In most karaoke situations, you’ve got a nearly endless list of songs from which to choose. That won’t be the case tonight at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.), where they’re staging an event that dispenses with the canned back tracks in favor of a real live band. They’ve got 30 or so odd songs they’re prepared to provide backing on, including Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean,” the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit “Uptown Funk,” and Prince’s “Purple Rain.” For a complete list and more info, click here. The action starts at 7 p.m., although doors for a cash bar happy hour are at 5:30 p.m. There’s no cover, and food trucks Uprooted and Earl’s Carolina BBQ will be around for dinner. Call (434) 846-8499 for more info.
The fact that Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) is holding an all-ages show for Corey Smith’s performance tonight is fitting, given the title of the country singer’s best-known hit. “Twenty-One,” which peaked at 50 on Billboardcharts in 2011, is a nostalgic ode, sung from the perspetive of a man looking back from “the grey of middle class and middle age,” to going to the bar with a fake ID as a high schooler. Smith, whose country carries a bit of blues, released his 10th album in 2015 called While the Gettin’ is Good. The concert includes special guest George Shingleton, a country-rock artist out of Nashville. Doors are at 6:30 for the 7 p.m. show. General admission tickets are $19.50. For more information, call (434) 846-3206.
Lynchburg is close enough to Tennessee to regularly draw Nashville musical performers, and this week is no exception. Southern rockers the Steel Woods, who made Rolling Stone’s list of country acts to watch in 2017, make the trip tonight and land at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). The band are still supporting Straw in the Wind, an album they released last May. They’ll be joined by a local opening band, Sean Elliott Jr. & 460 South, for a night of rocking country originals and classic hits. Doors are at 6:30 for the 7 p.m. show. General admission tickets are $12, although Phase 2 has a “Low Ticket Warning” posted, so we wouldn’t wait to buy one at the door.
There are all sorts of love stories to be told and all sorts of ways to tell them. Tonight the Academy Center for the Arts (519 Commerce St.) will display the bonds between foster parents and the children they care for in an exhibit of black-and-white photography from Allegra’s Studio. For this project, Allegra Helms worked with the nonprofit foster care program HumanKind. The photos will be up in the main gallery February 24, but the opening is tonight at 5 p.m. with a First Friday reception. It’s one of several First Friday events in and around downtown this evening, including an open mic at The White Hart Cafe (1208 Main St.) and a cosplay workshop at Vector Space(402 Fifth St.). For a roundup of other First Friday happenings, click here.
As it celebrates its 16th birthday, Rapunzel’s Coffee & Books (924 Front St.) in Lovingston is keeping it very local with a handful of acts straight from the county’s river-cut valley and rounded hills. Headlining the festivities are the rootsy natives in Chamomile and Whiskey, whose debut album, Sweet Afton, is named for a Nelson County town. Two singer-songwriters from the county, Marina Madden and Oil Derek, round out the bill. The event runs from 8-11 p.m. For more information, click hereor call (434) 263-6660.
As they wind down their winter tour, the indie-band Vacation Manor, yet another Nashville export, are swinging by Lynchburg for a gig this evening at Speakertree, the record store located in the Riverviews building (901 Jefferson St.). The band’s last release was an EP titled Girl, Say that came out in 2016, but if you saw the Lone Bellow show this summer at Riverfront Park, Vacation Manor were the band who got things going with an opening set. Also on the bill at Speakertree are the North Carolina-based Yugo, an indie-pop band with a touch of ’80s in their sound. The show runs from 7-10 p.m. and there’s a $5 cover. For more information, click here or call (434) 485-8262.
Lest we forget, it is Super Bowl Sunday, with the New England Patriots facing the Philadelphia Eagles in a showdown that pits one historical city (Boston) against another (Philly), and clam chowder against cheesy steak subs. The folks at Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) have their own menu in mind for a big buffet for the big game, and it leans toward barbecue. Be prepared for the final few minutes of the game, if not the entire fourth quarter, to be a bit of a nail biter, as that is the way the Pats tend to roll. The buffet starts at 5 p.m., an hour and a half before Super Bowl LII gets underway in Minneapolis. For more information, click here or call (434) 386-8113.
