In our world of sugar-sweet, mass produced, auto-tuned, musical McProduct, can soul still exist within the pop realm? Ask Jordan Harman. Somehow he has managed just that. He creates music that speaks something while retaining a great pop sensibility; something increasingly rare today. His laid back grooves will pull you in and, before you know it, you're dancing to the music and singing along.
With influences such as Bill Withers, Donnie Hathaway, D'Angelo, James Brown, The Meters, Otis Redding, and The Roots, there are many different elements to his unique brand of soul.
Randy Johnston 3
Randy Johnston is one of the most widely recorded and prolific guitarists of his genereation. He has released 12 albums as a leader for the Muse, Highnote, J Curve, Mel Bay, and Random Act labels and has appeared on dozens of recordings with other top recording artists.
In addition to his recording carreer, Randy has toured and played with some of the most aclaimed names in jazz, including Lionel Hampton, Houston Person and Etta Jones, Lonnie Smith, and has played for 17 years as a regular member of the Lou Donaldson Quartet. He has traveled the world concertizing, both as a bandleader and side musician, performing at the top clubs and festivals all over the United States, Europe, Japan, Thailand, and South America.
Already recognized the world over for his guitaristic prowess, Randy's live performances and last two recordings feature him as a vocalist as well, singing his original songs as well as standards and blues standards. His vocals have been favorably compared to those of Ray Charles, and the combination of instrumental and vocal performances make for an extremely varied and entertaining live set. Both his vocal and substantial catalogue of instrumental compositions enjoy frequent airplay, both in the traditional and internet radio formats.
Randy has also taught music at New York University, the Hartt School of Music in Hartford Connecticut, the University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida, and several other major American universities of note, in addition to conducting master classes in such diverse locations as Wales UK and Helsinki Finland.
Hoppie New Year's Eve 2020
Join Us for a Hoppie New Year's Eve!
$20 Cover Charge for general admission at the door.
$30 Cover Charge for bandview table reservations.
Couple discounts available for table reservations.
Rhythm, blues, and soul performer, Hoppie Vaughan has been igniting and expanding the live music scene in Roanoke, Virginia since 1996. As a full-time singer, songwriter, guitar player, bass player, and entertainer, Hoppie and his impressive group, the Ministers of Soul have been the steady the house band on Wednesday nights. They deliver an electrifying show you won't want to miss as we usher in a new year!
Table reservations are limited, so call (540) 904-5338 for your reservation today!
"Faithfully carrying on the traditions of Elizabeth Cotton and Malvina Reynolds, (with a dose of Bessie Smith, for good measure) Elizabeth Wise is a vital link who connects us to this fast fading golden era, and breathes new life into it. Hailing from Memphis, TN, Elizabeth is a young folk and blues guitarist/singer/songwriter, a fresh face who may have been born 75 years too late."
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!
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
Dropping Julia is a pop-rock band out of Charlottesville, Virginia, formed around the original songs of front-woman Emily Kresky. Hailing from Northern NJ, Emily began writing songs and picked up the guitar at age 19, which she carried all over the U.S. and across the pond, cutting her teeth in pubs, bars, restaurants and street performances.
With the addition of bassist Niko Cvetanovich, drummer Sean Bracken and lead guitarist Alex Bragg, her songs took on a new personality. With lively elements of rockabilly, pop, rock, funk and R&B layered over songs rooted in folk, Dropping Julia participates in the lush tapestry of American Roots music adding their own eclectic spin that is both uniquely modern and longingly retro. Their compelling performances, infused with authenticity and soul, richly combine a steadfast rhythm section, hauntingly alluring lyrics reminiscent of a dimly lit barroom, and whimsical yet sultry vocals, Radiating with dedicated musicianship, entertaining camaraderie, and genuine friendship, Dropping Julia sparkles with Jersey sass and Virginia charm. Their onstage chemistry has a magnetic effect, drawing fans and newcomers alike to join in on the the celebration.
