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Behind the Music with Nan, Louis, Orion and Asher

Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$10 – $12

Doors 6:30 // Show 7:00 PM
$10 advance, $12 door
Beer // wine // non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. No food.

On any given night, you can likely find Nan Macmillan, Louis Smith, Orion Faruque or Asher McGlothlin performing somewhere around Charlottesville. These Charlottesville-based musicians have become regulars of the local music scene, but it isn’t often that they get to discuss what inspired the songs they have written. Please join us for a night in which these local musicians will have the opportunity to perform their original songs and discuss the stories and inspiration behind the music.

Nan Macmillan has travelled and lived in America’s north, south, east, and west, and her music and lyrics encompass and imitate the landscapes of each. Raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, she began songwriting and playing guitar at twelve years old, where she performed in local coffee shops and restaurants. She then spent four years in Ojai, California where she went to high school and continued writing and performing. Some highlights include recording a demo CD in Nashville, performing at Old Settler’s Music Festival in Austin, Texas, and recording a single in the home studio of Academy Award winning film composer James Newton Howard.

She then relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia where she attended University of Virginia and graduated with a double major in Poetry Writing and Music. In her four years there, she gained a set of practical skills that have prepared her to exist as a self-sustaining artist in today’s music industry. She involved herself deeply in Charlottesville’s music scene, interning at a local radio station, a music management firm, and a recording studio. After graduating, she moved to Valencia, Spain and completed a Masters in Contemporary Performance and Production through Berklee College of Music. As a songwriter, her lyrics are rich and complex, rooted in natural imagery that reflects the changing landscapes she’s seen throughout her life.  Her voice echoes back to Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks, with a southern strength reminiscent of Gillian Welch, all of whom are large influences for her. She currently lives in back in Charlottesville where she performs around town and is preparing to record her first EP.


Louis Smith is a versatile acoustical rockn roll chameleon. Most nights you can find him rockin front man in Kendall Street Company. But other nights he does his own little thing with his own little spin, with a friendly group of friends. Come check out what it’s all about!


Orion Faruque, a Charlottesville native, is the primary songwriter and arranger for his band Orion and Melted Crayons. His unique view on songwriting visits themes of nature, coming of age and the visceral elements of life. He pursued a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Production at McNally Smith College of Music and graduated from the St Paul school in 2014. Orion has relocated back to Charlottesville where he is an artist, producer, teacher, session player and friend. Main instruments: Guitars, Piano, Vocals and Drumset.


Asher McGlothlin is a musician based out of Charlottesville, Virginia, but proud to be from Grundy, Virginia, a small town located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Asher grew up playing guitar and singing in the choir at his church on Sundays while also being inspired by the bluegrass and southern rock that played throughout his hometown. All of these genres flow together in his music to create a sonic experience that pays tribute to one of America’s most vibrant music cultures, while taking on a unique life all its own.


*Please note: We have a 100 person capacity. The first 80 people to arrive are guaranteed seats, and the remainder is standing room.



Jun 9
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10 – $12
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The Front Porch


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