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 down to Riverfront Park. For more information about Favored Flavors and its products, click hereor call (434) 238-0801.
It’s a good thing Thomas Jefferson believed in the freedom of speech, because Endstation Theatre Company is performing the hilariously irreverent The Complete History of America (abridged) in the founder’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.) backyard. With slapstick, puns and songs, performers start in the 1490s and whiz through American history as blended and confused with pop culture references and conspiracy theories. The play has a few updates from its early rendition, including a rap number in the style of the Broadway hit Hamilton . Just don’t expect to get a factual history lesson. The run began last weekend and continues tonight at 7:30 p.m., followed by evening performances this Saturday and Sunday. Tonight’s tickets are $18 for general admission, $25 for premium seating, and there are discounts for seniors and students. Prices vary for the weekend shows. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Endstation sells beer, wine, and snacks on site. For more information click here or call (434) 226-0686.
To clarify the sort of Latin music appearing tonight and future Thursdays at Dish (1120 Main St.), DJ Jonny calls the event “Tropical Thursdays." The Roanoke-based DJ, who wants to build the weekly event in Lynchburg, said the night’s music selection focuses on Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Punta, and Reggaeton styles meant to keep people dancing from 10 p.m. until closing time at about 2 a.m. The cover starts at $5. For more information call Dish at (434) 528-0070 or click here.
The Hill City can be a hard place for millennials to meet people in that same age range, but the Central Virginia Young Professionals host a monthly happy hour to help young residents do just that. This month’s 5:35 meetup is at Fire & Hops Taphouse (101 Tradewynd Dr.) in Wyndhurst from 5:35-8 p.m. No membership fee or cover charge is required to attend. Feel free to bring business cards to trade. For information about the event click here, and click here for the Fire & Hops menu. The CVYP group is organized to attract and retain young talented professionals to the Lynchburg area. For more information about the organization, click here or call (434) 847-1447.
Evil Dead is one of those cult classics that, like a horde of zombies, just won’t seem to die. The original, low-budget Sam Raimi feature came out in 1981; Evil Dead II picked up where the first left off with a more robust budget; and 1992’s Army of Darkness gave Raimi even more cash to enliven the undead. More recently, the franchise got a 2013 reboot, but not before Raimi oversaw a stage musical adaptation in 2006. The rock musical version of Evil Dead has become something of a fan favorite out in Appomattox, where Wolfbane Productions is presenting their fifth consecutive summer production of the show at their woodsy base camp — a fitting backdrop for the action, which takes place in an abandoned forest cabin. Performances run for three weekends at the Wolfbane Performing Arts Center (618 Country Club Rd.), at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting tonight and running through August 5. The gates open at 7 p.m. for each performance, and there are different levels of tickets: it’s $25 to sit in the “splatter zone”; $20 for standard tickets; and $15 for seniors and students. Group rates are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Wolfbane recommends attendees be at least 13-years old, and children eight and under will not be admitted. No outside food, drinks, dogs, or open toed shoes allowed. Click here for tickets, or call (434) 579-3542.
Lynchburg’s oldest community theater group – Renaissance Theatre – get in character this week for Drop Dead!, a 1985 comic mystery thriller by actor/playwrights Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. The drama revolves around a group of Hollywood has-beens (and never-weres) desperate to revive their careers. There’s a director, who’s crazy; a producer, who’s a lech; an aging ingénue, who demands that the set must match her eyes; and an ex-sex star, who goes by the nom-de-porn Candy Apples. Really, is it a surprise to anyone when somebody gets murdered the day before opening night? Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce St., Suite A) has eight stagings starting July 21 and running through August 5. All performances start at 8:00 p.m., except the one on Sunday, July 30, which is a 3:00 p.m. matinee. Tickets are $15 and $18; call (434) 845-4427 or click here for more info.
The weekly Friday evening concert series at Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.) is leaning country tonight. The Roanoke natives in Rutledge take the stage from 6-9 p.m. to perform a mix of country hits, including songs by Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, and Toby Keith, as well as some of their original music. To hear the band’s brand of pop country click here. There's a $5 cover, but children under 12 get in free. The gate opens at 5:30 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, but no outside coolers, drinks, or food are permitted. There will be food trucks and alcohol available inside for sale. For more information click here.
