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Hawthorn live with Hayden Arp & Lobo Marino
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Hawthorn live with Hayden Arp & Lobo Marino

Hawthorn:

The women of Hawthorn craft songs with “a weight that sits with you long after their audible presence fades” (Red Line Roots). Working from the belief that tradition is made to evolve, Heather and Taylor chart a creative course through Appalachian and Celtic roots to the present-day. With a powerful vocal blend surrounded in old-time banjo, seascape guitar, and dreamy electric lines, Hawthorn is quickly claiming a place in the music of New England and beyond. Their second album, Maggie Willow, lands in February 2019.

Lobo Marino:

Named after the enormous Pacific Sea Lion, Lobo Marino's brand of experimental folk draws from a rich palette of international and folk influences.
Built primarily on harmonium, bass drum, banjo and various unique instruments and voices, Lobo Marino continues to evolve as the musical response to the continuous travels and ongoing spiritual journey of its members, Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price.

Hayden Arp:

Hayden Arp makes music with the goal of creating moments of communion in the world. He was raised in Alexandria, VA and attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied electronic music composition. His first single, In the Fading Light, was described by The FADER as “Tingling… gorgeous,” and his debut EP, For Gabriel, was called “Beautiful and elegiac” by ThrdCoast. He has toured extensively, including occasionally joining Lucy Dacus as a guest performer. He lives in Richmond, VA.

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BODY TALK COLLECTIVE OF DJS AND FUNK ENTHUSIASTS 9PM-1AM $5 FOR NON MEMBERS FREE BEFORE 10
Mar
30
to Mar 31

BODY TALK COLLECTIVE OF DJS AND FUNK ENTHUSIASTS 9PM-1AM $5 FOR NON MEMBERS FREE BEFORE 10

Body Talk is a collective of DJs and funk enthusiasts coming together for a night of finely mixed Boogie Disco and Funk since 2012. They're excited to join the Black Iris social club and the vibe they bring will fit right in to the club's. This is an all vinyl Boogie Funk Soul Disco House and Go-Go DJ event. DJs Mike Murphy Tru Blu Sean Lovelace and more.

9pm-1am $5 for non members free before 10

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Simon Joyner Live!   $10 ($5) for members
May
28
7:30 AM07:30

Simon Joyner Live! $10 ($5) for members

BIO:
Simon Joyner is a renowned American singer-songwriter who first came
to prominence during the Lo-Fi movement of the early 90's alongside
contemporaries mining similar territory like Will Oldham, Peter
Jefferies, the Mountain Goats, and Bill Callahan. Joyner
was championed early by the late British DJ, John Peel, who famously
played Joyner's 1994 LP, "The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll", start
to finish on one of his BBC programs, initially making Joyner more
well known overseas than in his own country. He is often referred to as one
of the forefathers of the Omaha music scene and an influence on his
friend, Conor Oberst, of Bright Eyes.

Following the mercurial path of heroes like Neil Young and Bob Dylan,
Joyner has been releasing literate and challenging albums
since the release of his first album, Room Temperature, in 1993. His
discography includes twenty-three full-length recordings, as well as numerous
singles and guest appearances. A book of his lyrics was released in
2016 under the title "Only Love Can Bring You Peace: Selected Lyrics
(1990-2014)." He tours the United States and Europe semi-regularly and
is the co-owner of the Grapefruit Records label.

• QUOTES •
"Omaha has given us the reigning heir to Henry Miller's dark emotional
mirror, Townes Van Zandt's three-chord moan, and Lou Reed's warehouse
minimalism: his name is Simon Joyner." — Gillian Welch

"Pound for pound Simon Joyner is my favorite lyricist of all time. He
has shades of all the greats (Van Zandt, Cohen, Dylan) but exists in a
space all his own ... He truly is an American songwriting treasure. It
is my hope that more people will discover his music and share in the
unique joy that it brings." — Conor Oberst

