The country duo Muscadine Bloodlinesays they’re “unapologetically Alabama.” We’re not sure exactly what that means, but we assume they don’t need Neil Young around, anyhow. Rolling Stone magazine named the band as a country artist to watch last year, and they’re scheduled to perform on the Breakout Stage at the CMA (Country Music Association) Music Festival next week. Find their recently released single Can’t Tell You No from the EP “Movin On” here. General admission tickets are $14 and can be found here.
It’s pretty clear the David Haught studied the masters of classic and outlaw country. Although the Virginia native who’s made his home-base in Brooklyn plays mostly original music, he’s been known to yodel a Hank Williams tune from time to time. He’s on tour right now after releasing a self-titled acoustic album and will perform from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. tonight at Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.). Backing Haught will be local musicians Max Doss on standup bass and Jim Robertson on fiddle and steel guitar. For more information and updates, click here or call (434) 616-6691.
Goodfight’s songwriter, frontman, and guitarist Andrew Forman moved to Brooklyn, New York all the way from Florida. He ended up writing about home. Tonight, Goodfight comes to Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) to perform from their debut album “Florida Room” along with the local act Good Dog Nigel. Live music at RP generally starts about 11 p.m., just about the time dinner service ends. There isn’t a cover listed, but the pizza shop usually charges $3 for live music. For more info and updates, click here.
Anyone who attends First Friday on the regular knows to stop by the Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.) Up Front and Ann White galleries (They’re the galleries facing Main Street). But tonight, the Academy kicks off a special exhibit in the Arts & Education Lobby located right next to Warehouse Theatre around back. The portrait exhibit by Heritage High School art students called “Let Your Trumpets Blow, Let Your Mighty Voice Be Heard,” will be on display there through the end of June. The collection features portraits of leading African American citizens of Lynchburg. For more info on Academy exhibits, click here. On the First Friday of every month, downtown art galleries and other establishments open their doors to special exhibits and live performances from about 5-8 p.m. For a more events, check out the First Friday page.
Lynchburg is a little too off Broadway to expect a full performance of Lin Manuel-Miranda’s smash historical(ish) hit Hamilton, a musical about President George Washington’s right hand man. But tonight our friends at Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce St.) plan to bring together fans of the Tony Award-winning modern classic for a group singalong. Sign up for a solo performance, as a group, or to be part of an ensemble. The event starts at 7 p.m. For tickets, click here or call (434) 845-4427.
Lyrics on the Lake country music festival won’t start for another couple weeks at Smith Mountain Lake, but tonight Fifth & Federal (801 5th St.) will host a warm up concert. The Pre-Party starts at 5 p.m. and features Brinn Black, the festival’s organizer and a Virginia native who moved to Nashville seeking a career in country music. She’ll perform along with special guests who are thus far unannounced. For more info about tonight’s event, click here or call (434) 386-8113. The Lyrics on the Lake Festival will be held June 13-17 and will feature more than 35 artists performing at more than 10 lake venues. For more info, click here.
It’s been an unusually rainy few weeks, but that’s not bringing down Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). The discount theatre, in fact, seems to be delighting in the wet weather. And to prove it, they’re bringing back the 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain, co-directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, who also plays the film’s leading man Don Lockwood. The film depicts the transitional period in Hollywood when silent filmmakers brought sound to the cinema. In the midst of this transformation, the Hollywood it “couple” of Lockwood and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) fake a relationship to sell tickets while feuding on-set. The movie plays through Thursday. For showtimes and more info, click here or call (434) 845-2398.
There’s something about an ongoing storyline that seems to draw people to the box office. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that more than a third of the films currently at Regal River Ridge Stadium (3411 Candlers Mountain Rd.), are part of one cinematic legacy or another. Top of the list is the just released Solo: A Star Wars Story, a prequel that helps fill out the franchise’s cannon that started with Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977. While the original Star Wars trilogy features the transition from Harrison Ford’s Han Solo from renegade space cowboy to reluctant hero, the new Solo film starring Alden Ehrenreich as the title character shows us how he became a smuggler. Donald Glover (who’s making cultural waves through his musical persona Childish Gambino) steps in the role of Lando Calrissian. Woody Harrelson as Beckett seems to be a sort of crime-life mentor for Solo. Somehow Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) looks exactly the same. Showtimes are 12:10 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:40 p.m., and 10:10 p.m. For more info on this another movies, click here or call (844) 462-7342 ext 4045.
