Thursday, February 28, 2019

The National Hosting Conservative Blexit Rally

Breitbart News entertainment editor Jerome Hudson will be featured speaker.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 3:20 PM

The downtown concert venue the National is playing host to the Blexit Conference Richmond: Statues vs. Governors on Sunday, March 3, from 3 to 6 p.m. The featured speaker will be Breitbart News' entertainment editor Jerome Hudson.

The conference was launched by black conservative activist Candace Owens, the director of communications at the conservative advocacy group Turning Point USA, in hopes of "freeing black voters from the grip of the Democratic party." Turning Point is known for its recruitment of conservatives on college campuses.

There were angry responses on social media questioning why the National would book such an event. The venue normally books touring bands but it has hosted rallies before, such as the Water for Life rally in 2017 (pictured), billed as "the biggest public rally ever against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines."

Blexit organizers told Style that "BLEXIT stands for black and Latino exit from leftist ideology. Candace Owens is the founder of the BLEXIT movement" and then referred us to a Breitbart article about the group and why it was coming to Richmond.

In the article, Owens told Breitbart News that she chose to bring Blexit to Richmond because the state has “become our nation’s capital for Democrat hypocrisy.”

“It’s a state which has spent the last two years tearing down statues that were deemed reminiscent of racial unrest [that] is being governed by a man who thinks black face and Ku Klux Klansmen hoods are appropriate Halloween attire,” Owens said. "It’s a state which senators voted against the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh — absent any concrete evidence — remains passive on the sexual assault claims facing its Lieutenant Governor.”

Here is how the Richmond event is pitched via Blexit's online Facebook event post in its "about this event" section:


Virginia, it’s time. Time to stop allowing the Left to use minorities as shields to go after their political opponents. The truth has never been more evident. The Left doesn’t care about racism. The Left doesn’t care about anti-Semitism. The left doesn’t care about homophobia. What the Left cares about is mining the hurt from our respective histories, to emotionally control us.

Come learn the TRUTH about the Democrats STEEP history of racism at the BLEXIT conference, RICHMOND.

Because it is time for blacks, latinos and ALL minorities, to take a stand against the hypocritical nature of a group

A state that launches mass protests against statues and yet ignores the problematic leadership of Ralph Northam is ready for a #BLEXIT

Hear from: Dinesh D’Souza, Candace Owens, Brandon Tatum, Will Witt, and many others!

Topics to include :

Who’s Hurt the Most by the Abortion Industry? Open borders and the Quest for a Permanent Underclass

Statues vs. Governors

The Great Hoax on Minority America in the Age of Trump

Some online were calling for a boycott of the venue, while others defended the free-speech rights of the group. Style has reached out to the manager of the National but has not received any response.

We will update as we learn more.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

VIDEO: Watch the Netflix trailer for "Juanita" filmed in Petersburg and RVA

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 4:40 PM

Have you seen the trailer yet for Netflix's "Juanita"? It was shot throughout Virginia in the spring of 2017, including Petersburg and Richmond, as well as Bedford and Waverly.

The film looks like a funny vehicle for veteran, Oscar-nominated actress Alfre Woodard, who at 66, still looks amazingly youthful. "Juanita" will be available to watch on March 8, and Virginia film officials are hoping it will lead to more independent film projects from Netflix.

Let's admit it: Netflix is no joke these days. Many of their originals are definitely worth watching, like the current sensation "Russian Doll," easily one of the best things on television this year (you can read New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum's review here). Comcast cable has also been offering package deals that cover the cost of Netflix subscription.

When "Juanita" was announced, the Virginia Film Office noted that the film is eligible to receive up to a $550,000 grant from the Governor’s Motion Picture Opportunity Fund, in addition to a Virginia film tax credit.

"The exact amount of each is based on a number of factors including: the number of Virginia workers hired, Virginia goods and services purchased, and deliverables including Virginia tourism promotions," read a press release.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Cardi B Coming To C'ville in July

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 1:20 PM

Bronx-raised rapper Cardi B will be appearing at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville on Wednesday, July 31. She'll be joined by special guests Kevin Gates and Saweetie. Tickets go on sale for this sure-to-be popular event on Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m.

Tickets will be available at www.ticketmaster.com though it was difficult to ascertain how much these tickets will cost as of yet.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Sub Pop to Release Minor Poet's New EP on May 17

Watch a video of the first single, "Tropic of Cancer."

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 12:45 PM

Prestigious indie label, Sub Pop, originally known for its association with Nirvana and other popular '90s acts, will be releasing a relatively unknown Richmond musician's new six-song EP.

