Along with respite from the warming sun, the sweet lake breezes will carry Nashville tunes starting today and through the weekend for the annual Lyrics On The Lake Songwriter’s Festival. What started with only two singer-songwriters at a pool party in 2012 has grown to include more than 30 artists playing at least seven venues around the lake, including Sunken City Brewery. While the artists playing the festival aren’t all household names, several of them have written songs for more familiar country acts like Florida Georgia Line, the Eli Young Band, Rascal Flatts, Hank Williams Jr., and Alan Jackson. For a complete list of performers and their bios, click here. The festival is free to attend, and any money raised will be donated to the Musicpreneur Storehouse (a Nashville nonprofit offering financial assistance to struggling artists) and the Central and Southwest Virginia Children’s Miracle Network (a nonprofit dedicated to children’s health services). For more information on venues and performance times, click here.
It’s a big little indie-rock double bill tonight at the Sprint Pavilion (700 East Main St.), right on the downtown mall in Charlottesville. The Head and the Heart are headlining in support of their latest album, last year’s Signs of Light, and their recent alterna-hit “All We Ever Knew.” Natalie Prass will have the honor of opening, shortly after the gates at 6 p.m. Prass’ self-titled 2015 debut got major kudos from Pitchfork and made their list of best new albums that year. Tickets are $36, and available here. One dollar from every ticket goes to benefit ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Call (434) 245-4910 for more info.
Every month the Lynchburg area’s young professionals (a category that is left undefined) come together for a Thursday happy hour at a venue that can handle at least an hour of happy. Tonight, Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Road) hosts the Young Professionals of Central Virginia for the 5:35 p.m. event at which people are invited to grow their networks by sharing libations and trading business cards. The Young Professionals of Central Virginia is an organization dedicated to connecting, attracting, and retaining young professionals to the Lynchburg area. No official membership or dues are required to attend the rotating monthly meetings. For info about the organization, call (434) 847-1447. For info about Apocalypse, call (434) 258-8761.
Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art (110 Salem Ave. SE) is usually worth a little road trip, and right now they’ve got some cool stuff on display, including gemmed handbags and purses by Judith Leiber, metalwork figures by Alison Pack, and Romare Bearden’s modernist series Pictures of America. Better yet, this evening they’ve got NYC-based artist Paul Villinski on the premises for a gallery talk to celebrate the installation of his “Passage,” a sculptural piece that resembles at WWII bomb dropping a payload of flowers. The event runs from 5:30-8 p.m., and also features music by the Jonah Kane-West Organ Trio. It’s $8 for adults, $5 for students and educators, and $4 for children. It is free for members and their children. Call (540) 342-5760 for more info, or click here.
As the sun goes down tonight, settle into your lawn chair or onto your picnic blanket to find out whether a koala (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) can save his theater by putting on a singing competition in the animated musical/comedy Sing. This month’s Lynchburg Parks and Rec Movies in the Park event will be held at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.), which features scenic overlooks of the James River. There will also be food trucks on the scene from 6-11 p.m. For more info about Movies in the Park, click here or call (434) 455-5858.
Three singer-songwriters and a one-man masked band are joining forces for an epic night of music at Rivermont Pizza (2495 Rivermont Ave.), kicking off at 9 p.m. The line-up includes Blake Reams, a former RP “head dishwasher” who’s now living in Nashville and playing solo for the first time in a while after being in the band Filthy Kind; Nashville-based singer-storyteller and former Lynchburg resident Becca Mancari seen here playing at the bygone Keep Colony; Gull, a masked one-man band with a singular style; and Kate Richards, who can be heard here performing solo with electric guitar on her digital album Lady of Leisure. The air conditioning is working fine, so despite the encroaching summer heat, don’t worry about what will likely be a tightly packed show. For more information click here, or call (434) 846-2877.
This may sound a little strange, but pairing gelato with vinegar is a culinary thing. Modena, an Italian city known as the home of traditional balsamic vinegar, has been putting the two together for decades to enhance the tartness and fruitiness of the gelato, as well as offset its sweetness in an interesting if not slightly bizarre way. Still not convinced? Even celebrity chef Mario Batali has a recipe for the stuff. Two downtown foodie shops, Favored Flavors and Altus Chocolates, have paired up to pair up these two great tastes that taste great together. It all happens from 7-8:30 p.m. at Altus Chocolates (908 Main St.). Tickets are $9 and can be reserved by clicking here. That includes twelve samples of gelato and vinegar as well as a date night coupon usable at both Altus Chocolates and Favored Flavors. Call (434) 847-2970 for more info.
