2016 Performers

Join us on August 5 & 6 for live music on 3 stages! A Main Stage located at the intersection of Main Street and College Ave (in front of the Cellar), an Acoustic Stage located on Main Street (near Kent Square) and a Community Stage.

MAIN STAGE – FRIDAY AUGUST 5TH

Friday 3:30 - 4:30PM   Timewave Zero

Timewave Zero

This group of all-star musicians hail from the New River Valley of Virginia, up in the spine of the Appalachians where rock and blues meet to jam, where the mountains meet the sky and raise your spirits high, and where psychedelic funk is what's for breakfast. Timewave Zero is a danceable music adventure with positive grooves and messaging that brings crowds straight into the heart of The Singularity. Ride the Timewave with Nicholas Polys, Chris Burgoyne, Jeff Wynn, Peter Sforza, Dave McNair, and Mike St. Germain!

Friday 4:50 - 5:50PM   Mateo Monk

Mateo Monk

The music of Mateo Monk is beyond classification. It is a synthesis of multiple genres of world roots music, heavily informed by the spontaneous freedom of psychedelic jam culture. Mateo performs solo on the guitar, flute, synthesizer, and melodica, utilizing a looper pedal to create fully-textured rhythms, adorned with virtuosic melodic musings, all seamlessly woven into the song form in real time. It's a modern spin on the iconic idea of the "one man band", executed by a one-of-a-kind artist with deep emotional sensibility and dazzling instrumental finesse. Mateo has been performing for 23 years and has worked with many influential artists, including Thievery Corporation, Junior Marvin of Bob Marley and The Wailers, and members of the legendary reggae group Culture.

Friday 6:10 - 7:10PM   Sol Roots

Sol Roots

Sol Roots is a fierce guitarist and soulful singer who has toured the world with many musical legends. Sol and the band create a unique blend of energetic rock, deep blues, and raw funk, all delivered with deep soul. Sol Roots band has been on bills with Dumpstaphunk, Soulive, The Wood Brothers, Robert Randolph & Family Band, Booker T Jones, Eric Lindell, Shemekia Copeland, Jon Cleary and more. Sol Roots is an official Home Grown Music Network artist and a "Next Generation" Music Maker Relief Foundation artist.

"Sol is a fierce guitarist and soulful singer" - Jambase

"Sol's playing has been described as "musical glue," holding together many grooves and personalities. He has backed up legendary artists like Taj Mahal and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, opened for Robert Randolph, The Wood Brothers, and has played with more obscure artists who have had unique perspectives and sounds. Though it all, he has learned many valuable lessons and is still able to hold on to the one thing that ties us all spiritually to one another — music."- Jeff Reid - The Beat Magazine

Friday 7:30 - 8:30PM   The Color J

The Color J

Brothers Jamiel & Janiah Allen (co-founders of ALLiENS) alongside with John Hill (co-founder of The Materia Project) come together to create a band based on originality and creative expression. This band isn't just a three piece throw down though, they frequently welcome friends and peers to help them bring life to the stage. This funky outfit uses creative self-expression as a linchpin to their composition and they aren't afraid of showing their sensual side. Steamy tracks infused with cross-cultural blends of rock, funk, and hip hop cultivate an undeniably danceable sound.

 

Friday 9-11 PM   Black Masala

Black Masala

Can you hear that? Can you feel it? It's the sound of Washington, DC's eclectic high energy brass band Black Masala. Formed in 2012, the band creates an irresistible dance groove packed with funk, gypsy punk, and soul. Black Masala has made a big impact as one of the most exciting live acts in the region and is the winner of four Washington, DC Area Music Awards ("WAMMIES"), including 'Best New Artist' and 'Best World Music Album.'

In just a few short years, Black Masala has released its debut album, multiple remixes, live recordings, and its follow up second album, "I Love You Madly" which came out October 30th. The new album showcases the band's variety of influences and moods, ranging from Bhangra and bounce to New Orleans funk and Balkan brass. This sound was forged on the road, playing countless shows up and down the East Coast to enthusiastic crowds. Black Masala is part of a new generation of go anywhere brass bands, and when they take the stage, their infectious grooves result in dance party that leaves smiling concert goers eager for the next song.