Minor Poet, the musical project of Andrew Carter, will release "The Good News" via Sub Pop on May 17. The Seattle-based label is partly owned by Warner Music Group and has strong distribution.

According to a press release from the label "the six-song collection, which features the ebullient lead single “Tropic of Cancer,” was produced by Andrew Carter and Adrian Olsen (Natalie Prass, Foxygen) at Montrose Recording in Richmond."

Minor Poet will have an EP release party at the Broadberry on Saturday, May 18 with music at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of show, and $25 gets you the vinyl and a ticket.

The album is available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart with limited Loser edition on clear with red and blue swirl vinyl (while supplies last).

Style Weekly wrote about Carter back in 2017 here.

Here's more info from the label:

About Minor Poet’s The Good News:

After spending years writing and recording music by himself in various bedrooms and basements, Andrew Carter hit his stride with the debut Minor Poet album, And How!. Made on a creative whim with no outside expectations, the eleven-song collection combined Carter’s love of carefully-crafted pop with a loose, fun, off-the-cuff recording aesthetic. The album was released in 2017 and developed a small but loving fan base, and Minor Poet has grown from a passion project into a cross-country touring band with write-ups in publications such as American Songwriter, Magnet, The Wild Honey Pie, Impose, and more.

Minor Poet’s second album, The Good News, is a six-song collection that expands the boundaries of what constitutes the band’s sound. In just twenty-two minutes, the songs take apart the standard formulas of guitar-based rock and infuse them with vibrance and energy. On opener “Tabula Rasa,” interlocking guitars and a Farfisa organ carry the song through until everything drops suddenly into a doo-wop section that wouldn’t be out of place on a 1950’s greatest hits compilation. Warped noise envelops a tropicalia-flavored Casio beat in “Tropic of Cancer” before a slick groove and sliding bass line lead into the chorus’ pure pop bliss of horns and vocal harmonies. “Museum District” begins with a drum intro reminiscent of an off-kilter “Be My Baby,” and “Bit Your Tongue/All Alone Now” features a midsection with a glam-rock guitar solo amidst trumpet fanfare. These are just a few of the infectious moments on an EP filled with many more.

The Good News was made over four days at Montrose Recording, in Minor Poet’s hometown of Richmond, Virginia. In the past, Carter played all the instruments and handled all the production, but he knew that he had to reach outside himself to do justice to these songs. “I couldn’t capture the sounds I heard in my head,” Carter explains. “I wanted something that was vast and expansive but that at the same time could hit you immediately in the gut.” Paying homage to the “wall of sound” techniques made famous by Brian Wilson and Phil Spector, Carter and co-producer Adrian Olsen (Natalie Prass, Foxygen) overdubbed layer after layer of Carter playing an array of guitars, pianos, organs, synths, and percussion, as well as singing all the harmonies. The members of Minor Poet’s touring band were brought in to perform the core rhythm section, and local musicians stopped by to add crucial flourishes, such as the harmonizing guitar riffs in “Reverse Medusa” and the saxophone solo that closes out “Nude Descending Staircase.”

At the center of everything is Carter’s voice, singing lyrics that seamlessly mix allusions to religion, mythology, art, and philosophy as he questions himself, his place in the world around him, what he owes to his relationships, and, in turn, what he needs to ask of others in order to stay healthy. “Tabula Rasa” is a concept that argues that humans are born blank slates, shaped through experience and environment. The last two years couldn’t have felt more applicable for Carter, who started out as a fresh face with little-to-no experience in the music industry and slowly grew into himself as a stage performer and bandleader through both good and bad times. During this period he began to come to terms with lifelong struggles, such as the depression that permeates “Tropic of Cancer” and the social anxiety that runs through “Museum District.” Rather than be one-dimensional, however, Carter dives deeper into himself and his motivations, such as in “Reverse Medusa” when he sings, “Hide my love in poetic half-truths/never was one to dwell on my issues.” Carter’s ability to balance emotional honesty with a tongue-in-cheek self-awareness adds to the richness and originality of the music. Short but memorable, catchy yet meaningful, The Good News is another promising step forward for Minor Poet.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Virginia Arts Festival Announces Williamsburg Live

Headliners include Norah Jones and Emmylou Harris

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 12:14 PM

The Virginia Arts Festival has announced the musical acts for its new Williamsburg summer music event, Williamsburg Live, that will be held June 21 – 22 on The Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

According to a press release: Headlining the weekend will be two well-known singers, Grammy winner, singer, songwriter and pianist Norah Jones performs Friday, June 21, and Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris, who boasts 14 Grammy Awards, will headline Saturday, June 22. Americana duo Mandolin Orange will open for Emmylou Harris on Saturday.