Stroll through purple waves of lavender while drinking lavender lemonade and eating lavender potato salad as the Evergreen Lavender Farm in Appomattox (7169 Old Evergreen Road) celebrates its signature crop. There will be live music, food, and artisan crafts from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Along with picking your own lavender for $8 a bunch, attendees can make lavender crafts, eat and drink lavender-infused goodies, and even learn how to make a lavender wand. The entry fee is $5 per person. The hosts recommend bringing your own lawn chair for the event that includes at least two bands, Dixie Road Bluegrass and Good Buddy, as well as food and drink from the Drug Store Grill, Sourdough Pizza Company, Baine’s Books and Coffee, Uprooted, and Sans Soucy Vineyards. For more information and detailed directions click here or call (434) 664-9561.
The James River Batteau Festival’s old timey wooden fleet will embark on its 32nd annual 120-mile voyage to Maidens Landing this morning. The festival float trip originated as a way to honor the history of the batteau, those large wooden boats that ferried tobacco and other cargo downriver in the 18th and 19th centuries. These days, participants don period-inspired clothing and do their best impressions of the original batteauxmen. The James River Association will host a family-friendly launch party to see the boats off from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The party includes a scavenger hunt, live period artisan demonstrations, food trucks, and more. The batteaux are expected to line up for viewing by the public at Percival’s Island by about 11 a.m. Those with canoes and kayaks are invited to tag along with the scaled down replicas, as they stop each night at campsites generally unavailable to the public. While all are welcome on the Commonwealth’s river, camping costs $6 per person per night or $26 for the entire week, which you can take of by clicking here. A map of the festival route and more details about the stops are available here.
Virginia Distillery Company (299 Eades Ln.) in nearby Lovingston began as something of a distant dream for Dr. George G. Moore, an Irish immigrant who came to the States in the 1970s. He didn’t get the distillery fully up and running until 2011, when his first batch of American single malt whisky was finally bottled. These days, his son and daughter-in-law, Gareth and Maggie, run the business, and they’re celebrating Father’s Day a day early with a “Dads Love Drams” event featuring live music, food, and plenty of whisky. It runs from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., with Kiz Carter playing blues from 1-4 p.m., and Pok-E-Joe’s taking care of any BBQ-related needs. BTW: a dram is what you might call a wee pour of whiskey, officially calculated at about an eight of an ounce. Call (434) 285-2900 for more info, or click here.
Having hosting a Mother’s Day Wine Dinner back in May, Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.) must have decided it was unfair to leave the dads out, so they’ll be doing the whole shebang over again for Father’s Day. Or, Father’s Day eve. This time, it’s a four-course meal with wine pairings, including a first course chowder with Tenshen White Blendan, an arugula salad and quinoa cake with Run Riot Pinot Noir, and a grilled ribeye steak with potatoes, broccolini, and Napa Cellars Zinfandel. Dessert is double chocolate peanut butter bread pudding a la mode served with Ruby Port. Tickets are $60 per person and include tax and gratuity. To book a table call (434) 528-5442, or click here for more info.
Following your round of golf or whatever dad stuff you did today, come groove tonight at the GR8 PL8 Cafe and Lounge (1415 Kemper St.) from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. for “Fathers Day Ole Skool Motown Get Down Celebration.” DJ Dobie will play hits from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, which is a lot of musical ground to cover. The food at GR8 PL8 leans toward southern cookin’, without the “g.” Call (434) 851-9980 for more information, or click here.
Although school is out for the summer, students can still get a discount tonight (and every Monday) at Rise Up Climbing (1225 Church St.). Rise Up is the best and only indoor climbing gym in downtown Lynchburg. Beginners can be up and climbing within about 30 minutes, according to the folks in charge. Anyone under 18, and anyone over 18 with a valid student ID, receives a discount on day passes ($10), gear rental ($3), and belay instruction if necessary ($7). If you don’t know what a belayer is, then instruction will be necessary. For a virtual tour of the place, click here. Call (434) 845-7625 for more information.
Can you call white lightning “moonshine” if the distiller pays his taxes and operates under sunlight? Come to Fifth & Federal (801 Fifth St.) tonight to ask Robert Bondurant, a legal distiller and heir to the Bondurant Brothers legacy, which stems from his outlaw prohibition-era kinfolk. As legend has it, Bondurant’s grandfather Jack was a real-life bootlegger. He was apparently the inspiration for Shia LaBeouf’s character in the film Lawless, a drama about Prohibition-era moonshining in Franklin County. Bondurant will be on hand to answer questions and share his family history at the restaurant off the 5th Street roundabout. Call (434) 386-8113 for more info or click here. You can find Fifth & Federal’s barbecue-centric menu here.
