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June 28 - July 5

 
 
 
 
 You may know Prisoner Wine Company from their distinctively drawn labels or from their creatively named wines. There’s the Prisoner (a red blend featuring a shackled bearded guy on it); Blindfold (a white blend with a guy tied to a pole on the label); and Cuttings (a bold Cabernet that has a pile of sticks on the label). The California vintner specializes in sourcing, blending, and bottling rather than growing the grapes. And their wines will be featured at a special tasting session from 7:30-9 p.m. at Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.). The $15 ticket includes light Hors d'Oeuvres and cheese, but the admission price will be waived for those who instead order six bottles of Prisoner’s best. Call (434) 528-5442 to make a reservation, and click  here  for more info.

You may know Prisoner Wine Company from their distinctively drawn labels or from their creatively named wines. There’s the Prisoner (a red blend featuring a shackled bearded guy on it); Blindfold (a white blend with a guy tied to a pole on the label); and Cuttings (a bold Cabernet that has a pile of sticks on the label). The California vintner specializes in sourcing, blending, and bottling rather than growing the grapes. And their wines will be featured at a special tasting session from 7:30-9 p.m. at Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.). The $15 ticket includes light Hors d'Oeuvres and cheese, but the admission price will be waived for those who instead order six bottles of Prisoner’s best. Call (434) 528-5442 to make a reservation, and click here for more info.

 For reasons we have yet to discern, Wednesday activities in Lynchburg can be hard to come by. In other words, if you hear of anything cool on a Wednesday night, let us know. One option tonight is singer-songwriter Craig Hanson performing solo, without his usual band the Gypsies, at the Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Road). It also just happens to be wing night at the Badger, which means all 19 varieties of wings are just 75 cents each. We’re gonna recommend the Seven Pepper dry rub; the Spicy Thai; and the Parmesan Caesar as a good place to start. Hanson’s set runs from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on the back deck. Click  here  or call (434) 384-3004 for more info.

For reasons we have yet to discern, Wednesday activities in Lynchburg can be hard to come by. In other words, if you hear of anything cool on a Wednesday night, let us know. One option tonight is singer-songwriter Craig Hanson performing solo, without his usual band the Gypsies, at the Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Road). It also just happens to be wing night at the Badger, which means all 19 varieties of wings are just 75 cents each. We’re gonna recommend the Seven Pepper dry rub; the Spicy Thai; and the Parmesan Caesar as a good place to start. Hanson’s set runs from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on the back deck. Click here or call (434) 384-3004 for more info.

   
  
 
  
    
  
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   Evil Dead: the Musical! ,  Bubble Boy the Musical , and a version of  A Midsummer Night’s Dream  fortified with ’90s boy-band hits are three of the more unique theater experiences the Appomattox-based company Wolfbane Productions have to their credit. Now, they’re putting their own spin on Shakespeare’s  Romeo and Juliet . In addition to setting the tragic romance in the Civil War era, they’re performing it outdoors at the site where General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant and his Union forces in April of 1865. Performances take place at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (111 National Park Dr.), on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the “curtain” goes up at 8. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. Group rates are available by emailing  boxoffice@wolfbane.org . For more info on the production, which concludes this weekend, and for details about food trucks scheduled to be on site, click  here  or call (434) 579-3542.  

Evil Dead: the Musical!, Bubble Boy the Musical, and a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream fortified with ’90s boy-band hits are three of the more unique theater experiences the Appomattox-based company Wolfbane Productions have to their credit. Now, they’re putting their own spin on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In addition to setting the tragic romance in the Civil War era, they’re performing it outdoors at the site where General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant and his Union forces in April of 1865. Performances take place at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (111 National Park Dr.), on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the “curtain” goes up at 8. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. Group rates are available by emailing boxoffice@wolfbane.org. For more info on the production, which concludes this weekend, and for details about food trucks scheduled to be on site, click here or call (434) 579-3542.  

