Campus Events

May
19
Sat
CHRIS CASSADAY
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
CHRIS CASSADAY
Growing up, music was always a prominent part of Chris Cassaday’s life. Whether it be singing in the back seat of his mom’s car, or watching his dad play the drums, Chris was hooked on music at an early age. And after receiving his first guitar at age 14, Chris honed his songwriting skills over the next few years, playing in various bands and as a solo act throughout high school and college.
After graduating from JMU in 2014, Chris independently released his first professionally recorded solo album The Savannah Sessions on May 25th, 2015. Chris got to work with producer/engineer Ted Bowne Of Passafire, one of Chris’s greatest influences and favorite musicians. Chris’s original song My Oh My off of the album was sought out by Sirius XM radio and is now being played regularly on Sirius XM’s the Coffee House (Ch. 14). Chris also performed a live session for Sirius XM in September 2015 that was featured on the air. After two years of extensive live performances around the country, Chris released his next studio effort Stranger Places on April 10th, 2017.
Chris has performed live for countless audiences both solo and with his band “The Cassaday Concoction” all over the country and even abroad and has proven quickly that he is a must-see live act. Chris’s unique blend of blues, rock, folk and funk, and his thunderous, distinctive voice have started to gather him a significant following. The sky is the limit for this Washington, DC based singer-songwriter.
BRAMBLETON BEERFEST
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
BRAMBLETON BEERFEST @ Brambleton Town Center
We are participating in the Brambleton Brew Fest, presented by Lost Rhino Retreat and the Brambleton Town Center!

It will be filled with tons of local craft beer, live music, food trucks, and more!

PARTICIPATING BREWERIES: 2 Silos, Lost Rhino, Old Ox Brewing, Heritage Brewing, DC Breu Brewing, Solace Brewing, Ono Brewing Company, Legends Brewing, Bold Rock Hard Cidery, AND MORE!

LOCATION: Brambleton Town Center

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bram-brew-fest-2018-tickets-43756160855

  • $35 per person (plus service fees) in advance. Included in your ticket: entrance, tasting glass, and UNLIMITED POURS!
  • $40 per person (plus service fees) at the gate. Included in your ticket: entrance, tasting glass, and ULIMITED POURS!
  • $10 Designated Driver Ticket – Includes one free root beer
  • $10 13 – 20 year old – includes one free root beer
  • Kids 12 and under are free.

Several Food Trucks will be available for food purchase.

ENTERTAINMENT: 

1:00pm – 3:00pm – Monster Band
3:30pm – 6:00pm – Soho Down

Look out for EARLY BIRD SPECIALS!

  • No Pets
  • No Smoking
  • No Coolers
  • No Weapons
  • No Tents/Canopys
  • Blankets and Chairs are welcome.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

RAINDATE – If we get a complete washout, we will move the event to May 20th.

JOE BERNUI
May 19 @ 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
JOE BERNUI

Joe Bernui is described as “Solo Acoustic”, playing mostly Rock cover songs and a healthy dose of originals too. Covers include mostly 70’s, 90’s and some millennials.

ROCK SOUP
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
ROCK SOUP

In early 2015, bassist Ron Jennings and guitarist Michael Lavrich started rehearsals for a new cover band project in Gainesville, Virginia. Over the course of the next few months, drummer Jon Lareau and vocalist Danielle Sanders joined the project, and the group proceeded to spend the following months woodshedding on a variety of rock and pop songs. The group began playing out under the name Audio Entanglement Theory, until the band was dissolved in the spring of 2016.

During the early summer of 2016, Rock Soup was formed by Ron Jennings, Mike Lavrich, Danielle Sanders, and Michael Bacon on drums. Soon after the formation of Rock Soup, vocalist Danielle sanders departed the group. After an extensive search for a new vocalist, lead vocalist and guitarist Brian Johnson joined the group in the fall of 2016.

With the final lineup set, the band quickly started learning new material. During initial rehearsals the band quickly found common ground playing 90’s rock. With each member having an independent taste in music, the band’s set list quickly grew to include rock, pop, and R&B hits from the 70’s through today. With a diverse and high energy set list, Rock Soup has quickly established itself as one of the premier rock cover bands in the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C area.