If you are looking to keep the night going after Cheers Lynchburg settles down, you can walk across the cobblestones to the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.) where Lynchburg entertainers Funky Bone will play from 8:30-11:30 p.m. The band tout a cover playlist of funk and rock artists crossing several decades, including James Brown, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Daft Punk. Click here to sample the band’s live sets. There is a $5 cover. For more information click here.
If you’ve ever set foot in My Guitar Shop, the Madison Heights purveyor of fine musical instruments of all types, including guitars, then you’ve probably encountered Jake Ryan. He’s typically behind the counter because, well, it is his guitar shop. In addition to knowing a thing or two about six-stringed instruments, Jake’s also a pretty mean guitar player in his own right. He’ll demonstrate with the band he fronts, the awesomely named Super Dudes, this evening at the Old 97 Restaurant (4154 S. Amherst Hwy.), right down the pike from his guitar shop in Madison Heights. It’s a benefit for a guy named Skipp, who we’re told has been dealing with some difficult health issues which we’ll assume have nothing whatsoever to do with the latest iteration of the ailing Senate healthcare bill. There’s gonna be a raffle; there’s gonna be food and drink on the Old 97 menu; and, of course, there’s gonna be some rock, which Jake has described as “music that will make your booty move.” It’s a promise and a threat. The benefit runs form 3-6 p.m. There’s no cover, but donations will be accepted. Call (434) 473-0173 or click here for more info.
A type of mixer derived from a pre-refrigeration preservation process is making a cocktail comeback and Favored Flavors (912 Main St.) is trying to get Lynchburg in on it. Shrubs, or drinking vinegars, can add an odd and savory kick to a cocktail, which sounds intriguing. The specialty olive oil and vinegar shop will hold an open tasting bar from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, offering ambitious pop-in customers an opportunity to taste these potable, mixable vinegars. For more information click here or call (434) 238-0801.
The area’s newest brewery features another fruit brew designed for the season today. Beale’s (510 Grove St.) in Bedford expects the Blackberry White, a white ale flavored with blackberries, to sell out by the end of the day. No growler fills on this one, folks. Served alongside the brew with “purple hue” will be a Blackberry roll dessert made special for the event by Town Kitchen & Provisions out of produce from Bedford County’s Elliana Rose Blackberry Farm. Lynchburg’s groove-centric Apple Butter Soul will play from 5-8 p.m. For more information click here or call (540) 583-5113.
Like cherries, nectarines, plums, and, well, so many other stone fruits, peaches are great when they’re in season and not so much when they’re not. That’s something they know a little about at Drumheller Orchards (1130 Drumheller Orchard Ln.) in Nelson Country. The fifth-generation family farm grows lots of peaches and celebrates the harvest with a Super Peach Sunday. The event features ice cream, cobblers, jams, jellies, butters, and, of course, lots and lots of peaches. There will be music by the Bennie Dodd Band, kids activities, and food provided by the local Ruritan Club. Admission is free for the event, which runs from 1-5 p.m. Call (434) 263-5036 or click here for more info.
James River Float Company’s closure three years ago left downtown Lynchburg without an outfitter to offer river newcomers a chance to test out the natural resource on which the Hill City was built. The James River Association filled that void last month when it began renting canoes and kayaks at Riveredge Park (150 Rocky Hill Rd.) from Thursday-Monday. The JRA, a nonprofit advocacy and educational organization, provides paddling instructions, a safety talk, and directions, welcoming the uninitiated to float the flat water around the Hill City. While paddlers are better off making reservations to make sure they land one of the 25 two-person canoes, or one of the 10 sit-on-top kayaks, walk-ins are welcome. Rentals are available for the 9-Mile Paddle or by the hour, the latter offering a chance to paddle leisurely around the downtown area, visit the dam and swim. Hourly rentals are available from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for $15 per hour for the single kayaks, and $20 per hour for a canoe; for $20 or $30 respectively you get two hours. The 9-Mile float takes paddlers on a four- or five-hour cruise downriver. Bring drinking water, water shoes, plastic bags for items that must remain dry, and probably a snack. The 9-Mile trips start launching at 10 a.m. and on the hour after that through 1 p.m. Renters must be off the water by 6 p.m. The trip costs $35 for a single kayak, $50 for a canoe, and includes life jackets and a shuttle back to Riveredge. Guided trips are also available once a day at 11 a.m. for $70. For more information, click here or call (434) 847-1090.
