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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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Trout Fishing in America Brings Family Music with a Sense of Humor to Rives, Oct. 18

2 Oct

Eclectic folk/rock duo Trout Fishing in America will bring their infectious brand of family music to the Rives Theatre on Oct. 18.

Presented in partnership by Piedmont Arts and Arts at the Rives Theatre, Trout Fishing in America’s concert will feature some of the group’s best-known kids songs, like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night,” “18 Wheels on a Big Rig” and “When I Was a Dinosaur.”

But Trout Fishing in America isn’t just fun for kids. Over the past 34 years the duo, made up of bass player/singer Keith Grimwood and guitarist/singer Ezra Idlet, has built a loyal following that spans five generations. The group has also released two albums aimed at adults: 2010’s “Lookin’ At Lucky” and 1999’s “Closer to the Truth.”

“Those kids we first played for grew up and had kids, and now they bring their kids [to our concerts],” says Grimwood.

It’s Trout Fishing in America’s willingness to make fun of our most annoying and sometimes disgusting habits in one song, then touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life in the next, that has earned the duo a place in the hearts of kids and parents everywhere.

Popcorn and concessions will be available for purchase during the performance.

When: Oct. 18, 2012, 7 pm

Where: Rives Theatre, 215 E. Church St., Martinsville, VA

Cost: $15 adults, $10 students

Tickets: www.piedmontarts.org, 276.632.3221