Come get your mojo workin' with The Mojo Parker 3!
Featuring: Mojo Parker on guitar and vocals, Brian Mesko on 7-string hybrid guitar, and Jason Hoffheins on drums.
Mad Iguanas are a rock and roll band in the tradition of such icons as the Grateful Dead and Widespread Panic. The band has an ever expanding repertoire of both original music and cover material, keeping their live show fresh and exciting.
The core of the band, the Burton brothers, Foster (vocals/guitar) and Daniel (bass/vocals) formed Mad Iguanas in 2009 with Charlie Wimmer on drums. The addition of Mark Nicholson (lead guitar) has spurred a further evolution of the Iguanas sound melodically. His unique approach the guitar takes the band to another level with his crunchy improvisational skills.
Mad Iguanas effectively fuse a heavy grooving back-beat with fluid improvisation, creating a uniquely diverse live experience sure to move your body and soul.
McFadden & Friends
McFadden & Friends is the coming together of over 150 years of combined local, regional, national, and international musical experience. All members of the group are native residents of the New River and Roanoke valleys of Virginia. They offer an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, R&B, and pop music entertainment for your listening enjoyment. McFadden & Friends pride themselves in delivering a quality experience suitable for audiences of all ages and musical interests.
Roscoe McFadden: Keyboards, Harmonica and Vocals
Jimmy Dickason: Bass Guitar
Kelly Gravely: Drums
Glen Holmes : Keyboards
Davel Burch: Saxophone
Good Rockin' Sam
Good Rocking Sam is a blues/r & b/roots outfit out of Durham, NC, home of the Piedmont Blues. GRS is big into the blues, but doesn’t really call itself a blues band, they just take it all in and try to put something original back out…blues, Memphis soul, Motown, New Orleans, some old funk mixed up and served out to the world.
Woolly & the Wingnutz Blues Revue
Eclectic singer/songwriter sings & plays a variety of genres—blues, reggae, Appalachian, and jazz—in his own unique style, aided by talented local artists
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....
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.
Thomas & Allen
Little Rodger and the Cheap Thrills
Little Rodger and the Cheap Thrills bring their unique and powerful approach to many blues styles including West Coast Swing, Chicago and Mississippi Delta Blues. Get out of the cold and into some great blues and beers.
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.
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.