No matter your age or skill level the Lynchburg Road Runners Summer Track Series has a race for you. It’s competitive, but fun, so it’s perfectly cool if you’re just trying to compete with yourself while hobnobbing with fellow runners. The Road Runners Series will take place each Tuesday this month at Lynchburg College Track (1501 Lakeside Dr.), starting tonight. Each evening will start at 6:30 p.m. and feature varying races. Tonight there’s the 100m race split by age group as well as an open 100m, a “predict your time mile,” and the 5,000m. For more info, click here or call (434) 525-5136.
To reinforce the notion that stout isn’t just for breakfast anymore, the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) is taking the bold move of featuring Founders Brewing Co.’s hearty Breakfast Stout in the evening at a Solid Gold pre-party for Saturday’s big Naughty By Nature/Big Daddy Kane double bill at Riverfront Park. And, for those who would like to keep stout on the breakfast menu, they’re giving out free Founders coffee mugs at a full-on tap takeover that begins at 5:30 p.m. Along with the stout, the riverside bar will feature four other selections from the Michigan craft brewery: the reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA, the PC Pils, the American Pale Lager, and the Solid Gold American Lager. Attendees can enter a raffle to win tickets for the Saturday night show. Click here or call (434) 333-4681 for more info.
The results are in from Lynchburg’s 48 Hour Film Project competition and they’re premiering tonight at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) starting at 6 p.m. All 14 films went from initial inspiration to final edit in 48 hours. They’re amateur and often rushed, but generally entertaining. The project usually yields super short films that exhibit bursts of raw, local creativity. There’s comedies, dramedies, horror, and about every type of film genre imaginable. Although judges decide who advances for a shot at a Cannes Film Festival screening, the audience gets to pick their favorite as well. Films screen from 6-10 p.m. For more info, click here.
Recasting Shakespearean classics in a time and place other than that in which the plays may have originally been set is definitely a thing. And it’s not always a great thing. However, it’s hard to criticize Wolfbane Productions’ approach to Romeo & Juliet. The Appomattox-based troupe have access to a national landmark that embodies the essence of feuding families and tragic star crossings, so they’ve moved the tale of the Capulets and the Montagues into the Civil War era. Wolfbane starts off the summer with a reboot of their celebrated production of Romeo & Juliet, performed on the grounds of the Appomattox Court House National Park (111 National Park Dr.). Performances run from June 7 through 30 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8 p.m. The park opens to visitors two hours prior to performances. Plastic folding chairs are available on a first come, first serve basis, and you can also bring your own lawn/camp chair. The $35 premium seating tickets include a chair. General admission tickets are $25, with students, seniors, and military receiving a $5 discount. Click here for tickets and info, or call (434) 579-3542. You can turn the evening into a dinner date by making reservations at the Babcock House by clicking here.
Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.) is a quaint deli and coffee shop where you can always grab mixed six packs and curated bottles of wine on your lunch break. Recently, the establishment has expanded its offerings to include beer and other libations on tap. Tonight, Magnolia presents its first ever pint night, featuring Bold Rock Hard Cider. The event runs from 5 until 9 p.m. and will feature the Nelson County cidery’s Blackberry Summer Seasonal. For more info, click here or call (434) 528-5442.
Summer is for swingers, as in swing dancers and Hill City Swing, which kicks off its summer series this evening. On the second and fourth Fridays of June and July, the Hill City swingers engage in East and West Coast styles of swing dancing, which means there’s probably a difference between the two. There are classes for those who’d like to learn. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. it’s a couples-only class for beginners, and from 8:30 to 10 p.m. they’ll teach singles and couples who have some swinging experience. The pricing scheme is a little complicated so bear with us. A summer pass for the early session is $40 per person, although students get a $20 discount. A summer pass for the later session is $30 with students receiving a $10 discount. However, if you don’t purchase a pass in advance, you’ll have to tack on an extra $15 to pay at the door. The dancing takes place at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.), home to Hill City Swing. Click here for tickets or call (540) 769-7192.
The folks at 5th St. Grind (710 5th St.) are doing their best to liven up Friday nights on their little corner of downtown Lynchburg. The cleverly named coffee shop and café, which features tasty pastries from the locally based Sweet 1603, has opened its outdoor seating area to the somewhat self-explanatory Back Deck Concert Series. This evening from 7 to 9 p.m. it's a set by singer/guitarist Tanner Ingold. He’s only got a few songs posted online, and they’re covers, but click here to get an idea of the Topeka, Kansas, native’s style. For more info, click hereor call (434) 386-8952.