"Simon's always been a secret handshake amongst me and my peers. He's
a pioneer. He's helped pave the way for many people, myself included.
He's an artist in its purest form--for his only concern is crafting a
perfect song--which he's done time and time again." ---Kevin Morby

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WAX BUILDUP! RICHMOND'S ALL VINYL DANCE PARTY $5 (FREE FOR MEMBERS)
Mar
15
9:00 PM21:00

WAX BUILDUP! RICHMOND'S ALL VINYL DANCE PARTY $5 (FREE FOR MEMBERS)

Please join us for the fourth night of Wax Buildup all-vinyl dance party! We are taking over Black Iris Gallery (Richmond, Virginia) for a night of hip hop classics, funk, disco, breaks and any other records we can find that will make you move. Expect a laid-back vibe with no egos or drama - just friends, drinks, dancing and lots of great music. 

Hosted by Alex Black With, Billy Crystal Fingers, Triple H, DJ Mentos, and DJ Nobe

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DJ’S JUST E & BETO, OF THE A/V SOUND SYSTEM
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

DJ’S JUST E & BETO, OF THE A/V SOUND SYSTEM

DJ’s Just E & Beto, of the A/V Sound System, will be tag teaming it on the turn tables as the tumble 4 ya through their personal collections of music. Everything from the avant-garde to pop will be spun on the platter, filling the sound waves with golden moments of pure (h)ear candy and toe tapping fun as the evening is filled with conversations on pop culture, artistic creation and great instrumental performances.

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Soul Clap Back performance
Mar
6
9:00 PM21:00

Soul Clap Back performance

Clap Back :  noun or verb - A hard response to false statement or premise. 

Soul Mu·sic  noun -  a kind of music incorporating elements of rhythm and blues and gospel music, popularized by African-Americans. Characterized by an emphasis on vocals and an impassioned improvisatory delivery, it is associated with performers such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding

Dictionary result for soul music:

The SoulClapback  is a gathering of musicians that love to play soulful protest and uplifting music.
We all play with different bands so we get together on the fly and play songs and grooves from America's deep library of conscious music.
We encourage each other to bring original songs to the table.  An open invitation ito spoken word poets is always there.  But no sex poems (you know who you are. LOL) No holds barred words and free thought is celebrated.

Cover $10  (Black Iris Members $5)  bar and Heavy hors d'oeuvres.  DJ Spinning classic and new Soul Music.

John Mitchell
https://www.facebook.com/soulclapback/

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FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY OPENING!  Robert Kaputof
Mar
1
5:00 PM17:00

FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY OPENING! Robert Kaputof

Bob Kaputof is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, currently teaching in the Kinetic Imaging Department. He has taught in both the Design and Kinetic Imaging departments at VCU and led the K.I. Department from 2003-2010. He has screened work at the Dallas Video Festival; the Pacific Film Archives; Berkeley and Mill Valley Film & Video Festival and other venues.

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Cocktail Competition  $25 ($10 for members)
Feb
25
5:00 PM17:00

Cocktail Competition $25 ($10 for members)

Six bartenders will prepare original cocktails using either Catoctin's 80 proof Roundstone Rye or Watershed Gin.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste the competitors drinks and also sample some of Catoctin's different spirits. While guests are tasting everything they will also be able to enjoy the space Black Iris provides or watch all the competitors make the drinks for the judges.

If you are interested in coming and checking out these amazing bartenders the tickets will be sold here: https://catoctincreekcomp.eventbrite.com

If you are interested in entering please contact me at Yoz@blackiris.tv 

Hope to see everyone there!!!!

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Body Talk   collective of DJs and funk enthusiasts 9pm-1am $5 for non members free before 10
Feb
23
9:00 PM21:00

Body Talk collective of DJs and funk enthusiasts 9pm-1am $5 for non members free before 10

Body Talk is a collective of DJs and funk enthusiasts coming together for a night of finely mixed Boogie Disco and Funk since 2012. They're excited to join the Black Iris social club and the vibe they bring will fit right in to the club's. This is an all vinyl Boogie Funk Soul Disco House and Go-Go DJ event. DJs Mike Murphy Tru Blu Sean Lovelace and more.