Buffalo Wild Wings (3812 Wards Rd.) has gone to great lengths to brand itself as the place to watch sports while enjoying big plates of wings and other appetizery things. So it’s no surprise that the place will be hopping for the game today, as the Patriots go for their sixth Super Bowl victory overall, and their second against the Eagles of Philadelphia. The folks at the local chapter of Bdubs are hosting a Big Game Party tonight starting at 5 p.m. They’ve got drink specials, including $2 select domestic drafts, five-beer buckets for $15 and two-for-$10 appetizers. They also plan to have Bud Light product giveaways throughout the evening, including a cooler. Can we get a “dilly, dilly”? For more information, click here or call (434) 237-8111.
One of the simple pleasures in this world is walking through an art gallery and pausing to peruse whatever might catch your eye for as long as you’d like. While the Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.) offers this opportunity pretty much every day, once a month they hold Spotlight Tours in which artists and staff guide groups through featured exhibits while providing background and insight on the works. There’s a short session today, about 15 minutes or so, starting at 2 p.m., that’ll highlight “From Source to Surface,” a collection of paintings, prints and sculptures created by Randolph College’s art faculty. For more information, click here or call (434) 947-8136.
We’re not supposed to talk about this week’s classic movie special at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.), but we’re going to go ahead and break what you might recall as rule number one. The David Fincher-directed adaptation of writer Chuck Palahniuk's breakout novel Fight Club (1999) is this week’s classic pick. It stars Edward Norton as a guy searching for himself and some excitement as he muddles his way through a humdrum existence. What he finds is Brad Pitt in the guise of a very strange alter-ego. Together they enter a subterrean world of off-the-grid fisticuffs and discover something elemental about human nature. They also start a cult of sorts and things get a little complicated for Norton. We won’t spoil the ending or the big reveal. The film screens through February 8, at 12:15, 3:15, 6:15, and 9:15 p.m. daily. Click here or call (434) 845-2398 for more info.
Although dancing is not unique to our species, there’s something innately human about moving along with music, an act with the universality to bridge chasms in culture, geography, and race. As the Hill City celebrates Black History Month this month, Lynchburg Public Library (2315 Memorial Ave.) will hold a series on the West African traditions of Kuumba dancing and drumming. The free series begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. with a lecture and demonstration of the drumming, dancing, artifacts, and clothing of Kuumba. On February 13, they’ll hold an adult workshop on similar topics. And on February 15 there will be a children’s workshop. For more information, click here or call (434) 455-6300.
The road has a way of calling musicians away from home and turning them into traveling troubadours. But life on the road is not all fun and games. The band Redleg Husky, who perform tonight at Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.), offer a whimsical account of touring in their deep-voice rootsy tune “Hell is a Gas Station Bathroom,” which has a rather amusing self-made video that you can check out here. The Asheville-based country/bluegrass bandreleased the album My Old Heart in 2016. They’re joined on tonight’s bill by Lynchburg’s own Firecracker Jam, a mandolin-dirven trio who also know a thing or two about bluegrass. The show runs from 8-11 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 616-6691.
From the folks who built Rivermont Pizza into a Hill City institution, we’ve got another thing coming: a stylish neighborhood eatery known as Grey’s (512 5th St.). Longtime Lynchburgians may remember the Starlight Café, a bustling breakfast joint that stood on 5th between Clay and Madison until just a few years ago, when construction in that area took its toll on local businesses. Tonight, in that same space, “Ricky from Rivermont” will unveil Grey’s with a soft opening preview from 6 p.m.-midnight featuring a special Latin American menu, including posole (duck), elotes (street corn), refried hummus, guacamole, and veggie and meat tostadas and tacos. When Grey’s opens full time next week they’ll be serving American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a café setting with a full bar. “Ricky” plans to keep it interesting by offering daily specials. For more information, including prices for tonight’s specials, check out the event page. They also have a beer dinner scheduled for this Friday, but it’s sold out.