Don’t let their name fool you; the Flat Five are actually pretty sharp. All kidding and wordplay aside, the locally based five-piece jazz combo are generally well attired enough to play weddings and other fancy events. But they can also hold things down under the Friday night traffic lights on Fifth Street, which is where they’ll be this evening on the newly christened Lynchburg City Limits State Fifth & Federal (801 5th St.). The music runs from 5 p.m. until closing, usually around 11 p.m. For a look at the Fifth & Federal menu, click here. For more info on the event, click here or call (434) 386-8113.
As part of Lynchburg Diversity Center’s Pride Month celebration, they’ve got a concert tonight at the Riverviews Artspace building (901 Jefferson St.) featuring a couple of acoustic acts who specialize in “folk songs about feminism, queer love, and gender identity.” Total Babe are a banjo/acoustic guitar duo from Atlanta who are down with “supportive female friendship.” Watch and listen here. Singer-songwriter Catherine the Great joins them in what we assume will be a supportive manner. Click here to see her play “Tomatoes” at Merlefest. The suggested donation for the show, which runs form 7 to 9 p.m., is $10. Half of proceeds and merchandise sales go to LDC, a nonprofit safespace and cultural center for the LGBTQ+ community. For more info, click hereor call (434) 515-1143.
If you’re not familiar with the work being done by the local non-profit Kids’ Haven, then you might want to count yourself among the fortunate. Founded in 1998 by the Junior League, Kids’ Haven is indeed a haven for kids – kids who are struggling with the grief and trauma that comes with losing a parent or another close family member. Through its community outreach programs, Kids’ Haven provides in-school support and weekly group nights for grieving children, a lending library for kids, and individual consultations. It’s not easy work, but it’s important work that requires significant local support. To that end, Kids’ Haven is holding a benefit gala dinner to celebrate twenty years of service to the Lynchburg Community. Butterfly Kisses features a dinner under the stars catered by Avenue Foods at a private residence on Mountain Laurel Rd. There will be cocktails as well as a majestic release of locally sourced, free-range butterflies. The event runs from 6 until 9:30 p.m. and tickets are $100. Click here or call (434) 845-4072 for tickets and more information. If you’d like to have a butterfly released in memory of a loved one, that can be arranged for a $25 donation.
In addition to serving barbecue, beer, and bourbon (three of our favorite b’s), Fifth & Federal (801 5th St.) has fast become a regular player in the local music scene. A recent development on that front was the opening of the Lynchburg City Limits stage on the large, turf-covered patio area that abuts the Fifth Street roundabout. This afternoon, the Utah-based Americana band Grizzly Goat will have the honor of performing on the new stage at 3 p.m. For a peek at the band, check out the video for “The Higher Ground” here. For more info about the event, click here. To check out the Fifth & Federal menu, click here, or just call (434) 386-8113 and ask what they’ve got on special.
The “Golden Age of Hip-Hop” didn’t have an official start date or a clear end point, but it generally refers to a period that began in the mid-’80s and persisted into the early 1990s, encompassing groundbreaking releases by Run D.M.C., LL Cool J, Public Enemy, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and other mostly East Coast-based rappers. Queensbridge’s Big Daddy Kane and the New Jersey trio Naughty By Nature were among the luminaries whose work was influenced by and contributed to those golden years. It’s only fitting that Kane and the crew who popularized the concept of OPP paired up to perform at the first of the Academy Center of the Arts’ summer big concert series at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) tonight at 5 p.m. There will be food trucks, adult beverages, and plenty of dance space. General Admission tickets are a steal at just $11, and there are a limited number of $53 VIP passes available. Click here or call (434) 846-8499.
One week from today, the James River Batteau fleet will shove off from Riveredge Park (150 Rocky Hill Rd.) and begin its annual 120-mile trip down the mighty waterway. In preparation, a handful of batteaumen (and women) will make their crafts available today for demonstrations and discussions about the history behind this local tradition. The modern batteau is a scaled-down version of the wooden boats that hauled tobacco and other products up and down the waterway for a generation before a canal and railway put them out of business. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Amherst County Museum and Historical Society, Virginia Canals and Navigation Society, and Amherst County Parks and Rec will bring together batteau reproductions as well as living history interpreters, a blacksmith, and a powder horn maker for a family-friendly event at the park and boat ramp. For more info, click here. For more info on the 33rd Annual James River Batteau Festival, which includes camping at several spots unavailable any other time of year, click here.