As movie titles go, Earth vs. the Giant Spider, a 1958 title that's also been called The Spider and Earth vs. the Spider, is pretty direct. It’s fairly clear what’s gonna go down as soon as the opening credits appear, and that’s part of its charm. Ed Kemmer, June Kenney, and Eugene Persson star in this cult classic about an enormous arachnid that has taken up residence in the caves surrounding a rural highway. This was the last of famed B-movie director Bert I. Gordon’s “giant creature” features until the next decade, when he came out with Village of the Giants in 1965. It screens this evening at 7:30 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). As always, bronze artist and B-movie buff Ken Faraoni will be on hand to provide a little pre-movie commentary on the film’s creation, cultural context, and impact. Tickets are $6; call (434) 847-7277 or click here for more info.
Rise Up Climbing (1225 Church St.) is aiming to elevate the concept of ladies’ night, or at least encourage more women to try their hand at climbing. Every Wednesday evening from 5-10 p.m, women receive discounts on climbing passes ($10), gear rentals ($3), and belay instruction ($7, if needed). Novice climbers can be up and climbing within about 30 minutes, according to the Rise Up website. Click here or call (434) 845-7625 for more info.
Just a few days ago, Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) hosted a sold-out beer dinner featuring libations from the Evil Twin Brewing Co. This evening several of RP’s taps will be commandeered by various Evil Twin brews, which you can read about here. The Brooklyn-based, Danish-born craft brewing company was started, as legend has it, by Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, who immigrated to Brooklyn after a feud with his brother (also a brewer). Both siblings have generally operated as “gypsy brewers,” concocting recipes and contracting with existing brewers for large-scale production. But Evil Twin is now gearing to open its first brick-and-mortar brewery in New York later this month. RP will have seven or eight Evil Twin beers on tap and a limited number of branded pint glasses on hand to give away. Call (434) 846-2877 for more info.
There’s gonna be bluegrass – lots of bluegrass – all weekend long in Bedford County, as the Sedalia Center (1108 Sedalia School Road) hosts its annual “Doc” McCabe Memorial Bluegrass Festival. It begins at 3 p.m. today with performances by the Garrett Newton Band, David Bradley Band, and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road kicking off a friendly three-day competition among regional bluegrass bands.l, which kicks off a friendly three-day competition among regional bluegrass bands. The winner will go home with a nice cash prize. A three-day pass is $50 in advance or $55 at the gate. For those who want to pay by the day, it’s $15 for Thursday, $20 for Friday, and $25 Saturday. The view along Big Island Highway on the route from Lynchburg is just plain gorgeous. The festival offer camping ($85 for all week in advance, or $13 per day) to those who are so inclined. No alcohol will be sold at the event. Order tickets and check out the complete lineup here, or call (434) 299-5080 for more info.
If you feel moved to break in your groove shoes before P-funk master George Clinton hits Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.) on July 8, the Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Road) has you covered. Tony Camm and the Funk All Stars, a Lynchburg-based cover band who are down with getting a little funked up, tout 15 members when they’re at full strength. They play a mix of funk and dance hits by the likes of James Brown, Kool and the Gang, and, of course, Clinton’s legendary Parliament Funkadelic. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and there’s a $5 cover. Click here for more info, or call (434) 384-3004.
You may remember Quiet Riot as the ’80s hair-metal band who made a strong case for alternate spellings with their 1983 mega-hit “Cum on Feel the Noize,” as in “girlz rock your boyz.” Or not. The group has experienced some tragedy over the years — founding guitarist Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash while touring with Ozzy Osbourne in 1982; throughout the ’90s there was squabbling over the rights to the band’s name among the surviving members; and original frontman Kevin DuBrow passed away in 2007. But the Riot continues, and they’re headed to Lynchburg with a few long-time members and new singer James Durbin (4th place on the 10th season of American Idol). The show’s on Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). Tickets are $19.99 in advance, $26 at the door; call (434) 846-3206 for tickets and info, or click here.
The spirit of Hank, Merle, and Waylon descends upon Big Lick Tropical Grill (4001 Murray Pl.) this evening in the form of the Bedford and Campbell country foursome Outlaw Revival. If you know the surnames that go with those first names, then you’ll probably enjoy what Outlaw Revival have to offer. The band says there’s no cover for tonight’s show, which runs from 8-11 p.m. You can call Big Lick at (434) 528-3604 to confirm that, and check out more about the band on their Facebook page.
Down by the James River today there’s gonna more of an oceanfront vibe, as the Lynchburg Beach Music Festival takes over Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.) from noon-7 p.m. The family-friendly event features four bands, a high-wire circus act, arcade and carnival games, contests (including one using a mechanical surfboard), and more. Tickets are $35, but the food, drink, contests, and games cost extra. South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Famers (yeah, that’s a thing) the Embers are joined on the bill by Carolina Beach Music Award winners the Castaways, Raleigh’s Band of Oz, and the self-explanatory Legacy Motown Revue. Click here for tickets and more info. Beach chairs and/or towels for seating are welcomed. Call (434) 207-2831.
