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Thursday, June 24, 2021

PICK: The Rumble After Party at Cobra Cabana on Saturday, June 26

Bands include High Voltage, Mel Machete (debut), Mick's Jaguar and Evening Shadows.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2021 at 4:00 AM

If you're into BMX, you probably know about the Rumble in Richmond on Saturday, June 26. Billed as "a day of stoke and BMX," it's headlined by the Vans Old Skool dirt jump contest at RVA BMX, a pro-am contest with celebrity judges and $2,500 in cash prizes.

While that bike day should be sick and Style will be there to get some action photos, there's also a big after party with some kickass rock music at Cobra Cabana in Carver. The restaurant and venue will have a day party starting at 3 p.m., and four rock bands that begin playing later at 7:30 p.m. and who just might help restore some faith in the good 'ole fashioned, sweaty rock so many of us have been missing in our lives.

Bands on the bill include the AC/DC cover band High Voltage; the debut gig from killer local rockers Mel Machete -check 'em out below, sounds like sweet mid-'70s or early '80s guitar rock in your grill with shake appeal; as well as Mick's Jaguar, self-billed as a Thin Lizzy and Sex Pistols love child from NYC; and Evening Shadows, a punk band from Wilmington, NC feat. members of Valient Thorr and Strike Anywhere.

We really want to see Mel Machete, which includes local rock luminaries such as Mike Cipollone, owner of Fuzzy Cactus, as well as Paul Kirk and wild lead singer, Mel Medina (both of Sick Bags), as well as Seanzy O'Dell on bass and Gunner Timmerman on drums. Below you can check out their feral blast of sexy panther rock, "Boneyard Boogie," recorded by Adrian Olsen at Montrose Studios. Should appeal to fans of old school punk groups like The Bags and more recently, Sheer Mag from Philly.

Proceeds from the show will be going to RADshare, the nonprofit sponsoring the Rumble which is dedicated to educating and empowering local youth through celebrating bike culture.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

PICK: A Night of Longing - Miramar at the Hotel Greene's Crown Room on Tuesday, June 22

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 4:00 AM

One of the city's finest musical jewels, Miramar finds a perfect setting for its beautiful music at the luxurious Crown Room, the Hotel Greene's Grand Ballroom, on the night of Tuesday, June 22.

The group's richly melodic and meltingly lovely music flows from Puerto Rican boleros, bittersweet love songs drenched in poetic longing that were initially performed in artistic salons. But that hasn’t stopped the band from vastly expanding its sonic palette. Miramar toured large halls in Russia last spring, just as the world was shutting down, and it headlined a streamed concert with the Virginia Symphony last October (see video below). Also its appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert is well worth seeking out.

At the core of the band's sound is the closely paired vocals of Rei Alvarez (Bio Ritmo) and Laura Ann Singh (Quattro Na Bossa), augmented with the brilliant keyboard arrangements and playing of Marlysse Rose Simmons (Bio Ritmo). While the group can expand its romantic magic to fill the Dominion Energy Center's Carpenter Theatre or a Russian opera house, hearing the subtle interplay in the close, elegant art deco setting of the Crown Room setting should be ideal.

Simmons says the Crown Room show "will definitely feature new songs as we prepare to record [a new album] ... been trying to do that for a while. The new album will be all original songs." This gig will also feature Cameron Ralston on bass and special guest master guitarist Sebastian Cruz from New York city (originally from Colombia).

Simmons also notes that she and Singh will be performing every other Wednesday at the Hotel Greene alternating with Alvarez as DJ.

A Night of Longing- Miramar at the Crown Room will feature two sets, the first at 7 p.m. and another at 9 p.m. Advanced reservations are available at the Hotel Green website, $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

PICK: Miguel Carter-Fisher's "Negative Shapes" at Eric Schindler Gallery

Art opening held on Friday, June 11. Exhibition runs through July 9.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 4:00 AM

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Well-known local artist Miguel Carter-Fisher will have an opening for his new show, "Negative Shapes," at the Eric Schindler Gallery on Friday, June 11 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Special guest guitarist Dylan Barrows will perform a new composition written for this exhibition titled "The Warmth of Silences" at 8 p.m.

