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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Monday, April 9
 

6:00pm

Darrell Rose Musical Performance
Speakers

Monday April 9, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
IX Art Park 521 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Festival (FREE), Included in Summit Badge, or Individually Ticketed Festival (FREE)
 
Thursday, April 12
 

11:00am

MIMA Improvisational Songwriting Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

MIMA (Modern Improvisational Music Appreciation) uses group improvisation in the form of games and other creative processes to generate material for musical composition. Activities use the body and voice as the source of musical sound. Participants will take part in a condensed, 2 hour MIMA session culminating in the creation of an original song. 
Come meet new friends, write a song, and learn about MIMA's work in Charlottesville and beyond.  


Thursday April 12, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Bridge PAI 209 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Festival (FREE), Included in Summit Badge, or Individually Ticketed Festival (FREE)

10:00pm

Silent Disco
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.
Individual tickets are $15 and available at here: Silent Disco
Don a wireless headset, choose from three ridiculously fun DJs-in-residence, and prepare to get down on the dance floor for a disco party that needs no words.

Must be 21 or older to attend.

Thursday April 12, 2018 10:00pm - 11:59pm
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
 
Friday, April 13
 

5:00pm

Block Party
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Our open air block parties in historic downtown Charlottesville showcase the best in music, art, tech, and local food. We pack Emancipation Park with a nonstop concert series spanning all three days, a craft beer garden, tech and art showcases, a food truck rally, and fun for every age.

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C-Ville Weekly

C-VILLE Weekly is a free newspaper with a weekly circulation of 23,000 copies distributed in Charlottesville and its surrounding counties. In addition, we publish seven magazines throughout the year: Abode, a monthly home and landscape magazine; C-BIZ, a quarterly business publication... Read More →
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New Belgium

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5:15pm

SixFoxWhiskey
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You had better come ready to rock with SixFoxWhiskey! This group doesn’t mess around - they are serious about creating only the best vibes for their audience. They consider themselves “conscious,” and blend folk, rock, and soul in their music. Recently, the group has been pouring their heart and soul into new music, frequently posting teasers of acoustic and experimental songs for fans to get into with them.

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SixFoxWhiskey

You had better come ready to rock with SixFoxWhiskey! This group doesn’t mess around – they are serious about creating only the best vibes for their audience. They consider themselves “conscious,” and blend folk, rock, and soul in their music. Recently, the group has been... Read More →



6:25pm

Amasa Hines
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Amasa Hines is a five piece rock band based in Little Rock, AR. Formed in 2012, their influences span a diverse spectrum from Soul to Indie Rock. The tight-knit group skillfully shapes their songs from homages, snapshots, skeletons and obsessions. Their lush, dynamic arrangements provide the platform for lyrical content sourced from observing intimate relationships, nature, and the perceived divine. A new five-song EP "Ivory Loving Glass" will be released in 2018, followed by a full length follow up to their debut album “All The World There Is."

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Amasa Hines

Amasa Hines is a five piece rock band based in Little Rock, AR. Formed in 2012, their influences span a diverse spectrum from Soul to Indie Rock. The tight-knit group skillfully shapes their songs from homages, snapshots, skeletons and obsessions. Their lush, dynamic arrangements... Read More →



8:00pm

The Broadcast
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The Broadcast see their collection of music as “a love story.” They formed in New York City, but quickly realized their style and music was suited more for the country - so they picked everything up and relocated to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their “larger than life” tunes capture soul naturally; they soon caught the attention of producer Jim Scott, famed for overseeing Tom Petty and Rolling Stones. They have since taken off on tours nationwide.

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The Broadcast

The Broadcast see their collection of music as “a love story.” They formed in New York City, but quickly realized their style and music was suited more for the country – so they picked everything up and relocated to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their “larger than life” tunes... Read More →



9:30pm

The Stone Foxes
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The Stone Foxes revere in respecting the roots of good ol’ rock and roll, by studying and religiously abiding by what their influencers brought to the table. The San Francisco band is raw, they’re open, they’re emotional, and continually move audiences around the country with their sounds. Diving into what it means to be a true rock band, The Stone Foxes focus their music on essentials in life, with commentaries on politics and society intertwined. They also regularly give back to the communities they play in, bringing awareness for causes and leading audiences to calls for action. Their sounds are furious and “lightning,” and sure to be well received at the Festival.