 As the heat and humidity of summer descends, fruit-infused lager and IPAs tend to get more attention, and darker, heavier stouts and porters not so much. But, if you’ve got a taste for thick winter libations or just want to try something new, Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) hosts a Christmas in July (in June) tap takeover this evening from 5-10 p.m. Featured selections from the Beer 88 menu including Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA; a Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout; the Bruery’s bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine-style White Chocolate ale; and Bruery Terreux’s Berlin-style boysenberry weissbier. The brews will be available in flights and pints, and Beer 88’s burger-centric menu can be found  here . For more info, click  here  or call (434) 582-5025

As the heat and humidity of summer descends, fruit-infused lager and IPAs tend to get more attention, and darker, heavier stouts and porters not so much. But, if you’ve got a taste for thick winter libations or just want to try something new, Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) hosts a Christmas in July (in June) tap takeover this evening from 5-10 p.m. Featured selections from the Beer 88 menu including Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA; a Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout; the Bruery’s bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine-style White Chocolate ale; and Bruery Terreux’s Berlin-style boysenberry weissbier. The brews will be available in flights and pints, and Beer 88’s burger-centric menu can be found here. For more info, click here or call (434) 582-5025

 It’s the stuff of musical legend: on December 4, 1956, four up-and-coming young rock and country musicians dropped by Sun Studios in Memphis for a largely impromptu jam session. Their names: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. A recording of the session was released in the 1980s and credited to the Million Dollar Quartet. In 2010, a musical by the same name opened on Broadway, and tonight Endstation Theatre Company is bringing their version of the show to the stage at Randolph College’s Thoresen Theatre (2500 Rivermont Ave.). The best part is that the production features a young local performer named Taylor Rodriguez, who can be seen  here  doing his Elvis Presley. There are performances tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; additional evening performances on July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9; and 2 p.m. matinees on July 2, 8, and 9. For tickets ($10-$25) and info click  here  or call (434) 226-0686.

It’s the stuff of musical legend: on December 4, 1956, four up-and-coming young rock and country musicians dropped by Sun Studios in Memphis for a largely impromptu jam session. Their names: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. A recording of the session was released in the 1980s and credited to the Million Dollar Quartet. In 2010, a musical by the same name opened on Broadway, and tonight Endstation Theatre Company is bringing their version of the show to the stage at Randolph College’s Thoresen Theatre (2500 Rivermont Ave.). The best part is that the production features a young local performer named Taylor Rodriguez, who can be seen here doing his Elvis Presley. There are performances tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; additional evening performances on July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9; and 2 p.m. matinees on July 2, 8, and 9. For tickets ($10-$25) and info click here or call (434) 226-0686.

 No surprise that they’re planning a few events at Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.) leading up to the Fourth of July. After all, it was Thomas Jefferson’s home away from home back in the day. Tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the south lawn will be the setting for a production of  1776: The Musical , a Broadway musicalized recounting of the events that preceded the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Tickets are $17.76 for adults, $13 for students, and $4 for children 5 and under. For more information and to buy tickets click  here  or call (434) 534-8120. In addition, on July 4 Poplar Forest will host colonial period artisans, entertainers, militia reenactments, and other patriotic activities. Home tours will be available at a reduced rate. Admission to the Fourth festivities is $9, although it’s free for anyone 14 or younger.

No surprise that they’re planning a few events at Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.) leading up to the Fourth of July. After all, it was Thomas Jefferson’s home away from home back in the day. Tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the south lawn will be the setting for a production of 1776: The Musical, a Broadway musicalized recounting of the events that preceded the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Tickets are $17.76 for adults, $13 for students, and $4 for children 5 and under. For more information and to buy tickets click here or call (434) 534-8120. In addition, on July 4 Poplar Forest will host colonial period artisans, entertainers, militia reenactments, and other patriotic activities. Home tours will be available at a reduced rate. Admission to the Fourth festivities is $9, although it’s free for anyone 14 or younger.

 Cheers Lynchburg gets underway this evening with the first of a series of Friday shows that’ll run through mid-August in Riverfront Park. The locally based tribute band That 80’s Show get things rolling with a night of classic ’80’s rock — click  here  for a listen. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the music goes from 6-9 p.m. General admission is $5, although season passes (for eight events) are available for $20. Kids get in free but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No outside drinks or coolers are permitted, but alcohol will be sold, as will other refreshments from food trucks. Sorry, no pets. For more information, including a series schedule, click  here  or call (434) 535-6190.

