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.

For more information, visit http://www.jonstickley.com.

The Nighthawks set to bring blues, rock to the Rives this Friday

14 Feb


The Nighthawks, a legendary Washington, D.C.-based blues and roots rock band that has been touring for more than 40 years, will perform at the Rives Theatre this Friday night in uptown Martinsville.

The show is part of the Live at the Rives concert series, meaning season passes will be accepted. Advance tickets are available for $8 each from Woodall’s Music & Sound or The Daily Grind in uptown Martinsville. Tickets will also be sold for $10 each at the doors of the theatre, and the band will start playing around 9 p.m. Online tickets can be purchased HERE.

After forming in 1972, The Nighthawks’ lineup stabilized in 1974 with Mark Wenner (vocals and harmonica), Jimmy Thackery (lead guitar), Jan Zukowski (bass guitar), and Pete Ragusa (drums). They quickly evolved into a group that toured constantly up and down the East Coast. The band’s popularity led to countless opening gigs for Muddy Waters, James Cotton and Carl Perkins concerts, among others. The Nighthawks also backed up and recorded with John Hammond and Pinetop Perkins, according  to their website.

“Over the past four years, we’ve had a lot of great bands perform at the Rives Theatre, and many of them have been up-and-coming stars in the music world,” said Dean Johnston, president of Arts at the Rives Theatre (ART). “It’s truly a pleasure to host a group like The Nighthawks, who have literally toured the globe and played with a who’s-who of famous blues and rock artists over the years. This will be a special show.”

Thackery left The Nighthawks in 1986 to pursue a solo career. In his absence, the band featured a series of guitarists, including Jimmy Nalls, Warren Haynes, Danny Morris and Pete Kanaras. In 2003, The Nighthawks were featured in the first episode of season two of the popular HBO television series, The Wire.

Over the past 40 years, the band has released more than 25 albums. Friday’s performance, which was originally scheduled for Feb. 14 before getting snowed out, will be the band’s first appearance at the Rives Theatre.

The current band lineup features Mark Wenner (vocals, harmonica), Johnny Castle (vocals, bass), Paul Bell (guitar) and Mark Stutso (drums, vocals).

“The Nighthawks are a great blues and rock band,” said Johnston. “If you enjoyed past Rives shows from the likes of Bob Margolin, Devon Allman, Chris Duarte, Moreland & Arbuckle, Yarn and Albert Castiglia, you should come out to Friday night’s show in uptown Martinsville. You won’t regret it.”

ART is a community nonprofit dedicated to preserving the historic Rives Theatre by offering high-quality musical, educational and artistic programming. This volunteer-run organization is devoted to transforming the Rives Theatre from a movie house into a live-music venue and a community space for arts and education.

For more information about the band, visit www.thenighthawks.com.

2014 Live at the Rives Theatre Series Opening Party featuring Yarn

7 Jan


It’s a new year and time to renew your Live at the Rives Theatre Series Pass for 2014. 

It seems like yesterday when the 2013 series opened with an Opening Party and concert by the bluesy John Cowan Trio. That concert marked the start of great year for Arts at the Rives Theatre (ART). Thanks to our patrons and sponsors, ART had funds to book the 2013 series in advance—a necessity when scheduling high-demand, professional touring bands.

The 2014 Live at the Rives Theatre Series will kick off on Friday, January 24 with an Opening Party and concert by Rives Theatre alumni and Rooster Walk fan favorite, YarnThis progressive bluegrass band’s upbeat sound always keeps the crowd engaged and fans just can’t get enough.

By purchasing a 2014 Live at the Rives Theatre Series Pass, patrons will not only get access to the January 24th Opening Party and concert by Yarn, including a full bar and our Fat Tuesday menu of Cajun food, but will get admission to nine additional Live at the Rives Theatre Series concerts throughout the year. Doors will open at 7 pm. Dinner will begin at 7:30 pm. Yarn will take the stage at 9:30 pm.

Our programming committee is currently working to complete the 2014 Live at the Rives Series line-up, which will include a wide range of musical genres, from bluegrass to rock to Americana and more.

