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August 21-28

 
 
The annual LOCKN’ festival at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington doesn’t start until tomorrow. But there’s a pre-party tonight at the Academy of Music Theatre (501 Main St.). Two of the artists who are on the LOCKN’ bill – Ben Harper and Trombone Shorty – will be making their way to the Academy with their respective bands for the 8 p.m. show. Harper, a bluesy rock dude from California, will have his band the Criminals with him. Trombone Shorty ( née  Troy Andrews), is a Louisiana jazz-funk maestro with a band called Orleans Ave. Tickets to the show are $150. Click  here  for more info, or call (434) 846-8499.

The annual LOCKN’ festival at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington doesn’t start until tomorrow. But there’s a pre-party tonight at the Academy of Music Theatre (501 Main St.). Two of the artists who are on the LOCKN’ bill – Ben Harper and Trombone Shorty – will be making their way to the Academy with their respective bands for the 8 p.m. show. Harper, a bluesy rock dude from California, will have his band the Criminals with him. Trombone Shorty (née Troy Andrews), is a Louisiana jazz-funk maestro with a band called Orleans Ave. Tickets to the show are $150. Click here for more info, or call (434) 846-8499.

It seems like no big deal in today’s world of CGI-ified cinematic tricks, but just imagine how difficult it would have been to make the main character in a creepy drama disappear in 1933. That’s the challenge James Whale undertook when he directed his big screen adaptation of the H.G. Wells sci-fi drama  The Invisible Man . A mostly MIA Claude Rains plays the role of Dr. Jack Griffin, the disappeared individual of the film’s title. And William Harrigan take on the role of the reluctant hero who endeavors to stop a dastardly plan by the film’s unseen villain. Lynchburg Underground Movie Club (LUMC) presents a screening of  The Invisible Man  in the Rose H. Schewel Theater at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7. Click  here , or call (434) 847-7277 for more info.

It seems like no big deal in today’s world of CGI-ified cinematic tricks, but just imagine how difficult it would have been to make the main character in a creepy drama disappear in 1933. That’s the challenge James Whale undertook when he directed his big screen adaptation of the H.G. Wells sci-fi drama The Invisible Man. A mostly MIA Claude Rains plays the role of Dr. Jack Griffin, the disappeared individual of the film’s title. And William Harrigan take on the role of the reluctant hero who endeavors to stop a dastardly plan by the film’s unseen villain. Lynchburg Underground Movie Club (LUMC) presents a screening of The Invisible Man in the Rose H. Schewel Theater at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7. Click here, or call (434) 847-7277 for more info.

John Gielgud, Max von Sydow, Patrick Stewart, and Helen Mirren. Those are just of few of the actors who relished the opportunity to inhabit the role of Prospero, the sorcerer at the center of the stormy Shakespearean drama  The Tempest . Big shoes to fill, no doubt, but the folks at Appomattox’s Wolfbane Productions have never been timid about taking on big roles. They’ll present their interpretation of  The Tempest  this month at their Wolf PAC outdoor performance space (618 Country Club Rd.). Gates open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performance. The production continues through August 31, with performances tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 for premium seating, $25 for general admission, and $20 for students, seniors, and members of the military. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 579-3542.

John Gielgud, Max von Sydow, Patrick Stewart, and Helen Mirren. Those are just of few of the actors who relished the opportunity to inhabit the role of Prospero, the sorcerer at the center of the stormy Shakespearean drama The Tempest. Big shoes to fill, no doubt, but the folks at Appomattox’s Wolfbane Productions have never been timid about taking on big roles. They’ll present their interpretation of The Tempest this month at their Wolf PAC outdoor performance space (618 Country Club Rd.). Gates open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performance. The production continues through August 31, with performances tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 for premium seating, $25 for general admission, and $20 for students, seniors, and members of the military. Click here for more info or call (434) 579-3542.

Some know it as  What You Will , but  Twelfth Night  is the name by which Shakespeare’s comedy of cross dressing, crossed signals, and romantic triangulation has come down through the ages. The local theater company Rogue Productions presents a Shakespeare in the park-style production of  Twelfth Night  at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.) that opens tonight and runs through the end of the month. Performances are at 7 p.m. tonight, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, with additional performances next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Tickets are $15. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnicking are permitted. Click  here  for tickets and info, or call (434) 535-1806.

