NEEDTOBREATHE's Seth Bolt, Joe Stillwell, Bear Rinehart, and Bo Rinehart come to rock the Pavilion on May 9.
“I think the age of being too cool for things is so incredibly over. If you’re a real artist out there, you don’t care who your fans are. If people connect with your music, what more could you ever want?” – Bear Rinehart
Band of brothers
Gritty, lyrical Southern rock courtesy of the sons of a preacher man. That's what you'll get at the Pavilion when NEEDTOBREATHE takes the stage this Thursday, May 9.
While at work on a new album, their last offering, The Reckoning, debuted at number 6 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 2011 and captured the attention of Rolling Stone, MTV, USAToday, the New York Times, and David Letterman, who had the band perform their song "Drive All Night" on his late-night show.
The band of brothers, Bear and Bo Rinehart (along with Seth Bolt and Joe Stillwell) have a story that's hard to make up. Raised in South Carolina by a hard-core Christian pastor father who did not allow the boys to listen to anything but Christian music, they had to sneak around listening to the likes of the Black Crowes and Weezer.
Bear, named for Alabama football coach Bear Bryant, ended up a star wide-receiver at Furman University, where the band formed. Indeed, Furman's quarterback at the time, Justin Hill, was not only throwing passes to Bear, but, as a musician himself, also serving as a musical mentor.
Some have compared them to Kings of Leon (a band formed by brothers whose father was a preacher, by the way), but as Hill told Town, a South Carolina magazine in 2012:
"Kings of Leon found a really cool sound, a really cool niche, and they write these simple songs with simple riffs, but if you listen to NEEDTOBREATHE, their stuff is not that simple—it’s pretty complex, and it also has a feeling to it. It’s more uplifting," explains Hill. "They’re not going to try to be the coolest band, which is what most rock-and-roll guys want to be. Every night that they play it, it’s really like a revival in itself.”
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors open.
May 9, nTelos Wireless Pavilion, 7pm, $25
Crooners and a Comic
In one night, The Paramount plans to blow your socks off with a double-dose of entertainment.
First part of the evening is the live finale of Paramount Idol. The top ten finalists, chosen from hundreds, are going to battle it out before a live audience, vying to win a cash prize and a shot at a professional singing career. The finalists will also be performing before a panel of celebrity judges with musical accompaniment by the band, In Full. Check in at www.paramount.net to find out who those celebrity judges are going to be. After the singers have given it their all, Grammy Award-winning comedian, Lewis Black, will perform live on the same stage. Lewis Black is a world-famous actor, writer and comedian known for his social and political rants. His performances are a passionate release of disillusionment that make the audience think about society’s downfalls while also making us laugh at the absurdity of human behavior. Black found national fame with appearances on The Daily Show. Since then, he’s had several comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime. He won a Grammy for his performance at Carnegie Hall and a second Grammy for his album, Stark Raving Black. See both of these shows at The Paramount for a night you’ll never forget
Paramount Idol–– May 17, The Paramount Theater, 6:30pm, $10
Lewis Black–– May 17, The Paramount Theater, 9pm, $49.75
Live Local. Give Local.
Live Local. Give Local.
Established in 2009, the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation's (CACF) Future Fund is a nonprofit giving circle for people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s that offers an affordable way to leverage charitable contributions with those of other young professionals to support Charlottesville nonprofits. Since 2009, the Future Fund has given away $175,000 and engaged 325 young professionals in philanthropy. "Everyone pools their charitable dollars and makes grants," says Brennan Gould, CACF's Director of Grants.
So come on out on Thursday, May 16 to the Jefferson Theater when the CACF's Future Fund presents Live Local. Give Local., a free night of music and enjoyment. The event kicks off at 6pm with food from Harvest Moon and beer and wine to drink. At 7pm the speaking program begins and you'll get to hear from some of the year 3 (last year's) winners, as well as find out who the year 4 winners are. After that, the music starts with a performance by alt-country singer/songwriter Sarah White (pictured), followed by soul and funk DJs Grits 'N Gravy. This event is free and open to everyone, but an emailed RSVP is required: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 16, The Jefferson Theater, 6pm, Free
Something’s coming, something good…
Never was a musical of more woe than West Side Story. Based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this book turned play turned film keeps with the same theme of star-crossed lovers, but bases it in mid-century New York City. The story explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, teenage gangs from different ethnic backgrounds. Tony, a member of the Jets, falls in love with the leader of the Sharks’ sister, Maria. Dark undertones and mature subject matter make this musical one of the most unique of its era. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is considered Broadway’s most powerful and breathtaking, with classics such as “Tonight”, “America”, “I Feel Pretty” and “One Hand, One Heart”. The Associated Press wrote, “Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.” This show at John Paul Jones Arena is based on Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction. From the time the curtains open until they close, this play will leave the audience mesmerized, just as it has for over fifty years.