Here's more info from the release, including ticket information.

Williamsburg Live offers a unique beautiful setting for an intimate music festival experience designed to appeal to all the senses. Shaded by centuries-old trees, The Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is surrounded by history – the perfect spot to enjoy great music, delicious local food truck fare, and local and regional craft beers and wines. As the sun goes down and the stars come out, there’s no better place to rediscover your favorite musical artists among friends and family.


Gates open at 6:00pm

Opening act to be announced - 7:30pm

Norah Jones - 9:00pm


Gates open at 5:30pm

Mandolin Orange - 7:00pm

Emmylou Harris - 9:00pm

Tickets for Williamsburg Live go on sale Friday, Feb. 22 and will be available online at www.vafest.org, by phone at 757-282-2822, or in person at the Virginia Arts Festival Box Office at 440 Bank Street, Norfolk, VA.

Colonial Williamsburg Hotels will offer special Williamsburg Live hotel packages. Please visit colonialwilliamsburghotels.com or call 1-877-568-8225 for more information.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Lockn' Announces Lineup for 2019

Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Khruangbin, Steel Pulse among bands.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM

The biggest hippie fest in Virginia, Lockn', announced its musical lineup for this year's festival held Aug. 22 through 25 at Infinity Downs and Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Va.

Headliners include Joe Russo's Almost Dead on Thursday night, Trey Anastasio Band (with second set featuring Derek Trucks) on Friday, Tedeschi Trucks Band (second set featuring Anastasio) on Saturday, and Bob Weir and the Wolf Bros (second set featuring Susan Tedeschi) on Sunday.

Nice price tickets go on sale Saturday, Feb. 16 at noon. More artists will be announced.

Here's your full lineup for now (starting with headliners first):

Thursday, Aug. 22

Joe Russo's Almost Dead (two sets)

Gary Clark Jr.


Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Andy Frasco and the UN

Jerry Party

Friday, Aug. 23

Trey Anastasio Band

The Revivalists

Old Crow Medicine Show

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

Melvin Seals and JGB

Moonalice w/Chambers Brothers

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio

Saturday, Aug. 24

Tedeschi Trucks Band


Oteil and Friends ft. Bob Weird, Devon Allman, Duane Betts and more


Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Allman Betts Band

Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles

Liz Cooper and the Stampede

Sunday, Aug. 25

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit


St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Steel Pulse

Nahko and Medicine for the People

The Soul Rebels

Deva Mahal

Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Dominion Riverrock Announces Musical Lineup for 2019

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 12:30 PM

The outdoor sports and music festival, Dominion Riverrock, has announced its musical lineup for this year's annual event to be held on Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar from May 17-19.

Headliners include the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, touring in support of its latest studio album, "Barefoot in the Head," as well as roots musician Billy Strings, one of the most popular young bluegrass guitarists today.

Here is the full lineup below by day, which also includes local bands and tribute artists such as the Big Payback (James Brown), Skydog (Allman Brothers) and Full Moon Fever (Tom Petty) on Sunday.

Dominion Energy Riverrock Music Lineup

Friday, May 17

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. South Hill Banks

8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Billy Strings

Saturday, May 18

12:00 – 12:40 p.m. Justin Golden

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Rebekah Rafferty and the Wakes

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Glass Twin

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Erin and the Wildfire

4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Palm Palm

6:15 – 7:30 p.m. Turkuaz

8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Sunday, May 19

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Full Moon Fever

2:20 – 3:20 p.m. The Big Payback

3:40 – 5:00 p.m.Skydog

Monday, February 11, 2019

Broadway in Richmond Announces Dates for "Hamilton"

Touring version of Broadway smash will feature 24 performances in RVA.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Richmond "Hamilton" fans now have some dates in 2019.

Broadway in Richmond announced its 2019-2020 season today, which includes the Richmond premiere of "Hamilton" which will run Nov. 19 through Dec. 8 at Altria Theatre with 24 performances.

Season subscriptions are the best way to guarantee tickets, a press release says, and are available today. More from the release:

"Sales for new and renewing subscriptions begin today, Feb. 11. Group sales tickets will be available later in the spring – date to be announced. On-sale dates for individual tickets will be announced as each performance approaches. New subscription packages are available this season for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings which means the best seats in the house are available for new subscribers."

