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Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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April 2018

PROVIDENCE – An Evening of Dance, Poems, and Music

April 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $22 100 tickets left

Doors 7:30 / Concert 8:00 PM In 1893, Nellie O'Gara arrived in Rhode Island. She had left her home in Ireland at the age of 17. Through dance, poems, and music, Providence tells the story (real and imagined) of Nellie's marriage, her motherhood, her memories. Providence is created and directed by Dinah Gray and features local artists J.J. Cromer, Vivien Fergusson, Katherine Nies, and Edwin Roa.   And here we pin some language on the ache. Hang images upon the hanging questions.…

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PROVIDENCE – Dance, Poems, and Music (Matinee Performance)

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $22 100 tickets left

Doors 1:30 / Concert 2:00 PM In 1893, Nellie O'Gara arrived in Rhode Island. She had left her home in Ireland at the age of 17. Through dance, poems, and music, Providence tells the story (real and imagined) of Nellie's marriage, her motherhood, her memories. Providence is created and directed by Dinah Gray and features local artists J.J. Cromer, Vivien Fergusson, Katherine Nies, and Edwin Roa.   And here we pin some language on the ache. Hang images upon the hanging questions.…

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An Evening with Susie Burke and David Surette

April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $15

Doors 7:00 / Concert 7:30 PM Susie Burke and David Surette have made a name for themselves as one of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene. Together since 1988, Susie and David have built a steady following for their own blend of contemporary, traditional, and original folk and acoustic music. Burke's vocal style is at once stunning and heartfelt, and is matched by Surette's fluid fretwork. Both are well-respected within the folk music community, as is…

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Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle for Kids 7-12 with Malia Furtado

April 23 @ 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$220

This kid's fiddle group class is for students ages 7-12 with a little playing experience to: learn fun new fiddle tunes and arrangements, practice a little basic music reading skills, explore different rhythms, and to gain more confidence and autonomy in their playing. There may even be a little singing involved! Students should be comfortable with basic technique such as holding their instruments/bow, playing on the A string and E string, and using the first three fingers. For young violinists, they should…

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Songwriting for Kids with Devon Sproule

April 23 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Monday, repeating until May 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$198

Get ready for fun songwriting activities, friendly for kids and teens alike. We'll practice writing with different genres and styles as a creative jumping point. We'll dabble in blues, old time, folk, experimental, and rock - we may even write a jingle or two! We'll learn about writing tools, chords structure, and melody. We'll do some basic recording. And we will use songwriting to process life events, joys, and frustrations. Please bring a notebook, headphones or earbuds, and whatever instrument…

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Bluegrass Jam!

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Join us for a Bluegrass jam! All ages and abilities welcome! $5 donation suggested. We validate for 2hrs of free parking in the Water Street garage.

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Grateful Dead Ensemble with Chris Leva

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

Experience the beauty and sense of adventure that is the music of The Grateful Dead.  Intermediate and up - all string instruments, hand percussion, and accordions welcome.  Healthy chord vocabulary helpful due to the rich harmonic content of the Dead's songs.  We will work on the songs, harmonies, improvisation and counterpoint that make this some of America's most iconic and loved music.  Please bring a recording device (a phone is fine), paper, pencil, and a tuner to each class. Mondays,…

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Intro to Mandolin for Teens/Adults with Marty Collin

April 24 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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A lilting, woodsy Celtic melody, that bluegrass chop, singing-ringing chords, and that high and lonesome sound, this is the recipe for Introduction to Mandolin, a course designed for the complete beginner with no prior knowledge or experience of music or mandolin.  It is an introduction to basic major and minor chord progressions for accompaniment and singing, picking technique, melody playing, listening skills, and tablature reading. Supplies needed: A tunable working 8 string mandolin Flatpicks A notebook, folder, and a pencil…

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Harmony Basics for Ladies with Kayde Deardorff

April 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 16, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

Sing with other women in a supportive atmosphere. Learn the basics of Harmony in Western music and also explore intuitive harmony in class. We will sing songs like those below, and more. Lots of singing in class. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf5UfOuvQHQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BPoMIQHwpo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k35haKwqY14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Z2x8AM6qs&index=11&list=RDEMrGkTSf8EnsmWalF3REALcw Tuesdays, 3/20/18 - 5/15/18 *8 week class  Adults 5:30pm - 6:25pm *No class 4/3, we'll be closed for spring break

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Blues Jam!