Some know it as What You Will, but Twelfth Night is the name by which Shakespeare’s comedy of cross dressing, crossed signals, and romantic triangulation has come down through the ages. The local theater company Rogue Productions presents a Shakespeare in the park-style production of Twelfth Night at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.) that opens tonight and runs through the end of the month. Performances are at 7 p.m. tonight, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, with additional performances next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Tickets are $15. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnicking are permitted. Click here for tickets and info, or call (434) 535-1806.

Now in its sixth year, the annual LOCKN’ music festival at Infinity Downs Farm (1500 Diggs Mountain Rd.) gets underway this afternoon with a Deadhead-focused Jerry Dance Party at 3 p.m., followed by Farmville’s Audacity Brass Band, San Francisco’s Midnight North, the LA blues band Andy Frasco & the U.N., the psychedelic Thai-kwondo funk trio Khruangbin, Austin soul slinger Gary Clark Jr., and the Grateful Dead tribute band Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. And that’s just on the main stage. There will be a whole lot more happening over the weekend, including sets by Edie Brickell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Trey Anastasio, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Bob Weir, and Jason Isbell. The ticketing system is complex. You can grab a Thursday ticket for $69 or single day tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for $139. Multi-day passes are $269 and $299. There are also camping packages, parking passes, and, we’re just guessing, a heliport. Click  here  for a complete schedule of performers, tickets, and more info.

Now in its sixth year, the annual LOCKN’ music festival at Infinity Downs Farm (1500 Diggs Mountain Rd.) gets underway this afternoon with a Deadhead-focused Jerry Dance Party at 3 p.m., followed by Farmville’s Audacity Brass Band, San Francisco’s Midnight North, the LA blues band Andy Frasco & the U.N., the psychedelic Thai-kwondo funk trio Khruangbin, Austin soul slinger Gary Clark Jr., and the Grateful Dead tribute band Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. And that’s just on the main stage. There will be a whole lot more happening over the weekend, including sets by Edie Brickell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Trey Anastasio, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Bob Weir, and Jason Isbell. The ticketing system is complex. You can grab a Thursday ticket for $69 or single day tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for $139. Multi-day passes are $269 and $299. There are also camping packages, parking passes, and, we’re just guessing, a heliport. Click here for a complete schedule of performers, tickets, and more info.

It’s day two of the big LOCKN’ fest at Arrington’s Infinity Downs Farm (1500 Diggs Mountain Rd.) and there will indeed be yoga in the forest at 9 a.m. That’s in Garcia’s Forest, of course. The main stage has some big acts this afternoon and evening – Edie Brickell & New Bohemians at 4:15, Old Crow Medicine Show at 6:45, and the Trey Anastasio Band with Derek Trucks at 9:30. But if you’re out at the festival, we’re going to recommend heading over to Garcia’s Forest right after Anastasio and Trucks finish up their set for a late-night jam with Galactic, a New Orleans multi-genre jam band who can do brass band funk just as capably as funked up hip-hop. Single day tickets for today are $139 or you can invest in a three-day pass that’ll have you covered through Sunday for $299. Click  here  for a complete schedule of performers, tickets, and more info.

It’s day two of the big LOCKN’ fest at Arrington’s Infinity Downs Farm (1500 Diggs Mountain Rd.) and there will indeed be yoga in the forest at 9 a.m. That’s in Garcia’s Forest, of course. The main stage has some big acts this afternoon and evening – Edie Brickell & New Bohemians at 4:15, Old Crow Medicine Show at 6:45, and the Trey Anastasio Band with Derek Trucks at 9:30. But if you’re out at the festival, we’re going to recommend heading over to Garcia’s Forest right after Anastasio and Trucks finish up their set for a late-night jam with Galactic, a New Orleans multi-genre jam band who can do brass band funk just as capably as funked up hip-hop. Single day tickets for today are $139 or you can invest in a three-day pass that’ll have you covered through Sunday for $299. Click here for a complete schedule of performers, tickets, and more info.

