Though his career began over a decade ago with genuine rock n’ roll honky-tonk, Wainwright has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the blues. His insatiable interest in music discovery, sheer love for entertaining and curiosity have led him all around the world, and the resulting perspective is a reflection of his passion for entertaining and creating progressive roots music in an effort to move the artform forward. Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Victor Wainwright is a raucous high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare.
Please join us for a few St Patrick's Day inspired films
4pm The Secret of Roan Inish
10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie - a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle shaped like a boat; someone in the family believes the boy is being raised by the seals. Then Fiona catches sight of a naked little boy on the abandoned Isle of Roan Inish and takes an active role in uncovering The Secret of Roan Inish.
6pm Waking Ned Devine
When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.
Celebrate St Patrick's Day with local bluegrass superstars The Fox Hunt
JP Harris and Chance McCoy met under circumstances slightly different than many of Nashville's duos: a week-long, muddy, moonshine-fueled fiddler's convention, set high in the West Virginia mountains many summers ago. Over the last seven-some-odd years they continued to meet at random, drinking corn liquor and losing time in the drone of the old fiddle-and-banjo tunes of the 19th century they both love. In time, JP formed his notorious honky tonk band JP Harris and The Tough Choices, while Chance went on to join the Grammy clad, platinum-selling band Old Crow Medicine Show.
With their careers landing them both in Nashville, it was time at last for the pair to find an outlet for the old time music that had initially brought them together; however this time it is with a road-wizened ear, a new eclectic mix of folk, rock and country, and few more miles on their already-calloused fingers.
Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at door
With special guest Rhin, West By God is a four-piece, original "Appalachian Hard Rock" band residing high in the mountains of North Central West Virginia. Since its inception in 2003, the band has produced a varied catalog of original material- spanning subject matter from good country living and values to regionally and nationally important issues such as mountain top removal, over development of rural areas, and natural disasters. The release of the band's first full length album "For Glory or for Flames" as well as the high energy live performances, has since brought WestByGod into a regional spotlight- performing with such national and international acts as CKY and Karma to Burn.
Kara Hansbarger has been singing for as long as she has been able to open her mouth. She grew up loving classic performers like Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Gram Parsons and Glenn Danzig. While Kara doesn't have a full-time band, she has put together a special group for this one-night-only show. She will be joined by her father, Clark Hansbarger, on guitar and John Miller on bass. You can expect to hear a fresh take on familiar songs that you love by Mrs. Parton and Mrs. Lynn as well as Linda Rhonstadt, Jenny Lewis, Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch just to name a few. Chelsea McBee will be opening the show and then joining Kara Hansbarger & Co. for some collaboration.
The LA Weekly calls them “cross pollinated gypsy music….one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet.” Formed in 2005 and playing everywhere from the hippest LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades, and even on the street, the gypsy jazz band includes two explosive violins, the world's best slap bass player, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, opera, jazz and gypsy vocals, and one little banjolele. Tackling everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, Flamenco, and oddball originals, the band is a not to be missed event for world music lovers...and everyone will love this intoxicating mix of music!
Circa Blue is “about” bluegrass … not completely traditional, not completely newgrass. Striving to be unique and entertaining to all audiences, so everyone will discover something they enjoy, they have tight vocal harmonies, clean instrumentation, and creative arrangements keep audiences tapping their toes or dancing in their seats … whichever they prefer.
Christian Lopez and The Christian Lopez Band are not merely riding the wave of Americana Music, the West Virginia natives, are bending it to its knees. With the will of his voice and the stomp of a steady beat, Christian Lopez and his band are pioneering their own brand of Alt. Folk Country Rock. Like a young Whitman, Lopez translates the iconic America before him into rousing romps and searing serenades employing crisp and thoughtful imagery and storytelling.
With special guests: The Grand Nationals and Levee Drivers
Paul Pfau (rhymes with “wow”) is a soulful singer-songwriter and guitar player from the Baltimore-Washington Metro Area. With hands like Hendrix and a voice that croon’s with Sinatra’s charm, Paul brings an authentic sound to the modern era. His unique approach to music combines british blues & New Orleans funk rhythms, with hook-laden pop melodies. In 2011 he was nominated Best New Artist by the Washington Area Music Association, opened for The Lumineers, and had the distinct pleasure of jamming with the Beach Boys.
In 2012 he began recording his debut full-length album “Happy To Be” and since then, Paul has been traveling the U.S. performing at some of the nations most prestigious clubs, colleges, and music festivals. Averaging over 180 dates a year, he has appeared on stages with blues greats like Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit, Bobby Parker, Maceo Parker, Anders Osbourne, and Devon Allman, as well as more contemporary groups like Vertical Horizon, Tonic, Stroke 9, and We Are Scientists.
Dan Tait is a well known local drummer that hosts a jazz jam at the Meck every third Thursday of the month and usually performs as a jazz trio. For this artist series, he has put together a full big band with horns and all! They'll be putting together plenty of standards as some other great tunes that may not be as familiar. Chelsea is super excited to collaborate with them and sing some jazz.
The Woodshedders bring the influence of vintage American music forward in its songwriting. The band is known for fun, danceable shows that swerve between different genres to create exciting original sounds.
The lineup includes Dwayne Brooke on guitar and vocals, Ryan Mayo on upright bass and piano, Jared Pool on guitar and mandolin, Jesse Shultzaberger on drums, and Dave Van Deventer on fiddle.
The band has played Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Mountain Stage New Song Fest, PBS Song of the Mountains, WAMU’s Capital Americana, and are the host band of Virginia’s Watermelon Park Fest.