Tuesday evenings in Lynchburg are often sleepy, and we think of that as a good opportunity to take advantage of what the city has to offer every day. advantage of what Lynchburg has to offer every day. There are a handful of regular and special events you can find on our Lynchburg Does Morepage, particularly if you’re interested in checking out the bar and music scene. But if you’re looking for a chill evening, try a walk down Jefferson Street, which is starting to fill in well. With a large open green space, Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.) acts as a focal point for the cobblestone road, which is just off the Blackwater Creek Bikeway (map here). There are a couple of food and beverage options below the downtown cliffside, including Ice Cream Dream (1016 Jefferson St.), which matured from a food truck to brick-and-mortar shop last summer. They offer a variety of ice cream flavors mixed with additional treats, such as brand-name cookies and Belgian waffles. After grabbing ice cream, you can relax at the park nearby or keep walking across the railroad tracks and catch a sunset off the bikeway bridge (not far from the LOVE sign). Sunset should be about 8:30 p.m.
With the craft beer boom alive, well, and expanding in Virginia, it’s worth learning how to distinguish the great from the mediocre. As is often true in endeavors that are as much art as science, the distinctions between a great brew and one that’s just okay can be subtle. The Craft Beer Cellar’s Lynchburg location (3813 Wards Rd.) offers weekly palette-training sessions to help drinkers develop deep knowledge regarding, for example, the differences betweena a wheat beer and a witbier, a Saison from a seasonal, and one pale ale from another. Tonight they examine goses, their history, and how they are made. This isn’t a structured event, but it’s free and includes a few tastings. People are welcome to stop in anytime between 7-9 p.m. to have a taste, learn a few things, and maybe grab a six-pack. The chain beer shop has ten draft beer taps and about 500 beers, 40 ciders, and 50 wines on their shelves at any given time. For more information click here or call (434) 386-8363.
Floyd County is known for a few things. There’s the weekly Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store (206 S. Locust St.), the “world’s largest” selection of bluegrass and old-time country music at the County Sales record store (117 W. Main St.), and every summer since 2002 there’s FloydFest, a multi-stage and multi-media music and arts festival held right beneath the Blue Ridge Moutains, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway about 20 minutes from Lynchburg. This year, the FloydFest grounds (894 Rock Castle Gorge Rd.) will host five full days of eclectic, jam- and roots-oriented artists, including the DC-based DJ duo Thievery Corporation, activist rap-rocker Michael Franti and his band Spearhead, the Boulder-bred self-proclaimed “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass” outfit Leftover Salmon, and country music stalwart Marty Jones and his Fabulous Superlatives. Serial collaborator, Fredericksburg native, and FloydFest veteran Keller Williams is scheduled to play a couple of sets, including a Saturday night Blue Mountain Jam with members of Leftover Salmon and Railroad Earth. Click here for the extensiveWednesday-through-Sunday schedule, which includes events at nine stages, yoga classes throughout each day, and other activities. Daily tickets are $100, and there are multi-day, camping, and VIP packages available here. Click here for directions and parking info. The FloydFest website is exhaustive and informative. We’ll just pass this on: coolers and snacks are welcome, but no outside alcohol is allowed on festival grounds. Call (888) VA-FESTS.
We've got more details on Tropical Thursdays, the new weekly Latin and Caribbean dance night at Dish (1120 Main St.). For starters, Dish's resident commander-in-chef is promising tacos for a buck a piece, jerk chicken sliders, and a rotating array of specialty drinks on the bar menu, which is a nice touch. And, we've heard from DJ Jonny, the Roanoke-based musical maestro in charge of the tunes, that he'll be spotlighting Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Punta, and Reggaeton. The dancing begins at 10 p.m. and goes until closing time, around 2 a.m. The cover charge is $5. For more information call Dish at (434) 528-0070 or click here.