With hits like My Girl and Hooked, Dylan Scott may epitomize the sort of country music that blends pick-up truck tales and downhome twang with with slick, modern-pop hooks. Scott, who had a solid run on the Billboardcharts last year, comes to Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) tonight for an all-ages show. Opening for him will be the Hackens Boys out of the Shenandoah Valley and Bryan Knowles, a Lovingston singer with a penchant for outlaw country. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7:30 p.m. show. General admission tickets are $16. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
For several years now, Lynchburg Living Magazine has given local residents the opportunity to vote for the best of everything in Lynchburg. The ballots for the 2018 edition are in and the winners are featured in the January/February edition of the magazine. But this year there’s an additional twist: a Best of Lynchburg Party, which is being held tonight at the Academy Center of Arts (519 Commerce St.). Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door for the event, which will include food by area restaurants and a performance by the Steve Freeman Band from 6-9 p.m. For info, call (434) 846-8499 or click here.
Entertainment doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes a couple acoustic guitars can do the trick. That’s what in store this eveing at Bean Tree Cafe (105 Cornerstone St. #106), where the South Carolina duo Ennui will hold forth from 7-9 p.m. with a sound that is simple and soothing. The group – Lara Maraqa and Tommy Cassidy – perform a mix of originals and covers. While they don’t have a formal album out, you can check out their Soundcloud page for a solid rendition of Gillian Welch’s “Hard Times.” Click here or call (434) 534-3210 for more info.
In case you haven’t looked ahead, Valentine’s Day falls smack dab in the middle of the week this year, which may be less than optimal. After all, Wednesday has rarely been held up as one of the more romantic days of the week. However, if you’re the proactive sort, you may want to consider getting in front of this one and having an early Valentine’s Day date night. We’ll recommend dinner and show tonight at Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.), where the six-piece Lynchburg band Rendezvouswill perform from 9 p.m. until midnight. They specialize in a a mix of blues, funk, and classic rock covers. Check out Jimmy’s menu or call (434) 845-1116 for reservations and more info.
For those of you who remember David Haught fondly from his days as a local singer-songwriter, he’s back from Brooklyn for a handful of gigs this week, including one where he’ll reprise his role as Hank Williams for Endstation Theatre tomorrow night at the Academy. But first he’s got a very special show tonight that’ll feature a backing band and a very special guest in Elizabeth Wise, a Virginia-bred singer/guitarist/songwriter with a deep blues streak as indelible as Haught’s country croon. The two share the stage, or the tiles, at Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) from 10 p.m. until close, trading verses, songs, and maybe even a few stories from the road. No word yet on whether or not there’s a cover, but you can call (434) 616-6691 for info. Click here for more on Haught, and here for more on Wise.
We seem to remember Endstation Theatre Company’s Sonnets & Chocolates fundraiser as a night of theater featuring, well, sonnets and chocolates. But this year the local production company has something different in mind, based in large part on the musical leanings of the productions they’ve recently staged. They’ve got Taylor Rodriguez as Elvis Presley, David Haught as Hank Williams, Jacque Clydesdale as Patsy Cline, and Skip Robinson as both Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash for what will be a decidedly rockin’ and performative evening of food and fun. Tickets to the benefit are $100, and tables for the event, which is being held at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.), seat eight. Call (434) 226-0686, or click here.
By the time he died at age 32, J Dilla had already left a deep imprint on hip-hop music and culture. The Detroit native, who died in 2006 from lupus, produced classic tracks for Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, Common, and many others, deploying a signature old-school aesthetic that was both raw and nuanced. To celebrate his achievements, a group of Lynchburg-area hip-hop enthusiasts are holding Dilla Day at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). It begins at 2 p.m. with a kid-friendly beat-making workshop hosted by Speakertree Records, followed by a screening of a Dilla documentary at 4 p.m. Both of those events are free. Later in the evening, at 8 p.m., Blackwater Branding presents a performance by the uban jazz band Canvass Collective and other musicians at Riverviews. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Click here for tickets, or call (434) 847-7277.