May 9, JPJ Arena, 7:30pm, $35-$55
Theater: West Side Story. JPJ Arena. 7:30pm. $35-$55
Film: Sirius: The Movie. Paramount Theater. 7:30pm. $15
Discussion: Economic Benefits of Walkable and Bike Friendly Communities. City Space. 7pm. Free
History: Charlottesville Historic Walking Tours. Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. 5:30pm. Free
Charity: Field School Bids and BBQ Bash. Field School. 6pm. $20
Art: David Summers: Light. Les Yeux du Monde. 5pm. Free.
Charity: Design House to benefit The Shelter for Help in Emergency. Westover Farm. 10am. $20
Food: Taste of the Farm Plant Sale and Open House. Maple Hill Farm. 10am. Free
Concert: Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra. Meade Hall. 3pm. $5
Art: Artists in the Gardens, a tour of homes in Marshall Heights neighborhood. Town of Orange. 10am. $5
Gardening: The State Arboretum of Virginia presents the 24th Annual Garden Fair. Blandy Experimental Farm. 9am. $10 per car.
Sports: The Montpelier 5k Race. Montpelier Station. 8:30am
Wine: Wine Festival at Monticello. Monticello. 6pm. $55
Art: Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival. Claudius Crozet Park. 10am. Free
Film: Annie. Paramount Theater. 2pm. $4-$6
Art: The Sublime Equine: The Art of the Horse. Fralin Museum of Art. 1pm. $15-$20
Theater: Fiddler on the Roof. ShenanArts at the nTelos Theater. 3pm. $10-$17
Art: New work by Ashley Florence called Taking Time. Blenheim Vineyards. 5pm. Free
Art: El Trabajo, iConnect UVA Students and Faculty Show. The Bridge PAI. 12pm. Free
Art: "Apotheosis" & "Flocking," exhibitions. McGuffey Art Center. 10am. Free
Theater: The Taming of the Shrew. Four County Players Community Theater. 2:30pm $12-$16
Art: PVCC Chocolate Chowdown. PVCC Gallery. 5pm. Free
Art: 2013 All Member Art Show of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Art Association. Spring Street. Open Hours. Free
Reading: Poetry Writing Contest. Milli Joe Coffee and Gelato. 6:30pm. Free
Art: Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Collection of Frederick and Lucy H. Herman. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Comedy: Improv Comedy for Beginners. Play On Theater. 7pm. Free.
Art: STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Art: Karen Blair, Priscilla Long Whitlock & Jessie Coles exhibitions. McGuffey Art Center. 10am. Free
Leva/Letz Duo at Wild Wolf
Jimmy Stelling and Friends at Fellini’s #9
John D'earth Quintet
Sarah White at Whiskey Jar
Elliot Rayman with Beako at Blue Moon Diner
Beleza Duo at Keswick Hall Fossett’s Bar
Arana y Compas at Devils Backbone
Bennie Dodd at Wild Wolf
The Buzzard Hollow Boys at Plank Road Exchange
Eli Cook, Sun Dried Opossum at The Southern. $8
Jacabone at Fellini’s #9. $5
William Walter and Co., DJ Williams, Tara Mills &Yankee Dixie at nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Jolie Fille at Whiskey Jar
TNT Country at Joe’s Sports Bar and Pool Hall
Tom Smith at Blue Moon Diner
Carol Covel at Escafe
William Walter at Devils Backbone
The Misfit Toys at Wild Wolf
Jeebus at Plank Road Exchange
Phil and Friends at The Southern
Woodson at Fellini’s #9. $5
Ryan Bingham, The Wild Feathers at The Jefferson. $22.50-$25
Blue Ridge Blues Band at Whiskey Jar
Drunk Tigers, Invisible Hand at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. $5
Brink of Chaos at Heritage on Main
Tony Bruno at Devils Backbone
Bubba Rose at Wild Wolf
Peter Bradley Adams at The Southern. $12-$14
The Hogwaller Ramblers at Fellini’s #9
Jazz Collective #9 at Fellini’s #9
Blues and Stuff at Blue Moon Diner
Kopecky Family Band, Matrimony at The Southern. $10
Travis Elliott at Fellini’s #9
Paul Edelman at Blue Moon Diner
The Sabor Trio at Escafe
Bronze Radio Return, Caleb at The Southern. $10
Danny Barrale at Fellini’s #9
Sara Evans at The Paramount Theater. $39.50-$75
Jim Waive at Blue Moon Diner
Chris and Goose at Heritage on Main