Neither rain, nor shine, nor excessive humidity have deterred the good folks at Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) from braving what’s becoming a pretty happening open mic night every Thursday from 8-11 p.m. It’s a great setting for music, with an outdoor stage overlooking the green expanse flanked on one side by the restaurant’s big glass garage doors and, on the other, by a bustling traffic circle. Fifth & Federal has a cool, barbecue-centric menu, and like 57 or 58 different kinds of bourbon, whiskey, and rye, not to mention a solid selection of craft brews. Full disclosure: tonight’s open mic is hosted by LynchburgDoes editor Matt Ashare and able multi-instrumentalist Bryan Herward, so we’re sorta tooting our own horn. Call (434) 386-8113 or click here for more info.
All sorts of songs should be floating up from Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.) tonight as area cover band Dragonfly takes the Cheers Lynchburg stage. The band covers a wide variety of popular acts, including Led Zeppelin, the Cranberries, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tim McGraw, and Marvin Gaye as arrows in their covers quiver. To hear the band perform live, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. The weekly summer concert series has a $5 cover, but children under 12 get in free. The gate opens at 5:30 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, but no outside coolers, drinks, or food is permitted. Food trucks and alcohol are available inside the gate. For more information click here.
With FloydFest underway, the folks at Salem’s Parkway Brewing Co. have unveiled a FloydFest H-Fest IPL, a collaboration with Colorado’s Breckenridge Brewery that’ll be on tap today at Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.). Parkway’s imperial pale lager won the gold in the specialty/experimental category at the 2016 Virginia Craft Beer Cup, and Taphunter.com describes it as “a highly carbonated, medium-bodied lager that is well-balanced.” The first 48 patrons to order a Parkway beverage get a pint glass to keep today at Fifth & Federal, and they will be filling growlers. The Roanoke band Dangerous Strangerous will be on hand to play some rock music starting at 4 p.m. For information about the band, click here. For more information about the event, including a complete beer list, click here or call (434) 386-8113.
Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) is trying spice up Sundays with a couple of nifty ideas. For starters, there’s a build-your-own bloody mary bar from noon-4 p.m., featuring Lynchburg’s Moose Mix (from the now-defunct T.C. Trotters Restaurant and Bar), and topped with about an ounce of Guinness when served properly. Kegney’s bartender Kiley Merrow says the Guinness, “cuts down on the acidity of the bloody mix and it’s delicious.” The bloody toppings bar features about 20 items, including the traditional celery and a variety of hot sauces as well as more adventurous fixings like peppered bacon and avocado. All sound pretty good to us. To add to the fun, there’s an open bluegrass jam – Pickin’ on the Paddy-O – that commences at 1 p.m. on Kegney’s back deck, which does overlook the James River. Click herefor the Kegney Brothers menu, and call (434) 616-6691 for more info.
A new crop of teachers at Yoga Goodness (901 Jefferson St.) need practice and for that they need students. So the yoga studio located inside the Riverview Artspaces building is offering $5 “Community Yoga” classes during specific time slots through mid-September, including one this evening at 6:45 p.m. The new yogis recently finished a 200-hour training course. The discount is a significant drop from the studio’s regular $12 per class fee, although the price goes down with a variety of packages available here. Along with tonight’s lesson, the other $5 classes are Sunday at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday at noon, and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. For a full schedule of Yoga Goodness classes and more information click here. Mats and other equipment are included.
Some people like their books big and tome-ish. Others prefer them slimmer and less wordy. The Tiny Book Exhibit puts a new spin on the idea of a fast read. It actually features books that are very, very small. So definitely bring your reading glasses or maybe even a monacle to Riverview Artspace (901 Jefferson St.), where the exhibit of over 350 handmade books by 170 different artists arrives this evening from 6:30-9:30 p.m. along with a tiny books’ craft session. The exhibit is part of a Creativity Caravan nationwide tour. The entrance fee is $5. For moreinformation click here or call (434) 847-7277.