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Join us for a blues jam, hosted by Bill Adams. All ages and abilities welcome. $5 donation suggested. We validate for 2hrs of free parking in the Water street garage.

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Intermediate Bluegrass Banjo with John Spangler

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

Join us as we continue with rolls, chords, melodies, and left-hand techniques we started learning in Intro to Bluegrass Banjo. We'll add more Scruggs tunes to our repertoire, explore the fingerboard, and decide as a group which directions to go next - melodic or single string styles, scales, fiddle tunes, playing up the neck... Great for those students who have finished Banjo II, or anyone who knows the basics, has learned a few bluegrass standards, and wants to take it…

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Clogging with Becca White and Krisan Marotta

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$225

Appalachian Clogging taught from scratch: During this 10-week course, students will learn the fundamental building blocks of clog dancing including the steps, look and feel, lingo, and annotation. By the end of the course, students will be able to dance free style and precision styles of clog dancing and will have a foundation on which to learn more. The primary music genre will be bluegrass, but several other genres will be used to teach this American style of dance. Clogging…

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Musikgarten for Toddlers with Molly Murphy

April 25 @ 10:45 am - 11:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:45am on Wednesday, repeating until May 30, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$180

Children are naturally drawn to music. By engaging children in music classes, they develop not only musically, but also socially and cognitively.  Musikgarten involves the whole family. We spend our 30 minute class singing, chanting, moving, dancing, listening, and playing simple instruments, activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement for coordination, body awareness and control. With their grown-up, kids as young as birth learn music principles in a safe environment for the exploration of space. They experiment…

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Making Music with Friends with Molly Murphy

April 25 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$220

This after-school program offers beginner lessons on several instruments and a chance for children to develop their singing voices. Starting with whole body warm-ups and ear training exercises at each lesson, students will learn healthy vocal technique and expand their listening skills and music appreciation in a safe, encouraging environment. We explore several musical genres including Americana, Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Folk, and World music, and explore writing our own songs. Students gain skills in music through fun singing and…

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Instrument Exploration for Kids Ages 4-6yrs with Debby Norton

April 25 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$154

Has your child expressed an interest in music, but you're not exactly sure where to start? Maybe they've taken Musikgarten classes and are ready for the next step? Instrument Exploration is a fun interactive class that will help your child decide which musical path to take. Children will experience the ukulele, fiddle, and percussion instruments though seeing, hearing, touching, and playing. Parents are encouraged to join in, but not required. Come prepared with comfortable attire for movement and games and…

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Folk Choir for Adults with Molly Murphy

April 25 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

This class offers a chance for various levels of singers to join their voices in a secular singing group, explore different voice parts, find and sing in harmony and learn new music. Repertoire will include American folk songs, both a cappella and accompanied, and students are welcome to make song suggestions. We will learn healthy vocal technique and several vocal exercises while having fun making music with this instrument we all have inside of us: our voices. Wednesdays, 3/21/18 -…

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Instrument Exploration for Kids 6-8yrs with Debby Norton

April 25 @ 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$176

Has your child expressed an interest in music, but you're not exactly sure where to start? Maybe they've taken Musikgarten classes and are ready for the next step? Instrument Exploration is a fun interactive class that will help your child decide which musical path to take. Children will experience the ukulele, fiddle, and percussion instruments though seeing, hearing, touching, and playing. Parents are encouraged to join in, but not required. Come prepared with comfortable attire for movement and games and…

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Intro to Folk Guitar for Teens/Adults with Marty Collin

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Playing guitar is fun. Whether you are howling at the moon with a six-string in your hand, trading songs with friends on a sunny afternoon, or singing a lonely tune with your dog out in the backyard, learning to play guitar is a great joy. And if you practice, you can only get better. This course is designed for the complete beginner with no prior knowledge or experience of music or guitar. It is an introduction to basic major and…

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Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle for Teens/Adults with Malia Furtado

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$175

This intermediate class will cover a few new and more challenging fiddle tunes such as Forked Deer, Bill Cheatham, Kentucky Waltz, Big Mon. Additionally, classes will cover standard vocal songs to develop band/jam playing skills such as chopping, playing fills, kick-offs and tags, and basic improvisation. This class is ideal for students who have taken a Fiddle II class, or who are able to play a number of tunes to guitar accompaniment at a medium-peppy tempo.  Students are asked to…

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SwingCville Lesson + Social Dance