Falling in love may be easy, but staying in love often requires a little flexibility. The flexible folks at Yoga Goodness (901 Jefferson St.) embrace this idea in a rather literal way from time to time by holding yoga classes in a romantic setting. Here’s how it works: amidst candlelight and yoga mats, couples practice poses together in a guided lesson meant to encourage teamwork, understanding, and mutual support. Afterwards, at this pre-Valentine’s Day session, wine, beer, and chocolate will be served. Novices are welcome. The sessions runs from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $35 per couple. Click here or call (434) 382-8249 for more info.
Lynchburg College’s Daura Gallery (1501 Lakeside Dr.) is currently hosting two related exhibits: a retrospective of works by Amherst County folk artist Queena Stovall (1887-1980), and a exhibit dedicated to works by Richmond-born Louise Blair Daura (1905-1972), a portrait artist and wife of Pierre Daura (1896-1976), the artist and art professor from whom the Daura Gallery gets its name. But the gallery is also doing its part to mark Black History Month by presenting a lecture by Wandile Kasibe, a public programs coordinator from Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. “Museums and the Construction of Race: Investigating the Colonial Crime Scene” tackles the thorny issue of what happens when art is manipulated through its presentation to support racist ideologies. Specifically, Kasibe will address the role South African museums played in bolstering apartheid from 1948-1991. It’s a free event that takes place in the College’s Hopwood Hall. Click herefor more info or call (434) 544-8595.
You might have seen Eli Manning and Giants teammate Odell Beckham Jr. perform a nice routine in a recent Super Bowl ad that ended with the quarterback lifting the wide receiver into the air. This week, see the film that made the iconic scene famous as Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) brings Baby (Jennifer Grey) out of the corner and into the arms of Johnny (Patrick Swayze) in Dirty Dancing(1987). Directed by Amile Ardolino, the drama is set in the early 1960s. Baby, a sheltered daddy’s girl, visits a resort town and falls her sexy dance instructor. Naturally, her parents do not approve of. There is dancing, and it does get dirty. The film screens daily at noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, and 9:20 p.m. through February 15. Click here or call (434) 845-2398 for tickets and info.
Just because David Haught lives “in romantic squalor” doesn’t mean the alt-country singer won’t put on a performance fit for Valentine’s Day. The former local boy now resides in Brooklyn, but he’s back in the area for several shows, including tonight’s Valentine’s eve show at Milano’s (4327 Boonsboro Rd.). Haught plays what he calls a “different kind of country,” which can be heard on his 2017 EP Taking and Leaving. Milano’s has a solid Italian menu of pizzas, pastas, and top-notch calzones, and a bar that’s perfect for an early or late-evening drink or two. The music runs from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. Click herefor the menu, here for more on Haught, or call Milano’s at (434) 384-3400.
There are two kinds of people: those who tolerate and even appreciate Valentine’s Day, and those how view it somewhat more cynically as a “Hallmark holiday” engineered to sell candy, greeting cards, cute little stuffed animals, etc… I think we know where the folks at the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) stand on that particular issue. They’re throwing a different kind of Valentine’s party this evening from 6-10 p.m. “Cupid Can Suck It” will feature a special cocktail of Blue Toad Hard Cider spiked with bitters and salty cookies inspired by those little candy hearts. They’ll also be playing something known as the “Mustache Game,” which is a video drinking game of sorts. For more information, click here or call (434) 333-4681.
The Young Professionals of Central Virginia will take their monthly 5:35 happy hour to one of the newest establishments in town. At 5:35 p.m., they’ll be at Iron and Ale (106 Cornerstone St.) to mingle and network. Iron and Ale is open for business in a brand new building near Liberty, and they’re offering an artisanal American menu, which includes bar favorites like nachos and chicken wings, as well as a selection of sandwiches, steaks, and seafood. No RSVP, membership fees, or cover charge for the YPs. For more information about the group, click here or call (434) 847-1447. For more information about the event, click here.