"Black Masala is a D.C. outfit that has found success riding off of its own inventiveness. Experimenting with a flirtatious combination of gypsy punkiness and brass, the band can expertly churn an audience of awkward head-bobbers into a livened stew of aspirant dancers." – WRGW Music Blog

 

ACOUSTIC STAGE – FRIDAY AUGUST 5TH

Shannon Hunter

Friday 12 - 1PM  Shannon Hunter

Shannon Hunter is a local singer-songwriter. She plays both covers and original songs in an acoustic folk-americana-pop style. Shannon recently graduated from high school, and has been performing for the past couple of years at talent shows, restaurants, and churches. Next year, she plans on attending UVA and hopes to take advantage of the music scene in Charlottesville!

 

Friday 1:20 - 2:20PM  Jémeaux

 

Seph Custer

Friday 2:40 - 3:40PM  Seph Custer

Utilizing simplicity of instrumentation and arrangements to get the most he can out of each note, Seph Custer brings a fresh take to traditional music. Delivering a wide array of genres, moods, and song selections, he has quickly become a regional favorite at breweries, bars, and festivals, performing over 100 shows each year since 2014. His first solo acoustic album, "Where You Are," was released in January 2016, and his follow ups, "Black and White" and "The Papa Tom Band" are to be released this fall. Catch a set and see what all the commotion is about!

 

American Roots

Friday 4 - 5PM  American Roots

"American Roots" is a instrumental and harmony-vocal duo  performing regularly in the 6 county region around Blacksburg for about 25 years.  Fred and Jon Benfield play and sing "roots" tunes including Appalachian ballads, blues, swing, early country and "folkgrass".  "Roots" music has recently been redefined as "Americana Music" and in keeping with that definition. American Roots performs "Americana Music: Carter Family to Gershwin."

 

Friday 5:20 - 6:20PM  David Simpkins

 

Friday 6:40 - 7:40PM  Fritz Schindler

Fritz Schindler

Fritz Schindler is a smile-inducing, folk 'n' roll music whirlwind! He brings contagious energy to every stage, playing a wide array of traditional Appalachian instruments—mandolin, guitar, hammered dulcimer, banjo, bouzouki—supporting his warmly versatile and emotive singing voice. When performing solo he mesmerizes audiences with impressive live-looping and layering techniques and other times his outstanding backing band of friends, The Saucy Fellows, join him to kick the foot-stomping fun into overdrive.

"Fritz is an incredible multi-instrumentalist and his passion for music is contagious. It amazes me how he can juggle so many instruments. There is something special and organic about his music that let the truth and soul shine through." — Brian Bunn, multi-instrumentalist for Travis Rhett

Fritz is preparing for a new album release in 2017 to follow his first two projects, Sunlight Breaking Through the Trees and A Folk 'n' Roll Christmas! He's opened for a wide variety of artists including, The New Coon Creek Girls, Hawk Nelson, The Vespers, Raymond & Ruth McLain, 7eventh Time Down, Derek Minor and The Afters. In 2015 Fritz headlined a tour with Ted Yoder and Aidan Broadbridge and led a dulcimer workshop for WoodSongs. This summer he is looking forward to playing shows with Jimmy Fortune, Building 429, JJ Weeks Band and Marty Raybon.

No matter your age or music preferences Fritz Schindler is sure to make you smile. Your toes are gonna tap, your hands are gonna clap and you're sure to be singing and dancing along...

 

COMMUNITY STAGE – FRIDAY AUGUST 5TH

Friday 2:00 - 2:45PM  Appalachian Hoedowners

Friday 3 - 4PM  Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia

Friday 4:20 - 4:45PM  Southwest Virginia Ballet

Friday 5:00 - 6:30PM  Mainstream Music Student Performances

 

MARKET SQUARE PARK – FRIDAY AUGUST 5TH

Friday 7:30 - 9:30PM  Drum Circle

 

MAIN STAGE – SATURDAY AUGUST 6TH

Saturday 11:30 - 12:30AM   THE BLACKSBURG COMMUNITY BAND

The Blacksburg Community Band

The Blacksburg Community Band is an all-volunteer community wind ensemble open to musicians of all ages and ability levels from the New River Valley. The band, with 70 active members, rehearses and performs year round. For more information go to www.blacksburgcommunityband.org.

