

Join us for a Halloween Throwdown co-bill of People’s Blues of Richmond and Atlas Road Crew on Saturday night, Oct. 29th at the Rives Theatre. Season passes will be accepted for this show, and tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the doors. Tickets are sold at Daily Grind in uptown Martinsville, Woodall’s Music in Collinsville and online HERE.

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 with 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 Carolina 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.


Brewster Walk Craft Beer Fest – Sat., Oct. 8th!

23 Sep

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