Will Kimbrough occupies a space reserved for artists you may not know by name, but if you’re an Americana music fan, you’ve probably come across some of his work. An Alabama native who grew up in Mobile, Kimbrough operates as a producer, songwriter, an adept multi-instrumentalist out of the music city of Nashville, where he’s worked with a long, long list of talented artists, including Roseanne Cash, Mark Knopfler, Steve Earl, Guy Clark, and Emmylou Harris. He also writes and records his own songs, which is what brings him to Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) this evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on the stage in the Rosel H. Schewel Theater. Tickets are $17.50. Click here or call (434) 847-7277 for more info.
Before they could take Manhattan or participate in the greatest of capers, the Muppets had to meet and get to know one another in a 1979 movie that we’ll call a prequel to The Muppet Show, which began airing in 1976. Jim Henson’s American legends come together under the leadership of Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Movie, a musical comedy that features the classic “The Rainbow Connection,” and a long list of cameos by a who’s who of 1970s icons, including Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Milton Berle, Telly Savalas, and the comedic trio of Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, and Mel Brooks. Orson Welles, who would sell no wine before its time, even shows up as a heavyweight British showbiz mogul named Sir Lew Grade. The film screens through the end of the week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). For showtimes and more info, click here or call (434) 845-2398.
Most food truck roundups feature just a handful of mobile culinary artisans, but this evening Timberlake United Methodist Church (21649 Timberlake Rd.) will pull together quite the rodeo. Nine trucks have committed to participate from 5-8 p.m., the first of three Wednesday events the church has planned this summer. Uprooted, the Taco Wagon, Hibachi Guys, Lynchburg BBQ Co., Upper Crust Pizza Co., Brother Jake’s Brick Oven Creations, Nomad Coffee Co., Homestead Creamery, and Kona Ice should be on hand. For more info and updates, click here or call (434) 239-1348.
It takes a certain kind of person to consider running a fun hobby. We don’t have any of those types on staff at LynchburgDoes, but, hey, you might be one of them, and more power to you. The Lynchburg Road Runners usually meet for their weekly jaunt on Tuesdays each week at 6 p.m. and un for about five miles, but they’ve moved to Thursdays for June to accommodate the Tuesday Summer Track Series at Lynchburg College. Meet up with them tonight at Riverside Runners (2480 Rivermont Ave.). For more info, click here or call (434) 846-7449.
The first official day of summer is still a week away. But practically speaking, summer started the minute school let out, the temperatures started to rise, and the humidity started creeping in. To get summer break off to a good, clean start, the UP Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to addiction prevention and recovery, is holding a Family & Friends Skate Night at FunQuest Family Entertainment Center (327 Graves Mill Rd.) from 4 to 8 p.m. The event kicks off UP Foundation’s Drug-Free Youth Summer Campaign. Admission is $5, which includes skate rentals. For more details, click here. For more info, call (434) 381-0258.
When her village’s fishing nets come up empty, the animated title character of this modern fable does what any Disney princess worth her tiara would surely do. As the royal daughter of a Polynesian chief, she sets sail to settle a dispute between two gods. Adventures ensue, as they are wont to do. The 2016 modern classic Moana, which notably features Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson stealing the show as the singing demigod Maui, screens tonight as Lynchburg Parks and Recreation presents another installment of its Movies in the Park series at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.). The free event starts 6 p.m. and the movie shows at 8 p.m. Pack a picnic or purchase from a variety of food trucks. Nomad Coffee Co., Upper Crust Pizza, Hibachi Guys, and Calle Cruz Miami are signed up to participate. For more info, click hereor call (434) 455-5858.
On February 3, 1959, a plane went down in Iowa, taking the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and a dude known as the Big Bopper. Don McLean hyperbolized it as “the day the music died” in “American Pie.” It is fair to say that in an alternate universe the bespectacled Holly and his band, which at the time of his death included a guy named Waylon Jennings on guitar, might have been bigger than the Beatles before anyone outside of Hamburg had ever heard of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is a two-act musical that has been keeping Holly’s music alive on stages around the world since its debut at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre in 1989. Endstation Theatre Company brings Buddy to the stage at Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.) for the second of a three-week run that concludes on July 1. There are performances tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The production stars Skip Robinson, a guy who’s played Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet and Pig Pen in A Charlie Brown Christmas, so he’s got some range. Tickets run from $17 to $33 and can be purchased by clicking here. Call (434) 226-0686 for more info.