9pm-1am $5 for non members free before 10

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 DJ’s Just E & Beto, of the A/V Sound System
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

DJ’s Just E & Beto, of the A/V Sound System

DJ’s Just E & Beto, of the A/V Sound System, will be tag teaming it on the turn tables as the tumble 4 ya through their personal collections of music. Everything from the avant-garde to pop will be spun on the platter, filling the sound waves with golden moments of pure (h)ear candy and toe tapping fun as the evening is filled with conversations on pop culture, artistic creation and great instrumental performances.

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WAX BUILDUP! RICHMOND'S ALL VINYL DANCE PARTY $5 (FREE FOR MEMBERS)
Feb
8
9:00 PM21:00

WAX BUILDUP! RICHMOND'S ALL VINYL DANCE PARTY $5 (FREE FOR MEMBERS)

Please join us for the fourth night of Wax Buildup all-vinyl dance party! We are taking over Black Iris Gallery (Richmond, Virginia) for a night of hip hop classics, funk, disco, breaks and any other records we can find that will make you move. Expect a laid-back vibe with no egos or drama - just friends, drinks, dancing and lots of great music. 

Hosted by Alex Black With, Billy Crystal Fingers, Hip Hop Henry, DJ Mentos, and DJ Nobe

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Victor Haskins Skein  Album release party! $10 ($5 for members)
Feb
2
to Feb 3

Victor Haskins Skein Album release party! $10 ($5 for members)

International performer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Victor
Haskins returns to Black Iris, this time with his ace ensemble of
improvisers, Victor Haskins' Skein! On this particular evening, the Skein
will celebrate the official release of their new album which features all
original compositions by Haskins: "Showing Up".

What does it mean to "show up" to life? It means being our authentic,
true selves. It means overcoming personal obstacles. It means taking
control and ownership of our own lives. It means being honest with
ourselves. We hope you will "show up" and join Victor Haskins' Skein for a
powerful evening of exploring these ideas through music made for (and in)
the moment.

Victor Haskins' Skein Personnel:
Randall Pharr, bass
Tony Martucci, drums
Victor Haskins, cornet/EWI/music direction

To learn more about Victor, visit http://victorhaskins.com/

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Hayden Arp and Friends Live! $10 ($5 Members) Doors @ 7pm show at 8pm
Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

Hayden Arp and Friends Live! $10 ($5 Members) Doors @ 7pm show at 8pm

Press quotes:
“Tingling, gorgeous... Powerful.” - the FADER on In The Fading Light
“Beautiful and elegiac… Arp has a knack for making the very large and unknowable very small and concrete” - ThrdCoast on For Gabriel
“He was on stage for less than five minutes, and now we will never forget him.” - Indie Soul Media

Bio:
Hayden Arp makes music with the goal of creating moments of communion in the world. He was raised in Alexandria, VA and attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied electronic music composition. His first single, In the Fading Light, was described by The FADER as “Tingling… gorgeous,” and his debut EP, For Gabriel, was called “Beautiful and elegiac” by ThrdCoast. He has toured extensively, including occasionally joining Lucy Dacus as a guest performer. He lives in Richmond, VA.

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WAX BUILDUP! RICHMOND'S ALL VINYL DANCE PARTY $5 (FREE FOR MEMBERS)
Jan
11
9:00 PM21:00

WAX BUILDUP! RICHMOND'S ALL VINYL DANCE PARTY $5 (FREE FOR MEMBERS)

Please join us for the Third night of Wax Buildup all-vinyl dance party! We are taking over Black Iris Gallery (Richmond, Virginia) for a night of hip hop classics, funk, disco, breaks and any other records we can find that will make you move. Expect a laid-back vibe with no egos or drama - just friends, drinks, dancing and lots of great music. 