If you have influence over your employer, please encourage them to donate to ART with a year-long Series Sponsorship by using our Series Pass order form. Series Sponsorships help support live music in our community and come with tickets to great concerts—perfect events for entertaining visiting clients.

Thanks in advance for your support of ART and the revitalization of Uptown Martinsville!

Opening Party with Yarn Ticket Options

Buy a 2014 Live at the Rives Theatre Series Pass ($125)
Includes admission to Series Opening Party with Yarn, free food and drinks and admission to 9 additional series shows.

Buy a Yarn VIP Party Pass ($50)
Includes admission to concert and free food and drinks.  Available locally at Daily Grind Coffee House & Cafe – Martinsville and Woodall’s Music and Sound.

Buy a Concert-Only Ticket to Yarn ($10)
Does NOT include food or drinks. Concert admission only at 9 pm.

Stephane Wrembel Returns to Rives, Dec 13

3 Dec

Called a “revelation” by Rolling Stone magazine, guitarist Stephane Wrembel and his band bring their ethereal brand of “Gypsy Jazz” to the Rives, with music from the groups’s fifth album, Origins. You will experience the guitar in a new, amazing way with Wrembel, whose career path has taken him from the Gypsy campsites of the French countryside to the stage of the 2012 Academy Awards, where he performed his theme to Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.

Theatre doors will open at 8 pm, with Wrembel and his band taking the stage around 9 pm. Tickets are $8 in advance at Daily Grind and Woodall’s Music and Sound and $10 at the door.

Space Capone Brings the Funk to Day After Thanksgiving Concert, Nov 29

26 Nov


They’ve made you dance at the Rives. They’ve made you dance at Rooster Walk. Now, they’re gonna make you do it again, on the day after Thanksgiving, no less. November 29, Space Capone is bringing the funk to Rives Theatre’s annual Day After Thanksgiving Concert.

With constant touring in the southeast, and collaborations with the likes of Jerry Hey (Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire) and Jay Graydon (Steely Dan), Space Capone brings the heat. Whether in your car or at a live show, Space never disappoints. This is guaranteed to be one heck of a party on the dance floor!

Doors will open at 8 pm, Will Zimmer’s band will open at 9 pm and Space Capone will take the stage around 9:30 pm. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Live at the Rives series passes will be accepted at this event. Advance tickets can be purchased at Daily Grind and Woodall’s Music and Sound.

Buy Tickets Online >>

Doug & Telisha Bring Wild Ponies to Rives, Nov 23

8 Nov

Wild Ponies

On Saturday, Nov 23, Martinsville’s own Doug and Telisha Williams are returning to their hometown with music from their latest record, Things That Used to Shine. But, don’t expect the acoustic folk duets that Martinsville’s favorite duo once sang, because the duo is no more. Since 2012, Doug and Telisha, along with drummer Jake Winebrenner, have built the new americana/roots/rock band, Wild Ponies. And their hard-hitting new lineup of songs are sure to blow the roof off the Rives.

Written during a busy year on the road, Things That Used To Shine is an album about leaving some things behind…and meeting others head-on. Released by the band’s newly formed independent label, DitchDog Records, Things That Used To Shine finds Telisha opening up about the skeletons that have haunted her closet for years.  Grammy-winning producer Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams) recorded the album’s 12 songs in three days, running the band’s harmonies through the same pre-amps once used by the Beatles. 

Advance tickets ($10) are available at Daily Grind and Woodall’s Music and Sound. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the show ($12). Doors open at 8 pm. Show starts at 9 pm.

Watch >> Southern Sessions | Wild Ponies

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L Shape Lot to Bring Rocking Honky Tonk to Rives, Oct. 5

1 Oct

Over the past decade, L Shape Lot has played countless concerts in the Southeast. Saturday night’s show at Rives Theatre – a movie-house-turned-music-venue in uptown Martinsville – will join an ever-growing list of unique venues for this hard working band.

