Celebrating 30 years of great music!
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.
June 1: The Hollands!
American Folk Revival
The Hollands! are seasoned concert performers, engaging audiences with their intimate merrymaking. They are an internationally touring family based in the US via Australia with a knack for engaging audiences and rousing a sing-a long. They are 21st century nomadic travelers and frolic in the Americana, Folk revival scene. By the end of their performance, audiences will feel like they are part of the band. This is the experience and magic that happens when The Hollands! come to town. Check them out on YouTube.
June 8: 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 15: 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.
June 22: Barbara Martin & Bob Bowen
An eclectic mix of jazz, blues, and award-winning originals
Eclectic songs “that ring with truth, wit and experience.” The Washington Post
June 29: 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.
July 6: Rill Street Blues Band
Blues that lifts your soul and moves your feet
The Rill Street Blues Band was founded by bassist Russ Kidd in 2014. RSBB plays traditional and modern blues, ranging from the classic jump blues of Big Joe Turner to the Chicago blues of Buddy Guy to the contemporary blues of artists like Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The members are: Russ Kidd - bass, Lorri Ward - vocals, Matt Levy - guitar/vocals, Steve Yoder - guitar/keyboard/vocals, and Dave Hancock - drums.
July 13: Davis Bradley
Bluegrass music, offering smooth harmonies with an acoustic blend
July 20: Moch Pryderi
Celtic Music of Wales
Moch Pryderi is Welsh-American band with a pan-Celtic flair.
July 27: Celtic Machinations
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.
August 3: 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."
August 10: Don Brown's Soul Experience
August 17: Dana & Susan Robinson
Appalachian oldtime music and contemporary songwriting
August 24: Doc Scantlin & His Imperial Palms Orchestra
Sponsored by the Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library and a contribution from the Virginia Credit Union
At James Monroe High School
2300 Washington Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
The 18-piece ensemble swings with manic abandon through the early Great American Songbook, infusing standards with new energy.