J Roddy Walston and the Business

Raised in the gospel tradition in one of the lesser known Clevelands- Cleveland, Tennessee; a town renowned for the most churches per capita in the USA - J Roddy learned piano from his God-fearing grandma. But it soon became clear no church could contain his reckless spirit, threadbare vocal chords, and titanium fingers pounding chords with the force of ten jackhammers.

In another era, J Roddy would have laid waste nightly to the keys of the hottest honky-tonk saloon in any riverboat metropolis. Today J Roddy Walston & The Business rely not on computers but on forcefulness, volume, and tight musical command to shake entire city blocks.

J Roddy moved east, settling in Baltimore where The Business was called to order in 2006. First came the challenge and compliment of guitarist Billy Gordon, a musical mirror-image of J Roddy. Next was Steve Colmus, a sportly southpaw with a heavy snare hand. And Logan Davis's bass provided the pugnacity of a prize fighter's sparring partner. J Roddy describes this harmonious merger as one in which "raw power met story and neither would compromise." The result is an energetic, blue collar rock ethic the Baltimore City Paper once said "makes James Brown look lazy."

Due to their breakneck tempos it is physically impossible to observe posted speed limits while listening to J Roddy Walston and The Business.

If the Bible Belt had soccer hooligans, J Roddy would compose their hymns.

Imagine Animal the Muppet playing piano and you're getting close!

Rollerblades

It’s been more than ten years since the era of flannel, slap bracelets, Zack and Kelly’s prom, dial-up modems, and yes, rollerblades. And – you know – there was a lot of great music from the decade that told the 80’s to chill the synthesizers, hair spray, and sequins. We’re talking about Third Eye Blind, Green Day, The Gin Blossoms, The Presidents of the United States of America, Blur, Counting Crows, Foo Fighters, Boyz II Men, Spin Doctors, Alice in Chains, Britney Spears, Red Hot Chili Peppers. And so, so many more.

Sons of Pirates

Since 1998, audiences from all over the Mid Atlantic have been enjoying the hot summer sounds of Sons of Pirates. Sometimes billed as a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, SOP is much more, playing the beach music of Buffett, Marley, Zak Brown and splashing in classic hits from Eagles, James Taylor and BNL as well as many more.

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Summer Jam 2013 featuring J Roddy Walston and the Business with Rollerblades, Sons of Pirates

Wednesday, July 3 · Doors 5:15 PM / Show 5:30 PM at Massanutten Resort