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The Stone Foxes

The Stone Foxes revere in respecting the roots of good ol’ rock and roll, by studying and religiously abiding by what their influencers brought to the table. The San Francisco band is raw, they’re open, they’re emotional, and continually move audiences around the country with... Read More →



10:00pm

Partner Event: Back That Thing Up Dance Party
Limited Capacity seats available
Purchase your tickets here! 

--AGES 18+--

Thomas Dean’s popular Nasty. Dance Party is back with a new and exciting multi-media dance experience: Back That Thing Up will feature your favorite funky jams from the ’70s-‘00s and everywhere in between; accompanied by throwback TV/movie footage from JJ Cohoon that’s sure to get that thing movin’!

Key Features:
• Green screen dance booth!!
• Awesome tunes!
• Weird videos!
• Horse and/or bunny camera??!
• Painted cardboard stage decorations!
• Costumes!
• MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!t


Sponsors
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The Jefferson Theater

Located on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall, the Jefferson Theater was established in 1912 as a live performance theater that played host to silent movies, vaudeville acts and a historic list of live performers, ranging from Harry Houdini to The Three 
Stooges.The Jefferson... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday April 14, 2018 1:00am
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902
 
Saturday, April 14
 

8:00am

Telemetry Experimental Music Series
Limited Capacity seats available

This monthly music series occurs in partnership with the University of Virginia McIntire School of Music. Featuring students, locals, and renown experimental performers, we push boundaries of musicianship by offering a unique opportunity to engage new methods of composition and instrumentation. Unlike anything else in the city, Charlottesville artists and audiences connect with new concepts and are continuously inspired towards ingenuity through unique sound experiences. March's installment is a partnership with the Music Matters Series at UVA



Saturday April 14, 2018 8:00am - 11:00am
Bridge PAI 209 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Festival (FREE), Included in Summit Badge, or Individually Ticketed Festival (FREE)

12:00pm

Block Party
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Our open air block parties in historic downtown Charlottesville showcase the best in music, art, tech, and local food. We pack Emancipation Park with a nonstop concert series spanning all three days, a craft beer garden, tech and art showcases, a food truck rally, and fun for every age.

Sponsors
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C-Ville Weekly

C-VILLE Weekly is a free newspaper with a weekly circulation of 23,000 copies distributed in Charlottesville and its surrounding counties. In addition, we publish seven magazines throughout the year: Abode, a monthly home and landscape magazine; C-BIZ, a quarterly business publication... Read More →
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New Belgium

Culture has become the new buzz word in business, and folks love to ask “what’s your culture like?” Here's the thing: culture isn't about what you say; it's about what you do. Company values that are posted to a corporation's website, or displayed on a poster in their lobby... Read More →


Saturday April 14, 2018 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Emancipation Park 101 East Market Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

12:30pm

The Front Porch Jam Band - Roots
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Teachers and students of Charlottesville’s The Front Porch regularly collaborate for special performances at events, festivals, and shows around the city. All talent levels and musicians are welcome to participate and join classes. The community always looks forward to seeing locals put on a performance showcasing roots music and the latest songs they have been working on. Support the local arts and cheer on The Front Porch!

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The Front Porch

The Front Porch is a non-profit roots music school based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our  warm, family-friendly environment is a place where inspiration happens: we host classes, workshops, master classes, weekly jams, and performances. Our talented instructors, each professional... Read More →


Saturday April 14, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Emancipation Park 101 East Market Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

1:40pm

Buddha Council
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Returning to Tom Tom Festival is Buddha Council, a reggae band grown in Virginia Beach. They have wiled their time together by exploring old and new waves of reggae music, pushing boundaries in the genre. After forming in 2013, they found their sweet spot in Future Roots, and continue fine-tuning and balancing their voice with their sophomore album, released in 2015.