They’re coming all the way from Edmonton, Kentucky to play Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) this evening, which should make for a fairly rockin’ end of the weekend. Black Stone Cherry describe themselves as a southern rock band, although they’re known toward the harder end of the rock spectrum. They’ve released five studio albums since 2001, toured all over the country, and opened for the likes of Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nickelback, and Def Leppard. Doors are at 7 p.m., and the music should start by 8. General admission tickets are $19.50 in advance and $26 at the door. Click here for tickets and info, or call (434) 846-3206.
Market at Main (904 Main St.) have our full support in the efforts to spice up Monday nights downtown, and we’re sincerely hoping other establishments will follow their lead. Tonight at 7 p.m., artist/party host Heather Gillikin will teach a painting class to those assembled for dinner and drinks. Guests are invited to dine beforehand or grab a little something to eat as the painting progresses. A ticket to paint is $45 and includes a canvass and all the other materials you’ll need. For more info and to reserve a seat, click here, and you can call Market at Main by dialing (434) 847-9040 or view their menu here.
So, maybe you’re thinking about running the ten-miler next year. Maybe you’re not. Maybe you think ten miles is no big deal. Regardless, the Lynchburg Road Runners Clubwould like to see you out and running this evening from 6:30- 9 p.m. at Lynchburg College’s track (1501 Lakeside Dr.). It’s the fourth and final installment of the organization’s Summer Track Series, and it will feature a one-mile race, as well as shorter sprints of 200 and 800 meters. It’s open to runners of all ages and abilities for the reasonable price of just one dollar. Click here or call (434) 846-7449 for more info.
You may know Prisoner Wine Company from their distinctively drawn labels or from their creatively named wines. There’s the Prisoner (a red blend featuring a shackled bearded guy on it); Blindfold (a white blend with a guy tied to a pole on the label); and Cuttings (a bold Cabernet that has a pile of sticks on the label). The California vintner specializes in sourcing, blending, and bottling rather than growing the grapes. And their wines will be featured at a special tasting session from 7:30-9 p.m. at Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.). The $15 ticket includes light Hors d'Oeuvres and cheese, but the admission price will be waived for those who instead order six bottles of Prisoner’s best. Call (434) 528-5442 to make a reservation, and click herefor more info.
For reasons we have yet to discern, Wednesday activities in Lynchburg can be hard to come by. In other words, if you hear of anything cool on a Wednesday night, let us know. One option tonight is singer-songwriter Craig Hanson performing solo, without his usual band the Gypsies, at the Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Road). It also just happens to be wing night at the Badger, which means all 19 varieties of wings are just 75 cents each. We’re gonna recommend the Seven Pepper dry rub; the Spicy Thai; and the Parmesan Caesar as a good place to start. Hanson’s set runs from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on the back deck. Click here or call (434) 384-3004 for more info.
It’s the stuff of musical legend: on December 4, 1956, four up-and-coming young rock and country musicians dropped by Sun Studios in Memphis for a largely impromptu jam session. Their names: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. A recording of the session was released in the 1980s and credited to the Million Dollar Quartet. In 2010, a musical by the same name opened on Broadway, and tonight Endstation Theatre Company is bringing their version of the show to the stage at Randolph College’s Thoresen Theatre (2500 Rivermont Ave.). The best part is that the production features a young local performer named Taylor Rodriguez, who can be seen here doing his Elvis Presley. There are performances tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; additional evening performances on July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9; and 2 p.m. matinees on July 2, 8, and 9. For tickets ($10-$25) and info click here or call (434) 226-0686.
As the heat and humidity of summer descends, fruit-infused lager and IPAs tend to get more attention, and darker, heavier stouts and porters not so much. But, if you’ve got a taste for thick winter libations or just want to try something new, Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) hosts a Christmas in July (in June) tap takeover this evening from 5-10 p.m. Featured selections from the Beer 88 menu including Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA; a Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout; the Bruery’s bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine-style White Chocolate ale; and Bruery Terreux’s Berlin-style boysenberry weissbier. The brews will be available in flights and pints, and Beer 88’s burger-centric menu can be found here. For more info, click here or call (434) 582-5025
No surprise that they’re planning a few events at Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.) leading up to the Fourth of July. After all, it was Thomas Jefferson’s home away from home back in the day. Tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the south lawn will be the setting for a production of 1776: The Musical, a Broadway musicalized recounting of the events that preceded the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Tickets are $17.76 for adults, $13 for students, and $4 for children 5 and under. For more information and to buy tickets click here or call (434) 534-8120. In addition, on July 4 Poplar Forest will host colonial period artisans, entertainers, militia reenactments, and other patriotic activities. Home tours will be available at a reduced rate. Admission to the Fourth festivities is $9, although it’s free for anyone 14 or younger.