Even small hills are easier when pedaling with a pack, especially when there’s a cold pint waiting back at the bottom. Every Tuesday for the past few months a community of cyclists have met at Bikes Unlimited (1312 Jefferson St.) for Pints after Pedals and they want you to come. No bike? That’s no excuse because Bikes Unlimited offers free rentals for the event on a first-come, first-serve basis. And this week, you could win one of your own. Bikes Unlimited owner John Seinar says the shop is giving away an Electra Bicycle Company bike if 200 riders show up. At a leisurely pace each week, the group pedals the Blackwater Creek Trail to the Langhorne Road entrance and loops back through the Point of Honor Trail, finishing at The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) for the pints. This week, Oskar Blues brews will be on waiting on the patio with a special setup for Pints after Pedals riders. The North Carolina brewery sponsors the event and provided free swag. The group corrals around the bike shop at 6 p.m. where regulars chat about bike gear and style and families prep attachments to pull the kids up the gradual and friendly hill and back down, a total of about six miles. The trail is shaded and comfortable. The people are friendly and happy to welcome newcomers. They want to grow the Lynchburg-area cycling community, so they chose a loop anyone can complete, Seinar said. The Tuesday rides, which average about 50 cyclists, began after the weather turned warm and will continue until further notice, or at least until it’s too cold. For more information click hereor call (434) 385-4157.
Lynchburg native Leland Melvin has had at least two rather interesting careers, and now he’s moving on to third with his appearance this evening at Givens Books (2236 Lakeside Dr.). In 1986, after a stellar college career as a wide receiver at the University of Richmond, he was chosen in the 11th round of the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. Injuries sidelined his football career after just a couple of season, but he had bigger and better things to do. In 1998, he entered NASA’s astronaut training programs; ten years later he visited the International Space Station as a mission specialist on Space Shuttle Atlantis. That was one of two Shuttle missions he flew before retiring from NASA in 2014. Now, he’s tackling a new challenge as a published author. His memoir Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances was published a couple of months ago, and he’ll be talking about the book, his life, and his activism on behalf of scientific literacy this evening from 6-8 p.m.He’ll also be back at Givens on August 19 for noon-time kids event to promote his young-adult version of the book. Click here for more info, or call Givens at (434) 385-5027.
Dinner’s on, as they say, in the lot outside of Grace Evangelical Free Church (21129 Timberlake Rd.) this evening, and there are quite a few options on the menu. It’s a food truck round-up, featuring tacos, barbecue, gryos, and more. The trucks will be serving from 5-9 p.m., and there will be plenty of space for picnic blankets and lawn/camping chairs. The trucks scheduled to be on hand include Taco Shark, Action Gyro, Earl’s Carolina BBQ, Nomad Coffee Co. and Appetite Creamery. The event is rain or shine, but will likely be rescheduled in case of severe weather. For updates, click here.
So, we’re gonna come right out and say it: there’s something just a little bit brilliant about combining bourbon and bingo. That’s bourbon, the drink, and bingo, the game. What happens when you mix the two? Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) provides an answer every Wednesday eveing starting at 8 p.m. The games are hosted, or called, by local emcee/artist Heather Gillikin, who goes by the moniker “Schwagger,” hosts Kegney-okey on Tuesday nights, and holds painting workshops at various establishments around town. It’s free to play with the purchase of food and/or drink. Prizes are awarded for each game and there’s a grand prize drawing at the end of the night, which is usually well after midnight. For more information click here or call (434) 616-6691.
The mock zombie feature may be common now that the undead genre has fully infiltrated American pop culture. But Evil Dead: The Musicalcarries a different tune by doing just that – singing. This weekend’s run is the last chance to catch the Wolfbane Productions’ outdoor staging (524 Country Club Rd.) of the zombie thriller. They’ll brings the dead to life, then returns them to the dirt at their woodsy Appomattox base camp, a fitting backdrop for a drama that takes place in an abandoned forest cabin. There are performances tonight, Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m., and action runs from 8-10 p.m. Tickets in the “splatter” zone are $25 and general admission is $20. Seniors and student tickets are $15, and group rates are available by emailing email@example.com. Along with the potential for splatter, the show uses strobe lights and fog effects. Wolfbane recommends attendees be at least 13-years old because of loud noises, strong language, and some violence. Children eight years old and under will not be admitted. No outside food, drinks, dogs or open-toed shoes are allowed. For more information click here or call (434) 579-3542.
