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The Front Porch

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221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
434-242-7012 www.frontporchcville.org

July 2018

3rd Annual Front Porch String Band Camp

July 19 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$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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Contra Dance with C-ville Hoedown

July 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Join us for 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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West African Drum Circle

July 21 @ 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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Old Time Jam

July 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Join us for an Old Time 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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Bluegrass Jam!

July 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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Blues Jam!

July 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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Old Time Jam

July 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Join us for our weekly lunchtime Old Time 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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SwingCville Lesson + Social Dance

July 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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Charlottesville UVA Ukulele Lodge Jam

July 26 @ 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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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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An Evening with Claire Lynch

July 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$22 – $25 100 tickets left

Doors 7:30 / Show 8:00 PM Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. Her career has been decorated with many accolades including three GRAMMY nominations, six International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Dolly Parton credits Claire with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." Her harmonies have graced…

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August 2018

Christie Lenée

August 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$10 – $12 100 tickets left

Doors 7:30 / Show 8:00 PM 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Christie Lenée is a captivating performer with a devoted following among instrumental, folk-pop and rock band audiences. Combining guitar mastery, contemporary singer/songwriter and a passion for storytelling, she thrives on bringing people together through the language of music. Christie’s unique guitar work and profound instrumental compositions are well described as "Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews." Among the vast community of fingerstyle and tapping guitarists, her niche is…

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The Front Porch Open Mic, featuring Chloë Ester.

August 5 @ 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 for purchase. 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…

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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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Monthly Jazz Jam

August 10 @ 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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Shape Note Singing School

August 18 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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What is this? Singing Schools are a time honored way that newcomers discover the exhuberant joy of shape note singing. This singing school is heavy on the singing and much lighter on the history and theory. Our approach will be to learn by doing. This folk form has been in continuous practice in the U.S. since the late 1700s. The practice has stayed alive and vibrant because it is so much fun! So a successfull introduction to shape note singing…

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Hoot and Holler

August 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$15 – $18 100 tickets left

Doors 7:00 / Show 7:30 PM In early 2013, a mutual love of American folk music brought Amy Alvey (fiddle, guitar) and Mark Kilianski (guitar, banjo) together. They call themselves Hoot and Holler as a nod to the “hootenanny” song gatherings during the folk revival of the 1960s, while also hinting at the infectious energy that occurs during a barn dance in the south. After cutting their teeth in Boston’s burgeoning roots music scene for two and a half years,…

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Ukulele Camp for Kids with Molly Murphy

August 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$65

Uke Camp invites young musicians and beginner ukulele enthusiasts to have fun making music together and make some new friends. We will incorporate creative play, listening activities, body awareness & movement, instruments, and singing into this two day camp. Ages 6-8 years. Students should bring ukuleles. August 20th and 21st, 1pm - 4pm

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September 2018

Barn Dance with Ragged Mountain String Band

September 1 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$20 – $40

Join us for a barn party fundraiser with Ragged Mountain String Band leading a square dance! Dance starts 8 PM sharp. $20 per person or $40 per family Once you have bought your ticket, we will follow up with the address and driving directions. Beer and wine will be provided.  About Ragged Mountain String Band: Ragged Mountain String Band plays traditional old-time music from Appalachia, suitable for dancing or listening. Their songs have a modern day appeal and sensibility, pleasing…

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Phoebe Hunt and The Gatherers

September 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$15 – $18 100 tickets left

Doors 7:30 / Show 8:00 PM On the seventh day of a ten-day retreat at a Vipassana meditation center outside the historic Indian city of Kolhapur, Phoebe Hunt intrinsically felt the life leave her namesake’s body on the other side of the world. The story of how she came to be known as Phoebe — a tale woven subtly into the whimsical threads and spiritual contradictions of Shanti’s Shadow, her new record — has the humor and richness of a…

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Swing Dance Party with Zuzu’s Hot Five

September 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Doors 7:30 / Show 8:00 PM Join us for a swing dance party with a live swing band! Zuzu's Hot Five consists of Pete Vigour (acoustic guitar), Doug Bethel (trombone), Brandon Rose (trumpet), Aaron Ollwell (clarinet), Sam Green (upright bass), Paul Rosen (tenor banjo), and Susanna Rosen (vocals, uke). You’ll hear stomps, Dixieland, blues and pop from the 1900s to the early 1930s. Think Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, and Bessie Smith. Part Louis Armstrong combo and part Flapper — that’s…

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October 2018

Nathaniel Star and Friends

October 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$15 – $18 100 tickets left

Doors 7:30 / Show 8:00 PM Born and raised in Charlottesville, Nathaniel has been enveloped in music since before he can remember. Music was a rite of passage in his musical household, as it was present from the very beginning of his life. Some of his earliest and fondest memories involved long car trips with his mother and sister, singing a cappella harmonies for hours. Nathaniel became involved with the Charlottesville music scene, first as a member of the Music…

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Commonwealth Bluegrass Band

October 20 @ 7:30 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

Doors 7:00 / Show 7:30 PM 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…

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Brazilian Strings Trio

October 27 @ 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 / Show 8:00 PM Brazilian Strings Trio joins three of the most innovative instrumentalists on the contemporary Brazilian musical scene. Ted Falcon and Andrew Finn Magill are both multi-genre violinists who after years of living in Brazil have become ambassadors of the growing Brazilian violin movement. Rounding out the trio is Brazilian guitarist Nando Duarte, a giant of the contemporary Brazilian music scene and an award-winning composer and arranger. Ted Falcon Ted Falcon has released eight CDs, performed…

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November 2018

Sam Reider and The Human Hands

November 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$15 – $18 100 tickets left

Doors 7:30 / Show 8:00 PM 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), 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, accordionist, pianist, and singer from Brooklyn, NYC. Jazz pianist turned roots musician, Sam Reider is redefining…

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Riley Baugus, James Leva and Leo Shannon

November 10 @ 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 / Show 8:00 PM Riley Baugus and James Leva met at Tommy Jarrell’s house while Riley was still in his teens. They share a repertoire of tunes and songs in the Round Peak style. Riley’s many musical endeavors include playing with Willie Nelson, and with Allison Krauss and Robert Plant as well as on the soundtrack for the movie “Cold Mountain”. James Leva has played and recorded with many seminal bands, such as the Hellbenders, The Renegades, and Purgatory Mountain, that combined…

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December 2018

An Evening with Robin and Linda Williams

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

Doors 7:30 / Show 8:00 PM 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…

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An Evening with Robin and Linda Williams

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

Doors 7:30 / Show 8:00 PM 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…

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