Cheers Lynchburg gets underway this evening with the first of a series of Friday shows that’ll run through mid-August in Riverfront Park. The locally based tribute band That 80’s Show get things rolling with a night of classic ’80’s rock — click here for a listen. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the music goes from 6-9 p.m. General admission is $5, although season passes (for eight events) are available for $20. Kids get in free but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No outside drinks or coolers are permitted, but alcohol will be sold, as will other refreshments from food trucks. Sorry, no pets. For more information, including a series schedule, click here or call (434) 535-6190.

 The 15th Annual Percival’s Island 5-Mile Race is longer than the standard 5k jaunt, but at least the Lynchburg Road Runners found a flat stretch in the Hill City. The morning check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Percival’s Island Natural Area (1600 Concord Turnpike). The race begins at 8 a.m. and runs along the shaded bikeway and returns to Percival’s. Until June 29, registration is $25, and it’s $30 after that. The chip-timed race will have awards for top overall for males and females as well as for the top three in each of several age groups. For more information or to register, click  here  or call (434) 846-7449.

The 15th Annual Percival’s Island 5-Mile Race is longer than the standard 5k jaunt, but at least the Lynchburg Road Runners found a flat stretch in the Hill City. The morning check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Percival’s Island Natural Area (1600 Concord Turnpike). The race begins at 8 a.m. and runs along the shaded bikeway and returns to Percival’s. Until June 29, registration is $25, and it’s $30 after that. The chip-timed race will have awards for top overall for males and females as well as for the top three in each of several age groups. For more information or to register, click here or call (434) 846-7449.

 Some of the better Lynchburg-area Fourth of July fireworks are scheduled to go off about two days early this year. The annual “Celebrate America” festival on the grounds of Thomas Road Baptist Church (1 Mountain View Rd.) begins at 5 p.m. and includes live music, a four-story water slide, a rock-climbing wall, and lots of other attractions. Guests are invited to bring blankets and chairs for the fireworks show, which will light up Candlers Mountain around 9 p.m. The Christian music station 88.3 FM-The Journey plans to sync music to the colorful blasts. The event is free. Click  here  for a map of the grounds, and call (434) 239-9281 for more info.

Some of the better Lynchburg-area Fourth of July fireworks are scheduled to go off about two days early this year. The annual “Celebrate America” festival on the grounds of Thomas Road Baptist Church (1 Mountain View Rd.) begins at 5 p.m. and includes live music, a four-story water slide, a rock-climbing wall, and lots of other attractions. Guests are invited to bring blankets and chairs for the fireworks show, which will light up Candlers Mountain around 9 p.m. The Christian music station 88.3 FM-The Journey plans to sync music to the colorful blasts. The event is free. Click here for a map of the grounds, and call (434) 239-9281 for more info.

 So, July 4th is a Tuesday, which makes the July 5th a Wednesday, and that may complicate matters for those of you who are planning to hoist a few good old American brews to celebrate Independence Day. No worries: Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) has a solution. The Forest brewery is usually closed on Mondays, but they’re making an exception this afternoon. The taps kick on at 4 p.m. followed by pulled pork and pulled chicken sliders at 5 p.m. (available while they last). Food is included in the $5 cover charge, but the ale’s priced by the pint. The party will continue into the evening with  Shoot Toby Twice  playing from 7-10 p.m. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 258-8761.

So, July 4th is a Tuesday, which makes the July 5th a Wednesday, and that may complicate matters for those of you who are planning to hoist a few good old American brews to celebrate Independence Day. No worries: Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) has a solution. The Forest brewery is usually closed on Mondays, but they’re making an exception this afternoon. The taps kick on at 4 p.m. followed by pulled pork and pulled chicken sliders at 5 p.m. (available while they last). Food is included in the $5 cover charge, but the ale’s priced by the pint. The party will continue into the evening with Shoot Toby Twice playing from 7-10 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 258-8761.

 Loose Shoe Brewing Company (198 Ambriar Plaza) is going for a communal vibe this afternoon for an Independence Day cookout. They’re providing the grills and selling the beer. You bring the meat, sides, friends and family. Share if you wish. The brewery’s open today from 3-8 p.m. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 946-2337.

Loose Shoe Brewing Company (198 Ambriar Plaza) is going for a communal vibe this afternoon for an Independence Day cookout. They’re providing the grills and selling the beer. You bring the meat, sides, friends and family. Share if you wish. The brewery’s open today from 3-8 p.m. Click here for more info or call (434) 946-2337.

