RVA's Winter Wonderland Experience
The South Hill Snowdown (MOVED INSIDE) feat. Railroad Earth, South Hill Banks, The Hackensaw Boys
James Justin and Co., Dalton Dash, Colin & Caroline, Muther Goose
2729 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
Doors 3:00 PM / Show 3:30 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
The South Hill Snowdown (MOVED INSIDE)
Join us Saturday December 15 for the inaugural
*SOUTH HILL SNOWDOWN*
South Hill Banks
James Justin & Co.
Colin & Caroline
VIP Doors - 2:00
Coline & Caroline - 2:30 - 3:30
GA Doors - 3:00
Muther Goose - 3:30 - 4:00
JJ & Co (Christmas set) - 4:20 - 5:00
Surprise Performers (patio) - 5:00 - 5:30
Hackensaw Boys - 5:30 - 6:20
South Hill Banks - 6:50 - 7:50
Railroad Earth - 8:20 - 9:50
Dalton Dash (inside) - 10:00 - 1:00
We will be transforming The Broadberry into a magical, Winter Wonderland! Think of all of your favorite memories as a child, all wrapped into one booze-fueled day of fun. Come dressed in your best and most festive apparel - your ski gear, tacky sweaters, whatever you feel!
There will be both hot and festive drink specials as well as your favorite local and regional craft beer.
Doors open at 2:30 for VIP, 3pm for GA.
Music starts outside at 3:30pm.
There’s a great scene in The Last Waltz – the documentary about The Band’s final concert – where director Martin Scorsese is discussing music with drummer/singer/mandolin player Levon Helm. Helm says, “If it mixes with rhythm, and if it dances, then you’ve got a great combination of all those different kinds of music: country, bluegrass, blues music, show music…”
To which Scorsese, the inquisitive interviewer, asks, “What’s it called, then?”
“Rock & roll!”
Clearly looking for a more specific answer, but realizing that he isn’t going to get one, Marty laughs. “Rock & roll…”
Well, that’s the way it is sometimes: musicians play music, and don’t necessarily worry about where it gets filed. It’s the writers, record labels, managers, etc., who tend to fret about what “kind” of music it is.
And like The Band, the members of Railroad Earth aren’t losing sleep about what “kind” of music they play – they just play it. When they started out in 2001, they were a bunch of guys interested in playing acoustic instruments together. As Railroad Earth violin/vocalist Tim Carbone recalls, “All of us had been playing in various projects for years, and many of us had played together in different projects. But this time, we found ourselves all available at the same time.”
Songwriter/lead vocalist Todd Sheaffer continues, “When we started, we only loosely had the idea of getting together and playing some music. It started that informally; just getting together and doing some picking and playing. Over a couple of month period, we started working on some original songs, as well as playing some covers that we thought would be fun to play.”
Shortly thereafter, they took five songs from their budding repertoire into a studio and knocked out a demo in just two days. Their soon-to-be manager sent that demo to a few festivals, and – to the band’s surprise – they were booked at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival before they’d even played their first gig. This prompted them to quickly go in and record five more songs; the ten combined tracks of which made up their debut album, “The Black Bear Sessions.”
That was the beginning of Railroad Earth’s journey: since those early days, they’ve gone on to release five more critically acclaimed studio albums and one hugely popular live one called, “Elko.” They’ve also amassed a huge and loyal fanbase who turn up to support them in every corner of the country, and often take advantage of the band’s liberal taping and photo policy. But Railroad Earth bristle at the notion of being lumped into any one “scene.” Not out of animosity for any other artists: it’s just that they don’t find the labels very useful. As Carbone points out, “We use unique acoustic instrumentation, but we’re definitely not a bluegrass or country band, which sometimes leaves music writers confused as to how to categorize us. We’re essentially playing rock on acoustic instruments.”
Ultimately, Railroad Earth’s music is driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and is delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members. As mandolin/bouzouki player John Skehan points out, “Our M.O. has always been that we can improvise all day long, but we only do it in service to the song. There are a lot of songs that, when we play them live, we adhere to the arrangement from the record. And other songs, in the nature and the spirit of the song, everyone knows we can kind of take flight on them.” Sheaffer continues: “The songs are our focus, our focal point; it all starts right there. Anything else just comments on the songs and gives them color. Some songs are more open than others. They ‘want’ to be approached that way – where we can explore and trade musical ideas and open them up to different territories. But sometimes it is what the song is about.”
So: they can jam with the best of them and they have some bluegrass influences, but they use drums and amplifiers (somewhat taboo in the bluegrass world). What kind of music is it then? Mandolin/vocalist John Skehan offers this semi-descriptive term: “I always describe it as a string band, but an amplified string band with drums.” Tim Carbone takes a swing: “We’re a Country & Eastern band! ” Todd Sheaffer offers “A souped-up string band? I don’t know. I’m not good at this.” Or, as a great drummer/singer/mandolin player with an appreciation for Americana once said: “Rock & roll!”
South Hill Banks
We are bluegrass at heart but not afraid of getting funky with it. The three of us and our love for music brought us together to form South Hill Banks. With the shredding licks and angel like voice of Lance Thomas, the genius songwriting and fingers of fury on the banjo from Ryan Horrocks, and that chop of the mandolin from Eric Horrocks, there is no doubt you will shake a leg or two.
The Hackensaw Boys
With feet firmly planted in the old-time song tradition, hands soiled by the dirt of rock n' roll and eyes fixed steadily on the future of real country music, the Hackensaw Boys are among the most exciting groups charting new territory in today's diverse Americana music scene.
