Hometown girl Mariana Bell returns to play at The Southern on May 23.
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"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." – Robert Frost
Bell returns to her roots
After playing in Europe this spring, Charlottesville native Mariana Bell returns home for a show at The Southern on May 23. Bell will be showcasing her latest release, The Carolina EP, a five-song acoustic meditation on a fictional character's life from various angles, with a duet featuring Ari Hest on the title track of the "story." Bell will perform this album as well as several full-band songs from her CD Push.
"I love the idea of coming home to play," says Bell, "but honestly, I worry if anyone remembers me."
Bell says another hometown musician first inspired her to play.
May 23, The Southern, 8pm, $8
Chamomile & Whiskey CD Release Party
If you haven’t heard Chamomile and Whiskey perform live, you’re not experiencing Charlottesville to the fullest. This Nelson County band has an exceptional talent for playing Old-Time music in the hippest way possible. Koda Kerle, singer and songwriter, has an affecting voice to match his soulful lyrics. Marie Borgman on the fiddle plays melodies that will tear you out of your chair. Tim Diebler slaps the upright bass, while Ryan Lavin burns up the banjo. And Brenning Greenfield drives the beat with his percussive flair, from a drum set to a washboard. The band has an irresistible energy that transmits directly to the crowd. Their CD release party show at The Jefferson should bring you closer to the Blue Ridge Mountains and make you feel like a real Virginian. Chamomile and Whiskey will be joined by The Last Bison, an indie folk band from Chesapeake, and The Sally Rose Band, a mother/daughter fronted group also from Nelson County.
May 24, The Jefferson, 7pm, $12-$14
It’s a fry-off!
Gordonsville is apparently famous for its fried chicken. At the turn of the century, residents used to carry platters of it on their heads to serve passengers of trains stopping in town. That was when the town earned its nickname "Chicken-leg Center of the Universe," and the secret recipe has been passed through generations ever since. Today, Gordonsville celebrates its heritage by holding its Famous Fried Chicken Festival, featuring the Cooper family’s famous fried chicken. There are going to be friendly cook-off contests for fried chicken, grilled chicken, macaroni and cheese, and pies. First place in the fried chicken cook-off receives $100, second place gets $75 and third place gets $50. There are also cash prizes for the macaroni and cheese and pie bake-offs. Local artisans and wine vendors will also be on hand to sell their wares. The event will take place downtown in the parking lots around Town Hall and at the former Bank of America building.
May 18, Downtown Gordonsville, 11am
James Monroe is having a party at his house this weekend. It’s The 19th Annual Ash Lawn-Highland Wine Festival. This is a perfect family outing for a spring afternoon in Charlottesville. The grounds are open, and the historic setting creates a beautiful backdrop for sipping local wines paired with great food. In addition to local wines, there will be beer and cider from several of Virginia’s notable cideries and breweries, with live music by Rockfish Gap Band to complete the experience. You can stroll the grounds and check out some local artisans, house tours will be available, and a souvenir wine glass will be given to each person participating in the tasting. The wine samplings can be paired on the spot with a variety of foods by local vendors including Kira’s Crêpes and Anderson Carriage Food House. Kids can enjoy face painting, balloon animals and colonial style games. And no need to worry about the weather–in case of rain, there’s cover at the Hilltop Pavilion and under tents.
May 18-19, Ash Lawn-Highland, 12pm. $7-$20
Charity: Live Local. Give Local. The Jefferson. 6pm. Free.
Discussion: The Guantánamo Dilemma, a presentation. Random Row Books. 7pm. Free.
Art: All Member Art Show of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Art Association. Spring Street. Open hours. Free.
Reading: Big Blue Door Jam, storytelling series. Black Market Moto Saloon 8pm. $5
Music: Paramount Idol Live Finale. The Paramount. 6:30pm. $10
Comedy: Lewis Black—The Rant is Due. The Paramount. 9pm. $49.75-$54.75
Theater: In the Heights, musical. Monticello High School. 8pm. $12
Charity: Design House to benefit The Shelter for Help in Emergency. Farmington; parking at Westover Farm. 10am. $20
Festival: Batesville Day. Plank Road and Craig’s Store Road. 8am. Free.
Food: Gordonsville Famous Fried Chicken Festival. U.S. Route 15 at Routes 33 and 231. 11am. Free.
History: Charlottesville Historical Walking Tours. 200 2nd Street. 10am. Donations accepted.
Art: Albemarle High School Arts Extravaganza. Albemarle High School. 1pm. Free.
Sports: Steeplechase 5k, 10k, kids and team run. Devils Backbone. 2pm. Registration required.
Wine: 19th Annual Ash Lawn-Highland Wine Festival. Ash Lawn-Highland. 12pm. $10-$20
Lecture: Andrew Skurka, guide, adventurer, speaker and writer. The Moose Lodge. 7pm. $10
Art: PVCC Chocolate Chowdown. PVCC Gallery. 5pm. Free.
Art: Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Collection of Frederick and Lucy H. Herman. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Art: STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Reading: Poetry Writing Contest. Milli Joe Coffee and Gelato. 6:30pm. Free.
Art: "Apotheosis" & "Flocking," exhibitions. McGuffey Art Center. 10am. Free.
Comedy: Improv Comedy for Beginners. Play On Theater. 7pm. Free.
Art: Decoration/Destruction. Second Street Gallery. 11am. Free.
Art: Corot to Cezanne Exhibition. Fralin Museum of Art. 12pm. Free.
Greg Ward at Wild Wolf
Lake Street Dive at The Southern. $15
Kristen Bowden at Fellini’s #9
I See London at The Whiskey Jar
Jamie Dyer, Cathy Monnes, Dan Sebring at Blue Moon Diner
Beleza Duo at Keswick Hall Fossett’s Bar
Bob Bennetta at Escafe
John D'earth Quintet at Miller's
Chris and Goose at Devils Backbone
Sally Rose at Wild Wolf
The Hill and the Wood, Gems, Dead Professional at The Southern. $8-$10
Crystal Rainbow Unicorn Puppies at Fellini’s #9. $5
Abbey Road, The Currys at Fridays After Five
Sarah Lynn and the Misfit Toys at Whiskey Jar
Alex and Amelia of Mountain Man, Caleb Stine, Red and the Romantics at The Haven
La Fin Absolute du Monde at Blue Moon Diner
Art Wheeler at Escafe
Dixie Ridge at The Southern Way Cafe
Local Vocals at Wild Wolf
Gina Sobel and Mighty Fine at Plank Road Exchange
Marco Benevento, Jocie Adams and Arc Iris at the Southern. $12-$15
The Pollacks at Fellini’s #9. $5
Bryan Elijah Smith at Whiskey Jar
The 5 and Dimers at Joe’s Sports Bar and Pool Hall
Final Hour at Heritage on Main
Tony Bruno at Devils Backbone
Ashley McMillen at Wild Wolf
The Hogwaller Ramblers at Fellini’s #9
Carol Covell at Escafe
Jazz Collective #9 at Fellini’s #9
Jason Ring at Blue Moon Diner
Travis Elliot at Fellini’s #9
Mason Reed at Blue Moon Diner
Charlottesville Jazz Society at Escafe
Danny Barrale at Fellini’s #9
Jim Waive at Blue Moon Diner
Cantrell and Cash at Heritage on Main