 Complete with a stage, outdoor bar, lawn games, and a 360-degree Blue Ridge Mountain view, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company Basecamp Brewpub and Meadows (200 Mosbys Run) offers a pretty cool Independence Day cookout set up. They’re planning a Bear Pong tournament(it’s like beer pong, only bearier), and will have other lawn games available. The band  Shoot Toby Twice  performs from 3-7 p.m. The general  menu  and the outdoor Oak Grill  menu  will be available. Click  here  for more info, or call (434) 361-1001.

Complete with a stage, outdoor bar, lawn games, and a 360-degree Blue Ridge Mountain view, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company Basecamp Brewpub and Meadows (200 Mosbys Run) offers a pretty cool Independence Day cookout set up. They’re planning a Bear Pong tournament(it’s like beer pong, only bearier), and will have other lawn games available. The band Shoot Toby Twice performs from 3-7 p.m. The general menu and the outdoor Oak Grill menu will be available. Click here for more info, or call (434) 361-1001.

 The Blue Mountain Barrel House brewery (495 Cooperative Way) in Arrington is spicing up Independence Day Louisiana style. From 11 a.m.-8 p.m. they’ll have plates for $15, which includes a quarter pound of crawfish, a quarter pound of shrimp, andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Burgers, hot dogs, and other options will also be available for purchase in the barrelhouse’s food truck, which functions as an extension of the brewery restaurant. Local brewers First Colony Winery and Blue Toad Hard Cider will also be on hand. Three bands are scheduled for the day: the countrified Jason Burke Trio will start things up at noon; Rockfish Gap Bluegrass take it from 2:30-5 p.m.; psychedelic mandolin-power trio Firecracker Jam will finish things off from 5-7:30 p.m. There’s no cover; call (434) 263-4002 or click  here  for more info.

The Blue Mountain Barrel House brewery (495 Cooperative Way) in Arrington is spicing up Independence Day Louisiana style. From 11 a.m.-8 p.m. they’ll have plates for $15, which includes a quarter pound of crawfish, a quarter pound of shrimp, andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Burgers, hot dogs, and other options will also be available for purchase in the barrelhouse’s food truck, which functions as an extension of the brewery restaurant. Local brewers First Colony Winery and Blue Toad Hard Cider will also be on hand. Three bands are scheduled for the day: the countrified Jason Burke Trio will start things up at noon; Rockfish Gap Bluegrass take it from 2:30-5 p.m.; psychedelic mandolin-power trio Firecracker Jam will finish things off from 5-7:30 p.m. There’s no cover; call (434) 263-4002 or click here for more info.

Weekly Music Events

Wednesday

Elizabeth Wise, 7:30-10:30 p.m., at Milano’s; (434) 384-3400.

Craig Hanson, 7:30-11 p.m., the Stoney Badger; (434) 384-3004.

Thursday

Mondo Funky Worx, 6-9 p.m., at Big Lick Tropical Grill; (434) 528-3604.
 

Friday

Shame for Sydney, 8-11 p.m., at Big Lick Tropical Grill; (434) 528-3604.

Jason Ring & Earl’s BBQ, 6-11 p.m., at Apocalypse Ale Works; (434) 258-8761.

Rev. Bud & The Smokestax, 8-11 p.m., the Stoney Badger; (434) 384-3004.

Bob Bryant on the patio, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at The Corner at Rivermont; (434) 219-6035.

Farm Use String Band, 7-9:30 p.m., at Baines Books and Coffee;  call (434) 352-3711.

Large Marge & The Hellen Bak Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m., at Benjamin’s; (434) 534-6077.

Rob Cheatham, 6-8 p.m., at Blue Mountain Brewery; (540) 456-8020.

Matt Johnson, 7-10 p.m., at Wild Wolf Brewing Company; 434-361-0088.

That 80s Show, 6-9 p.m., at Riverfront Park; (434) 535-6190.

Saturday

Spare Change, 8-11 p.m., at Big Lick Tropical Grill; (434) 528-3604.

Large Marge & Sourdough Pizza Co. 6-10 p.m., at Apocalypse Ale Works; (434) 258-8761.

DJ Crusty (metal), 10 p.m.-1 a.m., the Stoney Badger; (434) 384-3004.

