Get Out! events, shows, things to do

If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music." ― Kurt Vonnegut


Stringdusters play for the MRC

Appropriately enough for this Hook music issue, our own Music Resource Center gets some love from the Grammy-nominated and highly eclectic bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters, as they perform a special benefit concert for the MRC at the Cider Barn at Verulam Farm on Bloomfield Road.  The concert will fund scholarships for low-income students to attend the MRC and allow them to receive music and technology education for free. Of course, tickets for the event are a bit pricey, but hey, its a benefit! Plus you get food catered by The Catering Outfit, an open beer and wine bar, and the first 100 ticket buyers get a custom screen-printed concert poster. And, of course, it's tax deductible. As for the Stringdusters, well, they're known for their complex, distinctive bluegrass tunes, as the group was founded in 2007 by two Berklee College of Music students.  What's more, Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass) also contribute to our local music scene by helping to produce The Festy Experience, the three-day music festival in Nelson County founded in 2010. Limited tickets to this one so hurry up and get yours. For questions, please contact Maria Gall at or 434-979-5478.
April 27, Cider Barn at Verulam Farm, evening, $150



Fridays After Five, week two
Cha’s Cha’s Cadillac, an upbeat rockabilly band from Richmond, is performing at the next Fridays After Five. If you love songs from Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, The Stray Cats, or The Clash, then you won’t want to miss this performance. Cha’s Cha’s Cadillac got their name from Cha-Cha DiGregorio, the fiery dancer in the film Grease, which suits the band because their goal is to bring back origins of rock and roll, rockabilly, and country. They also write their own songs, available on their first original CD entitled, Midnight Dixie Radio. Their new record is a concept album that takes you through a midnight radio show, with tunes that are sure to make you nostalgic for the days of hotrods and jukeboxes. Erin Lunsford and the Smokey Bandits, a local group from Fincastle, are the opening act. 
April 26, nTelos Wireless Pavilion, 5:30pm


Think you have what it takes?
You won’t be seeing Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, or Keith Urban, and Ryan

  Seacrest is definitely out, but The Paramount Idol is the biggest singing competition in Charlottesville and it’s coming back for its second season. Auditions to compete are free and open to the public, just make sure you pre-register and that you’re over 15 years old. Participants will sing their hearts out for a chance to win the first place prize, which includes $1,000 cash, a professional consultation session with Bruce Flohr, CSO & EVP of Red Light Management and Partner ATO Records, an opportunity to perform at a Paramount event in the next year, and a professional demo recording session at White Star Sound recording studio. Second place receives $500 and the recording session, third place receives $250 and the recording session. This is a perfect opportunity for Charlottesville’s undiscovered stars to show off their very best. Last year’s winner, Jennifer Stuart, has gone on to perform with Maxine Jones, originally of En Vogue, and joined the band In Full as their lead singer.

April 27, The Paramount Theater, 9am



Music lovers, go to Lovingston
Less than an hour's drive from Charlottesville, at the oldest winery in Virginia, some of the best local and almost-local artists are performing this Sunday. Nestled in the mountains of Lovingston, with gorgeous verdant views and abundant wildlife, the Mountain Cove Vineyard is hosting their third semiannual music festival. The main act, Tony Trischka, is considered the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. Trischka hails from Syracuse, New York, where his love for banjo playing began in the early 1960s. Throughout the sixties and seventies, Trischka was a member of the bands Down City Ramblers, Country Granola, Breakfast Special, and others. He has cut numerous solo albums and has recently played with famous comedian and banjo player, Steve Martin. Other acts at the Mountain Cove Music Festival include authentic African drumming master Darrell Rose, Charlottesville rock band From Here on Blue, young singer/songwriter Josh Mayo, and Blue Ridge Mountain folk band, Yankee Dixie. There will also be vegetarian food, seafood, barbecue, and more from local vendors.
April 28, Mountain Cove Vineyards, 10am-Dark, $10-$30



Art: New mixed media work by Lindsey Oberg. Martha Jefferson Hospital Main Building. Hospital hours. Free.
Film: Documentary Film Series screening: Dave Brubeck: Live in '64 & '66. JMRL Central Library. 7pm. Free
Theater: UVA Department of Drama presents You Can’t Take It With You. Ruth Caplin Theater. 8pm. $8-$14

Film: Silver Linings Playbook. PVCC Main Stage Theater. 7:30pm. Free.
Art: Final Fridays. UVA Fralin Museum of Art. 5:30pm. $3
Art: Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Collection of Frederick and Lucy H. Herman. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.