Hosted by Alex Black With, Billy Crystal Fingers, Hip Hop Henry, DJ Mentos, and DJ Nobe

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 DJ’s Just E & Beto, of the A/V Sound System
Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

DJ’s Just E & Beto, of the A/V Sound System

NOVEMBER 15th -7pm

DJ’s Just E & Beto, of the A/V Sound System, will be tag teaming it on the turn tables as the tumble 4 ya through their personal collections of music. Everything from the avant-garde to pop will be spun on the platter, filling the sound waves with golden moments of pure (h)ear candy and toe tapping fun as the evening is filled with conversations on pop culture, artistic creation and great instrumental performances.

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Cal Folger Day Live  MONDAY Performance along with Landon Elliot (Free for Members)
Jan
7
8:00 PM20:00

Cal Folger Day Live MONDAY Performance along with Landon Elliot (Free for Members)


I'm an American songwriter currently based in Dublin. In January 2019 I'll be on tour around the East Coast with my band, a mix of American and Irish players, who completed a live full-length studio album in June. It has been mixed and mastered by Forest Christenson in LA for release on Monday December 17. Musicians include Daniel Fox (Girl Band) on bass, Philip Christie (O Emperor, The Bonk) on keys, Ailbhe Nic Oiraichteagh (Cian Nugent, Josephine Foster) on viola, Naoise Roo and Bob Gallagher on vocals, Nick Boon on guitar, and Ben Engel on mandolin and percussion.—Cal

My original pop-opera The Woods & Grandma was nominated for three prizes and awarded the Little Gem at the Dublin Fringe Festival last September, with a supported run at Bewley's Theatre. RTÉ Lyric, the Irish national arts and culture radio station, will air an hour-long feature on the piece in December. We have also recently performed at the Dunsink Observatory as part of the Festival of Curiosity, and at the national heritage site Coole Park as part of Culture Night. At the Roots of the Stars, from a play by Djuna Barnes, is another long-form musical narrative which we toured around the US and Canada for 20 shows in August 2016.

I've played with Angel Olson, Jeffrey Lewis, Sean Nicholas Savage, St. Lenox, Sidney Gish, and the comedian Jena Friedman, as well as many tours of my own around Ireland, the UK, and US. My EP Adornament was released by Reeks of Effort (UK)/Trout (IE). This year I completed a masters in composition at Trinity College, Dublin. "A guitarist and chanteuse with jazz leanings, whose vocal control and stage presence command attention" (The New Yorker). "At the Roots of the Stars is one of the finest pieces I've ever seen. Fun, reflective, beautiful, important" (Scott Holzman, Chase Public, Cincinnati OH). "There is a sense of self and personality to the music... Adornament is a work of subtle and considered songwriting" (The Last Mixed Tape).

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WAX BUILDUP!   Richmond's All Vinyl Dance Party $5  (Free for Members)
Dec
7
9:00 PM21:00

WAX BUILDUP! Richmond's All Vinyl Dance Party $5 (Free for Members)

Please join us for the second ever Wax Buildup all-vinyl dance party! We are taking over Black Iris Gallery (Richmond, Virginia) for a night of hip hop classics, funk, disco, breaks and any other records we can find that will make you move. Expect a laid-back vibe with no egos or drama - just friends, drinks, dancing and lots of great music. 

Hosted by Hip Hop Henry (WRIR, Booze and Grooves, The Cheats Movement, RVA Mag), Billy Crystal Fingers, DEV, and B-Rice (WRIR, Mid Atlantic Jams) and Big Rich (Booze and Grooves, WRIR).

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First Friday Gallery Opening with Lydia Marek December 7Th
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Gallery Opening with Lydia Marek December 7Th

Artist Statement and Bio

 “Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?  Can one really explain this? No.  Just as one can never learn how to paint.” – Pablo Picasso

Lydia Marek works with acrylics to develop multi-textured vibrantly colored paintings.  She has shown her work in several successful solo and group shows in Richmond over the past two years including, West Elm Richmond, West Elm Virginia Beach, Crossroads Art Center, Gallery 23, Innovista Law, Bimmer Rescue, and Black Iris Social Club. Lydia is inspired by nature, colors, and texture to create and paint on a daily basis as well as her commissioned individual paintings where she works with clients to co-design unique pieces for their home.

