Get Out! events, shows, things to do

"Rock music should be gross: that's the fun of it. It gets up and drops its trousers." – Bruce Dickinson, British rock guitarist and lead singer for Iron Maiden.


Quirkfest at the Pavilion

Primus, the San Francisco-based rock band, has been serving up their irreverent, funk-metal tunes for nearly three decades now, summoning the spirits of Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd, and they're showing no signs of slowing down. Green Naugahyde, the band's 2011 album, and the first in more than a decade (released by our hometown ATO Records), brings with it both the band's youthful love of experimentation as well as some real-life experience. As bassist and vocalist Les Claypool told Rolling Stone in 2011, "It's got 20 years of life experience on it— from many different angles. A song like 'Jilly's on Smack' just wouldn't have been written in the early Nineties, because we hadn't lost a friend to heroin addiction. A song like 'Lee Van Cleef,' which is reflective of my youth, just wouldn't have been written back then. So there's a lot of salt to it, yet there is this vigor of Jay's [Lane, drummer] very rhythmic playing." The album's title, by the way, comes from the lyrics of "Lee Van Cleef," which in true Primusian quirkiness, is about some guys watching Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef movies and driving a yellow Studebaker with seats made of green Naugahyde. Dark and brooding yet whimsical and fun, Primus is sure to leave the audience at the Pavilion scratching their heads and grinning. And get this: Gov't Mule, another of rock's great road warriors, opens the show.

June 5, nTelos Wireless Pavilion, 7pm, $39


Starring, The King of Cool
Bullitt is a classic 1968 action thriller directed by Peter Yates, starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset. And, the A-lister Robert Duvall, pre-stardom, plays a bit part as a taxi driver who provides information for McQueen. It’s about a San Francisco cop named Frank Bullitt, who is determined to catch an underground kingpin who killed a witness under Bullitt’s protection. The film's most memorable scene— the infamous car chase—generated a great amount of excitement at the time. Leonard Maltin has called it “one of the screen’s all-time best” car chases, and it undoubtedly won editor Frank P. Keller the Academy Award for Best Editing. In 2007, Bullitt was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant,” and it's screening at the Paramount this Sunday for your enjoyment.
June 2, the Paramount, 2pm, $4-$6

Fridays After Five – Week Five
Turnpike Troubadours, who took their name from the Indian Nation Turnpike in southeastern Oklahoma, is performing at the Pavilion this Friday after opener Carl Anderson. The heartland Americana group is made up of frontman Evan Felker, bassist RC Edwards, fiddle player Kyle Nix, guitarist Ryan Engleman and drummer Gabe Pearson. Together they fire up audiences with a rowdy performance that raises roofs on bars, music halls and honky tonks all over the U.S. When referring to their latest album, Goodbye Normal Street, Felker said, “All the songs are about people we know.” Songs like “Before the Devil Knows We’re Dead” are raucous anthems for the folks out there who like to live hard. Carl Anderson, a young Americana musician from Charlottesville, has been making a big presence on the Virginia festival circuit this year and has shared the stage with big names like Cracker and Sons of Bill.
May 31, nTelos Wireless Pavilion, 5:30pm, Free

Graves’ Mountain Festival of Music
For great bluegrass and beautiful views, look no further than Syria…Virginia, that is. Graves’ Mountain Lodge has an all-star lineup set for the Graves’ Mountain Festival of Music this year. Bands performing for the first time are The Darrell Webb Band, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass, The Newtown Band, Mark Johnson & Emory Lester, Clay Hess Band, and Mak & the Boys. There's also a large number of bands returning from previous years. Last year, Graves’ Mountain was listed in USA Today's “10 Great Places” to go to bluegrass festivals . It's also a perfect destination for outdoor activities like fishing and horseback riding. And the Lodge Restaurant has all-you-can-eat homemade food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The festival starts Thursday, May 30 and goes until Saturday night. You can camp onsite with a three-day pass or just stop in for one day. The event is open for all ages, and kids under 11 get in free.
May 30 – June 1, Graves’ Mountain Lodge, 8am, $30-$95



