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Bluestep’s Charlottesville Music Showcase Debut

Posted in Charlottesville Music Showcase, Previous Show Blogs, Rapture with tags , , , , , on November 5, 2012 by jeyon


Born from the UVA Jazz Dept. Bluestep (previously “Blueset”) claims they’re “trained in Jazz (but) willing to play anything”. Same might be said as to their mentality for gigging as well. We’ve seen many a talented student never leave the safe confines of campus and play for only frats and their friends. This quartet, however, eschews that inclusive philosophy and is willing to play anywhere. This past four months alone has seen them cranking out gigs not just off campus and the Corner, but also the counties, wineries outside Crozet, pubs in Scottsville, mid-town, downtown, you name it. This coming Wednesday sees their Charlottesville Music Showcase debut over at Rapture. Once you hear Emily Voreas’s vocal stylings and witness her versatile backing band — who get a sincere joy out of reinterpreting modern classic tunes — you’ll see where these students get their confidence from. Chances are you’ll also get hooked on this jazzy pop act as well.

Charlottesville Music Showcase Presents
WED. NOV. 7th – BLUESTEP at RAPTURE, 303 W. Main St., 18 +, FREE, 10 pm, 434-293-9526
Genre(s): Jazz / Blues

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Film Fest Brings Garage Rock, Movies to CVille

Posted in Previous Show Blogs, Rapture with tags , , , , , , on November 2, 2012 by jeyon

There’s no doubt the Virginia Film Festival brings a lot of great cinema and film awareness/analysis to Charlottesville. I remember stumbling on Jaques Tati’s Playtime back in the late-90s over at Culbreth and how that spurred a geek out on electronic composer Jean-Jaques Perrey. But who knew a film fest would also bring so much straight up ROCK N ROLL to these hills? This weekend, Rapture hosts back-to-back After-Parties related to two homegrown films about music scenes, both of which bleed, sweat and cry “Rock n Roll!” Tonight, local musician / filmmaker Marc Adams premieres his “Something In The Water” at Vinegar Hill Theater. The film asks the question “Just how has Charlottesville maintained it’s vibrant scene all these years?” We think you’ll enjoy the response. Then afterwards, like something Robert Rodriguez would do, Marc’s trio, Black Heart Valentine Club rocks out an after-party in Rapture’s cocktail lounge. Gig starts around midnight. Saturday sees an invasion of garage rock from the Hampton Roads area to our little burg. At 9:15 in theater 2 in Regal’s Downtown Mall Theater, Norfolk filmmakers premiere “Hardcore Norfolk”, which chronicles the DIY hardcore / punk scene in VA Beach conceived in the mid-80s. To celebrate, Norfolk-based rock bands Thee Apostles along with Big Bobby & The Nightcaps (featuring Charlottesville’s own Scotto Von Blotto) rock Rapture’s cocktail lounge starting a little after 11pm. Both shows are free and open for John Q. Public — and Roger Ebert for that matter — to stumble in. Check out this trailer for “Hardcore Norfolk” below.

FRI. NOV. 2nd – SOMETHING IN THE WATER’ VA FILM FEST AFTER PARTY feat. BLACK HEART VALENTINE CLUB at RAPTURE, 303 E. Main St, 21 +, FREE, 12 am, 434-293-9526
Genre(s): Rock / Garage / Glam

SAT. NOV. 3rd – ‘HARDCORE NORFOLK’ VA FILM FEST AFTER PARTY feat. THEE APOSTLES and BIG BOBBY & THE NIGHTCAPS at RAPTURE, 303 E. Main St, 21 +, FREE, 11 pm, 434-293-9526
Genre(s): Garage / Rock

Girl Talk After-Party // DJ Le Feb Rapture Tonight

Posted in Charlottesville Music Showcase, Previous Show Blogs, Rapture with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2012 by jeyon

There’s a lot of talk. A lot of Giiirrrlll Talk about the insanely awesome DJ spinning at the Pavilion tonight. Pretty badass he’s spinning under “The Big Tent”. Curses to the City tho and their Noise Ordinance Mr. Gillis will have to end (as usual) a bit on the early tip; leaving thousands amped to continue their rage.

Welcome to the Showcase DJ LE FEB, a seasoned mix master who does the UVA thing (Boylan, Trinity, Greek), plus stints in Richmond (house parties, Maymont Park, Kingdom), as well as slots DC (Current). Le Feb is like a fever. He ain’t afraid to get around.

Le Feb keep us dancing til last call, spinning Electro, House, Hip Hop and Top 40 Remixes. You can bet it’s gonna get hot! Even hotter this gig is FREE!

Charlottesville Music Showcase Presents
GRL TLK AFTR PRTY

feat. DJ LE FEB
WED. SEPT. 19th
RAPTURE
303 E. Main St. 
21 + / FREE /10:30

AMEN DUNES SEPT. 7 @ TEA BAZAAR

Posted in Magnus Music Presents, Previous Show Blogs, Tea Bazaar with tags , , , on September 7, 2012 by jeyon

Amen Dunes was the buzz band back in February when they opened up for This Will Destroy you at The Southern. The crowd very much dug their droony mysterium. Apparently what we heard was born from improvised recordings made while guitarist Damon McMahon (shown here) was living as an ex-pat in China, his environment very integral to this catchy eerie sound. Between the repetitive rhythms and Damon’s trembling voice, it was as if Syd Barrett were fronting the Velvet Undergound. After their set finished, people walked to the bar going “WHOA that was intense!” Indeed. Tonight Amen Dunes returns to headlines their own gig at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Locals Gold Spur and Loom open the night.