April 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Swing Dance takes place every Wednesday from 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM at The Front Porch with SwingCville 8:00 PM Swing 101 Drop In Lesson (no partner or experience required), 8:45 PM social dance Find out more »

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Ukulele 102 for Kids with Craig Green

April 26 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Thursday, repeating until May 31, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$220

This class is for students who are comfortable playing some basic chords and chord progressions or have taken Uke 101. We'll explore strumming rhythms and basic fingerpicking. Each student will also set basic goals for practicing between classes. Students should come prepared with their Uke and a tuner, as tuning their own instrument will be a part of each class. See you there! Thursdays, 3/22/18 - 5/31/18 *Spring Break April 2nd - 6th, no classes in session

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West African Drumming for Kids Ages 8-12 with Darrell Rose

April 26 @ 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Master drummer Darrell Rose comes once again to share his talents with the Front Porch! Students will experience the joy of African Drumming while learning the nuances of ensemble work. Darrell will share not only his musicianship, but his knowledge of the history of drumming and its rich oral tradition. Thursdays, 3/22/18 - 5/31/18 *Spring Break April 2nd - 6th, no classes in session

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Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle for Teens/Adults with Malia Furtado

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

Welcome complete beginners! This class is for those who have absolutely no fiddle experience but would love to learn. In this class, students will learn how to hold their fiddle and bow, how to tune and care for their instrument, basic technique for bowing and finger placements, and how to play a few scales and basic melodies. Classes are taught by ear, but students will have access to a GoogleSite with tab, sheet music, and instructional clips. Students should come to class…

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canceled – Intro to Harmonica with John Ashley Murphy

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

Harmonica is an “instant music” instrument! That is, beginning harmonica is easier than beginning many other instruments. We’ll cover harmonica basics while learning a few standard tunes, plus 1 tune specifically for you! Fundamentals will include simple rhythms, playing clear notes, tone, and an introduction to note bending. (Bending is the characteristic sound that give the harmonica its soulful, vocal quality). For this class, the emphasis is on learning to quickly make some good, sweet, simple sounds.  Please bring a…

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Charlottesville UVA Ukulele Lodge Jam

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until December 27, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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The purpose of the group is to have fun while improving our skills at playing ukulele. This jam is open to all skill levels and there should be something for everyone.  Jam will be held every 4th Thursday of the month.  $5 suggested donation.

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PROVIDENCE – An Evening of Dance, Poems, and Music

April 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $22 100 tickets left

Doors 7:30 / Concert 8:00 PM In 1893, Nellie O'Gara arrived in Rhode Island. She had left her home in Ireland at the age of 17. Through dance, poems, and music, Providence tells the story (real and imagined) of Nellie's marriage, her motherhood, her memories. Providence is created and directed by Dinah Gray and features local artists J.J. Cromer, Vivien Fergusson, Katherine Nies, and Edwin Roa.   And here we pin some language on the ache. Hang images upon the hanging questions.…

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West African Drum Circle

April 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Come join us for our weekly West African Drum Circle! Bring your own drum or use one of ours! All ages and abilities welcome. $5 suggested donation. We validate for 2 hours free parking at Water Street Parking Garage

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Boogie Boys – Young Mavericks Project

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Saturday, repeating until April 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States

Boogie Boys: Boogie Boys is a fun-filled dance class for boys ages 5-7. In Boogie Boys, our boys will put on their dancing shoes and learn some funky moves from experienced student dancers in Charlottesville. Each week’s class will be taught by a male dancer with a different area of expertise, ranging from salsa to tap to African dance, so that the boys are exposed to a wide range of movements from cultures and traditions across the world. They’ll have…

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PROVIDENCE – An Evening of Dance, Poems, and Music

April 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $22 100 tickets left

Doors 7:30 / Concert 8:00 PM In 1893, Nellie O'Gara arrived in Rhode Island. She had left her home in Ireland at the age of 17. Through dance, poems, and music, Providence tells the story (real and imagined) of Nellie's marriage, her motherhood, her memories. Providence is created and directed by Dinah Gray and features local artists J.J. Cromer, Vivien Fergusson, Katherine Nies, and Edwin Roa.   And here we pin some language on the ache. Hang images upon the hanging questions.…

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Bollywood Dance-Fitness Class

