Groova Scape brings a fresh, powerful vibe to their bluesy shows, which are always packed with fun and surprises. World-class vocalist Brittany Sparks and veteran guitarist Henry Lazenby front this five-piece known for its startlingly good original tunes. Groova Scape has a super solid foundation provided by the spot on and exhilarating drumming of Matt Leonard and tight funky bass grooves provided by Scott Sutton. Ben Hite tops it all off with fresh Jazzy keyboard lines and vocals.
When Sparks turns loose those pipes, audiences sit up and take notice, then howl for more.
“Those guys have written some truly great songs,” says longtime promoter and music scene guru Gary Jackson. All of it adds up to a festival-tested band that is ready to move to the next level after six years and hundreds of shows worth of seasoning on the stages of Virginia, the Carolinas, Maryland and West Virginia.
The products of that experience are blues/rock arrangements that conjure up all sorts of jazzy, funky surprises. Groova simply knows how to find the groove every single night, and they'll do it without assaulting your ears or insulting your intelligence.
In recent years, Groova has opened for top acts such as Dave Matthews’ sideman Tim Reynolds and TR3 (twice), for Zach Deputy; for EOTO; for RAQ, for Thievery Corporation, for Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, for the Bridge, for U-Melt, for Basshound and numerous others.
Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Groova Scape has drawn a strong international following over the internet with especially heavy regular listenership in California, Texas, and North Carolina, plus the United Kingdom and France. The band has made numerous appearances on regional television and traveled to make appearances in the prestigious Crozet Music Festival in Charlottesville, Culturefest and Pink Moon festivals in West Virginia, and the Day-Glo Music Festival in North Carolina, among others.
Music Road Co.
Join Music Road Co., a cooperative of common creative companions conspiring to command your cognitive locomotion.
This crew digs through a wide and deep catalog of tunes and musical traditions to get you groovin’ and your hip bones movin’!! Where does Music Road Co find its inspiration? And why does it connect so perfectly with audiences of all ages and backgrounds? The answer might lie in their widespread roots. Coming from such diverse places as South Africa, Ecuador, Key West, Maryland and Virginia, the band brings many cultural influences together to produce music without boundaries.
Moving fluidly from funk to reggae, rock to afrobeat, their sound bounces from blues and soul to island dance and back again, bound together by one common ideal: Music should feel good and spread positive vibes. They get on stage to lift themselves up to a higher frequency and they won’t stop until they bring the entire audience with them!
Smokestack Lightning & Little Roger
Smokestack Lightnin' Blues Band is a veteran outfit fronted by the famed Little Roger Crowder and bassist Marcus Morris. The band plays a host of traditional blues as well as modern numbers. It features the expert blues harp play of Harry "Buster" Sink and the slide guitar work of Jeff "Sunshine" Criner.
The band takes special delight in interpreting the work of blues greats Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Hound Dog Taylor, Elmore James, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson II, BB King, Billy Boy Arnold & others.
Mel Melton & Wicked Mojos
This Zydeco-flavored blues band from Durham brings its mojo to Blue 5 for a special show. Melton's trademark zydeco style of harp playing has been influenced from his past in music rich cities as Lafayette (Louisiana), Austin, and Chicago. Melton has played with the great slide guitar legend Sonny Landreth and opened for stars such as Ray Charles, BB King, Dr John, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Come down to Blue 5 to experience a show that will make you feel like you are at a big party in the Louisiana bayou....
Barefoot West is a quintet of musicians that comes from different musical backgrounds and influences to form their own catchy, unique, tight, and smooth sound. A combination of good songwriting, warm tasteful grooves, tight playing, strong soulful vocals, and southern charm are just a few things that make Barefoot West a favorite among music fans in Southwest Virginia. This group of musicians make you feel so welcome at their shows that you feel like you're part of the family. Barefoot West has been voted "Best Local Band - Platinum" in the Smith Mountain Laker Magazine's "Best of SML Awards" for seven consecutive years. They were also filmed in the movie "Lake Effects", which included six of their original songs. Barefoot West is equal parts Americana, Blues, Reggae, Rock, and Soul.