Carter-Fisher, the son of the late local painter Bill Fisher, studied painting and philosophy at the University of Hartford before attending the New York Academy of Art. Since returning to Richmond, he has taught at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Milk River Arts, Bon Air Juvenile Corrections Center through Art 180, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently an assistant professor and studio arts coordinator at Virginia State University, according to his website bio.

Here is his artist statement on the new show:

What is the shape between memories and the present? Identity and the body? Embraces and resentments? Children and parents? Longing and fear? Intimacy and detachment? Our ancestry and our future?

In drawing, a negative shape is the space between objects. Although it is the contour of a void, perceiving this shape is essential to understanding the relationship between things.

There will be a virtual show on Thursday, June 10 at 7 p.m. on the Eric Schindler Gallery Facebook page, and an open House, Saturday, June 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. The exhibition runs through July 9.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Feature doc "How the Monuments Came Down" screening at Maymont, June 10

VPM and Virginia Film Office-funded film explores Richmond history through Confederate monuments.

Posted By on Fri, May 14, 2021 at 4:00 AM

Christy Coleman, former director of the American Civil War Museum, is featured in the doc and was a story advisor.
  • Christy Coleman, former director of the American Civil War Museum, is featured in the doc and was a story advisor.

A major new film documentary, "How the Monuments Came Down," which explores Richmond's history through the lens of its Confederate monuments, will premiere on Thursday, June 10 at Maymont in partnership with Afrikana Film Festival, Maymont and the JXN Project. Funded by VPM and the Virginia Film Office, it was made by Emmy-winning directors Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren, whose previous works have aired on PBS.

The directors' Field Studio and VPM announced that the premiere will be a socially distanced outdoor event featuring pods. It will include a special pre-screening discussion with Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams and the film's four story advisors: Christy Coleman, Julian Hayter, Enjoli Moon, and Joseph Rogers.

Directors Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren
  • Directors Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren

The screening on June 10 in Maymont will have gates open at 7 p.m. and there will be food trucks on hand with music from Butcher Brown at 7:30 p.m.

According to a press release: "The program will begin promptly at 8:30 p.m. with a pre-screening discussion, followed by the film, and conclude at 10:45. Tickets are $10 and should be purchased in advance at this link. Each ticket will secure a pod on the Carriage House Lawn that accommodates up to four people, and each pod will be distanced from the others in an effort to encourage safe viewing for all attendees. In the event of rain, the premiere will take place on Wednesday, June 23."

Here's a trailer for the film:

Here's more from the press release:

"'How the Monuments Came Down' begins with scenes from last summer, when streets shook with protests against systemic racism in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. The filmmakers reveal the deep historical roots of this moment, grounded in the competing traditions of white supremacy and Black resistance in Richmond since the end of the Civil War. A diverse cast of 30 Richmonders — including history-makers, descendants, scholars, and activists — tells this story, supported by a vast visual record of Richmond’s history never before presented in a single work.

Throughout, this epic story of struggles over power and justice is driven by individual narratives with names both familiar and likely new to most viewers: Robert E. Lee, James Apostle Fields, Jubal Early, Maggie Walker, Curtis Holt, Arthur Ashe, Chuck Richardson, and Janine Bell are some of the many people whose lives and work help to illustrate why Confederate monuments came to powerfully shape Richmond’s landscape — and why people demanded they be taken down."

Most recently, Ayers and Warren produced two seasons of the VPM series, "The Future of America's Past," a history on-location show hosted by historian Edward L. Ayers, president emeritus of the University of Richmond. They also made a documentary short, "Woke Vote," which covered Black millennial political activists mobilizing voters in the South.

The new documentary included a mostly local team, as the press release notes, including "story advisors Christy Coleman, a nationally renowned museum professional who led the American Civil War Museum for 12 years; Julian Hayter, an historian at the University of Richmond and an authority on Richmond’s political history; Enjoli Moon, Founder and Creative Director of Afrikana Film Festival, Co-Founder of The JXN Project, and Assistant Curator of Film at the ICA; and Joseph Rogers, a public historian at the American Civil War Museum, descendant of a key character in the film, and a progressive organizer."

"The film is principally a work of history," the release notes. "And yet, through its documentation of last year’s uprising for racial justice, it is also a historical source preserving moments in Richmond’s history that will never be seen again."