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Class Fees & Registration $15.00/each student to register for the class please mail a check to: Kumud Vanderveer 224 Mulberry Drive Stanardsville VA 22973 Or send direct payment via PayPal here. *Please note need a minimum of 10 students to teach/confirm the class. Please check online 48hrs before class for final updates/changes. About the Class - Bollywood dance-fitness class: Bollywood dance-fitness program that combines dance choreography with the music from Bollywood. Inspired by Kumud T Vanderveer's love for dance and craze for Bollywood music numbers, why not…

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May 2018

Sam Reider and the Human Hands

May 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Sam Reider and The Human Hands are a collective of virtuoso jazz and bluegrass musicians from Brooklyn, NY. Along with Sam, they include violinist Alex Hargreaves (Turtle Island Quartet, Sarah Jarosz, Béla Fleck), saxophonist Eddie Barbash (Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste and Stay Human), guitarist Grant Gordy (David Grisman, Darol Anger, Aoife O'Donovan), mandolinist Dominick Leslie (Michael Daves, Tony Trischka, The Deadly Gentlemen), guitarist Roy Williams (Stephane Wrembel), and bassist Dave Speranza (Jim Campilongo). Sam Reider is a composer,…

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An Evening with Brennan Gilmore and Andy Thacker

May 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $15

Doors 7:30 / Concert 8:00 PM Two of Virginia’s most inspiring acoustic musicians, Brennan Gilmore (Walker’s Run) and Andy Thacker (Love Canon) will join forces at The Front Porch on October 14 for a unique duet featuring original compositions and favorite selections from Appalachian traditions and beyond. Andy Thacker (mandolin, vocals) Andy is an accomplished and flexible strings musician.  He has played the mandolin in a variety of different musical styles from traditional Bluegrass and Old Time to Jazz and…

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Open Mic and Potluck

May 6 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Please join us for our monthly open mic and potluck! Potluck at 5:30 pm, open mic begins at 6 pm. Feel free to bring a dish, snacks, or beverages. Wine and Champion Brewing beer will be available. Our monthly open mic is free, open to all, and includes Front Porch friends and Central Virginia songwriters. 2 songs per performer. Originals or clever covers are welcome. Front Porch students – this is the perfect opportunity to perform some of the songs…

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Ukulele 101 for Kids with Debby Norton

May 7 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$154

In this class we'll learn the basics of rocking the uke. We'll master simple chord progressions while having fun playing and singing folk, rock, and gospel songs. We'll also explore how to create a groove and build a group sound. Each student will also set basic goals for practicing between classes. Students should come prepared with their uke and a tuner. Tuning their own instrument will be a part of each class. See you there! Mondays, 3/19/18 - 5/28/18 *8…

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Monthly Jazz Jam

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Photograph by Martin Phillips NEW! JAZZ JAMS at The Front Porch The CJS invites jazz musicians of all ages and levels to come jam at The Front Porch, 221 East Water St, at the corner of 3rd Street, off the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, every second Friday of the month, from 7-9pm.  This is a continuation of the jazz jam for students and adults, held at C’ville Coffee at the end of last year.  The Charlottesville Jazz Society will now sponsor the venue for these gatherings.  Great…

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The Front Porch Spring Block Party and Music Sale

May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Please join us for The Front Porch’s Second Annual Community Block Party and Music Sale Charlottesville, Virginia – The Front Porch will be hosting The Front Porch’s Second Annual Community Block Party and Music Sale from 12 - 6 PM at 221 East Water Street in downtown Charlottesville. Third Street will be closed off for this family-friendly event, with food, music and a raffle for great prizes, including instruments and free music classes. The Front Porch Block Party and Music Sale…

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Contra Dance with C-ville Hoedown

May 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 21, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Join us for our monthly contra dance, hosted by our partners at C-ville Hoedown. Contra dance this Friday to Tunes in the Hood—a group of trad musicians so local that many of them live in Belmont.  Enjoy fiddle, clarinet, recorders, mandolin, guitar, accordion, and piano—you name it, they play it! Calling the dances will be wacky and wonderful Bill Wellington. All dances will be taught, and you need not bring a partner, just a smile. Beginner’s workshop starts at 7:30 pm, with dancing for all…

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Tim May and Steve Smith

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $15

Doors 6:30 pm / Concert 7:00 pm Tim May and Steve Smith duo brings an evening of original, traditional and swing music with mandolinist/vocalist Steve Smith and Nashville guitarist/vocalist Tim May.  The two musicians have collaborated in studio and on stages in the nationwide and now bring their acoustic brand of fire on the strings to your town. Smith and May originally met while on staff at Camp Bluegrass in Levelland, Texas and quickly discovered many common musical threads for…