“We’ve played bars, churches, bowling alleys, hardware stores,” said lead singer Eric Miller recently. “We play sports bars where nobody’s listening. We play theatres. We play festivals. You name it, man, we’ve done it. After playing 11 years, man, I’ve played funerals. I’ve played ‘em all.”

Miller (guitar/vocals) and John Kovalski (drums/vocals) founded L Shape Lot in 2002 in Wilmington, N.C. Current bandmates Alex Lanier (electric guitar/vocals) and Rick Williams (electric bass/vocals) joined eight years ago, and they’ve been making a unique brand of rocking honky-tonk music ever since.

“If you were to take classic country, bluegrass and rock and roll and sort of mix it all together, man, that’s us,” said Miller. “It’s all pretty much high energy with three- and four-part harmonies.”

Past winners of FloydFest’s Under the Radar band competition, L Shape Lot plays two or three times per week from March through November, not counting the “L Shape Duo” shows that Miller and Lanier perform on the side. In the last year, the full band has played onstage with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Sam Bush.

It’s clear they have fun performing, but Miller and his bandmates take their craft very seriously.

“I’m closer to 40 than I am to 30. There’s no more sex drugs and rock and roll. We’re kind of old and boring,” he said with a laugh. “When I leave a place, I want the management to say, ‘Man, those guys are serious about what they do.’ And the other thing, I really want the crowd to have fun. I want them to leave there and say, ‘Man, that show was a blast.’”

Martinsville native Riggs Roberson, a blues/rock guitarist and singer, will open Saturday night’s show at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 on show night. They can be purchased from Woodall’s Music & Sound or the Daily Grind. Live at the Rives Theatre Series passes will also be accepted.



Mountain Heart Concert SOLD OUT

10 Sep


Mountain Heart, the nationally touring and critically acclaimed band that blends rock, blues and bluegrass, will perform at the Rives Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Led by Bassett-native Josh Shilling, Mountain Heart has performed all over the country and was recently featured on a PBS special. After Jack will open at 8:45 pm and Mountain Heart will take the stage around 9:30 pm. 

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for reserved seating.

Live at the Rives Theatre Series Kick-Off with Lizzy Ross Band

3 Sep


The Lizzy Ross Band will kick off the Live at the Rives fall concert series on Saturday, September 7 with a 9 pm performance.

Lizzy Ross, the band’s namesake, is finishing up the busiest stretch of her young career. Between solo shows and concerts with the full band, she’s played about 90 times in the past seven months, she said.

“It’s been a wild spring and summer,” said Ross. “Especially for me personally, it’s been nonstop movement. Since February, I’ve been on the road and not in the same place for more than a week. In some ways, it’s been a fantastic adventure. It’s been so fun, but it’s also been exhausting.”

Tickets to the show will be $8 in advance from Woodall’s Music and Studio 107 or $10 at the doors of the theatre. The Danbury, N.C.-based trio, Mason Via and Friends, will perform in the Rives’ lobby beginning at 7 pm as part of  the Martinsville Culture Crawl, a Uptown-wide event celebrating the arts in MHC.  Music fans with a Culture Crawl wristband will receive all-night entry to the Rives for just $5.

One of this summer’s highlights for the Lizzy Ross Band (LRB) came at Floydfest, where LRB played five sets over the course of four days.

“We’re a touring band, and we play in all kinds of venues,” she said. “Sometimes we play in terrible bars. Sometimes we play in beautiful ballrooms, but there are always moments that fill us with spectacular energy, and Floydfest was one of those moments.”

LRB also played a Saturday night, main-stage set at Rooster Walk, their fourth consecutive year at the Martinsville-based festival. Looking ahead, they’re scheduled to perform twice at Bristol Rhythm & Roots later this month.

This will be Ross’ fourth time playing at the Rives. The regular stops in Martinsville are not by chance, she noted.

“We’re really excited to be coming back to the Rives and Martinsville,” she said. “I can’t emphasize how cool it’s been to be a part of Rooster Walk and the theatre for the last few years. We’re really grateful to the community for opening their hearts. I feel like Martinsville is one of the warmer places that we’ve gotten to play, so I’m grateful for that, and the opportunity to come back again!”


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