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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Rooster Walk, ART officially join forces

22 Sep

42034616_dsc_1597                Two local music-related nonprofits are officially joining forces. The boards of Rooster Walk Inc. and Arts at the Rives Theatre (ART), who already often work together to bring live music and arts events to Martinsville-Henry County, recently voted to formalize their relationship by combining under the Rooster Walk umbrella.

Rooster Walk is best-known for producing the family-friendly music and arts festival of the same name every Memorial Day weekend in Axton. Last May’s festival marked the eighth year of the event and the largest attendance on record. The group formerly organized the Turn 5 outdoor concerts at Martinsville Speedway and now puts on the Brewster Walk Craft Beer Festival and Concerts each October in uptown Martinsville. Funds raised by RW events support a variety of charitable ventures in the area, including the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship fund at Martinsville High School and the Rooster Walk Music Instrument Program which collects, repairs and donates band instruments to entry-level band programs in the Martinsville-Henry County public school systems. To date, Rooster Walk Inc. has donated more than $100,000 to local charities.

ART, formed in 2009 and staffed by volunteers, has put on more than 110 concerts at the historic Rives Theatre. In addition, ART has held concerts at Shining Star Farm in Henry County and hosted numerous of non-concert events at the theatre including stand-up comedians, lectures, art shows, talent shows, birthday parties, political debates, fundraisers and a variety of other civic and community-related functions.

The organizations, each of which was dedicated to promoting music, arts and education in Martinsville-Henry County, already share some volunteers, board members and supporters. With the similarity in mission, it made sense to combine, said Shane Pinkston, a board member of both organizations.

Under the new structure, ART becomes a committee of the Rooster Walk organization, retaining the same mission and budgeting autonomy. From the public’s perspective, not much will change in the programming or charitable donations now that the two have merged. However, board members noted, becoming a single nonprofit organization will allow greater efficiencies in staffing, volunteers, booking of bands, and making more efficient use of funds.

“Speakers and programming at recent Nonprofit Leadership Summits, organized by The Harvest Foundation, inspired us to look for ways we might be duplicating efforts and creating unnecessary competition with one another,” said RW Executive Director Johnny Buck. “This move will improve our ability to attract high-quality musical acts and make us more competitive in seeking grant funds in the future.”

The next show will be the Brewster Walk Craft Beer Festival and Concerts on Oct. 8, featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Trongone Band and Relacksachian. The beer festival will take place on the section of East Church Street directly in front of the Rives Theatre. For more information, visit www.roosterwalk.com and www.rivestheatre.org.


Next show: Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes at Shining Star Farm

22 Aug

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SATURDAY!! Mountain Heart & Annabelle’s Curse at Pop’s Farm with Deschutes Brewery beers!!

7 Aug

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Sat. Aug. 6 – Emi Sunshine

19 Jul

Join us Saturday, Aug. 6th for Emi Sunshine! This show will start at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are not available; all tickets must be purchased at the theatre on Aug. 6th. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and free for children younger than 6 years old.

It’s impossible to explain the exceptional talents of EmiSunshine, an 12-year-old East Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  Steeped in Appalachian music, she is a true vocal stylist, one who instinctively knows how to interpret the nuances of a song with her impressive range, even though she has yet to gain the life experience and empathy seemingly necessary to fully comprehend the words she sings. Despite a given name that reflects optimism, she is drawn to darker themes of pain, anguish and even murder, like that of The Louvin Brothers, whom she loves.

The Tennessean is just the latest to describe her as “an old soul,” noting, “Onstage, this soul’s presence is commanding and her singing voice authentic and folksy.” While her youth might remind many of Taylor Swift, a more apt comparison would be to artists such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss or members of the Carter Family


Outdoor Summer Show this Friday!!

5 Jul

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Stop Light Observations – Thurs., June 23rd

10 Jun

Our next concert is for all the rock ‘n’ roll lovers out there. Stop Light Observations (SLO) is a fantastic young band based out of Charleston, SC, that will be making its Rives debut on Thursday, June 23rd.

Season PassesMusic fans who attended Rooster Walk 7 in 2015 will remember SLO from their Saturday night set that took place 8-10 pm on the Bassett Lake Stage, immediately before Yonder Mountain’s set. SLO was one of the big hits of the festival, and we’re stoked to bring them back to Martinsville.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 from the theatre’s box office on show night. Doors will open at 8 pm and music will begin at 9 pm. You can buy tickets online HERE. Tickets are not yet available in local stores, but will be soon at Woodall’s Music & the Daily Grind.

Season pass holders will be admitted free of charge to this show!

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