Rootstone Jug Band
|Saturday 10/01/2016 |
|Around a single microphone the group summons rich strains of American roots music. This is not Roots Music with a modern twist, or a dash of punk added; It's a full tilt primitive revival that conjures the sounds of Memphis' great jug bands and songsters, Mississippi's Blues and Fiddle masters, and the Blues greats and superb string bands of the Carolina Piedmont.|
Around one mic, they sing the songs with their regional accents, and use a rotating arsenal of guitars, banjos, fiddle, upright bass, washboard, jug, harmonica and more to make a glorious ruckus, in full harmony with the ghosts of 400 years of American Roots Music.
|Saturday 10/08/2016 |
|Inventive singer/songwriter/ guitarist / voice-instrumentalist and former subway musician, Lipbone Redding revs up the party and creates original songs that effervesce with New Orleans swing, Memphis grooves and New York City style. Known for his ability to use his vocal to sound exactly like a trombone, it’s hard to tell the difference -- unless you witness the phenomenon live. Lipbone and his two-man orchestra make for a show greased with uncanny riffs of vocal trumpeting, booming mouth percussion, hilarious side moments and esoteric lyrics.|
Lenny Marcus Quartet
|Saturday 10/15/2016 |
|Lenny Marcus hails from Washington, D.C., beginning his jazz career studying with Ray Bryant, then moving to New Orleans where he worked for many years, studying with legends Ellis Marsalis & Alvin Batiste. He then went on to record with a host of stellar jazz artists, including David “Fathead” Newman, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Lou Donaldson, Frank Foster, Sonny Fortune, Brian Lynch, Jane Powell and many others. His band is a well schooled jazz group. “Their jazz is infectious!,” Jazz Times magazine.|
Lenny has recorded 22 albums as leader to date, performed in several international jazz festivals, three New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals, and has had his music featured on radio and TV, including song placements on CNN’s Hero’s series, the National Weather Channel (many songs over several years), NPR’s ALL that Jazz and ALL Songs Considered. Two of his songs were finalists in the ISC international song writer’s competition, and he’s received rave reviews for “The Jazz Of Beethoven” from both JAZZ TIMES and CADENCE magazines. His album, SUN RAY- A Tribute To Ray Bryant, is a heartfelt homage to his first piano teacher and family friend. SUN RAY has been rated among the top jazz albums on the National Jazz Charts for radio airplay in the USA/Canada, reaching #4 on the charts in June 2012, and being listed by JAZZ TIMES Magazine contributor Owen Cordle as #9 in the TOP 50 Jazz albums of 2012. The music of SUN RAY- A Tribute To Ray Bryant, and THE JAZZ OF BEETHOVEN were showcased at Blues Alley in DC in January 2013 and “brought the house down!” His latest albums, TONK and PEACE FOR BEETHOVEN – A Jazz Of Beethoven Companion, were both released in April 2013 sparking another Fall Tour in 2013. The trio played their innovative jazz arrangements of Beethoven Masterpieces up and down the East Coast, then they were invited back to Blues Alley to feature “TONK,” gathering more fans and receiving standing ovations.
Lenny’s music goes from modern high energy to a more contemplative, meditative approach.
Lenny is a highly trained jazz pianist who also plays flute and adds vocals. His compositions are refreshing and uplifting, and he has been compared to Vince Guaraldi, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Mose Allison-type vocal style, Ray Bryant, and many others. His original melodies and harmonic counterpoints have also been used for film/TV soundtracks.
Ministers of Soul
|Saturday 10/22/2016 |
|Hoppie Vaughan leads The Ministers of Soul through some great tunes. Original tunes + Al Green, Bill Withers, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield & Much Much More!! You will thoroughly enjoy this show - Guaranteed!!!|
Bobby Thompson & Revelator Hill
|Saturday 11/05/2016 |
|Based out of Washington DC, Bobby Thompson is a renowned, fresh, and energetic blues singer-songwriter. He takes his inspiration not just from his guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix and Albert King, but also from the writing standards of artists like The Beatles, Dylan, and many more. |
Bobby has shared the stage with some notable groups and musicians including: Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Indigenous, Bobby Parker, Junior Marvin and Elan (The Wailers), Erica Newell (The Melody Makers); Corey Harris, and opened for Gary Clark Jr., Robert Randolph, Chris Thomas King, Gibb Droll, The Greyboy Allstars, Eric Lindell, Duywayne Burnside and others. In 2012, he toured the US with 930Records artist Justin Jones, highlighted with performances at Austin City Limits Festival and Floyd Fest in Southwest Virginia. In the summer of 2014, he appeared at the Tremblant International Blues Festival in Tremblant, Quebec, along with other artists like Doyle Bramhall II. He wrote 8 of the nine songs on the new Blueheart Revival blues-rock album 'Stone Feathers', which Roots Music Report claimed to have "strong ... soulful vocals and cut-above-the-norm originals."
Erin & The Wildfire
|Saturday 11/12/2016 |
|Rock, blues, folk, and soul had a baby and they named it Erin. She collected three of her most talented friends in 2012 and dubbed them The Wildfire, in reference to the fiery quality of their groove. Erin & The Wildfire is comprised of Erin Lunsford (vocals, acoustic guitar), Ryan Lipps (guitar), Matt Wood (bass), and Nick Quillen (drums). Erin is an award winning vocalist (1st place Winner of Charlottesville’s Paramount Idol 2013) and an award winning songwriter (1st place Winner in the 11th Annual Rapunzel’s Songwriting Contest) with the song “Best I’ve Ever Been.” This past summer, the band won the Rockn' to Lockn' competition and had the honor of playing on the final day of the 2014 Lockn' festival alongside Soja, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Willie Nelson, Wilco, Widespread Panic, and The Allman Brothers. Erin & The Wildfire was also featured in this year's CMJ Conference, The Festy Experience, and The Circus Life Festival. |
Erin & The Wildfire has been described as a “local treasure” and their presence continues to grow throughout Central Virginia and up and down the east coast. In 2013, Erin & the Wildfire released their debut self-titled EP, which features poignant lyrics, dynamic energy, and sultry melodies. The EP track, “Best I’ve Ever Been” was also chosen as one of the best new songs of 2013 by WNRN Radio’s LocalMotive broadcast. This November, the band will be releasing three new tracks on the Blame the Rain Single, and will subsequently tour the northeast. The combination of Lunsford’s soulful and striking vocals with the Wildfire’s feverish intensity will start a flame in the heart of any listener.
Don't miss Erin & The Wildfire's triumphant return to Blue 5!