After more than two decades of singing about back roads, rural living, guns, and ammo, Knoxville-born country dude Rodney Atkins is still, in his own words, “Caught Up in the Country.” At least that’s the sentiment that comes across in the title of his latest single. Atkins is best known for such witty hits as “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows),” “Watching You,” and “Take a Back Road.” Tonight he’s at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) for an 8 p.m. show. Doors are at 7 p.m., and general admission tickets are $24.99. For more info, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
It wouldn’t be a shocker to see a smoking DeLorean appear atop flaming tire tracks tonight at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). Actually, that would be a little shocking. But leg warmers and shoulder padded suit coats? Sure. Neon tights, skinny ties, and lots of hairspray? Definitely. The ’80s tribute band Kids in America will be in the house and on the stage to mine the recent past for synth-pop hits and misses. Sponsored by Q99’s Dick and Dave, the Back to the ’80s Bash will feature prizes for the best-dressed concertgoer as well as a period dance competition. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. For more info, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
While the James River Batteau Festival faithful don their period-style attire and hop into wooden boats, members of the decidedly more forward thinking Vector Space are set to juxtapose some cutting edge tech. The high-schoolers have built the BOTteau, an autonomous watercraft that can navigate the rocky James all the way to Richmond... or so they hope. They’ll launch their innovative craft alongside about 20 decidedly retro batteau, which are scaled down wood replicas of 19th-century river-borne freight carriers. The 33rd Batteau Festival departs from Percival's Island (1600 Concord Tpk.) at 11 a.m. There should be vendors of period goods and food trucks at the site for the sendoff. The eight-day batteau trip includes camping at several spots unavailable any other time of year, and plastic boaters are welcome to float along. Camping is $6 per night or $26 for the whole week. Click here for more info.
So, it looks like there are still a few tables that have not yet been reserved for the Father’s Day eve wine dinner at Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.). The menu is set: a first course of crab and shrimp dip paired with a Pinot Gris; a secondi of fried green tomatoes stacked with pimento cheese paired with a Pinot Noir; a main course of beef tenderloin paired with a Napa Valley Merlot; and a chocolate and peanut butter mousse pie for desert with a glass of De Loach Zinfandel. Reservations can be made in groups of two, three, four, or six-plus, and it’s $69 per person including tax and tip. Call (434) 528-5442 to make a reservation, and click here for more info.
The last time Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) planned to show The Pacifist (2016), a tornado knocked down trees, knocked out power, and knocked the screening back by a few weeks. Let’s hope for more peaceful weather this evening as Riverviews gives it another try. Larry Bassett, the subject of the documentary, may not be a household name, but he is semi-famous and just a little bit notorious in these parts, particularly with the IRS. As the story goes, he refused to pay taxes because he did not appreciate his money going to support war efforts. The film about his experiences was shot inside the very Riverviews building where it’s set to screen, with an introduction by producer and director Alex Short. Short and Bassett will also take questions after the screenings, which start at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Click here or call (434) 847-7277 for more info.
It’s an afternoon of classical music composed by Mozart, Brahms, and Webern today as the Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.) hosts its Summer Concert. The performance features Shmuel Ashkenasi, David Ehrlich, and Jeffrey Dyrda on violins; Katharina Kang and Michael Klotz on violas; and Dmitry Kouzov and Coleman Itzkoff on cellos. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. The performance is from 4-5 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 947-8136.
When Nikki wakes up in a hospital bed, he can’t remember much. But as the rock opera Operation: Mindcrimeunfolds, Nikki recalls how he was brainwashed into assassinating a depraved revolutionary who was raging against the machine of a corrupt society. It ain’t The Wall, but not everyone can be Pink Floyd. It is, however, the name of a 1988 album by the prog-metal headbangers Queensrÿche, and the band’s frontman Geoff Tate will be on hand to perform sides one and two of the hard rock epic tonight at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). General admission tickets are $20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show. For more info, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
As a gofer at a run-down florist shop, Rick Moranis doesn’t have much going for him as Seymour Krelborn in the 1986 big-screen adaptation of the stage musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors. Basically, he lives in the basement and is treated horribly by Vincent Gardenia, who plays the shop’s owner. To make matters worse, Krelborn is in love with coworker Audrey, who is in a relationship with the sadistic, gas-sucking dentist played by Steve Martin. Seymour’s salvation comes in the form of a mysterious plant – a large Venus flytrap named Audrey II that has a bit of a taste for human blood. Hilarity and song ensue. The film is playing through Thursday at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) at noon, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, and 9 p.m. Click here or call (434) 845-2398 for tickets and info.