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Buddha Council

Returning to Tom Tom Festival is Buddha Council, a reggae band grown in Virginia Beach. They have wiled their time together by exploring old and new waves of reggae music, pushing boundaries in the genre. After forming in 2013, they found their sweet spot in Future Roots, and continue... Read More →



2:50pm

Cville Allstars - Funk & Blues
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4:00pm

Becca Mancari - Americana
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We aren’t joking when we say the world has inspired Becca Mancari’s music: born in a multi-cultural family, she has lived in the States - midwest, mideast, north, and south - Zimbabwe - and traveled to dozens of other countries. She especially loves making music “for in front of a bonfire,” and road trip background beats. The train-hopper was attracted the backroads and countryside of Virginia, where she has since called home, after a lifetime of being a nomad. She aims to always create authentic, raw, organic performances, and never aims for perfection - because to her, “[perfection] is flat.”

Artists
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Becca Mancari

We aren’t joking when we say the world has inspired Becca Mancari’s music: born in a multi-cultural family, she has lived in the States – Midwest, Mideast, north, and south – Zimbabwe – and traveled to dozens of other countries. She especially loves making music “for in... Read More →



5:10pm

Kwame Binea Shakedown - Rock & Funk
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Kwame describes their music as “organic,” saying it embodies “life, love, and struggles.” Since 2009, after he started teaming up with other songwriters and artists, Kwame’s artistic identity began to surface and flourish. They earned their named “Uptown Shakedown” because the walls in their Harlem apartment used to shake when they rehearsed. They went from performing at coffee shops to sold out performances at the historic Apollo Theater. Shake the night away with Kwame Binea Shakedown this April!

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Kwame Binea Shakedown

Kwame describes their music as “organic,” saying it embodies “life, love, and struggles.” Since 2009, after he started teaming up with other songwriters and artists, Kwame’s artistic identity began to surface and flourish. They earned their named “Uptown Shakedown” because... Read More →



6:25pm

The National Reserve - Rock
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Before putting themselves in the spotlight, The National Reserve found their ideal stage in the back of Brooklyn bars. The fiery rock band recalls sound of the 70s, proclaimed at the “golden age” of music, and mixes funky sounds to make for rich performances. They love nothing more than creating a “soundtrack to [your] night,” amping up the environment to any place they set up camp. Settle in at Tom Tom and saddle up to the wild sounds of The National Reserve!

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The National Reserve

Before putting themselves in the spotlight, The National Reserve found their ideal stage in the back of Brooklyn bars. The fiery rock band recalls sounds of the 70s, proclaimed at the “golden age” of music, and mixes funky sounds to make for rich performances. They love nothing... Read More →



7:00pm

Partner Event: Champion Brewery Metal Showcase
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Get rowdy at this 3rd annual event for a raucous night of the country’s finest thrash metal in the parking lot next to Champion Brewery.

Bands include: Suppression (Mutant-Hardcore / Grind Noise), Sete Star Sept (Nuts-core Metal), God's America (Park Villas Powerviolence), Salvaticus (Black Metal), and DISINTEGRATION (Old School Grindcore)

Sponsors
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Champion Brewing Company

OUR CORE BEERS ARE OUR DAY-IN, DAY-OUT BEERS THAT WE PRODUCE FOR ONGOING ENJOYMENT IN CANS. WE ENJOY USING OUR TWO FACILITIES TO PUMP OUT LARGE VOLUMES OF CONSISTENT BEERS FOR DISTRIBUTION, AND ALSO FOR LIMITED PRODUCTION OF WILD AND ENGAGING BEERS THAT WE MAY NEVER REPEAT.



Saturday April 14, 2018 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Champion Brewing Company 324 6th St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

8:00pm

The Skins - Soul & Pop
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The Skins are a picture-perfect group of friends - and band - harking from the City That Never Sleeps. The young group brings inspiration from their personal lives, the artists in the streets of Brooklyn, and the sights and sound of The Big Apple into all of their music, weaving together soul, rock, funk, and pop. Their nonstop energy and high spirits resonate in their songs, their harmonies sending chills down your spine.

