Kyle Forry and Justin Arnett were both born and raised in Franklin County, Virginia. They began playing and writing songs together in high school and have largely shared the same musical journey in the 15 years since. Their music intertwines acoustic roots, Americana, rock, reggae, and soul.
Since Barefoot West began performing in bars, festivals, and venues in Southwest Virginia eight years ago, they haven’t stopped to take a breath. Their numerous public performances and local popularity led to them being voted “Best Local Band” by Laker Magazine every year from 2010 to 2013. They even appeared in Lake Effects, a 2012 film which was shot at nearby Smith Mountain Lake and televised nationally and internationally. Most recently, Kyle and Justin opened for Southern Ground Recording Artist, Levi Lowrey and Zac Brown Band member, Clay Cook on opening night at the Harvester Performance Center in their hometown of Rocky Mount, VA.
Bobby Thompson & Revelator Hill
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."
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Erin & The Wildfire
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!
Lazy Man Dub Band
Local favorite, The Lazy Man Dub Band, has been laying down the jams all across the state and leaving in its wake an exploding fan base. Members include Wayne Shorter on drums, Adam Beason on guitar, Brad Taylor on bass, Justin Pinckney on saxophone, and Matt Leonard on percussion
Lazy Man relentlessly experiments with their sound, by bringing new and different arrangements to the table each night. No two Dub shows will leave you feeling the same. The Lazy Man Dub Band is bringing roots rock reggae to the masses, one party at a time.
These guys have played with Snarky Puppy, Sol Creech, & Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and many many others.
Bryan Elijah Smith
Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts are an Alternative-Americana band based out of Dayton, Virginia tucked away in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Smith's unabashedly genuine songwriting and voice go hand in hand with The Wild Hearts raw energy making this band one worth not only listening to but experiencing live. His compositions and aesthetic as a producer create a unique amalgam of Americana that is peppered with mainstream sensibilities crossing a wide array of genres. With over 700 original songs, 8 independent releases, a solid East Coast touring schedule, notable festival plays (Bristol Rhythm & Roots 13 & 14, FloydFest 10 & 11, The Festy Experience 4 & 5, Jam Cruise 9, 11 & 12, Red Wing Roots Music Festival 1 & 2), a Fall 2013 & January 2015 Australia Tours and having NASA take notice & use 'Pour On Me' for their 2013 'Water Falls' movie trailer; Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts have proven themselves to be studio journeymen and road tested workhorses.
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.