Cheers Lynchburg gets underway this evening with the first of a series of Friday shows that’ll run through mid-August in Riverfront Park. The locally based tribute band That 80’s Show get things rolling with a night of classic ’80’s rock — click here for a listen. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the music goes from 6-9 p.m. General admission is $5, although season passes (for eight events) are available for $20. Kids get in free but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No outside drinks or coolers are permitted, but alcohol will be sold, as will other refreshments from food trucks. Sorry, no pets. For more information, including a series schedule, click here or call (434) 535-6190.
The 15th Annual Percival’s Island 5-Mile Race is longer than the standard 5k jaunt, but at least the Lynchburg Road Runners found a flat stretch in the Hill City. The morning check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Percival’s Island Natural Area (1600 Concord Turnpike). The race begins at 8 a.m. and runs along the shaded bikeway and returns to Percival’s. Until June 29, registration is $25, and it’s $30 after that. The chip-timed race will have awards for top overall for males and females as well as for the top three in each of several age groups. For more information or to register, click here or call (434) 846-7449.
Some of the better Lynchburg-area Fourth of July fireworks are scheduled to go off about two days early this year. The annual “Celebrate America” festival on the grounds of Thomas Road Baptist Church (1 Mountain View Rd.) begins at 5 p.m. and includes live music, a four-story water slide, a rock-climbing wall, and lots of other attractions. Guests are invited to bring blankets and chairs for the fireworks show, which will light up Candlers Mountain around 9 p.m. The Christian music station 88.3 FM-The Journey plans to sync music to the colorful blasts. The event is free. Click here for a map of the grounds, and call (434) 239-9281 for more info.
So, July 4th is a Tuesday, which makes the July 5th a Wednesday, and that may complicate matters for those of you who are planning to hoist a few good old American brews to celebrate Independence Day. No worries: Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) has a solution. The Forest brewery is usually closed on Mondays, but they’re making an exception this afternoon. The taps kick on at 4 p.m. followed by pulled pork and pulled chicken sliders at 5 p.m. (available while they last). Food is included in the $5 cover charge, but the ale’s priced by the pint. The party will continue into the evening with Shoot Toby Twice playing from 7-10 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 258-8761.
Loose Shoe Brewing Company (198 Ambriar Plaza) is going for a communal vibe this afternoon for an Independence Day cookout. They’re providing the grills and selling the beer. You bring the meat, sides, friends and family. Share if you wish. The brewery’s open today from 3-8 p.m. Click here for more info or call (434) 946-2337.
The Blue Mountain Barrel House brewery (495 Cooperative Way) in Arrington is spicing up Independence Day Louisiana style. From 11 a.m.-8 p.m. they’ll have plates for $15, which includes a quarter pound of crawfish, a quarter pound of shrimp, andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Burgers, hot dogs, and other options will also be available for purchase in the barrelhouse’s food truck, which functions as an extension of the brewery restaurant. Local brewers First Colony Winery and Blue Toad Hard Cider will also be on hand. Three bands are scheduled for the day: the countrified Jason Burke Trio will start things up at noon; Rockfish Gap Bluegrass take it from 2:30-5 p.m.; psychedelic mandolin-power trio Firecracker Jam will finish things off from 5-7:30 p.m. There’s no cover; call (434) 263-4002 or click here for more info.
Fireworks over City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.) are a fairly typical sight during Hillcats season. But tonight it’ll be a little extra special. The Hillcats, who have been neck-and-neck with the Salem Red Sox at the top of the Carolina League Northern division of late, play the Wilmington Blue Rocks at 6:30 p.m. It’s the start of a six-game home stand that’ll include three games against Salem. Gates open at 5 p.m., tickets are $6 for the bleachers and $9 for the reserved sections. Fireworks commence right after the game. Click here for tickets, or call (434) 528-1144.
Complete with a stage, outdoor bar, lawn games, and a 360-degree Blue Ridge Mountain view, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company Basecamp Brewpub and Meadows (200 Mosbys Run) offers a pretty cool Independence Day cookout set up. They’re planning a Bear Pong tournament(it’s like beer pong, only bearier), and will have other lawn games available. The band Shoot Toby Twice performs from 3-7 p.m. The general menu and the outdoor Oak Grill menu will be available. Click herefor more info, or call (434) 361-1001.
