Nov. 1st: Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band

13 Oct


Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band will hit the stage as part of the Live at the Rives concert series on Saturday, Nov. 1st. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Woodall’s Music in Collinsville or the Daily Grind in uptown Martinsville. Tickets can be purchased online HERE.

“His playing style melded the delicate elements of Mississippi John Hurt’s music, the vocal anguish and slash-and-burn acoustic slide styles of Charley Patton and Son House, the rebelliousness and everyman storytelling of folk icon Woody Guthrie, and a hint of Americana rock of the kind performed by Scarecrow era John Mellencamp, also a Southern Indiana native. -Will Romano, BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE


Jonathon Boogie Long set for Oct. 11th

26 Sep

Jonathan Boogie Long coverJonathon Boogie Long & The Blues Experience will make their Martinsville debut on Saturday night, Oct. 11th at the Rives Theatre. Tickets are just $10 each for this show, which is part of the Live at the Rives concert series.

Long is a masterful blues musician – both as a guitar slinger, showman and vocalist – who hails from New Orleans. His band was a fan favorite at Floydfest his summer. This is sure to be a fantastic show that all blues lovers and guitar fans will rave about! Tickets will be available soon from the Daily Grind, Woodall’s Music or online HERE.

Cowan bringing star-studded, 5-piece band!

24 Sep
 Cowan Facebook cover pic              Organizers of Arts at the Rives Theatre (ART) are hoping for a full houseThursday night at the John Cowan, John McFee and Friends concert.
               The band, which features three members of the legendary rock group The Doobie Brothers, is touring in support of “Sixty,” Cowan’s newest solo album. It’s a project that features dozens of special guests, including Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Sam Bush, Huey Lewis and others.
               Cowan will perform Thursday as part of a five-piece band that includes fellow Doobie Brothers McFee (pedal steel guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar) and Ed Toth (drums), as well as Tom Britt (electric guitar) and Rory Hoffman (keys, banjo, harmonica, acoustic guitar).
                “You know, it’s just a five-piece band, but I’ve got three guys who can play four or five different instruments, so it’s almost like a mini-orchestra even though there’s only five musicians,” Cowan said with a chuckle.
               “John (McFee) is a legendary guitarist and producer and session musician. He’s been on everything from Van Morrison records to Grateful Dead records to Elvis Costello records. He still plays with Elvis Costello pretty frequently, and of course he’s a longtime member of the Doobie Brothers,” said Cowan. “Tom Brit is a legendary electric guitarist. He spent 18 years in Vince Gill’s band and before that, he played with Patty Loveless. And then we have a gentleman with us who is kind of our secret weapon. He’s from South Dakota, and his name is Rory Hoffman. Rory’s blind. He plays keyboard, he plays banjo, he plays harmonica. He plays acoustic guitar like Django Reinhardt. He’s great, and I guarantee you that if you come to the show or if you talk to anybody who does, they’re gonna mention Rory.”
               General admission tickets for the concert cost $25 each, and season passes will not be accepted. General admission tickets are available at the Daily Grind coffee shop in uptown Martinsville, as well as Woodall’s Music & Sound in Collinsville. General Admission tickets, as well as VIP tickets, can also be purchased online HERE. Tickets will also be available Thursday at the theatre’s box office.
               Doors to the theatre will open at 7 p.m. and opening musician Maya Burgess will perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cowan’s band will take the stage around 8:15 p.m.Seat selection is first-come, first-served.
John Cowan hi res               A vocalist and bass player, Cowan rose to national prominence in the late 1970s as a member of New Grass Revival, which also featured Bush and Bela Fleck. After New Grass Revival disbanded in 1990, Cowan went on to record a series of critically acclaimed solo albums in addition to laying down guest bass and vocal parts on some 120 recordings for artists including Steve Earle, Fleck, Krauss, and John Prine. He joined the Doobie Brothers about eight years ago.
               “I’ve just made a lot of great friendships over the years with some legendary people, and so when we’re making this record, we started by adding one person to be on something, and then someone else, and then it just kind of snowballed into what it became, which is just kind of a snapshot of my musical history and life,” said Cowan, who recently turned 60 years old.
               In addition to original compositions, “Sixty” covers songs recorded by Marty Robbins, the Flying Burrito Brothers, The Blue Nile, Moby Grape, Charlie Rich and The Fleet Foxes, among others.
               “It’s just great songs and great singing played by a great band. That’s it,” Cowan said of his touring group. “I’m just loving every minute of it.”
               ART is a community nonprofit dedicated to promoting music, arts and education in Martinsville while utilizing the historic Rives Theatre as a space for community events and concerts. For more information, visit

Get your Cowan tickets while they last!