May
20
Sun
KENNEY HOLMES
May 20 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
KENNEY HOLMES

Kenney’s vocal style and instrumental prowess has wowed audiences for over 40 years nationally and internationally. He has been compared to BB King perhaps because his choice of instrument is a gold gilded “Lucille” guitar inlaid with mother of pearl or maybe it is just that he plays the blues with the intensity of a seasonal blues man. He has also been compared to the likes of George Benson and Wes Montgomery as Kenney is an accomplished jazz guitarist and vocalist.

JASON SAITTA
May 20 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
JASON SAITTA

Jason Saitta is a 19 year-old singer/songwriter from Chantilly, VA studying Audio Engineering Technology and Computer Science at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. While his main focus has been as a singer and guitarist, Jason enjoys playing a number of other instruments including piano, bass, and harmonica. He is an avid, all-around musician who loves to express himself through writing, recording, and producing his own music, performing alternative, pop and classic rock covers, as well as original songs.

May
22
Tue
WESLEY SPANGLER
May 22 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WESLEY SPANGLER

If ever there was a natural born entertainer, it would be Wesley Spangler. Rasied in Southern, MD, he now resides in Nashville, TN. For the past 10 years he’s been performing at various venues up and down the east coast. Known for his energy and antics on stage, Wesley brings his audience “into” his shows. His multi-instrument talent is showcased on several sings such as playing the fiddle in “Mountain Music” by Alabama. Over the past 10 years, Wesley has opened up for acts such as Rodney Atkins, Colt Ford, LoCash, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and many more!

May
23
Wed
KARA & MATTY D DUO
May 23 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
KARA & MATTY D DUO

Kara and Matty D bring the unique perspective of a married couple joining forces in an acoustic duo. Great songs from all eras, strong playing, fun chemistry and top-notch vocal harmonies.

May
24
Thu
ANDREW BURLESON
May 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ANDREW BURLESON

Guitarist and vocalist from Columbia, South Carolina. Currently resides in Old Town Alexandria, right outside of DC. Influenced by Classic and Southern Rock as well as BluesR&B, Hip Hop and Alternative Rock. Has played all over the Carolinas for the last 3 years and is now emerging in the DC, Marland, Virginia scene. Plays solo as well as experienced front man for a number of musicians and bands.

May
25
Fri
BREWGRASS FESTIVAL MAY 25 – 27
May 25 – May 27 all-day
BREWGRASS FESTIVAL MAY 25 - 27

Bluegrass, Beer and BBQ “Celebrating all that’s good!”

KING STREET BLUEGRASS
May 25 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
KING STREET BLUEGRASS

WAMMIE nominees, King Street Bluegrass is a kickin’ acoustic mix of Traditional Bluegrass Country and Folk music with some spicy originals thrown in. The instrumental skill is formidable, with harmonies and a way of endearing themselves and connecting to their audiences.
Quote from Bluegrass Spin Mag- “…their collective love of making music can’t help but wash over the audiences…this band gets it right by producing just the right Blend of instrumentation and vocal harmonization to create a bluegrass sound that is pure magic to the ears”–Jan, 2014

RANDY THOMPSON
May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
RANDY THOMPSON

Now 6 albums into an eclectic and powerful career that has included 5 top 40 Americana releases, singer/songwriter Randy Thompson continues to make his home in small town Clifton, Virginia. His music lovingly embraces the past even as it pulls it kicking, picking, singing, rocking – its way into the 21st Century. Since the release of his album ‘Further On’ in 2008, he has also toured extensively in Europe, performing as well as headlining festivals in Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, France, Norway and the UK. He has had a total of 12 singles reach the top 10 on the International Hotdisc chart and 3 Top 20 appearances on the ‘Euro Americana’ album chart.

His 2012 release ‘Collected’ was on many ‘Top 10 album of the year’ lists including ‘Outlaw Magazine’ and ‘Country Music People’. Renowned Texas music critic Dave Pilot named ‘Collected’ as one of his ‘Top 10 All Time Albums’.

Randy Thompson Band will be on the road in 2018 both in US and in Europe with a brand new release, ‘War,Peace,Love,Fear’. Forged on the road and carved from hard-lived experience. This collection finds the artist in confident, reflective, peak career form.