Food trucks can be hard to track if you don’t follow each one of them on Facebook. But we know where you’ll be able to find some of the better mobile local eateries this evening from 5-9 p.m. T&E Catering, Blue Ridge BBQ Shack, Upper Crust Pizza, Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts, and Nomad Coffee Co. are planning to coral at Grace Evangelical Free Church (21129 Timberlake Rd.) for one of them food-truck round-ups. Bring blankets and chairs for picnicking. Click here or call (434) 385-0560 for more info
It’s the stuff of musical legend: on December 4, 1956, four up-and-coming young rock and country musicians dropped by Sun Studios in Memphis for a largely impromptu jam session. Their names: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. A recording of the session was released in the 1980s and credited to the Million Dollar Quartet. In 2010, a musical by the same name opened on Broadway, and Endstation Theatre Company has taken their version of the show to the stage at Randolph College’s Thoresen Theatre (2500 Rivermont Ave.). The best part is that the production features a young local performer named Taylor Rodriguez, who can be seen heredoing his Elvis Presley. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. the show begins its second and last stretch that includes evening performances Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. For tickets ($10-$25) and info click here or call (434) 226-0686.
If the entire United States lent you its collective ear, what would you say? Add your answer and voice tonight when the The Listening Inc and The Poetry Group follow up on the Independence Day holiday with “The Listening: Dear America,” an open mic at GR8 Pl8 Cafe and Lounge (1415 Kemper St.). They’re seeking poets, performers, dreamers and doers who want to talk about it, whateverit might be. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with a writers workshop for anyone looking for help developing their voice followed by the open mic at 7 p.m. There’s a $5 cover to benefit The Listening, a nonprofit that nurtures performing artists, hosts events throughout the year, and focuses on using performing arts to advance social justice and personal healing. For more information about the event, click here.
While walking up and down Lynchburg’s hills offers great exercise, the free shuttle trolley will be back in service for First Fridays tonight, allowing patrons to save time and reach a variety of exhibits. To view the circuitous downtown route and parking spaces, click here. Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) kicks off the Riverviews Biennial at 5:30 p.m., a sort of family show featuring artists who create, live, support or are otherwise connected to the downtown institution. For more information, including a complete list of featured artists, click here. Academy Center for the Arts (600 Main St.) features a “lost and found” exhibit provided by a group of area art collectors, and the Lynchburg Museum (901 Court St.) hosts a New Deal-era art collection. Vector Space (402 5th St.) and the First Unitarian Church (818 Court St.) will both offer food-related exhibitions. First Fridays generally lasts from 5-8 p.m, but click here for more information and times for each stop. Down the hill at Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.), Cheers Lynchburg will be under way featuring Tony Camm & the Funk All Stars from 6-9 p.m. The event has a $5 cover.
When Jerome Robbins first pitched West Side Story in 1947 it looked a little different. Instead of focusing on opposing white and Puerto Rican gangs, it was about the strife and romance between members of Irish Catholic and Jewish families in Manhattan. Suffice to say, it went through some changes before debuting on Broadway a decade later. Encore Youth Theater will stick to the Broadway script in celebration of the musical’s 60th anniversary. The production opens July 7 at 7 p.m., with additional performances on July 8 at 2 and 7 p.m., and July 9 at 7 p.m. in the Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theater (519 Commerce St.). Tickets are $8 for students and $15 for adults, and they are available for purchase here. Call (434) 846-8499 for more info.
The region’s newest brewery releases a limited time brew today at an event that includes fresh peaches from the same farm that supplied the batch’s key ingredient. Named after Bedford County’s legendary treasure, Beale’s (510 Grove St.) will introduce the Peach Wheat Ale, brewed with produced from nearby Gross Orchard. The fruity brew (4.8 % ABV and 20 IBUs) should be refreshing against the draining summer humidity. They’re sorry, but a limited supply means no growler fills to take home. Along with peach beer, patrons may purchase peach-glazed barbecue ribs, hand-size peach pies, and fresh peaches from Gross Orchards. Roanoke-based Black Collar will play 5-8 p.m. Beale’s, which just opened last month, is the second Bedford venture (after Bedford Lofts) for Dave McCormack, a Virginia developer who built Trapezium Brewing Co. in Petersburg. For more information about the 12-10 p.m. event, click hereor call (540) 583-5113.
If the late, great James Brown was the Godfather of Soul, then George Clinton is surely the Grandfather of Groove, the Grandmaster of Flash, or something like that. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was and will always be Captain of the P-Funk Mothership, which now encompasses all the music he’s made with Parliament, Funkadelic, and subsequent huybrids of the two. Of late, the 75-year-old Clinton has been doing his own thing, which included joining Mark Ronson on stage for a run through “Uptown Funk” at the 20156 Galstonbury Festical, and guesting on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Oh, and he’s coming to Lynchburg to play the second of the Academy Center of the Arts’ Riverfront Park concerts. The show’s scheduled for 7-10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $45 for VIP seating. Call (434) 846-8499 for tickets, or click here for more info.
