Campus Events

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.

HACKENSAW BOYS
May 26 @ 7:45 pm – 10:45 pm
HACKENSAW BOYS

For almost two decades, the Hackensaw Boys have plowed the asphalt bringing their raw, gritty American vernacular sounds to the music halls and streets across the world. Twenty years later, the group continues their burning hot vision of American roots music into a new age, fueled as much by a rowdy punk spirit as by the traditional masters that first inspired them.

The music began in 1999 when four friends from Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley found their collective ways to the roots music hub of Charlottesville. They didn’t waste time getting going, playing a show on the street the day of their first practice. The group let the good times roll and started adding like-minded people until their ranks reached twelve players for their first US tour. As with the folk and punk traditions which form the foundation of their sound, they’ve always operated more as a collective than a band. All said, twenty-eight members have cycled through the group—you never quite know who might sit in as a guest on any given night.

Helmed by founding member David Sickmen, the Hackensaw Boys have always had more in common with bands like The Clash, who celebrated the working class roots of their own music, than they did with an overly-polished Nashville mainstream. As evidenced in the Hackensaws’ history, their music fit as easily backing Charlie Louvin as it did in backstage jams on tour with Modest Mouse and the Flaming Lips.

With their most recent release, a fresh take on Blaze Foley’s “Oval Room,” these roots music stalwarts speak directly to America’s political unrest. Written and recorded by Foley in the 1980s, the song recalls his list of grievances with the Reagan presidency: “Everywhere he goes, make the people mad / Makes the poor man beg, and the rich man glad.” The band was excited to resurrect this protest gem—which was recorded by their friend Thomas Olivier at Studio Americain in Amsterdam—as the words seem more timely than ever.

May
27
Sun
FRONT COUNTRY
May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

What started as a group of friends playing bluegrass in San Francisco’s Mission District has morphed into a touring powerhouse of song and sound, transcending their humble stringband roots. Front Country’s dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in the relentlessly soulful vocals of lead singer-songwriter Melody Walker. Along with mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz, guitarist Jacob Groopman, violinist Leif Karlstrom and bassist Jeremy Darrow, this quintet has been called “passionately intoxicating” and “orchestral” and Melody’s bluesy vocals have been described as “rafter-shaking”.

KING STREET BLUEGRASS
May 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 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

JUSTIN TRAWICK
May 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Justin Trawick is a Virginia native born in Leesburg, VA and now residing in Arlington, VA close to Washington DC. His music ranges in styles from folk/bluegrass all the way to funk/hip hop. Justin’s lineup varies for each show and with instrumentation that includes: upright bass, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, saxophone, trumpet, cello, piano, harmonica, drums, and hand percussion.

May
29
Tue
BRENT PETERSON
May 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BRENT PETERSON

Keeping it simple and soulful, Brent & Co. combines rock, country, reggae and pop with improvisation to create memorable and refreshing music with heart and soul. Performing over 250 shows a year, this is a sound crafted on the road and in front of audiences nationwide. After touring on the 2012 release Not How We Dream EP, Brent & Co. are eager to unleash their new music on the world and continue bringing their live show to fans far and wide.