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L Shape Lot to Bring Rocking Honky Tonk to Rives, Oct. 5

1 Oct

Over the past decade, L Shape Lot has played countless concerts in the Southeast. Saturday night’s show at Rives Theatre – a movie-house-turned-music-venue in uptown Martinsville – will join an ever-growing list of unique venues for this hard working band.

“We’ve played bars, churches, bowling alleys, hardware stores,” said lead singer Eric Miller recently. “We play sports bars where nobody’s listening. We play theatres. We play festivals. You name it, man, we’ve done it. After playing 11 years, man, I’ve played funerals. I’ve played ‘em all.”

Miller (guitar/vocals) and John Kovalski (drums/vocals) founded L Shape Lot in 2002 in Wilmington, N.C. Current bandmates Alex Lanier (electric guitar/vocals) and Rick Williams (electric bass/vocals) joined eight years ago, and they’ve been making a unique brand of rocking honky-tonk music ever since.

“If you were to take classic country, bluegrass and rock and roll and sort of mix it all together, man, that’s us,” said Miller. “It’s all pretty much high energy with three- and four-part harmonies.”

Past winners of FloydFest’s Under the Radar band competition, L Shape Lot plays two or three times per week from March through November, not counting the “L Shape Duo” shows that Miller and Lanier perform on the side. In the last year, the full band has played onstage with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Sam Bush.

It’s clear they have fun performing, but Miller and his bandmates take their craft very seriously.

“I’m closer to 40 than I am to 30. There’s no more sex drugs and rock and roll. We’re kind of old and boring,” he said with a laugh. “When I leave a place, I want the management to say, ‘Man, those guys are serious about what they do.’ And the other thing, I really want the crowd to have fun. I want them to leave there and say, ‘Man, that show was a blast.’”

Martinsville native Riggs Roberson, a blues/rock guitarist and singer, will open Saturday night’s show at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 on show night. They can be purchased from Woodall’s Music & Sound or the Daily Grind. Live at the Rives Theatre Series passes will also be accepted.


Live at the Rives Theatre Series Opening Party with John Cowan Trio, Feb. 9

8 Feb

John CowanLive at the Rives Theatre Series pass holders and series sponsors are invited to join ART for a night of newgrass with pioneer and phenomenon, John Cowan.

One of acoustic music’s most loved and admired figures, Cowan’s trio combines his stellar bass and extraordinary vocals with the superb guitar of Jeff Autry and the otherworldly fiddle of Shadd Cobb.

With his distinctive, rock-tinged tenor vocal and heart-thumping electric bass, John, along with fellow New Grass Revival band mates Sam Bush, Courtney Johnson, and Curtis Burch, and later Bela Fleck and Pat Flynn, introduced a new generation of music fans to an explosive, experimental and ultimately, eponymous brand of bluegrass. The newgrass sound spawned popular jam bands such as Leftover Salmon and Yonder Mountain String Band in addition to shaping the sensibilities of country megastars Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, the Zac Brown Band, and Darius Rucker.

The duo Stickley Hill, featuring members of Big Fat Gap, will open.

This event is included with Live at the Rives Theatre series passes. Those who do not wish to purchase a series pass can purchase single event tickets for $50 each. Complimentary refreshments provided.

$125 Series Pass • $50 Event Ticket

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Devon Allman Concert Sold Out

14 Mar

Well fans, we are both sorry and happy to say that Devon Allman &  Honeytribe’s Live at the Rives Theatre performance on March 24 is now sold out. We hope you got your tickets in advance, but in case you didn’t, check out our upcoming shows for another event that might soothe your pain.