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Victor Haskins and Moving Sound Pictures May 24th $10 ($5) Members 9PM
May
24
9:00 PM21:00

Victor Haskins and Moving Sound Pictures May 24th $10 ($5) Members 9PM

Moving Sound Pictures is an innovative solo project where Victor Haskins
creates live-produced, spontaneously-composed music. Moving Sound Pictures
utilizes cornet, voice, Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI), synths, live
sampling, and virtuosic improvisation to transcend genre and present a
supremely unique and wondrous experience of live orchestration and music
production through the lens of storytelling.

In this iteration of the project, Victor will incorporate a self-produced
film.  The sound element of Moving Sound Pictures will respond to the
visual element.  Come experience the magic.

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BODY TALK COLLECTIVE OF DJS AND FUNK ENTHUSIASTS 9:30PM-1:30AM $5 FOR NON MEMBERS FREE BEFORE 10
May
25
9:30 PM21:30

BODY TALK COLLECTIVE OF DJS AND FUNK ENTHUSIASTS 9:30PM-1:30AM $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 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)
May
17
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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Black Twig Pickers! MAY 16th  @ Black Iris
May
16
9:00 PM21:00

Black Twig Pickers! MAY 16th @ Black Iris

Thursday, May 16, 9pm-11pm

For the first time, the complete Black Twig Pickers lineup plays Black Iris during a rare trip east. Banjoist Nathan Bowles and fiddler Mike Gangloff (with his band Eight Point Star) have separately visited but this will be Black Twig Pickers first Black Iris show -- and the band's first Richmond show in a decade. Expect stringband traditions married to an ecstatic, highly personal approach to the music, old-time dance rampages and highly detailed improvisations --

$5 members, $10 non-members


Bio: 

Black Twig Pickers are a group defined by a forward-thinking approach to a music most often associated with times gone by. Over a series of recordings, including collaborative releases with Charlie Parr, Steve Gunn, and the late Jack Rose, numerous tours in the United States and Europe, and gigs that range from square dances to the BBC stage at the Latitude Festival in the UK, the group has established itself as a collection of dedicated practitioners of old-time music re-cast and shaped by their appreciation of modern improvisation, drone, and punk. Black Twig Pickers thrive in the in-betweenness of those worlds, linking the exploration of the bounds of sound and a deep dive into Appalachian tradition and community.

If you want weblinks, please use Facebook or Thrill Jockey's Twigs page:

https://www.facebook.com/The-Black-Twig-Pickers-114240751943479  

http://www.thrilljockey.com/artists/the-black-twig-pickers  

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Brandon Bucknum and Landon Elliott  7:30-10:30  $10 ($5 members)
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Brandon Bucknum and Landon Elliott 7:30-10:30 $10 ($5 members)

Bradford

Oldermost (solo)

"Philadelphia rockers Oldermost revel in the art of enigma," writes Culture Collide. There is an ever-present quality of rock and roll inclinations in Oldermost’s music and they are able to hint at nostalgic without stumbling into kitsch. Over the release of four records, most recently How Could You Ever Be The Same? (AntiFragile Records, 2018), Bradford Bucknum has been writing songs that listeners can return to again and again and be given something new each time. Drawing comparisons to artists like Jeff Tweedy and Jim James, Bucknum's music celebrates difficulty and still believes that songs have the power to create spaces in people's lives to learn to love questions again. Learn morelisten and follow

Landon Elliot

With a commanding voice that floats between the spirits of Chris Stapleton and Thrice, singer/songwriter Landon Elliott delivers earworm melodies and sobering lyrics drawn from his upbringing in small-town North Carolina to his move to Richmond in 2013. Elliott is ever in search of the human common denominator, pushing and pulling on stories with hooks and guitar riffs that call to mind early Kings of Leon recordings and Bruce Springsteen sonics. His debut LP will be released in 2019 on American Paradox Records.

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 DJ’S JUST E & BETO, OF THE A/V SOUND SYSTEM
May
9
8:00 AM08:00

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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Mathew O’Neill Live $10  ($5 members)
May
7
7:30 PM19:30

Mathew O’Neill Live $10 ($5 members)


      Musical artist Matthew O’Neill is based in the Catskill Mountains of New York.  Born in Ontario, Matthew grew up outside of Philadelphia, and spent much of his youth joyously alongside his father in the Eastern woodlands. He is an artist that is deeply passionate about the natural world. He has spent and continues to spend a great amount of time in the wilderness. O’Neill’s music embodies a deep connection to nature, spirit, and indigenous ways. For him music is a way to explore unique realms and to share them. In bridging the gap between indigenous ways and the contemporary world, his music offers up feelings that are fresh, wild, curious, and celebratory. His songwriting features poetic allegory centering on non anthropocentric articulations of gratitude and joy, pain and loss.  Reviewers have compared his work to Neil Young, Robbie Robertson, David Byrne, and Nick Cave. 

"Matthew O’Neill follows his vision, a potent mind-meld of early Pink Floyd space-rock, Jerry Garcia-esque laid-back roots music, and Native American-inspired earth-and-sky spirituality....a sort of mystic shaman sketching out his dreams and hopes for the earth he loves in the language he knows best: music.” - The Daily Vault 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJOv8n0aj1M

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BODY TALK COLLECTIVE OF DJS AND FUNK ENTHUSIASTS 9:30PM-1:30AM $5 FOR NON MEMBERS FREE BEFORE 10
Apr
20
to Apr 21

BODY TALK COLLECTIVE OF DJS AND FUNK ENTHUSIASTS 9:30PM-1:30AM $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 10:30

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WAX BUILDUP! RICHMOND'S ALL VINYL DANCE PARTY $5 (FREE FOR MEMBERS)
Apr
19
to Apr 20

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
Apr
11
8:00 PM20:00

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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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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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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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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