Charity: 15th Annual Charlottesville Business Innovation Council Awards Gala and Fundraiser. Farmington Country Club. 5:15pm. Registration is required
History: Charlottesville Historical Walking Tours. 200 Second Street. 5:30pm. Donations accepted
Discussion: Law and the Arts Seminar — “The Basics of Business Incorporation." CitySpace. 6pm. $5-$10

Art: Kluge-Ruhe Museum Re-Opening and Reception for “Black Prints from Cicada Press." Kluge-Ruhe

Aboriginal Art Museum. 5:30pm. Free
Art: 7th Annual Chocolate Chowdown. PVCC Gallery. 8am. Free
Theater: Auditions at ShenanArts for The Third Wave. The nTelos Theater. 9am. Free

Sports: Xtreme Fest of the Blue Ridge: Hike It, Bike It, Paddle It, Climb It. Constitution Park, Waynesboro. 10am. Free
Art: Quilt Exhibit by the Nelson Quilters and the Loose Threads Quilters. Rockfish Valley Community Center. 4pm. Free
Reading: New Children's Book Lazy Daisy, the Love Dog Launch Party. Wintergreen Tuckahoe Clubhouse. 1pm. Free
Discussion: Andrew Faust talks Permaculture. Random Row Books. 3pm. $10.00 suggested donation

Film: Bullitt. The Paramount Theater. 2pm. $4-$6
Concert: The Charlottesville Women’s Choir. The Haven. 4pm. $4-$15
Gardening: Expanded Lavender Season Hours. Inglewood Lavender Farm. 10am. Free

Film: Le Hérisson. JMRL Central Library. 6:30pm. Free
Comedy: Improv Mondays with Hamner Improv Troupe. The Hamner Theater. 6pm. Free
Art: Becoming the Butterfly— Portraits of James McNeill Whistler. UVA Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free

Archaeology: Site 6 Excavations. Monticello. 11am. $15
Concert: Municipal Band 91st Summer Concert Series. Paramount Theater. 8pm. Free
Food: Pick Your Own Strawberries. Seaman’s Orchard. 8am. Free

Comedy: Improv Comedy for Beginners. Play On Theater. 7pm. Free
Reading: Live Poets Society. Gordon Avenue Library. 7pm. Free
Art: Unfinished Stories, photography by John Mitchell. Angelo Jewelry. 11am. Free


Jacob Paul Allen at Wild Wolf
Jim Wray at Fellini’s #9
Antiserum, Helicopter Showdown, Clicks and Whistles, DJ Pyrite at The Jefferson. $15-$20
The Sweater Set at Blue Moon Diner
Beleza Duo at Keswick Hall Fossett’s Bar
Nikki Talley at Baine’s Books in Scottsville
Lavin and the Like at Whiskey Jar

Davil Hill at Devils Backbone
The Judy Chops at Wild Wolf
Michael Coleman, Erin and the Wildfire, Matthew McAllister at The Southern. $8
Adrian Duke at Fellini’s #9. $5
Turnpike Troubadors, Carl Anderson at Fridays After Five
Colt Ford at The Jefferson. $20-$25
Rupert Wates at Blue Moon Diner
Art Wheeler at Escafe
SuperUnknown at Rapture
Gone Again at Whiskey Jar

Maybe Tomorrow at Wild Wolf
The Pollocks at Plank Road Exchange
Holly Renée Allen, Ashley McMillen at The Southern. $10-$12
John D’earth and Friends at Fellini’s #9. $5
Hackensaw Boys, The Fire Tapes at The Jefferson. $15-$17
Josephine Foster, Diane Cluck, Victor Herrero at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $7
Blue Ridge Irish Music School at Escafe
Kings of Belmont at Rapture
Jason Ring at Whiskey Jar

Steve Losh at Wild Wolf
Hogwaller Ramblers at Fellini’s #9

Jazz Collective #9 at Fellini’s #9
Luchadora at Blue Moon Diner

Travis Elliott at Fellini’s #9
Open Mic Night at Onyx Lounge
Michael Mulvaney at Blue Moon Diner

Danny Barrale at Fellini’s #9
Primus 3D and Gov’t Mule at nTelos Wireless Pavilion. $39
Live Jazz Night at Onyx Lounge
Jim Waive at Blue Moon Diner