It’s a busy night for tap takeovers around the Hill City. At Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) they’re pouring good stuff from the Funky Buddha Breweryout of Florida. The beer and burger joint will feature four tropically twisted Buddha brews: Floridian Hefeweizen, Pineapple Beach, Last Snow Coconut and Coffee Porter, and Hop Gun IPA. The takeover starts at 5 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 582-5025. At Fifth & FederalStation (801 Fifth St.), they’re tapping into Chaos Mountain Brewing from just down the road in Callaway. They’ll feature a keg of Belgian special dark beer that’s a full 18% ABV, as well as their weekly open mic. Click here for more info or call (434) 386-8113. And at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), they’re bringing in brews from Founders Brewing Co. out of Detroit. The Canadian Breakfast Stout, or CBS, is an 11.7% ABV brew aged in bourbon barrels that formerly housed maple syrup. For more info, call RP at (434) 846-2877.
The Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) continues its Warehouse Concert Series this evening by hosting a pair of Americana singers who are sort of getting the band back together. Drew and Ellie Holcomb toured together for years with the band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors out of Nashville. Drew’s still with the band, but Elliehas concentrated her talents on a solo career singing Christian music. The married pair are back with a new collection titled You and Me, which they’ll support tonight at the Academy from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $27 in advance or $32 at the door. Uprooted and Earl’s Carolina BBQ food trucks will be on hand. Click hereor call (434) 846-8499 for more info.
Not many artists find their music competing on both country and rap charts at the same time. But Jawga Boyz, who perform tonight at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.), aren’t just any old band. They blend hip-hop beats and country music in spirit and in groove. The band’s 2014 album Tailgate Musicmade a mark on the Billboard rap and country charts. We’d love to give an update on the group, but recent info from the Georgia band isn’t readily available. They’ll be joined by country rapper Bubba Sparxxx and Lowlife in what Phase 2 advertises as a “Beer Drinkin' and Hell Raisin' Good Time!” Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. General admission tickets are $10; call (434) 846-3206
The Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) gets into the spirit of Black History Month and teams up with the YWCA of Central Virginia this evening to present “5 Women: The Impact of Art, Culture, and Society,” a panel discussion about the impact of women on three of our favorite things: art, culture, and society. The panel will be moderated by Blackwater Branding marketing director Michelline Hall, and feature local poet Brittney George, Black Theatre Ensemble of Lynchburg co-founder Jennifer Petticolas, Churches for Urban Ministry Executive Director Pat Price, and Riverviews Artspace Executive Director Kim Sorenson. There will be time set aside for members of the audience to participate in a discussion during the panel. Doors are at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-8499.
There’re quite a few professional musicians with Lynchburg ties who come back home on tour, but only one we know of has written hits for the likes of Alan Jackson (“Right on the Money”) and Tim McGraw (“My Next Thirty Years”). Phil Vassar is a Lynchburg native who has also topped charts on his own, with hits like “Just Another Day in Paradise” and “In Real Love.” He’s coming home this evening for a show at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). Joining Vassar will be country singer Adam Rutledge. General admission tickets are $22 for those who are 21-plus. If you’re under 21, you can still get in for an extra $5 surcharge. Click here or call (434) 846-3206 for more info.
Things could get a little bit dishy at Dish (1120 Main St.) this evening, when the Diversity Center hosts what should be a quite colorful drag disco night. The performers Amazon Rome, Aria Vain, Holly Whatt, and Destiny Shaw will be on hand, doing their thing from 8 p.m. to midnight. It’s a fundraiser for the Diversity Center, a nonprofit advocate and cultural center for people in the LGBTQ+ community. The cover is $8. Click here or call (434) 528-0070 for more info.
Maya Angelou (1928-2014) may have been shaped by the culture of the Depressing-era South, but through her work as a poet and a civil rights activist she helped changed that culture for the rest of us. As part of its Black History Month commemoration, the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) presents a screening of the PBS documentary Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016), a biopic that traces the evolution of Angelou as singer, dancer, activist, and writer through the lens of filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack. The film is part of the PBS “American Masters’ series, which has been spotlighting great talents since 1986. The event is co-hosted by Lynchburg Alumni Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and includes a panel discussion led by WSET/ABC-13 reporter Valencia Jones. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. for the 3 p.m. event. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-8499.