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Punky Reggae Party with Positive Collective

May 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$5 100 tickets left

Positive Collective returns to The Front Porch for another punky reggae dance party!! Come shake your groove thang with these amazing folks and musicians: Greg Ward, Chris Leva: guitars and vocals Nate Hawkes: Baritone sax Nathaniel Lee: Trombone Rob Hubbard: drums Gabe Gavin: bass Shallel Inglima: keyboards Darrell Rose: percussion

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Danny Knicely and Jack Dunlap

May 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $15 100 tickets left

Danny and Jack are both considered master mandolinist's, both pushing the boundaries of their instrument in their own individual ways. In 2014, Danny apprenticed Jack through the VA Folklife Program. In 2015, the duo recorded their album, Chop, Shred & Split: A Mandolin Player's Apprenticeship, which went on to win Best Bluegrass Album of The Year at the Washington Area Music Awards (WAMA) in 2016. When Danny and Jack perform together, whether on stage, around the campfire at a festival…

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June 2018

Tony Trischka in Concert

June 2 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$18 - $20

Tony is coming back! He'll be offering afternoon workshops (more information TBA) for intermediate/ advanced banjoists and an evening concert (7:30 pm).  We were enthralled with his performances at The Front Porch two years in a row, and can't wait to host him again! Plus, this time he'll be sharing the stage for part of the night with some very special guests -- more info to come! Tony is considered to be the consummate banjo artist and perhaps the most…

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Open Mic and Potluck

June 3 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Please join us for our monthly open mic and potluck! Potluck at 5:30 pm, open mic begins at 6 pm. Feel free to bring a dish, snacks, or beverages. Wine and Champion Brewing beer will be available. Our monthly open mic is free, open to all, and includes Front Porch friends and Central Virginia songwriters. 2 songs per performer. Originals or clever covers are welcome. Front Porch students – this is the perfect opportunity to perform some of the songs…

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Music Theory with Mike Anderson

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until July 2, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$100

Introduction to Music Theory is a four week course intended to provide students with an understanding of the basics of how western music works.  Through solfege (DO-RE-MI, etc...) students will explore the foundational patterns of melody and harmony and how these patterns affect the music we listen to and produce.  The ability to read music on the staff is not necessary!  Instrumentalists and singers welcome. For teens/adults  

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Intro to Folk Guitar for Kids with Marty Collin

June 5 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:15pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 26, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$100

Playing guitar is fun. Whether you are howling at the moon with a six-string in your hand, trading songs with friends on a sunny afternoon, or singing a lonely tune with your dog out in the backyard, learning to play guitar is a great joy. And if you practice, you can only get better. This course is designed for the complete beginner with no prior knowledge or experience of music or guitar.  It is an introduction to basic major and minor…

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Intro to Mandolin with Marty Collin

June 5 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 26, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$100

A lilting, woodsy Celtic melody, that bluegrass chop, singing-ringing chords, and that high and lonesome sound, this is the recipe for Introduction to Mandolin, a course designed for the complete beginner with no prior knowledge or experience of music or mandolin.  It is an introduction to basic major and minor chord progressions for accompaniment and singing, picking technique, melody playing, listening skills, and tablature reading. Supplies needed: A tunable working 8 string mandolin Flatpicks A notebook, folder, and a pencil…

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Harmony Basics for Ladies with Kayde Deardorff

June 5 @ 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 26, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$100

Sing with other women in a supportive atmosphere. Learn the basics of Harmony in Western music and also explore intuitive harmony in class. We will sing songs like those below, and more. Lots of singing in class. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf5UfOuvQHQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BPoMIQHwpo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k35haKwqY14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Z2x8AM6qs&index=11&list=RDEMrGkTSf8EnsmWalF3REALcw Tuesdays, 6/05/18 - 6/26/18  Adults 5:30pm - 6:25pm

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Bluegrass Jam 101 with Andy Thacker

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 26, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$100

Bluegrass Jam 101 will focus on how to work in a group setting.  Including working up a common repertoire, group dynamics, strengthening rhythm ideas, soloist/lead placement and ideas, development of arrangements, intros and endings, and a general sense of working with a small set of tunes/songs with the goal of honing in all of these aspects of the group while making it more exciting and encouraging to be part of a group musical experience.  Please bring a recording device (a phone…

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Intro to Folk Guitar for Teens/Adults with Marty Collin