9 Sep

John Cowan hi resTickets for a Sept. 25 concert in Martinsville featuring three members of the Doobie Brothers band are now on sale, and organizers say the show may sell out in advance.
John Cowan, John McFee and Friends will perform Thursday night, Sept. 25, at the Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville. Cowan and McFee play bass and guitar, respectively, in the Doobie Brothers band. They will be joined by Doobie drummer Ed Toth.
The trio is touring in support of Cowan’s latest album, “Sixty,” which was released by Compass Records on Aug. 26. Cowan first gained fame as the lead singer of New Grass Revival, a band that also featured Sam Bush and Bela Fleck, among others. Cowan will be making his second appearance at the Rives Theatre.
“We had John Cowan perform at our season opening concert in 2013, and the audience response was fantastic,” said Dean Johnston, president of the Arts at the Rives(ART) community nonprofit. “Folks have been asking us to have him back ever since, and when the opportunity arose to bring John Cowan to Martinsville along with a couple other members of the Doobie Brothers, it was too good to pass up. There’s a good chance this show will sell out, so we encourage music fans to get their tickets in advance.”
General admission tickets for the concert cost $25 each. VIP tickets, which include a meet and greet with the band plus some food and drink, cost $75. General admission tickets are available at the Daily Grind coffee shop in uptown Martinsville, as well as Woodall’s Music & Sound in Collinsville. They can also be purchased online at
Doors to the theatre will open at 7 p.m. and Cowan’s band will take the stage around 8 p.m.
ART is a community nonprofit dedicated to promoting music, arts and education in Martinsville while utilizing the historic Rives Theatre as a space for community events and concerts. For more information, visit


Tickets now on sale for Sept. 6th & 25th shows

26 Aug

Riff Raff Left Hip comboTickets are now available for the Sept. 6th Cultural Crawl event featuring Left Hip Pocket and Dr. Z & the Riff Raff, as well as the John Cowan, John McFee & Friends concert on Sept. 25th. Online tickets are available at and sold locally at Woodall’s Music and the Daily Grind.

Cultural CrawlThe Cultural Crawl is a community event organized between numerous uptown Martinsville businesses, ranging from restaurants to museums and the Rives! Patrons who purchase $10 Cultural Crawl wristbands will receive discounts at numerous Cultural Crawl locations on Sept. 6th, including a $2 discount at the doors of the Rives. To purchase an online ticket to Left Hip Pocket and Dr. Z & the Riff Raff, click HERE.

All money from Rives Theatre ticket sales for the Sept. 6th event will be donated to local Martinsville musician Camry Harris, whose mother recently passed away. Camry, whose father has also passed, is now working to pay off several debts that he incurred upon his mother’s passing. He is the drummer in Left Hip Pocket and a truly wonderful young man.

John Cowan hi resJohn Cowan, John McFee & Friends will feature three members of the legendary Doobie Brothers band. The band will be touring in support of Cowan’s newest album, “Sixty,” which features a long list of who’s-who guest musicians, including Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Bernie Leadon, Sam Bush, Chris Hillman, Huey Lewis, Bonnie Bramlett, Ray Benson and many more. To purchase an online ticket to John Cowan, John McFee & Friends, click HERE.


Lizzy Ross, Major & the Monbacks play Saturday!

22 Jul

Lizzy Monbacks farm show FlyerJoin us Aug. 23rd for a fantastic co-bill at Shining Star Farm that will feature Lizzy Ross, followed by Major & the Monbacks!

Lizzy has been a Rives Theatre and Rooster Walk favorite for years! Check out all the latest HERE.

