460 South Band is a country and southern rock band from Lynchburg, VA. They aim to please every fan with every performance and welcome any questions, concerns, or feedback. They love to hear from all of their fans. :)
460 South Band are a team of seasoned, professional, and top quality musicians bringing the best country and southern rock to your town or city. They play a variety of original and cover songs from the past to present. If you hear about the 460 South Band coming to your town they promise you a great show!
Influenced by acoustic, folk rock, and southern rock, Alma Hesson is the first winner of the Lynchburg Star competition sponsored by Lynch's Landing.
The Almost Brothers Band with Lauren Smyk is one of the best variety bands in the area. If you want to hear everything from country to classic rock to blues to disco to funk, then this band is the one for you. Whether it is a party, wedding, or special function The Almost Brothers can provide the entertainment to make the night a memorable one.
Apple Butter Soul is one of the region's most electrifying Jazz, Funk, and R&B bands. The group features Josh Brinkman on alto and tenor sax, Ty Scott on keyboard, C.T. Bailey on bass and guitar, and Fred Jackson on drums. Apple Butter Soul will surely have you out of your seats and on the dance floor. You don't want to miss their shows!
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Avenue was formed in July 2012. Avenue features Ian Flanders on guitar and vocals, Will Cheatham on guitar, Jonathan Hart on bass and vocals and Zane Watts on drums. They do more than just play through some classic rock covers, they put on a show. Avenue is the rock of Lynchburg.
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Bigfoot County is a group of musicians paying tribute to the Grateful Dead one show at a time. Bigfoot County was formed in November of 2010 when a group of friends who share a love for the music of The Grateful Dead got together in drummer Sam Navarre's basement to jam. With an ever growing repertoire of Grateful Dead songs and exploratory improvisational jams, Bigfoot County's live show is not to be missed.
Billy Berger... Drummer, mandolinist, guitarist, bassist songwriter. Billy plays Americana with World flavers, Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues, Rock, Swing, Funk, Folk, Latin and Afro-Cuban.
In a sense Billy is a "one man band" Using loop technology Billy loops rhythms live using electric bass, guitar, and percussion, instuments then builds on the rhythm with guitar mandolin and vocals creating a full band sound as a solo performer.
Bittersweet Rival was originally formed as Half-Empty in 2003 from a band jam in Halloween costumes. After a bassist change, the band was renamed as Almost Everything. After yet another bassist change, Bittersweet Rival was formed. Prior to BSR Brian was a member of Killing Jonas, Rumbleseat, and Happy Ending Machine. Melissa was a member of Tomato Love Apple. Now the band members are: Johnny Edwards on vocals and lead guitar, Chris Colbert on rhythm guitar, vocals, and keyboards, Brian Bosiger on drums and percussion, and Melissa Gill on bass.
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BLACKOUT brings you the best in ROCK from the Central VA area! Great original music! Great covers that pay tribute to the best hard rock and metal from the 80's, 90's, and today! High energy stage show!
It happened on a whim last October. Blake Reams quit his job in Russellville, Ark. and hitchhiked to Lynchburg. "This is home now," said the 21-year-old singer-songwriter during an interview at The White Hart, the downtown coffee shop where he works. "I just really like it. Something said 'Go.'" Reams is intense and soft-spoken with shaggy hair that almost covers his eyes. He was drawn to Lynchburg after spending four days here during a tour stop last fall. The city has proven a fertile backdrop for his music; he's written more than 20 songs since moving here, though he's only kept a handful. Lately, his music has been mellow and raw. His songs are infused with questions of faith and the search for truth.
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"Lynchburg tech-raunch-rockers Crow and the Murder Machine have long been one of the area's most unique bands. Among the heavily acoustic, at times annoyingly earnest hoards of student-singer-songwriters, the Murder Machine's cheeky attitude and fuzzy beats (and slightly higher median age, for that matter) are a breath of fresh air for those looking for something a little more danceable. If you've never seen Crow and the Murder Machine, imagine David Bowie and Trent Reznor's foul-mouthed lovechild fronting an avant punk version of New Order and you'll get a pretty good idea of the group's style." -Magazine33
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If there is any group that knows what it takes to adapt to the ever changing world that is music... Diamondback is that group. Technically tagged as a country / southern rock group, Diamondback brings so much more to bear in their shows. Their rich blend of musicianship and harmonies allows them to offer a wide variety of music. Based out of central southern Virginia, Diamondback has been a staple of entertainment for almost 15 years.
Dixie Ridge was formed in the winter of 2010 by the husband and wife duo of Adam and Amanda Clifton. Both have always loved playing and singing bluegrass music. Amanda has been singing since a very young age and her powerful lead vocals are without a doubt the foundation of the group. Adam serves as the bass player for the group and is also Dixie Ridge's bandleader and manager.