Remember when a volleyball saved Tom Hanks from having to spend a whole movie talking to himself in Castaway? Swiss Army Man (2016) is a little like that if you replace the volleyball with a decomposing body. In this case, the corpse (a/k/a Manny) is played by none other than Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe in what’s fast become a cult classic. In this case, Paul Dano plays the castaway Hank and, for reasons that are hard to explain, Radcliffe does have a speaking role, as does Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Any further questions should be answered by the film itself, which screens this evening as part of the Lynchburg Underground Movie Club series at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Local film buff Ken Faraoni will be on hand to add some commentary. Admission is $7, and the film screens at 7:30 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 847-7277.
Believe it or not, there’s one day a year set aside just for skateboarding. While the “holiday” hasn’t quite yet made it to federal day-off-work status, Scene 3 (1107 Main St.) is getting the local skate community together for a group skate from 6-9 p.m. this evening. Scene 3 will be grilling hot dogs at the shop, after which a downtown group skate will commence. They’ll end at Rotary Centennial Riverfront Skatepark. For more info, click here or call (434) 385-4431.
While retooling Shakespeare isn’t always the best idea, it’s hard to fault Wolfbane Productions for the liberties they’ve taken with their encore production of Romeo & Juliet. The Appomattox-based troupe have access to a national landmark – Appomattox Court House National Park (111 National Park Dr.) – that embodies the essence of feuding families and tragic star crossings, so they’ve moved the tale of the Capulets and the Montagues into the Civil War era. Performances run through June 30 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8 p.m. The park opens to visitors two hours prior to performances. Plastic folding chairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you can also bring your own lawn/camp chair. General admission tickets are $25, with students, seniors, and military receiving a $5 discount; the $35 premium seating tickets include a chair. Click here for tickets and info, or call (434) 579-3542. You can turn the evening into a dinner date by making reservations at the Babcock House by clicking here.
The view of downtown Lynchburg has changed quite a bit as restaurants and bars fill storefronts left empty for quite some time. Among the most recent is Skyline Grill (712 Church St.), which sits atop the completely renovated and recently opened Virginian Hotel. Tonight is as good a night as any to check out Lynchburg’s only tower-top cocktail bar, and the Young Professionals of Central Virginia will be in the house for their monthly 5:35 Networking Happy Hour. The group does its best to connect, attract, and retain young talent in the community. The event starts at 5:35 p.m. No membership or fee is required to attend. For more information about the event click here, and you can find out more about the Skyline Grill’s menu by clicking here or by calling the Virginian at (434) 329-3200.
The abbreviation in front of Rev. Run’s name isn’t just a title. Joseph Simmons, a founding member of Run-DMC, is actually an ordained pentecostal minister. But it’s safe to expect a sermon in hip hop rather than the gospel tonight as Rev. Run and DJ Ruckus kick off the first week of Cheers Lynchburg! at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.). The event is scheduled every Friday evening starting tonight through the second week in August when Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters come to town to finish up the series. The show starts tonight at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. General admission ticketsare available for $10. For more info, click here or call (434) 535-6190.
Before Lockn’s jam bands send sound waves across Nelson County’s Blue Ridge skyline in August, consider a little research into the genre to see if the event might be worth a country drive and the ticket price. (More info about Lockn’ on our Future page.) Every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon, WNRN features the The Grateful Dead and Phriends, a radio show that plays the Dead’s best live performances and talks about the band that helped pioneer the modern music festival. Or check out the sort of artists the Dead and friends have inspired throughout the years, such as the Kind who will perform tonight at The Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.). The Blacksburg-based group defines their style as “hillbilly psychedelic folk rock,” and say their setlist is a sort of “melting pot” of Grateful Dead covers. Admission is $5 at the door. For more info, click hereor call (434) 384-3004.
The mountain biking community is one group that tends to give back to the public resources they use. This afternoon, the Greater Lynchburg Off-Road Cyclists, or GLOC, are getting together to put in a morning’s labor on the city’s mountain biking trails at Peaks View Park (170 Ivy Creek Ln.). Maintenance includes cutting limbs, clearing brush, and mowing grass. They’ll go from 9 a.m. to noon when GLOC will provide pizza to volunteers. Bring work clothes, such as gloves, and any other trail maintenance tools, such as weed eaters and chainsaws. For more info, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the group’s website for more info.