When his best friend is murdered, it takes Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, one of Detroit’s finest and funniest, to track down the assailant in sunny California. That’s the gist of Beverly Hills Cop, a classic from 1984 that features Judge Reinhold as LA detective Billy Rosewood and John Ashton as the perpetually annoyed Sgt. Taggart. Murphy eventually cracks the case and more than a few jokes in this oddly suspenseful cop drama/buddy pic. It screens at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) through Friday at noon, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, and 9:40 daily. Click here or call (434) 845-2398 for more info. It’s also worth noting, Venue has begun daily screenings of The Last Jedi this week at 11:30 a.m., 2:45, 6, and 9:15 p.m.
Every evening through February 25 we’ve got the Winter Olympics both live and on tape delay thanks to NBC and its local affiliate WSLS/Channel 10. Tonight, straight from the snowy peaks of Pyeongchang they’ve got snowboarding, bobsledding, alpine skiing, and figure skating starting at 8 p.m. before a break for the news and a post-midnight repeat. If you’re in the mood for some Nordic Combined Biathlon (that the one with the skis and the guns), tune in earlier in the day, at 3 p.m., when there’ve also got curling and hockey on the schedule. Oh, and the U.S. Women’s Curlers take on South Korea at 2 p.m. today. Check out NBC’s full schedule here.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was many things to many people, including a poet, an essayist, a journalist, and a grower of a great beard. He gave this young country verse to be proud of and unwittingly provided a decent band name to a group of Georgia musicians who hit the White Hart Café (1208 Main St.) this evening at 7 p.m. The Barbaric Yawps are an American group who lean toward bluegrass, cover Pink Floyd, and stole their name from verse 52 of Song of Myself. Let’s just say they borrowed it in good faith. For more info, click hereor call (434) 207-5600.
Lynchburg’s burgeoning Underground Movie Club reconvenes this evening for a little night of fright that plays off of two horror motifs: Valentine’s Day and Friday the 13th. It all takes place in a small mining town called Valentine Bluffs, on a particularly bad February 14th. George Mihalka’s classic slasher film My Bloody Valentine finds a rebellious group of teenagers defying a longstanding Valentine’s Day party ban only to discover that maybe they would have been better off waiting a day or two to start their festivities. The film screening, held at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.), is hosted by local bronze artist and movie buff Ken Faraoni. Entry is $7, and a cash bar is available from 7-10:30 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 847-7277.
When you wish upon a star, sadly it doesn’t always go well. Such is the premise of Into the Woods, a Stephen Sondheim musical that puts a slightly darker spin on some otherwise familiar fairy tales. The comic dramedy brings together a team on a mission to end a witch’s curse: Cinderella, who pines to dance at the ball, and a dude named Jack, who wishes his cow would make milk. TThe Lynchburg College Theatre Department presents a production of the show tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Lynchburg College Theatre (1501 Lakeside Dr.). It’s not recommended for children under 10. Tickets run from $5 to $15. For more information, call (434) 544-8380.
It’s safe to say that the folks at NPR’s “All Songs Considered” are fans of the Oh Hellos, because that’s what they said back in November, when the weekly podcast featured the band’s recent single “Torches.” The band, who perform at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) tonight, features siblings Tyler and Maggie Heath backed by a bunch of able players (by our count, four). Here’s their NPR Tiny Desk Concert. In December, the native Texans released the EP Notos, named for the Greco-Roman god of the south wind. This month, the band released the single “Eurus,” which refers to the Greek god of the east wind. We’re detecting a weather pattern here. The Oh Hellos are joined tonight by Lowland Hum (a married couple out of Charlottesville) and Judson Harris. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $20. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
Where we’re going this evening, we don’t need roads…because Amazement Square (27 9th St.) has chutes, ladders, and slides connecting every floor. Tonight the educational play palace hosts a Back to the Future edition of Museum After Dark, an adults-only opportunity for a little playtime from 6:30-10:30 p.m. The event features libations from Devil’s Backbone, Bold Rock Cidery, Apocalypse Ale Works, and Blue Mountain Brewery, and food from a handful of local restaurants. Guests will be asked to imagine that they must collect plutonium to fuel a Delorean through a series of activities and tastings. Tickets are $35. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-1888.