Rockbridge Vineyard (35 Hill View Ln.) in Raphine is known for their award-winning Dechiel Syrah and White Riesling, and for being quite picturesque. The folks their usually through a mid-summer celebration – they’ve been doing so for 24 years now. But this time they’ve got a good cause in mind: dogs. That’s right, as the website says, Rockbridge Vineyard is going to the dogs. The Summer Breeze Wine Festival will feature wine tastings, music by Bryan Elijah Smith & he Wild Hearts (noon-3 p.m.) and the Island Music Trio (3-6 p.m.), and food courtesy of the Blue Mountain Grill food truck. Proceeds will benefit the Augusta Regional SPCA, which is where the dogs come in. Admission is $10, although kids get in for free with a donation of one can of pet food. Call (540) 377-6204 or click here for more info.
Take a cue from the Dude on Mondays, and stroll over to AMF Lynchburg Lanes (4643 Murray Pl.) to roll all night long for $12.09. The price for unlimited bowling from 6 p.m. to close at 11 p.m. also includes shoes. The deal is subject to lane availability, so anyone heading out late might want to call ahead even though the bowling alley has 40 lanes. For more information about the weekly special, that includes deals on drinks and pizza, click here or call (434) 528-2695.
Whether you’re looking for mindfulness or muscle tone, the Academy Center for the Arts (600 Main St.) is offering a yoga session tonight where you clear your mind and stretch your body among the works adorning the gallery walls. The one-hour mixed beginner class starts at 6 p.m. and recurs every Tuesday. The first session is free and mats are provided, so this class is an excellent opportunity to see what yoga is all about. Each additional one-hour class costs $8 each and continues every Tuesday evening and Thursday morning from 7:30-8:30 a.m. The teacher, Salina Khanna, grew up in Lynchburg and is a yogi practitioner certified at the Ishka Yoga Center in Cali, Colombia. For more information click here or call the academy at (434) 846-8499.
Lynchburg may not always offer unique events every night of the week, but we’re looking out for the Hill City’s best specials, such as Rivermont Pizza’s (2496 Rivermont Ave.) weekly Wednesday Date Night. For $30, RP supplies one appetizer, one pizza, one dessert and one bottle of wine. Don’t worry, they won’t check your Facebook status to determine you’re in a relationship, so you’re welcome to go with a friend. Lynchburg’s staple pizza shop offers a wide variety of craft pizzas, listed on the menu along with the appetizers. For anyone who wants to take date night into overtime, Ned’s Beer Shop, where you can purchase by the beverage and mix your six pack, will be open until midnight. For more information call (434) 846-2877. We want to help our readers spend their going out money wisely, so please let us know about regular specials worth highlighting. Reach out to Managing Editor Alex Rohr at email@example.com.
With experimental brews featuring some unusual ingredients like lactose, orange peel, Black Tea, tamarind and star anise in the Thai-Style Iced Tea Ale, it could get weird as Sierra Nevada and some of its friends from across the world take over 12 taps at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) tonight. For the 7.2% ABV Thai-Style Iced Tea Ale, Sierra worked with Mikkeller Brewery, a gypsy brewer who makes a career from collaboration, signaling the philosophy behind Sierra Nevada’s annual series. (Of note: Mikkeller’s Danish founder Mikkel Borg Bjergsø is a twin to Evil Twin founder Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø.) Every year Sierra, a grandfather of American Craft beer collaborates with breweries of all sizes and stages of life. RP generally has “zero access” to about half the breweries who participated because they don’t distribute in Virginia, according to barkeep and manager Jeremy Fogt. Usually, the only way to drink a beer from Tree House Brewing Company, which teamed up with Sierra for the East Meets West IPA, is to visit Monson, MA, where they brew it. The 12-packs for Sierra Nevada Beer Camp series are also available in stores but we hear they’re hard to come by. For a complete beer list and information about the beers, click here. You can also call RP at (434) 846-2877 for more information.
Today is a good day for food trucks in Lynchburg with rodeos scheduled for both lunch and dinner. Start with lunch at The Summit (1400 Enterprise Dr.), which holds “Wyndhurst Wednesdays” the second Wednesday of each month through September. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Action Gyro, Hibachi Guys, Uprooted, Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts and Appetite Creamery will corral along Enterprise drive at the retirement community where there is outdoor seating and room to picnic. For more information click here or call (434) 582-1500. Last week Grace Evangelical Free Church (21129 Timberlake Rd.) called off an evening roundup because of inclement weather, but they’re trying again tonight. From 5-9 p.m., the church welcomes T&E Catering, Blue Ridge BBQ Shack, Upper Crust Pizza, Mama Crockett’s, and Nomad Coffee Co. Bring blankets and chairs for picnicking. Click here or call (434) 385-0560 for more info.