In Ireland they mark the summer solstice by celebrating a Day of Private Reflection. It is, after all, the longest day of the year if you’re counting hours of sunlight. Of course, if you’re a nocturnal creature, then it’s the shortest day of the year. But that’s beside the point. In these parts, we celebrate the solstice of summer in a number of ways, including a wine festival that was initiated ten years ago at Lazy Days Winery (1351 Amherst Hwy.). This year’s fest takes place two days after the actual solstice from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. It’ll features two stages for music performances by local acts like Apple Butter Soul, Bo-Zac, and GypsyTown. There will also be food, crafts, belly dancers, and a petting zoo, as well as lots and lots of local wine from Lazy Days Winery, Peaks of Otter Winery, Rebec Vineyards, Castle Glen Estates Winery, DelFosse Vineyards, DeVault Vineyards, Mountain Cove Vineyards, and Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery. Tasting tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate, and admission is free for kids 12 and under. Click here for tickets and more info, or call Lazy Days at (434)381-6088.
Each June the LGBTQ+ community hosts parades, parties, and memorials to mark Pride Month. Although the Hill City doesn’t yet have an annual Pride Parade, we do have Drag Disco. Tonight at Dish (1120 Main St.) the “Cool for the Summer” drag disco event features the performers Amazon Rome, Holly Whatt, Dreama Belle, Karma Skyy Dville, and Jack Valentine. The show starts at 8 p.m. and is a benefit for the Lynchburg Diversity Center, a non-profit community center for the LGBTQ+ community. Admission is $8 at the door. For more info about the event, click here or call (434) 528-0070.
The Wizard of Oz (1939) wasn’t the first film to feature vibrant tones on the silver screen by way of technicolor, which was then an expensive and laborious process in the world of black-and-white cinema. But when a midwest tornado tears Dorothy (Judy Garland) away from her sepia-colored Kansas family and drops her into the bright world of Oz, the film industry and fantasy genre went along with her. When Dorothy and her dog Toto step out of their house — and over the wicked witch whom they just crushed — color and song and a whole lot of Munchkins greet her. And you know what happens: she and her newfound friends — a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) in search of a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) in search of a heart, and a Lion (Bert Lahr) in search of courage — take off down the yellow brick road to find the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the Emerald City. The film, directed by Victor Fleming, is playing through Thursday at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). For showtimes and more info, click here or call (434) 845-2398.
We’re all thankful for the energy emanating from downtown Lynchburg, and we can do our part to keep it going. Along with frequenting its eateries, shops, and parks, we can help tidy up as well. The Downtown Lynchburg Association is looking for some volunteers to help keep our streets and play areas clean one block at a time. The Association will host a meeting tonight from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Grassroots Local Market (1300 W. Main St.) for its Adopt-a-Block program, which will organize folks to pick up litter, pull weeds, and combat graffiti to keep Lynchburg looking great. For more info, click here or email email@example.com.
As defined by the Lynchburg Community Market (1219 Main St.), a locavore is someone whose food comes from within 100 miles of their home, which helps boost the local economy and cuts waste from the broader market. While going 100% locavore can be tricky, especially for those of us who don’t live on a farm, Green Market Wednesdays is one way to get closer to local-as-possible living. Unlike the Saturday market where growers can resell produce they purchase from large vendors, Green Market Wednesday has stricter rules about vendor-grown and raised, which means there are fewer options than the Saturday market. But there’s something special about making a meal concocted of ingredients produced by the person from whom you bought them and who might be able to provide you with some tips on how to prepare that produce. The market is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 455-4485.
Earlier this year, Austin City Limits closed out its 43rd season by broadcasting a rousing and rootsy performance by the Oklahoma-bred country act Turnpike Troubadours, a six-man band who have far deeper roots in Americana soil than most of what you get out of Nashville these days. This summer they’re on tour that kicks off at the very cool and rather unique Red Rock Amphitheatre in Colorado on June 13, and moves through Texas and New Mexico before landing at a pretty cool and unique performance space in this neck of the woods. Sadly, we’ve gotten word that their performance tonight at Lexington’s Lime Kiln Theatre (607 Borden Rd.) is sold out. So, you’ll have to hit the secondary markets for tickets or find a friend who’s got an extra. Tickets were $30 in advance. Click here for more info.
