Pavilion shows cards: Raitt, Randolph, O.A.R., Gill & Grant

There may be a pearl or two inside that giant white clamshell: on Tuesday morning, the Charlottesville Pavilion announced part of its schedule for the 2007 season.

The first scheduled show is a free performance by pedal steel guitar phenom Robert Randolph (who did an extensive interview with The Hook last April in anticipation of his most recent album, Colorblind). The show is sponsored by, which is taking its activist mission to 11 different colleges. Pavilion General Manager Kirby Hutto says that the Randolph show came together just the day before the venue's schedule was released, but they were happy to have him. "He did so well last year," says Hutto. "That should be just huge for us."

April 19: Robert Randolph and the Family Band
April 22: Bonnie Raitt and Jon Cleary
May 5: O.A.R. and Ludo
July 15: Vince Gill, Amy Grant, and the Del McCoury Band
August 18: John Prine

Not all of this comes as a surprise; the Hook first reported Raitt's scheduled performance weeks ago on its breaking news blog, and rumors of an O.A.R. show have flown thanks to the group's ties to Capshaw music business monolith Red Light Management. More shows are sure to come, however, as past seasons have featured many more shows than the six announced today.

A partial schedule was also revealed for the most popular gig in town: the Fridays After Five concerts that take place every week on the east end of the downtown mall. The concerts were initially held at the old amphitheater until 2005, when Capshaw leased the space and built a new concert venue. After an awkward temporary residency at the Garrett Street construction site that has become the downtown ACAC fitness club, the events moved back to their former location where they've since enjoyed the posh amenities provided by the new venue.

"This being the 20th anniversary of Fridays," says Hutto, "it really is a milestone. If you've been around since the beginning and saw the little tiny stage and what it's grown into, you really get a sense for how Friday's has come to define downtown."

April 20: Sons Of Bill
April 27: King Wilkie
May 4: Bootsie Daniels
May 11: Abbey Road
May 18: Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
May 25: Alligator
June 1: Indecision
June 8: The Key West Band
June 15: The Chickenhead Blues Band and Eli Cook
June 22: Son Quatro
June 29: Railroad Earth

Hutto says he expects to announce the second half of the Fridays After Five schedule in early June.




Let just hope the music is a bit more "contained" this year....- Belmonter

Yes, the lovely free music in Belmont. I also love it how they close all the sidewalks between Belmont and the mall. I end up walking a bonus mile just to get to the post office. This village is so pedestrian friendly.

Guess it is time to climb in my car and drive two blocks.

Geez, I hope they start beefing that schedule up. Not a single show on there that would get me, or any of my friends, to make the trip to the pavillion.