Friday, May 7, 2021

Gallery5 goes to all-Virginia products to lower carbon footprint

Also holding 50 Mile Fest art show during month of May.

Posted By on Fri, May 7, 2021 at 4:00 AM

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Local nonprofit arts organization Gallery5 announced today that it will moving to using all Virginia products "as a climate resiliency and local economic decision."

It also plans to make major changes to better connect with Virginia businesses in order to lower its carbon footprint -- and will be remaining Virginia-only bar from now on.

By switching to a Virginia-only bar, Gallery5 says it will be saving at least 10,230 miles per order. This adds up to "at least 122,796 fossil fuel miles worth of energy saved when we make our bar orders. This is for just one bar order though." They usually make 4 to 5 orders a month when operating at full capacity.

"This is definitely a more costly way of doing business for us, especially as a small community supported non profit, but that's the point I think," said Prabir Mehta, chair of the board of directors for Gallery5. "I hope that the folks who support us financially appreciate that we're using the funds responsibly. We know people have loved Gallery5 for sixteen years now, but we need to make the organization as good as we can at every capacity, including our environmental impact."

Every year in May, the community art space looks to focus on resources and sustainability issues. They also announced that in celebration of these changes, they would be holding the 50 Mile Fest art show from May 7 through May 29 which will feature local artists displaying their works with a theme of "environmental concerns, regional sustainability, native wildlife and places that promote advocacy."

"This is something we've wanted to do for a while, but didn't know when the right time to make the move would be," Mehta said. "Like many things, sometimes you just have to do it to get the process rolling. So, we had a talk with the staff, I explained the numbers and how we could make a big positive impact during such tense times. Everyone was on board and our staff quickly got to researching Virginia product options."

Today's press release noted that "Gallery5 is also adding some local packaged snack items to the bar as well. Our patrons can now enjoy many cocktails, beers, and wines from around Virginia, but they can also now enjoy locally made pimento cheese, hummus, locally grown peanuts, and other snacks which will rotate on and off our menu seasonally."

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Rock Notes

New albums coming from the Milkstains and the Ar-Kaics.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 1:00 AM

Missed local rockers the Milkstains don’t have plans to play any shows yet, according to lead singer and guitarist John Sizemore, but there is a new album coming, the band’s first since 2017’s “Punch the Sky.” It will feature some material the group recorded at Minimum Wage studios in 2006.

“Along with that we’ve retouched our debut tape and remixed and added to it for more clarity and more of what we would have done at the time,” Sizemore tells Style. “This release we’re doing will hopefully pull all the songs we felt were our highlights, and will hopefully leave people with the ferociously fun, dance-laden live show feel we always aimed to deliver.”

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Also coming on June 4, Dig! Records will release the Ar-Kaics’ “Live in the Shit” recorded Feb. 16, 2020, at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. The raw set of catchy rockers runs together “at Ramones ‘It’s Alive’ pace” as the press notes read, “towards a crescendo of damaged-psych oblivion.” Bassist Tim Abondello runs the Dig! records imprint from his home in Montrose Heights, while other members live in Leesburg and Northern Virginia.

“‘Live in the Shit’ is a time capsule of sorts, documenting the band at a crossroads just prior to an otherwise lost year,” he says, adding that members look forward to recording a new album for Wick Records, an imprint of the legendary Daptone Records.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Friday Cheers Announces Summer '21 Shows

Brown's Island outdoor pod shows will feature local bands starting May 7.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 6, 2021 at 10:00 AM

New school jazz-funksters Butcher Brown perform with Shormey on Friday, June 25 to close the 36th season of Friday Cheers. - PETER MCELHINNEY
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  • New school jazz-funksters Butcher Brown perform with Shormey on Friday, June 25 to close the 36th season of Friday Cheers.

Finally, Friday Cheers is back: Richmond's longest running outdoor summer concert series announced its 36th season today, which will celebrate all things local.

And by that they mean local bands, beer and food.

Presented by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and held along the scenic riverfront at Brown's Island, the event will be socially distanced featuring "physically spaced two, four and eight-person pods." Also heads up: Tickets must be purchased in advance, there will be none offered on site. Visit the Venture Richmond website for more information.