The Meskos Electric Revue
The Meskos Electric Revue featuring Matt Powell
Brian Mesko has been a professional musician for 18 years, having performed with many groups around the world in such cities as Nashville, Los Angeles, and Istanbul. Raised in a musical family in Little Rock, AR, he formally studied guitar from ages 10 - 18, while simultaneously developing the drums, bass guitar and piano. After completing his Bachelor's Degree in Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University, Brian honed his skills performing with high-caliber jazz musicians in Nashville, including organist Moe Denham. As Denham's guitarist, he performed with Les McCann in 2004 in Nashville, TN, and has also performed with jazz legends Dr. Lonnie Smith, Tony Monaco, John Jorgenson, Jeff Coffin, and with blues great Bob Margolin. Mesko currently plays with The Root Downs, Green Earrings, Funk 45, Liz Barnes, The Nicholson Brothers, and BC's Big Rhythm Sound.
Melissa Mesko is a mover and a shaker with a voice that draws from many styles including blues, folk, rock and jazz. Raised in Midlothian, VA, she moved and traveled around the country until 2004, when she met Brian Mesko in Nashville and began collaborating with him musically. Melissa has performed ever since with Brian, as a duo and as a member of such groups as The Sweetbush Revival, The Nicholson Brothers, Funk45, and Downtown Conspiracy.
Valentine's Day: Jeff Todd Trio
Local jazz guitar heavyweight, Jeff Todd brings the Trio for a Valentines evening you wont want to miss!
Jeff was the guitarist for the Lafayette College Jazz Band and has studied with Grammy-winning guitarist, Harry Leahey (Phil Woods Quintet), Jimmy Bruno, Pat Martino, Royce Campbell, and Steve Herberman. Jeff performs with several groups throughout Southwest Virginia. Come spend Valentines evening with us for an unforgettable evening with the Jeff Todd Trio!
Melissa and The Growlers
Melissa and The Growlers bring their favorite Funk, Blues, and Soul tunes from Candi Staton, Susan Tedeschi, Curtis Mayfield, and many others for a return to Blue 5!
Melissa Mesko plays with numerous regional acts, including Green Earrings, Downtown Conspiracy, Funk 45, and several acoustic groups. While living in Oxford, MS, Melissa was a founding member of an Oxford favorite, The Sweetbush Revival, honored in 2004 to have an original song featured on the Beanland: Rising from the Riverbed DVD, which documents the rise of Beanland (the band that spawned Widespread Panic).
Guitarist, Brian Mesko, has played with music legends Les McCann, Tony Monaco, Dr. Lonnie Smith, John Jorgensen and Jeff Coffin. He also worked with Roland Gresham, The Tao Jones, Sam Brooker, Greg Bryant, Chris West, Moe Denham, Nioshi Jackson and Charles Treadway. After moving to central Virginia in 2005, he began playing with Robert Jospe, John D'earth, Bobby Read, Charles Owens, Lew Taylor, The Rootdowns, The Nicholson Brothers, Funk45, Liz Barnes, Ray Caddell and recently Wayne Newton. He has also shared the stage with blues legend Bob Margolin, and with DJ Williams Projekt several times.
The Growlers also features Wyatt Allen on bass, and Ben Hite on keys.
Terry Brown Ascension Project
Terry Brown is a singer/entertainer that comes to the Roanoke Valley area from Wilmington, DE. Terry studied voice at Delaware State University and musical theater at the University of Delaware. He is currently the lead singer for “The Kings Band,” a featured singer with “Touch of Class Band” and the male lead vocalist for the “Sway Katz Big Band.” He is a student of various genre of music and has shared the stage with some of the finest musicians in the Valley and beyond.
The music is an eclectic blend of Jazz, Blues, and R&B. The feel is a combination of nostalgic Vegas and that of a modern Jazz Festival.
Terry will be joined by Brian Mesko on guitar, Jonah Kane-West on keys, and Jason Hoffheins on drums.
Harper and Midwest Kind
Harper is back in Roanoke on his current tour of the US for another night of hard hitting rock. Part harmonica wizard & part rhythmic explorer, this Australian recording artist is a fiery artist who blurs the lines between rock, blues, soul and world music. Undoubtedly one of the best live shows you will see this year.
Jstop Latin Soul
Fiery Latin Grooves & Cool Jazz with Jstop Latin Soul! Enjoy great food, great friends, and you just might find yourself dancing the night away!
Featuring: Joel Stopka on Trombone, Brian Mesko on Bass, Lenny Marcus on Piano, Vladimir Espinosa on Percussion, and Jason Hoffheins on Drums
Blue 5 Weekend Reservations:
On nights we offer music, Blue 5 offers two seatings for our guests:
1) An early seating for guests who do NOT wish to stay for the live entertainment.
2) A late seating for guests who want the option to stay for the live entertainment.
PLEASE NOTE: Early seating reservations have a 2-hour allotment before the seating
following their reservation, which allows plenty of time to enjoy dinner with us.