Major & the Monbacks are an awesome “rock’n’soul” band from the Norfolk area, and they stole the show Thursday night at Rooster Walk 6! Learn more about this full-sized rock band (complete with horn section!) HERE.

This outdoor show is always the best party of the summer in Martinsville/Henry County. Shining Star Farm is located at 3838 Barrows Mill Road in Martinsville. Please feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Outside alcohol is not permitted.

Buy your tickets today and SAVE money. Just click HERE for online tickets. To learn more about group-ticket-sales options, email Tickets are available at Woodall’s Music and the Daily Grind.



Sweet Crude plays tonight!!

16 Jun

Sweet Crude poster copy (2)

In order to attend, you must RSVP with Dean Johnston by calling 276-732-2836. The $25 ticket fee includes dinner and drinks, plus the show! (RSVP is required to get an accurate head count for the dinner caterer). Thanks!



Maria in the Shower plays on May 2nd!

23 Apr


Piedmont Arts presents Maria in the Shower‘s high-energy amalgamation of music and theatre live at the historic Rives Theatre!

Part vaudeville show, part cabaret, part punk and part folk, Maria in the Shower is a deceptive name for a musical collaboration that seeks to defy description. 

Born in Vancouver in 2005, the band has been a fixture of the city’s underground music scene for a number of years, exploring the fringe of music and theatre. The four-piece act, consisting of Jack Garton, Martin Reisle, Brendon Hartley and Todd Biffard, is like a minstrel show that blends influences from gypsy jazz, rockabilly, swing and more into a creative and unpredictable sound.

All tickets cost $15 each. They can be purchased by clicking HERE.

Lee Boys to play the Rives on April 11th

28 Mar

The Lee Boys are considered one of America’s finest African-American sacred steel ensembles. This family group (guitar, two vocals, pedal-steel guitar, bass and drums) consists of three brothers and their three nephews, and they will rock the Rives on Friday night, April 11th!

This show is part of the Live at the Rives concert series, meaning season passes will be accepted. Tickets $8 in advance from Woodall’s Music and the Daily Grind, or $10 at the door on show night.

Sacred steel music is a unique form of Gospel music with a hard-driving, blues-based beat. The musical genre is rooted in Gospel, but infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country. The band will be making its Martinsville debut and is also scheduled to perform at Rooster Walk 6 this spring.

Jon Stickley Trio to bring “jazzgrass” to the Rives tonight

5 Mar


Despite the snow, fans of both jazz and bluegrass should be in for a treat tonight when the Jon Stickley Trio (JS3) performs as part of the Live at the Rives concert series.

In a recent album review, a writer for Bold Life Magazine noted that JS3’s “arrangements are superb and fresh, and give someone like Bela Fleck a real run for his money.”

The trio, which features Stickley on guitar, Lyndsay Pruett on fiddle and Patrick Armitage on drums, exhibits world-class musicianship while offering a unique mix of bluegrass, jazz and jamband styles.

Based in Asheville, N.C., JS3 has been on a steady climb in popularity since forming less than three years ago. They are coming off a two-week run through Colorado that featured roughly a dozen shows in 10 cities, and they’re preparing for their first ever Merlefest appearance this April. In the past 13 months, the band has performed at Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Mountain Song at Sea festival cruise and Suwannee (Fla.) Springfest, among others. In the same span, they’ve also opened for Leftover Salmon, the Infamous Stringdusters and rock hall of famer Leon Russell.

“There aren’t a lot of vocals with the Jon Stickley Trio, but the musicianship is off the charts,” said ART President Dean Johnston. “If you liked past Rives shows such as Stephane Wrembel or cello player Dave Eggar, you will really enjoy this show. It’s part bluegrass, part jazz, part rock.”

Stickley grew up in Durham, N.C., performing in youth choirs as a youngster before learning the drums and playing in punk rock bands. In high school, he discovered bluegrass and soon became enamored by Tony Rice’s guitar playing.

He spent the next decade or so developing a flat-picking style and speed that rivals that of Rice, performing in bands such as Town Mountain, the Shannon Whitworth Band and the Biscuit Burners.

Tickets sold tonight at the doors of the theatre will cost $10 each.

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