Lydia was born in New York but has lived in Virginia for over 40 years.  She retired from Virginia Tech as a Research Scientist and moved to Richmond four years ago. Growing up in New York and traveling extensively has provided many opportunities for her to see, experience and fall deeply in love with the visual arts. She has always been attracted to color, texture and movement, which she incorporates into her paintings. She works in acrylics and is always searching for new colors!

“I typically approach my painting with an idea of a color palette and sometimes include textured mediums and then the paintings develop in an organic way.  I pull colors, layer and layer, and sometimes pour paint and spray while watching the paints puddle and move. Layering paint and using different mediums and strokes ends up with a lot of texture and movement.  I hope others get a sense of color, play, and dynamism when they look at my work.”  

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Diane Cluck &  Devon Sproule
Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

Diane Cluck & Devon Sproule

December 1st 2018

7:30-10:30

Diane Cluck

Diane Cluck is a singer-songwriter of intuitive folk who employs singing as a healing, textural experience in which audiences may wander, ponder, or simply be. Her vocal style has been noted for its clipped, glottal beauty, and described by NPR as “an unlikely mix of Aaron Neville, the Baka people, and Joni Mitchell--unaffected yet unusual”.

She accompanies herself on various instruments including guitar, piano, harmonium, zither, and a copper pipe instrument she built by hand. Time Out New York cited her as a “one of the most refined and elegant songwriters in all of neo-folkdom...a brilliant idiosyncratic guitarist”.

Diane contributed to New York’s burgeoning Antifolk scene in the early 2000s. Since then, singer-songwriters Laura Marling, Florence Welch (of Florence And The Machine), and Sharon Van Etten have cited Diane’s work as influential. In 2017 Grizzly Bear released their cover of Diane's song "Easy to Be Around". 

Devon Sproule

“Sproule’s lyrics glance off each other arrestingly, juxtaposing images. The music is correspondingly complex, but has a centripetal stillness about it, as if suspended for a moment out of time.”  (Financial Times).  In 2017, Devon released “The Gold String,” a collection of songs revolving about love and connection, recorded in her birth-country, Canada.  Sproule was raised on eco-villages near Kingston, Ontario and Louisa, Virginia. She has been married to producer Paul Curreri for 13 years and the two live with their daughter, Ray, in Charlottesville, VA.  

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Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures

Victor Haskins is a visionary, world-class trumpet and electronic wind instrument (EWI) player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, interdisciplinary collaborator, and educator.

Victor brings a one-of-a-kind spirit and perspective to all that he does. His worldly, empathetic, culturally astute approach to living is a result of growing up in a variety of diverse settings in Asia and Africa and traveling extensively (which continues through the present day). Through music, Haskins is able to synthesize his thoughts and experiences into audible emotions and sonic stories to connect with audiences.

As an educator, Victor currently serves as the Director of In-School Jazz Ensembles for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (since 2014), Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the College of William & Mary (since 2016), and the Director of the Jazz Ensemble at the College of William & Mary (since 2018). Previously, he served on the faculty of the inaugural Izmir International Jazz Camp (2012). Haskins has presented clinics and masterclasses on a variety of music-related topics at institutions including (but not limited to) the Jazz Education Network Conference, the University of Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Richmond, TEDxVCU, and TEDxLizardCreek.

Victor’s present main performing projects are Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures and Victor Haskins’ Skein. Moving Sound Pictures is an innovative, “one- man-band” where Victor extemporaneously creates intricate, interactive soundscapes derived from a combination of various existing artistic traditions from around the world, and his own deeply personal improvisational language. In Victor Haskins’ Skein, Victor is joined by a live bassist and drummer to explore the possibilities of collective improvisation through the forum of compositions and arrangements he has crafted for the ensemble, delighting and intriguing audiences with intense auditory interplay.

