The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library and JumpStart! present the 32nd annual Music on the Steps!
Headquarters Library, Mondays in June, July, & August, from 7:00-8:00
Come out all summer long, every Monday, for great music. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics welcome. In the case of inclement weather, the concerts move into the theater.
Attention Summer Reading participants! By attending one of these sessions, you can work towards earning the digital badge, Music on the Steps!
Check out our Flickr album for Music on the Steps! Photos were taken by Fredericksburg photographer, Donna Hopkins.
July 10 - 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 17 - The Kingbolts
July 24 - Fredericksburg Jazz Collective
The Fredericksburg Jazz Collective is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping this music alive in our local area, through a variety of programs and online resources.
July 31 - Moch Pryderi, or "Pryderi's Pigs"
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.
August 7 - Davis Bradley
Kathy Davis & Bradley Bishop have teamed up to present a one-of-a-kind musical experience, which is exciting, entertaining, and offers something for everyone! The innovative duo has drawn from their individual bluegrass, old time, and swing influences to create something magical, while remaining true to the roots of the music they love. Fans can expect to hear fresh renditions of the classics as well as several original compositions. This dynamic song mix has helped to extend their combined reach, holding the door wide open to welcome those in search of something new and unique!
August 14 - Razor Hill
Red, White & Virginia Blue! Americana and frolicking fiddle tunes
Facebook: Razor Hill Music
Razor Hill is a partnership of Lauren Smith (vocals, violin, ukelele) and Jim Lawrence (vocals, guitar, harmonica) who perform Appalachia, Irish, 60s, 70s, current contemporary folk, bluegrass, and occasionally touch on some blues.
August 21 - Cabin Creek
Certified Organic and Gluten-Free Modern Folk Music
Twitter: @cabincreekband, Facebook: Cabin Creek
Fredericksburg's Cabin Creek are keeping the old traditions alive taking new, original songs and pairing them with old-timey, foot-stomping tunes and somber dirges.
August 28 - Semilla Cultural
Bomba: Afro-Puerto Rican Music and Dance
Twitter: @semillacultura1, Facebook: Semilla Cultural
Semilla Cultural is a non-profit organization developing and cultivating a community that embraces Puerto Rican culture and arts.
Friday, June 2 from 7:00-8:00 on Fredericksburg's First Friday in June!
Featuring the Lafayette Station Band with their energetic Chicago, Texas, Delta, Jump, and Louisiana Swamp Blues!
*This concert will be held only if the weather cooperates!
The Lafayette Station band has been working together for over three years. They are a three piece band (drums, bass, and guitar) with a front lady vocalist. Various influences include: Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Albert Collins, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Rait.
June 5 - Dixie Power Trio
Zydeco & N'Awlins Jazz
Facebook: The Dixie Power Trio
The Dixie Power Trio is a three-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 12 - Karen Jonas
Born, raised, and recorded in the heart of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Karen Jonas' second studio album, Country Songs, is album is a celebration of music made outside the machine—of songs written in her living room, captured live in the studio just down the street, and sent out to see where it stands in the big, wide world. In a time when the country music genre is complicated by competing definitions, Jonas weighs in strongly with her own version of what country music should be.
June 19 - The Company Store
Good Ole American music
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.
June 26 - Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy
Acoustic Folk, Pop, Jazz, & Original Songs
Facebook: Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy
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.