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 - 7:00-8:00pm
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.
Traditional Bluegrass with a Twist
Great bluegrass by local favorites!
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
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.
Denim & Lace
Country, 50's & 60's Rock 'n' Roll
Denim-n-Lace is a powerful duo who performs a variety of music from country to rock. The duo consists of Michael Akridge - male vocals and lead guitar, and Terry Jo Jett--female vocals. Their repertoire is arranged and recorded by Michael Akridge. Michael Akridge - a native of Texas - brings his soft, serene vocals for country music, and his captivating, robust vocals for rock and roll. His experience includes years of performing with professional artists, such as Tommy “D,” Robert Demmel, Ronnie Cloud, and Don Boucher. Terry Jo Jett is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and brings her natural, country voice for country music and oldies rock and roll. Her experience includes years of performing with other groups as lead and back-up vocalist, as well as her own groups, which include “Nationwide” and “X-Clusive.”
July 1: Don Brown's Soul Experience
July 8 - The Kore
Classic Rock 'n' Roll
The Members of The Kore have been playing a diverse mix of music ranging from R&B, Soul, Pop, Country, and Classic Rock in and around the Fredericksburg area for over 20 years! The Lineup includes Greg Sutler on Guitar and vocals, Konard Williams on Bass, Mike Gianforte on the drums with Larry Townley on the keyboards. We sincerely hope you enjoy our music and have some fun at the “Library”.
July 15: Celtic Machinations -
Jim & Holly Lawrence, and Lauren Smith
Celtic Music with an American twist
Jim Lawrence has performed diverse types of music for over four decades.
He recorded a solo effort of rock n' roll and folk ballads in in the mid 80s and has recorded three CDs with his talented daughter Holly. The third CD, Caledonian Shadows, a collection of original and traditional Scottish ballads, was nominated for the prestigious Wammie award by the Washington Area Music Association for best folk/traditional CD of 2011.Lovely Lauren Smith is equally adept at bluegrass and Celtic music and is seen on a regular basis in the violin section of the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. Not only does she possess a quick ear and nimble fingers but she also lends her lovely voice to background and lead vocals.
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.
July 29: Becky, Slam, Y Limon
Salsa Latin Band
Becky Slam Y Limon is a hot trio in the Fredericksburg area that plays an eclectic mix of originals, jazz standards, funk, and pop tunes with an Afrocuban flavor or “sabor afrocubano”. Local husband and wife musical duo, Becky and Slam Stewart, are teamed up with world-renowned Conguero Alberto Limonta “Limon” Perez, born in Havana, Cuba, to 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 (www.slamone.com), east of Fredericksburg where both write, record, and teach music.
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."
Harry, Larry, and Buck
Skiffle Lounge on the Sound
Great laid back sound from this fun local trio.
August 19: Abbe Buck Trio
Eclectic blend from the 20's to 60's in a lilting, swinging style
The Abbe Buck Trio is an eclectic blend of keyboard, upright bass and vocals that harks back to a bygone era. Music from the 1920s to 1960s in a lilting, swinging style!
August 26: Chatham Street
New Americana Sound - a little bit of everything
Husband and wife, Peter and Christal Prout, have been playing music for years. Chatham Street likes to call their sound "New Americana", as they feel it carries multiple musical influences, from old-time gospel, bluegrass, rootsy-folk, yet they feel it also has the edginess of the contemporary rock and pop music they grew up with.
Christal’s vocals are a cross between Celtic and southern “down-home”, and they soar over Peter’s tasteful vintage guitar, sounding just like her Scottish-Appalachian heritage. Together, they are a magical and refreshing combination.