Some notable highlights from Mr. Haskins’ performance career thus far include the creation of his own improvisational concept--Melodic Improvisation--as well as an independently conceived musical genre that is based on that concept, called ImproviStory (which later evolved into his current project, Moving Sound Pictures). He released his debut album of all original compositions-- "The Truth"--on 32 Bar Records in March of 2013. Victor has been featured at the Richmond Jazz Festival (2013-2015), Richmond’s 2nd Street Festival (2011, 2016), the Elkhart Jazz Festival (2014), the Apex Jazz Festival (2014), and the Festival of New Trumpet Music (2014). In addition, some of Victor's activities are supported by grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Victor Haskins has worked directly with a diverse cross-section of masters of improvised music, including (but not limited to) Marc Cary, Craig Handy, Roger Lewis (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), Lonnie Liston-Smith, Jason Moran, and Phil Wiggins.

Victor holds a Jazz Studies/Performance degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he completed the 4-year music program in only 3 years (the first and only person to ever accomplish this feat).

Victor is proud to be sponsored by Eclipse Trumpets, and Denis Wick mouthpieces.

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Lonesome Leash  (public Event)
Nov
20
7:30 PM19:30

Lonesome Leash (public Event)

(public Event) 7:30pm-10-pm

Lonesome Leash is LA-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Walt McClements. For over a decade, Walt has quietly made a name for himself as a well-respected collaborator, contributing to records (and touring across the country) with the likes of Weyes Blood, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Dark Dark Dark, among others.

November 2nd, Lonesome Leash released 'Delicate Art' via Cruisin' Records, a new queer independent label founded by Nana Grizol's Theo Hilton and Your Heart Breaks' Clyde Petersen (pre-order it here). LA Record shared the first track, Driving deeming it "a wild and piercing echo of Henry Flynt, Bruce Haack and/or Arthur Russell that gathers power as it moves along"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VX0_VtzWL0&feature=youtu.be

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Nov
14
5:00 PM17:00

Cigar Mystique

Cigar Mystique is back in November, and once again at the exclusive Black Iris Social Club. All the familiar elements will be present as per usual: electric atmosphere, lit visuals, sublime sounds. 

This is a VIP Only Event $20:

Live DJ

Live Entertainment

Heavy Hors' Devours

Select premium cigar courtesy of Griffin Cigar

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Sam Moss and Julianna Daugherty (public event)
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

Sam Moss and Julianna Daugherty (public event)

Sam Moss

BIO

Sam Moss is a musician living in Boston. His discography ranges from early recordings of instrumental folk guitar to more recent lyrically centered efforts, including 2018’s Neon, which has been acclaimed by NPR and The Boston Globe. Since 2014 he has been regularly on tour, performing in all manner of venues: pubs, galleries, abandoned silos, living rooms, and the Newport Folk Festival. Moss is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Marble House Project.

LINKS

http://www.sammoss.net/

https://www.facebook.com/sammossmusic

https://www.instagram.com/sssammmosss/

https://twitter.com/sssammmosss

Juliana Daugherty

BIO

Juliana Daugherty wields her songcraft like a sword, not a diary to be buried in a drawer. Daugherty grew up playing multiple instruments, even attending a conservatory before stepping away from classical music entirely. She went on to acquire an MFA in poetry-- a fact not lost on her debut full-length Light. NPR writes Light is "not an attempt at coining a new, fake genre, but a functional image. Daugherty sings quiet and contemplative poetry with gentle, but aching lilt." Stereogum describes Light as"a collection of stark, intimate folk-rock tunes that accompany Daugherty’s lyrics with only a few carefully selected flourishes. The results are magnificent, as fervent but understated electric chords carry along Daugherty’s haunting narration. There is no shortage of artists making music of this ilk today, but few are doing it so captivatingly.”