Theater: Met Opera Live in HD presents Giulio Cesare. Paramount Theater. 12pm. $18-$24
Theater: Paramount Idol Season 2 Open Auditions. Paramount Theater. 9am. Free.
Wine: Oyster Festival with music by Trius. DuCard Vineyards. 12pm. Free.
Sports: CLAW Women’s Arm Wrestling. Blue Moon Diner. 7pm. $5
Concert: Zephyrus presents Sing We and Chant it: The Mass and the Madrigal. The Haven 8pm. $15-$20
Gardening: April Swap presented by Woolen Mills Gardeners United and Cville Swaps. The Woolen Mills Chapel. 1pm. Free.
Health: YMCA Healthy Kids Day. Crozet PARC YMCA. 1pm. Free.

Film: Charlotte’s Web. Paramount Theater. 2pm. $4-$6
Film: Fly Fishing Film Festival. Paramount Theater. 7pm. $8-$12
Art: Corot to Cezanne Exhibition. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Theater: Live Arts presents the play, Or. Live Arts Theater. 2pm. $20-$25

Charity: Registration closes for Cavaliers Against Cancer Texas Hold’em Tournament. Event is May 4 at JPJ Arena. 12pm. $60-$150
Art: STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Art: Becoming the Butterfly: Landscapes of James McNeill Whistler. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.

Art: We Bury Our Own works by Christian Thompson. Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum. Open hours. Free.
Gardening: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden Tour. Monticello. Museum hours. $8-$24
Reading: Poetry Writing Contest. Milli Joe Coffee and Gelato. 6:30pm. Free.

Dance: PVCC Dance presents Simplicity. PVCC Maxwell Theater. 7:30pm. $5
Reading: Live Poets Society. Gordon Avenue Library. 7pm. Free.
Comedy: Improv comedy class for beginners with Bent Theater Improv Comedy members. Play On Theater. 7pm. Free.



Sonshine Rivers at Wild Wolf
Eilen Jewell, Miss Tess and the Talkbacks at The Southern. $12
Jimmy Stelling and Co. at Fellini’s #9
Galen Curry at Whiskey Jar
Loose Change at Blue Moon Diner

John D'Earth Qunitet at Millers

Melissa Hansen Band at Wild Wolf
Lesley Gourdet and the Blue Ridge Blues Band at Plank Road Exchange
Carleigh Nesbit, Luke Wilson and the Dericks at The Southern. $10
Adrian Duke at Fellini’s #9. $5
Erin Lunsford and the Smokey Bandits, Cha Cha’s Cadillac at nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Keller Williams, More Than a Little at The Jefferson. $18-$20
The Green Boys at Whiskey Jar
Daniel Bachman, Dais Queue at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $5
Left and Right, Borrowed Beams of Light, Girl Choir at Random Row Books
Sally Rose Band at Blue Moon Diner
Carol Covell at Escafe
Abbey Road at Staunton Performing Arts Center

Cashless Society at Wild Wolf
Hot Twang at Plank Road Exchange
Robert Jospe Jazz at Fellini’s #9. $5
John McCutcheon at The Jefferson. $20-$23
Bluzonia at Whiskey Jar
The Infamous Stringdusters at Verulam Farm

Hogwaller Ramblers at Fellini’s #9
Adela and Jude at Blue Moon Diner
Tony Bruno at Devils Backbone

Shabazz Palaces, TheeSatisfaction, Malitia Malimob at The Southern $12-$14
Jazz Collective #9 at Fellini’s #9
Micah Goska at Blue Moon Diner

Travis Elliot at Fellini’s #9
The Sabor Trio at Escafe
Louis Smith Band at Boylan Heights

Danny Barrale at Fellini’s #9


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