In only one year together the band has recorded and released their debut full length album, “Wake Up”, while tirelessly traveling the east coast, charming audiences in their hometown and beyond on stages including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall, Charlottesville’s Fridays After Five, NorFOLK Festival, Misty Mountain Music Festival, Rawk Fest and TomTom Founders Festival. Radiating with dedicated musicianship and genuine friendship, Dropping Julia’s onstage chemistry has a magnetic effect, drawing fans and newcomers alike to join in on the the celebration.
Members include Emily Julia Kresky (guitar, vocals), Niko Cvetanovich (bass) and Sean Bracken (drums), Alex Bragg (guitar) and Jonathan Lingerfelt (fiddle).
Terry Brown AP w/ Jayna Brown
Terry Brown is a soulful singer who comes to the Roanoke Valley from Wilmington, DE. Terry studied voice at Delaware State University and musical theater at the University of Delaware. Although he studied classical voice in college, he grew up singing R&B, Jazz, Show and Choral music. Terry has had the privilege to perform with some of the finest musicians in the Roanoke Valley area and beyond. He is the former male lead singer for the Sway Katz Big Band, and is the current lead singer for The Kings Band. He is also the co-founder and lead singer of The Fire Band and The Ascension Project, both bands being an eclectic mix of Jazz, Blues, R&B, & Classic Rock with variation.
Jazz/Blues guitarist Brian Mesko currently teaches guitar at the University of Lynchburg and resides in Roanoke, VA where he leads or plays regularly with many groups. After studying jazz theory at a local University during high school, Brian earned a degree in Recording/Music Industry from Middle Tennessee State University. While living and playing in Nashville with many groups, he was able to share the stage with such jazz legends as Les McCann, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Tony Monaco, John Jorgenson and Jeff Coffin. Since moving to VA in 2005 he has played with several big names in blues (including two of Muddy Waters' sons), and performed with the finest musicians in the state, including current Yellowjackets bassist Dane Alderson, former Dave Matthews keyboardist Butch Taylor, and former Elvin Jones' saxophonist Ken Hitchcock.
More info at www.brianmesko.com
Jason Hoffheins is a Central Pennsylvania bred musician, currently in Roanoke, VA by way of Nashville, TN. He has played in some of the most venerable studios and music venues in the country, performed music ranging from jazz to Americana to alt rock, and spent countless hours writing, recording, and producing music for other artists. He currently plays with several local groups including JStop Latin Soul and Mojo Parker, and in the past has played CBGBs, The Viper Room, Hershey Park Arena and The Ryman Auditorium.
Jayna Brown, Terry's granddaughter, has been performing since the tender age of four. Since starting her musical journey, she has shared the stage with the likes of Tyler Perry, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Holiday of the original “Dreamgirls”, and grammy-award winning band, Snarky Puppy. To top it off, in 2016 she made it to the semi finals of the hit TV show America’s Got Talent in 2016, receiving the honor of the "golde
Biscuit Miller & The Mix
National Blues Recording Artist & 2012 Blues Music Award Nominee Biscuit Miller brings his high-energy blues, funk and soul act to Blue 5. Miller spent many years as the bassist for the Lonnie Brooks band - touring extenisvely and even performing at President Clintons inauguration. He is currently on tour promoting his latest CD - Blues with a Smile. His showsmanship is legendary - this is a lot of fun that you dont want to miss!
Eclectic singer/songwriter sings & plays a variety of genres—blues, reggae, Appalachian, and jazz—in his own unique style, aided by talented local artists
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.
Virginia Electric is Appalachian Rock 'n' Roll that's good for the soul. Taking influence from Neil Young, Ryan Adams, Dawes, The Rolling Stones, Drive by Truckers, Virginia Electric takes you on a musical journey from old time country tunes, Classic rock (even the deep cuts), Blues, and work in their own originals for the perfect blend of entertainment.
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.