How does it work?
Everybody sings a bit of lead, everybody sings a bit of harmony and most members know when to shut up. Instrumentation includes banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, upright bass, charismo (a home-made tin can contraption) and the occasional trap kit.
Where do they come from?
In the beginning they all lived in Charlottesville, VA, but now the members are spread throughout Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Louisiana. For more than a decade, however, they've come together to tour the United States, Europe and the U.K. and to record several critically acclaimed albums.
James Justin and Co.
James Justin Burke knows a few things about life on the road. From the Rockies to the Big Apple, he and his band, James Justin & Company, have stared eye-to-eye with a mountain lion in Old New Mexico, kissed the sky at Wolf Creek Pass in southern Colorado, and picked late into the evening in Metal Cities across the country.
For their third studio album, Places, JJ&Co looked to the inspiration of their endless journey. Taking turns at the wheel on the long hauls between gigs, their melodies, lyrics and harmonies fell into place as the miles rolled away beneath them. On the heels of 2008’s Southern Son, So Far and 2011’s Dark Country, Places emerges as a sincere portrait of a band settling into a level of shared musical consciousness only countless hours together in the van and on stage can provide.
Filled out by Bailey Horsley (banjo/vocals) and Tom Propst (upright bass/vocals), JJ&Co set the tone for Places with the striking “Forever and a Day.” The song reassures each audience that the band wishes they could stay, underlying the attitude that the amiable trio naturally maintains. Rarely is a band so impeccably talented yet familiar and humble, making a friend of each fan, waitress and gas station attendant they encounter along the way.
Based in Richmond, Virginia, with their toes firmly in the sands of Folly Beach, SC, JJ&Co have built their base of spirited fans through heavy touring, high harmonies, and impeccable bluegrass chops. With one foot in traditional roots music and the other on a reverb pedal, Stratocaster in hand, it’s no wonder that JJ&Co have attracted notable influences from Sam Bush to Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell to collaborate with on stage and in the studio.
Favorites at major festivals, including the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and FloydFest, JJ&Co have cultivated a faithful following across the southeast and out to Colorado, opening marquee gigs for acts including Taj Mahal and the Infamous Stringdusters.
A recent father, James Justin awakens before dawn, both to care for his new son and to man the tractor at the family dairy farm he and his wife help to maintain when he’s not on tour. The twilight solitude allows the songwriter ample time to contemplate, resulting in a lyrical detail throughout Places that’s stunning in its effect.
“Ruedi Reservoir” tells the forlorn story of a Rocky Mountain mining community — men, women and children — lost to a heavy snowfall on Christmas Eve, their town preserved in perpetuity underneath the chilly waters of the lake. The chorus of “Wolf Creek Pass” soars with the exuberance of a hard-earned view across the world after a long climb, while “Metal City,” featuring backing vocals from Blake Christiana (Yarn), reflects the roots music revival currently underway in New York City. “Midwestern Sounds” may be the quintessential JJ&Co song, shifting effortlessly between a relaxed drive across the Kansas plains and the anticipation of spotting the rise of the Front Range on the horizon.
“Places was already written on the first day we left for tour — we just didn’t know it,” says James Justin. “We were so inspired by our travels and making the sacrifice that we made. I gave up a dream life on Folly Beach to do what I’ve been passionate about for a long time. It took the last day of tour to finish the album, and realize that it was there all along.”
Recorded and mixed by Jim Donnelly of Plowground Studios (Johns Island, SC) and mastered by Majeed Fick (Truphonic Recording, Charleston, SC), Places successfully conveys the feel of a live JJ&Co performance while setting a high bar for production value and studio work.
With an overall feeling that’s at once raw and polished, James Justin & Company have created an album in Places that’s intensely meaningful yet simple in its beauty. There are no walls of sound for musician’s to hide behind. From the haunting conclusion of “Reudi Reservoir” to the rolling party vibe of “Old New Mexico,” it’s evident that JJ&Co have found their collective muse in Places, perfecting their harmony both in sound and their shared life inspiring audiences to smile and sing-along, from back-road juke joints to big city stages.
Places is now available for purchase at www.jamesjustinandco.com.
Dalton Dash began as a simple duet that has quickly burst into a colossal sound flared by robust song writing, ardent vocals and sturdy musicianship. This soul-folk quintet originally met in the mountains of Appalachia. Their eclectic taste allows them to play shows that range from bluegrass to hard hitting rock and roll sets all the way to jazz funk and delta blues. When founding members Pat Keefe (guitar/vocals) and Justin Doyle (bass/vocals) moved to Richmond their ambitions to perform were greatly welcomed by the commending music scene.Their songs about love and lust, money and drugs, began to need more “umph” as they invited Keegan Lemcke to play with them on mandolin. Soon after they were joined by the impeccable talents of Andrew Sisk (drums) and Sid Kingsely (piano/vocals). The band has been blessed with the friendship of some of the best local Richmond VA musicians. Lately they have been enjoying their weekly residency at Cary St. Cafe performing alongside members of People’s Blues of Richmond, Southern Belles, Faceship, and Bandrew.
$40 ADV Tier 2, $150 VIP
Tickets Available at the Door
Transforming The Broadberry into a magical, Winter Wonderland! Dress in your best and most festive apparel! Raffles to benefit RACC Foundation will be available upon arrival:
- LOCKN Tickets + The Broadberry + Savory Grain + Bombshell + GymGuyz + Hot Yoga Barre + more!
Hot & festive drinks, plus featured cocktails will benefit RACC fund!
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