 

Saturday 12:50 - 1:50PM   PANJAMMERS

Blacksburg's 30-piece steel drum orchestra brings the music of the Caribbean to Virginia. The band performs a range of styles, including calypso, reggae, jazz, Latin, and funk, on hand-crafted instruments. Guaranteed to get you dancing!

 

Saturday 2:10 - 3:10PM  Shiloh Hill

Shiloh Hill

In an age of music where folk and "indie" is taking the world by storm it is not often that you find a band that not only understands their roots but also understands how to create a sound that's continuously evolving and fully unique. Many artists have the ability of portraying exactly what's expected from a genre but few recognize the importance and have the knowledge to be more and create a sound that moves outside of that prototypical genre. This is where Shiloh Hill comes in.

A project that focuses on a joint contribution of artists showcasing not only excellent songwriting and lyricism, but a simple yet effective ensemble of harmonizing vocals, guitars, banjo, and percussion. With just the right mix of folk, pop, and fireside feeling, each song has way of pulling you in and eventually taking you away. At certain moments you might find yourself with a desire to compare but that comes from what's only seen on the surface. By the end of your first experience with Shiloh Hill, only visions of their music will be dancing in your head.

 

Saturday 3:30 - 4:30PM  Stacked Like Pancakes

Stacked like Pancakes

Reinvigorating the sounds of classic ska, Stacked Like Pancakes (SLP) piles on boisterous horns and punk rock attitude to create high energy music synthesizing the vibes of Reel Big Fish, twenty one pilots, Foo Fighters, and an untraceable amount of other artists and genres. Since 2007, SLP has shared the stage with national and international acts, toured on the Vans Warped Tour, headlined their own self-booked tours, and in December 2015 released their latest crowd-funded 15-track monster-album THIS IS US.

The token with this group is their live performance. Concert venues and music patrons alike should be prepared for the stage to shake, the crowd to be wild and unpredictable, and the show to be a deliberate fusion of spontaneity and precision. Their community fan base – the #PancakeNation –  is hungry for their band to grow. Stacked Like Pancakes epitomizes a tough DIY band despite a meaningless band name, and are rightfully on the rise to claim an international stage of their own.

 

Saturday 4:50 - 5:50PM  The Golden Guns

The Golden Guns

The Golden Guns are a band with a diverse spectrum of influences, resulting in a style that is constantly evolving and expanding. With influences ranging from Soul, Blues, Funk, R&B, Jam, Electronic, Reggae, Ska, Jazz, Classical etc. we truly can bring the house down in a variety of ways. By giving/receiving energy from the crowd is a crucial part of our performance, and as a result we make a solid effort to actively include the crowd during our performance. So put on your dancin' shoes because we are here to make you groove!

 

Saturday 6:10 - 7:10PM  The Seismix

The Seismix

The Seismix's unique blend of jazz, rock, funk, reggae, and latin music has evolved since 2012 when guitarist John Rardin and bassist Gary Lindberg got together to play and write music, discovering their styles made for some great fusion. Frank Hatfield joined the duo in 2013, adding dimension, form and theme with his progressive guitar playing. In 2014 Stephanie Bryson was added to the mix on lead vocals and keyboard. Bryson's musical influences: Billie Holiday, Tori Amos and Grace Potter, come through in her soulful yet energetic sound. Drummer Chris Neikirk came in 2015. Neikirk's intuitive playing allows exploration and improvisation that rounds out The Seismix's infectious sound.