We don’t know if manifest destiny will have a role in the artistry of Lynchburg musician Ray Buckner, but he does have his own “Westward Expansion.” That’s the name of a recent single by the singer-songwriter from his album new album Capture. He marks its release this evening at Speakertree (901 Jefferson St,) with fellow Lynchburg artists Paper Compass and Chad Lowry. The cover is $5, and Capture will be on sale for $5. Speakertree has changed hands a few times and locations at least once, but it has found a home in the Riverviews Artspace building, where they’ve been hosting acoustic gigs. Click here for more info or call (434) 485-8262.
A lone man with a guitar can be much more than that, especially if he’s looping. That’s what happens when a player records himself live, loops the riff, and then plays it back while playing more stuff on top of it. It’s a specialty of Graham Whorley, a one-man band kinda dude from South Carolina by way of Virginia. He calls his music “roots” and “tribal funk.” We call it interesting. He performs at The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) at 9 p.m. tonight, and tomorrow in Bedford at Beale’s (510 Grove St.) from 6-9 p.m. Check out his TEDx performance here and his ReverbNation page.
Since they brought their monthly Everyday is Halloween meetup out of retirement, the Lynchburg Gothic League has made a few changes. The group has moved the celebration of all things goth from the 5th St. Grind to across the roundabout at Fifth & Federal Station (801 5th St.). From 8:30 p.m. until midnight, they’ll feature live music by Type Trauma, a Roanoke electronic industrial band, as well as plenty of alternative dance music. Click here for more info, check in with Fifth & Federal here, or call (434) 386-8113.
James Baldwin’s words are woven into the tapestry of black history, so it’s fitting that his words have become the title of a documentary about representations of African-Americans in the media today, the lives of civil rights icons Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X, and the emergence of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. I Am Not Your Negro, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, screens at 7 p.m. this evening at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Admission is free and a cash bar is available. For more information, click here or call (434) 847-7277.
Remember the days when a good time meant lacing up some rented skates or blades, dining on some junk food, and feeding quarters to video games? FunQuest Family Entertainment Center (327 Graves Mill Rd.) doesn’t think it’s fair that kids get to have all that fun, so it’s hosting an Adult Night Skate Party tonight from 7-10 p.m. Admission, including skate rental, is $6. There’s also laser tag for $6. Click here or call (434) 239-6411 for more info.
TThe late, great David Bowie is best known for his musical stylings. But he also had a pretty decent film career. The cult classic Labyrinth features the Thin White Duke as the Goblin Kin Jareth. He messes with a babysitter played by Jennifer Connelly, who makes the mistake of innocently wishing away her charge, who happens to be her brother. With help from a goblin, a beast, and a knight, she must make it through a maze devised by Muppets mastermind .Jim Henson who directed the film. It’s this week’s classic from Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.), with screenings at noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, and 9:20 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-2398.
For more than a week now, Black Panther (2018) has been playing at theatres, which leaves us with one question: Why haven’t you seen it? Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film catches up with T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), prince of the hidden African state Wakanda, after his father, the king, is murdered. That happened at the beginning of Captain America: Civil War (2016). He’s quickly crowned his father’s successor in the country with advanced technology powered by a fallen vibranium meteor (the same indestructible material as Captain America’s shield) and fueled by the scientific creativity of his younger sister Shuri (Letitia Wright). Conflict ensues when a challenge to the Wakanda throne is posed by Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Showtimes will vary so check out the Regal Cinemas (3411 Candlers Mountain Rd.) website for more info or call (434) 582-1661.
Although participating in a dating show like The Bachelorette isn’t the most conventional path to a music career, it also isn’t totally disqualifying. Luke Pell is a Texas native, West Point grad, and Bachelorette survivor who’s now working it as a touring country singer. He performs at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) on a bill with Roanoke country singer Zac Price and Eric Gress out of Pulaski. By the way, Pell was a runner-up in the 2016 Bachelorette season. Tickets are $10 for the all-ages show. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-3206.