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We Are The Champagne-ians! 4 NYE Gigs!

Posted in Magnus Music Presents, Rapture, Upcoming Show Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2012 by jeyon

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We’ve had a fantastic 2012 at Magnus Music. We’ve had the pleasure to work with a lot of really great bands. We got to know a few new venues, worked with and met a ton of cool new people. Tonight, we’re celebrating the New Year with four shows; with genres spanning from soulful and funky to psychedelic rock to bluegrass.

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Starting at 9:30 singer Erin Lunsford leads her backing band, the Smokey Bandits in a charge towards midnight over at Byer Street Bistro in Staunton. WE first heard Erin’s pipes back in the Spring and have watched her effortlessly WOW crowd after crowd.

The Design NYE

 
TDPhoto KOBAlso at 9:30 over in the The Valley funk band The Design  buries 2012 out in Wild Wolf Brewery‘s enclosed heated patio on Nellysford Highway. Another soulful singer lead by a sick jam-based jazz band whose diverse sound covers the gambit between Erykah Badu and YES.

Doors open 10 pm for KOB NYE in Dwntwn CVille where psychedelic rockers Kings Of Belmont host a New Years Party in Club R2. This past year has seen this hilarious trippy rock act clock in many miles touring up & down the East.

Houndog Hill

 

The latest to start setting fire to 2012 is 7-piece high-energy bluegrass act Houndog Hill lighting  up Whiskey Jar round 10:30. If you haven’t caught HH busking on the mall outside Shenanigans, you’ve probably seen them rock their hometown, Harrisonburg.

So there’s lots to celebrate and a lot of running to do tonight. Happy New Years! Hope to catch you out at some if not all of it. And cheers to an even better 2013!

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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

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

Help Woolen Mills Bar Host Music Sept 11 @ 6 pm

Posted in Cancellations & Relocations, Magnus Music Presents, Rapture, Tea Bazaar with tags , , , on September 11, 2012 by jeyon

ATTN: Music Lovers, if you want to celebrate musical diversity in Charlottesville and witness our citizenry help maintain our status as a culturally relavent VA hub, join us in City Council Chambers and show your support for Black Market Moto Saloon at 6PM TODAY. The issue of whether or not the great new Woolen Mills Restaurant / Pub can add Live Music to it’s offerings is being revisited in the Council Chambers. For whatever reason a few months back, BMMS declined to file for a $1500 Special Use Permit and had to cease hosting live music, some of which were our very own Magnus Music Events. Since that time, they’ve paid for the permit, reached out to their  neighbors and installed additional sound reinforcement to further minimize their “sonic impact”. They’re definitely being proactive — not to mention, they’re easy to work with and perhaps most importantly, their very existence allows for musicians and music lovers a chance to mingle in a whole other part of town. Diversity! 

CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY SEPT. 11th
CITY HALL
606 E. Main Street, 2nd Floor
All Ages / FREE / 6 pm
434) 970-3333

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(In Search of the Meaning of) Hype Science CMS

Posted in Charlottesville Music Showcase, Previous Show Blogs, Rapture with tags , , , , , , on June 25, 2012 by jeyon

Ross van Brocklin (pictured right) began using Ableton Live almost two years ago. It had been around for at least twice that long and he’d kept hearing people talk about it. This thing, this electronic sampling interface was changing the genre and he needed to find out HOW? No more standing in the sidelines! he thought. That evening after plugging in the pad, routing music nugget after musical nugget to it, then turning the volume up really loud, Ross introduced Radiohead to “Rapper’s Delight” and that was it, he was off-and-running. Insane instrumental dance music sprang from the corner of his soggy Ableton-crazed mind.

Fellow King Of Belmont Sam Cushman (pictured left) and Raw Dawg Will Faulconer (center) came upon their friend — regularly a guitarist — in a new state, “plugged in”, mashing buttons and tweaking knobs, caught up in this electronic music trip and it got them excited. It got them ‘Hype.’ They joined in with a drumkit and a synthesizer respectively, and the with a crackle of keyboard lightning and the thunder of the drums, the three of them fused. From that evening on, a mighty musical improvisational beast of live percussion, synth and electronic sampling was born. That is their story; the Science of how the Hype came to be.

HYPE SCIENCE
WED. JUNE 27th
RAPTURE
21 + / FREE  / 10 pm
303 E. Main St.
434-293-9526

Watch out for special guest guitarist Tucker Rogers sitting in. And you might want to hold onto your face. There’s no guarantee, but this mad trio of Hype Scientists might just melt it to the floor!

FREE KOB in RAPTURE’S CMS LOUNGE

Posted in Charlottesville Music Showcase, Previous Show Blogs, Rapture with tags , , , on June 6, 2012 by jeyon

This is exciting! Last time Kings of Belmont played a free gig at Rapture was Halloween 2009! It was a complete madhouse. Known for having more than a few tricks up their sleeve, tonight’s gig will include what they’ve accomplished since. Two albums of material. Many wicked covers hitting you from stage left. Their signature light show. AND the introduction of a new bassist, old buddy Deke Shipp is in the mix. There’s also a surprise set the band’s not divulging until they launch into it at 10 pm. We didn’t even know how to spell “Jagermeister” til KOB wrote that song. It’s Hump Day. No openers. No cover charge. Let’s get ‘er done.

KINGS OF BELMONT
WED. JUNE 6th
RAPTURE
21 + / FREE / 10 pm