Lynchburg’s oldest community theater group – Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce St., Suite A) – get in character this week for Drop Dead!, a 1985 comic mystery thriller by actor/playwrights Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. The drama revolves around a group of Hollywood has-beens (and never-weres) desperate to revive their careers. There’s a director, who’s crazy; a producer, who’s a lech; an aging ingénue, who demands that the set must match her eyes; and an ex-sex star, who goes by the nom-de-porn Candy Apples. Really, is it a surprise to anyone when somebody gets murdered the day before opening night? The three-week run is coming to an end this weekend with performances tonight, Friday and Saturday. The weekend’s performances all start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $18; call (434) 845-4427 or click here for more info.
Come one, come all, to run and eat. The local folks at Riverside Runners (2480 Rivermont Ave.) are hosting a group run and cookout tonight starting at 6 p.m. The four-mile run is more of a community activity than a race per se, so runners are encouraged to pace themselves. The course will be determined the day of with consideration of the weather, but it will start and end at Riverside Runners, which will host a post-run cookout for participants. They’ll also provide water and Gatorade to runners. Mizuno reps will be on hand with swag to award as door prizes. It’s free; click here for more info, or call (434) 846-7449.
It’s a summer classic and Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) couldn’t have timed its return to the big screen any better. Just two weeks ago, the crew of the Jenny Lee caught a nearly 1,000-pound mako shark off the coast of New Jersey, which is pretty close to the same Long Island waters that were the setting for Steven Spielberg’s classic 1975 adaptation of the Peter Benchley novel Jaws. Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss star in a landmark film that broke box office records in June of 1975, and kept a lot of anxious beachgoers out of the water. It’s screening today at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, and 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $2.25 for the first two showing, and $3 for the two later ones. Click here for info, or call (434) 845-2398.
Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) has been upping its game when it comes to nightly entertainment. Check out LynchburgDoesMore page for complete listings of what they’ve got planned, including weekly Kegney-oke nights, Celtic sessions, and Sunday afternoon bluegrass jams. The Irish pub and restaurant is also featuring live music by local and regional bands and artists on most Friday and Saturday nights. The best way to make sure they keep it going is to show up and be counted. Tonight’s a special one for us because LynchburgDoes’ own Matt Ashare and Jay Oliveira are two members of the featured band. They’re known as A New Low – a name literally ripped from the headlines. They’re an original rock band; they hail from these parts; and they’re well worth the price of admission, which is exactly zero dollars. That’s right, it’s a free show. The music gets under way shortly after 10 p.m. and runs until about 1:30 a.m. Click here and here to hear the latest studio recordings by A New Low, and here to see the Kegney Brothers menu. To reach the bar, call (434) 616-6691.
Summer is starting to wind down, which means the Cheers Lynchburg Friday night concert series only has a few more weeks to go. If you’ve been meaning to check out Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.), tonight would be a good time to head out there. There will be music by the Worx, a rock cover band who specialize in a range of contemporary hits. To learn more about the band and see some live videos, click here. There’s a $5 cover charge, but children under 12 get in free. The gate opens at 5:30 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, but no outside coolers, drinks, or food are permitted. Food trucks and alcohol are available inside the gates. For more information click here.
Now that it’s August, the final countdown to this year’s big Lockn’ Festival is underway – just 19 days to go before the four-day music extravaganza kicks off at Infinity Downs Farm (1500 Diggs Mountain Rd.) in nearby Arrington. This year’s line-up features a solo set by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, the Brooklyn-based Afrobeat funk band Antibalas, newgrass sensation Keller Williams, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and lots, lots more. We’ll keep you posted with updates on LynchburgDoes Future Stuff page. In the meantime, the Lockn’ folks are celebrating what Deadheads know as “The Days Between” (literally the nine-day period between Jerry Garcia’s birthday on August 1 and the date of his passing on August 9), and showing off some upgrades they’ve made to the festival grounds with a little party this evening at 5 p.m. There will be food trucks, hayrides, and other activities, including dancing beneath the stars and a screening of the 1990 concert film Jerry Garcia Band Live at Shoreline. Click here to RSVP for the Here Comes Sunshine party, and click here for the Lockn’ schedule.
