Performers

This year the event will take place on August 7 & 8, 2015 and again will feature 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.

Here are this year's performers. Check the Event Schedule page for other activities.

MAIN STAGE – FRIDAY AUGUST 7TH

3:30 PM   ATOKA CHASE

A his-and-her team with an old-timey front-porch acoustic feel, she (Maya Cole Renfro) sings and plays fiddle and guitar and sings, while he (Jared Hall Garland) sings and switches between banjo and guitar (both beautifully hand-made), also handling percussion via an ingenious foot-pedal/suitcase set-up.

4:50 PM   JOE TROOP & DIEGO SANCHEZ

Joe Troop and Diego Sánchez are an acoustic world-music duo based in Argentina. Since 2010, they have been creating and performing original music for the 5-string banjo, fiddle, double bass and voice in the multicultural Buenos Aires underground. Their genre-bending compositions reflect the urban melting pot they have emerged from.

As a duo they place no restrictions on their sound; what results in their collaboration is an innovative, dynamic contribution to new acoustic music. From bluegrass to tango, classical to jazz, flamenco to chamamé, pop to R&B, Joe and Diego explore diverse horizons with bold lyrics, soulful singing and instrumental virtuosity.

6:10 PM   DOM FLEMONS

Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons is the "American Songster," pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people just within the past three years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry.

7:30 PM   LOVE CANON

Love Canon

From the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville's LOVE CANON resides in full bloom. Led by guitarist Jesse Harper and banjo wiz Adam Larrabee, the virtuoso group of string musicians become one on stage—-the super 80's bluegrass hits machine, LOVE CANON; with, Darrell Muller on bass, Andy Thacker on mandolin & Jay Starling on resonator guitar. Think Rocky IV, Kenny Loggins, Cyndi Lauper, Toto, ZZ Top, Aha and Dire Straits played with banjo, bass, mandolin, dobro, fiddle and high lonesome vocals. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you dance, it'll "blind you with science!"

8:50 PM   SCYTHIAN

Scythian

Dubbed by The Washington Post as "DC's most energetic and eclectic band" Scythian (sith-ee-yin) belts out a high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music with one goal in mind; to get people on their feet and dancing. These classically trained musicians are natural showmen who seamlessly blend kicked-up Celtic, folk and world music, and deliver it with a punk-rock sensibility. Combine this with the driving rhythm of a jazz percussionist, and you've got the ingredients for a show you won't soon forget.

MAIN STAGE – SATURDAY AUGUST 8TH

11:30 AM   THE BLACKSBURG COMMUNITY BAND

The Blacksburg Community Band, Inc. is an all-volunteer community organization formed in 1989 under the auspices of the Department of Parks and Recreation in the Town of Blacksburg, Virginia. The band was incorporated in Virginia as a non-profit corporation in 2007. The ensemble is open to individuals of all ages and ability levels from the New River Valley and surrounding areas and performs in an average of 20 concerts each year throughout the New River Valley reaching over 7,000 people.

12:50 PM   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!

2:10 PM   CHALK

Eclectic in both instrumentation and repertoire, but made familiar by tight 3 part vocal harmony, energetic performance, and climatic instrumental arrangement, Chalk is a 6 piece band from Blacksburg, bringing together diverse influences, from the Black Keys and the Arctic Monkeys to Streetlight Manifesto and Simon & Garfunkel. With Sam Herron on guitar and vocals, Ben Parker on bass, George Tatum on keys, Levi Moneyhun on drums and vocals, Kaela Dunlap on sax and vocals, and Michaela Goldammer on flute, Chalk brings to this year's stage the finest Indie-Ska-Folk-Punk Blacksburg's youth has to offer.

3:30 PM   SPOON FIGHT

Spoon Fight is an alternative rock band with roots inspired by blues. Brothers, Luke Thomas (lead vocals and guitar) and Jake Thomas (drums), moved from South Africa back to the US as children and soon joined forces with Isaac Wright (bass). All three were only just beginning their craft as musicians when they met, but they have been collaborating ever since. Speaking out from Floyd County Virginia, Spoon Fight brings a have fun, do it right, and don't-forget-to-kill-it vibe to their shows, and it works well. Through blues heavy riffs, smooth vocals, and stimulating lyrics the band connects with their audience and leaves them in positive state of mind.

4:45 PM   MONSTER ATLANTIC

Monster Atlantic is a rock music experiment that hails from the heart of Roanoke Virginia. Monster Atlantic delivers a high energy rock show full of collaborative original music fueled by the combination of singer/rhythm guitarist Lance Smith, lead guitar Matt Stump, bassist Jason Davis and drummer/backing vocalist Tad Dickens.

6:00 PM   GABE MORALES & FRIENDS

Gabe Morales

Gabe Morales is a guitarist, musician, song-writer and performer. His music includes elements of blues, jazz, classic rock and influences from Latin American folk music. In addition, his music is energetic, and at the same time invites listeners to reflect on daily challenges, feats, and defeats. When performing the blues, Gabe brings the blues legends of past and present to the stage and stands on their shoulders as he tells their stories and bends the strings of his red SG.

In 2013, Gabe was a featured guest on the internationally touring band Snarky Puppy's live CD/DVD recording at the Jefferson Center: Snarky Puppy Family Dinner Vol. 1. The same album was awarded a 2014 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance for Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway. Gabe Morales has opened for the Robert Cray Band, The Wooten Brothers (with Jayna Brown), and Tommy Castro and The Pain Killers.

