Music on the Steps

The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library present Music on the Library Steps ...

Headquarters Library, Mondays in June, July, & August - 7-8pm

Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and a picnic dinner and listen to a variety of entertainers every Monday night this summer. In case of rain, concerts move into the library theater.

2014 Performers:

The Dixie Power Trio

June 2: Dixie Power Trio

Zydeco & N'Awlins Jazz

The Dixie Power Trio is a four-piece group dedicated to the music and sounds of Louisiana. In a typical set the DPT will play a gumbo of different styles including zydeco, Cajun, New Orleans jazz, funk, street parade, and rock. The songs are a mix of Louisiana-flavored originals and covers—all with a unique, happy-go-lucky attitude.





The Company Store Band

June 9: The Company Store Band

Good Ole American Music

The Company Store is Marianne Lampert (guitar), Doug Shackelford (banjo), Don Golladay (bass), and Paul Muller (fiddle). Mixing together the all-natural ingredients of America's own music, fiddle melodies from Virginia's Appalachians, tight harmonies from Kentucky's bluegrass and moving spirituals from the Carolina hills, then folding in some hearty laughter, they stock the Store with an assortment of vocal refrains, good fiddlin' and country humor that some say can turn apple cider vinegar into sweet maple syrup.



The Believers

June 16: The Believers

Traditional Bluegrass with a Twist

Great bluegrass by local favorites!











Don Brown's Soul Experience


June 23: Don Brown's Soul Experience

Classic Soul













Laurie Rose Griffith and Pete Mealy

June 30: Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy

Acoustic Folk, Pop, Jazz, & Original Songs

The wife and husband duo of Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy present elegant and stylish interpretations of their own music as well as songs of lesser known songwriters. They have been nominated for the Governor's Award For Artistic Acheivement in Virginia, and their first CD, Tocoi Light, was voted Album of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association. Their new release, Something Good, reflects the maturity and precision of their ten year association of performing and world travel, and has been hailed by Dirty Linen for the duos fine singing, writing and song selection.









Becky y Slam

July 7: Becky Y Slam

Eclectic mix of original Latin Jazz

Local husband and wife musical duo Becky and Slam Stewart provide a fusion of unique flavors from the Caribbean, African beat, spicy Cuban and other tropical sounds to entertain and satisfy your appetite for listening and relaxing!  Becky (flute, keys and vocals) and Slam (drums and vocals) own and operate a music studio, Slamone, LLC (, east of Fredericksburg where both write, record, and teach music.  






Grassland Bluegrass Band
July 14: Grassland Bluegrass

Virginia based Bluegrass Band 

Grassland Bluegrass prides itself in sticking to the traditions of bluegrass music introduced by Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, and others. Members are Jason Glisson (mandolin & vocals), Nick Dorosheff (banjo & vocals), Carl White (fiddle & vocals), Kevin O'Connor (guitar & vocals), and Harry "Cookie" Thompson (upright bass).






Squirrel Hillbillies

July 21: The Squirrel Hillbillies

Acoustic folk, country, & blues

From deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh's East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies often emerge to share their eclectic mix of folk, country and blues. The duo has been writing and arranging original music and showcasing songs by other artists since 2010, and has performed at a wide variety of venues, including the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, the Grand River Folk Society's "Saturday Night Acoustic" series in Michigan, the Purple Fiddle in West Virginia, the Living Room in New York City, the Lakewood Public Library's "Sunday with the Friends" series in Ohio, and concerts presented by Calliope: Pittsburgh's Folk Music Society.

Through a collaborative, nonlinear songwriting process, duo partners Jenny Wolsk Bain and Gary Crouth draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories, and vivid imaginations to craft songs that are unpredictable and quirky yet widely accessible. They released their debut, self-titled album in 2012 and their second album, Goody Shoes, in 2014. Their recordings have been played on radio programs in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.



Celtic Machinations


July 28: Celtic Machinations -
Jim & Holly Lawrence, and Lauren Smith

Celtic Music with an American twist

Celtic Machinations is composed of singer/guitarist Jim Lawrence and fiddler/ukulele player/singer Lauren Smith and performs traditional Celtic music from Ireland and Scotland, though they have been known to foray into other areas, too. 

Lauren performed with the father/daughter duo Jim & Holly Lawrence until Holly moved with her family to Roanoke. Jim and Lauren then gave themselves the present moniker. Their current CD, Spare Parts, was nominated for Best Traditional Folk Album 2013 by the Washington Area Music Association. 

Holly Breivik lends her beautiful soprano to this show for an evening of lively fiddle tunes and beautiful ballads.

Jeni and Billy

August 4: Jeni & Billy

Appalachian Folk and Bluegrass

"Sharing the duties of songwriting, arranging, and performing, Jeni & Billy bring to the work very distinct musical backgrounds that both draw from the deep well of Appalachian roots music ...

Jeni & Billy continue the tradition of the sweetheart duo, winning hearts with their genuine presence on stage and their true to life recordings, while bearing witness to the simple grace of plain folks."


Cesar y Limon


August 11: Limon y Cesar

Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz Duo

Limon y Cesar's unique style of Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz encompasses many popular and famous Cuban arrangements with Limon on congas/bata/vocals
and Cesar keyboards/vocals.







Harry Wilson

August 18: Harry Wilson Quartet

Straight-Ahead Jazz
Harry Wilson on Gravatt Entertainment

"Harry Wilson vibraphonist extraordinaire". That's how his fans refer to him. He has been playing the vibraphone for over thirty years.

Mr. Wilson is influenced by the late great Lionel Hampton who, not only mastered the vibraphone, but pioneered the "vibes" in the emerging world of jazz.

Harry's earliest and biggest influence is the renowned Sun Ra. Harry played with Sun Ra Arkestra throughout the United States and abroad. In those early years Harry Wilson mastered his technique on the vibraphone and this is where he discovered his unique style.



Marenje Marimba Ensemble

August 25: Marenje Marimba Ensemble

Traditional and original Zimbabwean-style tunes

The Marenje Marimba Ensemble is an 8 piece marimba ensemble, playing on handmade, acoustic, wooden instruments.  The ensemble blends pan African songs and rhythms, Traditional Zimbabwean marimba/mbira songs, and original compositions to create community celebrations filled with hope and creativity.  





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