Campus Events

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.

May
26
Sat
WOODBRIDGE BEERFEST
May 26 all-day
WOODBRIDGE BEERFEST @ Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center

We’re taking over the main drag of Stonebridge for the second annual Woodbridge Beerfest and filling it with beer, food, some wine, root beer, and a ton of fun for kids and adults alike!

SATURDAY, MAY 26: (Memorial Day Weekend) Starting at 11am (10am for VIP) going until 5pm.
PARTICIPATING BREWERIES: Dozens of the best of local and regional craft breweries. Visit http://woodbridgebeer.com/ for current (and growing) list.
WINE: We’ll also have a wine table so you can bring your wine drinking friends along to enjoy the merriment!
FOOD, MUSIC, ACTIVITIES: In addition to liquid revelry, there will also be food vendors, live music and other entertainment — including kid-friendly activities.
AFTER PARTY: Stay late for the after party in the Brew Republic taproom.
LOCATION: Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center is located just off of I-95 in Woodbridge, Virginia. The center is home to Brew Republic Bierwerks, as well as high end retailers like REI, Carhartt, an Apple Store, and top notch restaurants. The main road through the center (Potomac Town Place) will be closed to vehicle traffic between Starbucks and REI for the Beer Fest, creating the perfect venue for enjoying great craft beer and tasty food with friends and family.
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE: Get the best price by purchasing in advance. Get them here: https://brewrepublic.beer/gear/beer-fest/.
• General Admission: includes wrist band (for drinking); a commemorative glass; and unlimited 4-ounce beer pours.
• VIP Admission: includes General Admission ticket; early entrance to the festival (1 hour before General Admission ticket holders); exclusive beers only available in VIP tent; a cool and shaded place to sit and hang with brewers and brewery personnel (and other VIPs); and a $5 food coupon at Brew Republic Taproom (inside).
• Wine Ticket: includes wrist band (for drinking); a commemorative glass (same one beer drinkers get); eight 4oz wine pours; and free admission to VIP tent when accompanying VIP ticket holder.
• Kid Ticket (not required but recommended): let’s kids in on the action with unlimited pours of house-made Brew Republic root beer from the tap; a plastic commemorative cup; and bottled water. Please note: Kid Tickets are not required for kids to attend.

NOTE: Advance ticket sales prior to May 1 are $39 General Admission & Wine; $59 VIP; $5 Kids. On May 1, ticket prices increase ($49 General Admission & Wine; $69 VIP); and on 5/25, online/advance ticket sales will end and tickets will be available at the event ($59 General Admission & Wine; $79 VIP; $6 Kids).

NO PART OF NOTHIN’
May 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:45 pm
NO PART OF NOTHIN'

No Part of Nothin was recently formed when several members met at a monthly bluegrass jam. They sang together on a couple of songs, and the next thing you know they decided to enter the DC Bluegrass Union Festival’s band content. And the rest is history! The band features Michelle Murray on vocals and guitar, Steve Barrett on vocals bass, and mandolin, Paul Donovan on mandolin and vocals, Robert Meltz on banjo and David Goldman on fiddle.The band has received airplay on WAMU’s Open Mic Program, and performs regularly in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including at the monthly bluegrass music series at Seibel’s Restaurant.

HONEYSUCKLE
May 26 @ 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm
HONEYSUCKLE

Honeysuckle is a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration.

Comprised of Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz, this Boston based band can frequently be found performing across the country, playing alongside bands like The Ballroom Thieves, The David Grisman Sextet, Boy & Bear, Sam Moss, The Western Den, The Novel Ideas, Shook Twins, John Craigie, Damn Tall Buildings and others.

Honeysuckle has performed at Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza and CMJ, was chosen as a Converse Rubber Tracks artist, and has been nominated for Best Folk Artist of the Year, and Best Americana Artist of the Year three years in a row at the annual Boston Music Awards. They were also put in the Top 10 bands of 2016 So Far list compiled by NPR.

Honeysuckle recently released their sophomore album, “Catacombs.” They also have two previous titles: “Honeysuckle” (full length 2016) and “Arrows” (EP 2015)

CIRCUS NO. 9
May 26 @ 4:45 pm – 7:15 pm
CIRCUS NO. 9

Circus No. 9 is East Tennessee’s own Progressive Bluegrass outfit, blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Jazz, Jambands, and more. Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” the group has appeared alongside artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, and more. Comprised of musicians Matthew Davis, Thomas Cassell, and Vince Ilagan, Circus No. 9 is one of the most exciting new bands on the acoustic music scene today.

Banjo extraordinaire Matthew Davis is the winner of both the National Banjo Championship and the Rockygrass Banjo Contest, not to mention the achievement of his musical chops at just age 18. Davis has performed on the Grand Ole Opry, among other venues and shows around the country.

On the mandolin is Virginia’s own Thomas Cassell, a now Tennessee transplant. Cassell is the winner of the 2016 Rockygrass Mandolin contest, and has performed on stage beside artists including Darrell Scott, Bryan Sutton, Aofie O’Donovan, Mike Marshall, Julian Lage, Billy Strings, and more.

Holding down the low end for the band is Knoxville’s Vince Ilagan, also holding a Bass Performance degree from the University of Tennessee and years of studio and touring experience. Ilagan has performed with artists including Justin Townes Earle, Jeff Sipe, Scott Miller, and many others.