Not Shakespeare

7:00 PM   NOT SHAKESPEARE

Rising from the ashes of the Vawter Hall Dormitory basement in 1980, Not Shakespeare spread their multi-genre musical influences onto the Blacksburg and Southeastern US musical scene for 15 years. From a punk / frat cover band progressing to a synth based sound and finally coming out of the wormhole and bridging into the formative years of Americana, Adam Caperton, George Wade, Jeff Chown, Tod Pukanecz, Rik Hample, Ric Gratz, Jonathan Mayo, Donald Minson and many more waged battle in the formative and blissful years of Indie Rock in the 80's and 90's. Always a band about songwriting, their creative efforts resulted in two indie releases produced by Mitch Easter at Drive-In Studio: their self-titled EP and Edge of The World and the unreleased Apocrypha sessions. George booked your band in the 'Burg or produced your music... You slept on their floors... They cooked you meals... You drank their beer... You rented their PA and you helped load the vans. You were most definitely there for the numerous epic late night conversations at various Not Houses on Kabrich Street, Whipple Drive and Hemlock Street...

8:00 PM  ELECTRIC WOODSHED

Electric Woodshed has been delivering a mix of soulful, southern fried rock 'n' roll for almost 30 years.

9:00 PM   A Smalltown Coalition of Unfronted Musicians (S.C.U.M.) TRIBUTE TO RON CLIFFORD

Torn up but not down, the remaining 75 members of the band, 36 of them guitar players will dust off and take the stage to blast a rock 'n' roll send-off to Blacksburg's favorite front man. Mr. Steppin Out wasn't always on key, but his quips were always on time. The remainder wipe a tear, and turn it up to 12 to remember their dear leader.

 

ACOUSTIC STAGE – FRIDAY AUGUST 7TH

12:00 PM SHANNON HUNTER

Americana singer-songwriter from Blacksburg VA.

1:20 PM RAVEN & RED

Raven and Red is an award-winning bluegrass, country, and acoustic music band formed in 2009 by lead singer/guitarist Mitchell Lane and fiddler/singer Brittany Jones.

2:40 PM AMERICAN ROOTS

American Roots are a local guitar and harmony-vocal duo from Blacksburg who have been performing in the area in one form or another for about 20 years. Fred and Jon Benfield took the name American Roots because it describes the music they enjoy performing.

4:00 PM STEPH STEWART & THE BOYFRIENDS

"With a voice as cool as mountain water over mossy logs and as comforting as a tended fire, North Carolina native Stewart hearkens Gillian Welch, Patsy Cline and the classic ladies of country and Americana with soothing melodies, warm guitars and twinkling mandolins and banjos." — Anna Chandler, Savannah Morning Times

5:20 PM SEPH & TK

With only two members, Seph and TK make a large sound with few components. Raised in the woods of Franklin County, Virginia, developing a clean powerful acoustic sound with influences from Bob Dylan, Jack White, Son House, Led Zeppelin, The Tallest Man on Earth, Fleet Foxes, and The Avett Brothers. All performances are with one guitar, a single djembe, and Seph's voice.

6:40 PM – LANEY JONES & THE SPIRITS

Laney Jones sings tales of love and adventure with a voice that has been described as "a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder" (WPRK), mellifluous and smooth but brimming with passion. Her live performance highlights her multi-instrumental prowess on banjo, ukulele, tenor guitar and harmonica backed by her band the Spirits.

ACOUSTIC STAGE – SATURDAY AUGUST 8TH

Laney Jones & The Spirits

12:00 PM SWEET CHALYBEATE

A family Irish folk group from Blacksburg.

1:20 PM KAT MILLS

Kat Mills is a writer, singer, guitarist and seeker rooted in GenX habits, nodding to 60s and 70s troubadour traditions, and openly commenting on the aches and triumphs of the moment.

2:40 PM DAVID SIMPKINS & THE KFB

Performing Americana songwriter David Simpkins has been entertaining audiences for over 40 years. He was a finalist in the 2000 Appalachian Fair Best Unknown Country Songwriters competition and won the Floydfest Showcase Stage Best Song competition in 2002.

4:00 PM INDIAN RUN STRING BAND

The Indian Run Stringband brings a fresh new sound to old-time music. It is a sound that is both exciting and fun. It will move both your foot and your soul. They play a variety of styles which is one of the strong points of old-time music. Each musician is talented in their own right and they blend that talent to produce a superb sound. I highly recommend them. – Kinney Rorrer, Host of BACK TO THE BLUE RIDGE WVTF 89.1 FM

5:20 PM ACOUSTIC KIND

A Blacksburg based folk-rock band playing a variety of styles that ranges from classic rock, R&B, and jazz to bluegrass and country; however, the arena which they most frequently blend their diverse influences is their huge melting pot of Grateful Dead covers. The Kind combines strong lead vocals and harmonies together with intertwining melodies and soulful rhythmic grooves to produce a fun, flowing and danceable experience. They are equally at home in a laid-back acoustic setting or a high-energy electric experience.

6:40 PM CROSSTIES – 25th ANNIVERSARY JAM

Crossties is a local bluegrass band that started in 1990 and is still thriving today. Join Crossties for a very special 25th Anniversary Jam at Steppin Out!

Laureen Blakemore

Tel: 540-951-0454

events@downtownblacksburg.com