LINKS

http://westernvinyl.com/artists/juliana-daugherty.php

https://www.facebook.com/juliana.daugherty.music/

https://www.instagram.com/juliana.daugherty/

https://twitter.com/xouley

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NATHAN BOWLES LIVE (public event)
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

NATHAN BOWLES LIVE (public event)

Public Event 7pm-9pm

On his playfully subversive fourth solo album, Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn, Pelt, Black Twig Pickers) extends his acclaimed banjo and percussion practice into the full-band realm for the first time, showcasing both delicate solo meditations and smoldering, swinging ensemble explorations featuring Casey Toll (Jake Xerxes Fussell, Mt. Moriah) on double bass and Rex McMurry (CAVE) on drums. As he considers the cycles of deceit and self-deception that shape both our personal and political lives, a mixed mood of melancholy and merriment permeates Bowles’s own compositions as well as the interpretive material, which draws from traditional Appalachian repertoires and the diverse songbooks of Julie Tippetts, Cousin Emmy, and Silver Apples.

“Nathan is brainy and bookish and likes whiskey. He has that intense air that can fall away to mirth. His approach to music appears curious, knowledgeable, playful, intuitive, still. He knows he has a thing going on, and that he can apply that thing to things! To many different things. Maybe that thing is the grand blankness of seeing everything at once. Or maybe it is a pinhole vision that soothes and subjects in its narrowness.

“I think these new songs nurture their dialectic opposites, and that is their appeal—the drone has the aspect of melody, the melody has the aspect of drone. I don’t think Nathan has ever ridden a dolphin, but I think if faced with the task he would cotton quick. That’s how I see his approach to his music.”

– Bill Callahan

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Xander Naylor November 3rd (public event)
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Xander Naylor November 3rd (public event)

"Some of the most refreshingly unhinged guitar recorded in this century." - New York Music Daily

"[Naylor] creates a language all his own...[and] comes across as a mix between a guitar-slinging Colin Stetson and a guitar-slinging Fred Frith, with the result (and main takeaway) being that he’s a pretty competent guitar slinger, no matter what style he’s tackling." - The Critical Masses

This Sound Machine, built of guitar, sax, bass, and drum, employs modern technique in revolutionizing post-rock grooves and confronts you while you head-bang your way across the dance floor.  Guitarist Xander Naylor’s work, which has been recognized by New York Music Daily as "Some of the most refreshingly unhinged guitar recorded in this century,” uses myriad rhythmic influences to solidly bond the machine’s language of sound. Executed by an all-star group of musicians who perform all over the world, XNSM supplies a power surge of cohesive sound that stops just short of overwhelming your brain, allowing you to live fully in the moment and embrace what is possible. 

Naylor's latest album, Transmission, out October 26, 2018 on the Chhandayan label, features drummer Dan Weiss, tabla master Samir Chatterjee, and a slew of other innovators from New York City.

Links:

https://xandernaylor.bandcamp.com/ (album coming out Oct. 26!)

https://youtu.be/YUUAqt6L1iw  (live video)

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Underground Kitchen Presents Gospel Brunch 11am and 1pm servings
Oct
28
11:00 AM11:00

Underground Kitchen Presents Gospel Brunch 11am and 1pm servings

Gospel Brunch $95.00 Tickets are limited! Price includes 4 courses, unlimited mimosas, taxes and gratuity. Tickets Here

Join us every second and fourth Sunday of the month from October to December for our Gospel Brunch! We will bring you all the joy of a live Gospel Choir mixed with the elegance of our UGK events. While enjoying beautiful and soulful singing, you will dine on a variety of deliciously prepared brunch cuisines. Our local chef will create an evolving menu each event so no two Sundays are the same, and with unlimited mimosas and a cash bar, your sure to have a great time. Come celebrate all of God’s great bounty with UGK fans from all over Virginia and enjoy a brunch truly unique to this area.

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Spooky Reading/Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures/Halloween Party
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Spooky Reading/Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures/Halloween Party

SOUNDING THE SPOOKY SEASON 

October 27th 8pm sharp!