“We are thrilled to present these shows in a safe and responsible way," said Stephen Lecky, director of events for Venture Richmond, in a press release today. "Invite your friends and family out to enjoy the warm weather in one of Richmond’s most beautiful outdoor event venues."

Without further adieu, your summer '21 lineup is below. All the shows start at 6:30 p.m. and the headliner is at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted (some have only one performer).

May 7: Cris Jacobs Band with Deau Eyes

May 21: Agents of Good Roots with Leon III

May 28: An evening with Art of Noise RVA (6:30 p.m.)

June 4: NO BS! Brass with Piranha Rama

June 11: An evening with Suggesting Rhythm (6:30 p.m.)

June 18: Mighty Joshua and Erin & the Wildfire

June 25: Butcher Brown with Shormey

For more information and details on how to purchase tickets, visit the Venture Richmond website.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Former Innsbrook After Hours announces new concerts, venue and name

Series of at least 30 concerts will move to Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 4:00 AM

Steve Earle performs with Los Lobos on Friday, Aug.27. - SHERVIN LAINEZ
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  • Steve Earle performs with Los Lobos on Friday, Aug.27.

The popular Innsbrook After Hours concert series has announced that its 2021 season is expected to feature at least 30 concerts that will take place at a new venue: Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.

The series, which will be called After Hours Concerts at Meadow Event Park, has previously been known for featuring new country stars and legacy and current acts of many other genres. The kickoff in May will feature concerts including Jamey Johnson (May 14), New Faces of Country feat. Jimmie Allen, Matt Stell and more (May 21), and Chase Rice (May 22).

Among the hotly anticipated summer shows: Steve Earle and Los Lobos perform on Friday, Aug. 27 and rapper Ludacris is performing on Friday, Sept. 17.

All shows are on sale now at www.afterhoursconcertseries.com. Meadow Event Park is easily accessible from I-95 at the Doswell, Kings Dominion exit and organizers say that it will provide ample parking on-site.

Today's press release pointed out that the new venue is larger (situated on 12 acres) and will provide "more flexibility to present shows based on social distancing guidelines that may be in place at the time. Current guidelines and seating arrangements can be found at www.afterhoursconcertseries.com/Covid-19."

Here is a list of other announced shows: Aaron Lewis on June 4; Indigo Girls on June 19; Blues Traveler with JJ Grey & Mofro on June 25; Hanson on June 26; Toby Keith on July 17; Lee Brice on Aug. 6; Get The Led Out on Aug. 12; Train with Vertical Horizon on Aug. 13; Jon Pardi with Larry Fleet on Aug. 14; Tower of Power on Aug. 18; The Commodores on Aug. 26; Steve Earle and Los Lobos on Aug. 27; Ludacris on Sept. 17; and Lynyrd Skynyrd on Sept. 18.

In addition, EventMakers-USA announced new shows at Meadow Event Park including Kip Moore on June 18; Sublime with Rome and Dirty Heads on July 18; Foreigner on Aug. 20, Scotty McCreery on Aug. 28 and Brad Paisley on Sept. 23. Tickets for these shows go on sale this Friday, April 2 at 10 a.m.

Here's more info from the release:

"A limited number of Early Bird general admission tickets will be available for each of these shows from April 2-8. Additional shows will be announced in the coming weeks.

All existing tickets will be honored for shows at Meadow Event Park. Ticket holders will have the choice to hold onto their tickets for these shows or request a refund by April 27.

A limited number of season passes are currently available for the 2021 concert season. Season passes grant access to every show in the upcoming After Hours Concert Series season and can be purchased at www.afterhoursconcertseries.com/season-passes."

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Safe Space Market held each Friday in March

RACAB RVA will be at Lakeside Farmers' Market this month.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 4:00 AM

There's a relatively new market in town that seeks to support and celebrate underrepresented small businesses: the Safe Space Market Pop-Up will be held at Lakeside Farmers' Market every Friday in March from 4 to 7 p.m.

The market's stated mission is "to celebrate and promote the visibility of Richmond’s Black, POC, LGBTQ+ and other marginalized makers, artists, organizations and small business owners." Each month, the market picks a local organization to support that is doing "important antiracist work, support work for LGBTQ+ folx, and working toward Black/Queer equity." This month, the market is working with RVA Community Fridges, a local organization that provides free food in free fridges around Richmond; there will be a tabbed canned food drive.