Maryland resident and  Sharknado 2  alum Biz Markie will be in the house, metaphorically speaking, for the second-to-last Cheers Lynchburg concert event of the season at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) this evening. The rapper, beatboxer, and emcee who’s proud to be known as the Clown Prince of Hip-Hop mostly DJs these days. But he’s also been known to perform his 1989 hit “Just a Friend,” which will be 30 years old on September 29. The local metal cover band That ’80s Show are the openers. Gates open at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 and there are $35 VIP tickets available as well. Click  here  for tickets and more info.

Maryland resident and Sharknado 2 alum Biz Markie will be in the house, metaphorically speaking, for the second-to-last Cheers Lynchburg concert event of the season at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) this evening. The rapper, beatboxer, and emcee who’s proud to be known as the Clown Prince of Hip-Hop mostly DJs these days. But he’s also been known to perform his 1989 hit “Just a Friend,” which will be 30 years old on September 29. The local metal cover band That ’80s Show are the openers. Gates open at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 and there are $35 VIP tickets available as well. Click here for tickets and more info.

The LOCKN’ festival grooves its way into day three out at Arrington’s Infinity Downs Farm (1500 Diggs Mountain Rd.) today. They’ve got morning yoga at 9 a.m. and a big line-up of jam-centric bands, including Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles (2 p.m.), John Popper’s Twiddle (4:30 p.m.), and Soulive (12:30 a.m.). But the big draw today, as far as we’re concerned, is the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Helmed by singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and her husband Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band will get two sets on the festival’s main stage from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Phish’s Trey Anastasio will join them for the second set. Tickets for today only are $139. Click  here  for a complete schedule of performers, tickets, and more info.

The LOCKN’ festival grooves its way into day three out at Arrington’s Infinity Downs Farm (1500 Diggs Mountain Rd.) today. They’ve got morning yoga at 9 a.m. and a big line-up of jam-centric bands, including Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles (2 p.m.), John Popper’s Twiddle (4:30 p.m.), and Soulive (12:30 a.m.). But the big draw today, as far as we’re concerned, is the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Helmed by singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and her husband Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band will get two sets on the festival’s main stage from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Phish’s Trey Anastasio will join them for the second set. Tickets for today only are $139. Click here for a complete schedule of performers, tickets, and more info.

Darkness – the fun kind of darkness – descends upon Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) tonight as the Lynchburg Gothic League present another installment of their “Every Day Is Halloween” goth-rock dance party. As per usual, DJs Undertaker, Death Flower, and Thantos will be spinning all their post-punk, dark-wave, and synth-pop favorites, and “spooky attire is encouraged.” Tonight’s special musical guest is Gothic Lizard, a Richmond-based artist who specializes in tribal-industrial horror music. It’s 21-plus with a $3 cover at the door. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-2877.

Darkness – the fun kind of darkness – descends upon Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) tonight as the Lynchburg Gothic League present another installment of their “Every Day Is Halloween” goth-rock dance party. As per usual, DJs Undertaker, Death Flower, and Thantos will be spinning all their post-punk, dark-wave, and synth-pop favorites, and “spooky attire is encouraged.” Tonight’s special musical guest is Gothic Lizard, a Richmond-based artist who specializes in tribal-industrial horror music. It’s 21-plus with a $3 cover at the door. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-2877.

We made it to the final day of this year’s LOCKN’ festival. The annual jam-band party at Infinity Downs Farm (1500 Diggs Mountain Rd.) comes to a close late this evening with a Jerry Dance Party in the area known as Garcia’s Forest. But first, there will be plenty of live music. On the main stage, Taj Mahal’s daughter Deva Mahal will offer her version of the blues at 1:30 p.m., reggae veterans Steel Pulse will do their thing at 4:15, and the Dead’s Bob Weir will lead his band through two sets starting at 9:15. That’s all good. But we’re particularly keen on Jason Isbell, an Alabama native and former member of Drive-By Truckers who now leads his own band, the 400 Unit. Isbell’s a gifted singer-songwriter, and the 400 Unit, which often features Isbell’s wife Amanda Shires on fiddle, can rock, swing, and roll. Their set is scheduled to get underway at 7:45 p.m. on the main stage. Tickets for today only are $139. Click  here  for a complete schedule of performers, tickets, and more info.

