The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library present the 31st annual Music on the Steps, with support from the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority's JumpStart! grant program.
Headquarters Library, Mondays in June, July, & August - 7:00-8:00
Come out all summer long, every Monday (except July 4), for great music. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket and a picnic supper. In case of inclement weather, the concerts move into the theater.
June 6 - 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.
June 13 - Maranatha Music Ministry
Gospel Music from 3 choirs: Maranatha Touring Choir, Maranatha Gospel Choir, and the Maranatha 2nd Generation Choir
June 20 - Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy
Acoustic Folk, Pop, Jazz, & Original Songs
The husband-and-wife 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 Achievement 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, performing and traveling the world. It has been hailed by Dirty Linen for the duo's fine singing, writing, and song selection..
June 27 - The Company Store
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.
July 11 - Angela Easterling
Angela Easterling is a three-time Kerrville New Folk finalist, a Telluride Troubadour finalist and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter finalist. The Boston Herald named her song, “The Picture,” Best Political Country Song in their year’s best music. Her most recent release, 2015’s “Common Law Wife,” went all the way to number 1 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Airplay Chart and remained in the top 5 on that chart for nearly 2 months, closing the year out as #12 on the top 100 albums, and earning much praise in the press.
July 18 - Don Brown's Soul Experience
July 25 - The Dangerous Kitchen
Bebop and Latin Jazz
August 1 - Jeni & Billy
East Nashville-based Applachian Folk Song, Story, and Dance
"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."
August 8 - Moch Pryderi
Celtic Music of Wales
Moch Pryderi (Welsh for “Pryderi’s Pigs”) is a five-piece, Welsh-American band from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Together for 16 years, their music is firmly rooted in the traditional Brythonic-Celtic music of Wales and Brittany, interwoven with traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, Turkey, and the Appalachians. Moch Pryderi’s members are: Mary Triola, Rik Rice, Bill Reese, Luke Gray and Paul Burgess.
August 15 - Fredericksburg Jazz Collective and Friends
Sizzling Jazz to perk up summer
August 22 - Wylder
Wylder instills clever violin lines and lush harmonies that resonate behind clear and memorable melodies.
August 29 - Davis Bradley
Bluegrass music, offering smooth harmonies with an acoustic blend