Come and get lit.  In this evening of songs and storytelling, four acclaimed writers converge on Tiny Bar to read poems, stories, ghost stories- their own and others- as live music plays.  Against the backdrop of our Poe-inflected speakeasy, celebrated poets Tess Taylor and Kiki Petrosino will read poems of haunts and hauntings;  fiction writer Jon Pineda will offer up some twisted tales, and Richmond’s own Kristen Green will share her stories of local ghosts.  The writers will be paired with the band from 8-9:30.  Afterwards, Black Iris will get the Halloween party started.  Costumes encouraged!!!

About the Artists:

Kristen Green has worked for two decades as a journalist at newspapers including The San Diego Union-Tribune and the Boston Globe. Kristen has a bachelor of arts from University of Mary Washington and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County is her first book. It was a New York Times bestseller in race and civil rights and in education, and it was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. The Washington Post recognized it among notable nonfiction for 2015. Kristen and her husband, Jason Hamilton, and their two young daughters live in Richmond, Va.

Greg Wrenn is the author of Centaur, which Terrance Hayes awarded the 2013 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. His work has appeared in The New RepublicThe RumpusKenyon ReviewNew England ReviewThe American Poetry ReviewThe Yale ReviewAGNI, and elsewhere. A former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, Wrenn is an assistant professor of English at James Madison University. He is currently at work on Reef, an eco-memoir about his time at a remote reef in New Guinea, and The Minotaurs, his second poetry collection. 


Jon Pineda is the author of the novel Let's No One Get Hurt (FSG). His other books include the memoir Sleep in Me, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and Library Journal "Best Books of 2010" pick; the novel Apology, winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize; and the poetry collections Little Anodynes, winner of the 2016 Library of Virginia Literary Award; The Translator's Diary, winner of the Green Rose Prize from New Issues Poetry & Prose; and Birthmark, selected by Ralph Burns as winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition.  A core faculty member in the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, he teaches at the College of William & Mary.

Tess Taylor’s first book, The Forage House, was called “stunning” by The San Francisco Chronicle.  Her second book, Work & Days, was called “our moment’s Georgic” by critic Stephanie Burt and was named one of the 10 best books of poetry of 2016 by The New York Times.  Taylor’s poetry and nonfiction appear widely.  She currently chairs the poetry committee of the National Book Critics Circle, and is on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered.  She was a Distinguished Fulbright US Scholar at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and was most recently Anne Spencer Writer in Residence at Randolph College.

Victor Haskins is a visionary, world-class trumpet and electronic wind instrument (EWI) player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, interdisciplinary collaborator, and educator.

Victor brings a one-of-a-kind spirit and perspective to all that he does. His worldly, empathetic, culturally astute approach to living is a result of growing up in a variety of diverse settings in Asia and Africa and traveling extensively (which continues through the present day). Through music, Haskins is able to synthesize his thoughts and experiences into audible emotions and sonic stories to connect with audiences.

As an educator, Victor currently serves as the Director of In-School Jazz Ensembles for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (since 2014), Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the College of William & Mary (since 2016), and the Director of the Jazz Ensemble at the College of William & Mary (since 2018). Previously, he served on the faculty of the inaugural Izmir International Jazz Camp (2012). Haskins has presented clinics and masterclasses on a variety of music-related topics at institutions including (but not limited to) the Jazz Education Network Conference, the University of Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Richmond, TEDxVCU, and TEDxLizardCreek.

Victor’s present main performing projects are Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures and Victor Haskins’ Skein. Moving Sound Pictures is an innovative, “one- man-band” where Victor extemporaneously creates intricate, interactive soundscapes derived from a combination of various existing artistic traditions from around the world, and his own deeply personal improvisational language. In Victor Haskins’ Skein, Victor is joined by a live bassist and drummer to explore the possibilities of collective improvisation through the forum of compositions and arrangements he has crafted for the ensemble, delighting and intriguing audiences with intense auditory interplay.

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