Magnus Music and Holy Smokes Booking Co-Present
AMEN DUNES
w/ Gold Spur and Loom
FRI. SEPT. 7th
Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
$7 adv / $9 doors
All Ages / 8 pm
CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE ADVANCE WILL CALL TICKETS

JULIA HOLTER SEPT. 4 @ TEA BAZAAR

Posted in Magnus Music Presents, Previous Show Blogs, Tea Bazaar with tags , , , , on September 4, 2012 by jeyon

We’re very excited about tonight. All the way from LA, the amazing Julia Holter brings her trio to the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Julia’s ethereal and unorthodox form of song-writing blurs the line between indie rock, modern composition, and electronic music and puts her in a league with acts like St. Vincent. A graduate of Music Composition at Cal Arts an often collaborator with fellow Californians Nite Jewel, Julia composes most of her haunting, childlike and futuristic songs in her bedroom, then brings them to life rather magically via keyboard with only the help of cellist and drummer. Tonight’s performance features touring act Hundred Waters and locals Nettles (who rarely play live) opening the gig. This promises to be an unforgettable night of tunes.

Magnus Music Presents
JULIA HOLTER
w/ HUNDRED WATERS and NETTLES
TUES. SEPT. 4th
Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
All Ages / 8 pm doors
$8 adv / $10 doors
FOR ADVANCE WILL CALL TICKETS CLICK HERE

Friday the 13th’s Funk Punch, Izzy & Ginger

Posted in Previous Show Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2012 by jeyon

Not sure if you’ve heard this news already. City Officials usually don’t advertise when they break bad on local businesses but you might have heard how Charlottesville’s Department of Neighborhood Development Services has instructed both Black Market Moto Saloon and the Lunchbox Express, two business located in the Woolen Mills corridor at the corner of Market & Meade, to cease hosting live music until they apply for, and obtain Special Use Permits that’ll allow them to do as such.

Whereas this is unfortunate for both businesses; they were both starting to get on the map as alternative entertainment locations, this is also unfortunate for Magnus Music since we’ve been working closely with both these locations and helping put musicians on their stage and back patio, respectively. Above all, this is unfortunate for the musicians themselves and their fans who’d made plans to perform and throw great parties at these locations.

Its our understanding that Black Market Moto put in their application for a Special Use Permit Monday and so until they go through the standard 49 day process, Magnus Music won’t be able to work with them. Whether or not The Lunchbox Express decides to apply for a Special Use Permit for their location is still TBA.

In the meantime, however, we begin the arduous process of moving all the performances we scheduled at both locations. And the following are the first two shows we’ve managed to move. Falling, perhaps not coincidentally this Friday, July 13th. We hope to see you at either of these spots. And we promise these shows will be sweaty, rocking and pulsing with energy. And, perhaps most importantly at this point, in locations that city officials cannot shut down.

FRIDAY JULY 13th – IZZY & THE CATASTROPHICS (LATE SHOW) at MAIN STREET ANNEX, 218 W. Water St., 18+, $5, 10 pm, 434-817-2400
Genre(s): Rock / Soul / Rockabilly / Honkytonk
*in addition to the performance no longer being allowed at Black Market Moto Saloon — because of permitting issues, originally scheduled performers Ginger & The Castaways have canceled due to an unfortunate band injury.  

FRIDAY JULY 13th –  AFTER COLONY (EARLY SHOW) at MAIN STREET ANNEX, 218 W. Water St., ALL AGES, $5, 9 pm, 434-817-2400
Genre(s): Post Hardcore / Indie.  

FRIDAY JULY 13th – CUTMASTER CHOP w/ FUNK PUNCH at RAPTURE, 303 E. Main St., 21 +, FREE, 10 pm, 434-293-9526
Genre(s): Rock / Funk / Hip Hop
*Funk Punch was originally scheduled for Lunchbox Express, also no longer permitted to host live music.

New Best Recipe For Enjoyment: Jeff Vines 7/1

Posted in Jefferson Vineyards, Previous Show Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2012 by jeyon

Yes, Jefferson Vineyards is known for grape-picking and tasty wine recipes. This is true. But this Sunday Afternoon, “THE NEW BEST RECIPE” coming out of their vineyard won’t just be their Cab Franc. It’ll be a 5-piece band — pickers as well — plucking instruments instead of grape vines.  NEW BEST RECIPE is the 2 – 3 year old project of a collective of local musicians playing traditional bluegrass, honky tonk and some choice rocking classics. The line up is often subject to change but the talent is always world class. This Sunday’s collective includes Luke Wilson (brother to Sons Of Bill) on guitar and vocals; Andy Thacker and Darrell Muller (from 80s bluegrass band Love Canon) playing mando and upright bass, respectively; Landon Fishburne (from Downbeat Project) on guitar; Stan Marshall holds it down on banjo and Jay Starling (Transmitters) putting elbow grease in his dobro. Imagine our mountainous backdrop + some Chardonnay Reserve + NBR’s sweet + a picnic basket & a blanket. We’d say that’s pretty good recipe for a Sunday afternoon right there.

NEW BEST RECIPE
JEFFERSON VINEYARDS
SUNDAY JULY 1st
1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
ALL AGES / FREE / 2:30 pm