One of the bar-size venues we count on week-to-week for live music is the local brewpub Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.). The Forest ale house has an ample back deck, a big back yard, and live music most Friday and Saturday nights. Tonight, they’ll have a group of blues musicians who specialize in performing where brews are made and even have a name to match. Barrelhouse, out of Richmond, will serve up fresh blues from 7-11 p.m. while Apocalypse keeps ale flowing. Click here for more info on the band, and here for an Apocalypse beer list. While the brewery does not sell food, they regularly book food trucks to park outside on weekend nights, and tonight it's Sourdough Pizza Co. Patrons can also order out, and Apocalypse keeps a stash of Upper Crust pizza menus on hand for just that reason. For more information click here or call Apocalypse at (434) 258-8761.
If the sky is clear tonight, go learn about stars while gazing up at the heavens beneath Bedford County’s famed Peaks of Otter. Peaks of Otter Lodge (85554 Blue Ridge Parkway) hosts NASA Solar System Ambassador Greg Redfern who will give a talk about the life cycles of stars, including Earth’s sun. The talk will begin indoors. Weather permitting, it will then gravitate outside to the banks of Lake Abbott, where Redfern will be able to use the night sky as his backdrop. A jacket and flashlight are recommended. For more information click here or call (866) 387-9905. To make a whole day of the trip, try hiking one of Peaks of Otter’s several Blue Ridge Mountian trails. For hiking guides to Sharp Top, a shorter but steep climb, and Flat Top, a gradual uphill, click here. For information about the third and often left-out peak, Harkening Hill, click here.
Expect Percival’s Island to light up tonight as cyclists take to the trail with bikes decked in bright colors, glow sticks and lights. Partnering with Bikes Unlimited and Blackwater Bike Shop, Lynchburg Parks and Recreation will host the Glow Ride, an all-ages event starting at 8 p.m. Register at the Parks and Rec tent near the trail head LOVE sign for a chance to win one of three prizes for most festive bicycle, so be creative and colorful if you want to compete. From there, the ride goes three miles on the Riverwalk trail and three miles back for a leisurely six miles of mostly flat terrain. The ride starts around marker 15 on the trail system mapand crosses the river twice. If the weather cooperates, the moon will, too. The lunar cycle puts a mostly full waxing gibbous overhead Saturday night. Despite the moon’s assistance in lighting up the trail, Parks and Rec recommends riders wear headlamps and helmets. For more information about the event click here or call (434) 455-5858.
Lacking an actual bike is no longer a particularly good excuse for not participating in a group ride along the Blackwater Creek Trail. At least, not this evening. Bikes Unlimited (1312 Jefferson) is offering free rentals to anyone who meets up at 6 p.m. for Pints after Pedals, a ride that begins at the bike shop and ends at the nearby restaurant/bar The Water Dog. The regular Tuesday event features a six-mile ride followed by socializing and, well, pints. The point is to grow the Lynchburg-area cycling community, so they’ve chosen a relatively easy loop that most bikers should have no trouble completing. At least, that what Bikes Unlimited owner John Seinar tells us. The Tuesday rides, which draw an average about 50 cyclists, will continue until further notice, or perhaps until it’s too cold. For more information click hereor call (434) 385-4157.
The last time city planners got together to do a little city improvement project, we got a bunch of downtown construction, new parking meters, and a nice new public green space on Jefferson Street named Riverfront Park. Not a bad deal when you consider that Riverfront has been the nexus for some pretty cool recent events, including the George Clinton back in July and the upcoming Blues Traveler show on August 12. What’s next for the downtown area? Find out this evening at the Downtown 2040 Kickoff event at the Academy Center for the Arts (519 Commerce St.). The meeting will include open house periods from 6 -7 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. during which the public is invited to review the previous plan and talk with the people who are working on the new one. At 7 p.m. Melody Warnick, author of This is Where You Belong, will speak about the importance of cities and planners will explain the process. The City of Lynchburg, the Downtown Lynchburg Association, and the other folks in on this project are asking for public input through the end of August. For more information, click here or here, or call the city at (434) 856-2489.
Some of Lynchburg’s best food trucks are convening for a lunchtime round-up with a Blue Ridge view today from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs to recline, and Uprooted,Hibachi Guys, Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts, Taco Shark and The Frosty Penguin will be on hand to provide the food at the Summit (1400 Enterprise Dr). Along with room for people to set their own picnic spots, the Summit offers outdoor seating on its north lawn. The next and last Wyndhurst Wednesday for the season will be September 13 at the same location. For more information and updates click here or call (434) 582-1500.