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The Skins

The Skins are a picture-perfect group of friends – and band – harking from the City That Never Sleeps. The young group brings inspiration from their personal lives, the artists in the streets of Brooklyn, and the sights and sound of The Big Apple into all of their music, weaving... Read More →



9:15pm

Mates of State - Pop
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Nobody puts Mates of State in the “pop” corner. They emphasize their “minimal pop” sounds, and maximize on experimental and indie beats. You’ll find yourself tapping your foot along to their anthems on life and love, pulling from their experiences in the Midwest and Northeast growing up. The married duo are quirky on and off stage, and let it shine wherever they wander. They regularly collaborate with indie rock specialist Peter Kalis, who helped Interpol find their voice.

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Mates of State

Nobody puts Mates of State in the “pop” corner. They emphasize their “minimal pop” sounds, and maximize on experimental and indie beats. You’ll find yourself tapping your foot along to their anthems on life and love, pulling from their experiences in the Midwest and Northeast... Read More →



Saturday April 14, 2018 9:15pm - 10:45pm
Emancipation Park 101 East Market Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

10:30pm

Elby Brass Band - Downtown Parade
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Watch the city transform late into the night with all of the fun and music in the streets! Continue the festivities with the best brass band around as they lead a nighttime parade down the Downtown Mall to an afterparty at Zocalo.

Artists
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ELBY Brass

If you ever hear trumpets, trombones, and other brass out on the streets of small towns in Virginia, you’re likely within earshot of ELBY BRASS. The funky, jazzy, full-of-non-stop-energy band is a group of sassy and brassy musicians who see the world as their stage. Routinely, audiences... Read More →


Saturday April 14, 2018 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Emancipation Park 101 East Market Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

10:45pm

ELBY Brass - Energetic Funk & Jazz
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If you ever hear trumpets, trombones, and other brass out on the streets of small towns in Virginia, you’re likely within earshot of Elby Brass. The funky, jazzy, full-of-non-stop-energy band is a group of sassy and brassy musicians who see the world as their stage. Routinely, audiences see them taking the stage only to march right off of it, and take to the open roads of the city they’re in, bringing the whole community together on impromptu parades that keep the ruckus going long into the night. This favorite is a highlight of Tom Tom, and we expect no less this year!

Artists
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ELBY Brass

If you ever hear trumpets, trombones, and other brass out on the streets of small towns in Virginia, you’re likely within earshot of ELBY BRASS. The funky, jazzy, full-of-non-stop-energy band is a group of sassy and brassy musicians who see the world as their stage. Routinely, audiences... Read More →


Saturday April 14, 2018 10:45pm - 11:00pm
Emancipation Park 101 East Market Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

11:00pm

Downtown Parade & Afterparty
Limited Capacity seats available
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Festival Pass - Free.
Watch the city transform late into the night with all of the fun and music in the streets! Continue the festivities with the best brass band around as they lead a nighttime parade down the Downtown Mall to an afterparty.

Artists
avatar for ELBY Brass

ELBY Brass

If you ever hear trumpets, trombones, and other brass out on the streets of small towns in Virginia, you’re likely within earshot of ELBY BRASS. The funky, jazzy, full-of-non-stop-energy band is a group of sassy and brassy musicians who see the world as their stage. Routinely, audiences... Read More →

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Zocalo

Zocalo Restaurant, located in the center of Charlottesville on the historic downtown pedestrian mall, has been one of Charlottesville’s most popular dining and nightlife spots for the past fourteen years and is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. During the warm... Read More →


Saturday April 14, 2018 11:00pm - Sunday April 15, 2018 1:00am
Zocalo 201 E. Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
 
Sunday, April 15
 

2:00pm

Koda & the Drunken Allstars - Southern Rock
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What is Koda & The Drunken Allstars all about? Getting rowdy. Being eclectic. Thriving on standing out. With focuses on Southern Rock, their sounds dip into funk and country, bringing a little something for everyone to their performances. Members of the band also hail from other Charlottesville-based bands that have seen great success, including the town favorite Chamomile and Whiskey. More than anything, they love their region, and do their best to represent the Blue Ridge Mountains in their music. Get a tall one with them at Tom Tom!