Among the vendors for the March event: Dayum this is my Jam, a queer and trans-owned jam, salsa, and pickle company; Enrich Compost, queer-owned composting; Color & Culture: Black-woman owned shirt company; Fragment Jewelry C., queer-owned jewelry company; Beez Wax & Co, Black-owned candles, sprays, and bath products; Rebelle Naturelle, Black-woman owned skincare company; Lady Street Studios, queer-owned print, cards, stickers and buttons; Worm Works Ceramics, LatinX butch-owned ceramic functional wares company; Roots RVA, teas, herbal blends, tea utensils; Karmalita’s Marshmallows & Confections, Black and LGBTQ-owned confections company; Bud & Thorn, LGBTQ-owned unique handmade scarves and masks; Copper Cottage, queer-owned tea and pins cuts by August: Black trans-woman offering gender-affirming haircuts; Bowler Images, queer photographer offering sliding-scale mini-sessions.

The Friday event also features live music and a food truck each week (last week it was local eats from La Bête). Besides being a welcoming and safe space for all individuals, the market will have strict mask and social distancing requirements and limit the number of people permitted inside the market at a time.

We asked a few questions of Andy Waller, founder and co-organizer of the event:

Style Weekly: How did this come about and how long has it been happening?

Andy Waller: The market is new! We have only been in operation since February. I've been involved with community organizing and events, especially with underrepresented small businesses, for about five years now. From working with numerous amazing local businesses and organizations, I continue to be blown away by the support Black, Trans, Queer and other marginalized businesses give to one another. It felt important more than ever to have a space where folx can come and be in community and truly be as safe as possible.

How do you choose which local org to support?

With input from vendors, the community, and organizers. We seek to work with local organizations doing important antiracist work, support work for LGBTQ+ folx, and working toward Black/Queer equity.

What's been the highlight so far for you?

The remarkable and inspiring resilience and of these makers, artists, organizations, and creatives. Considering we faced a kind of pandemic (racism, homo/transphobia, xenophobia, etc) before COVID, it is incredible that we continue our work and continue to lift each other up. The strength of underrepresented communities, even when so many forces try to do us harm or silence us, is something I am deeply proud of.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

St. Paul and Broken Bones Playing Brown's Island

Broadberry presenting first pod-show on the island on May 29.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Shhh. We don't want to jinx it.

For the first time in awhile there seems to be some optimism that things could -- maybe, possibly -- return to some semblance of normal this summer. That is if COVID numbers continue to drop, vaccinations continue to rise, and (the big if) new variants do not cause more surges this spring. None of this means its time to stop wearing masks or social distancing.

In related news, Broadberry Entertainment Group announced today its inaugural pod-seating concert at Brown's Island will feature soul group St. Paul & The Broken Bones from Birmingham, Alabama. The show will take place on Saturday, May 29 along the scenic James River in downtown Richmond. The on-sale date will be announced soon.

Recently we spoke to a local concert promoter who works with some of the city's biggest festivals and he told us that established venues and clubs are hoping for an announcement from Gov. Northam in the coming weeks regarding possible new crowd size limitations for live concerts. But again, infections must continue to drop and public vaccination levels most grow exponentially.

According to Broadberry's press release today, safety will be a top priority for the upcoming pod show: "Each ticket will be valid for a specific four-person pod in one of four color-coded sections. Pods are 8 x 8, and there is a 6’ buffer between all pods. Masks are required when entering and exiting the venues and any time that concert goers leave their pod. All concertgoers sitting in the same pod must arrive at the same time. Camp chairs and picnic blankets are permitted; however, tents, beach umbrellas, or canopies are not."

Curious about the music? The eight-piece band's last album, "Young Sick Camellia," was released in 2018. And here's a rough cellphone video we shot in 2014 during the group's first performance at Brown's Island, featuring a raucous, closing cover of Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness."

Also from the release: "Beer and wine will be available for pre-order to be picked up on the day of show (coolers not permitted), limited pods are available and the concert is rain or shine. Tickets as well as a list of all upcoming pod-seating concerts will be available at www.TheBroadberry.com as they are announced."

Specific safety guidelines based on CDC requirements and guidance from local health officials will be strictly enforced.

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