You’ve probably heard a lot about the Charlottesville music scene, but it bares repeating how blessed we are as a city to have such a vibrant and productive music scene here in what geographically seems to be a place where it wouldn’t exist. It used to be New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville, and Austin, but Charlottesville will definitely be added to that list soon because of places like The Jefferson Theater! But to see your future you should know your past.
The Jefferson Theater, in case you need a refresher on your Cville history, was opened in 1912 as a theater for live performance. While occasionally showing silent films, the theater hosted vaudeville acts – or nights of various live theatrical performances – as well as famous touring acts like Harry Houdini and The Three Stooges. Since the 70’s it was open as a dollar theater.
But 100 years later from it’s maiden matinee, The Jefferson is hosting amazing performances of radio and billboard chart topping bands, such as Fun, Snoop Dogg, and MuteMath, and also classic singer/songwriters, such Robert Earl Keen and Dar Williams. They have even brought jam bands new and old, such as Railroad Earth, Mickey Hart Band, Perpetual Groove, and Big Gigantic.
On Sunday, October 21st, The Jefferson is kicking off its 100 year celebration with a FREE show! This birthday celebration will feature the amazing band that re-opened their doors in 2009 after a five million dollar renovation – none 0ther than the nationally touring, local talent Sons of Bill. RSVP today to get on the list!
Doors open at 6pm for a first-come-first-serve night of an “anthematic rock and roll journey” with the night being started with Pop/Psych/Punk band Invisible Hand and Nashville singer/songwriter RayLand Baxter.
Pennsylvania Daily News hails the Sons’ new album “Sirens” as, “Flawlessly balancing the line between rock and alternative country, Sons Of Bill come into their own on stellar third full length Sirens … Here’s hoping Sirens is the record that brings Sons Of Bill the attention they so richly deserve.” Truth. Be. Told.
Having met most of the Sons of Bill or, known to Cville as the Wilson brothers, I can honestly say, “They are the rare characters who are refreshingly genuine, honest, and caring on the stage that is rock and roll.”
So come out to listen to this game changing band and celebrate the history-making establishment, The Jefferson Theater, on their hundredth birthday! And for free?!
Here’s to one hundred more! Cheers!