 

Saturday 7:30 - 8:30PM  Erin and the Wildfire

Erin and the Wildfire

Erin and the Wildfire is an emerging band based in Charlottesville, VA. Their unique brand of soulful rock has helped to establish them as one of the premier up-and-coming acts in Central Virginia's vibrant local music scene. The group's sound combines the raw funk-infused energy of the Wildfire - a rock outfit made up of Ryan Lipps on guitar, Nick Quillen on drums and Matt Wood on bass alongside Jackson Shurlds and Garen Dorsey on horns - with powerful and expressive lead vocals from frontwoman Erin Lunsford.
 

Saturday 8:50 - 9:50PM  The Broadcast

The Broadcast

The Broadcast, an Americana/Soul outfit from Asheville NC, recently caught the ear of revered producer Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Wilco, Grace Potter, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers). The seven-time Grammy-winner invited them to travel to Los Angeles immediately after hearing the demos the band had been work-shopping. There, The Broadcast recorded its sophomore full-length, From the Horizon, in the desert of California. Scott's enthusiasm about the band and genuine excitement about this collection of songs shines brightly in the finished recording. When asked about From the Horizon, Scott says, "I think this record is very brave in the fact that it doesn't follow a pattern or trend. It's classically good music based on the music that we've all listened to since the '50s 'til today. It's got soul, and vibrancy, and life." They are currently touring the world in support of "From The Horizon" which was released on 6/17/16.

 

ACOUSTIC STAGE – SATURDAY AUGUST 6TH

Saturday 12 - 1PM  Maya Renfro

 

Saturday 1:20 - 2:20PM  Kat Mills

Kat Mills

Solo, soul folk live shows. Layered, collaborative recordings. Kat Mills is a writer, singer, guitarist and seeker rooted in GenX, nodding to 70s troubadours, and openly commenting on the aches and triumphs of the moment.

Kat is based right here in Blacksburg, and has been a favorite on the Acoustic Stage for years. She has recently released her fourth studio album, SILVER, a collection of groovy, original songs featuring an A-Team session band. At a time when we have almost forgotten how to be still, to listen, to reflect and then engage, Kat Mills helps us remember.

 

Saturday 2:40 - 3:40PM  Sharayah Spears

 

Saturday 4 - 5PM  Troy & Paula Haag

Troy & Paula Haag

Troy and Paula Haag are a Northern Shenandoah Valley-based husband and wife, singer/songwriter duo that regularly perform in the Northern Virginia area. Their music is steeped in Americana, folk, country, and alternative pop. Contemporary, yet fully informed by the American and English folk rock heyday of the 1960s and 1970s, their sound is a characterized by delicate yet driving acoustic guitar, propulsive percussion and intimate vocal harmonies. The combination of strong songwriting, live performances, and a strong bond as a husband & wife duo, provides an ideal connection for creating pieces of beautiful, sincere, and authentic music.

 

Saturday 5:20-6:20PM  Java Brothers Bluegrass

Java Brothers

The Java Brothers Bluegrass Band is from Radford, Virginia. We are progressive, but pretty much only to the extent that we'll play new songs as hard driving bluegrass. We love Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, The Seldom Scene, JD Crowe, Tony Rice, Sam Bush, the Country Gentlemen, the Beatles, the Stones, and all the greats. The Java Brothers have a fun live show that mixes standard Bluegrass and Newgrass with fiery original tunes.

 

Saturday 6:40 - 7:40PM  Crossties

 

COMMUNITY STAGE – SATURDAY AUGUST 6TH

Saturday 11:30 - 12:30PM  Little Leapers

Saturday 12:45 - 1:45PM  Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers & Back Porch Studio Cloggers

Saturday 2:00 - 2:30PM  Beasley Martial Arts

Saturday 2:45 - 3:15PM  New River Tang Soo Do

Saturday 3:30 - 4:00PM  Hill & Veil

Saturday 4:15 - 4:45PM  New River Irish Dance at Holli's Academy of Dance

Saturday 5:00 - 6:00PM   Blacksburg Square Dance Featuring Indian Run Stringband & Old Man Kelly

 

Laureen Blakemore

Tel: 540-951-0454

events@downtownblacksburg.com