2:00pm

Block Party
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Our open air block parties in historic downtown Charlottesville showcase the best in music, art, tech, and local food. We pack Emancipation Park with a nonstop concert series spanning all three days, a craft beer garden, tech and art showcases, a food truck rally, and fun for every age.

Sponsors
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C-Ville Weekly

C-VILLE Weekly is a free newspaper with a weekly circulation of 23,000 copies distributed in Charlottesville and its surrounding counties. In addition, we publish seven magazines throughout the year: Abode, a monthly home and landscape magazine; C-BIZ, a quarterly business publication... Read More →
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New Belgium

Culture has become the new buzz word in business, and folks love to ask “what’s your culture like?” Here's the thing: culture isn't about what you say; it's about what you do. Company values that are posted to a corporation's website, or displayed on a poster in their lobby... Read More →


3:10pm

Adar - Soul & Jazz
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The Charlottesville artist, Adar, attracted band members with her stunning vocals and chilling performances in front of wide audiences around town. Together they take on new sounds in funk, soul, and jazz, often mixing the genres to create new, vibrant, rock-sounding hits. Their charismatic personalities bring energy to a stage and keep crowds on their feet well into each night they perform. Their music has been described to have a great feel of “sensory texture,” with just a dash of reggae inspiration. Come listen for yourself!


4:40pm

Darrell Rose Power Trio - Afrikaan
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As their name suggests, this trio bring “power” to their performances. The core of their music and based heavily in Afrikaan music culture - featuring deep, rhythmic drumming that gets everyone on their feet. The sensational, electric sounds produced from their instruments expresses emotions beyond words - the trio are ceaseless with their sounds, pushing their limits and more than filling the void with music sure to leave an impression long after they have left the stage.

Artists
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Darrell Rose

Artist-in-Residence, TreeHouse Studioz
Darrell Rose’s lifetime of study under the tutelage of world renowned masters such as Mor Thiam and Abdou Kunta, both of Senegal, and Babatunde Olatunji of Nigeria, eventually led to Darrell joining Bob Marley’s iconic reggae group, “The Wailers.” Throughout his years as a... Read More →



6:15pm

Kendall Street Company - Jammy Rock
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They derive their music from influences like Santana and The Grateful Dead - bringing in experimental, eclectic sounds that get a rise out of audiences wherever they roam. Kendall Street Company is continuously evolving through their music, in part due to the rotation of artists and members - welcoming all backgrounds, instruments, and personal tastes. This attributes to their unique and often-called “jammy” and “funky” performances. One thing you can always count on with them: they will bring their energy and own any stage they climb up on!

7:00pm

Partner Event: Porchella Kick Off with Bridge PAI
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Kick off the crowd favorite Porchella at the Bridge PAI. Featuring Charlottesville’s best music groups all night long, an in house cider bar, and an on site screen printer printing collectable maps of the 2018 Porchella porches. The only way to begin the close of Tom Tom 2018.

Sponsors
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Bridge PAI

The Bridge is dynamic and inclusive organization serving artists and thinkers who want to share knowledge, challenge one another, and engage in the progressive expression of diverse ideas.If you’ve got an idea, you’ve got a partner in The Bridge! We provide the resources and programs... Read More →


Sunday April 15, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Bridge PAI 209 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902

7:00pm

Porchella
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Pop-up acoustic performances on porches throughout the historic Belmont neighborhood feature some of Charlottesville’s best music groups and performers. This intimate swan song performance is a great and emotional way to close out another year of connections, innovations, and you.

Los Hombres Medicados (Alternative Rock), Matthew O’Donnell (Irish Folk), Philip St. (Pop), Genna Matthew (Bittersweet Folk), Take Two String Band (Bluegrass), Matt Curreri (Folk), Isabel Bailey Band (Pop Americana), Emily Julia Kresky (Blues & Roots), JJ Von Briesen (Americana Rock), Gina Sobel (Jazz Funk), The Ragnarockers (Funky Jazz), Stray Fossa (Indie Rock), Moby & the Dicks (Rock)

Sunday April 15, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Belmont Neighborhood Belmont, Charlottesville, VA 22902
 


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