We made it to the final day of this year’s LOCKN’ festival. The annual jam-band party at Infinity Downs Farm (1500 Diggs Mountain Rd.) comes to a close late this evening with a Jerry Dance Party in the area known as Garcia’s Forest. But first, there will be plenty of live music. On the main stage, Taj Mahal’s daughter Deva Mahal will offer her version of the blues at 1:30 p.m., reggae veterans Steel Pulse will do their thing at 4:15, and the Dead’s Bob Weir will lead his band through two sets starting at 9:15. That’s all good. But we’re particularly keen on Jason Isbell, an Alabama native and former member of Drive-By Truckers who now leads his own band, the 400 Unit. Isbell’s a gifted singer-songwriter, and the 400 Unit, which often features Isbell’s wife Amanda Shires on fiddle, can rock, swing, and roll. Their set is scheduled to get underway at 7:45 p.m. on the main stage. Tickets for today only are $139. Click here for a complete schedule of performers, tickets, and more info.

So, the sixth season of ABC’s  Bachelor in Paradise  is underway and entering its fourth week, which is actually is third-to-last week. There have been many high and lows for this season’s seasoned cast of veteran reality-show daters, including Blake juggling two exes, Demi wrestling with the reality of having a girlfriend back home, and, well, a whole lot of crying. The mischievous melodrama and public displays of private affections and idiocy continues tonight at 8 p.m. As this is not a show to be watched alone, we recommend the  Bachelor in Paradise  watch party at the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.). Click  here  for more info or call (434) 333-4681.

So, the sixth season of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise is underway and entering its fourth week, which is actually is third-to-last week. There have been many high and lows for this season’s seasoned cast of veteran reality-show daters, including Blake juggling two exes, Demi wrestling with the reality of having a girlfriend back home, and, well, a whole lot of crying. The mischievous melodrama and public displays of private affections and idiocy continues tonight at 8 p.m. As this is not a show to be watched alone, we recommend the Bachelor in Paradise watch party at the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.). Click here for more info or call (434) 333-4681.

The Cleveland Indians are holding steady as genuine contenders for an American League wild card spot in the pennant race, and they’re just a couple games back from the Twins in the AL Central. Sadly, the Indians’ single-A, minor league affiliate here in Lynchburg aren’t doing quite as well. Last time we checked, the Hillcats were 13-plus games out of first place in the Carolina League Northern division, and one game behind the second place Potomac Nationals. And there is only a week left in the season, which ends on September 2. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun cheering them on as they go up against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on a “Kids Eat Free” Tuesday. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. at Lynchburg City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.). Tickets run from $8-$14. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 528-1144.

The Cleveland Indians are holding steady as genuine contenders for an American League wild card spot in the pennant race, and they’re just a couple games back from the Twins in the AL Central. Sadly, the Indians’ single-A, minor league affiliate here in Lynchburg aren’t doing quite as well. Last time we checked, the Hillcats were 13-plus games out of first place in the Carolina League Northern division, and one game behind the second place Potomac Nationals. And there is only a week left in the season, which ends on September 2. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun cheering them on as they go up against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on a “Kids Eat Free” Tuesday. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. at Lynchburg City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.). Tickets run from $8-$14. Click here for more info or call (434) 528-1144.

In 2002, Francisco Beckmann of the José Cuervo Beckmanns left the family business to found his own tequila company. His Tierra de Agaves company grows blue agave on a single estate in Jalisco and uses the harvest to distill Lunazul tequila, which comes in five basic forms –  blanco ,  reposado ,  añejo ,  primero , and  el humoso . If you’re not familiar with those designations, think of this evening’s “Steal the Shot Glass” event at El Jéfe (1214 Commerce St.) as a learning opportunity. They’ll have Lunazul flights and you’ll get to keep one of the glasses. The event runs from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 333-4317.

In 2002, Francisco Beckmann of the José Cuervo Beckmanns left the family business to found his own tequila company. His Tierra de Agaves company grows blue agave on a single estate in Jalisco and uses the harvest to distill Lunazul tequila, which comes in five basic forms – blanco, reposado, añejo, primero, and el humoso. If you’re not familiar with those designations, think of this evening’s “Steal the Shot Glass” event at El Jéfe (1214 Commerce St.) as a learning opportunity. They’ll have Lunazul flights and you’ll get to keep one of the glasses. The event runs from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 333-4317.