June 6 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 27, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$100

Playing guitar is fun. Whether you are howling at the moon with a six-string in your hand, trading songs with friends on a sunny afternoon, or singing a lonely tune with your dog out in the backyard, learning to play guitar is a great joy. And if you practice, you can only get better. This course is designed for the complete beginner with no prior knowledge or experience of music or guitar.  It is an introduction to basic major and minor…

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The Brother Brothers

June 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $15 100 tickets left

Doors 7:30 / Concert 8:00 PM "The Brother Brothers’ 2017 EP Tugboats might be one of the best releases of the year." -Saving Country Music Identical twins Adam and David Moss are a musical duo unlike most others. Often leaning towards the darker elements of Appalachian, klezmer, and bluegrass traditions, The Brother Brothers sound is striking and captivating. Their music is laden with close sibling harmonies, compelling songwriting, and imaginative arrangements, featuring David on cello and guitar and Adam on…

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Music! Yoga! Art!

June 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until June 29, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$162.50

Kids are naturally creative explorers. At Music! Yoga! Art! we will make space for them to express themselves just as they are, enjoying each moment as it comes. Our camp activities combine art, music, and yoga into a day that feels inspiring, grounding, and fun. Kids will spend their mornings in art and music classes. Music will be a fun way for kids to play, sing and move to popular songs from the Rock, Jazz and Folk genres. Campers will…

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July 2018

3rd Annual Front Porch String Band Camp

July 16 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 20, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$325

Lovers of old-time string band music, fiddle tunes, songs, square dances, and jam sessions are invited to gather for Front Porch String Band Camp, July 16 - 20th, 2018. The camp is open to musicians of all ages who would like to gain experience playing in a string band. Students should be already familiar with their instrument and able to play some simple tunes or chords. Fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and string bass will be featured, and players of…

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Rock Out! Camp

July 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 27, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$162.50

Come experience the fun of writing and recording songs in a group setting! Students will brainstorm, edit, and record songs together. We will learn a variety of creative tools and skills in a fun, cooperative, and focused environment. This class covers the concepts of story-telling, poetic imagery, rhyme, meter, basic chord/music theory, jingle writing, and simple recording skills. Last year we had music makers from a wide range of genres including bluegrass, rock, and pop — all working together! Students…

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Chamber Music Camp with Wes Swing

July 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 3, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$162.50

For classical musicians interested in a week of immersive chamber ensemble workshops and open to trying out improvisation. We will form chamber ensembles and explore various eras of classical music with coaching and instruction. We will listen to pieces from different eras of classical music, and discuss and explore modern and classical composition techniques and improvisation with instruments and voices (think a piece called “Geographical Fugue” in which four parts of a spoken chorus repeat city and place names in…

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August 2018

Live Electronic Looping with Wes Swing

August 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until August 10, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$162.50

Looping allows a performer or group to record and layer sounds during performance. We will introduce ideas and overview of looping technology and how looping applies to writing music, improvisation, and expressing ideas. We will learn how to loop instruments and voice, creating improvised music in small groups and individually. This camp will be part songwriting and improvisation, part experimenting with cool technology, and the rest layering loops upon loops upon loops. Wes Swing is a singer, cellist, songwriter, and…

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October 2018

Commonwealth Bluegrass Band

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$10 - $12 100 tickets left

Playing together for many years and recording two CD's with the band James Bailey & Company, Randy Cook (Mandolin), and Malcolm Pulley (Banjo), have teamed up with guitarist Mike Baliff, fiddle player Wally Hughes, and bass player Joe Currence to form the Commonwealth Bluegrass Band. The Commonwealth Bluegrass Band is based in central Virginia. The band has been together since 2012, quickly building a fan base in central Virginia and beyond. In February, 2014 the band released its first well received self-titled CD. The band plays traditional and modern bluegrass and is known for…

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December 2018

An Evening with Robin and Linda Williams

December 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$22 - $25

Robin and Linda Williams return to The Front Porch for a double header concert on Friday and Saturday, December 7th and 8th! For more than three decades now, Robin & Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love, “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism.” Today some might call it “Americana,” but these two revered music masters were living and breathing this…

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An Evening with Robin and Linda Williams

December 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$22 - $25

Robin and Linda Williams return to The Front Porch for a double header concert on Friday and Saturday, December 7th and 8th! For more than three decades now, Robin & Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love, “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism.” Today some might call it “Americana,” but these two revered music masters were living and breathing this…

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