Caroline Guske on the patio, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at The Corner at Rivermont; (434) 219-6035.

Jason Ring, 7:30-10:30 p.m., at Benjamin’s; (434) 534-6077.

Keith McFaden, at Loose Shoe Brewing Company; (434) 946-2337.

An update on LynchburgDoes.com

Welcome, or welcome back. We'll keep it nice and short. In case you haven't looked, LynchburgDoes has grown. We now have a LynchburgDoes More page for all the events we find out about but can’t fit on our front page. It includes quick listings about various happenings around town, including trivia and karaoke nights, tap takeovers, wine tastings, music, and more.
     
We also added a cleverly titled new section: LynchburgDoes Future Stuff. That's where we'll be putting info on future events, particularly events that may require reservations, advanced ticketing, or some degree of pre-planning.
     As always, we remain focused on maintaining an accessible hub for thoughtful, informative, and entertaining events listings that are as detailed, accurate, and up-to-date as possible. There’s a more on our mission right here.
    
Oh, and we can use your help. If you know of something we’re not covering, let us know. If you book music, manage a bar or restaurant, or plan any other kind of events, let us know. Just drop me an email at Matt@LynchburgDoes.com. Also, like and follow us on Facebook. And, please go out, have fun, and spread the word about LynchburgDoes.

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Matt Ashare
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LynchburgDoes.com

 Fireworks over City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.) are a fairly typical sight during Hillcats season. But tonight it’ll be a little extra special. The Hillcats, who have been neck-and-neck with the Salem Red Sox at the top of the Carolina League Northern division of late, play the Wilmington Blue Rocks at 6:30 p.m. It’s the start of a six-game home stand that’ll include three games against Salem. Gates open at 5 p.m., tickets are $6 for the bleachers and $9 for the reserved sections. Fireworks commence right after the game. Click  here  for tickets, or call (434) 528-1144.

Fireworks over City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.) are a fairly typical sight during Hillcats season. But tonight it’ll be a little extra special. The Hillcats, who have been neck-and-neck with the Salem Red Sox at the top of the Carolina League Northern division of late, play the Wilmington Blue Rocks at 6:30 p.m. It’s the start of a six-game home stand that’ll include three games against Salem. Gates open at 5 p.m., tickets are $6 for the bleachers and $9 for the reserved sections. Fireworks commence right after the game. Click here for tickets, or call (434) 528-1144.

 Food trucks can be hard to track if you don’t follow each one of them on Facebook. But we know where you’ll be able to find some of the better mobile local eateries this evening from 5-9 p.m. T&E Catering, Blue Ridge BBQ Shack, Upper Crust Pizza, Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts, and Nomad Coffee Co. are planning to coral at Grace Evangelical Free Church (21129 Timberlake Rd.) for one of them food-truck round-ups. Bring blankets and chairs for picnicking. Click  here  or call (434) 385-0560 for more info

Food trucks can be hard to track if you don’t follow each one of them on Facebook. But we know where you’ll be able to find some of the better mobile local eateries this evening from 5-9 p.m. T&E Catering, Blue Ridge BBQ Shack, Upper Crust Pizza, Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts, and Nomad Coffee Co. are planning to coral at Grace Evangelical Free Church (21129 Timberlake Rd.) for one of them food-truck round-ups. Bring blankets and chairs for picnicking. Click here or call (434) 385-0560 for more info

 Lovingly dubbed “Kegneyoke,” karaoke nights at Kegney Brothers’ (1118 Main St.) have become one of the more reliable ways to finish off a Tuesday. There are always a few regulars on hand to get the singing started, and a nice selection of whiskeys and beers on tap to help instill courage and carelessness. And, there’s good pub grub if you’re hungry. The sign-up sheet starts circulating at 10 p.m., and the karaoke-ing runs until closing time. Click  here  or call (434) 616-6691 for more info.

Lovingly dubbed “Kegneyoke,” karaoke nights at Kegney Brothers’ (1118 Main St.) have become one of the more reliable ways to finish off a Tuesday. There are always a few regulars on hand to get the singing started, and a nice selection of whiskeys and beers on tap to help instill courage and carelessness. And, there’s good pub grub if you’re hungry. The sign-up sheet starts circulating at 10 p.m., and the karaoke-ing runs until closing time. Click here or call (434) 616-6691 for more info.