Here is the whole season in a glance:

Broadway In Richmond 2019 - 2020 Season Performance Dates

Roald Dahl’s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory": Sept. 17-22, 2019 ~ Altria Theater with 8 performances

"The Play That Goes Wrong": Oct. 22-27, 2019 ~ Altria Theater with 8 performances

"Hamilton": Nov. 19 – Dec. 8, 2019 ~ Altria Theater with 24 performances

"Cats": Feb. 4-9, 2020 ~ Altria Theater with 8 performances

"Fiddler On The Roof": April 7-12, 2020 ~ Altria Theater with 8 performances

"The Band’s Visit": April 28 – May 3, 2020 ~ Altria Theater with 8 performances

"Wicked": June 3-14, 2020 ~ Altria Theater with 16 performances

According to the release: "Subscribe to our six-show package starting as low as $310 with the option of adding WICKED. Call the Subscriber Hotline at 804-592-3401, Monday – Friday, 10am to 5pm to learn about additional package information or visit www.BroadwayInRichmond.com.

Friday, February 8, 2019

The 26th Annual James River Film Festival Announces Lineup

To be held at various venues March 13-17

Posted By on Fri, Feb 8, 2019 at 11:25 AM

The 26th James River Film Festival has announced its lineup of eclectic and experimental film programming for this year's festival, which will be held March 13 through 17 at VMFA, Byrd Theatre, VCU's Grace St. Theater, Visual Arts Center, Gallery 5 and Richmond's Main Public Library.

It will be bringing special guests Tim Clarke, puppet-maker and designer from "The Dark Crystal" and "Fraggle Rock," as well as avant-garde filmmaker and special effects artist Betzy Bromberg, director of the film and video program at California Institute of the Arts, and former Unrest singer and Teenbeat founder Mark Robinson, who just made his first documentary ("Amateur on Plastic") about cult musician Butch Willis from Maryland.

Other highlights include a screening of Guy Maddin's latest film, "The Green Fog," a highly acclaimed collage film that offers an interpretation of Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" using old film and TV clips. Also Sara Driver's new documentary on artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, "Boom for Real" and a tribute to the late, great underground film artist, Jonas Mekas.

There will also be midnight screenings of two cult classics: Harmony Korine's "Gummo" and Alejandro Jodorowsky's "Santa Sangre," and other showings of a recent collection from Rural Route Films, Silent Music Revival, Strange Projections, a puppet-making workshop and more.

For more details visit jamesriverfilm.org. Advance tickets will be made available for select programs. The festival is co-sponsored annually by the VA Film Office and the James River Film Society, a 501(c)(3)organization.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Preview: The Brian Jones Trio and Doug Richards Orchestra play The Camel

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 3:00 PM

It would be nice if compelling events kept a respectable distance from each other. That is not, alas, how life works.

Two concerts, on Tuesday and Wednesday night, spotlight some of the best musicians in Richmond. First up, at the Camel, is the first performance of Doug Richards’ new big band. As the original architect of the VCU jazz studies program, once hailed by preeminent critic Martin Williams as the heir to legendary composer/arranger Gil Evans - Richards gets to hand-pick the players up to handling his brilliant but challenging scores.

Recently retired from teaching, now working with percussionist Brian Jones, the performance potentially opens a new stage in his writing/performing career. The night starts with Jones’ own trio, the rhythm section of the big band, featuring bassist Randall Pharr and local hero/Ryan Adams/k.d. lang pianist Daniel Clarke on keyboards.

On Wednesday night, Rex Richardson appears in a free concert at VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art. Richardson is one of the school’s marquee talents, a phenomenally virtuosic trumpeter whose teaching is balanced with a whirlwind of global travel, often playing concertos composed to take advantage of his unique gifts. Sponsored by Carlos Chaffin and In Your Ear Studios, it’s a great chance to experience the pristine sound and stadium seating of the ICA’s performing space. There are significant personnel overlaps with the Tuesday performance- Jones, saxophonist J.C. Kuhl, and the ubiquitous Pharr. But there is also a chance to see Spacebomb composer/string arranger Trey Pollard return to his roots as a kick-ass jazz guitarist.

The Brian Jones Trio and Doug Richard Orchestra play The Camel at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb 5. Tickets are $10 in advance/$12 day of show. Rex Richardson plays the ICA at 7 PM on Wednesday, Feb. 6. There is a reception preceding the concert starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free and can be reserved at the ICA website.

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