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 and Funk45. She also currently sings and plays acoustic guitar with the Staunton-based modern rock group Downtown Conspiracy.
Low Low Chariot
Singer-songwriter JD Sutphin toured for years with his rock outfit, Madrone, gaining thousands of fans and even radio support. But even with their success, his maternal grandmother told him repeatedly “Country music is gonna find you.” And one fateful Christmas it did, in a decades old stack of songs unearthed by his family, written by his own grandfather who died on July 4th, 1974, before he could record them.
JD’s grandfather, Jim Freeman, an incredibly accomplished country musician in his own right, toured with bluegrass greats Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe. JD learned these once forgotten songs. He discovered a storytelling style of music that engulfed him to the point of making a pilgrimage to Nashville. He stood in front of the Ryman with tears and saw a path he needed to take. JD began to write his own songs on his grandfather’s prized Martin guitar. Within the first week he had ten songs unlike anything he had ever written. It was honest. It was simple. It was country.
He formed a band with seasoned players and named it Low Low Chariot, after his grandfather’s single “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”. Now performing live, releasing their first recordings and gaining die-hard fans daily; the Low Low Chariot is ready to continue their story and honor that fate and family that created them.
The Nicholson Brothers
Deeply rooted in the blues, The Nicholson Brothers Band also pulls from R&B, Rock and Jazz. Growing up in the mountains of Virginia, brothers Mark and Steve Nicholson began playing music together in 1995. Mark’s guitar style is heavily influenced by the three Kings of Blues (Albert, Freddie, and B.B), and his vocals are reminiscent of Bobby Womack and Gregg Allman.
Austin, Texas resident Matt Powell was born and raised in Rocky Mount, Virginia. Although considered a Texas artist for having lived in the “Live Music Capital of the World” for nearly twenty years, the forty-three year old lefty still considers Franklin County, Virginia home. Well versed in many styles of music, over the years Matt has recorded and self-produced eight full-length, stylistically diverse albums entirely on his own. A talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who plays almost everything on all of his records, he has led many versions of his own groups playing just about every place one can or could in Austin as well as all over Texas, out to California, up to Chicago, and back. Over the years and his time spent on the roads of this nation, Matt has created a blend of blues, country, rock, folk, pop, soul, and bluegrass that is entirely his own. As an accomplished guitar player Matt has also worked backing some of the biggest touring acts out of the Lone Star State. As a gifted writer he has had several of his songs recorded by mainstream and up-and-coming artists, as well as had them placed in movies, tv shows, and even a video game! Matt has opened for or performed with a list of Americana artists a country mile long and always stands tall with the best. These days, typically armed with his songs, his voice, and a guitar, Matt Powell live is a sure treat to anyone who understands and respects the art and craft of a seasoned, hardworking musician and tunesmith.
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.