This time of year it’s hard not to think of the initial founding of these United States of America as something close to inevitable. But there was nothing preordained or particularly easy about the process that led to the 13 British colonies declaring and eventually gaining their independence from England. When the Second Continental Congress reconvened in steamy Philadelphia during the early days of July 1776 to pen their historic breakup letter to King George, it’s fair to say that the outcome was far from certain. So, it’s nice to think of the founding fathers unfurrowing their brows and cutting loose with a little song and dance. That’s the gist of 1776, a staged musical about the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Fittingly enough, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.) hosts an outdoor production of 1776 tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 7:30, with a rain date on Sunday. Tickets are $17.76 for adults and $13 for students. Click here or call (434) 525-1806.
The Lynchburg Gothic League keeps to a firm yet flexible “Everyday is Halloween” policy, which is to say that, once a month regardless of whether or not it’s October, they break out the make-up and costumes. Tonight at Fifth and Federal (801 5th St.), the recently resurrected group will host its monthly Dark Side of the 80s dance party from 9 p.m.-midnight. DJ Undertaker, DJ Death Flower, and DJ Thantos will spin a mix of goth-esque music from a variety of genres, including early punk, dark wave, and ’80s synth-pop. Dress as you please, although black and vampiric attire is encouraged. There’s no cover; click here or call (434) 665-2204.
Who’s Bad? That’s almost as good a question as who’s on first? Get an answer to the former tonight as the Michael Jackson tribute band by that name take the stage at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) for what would have been the second installment of this summer’s Cheers Lynchburg! Series if last week’s Reverend Run show hadn’t been rained out. We hear Who’s Bad are actually pretty good, and they are the self-proclaimed “World’s #1 Michael Jackson Experience.” Expect the King of Pop’s top hits, some flamboyant stage moves, and of course, a very well-appointed gloved hand. The show starts at 7 p.m., with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are available for $10. For more info, click here or call (434) 535-6190.
It’s no secret that Nelson County’s Virginia 151 has become a haven for craft brewers of all kinds. It started with local vineyards and wineries years ago, but now we’ve got a booming craft beer industry accompanied by a growing number of small-batch distillers. In recognition and celebration of this emerging area for agritourism, Nelson County’s Blue Toad Hard Cider (462 Winery Ln) will host the Taste of Nelson County festival from noon to 5 p.m. The family-friendly event (no charge for kids) features local music, food, and beverages courtesy of Mountain Brewery, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Devils Backbone, Wild Wolf Brewery, Afton Mountain Vineyards, and Mountain Cove Vineyards. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Designated drivers get in for free. For more info, click here or call (434) 760-9200.
It’s been said that Lynchburg rose with its back to the James, but in recent years there’s a resurgence of appreciation for the recreational and economic benefits of the waterway. To keep the downtown fixture healthy, we all need to pitch in from time to time. From 9 a.m. to noon this morning, the James River Association is partnering with the Water Dog and Schlafly Beer to get out volunteers to tidy up the downtown stretch. Cleanup starts at Riveredge Park (150 Rocky Hill Rd.), where the River Association’s canoe and kayak outfitter, James River Adventures. Volunteers can sign up to clean up around the river’s edge or borrow a canoe or kayak to investigate a little further. Volunteers are also welcome to bring their own boats. Afterward, there’s a meet up at the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) with free beer for those who pitched in. To sign up, click here. For more info, click here or contact Rob Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the James River Adventures website for info on rentals.
Before jumping to any hasty conclusions about the name of this particular special event at Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.), let’s consider a few salient facts: 1) To the best of our knowledge, Jimmy’s has no political party affiliation; 2) While physicists don’t consider white to be a color per se, fashion designers and those of us who buy clothing do tend to think of it as a color choice; 3) In hot climates, white is often the garment color of choice among those who would like to stay cool; and 4) Wikipedia has an entry for “white party” that defines it as an event at which the “standard clothing is all or almost all white.” So, white parties are a thing, and Jimmy’s is holding its 7th annual white party this evening at 8 p.m. The band Solar Hearts are slated to perform, and the bartender Bobby Rygielski will only be serving white wine, witbeir, and white Russians, brandy alexanders, and other white beverages. That last part is not true, although those might be some good drink choices. For more info, call (434) 845-1116 or click here.