They say music can take you back. Tonight, Historic Sandusky (757 Sandusky Dr.) and musician Martin Liebschner are going to see how far. From 7-8 p.m., Liebschner, who works at Colonial Williamsburg, will perform with 19th century period instruments and the songs our forebearers would have held in common. Through performance and lecture, Liebschner will show how music was used in both peace and war to entertain and communicate. Sandusky's plantation grounds, with the brick home built in 1808 and its connections to the Battle of Lynchburg, offer a fitting backdrop to Liebschner's 1800s musical stylings. The free event will be held outdoors, but in the shade. Seating is available, but visitors are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. The program will be held indoors in case of inclement weather. For an example of Liebschner’s style, click here for a song featured in the Civil War Western “Ride with the Devil.” For more information about the event click here or call (434) 832-0162.
Your lunch can show up naked today to Favored Flavors (912 Main St.) and leave fully dressed in seasoned olive oils, Balsamic vinegars, sea salts and peppercorns. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday., the specialty tasting shop invites you to bring plain rice, pasta, salad or another food item with your choice of their flavorings to “enhance” your regular lunch for free. Between indoor and outdoor seating, the shop seats about 10, but you’re welcome to come, pop open your tupperware, top your meal and head back to the office, nearby bench or the down to Riverfront Park. For more information about Favored Flavors and its products, click here or call (434) 238-0801.
Anyone visiting Dish (1120 Main St.) tonight who enjoys energetic music, won’t leave their feet if DJ Johnny has his way. Tonight and every Thursday, Dish hosts Latin Music Night featuring beats from a variety of Latin influences paired with a special menu designed for the weekly occasion. The event starts at 10 p.m. and goes until closing time. Starting at 11 p.m., there will be a $5 cover charge. For more information call Dish at (434) 528-0070 or click here. Latin Night is organized by MG Productions, the same company bringing Cheers Lynchburg to Riverfront Park on Fridays this summer. For more information about DJ Johnny or the event contact MG at (434) 535-6190.
Hill City live music lovers can count on shows at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) on Fridays for the coming weeks, including tonight’s show with Uptown Band, out of Roanoke seen here espousing soul while performing a cover of Rhianna's "Love on the Brain,” but they appear well equipped to get your hips popping and feet hopping. The show lasts from 6-9 p.m. with the gate opening at 5:30 p.m. There's a $5 cover, but children under 12 years old get in free. No outside food or beverages are allowed, but food trucks and alcohol vendors will be lined up inside. For more information click here.
Although the opening ceremonies for the 2017 Virginia Commonwealth Games won’t commence until next Friday, at least one event will be under way at Liberty University (1971 University Blvd.) this morning where runners can race across campus in a 5K. The Lynchburg Road Runners Club will help host the event at 8 a.m. Registration can be done up until race time for a $35 fee. The Commonwealth Games, which first came to Lynchburg last year, enables amateurs and novices of all experience levels to compete in a wide array of sports and games, including basketball, chess, pickleball, bowling, archery, clay shooting and much more. For a list of events and registration information, click here or call Virginia Ameteur Sports at 540.343.0987.
Over the last year, the monthly Diversity@Dish (1120 Main St.) has meant a regular time and place dedicated for people who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community to socialize. With a happy hour tonight from 5:30-8 p.m., the Lynchburg Diversity Center (901 Jefferson St.) marks a year of the monthly events that included dancing, happy hours, Pride Bingo and drag disco. The $5 cover goes to the Diversity Center, founded in 2015 to change people’s attitudes and behaviors toward the LGBTQ+ community as well as helping individuals within the group reach their full potential. For more information about the event click here. For more information about the Diversity Center visit its website or call (434) 515-1143.
A Grammy nominee and almost American Idol will play tonight at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). Daughtry, named for Chris Daughtry, became the third all time selling American Idol artist behind Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson after placing fourth on the show's 2006 season. Despite a mishap on the Facebook event page showing the show as canceled, the performance is in fact going on at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Phase 2 has taken the unusual tack of advertising the show with a warning that it will sell out. There's no ifs, ands or buts in Phase 2's tone, so think ahead. General Admission tickets are $29.50. VIP passes are sold out. Purchase tickets here or call (434) 846-3206 for more information.
Take a cue from the Dude on Mondays, and stroll over to AMF Lynchburg Lanes (4643 Murray Pl.) to roll all night long for $12.09. The price for unlimited bowling from 6 p.m. to close at 11 p.m. also includes shoes. The deal is subject to lane availability, so anyone heading out late might want to call ahead even though the bowling alley has 40 lanes. For more information about the weekly special, that includes deals on drinks and pizza, click here or call (434) 528-2695