Music on the Steps

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.

2015 Performers:

The Hollands!


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.


The Dixie Power Trio


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.


Laurie Rose Griffith and Pete Mealy


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.



Barbara Martin and Bob Bowen


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






The Company Store Band

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.


Rill Street Blues Band


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.


Davis Bradley


July 13: Davis Bradley

Bluegrass music, offering smooth harmonies with an acoustic blend






Moch Pryderi


July 20: 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 American-Appalachians. Moch Pryderi’s members are; Mary Triola, Rik Rice, Bill Reese, Luke Gray and Paul Burgess.



Celtic Machinations


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.

Jeni and Billy

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."

Don Brown's Soul Experience


August 10: Don Brown's Soul Experience

Classic Soul







Dana and Susan Robinson


August 17: Dana & Susan Robinson

Appalachian oldtime music and contemporary songwriting





Doc Scantlin & His Imperial Palms Orchestra


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

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.