Dragonfly plays an exciting blend of high energy rock, country and dance music. With an extensive song list and a lot of surprises, you're sure to have a great time at a Dragonfly show!
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EYES ON ME is an energetic indie/powerpop band based out of Lynchburg, VA. Eyes On Me is determined to stay true to their musical roots and perform honest music that people can relate to.
Starkey and Craig created FMG as an acoustic duo with the intention of spreading their originals throughout the Lynchburg area. FMG or Future Musical Genius (a.k.a. The Future), has played with various artists around the Lynchburg area. They play a little bit of everything with originals inspired by such artists as: Weezer, White Stripes and Dave Matthews Band. You can regularly catch the Future at Neighbor's Place, Benjamin's Restaurant, Corner Cafe, Shaker's Restaurant as well as The Stoney Badger Tavern, where they've quickly become the location's house band. Come see The Future today!
"Heavy metal - or, just plain metal - has been fashioned into dozens of very different alloys since it grew out of the overdriven blues rock of the 1960s.
At the more visible end of the spectrum, there's the familiar, radio-friendly pop of power-ballad purveyors. At the other lies much darker matter, a more underground, aggressive and often unhinged approach with roots that go back through 1980s behemoths like Slayer and Metallica, to the nascent roar of early Black Sabbath.
The Lynchburg foursome Gomorah defiantly adhere to the tenants of the latter tradition: jackhammer rhythms, lacerating guitar tones, head-banging mosh pit riffs and throat-shredding grim-reaper vocals."
-Matt Ashare, News & Advance
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We are Heroes For Ghosts. A band emerging fresh out of Lynchburg, VA. We are passionate about what we do and put our all into our music. We believe people are overdue for something new, and believe we are it. We have music and shows coming soon so keep a lookout!
A Lynchburg, VA local acoustic trio called HLC3 that want to make great acoustic music. They blend harmonies with blues rooted rock fused with funk, jam, and soul elements that will leave your toe tapping and hands clapping. THey also play original acoustic versions of Hot Like Cajun songs as well as lots more original songs and a list of covers that vary from the Grateful Dead and the Temptations to Tracy Chapman and Collective Soul.
The House Band is an 11 piece band that plays oldies R&B music - best known for playing music by Earth, Wind, and Fire - though the group has a large variety of music that it covers. Members of the groups ages are from different eras which add to versatility of group. Some members have played on cruise ships, while others have played with local gospel, jazz, and R&B groups.
Guitarist and vocalist, Tom Howell, got an early start as a performer (at age four or five, he recalls). At the ripe old age of 13, he started playing in local bands until moving out of his teens and on to Richmond to play with Robbin Thompson. After four years in the “sweet Virginia breeze,” Tom left Robbin and headed to Nashville where he “spent seven years playing and recording with Phil Vassar." Tom moved back to Lynchburg in '94 and has been performing locally since.
Drummer and vocalist, Keith McFaden, is a Lynchburg native and Amherst High School graduate, who served a seven-year stint as a Marine before rejoining the local music scene. Keith is a versatile musician and singer who’s first instrument of choice was actually guitar. His latest projects, "Bugs in the Elevator" and "Keith & Kompany" are fine examples of his versatility as a guitarist / front man. He has served as drummer for the original Groove Monkey’s Trio ('02 - '07) , Ojbones (‘98-'02), Fastwalker (‘95-’97), Steel Coyote (‘90-’95) and the Blue Maxx Band (’89-’90). Among his many credits, Keith has recorded with Fastwalker, and has opened for Charlie Daniels Band and 38 Special with Steel Coyote. Keith likens his drumming to Richie Hayward of Little Feat who has had a great deal of influence on his style.
Bassist and vocalist, Tom Thornton, became interested in piano at the age of four, started playing bass at 11, and was playing in bands by 15. Tom remembers being influenced in the mid-70’s by Verdine White of Earth ,Wind & Fire and Mowtown bassist James Jamerson. In 1982, Tom (along with Phil Vassar and Bill Miller) founded the popular Top 40 group Thyss who toured the east coast until 1991. Four years later, Tom began playing locally with Tom Howell in No Such Animal, and later joined with him again to form The Groove Monkeys.
Acoustic, Indie, Singer-Songwriter, Pop
Jenny Reynolds And Cherry Hill was formed in 2011 with popular musicians from the Volume 3 and Paddy Dougherty bands. Playing in the Lynchburg area the band has quickly evolved into a powerful unit with the incredible vocals of Jenny Reynolds. Their unique and fun acoustic approach to varied covers and original songs keeps audiences wanting more.
John can be found singing songs of faith, family and county at festivals, fairs, corporations, theatres, churches and other family friendly events! His live show consists of positive country music that sounds much like that of Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson and Randy Travis while rooted in the principles of gospel music.
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Jupiter's Incense is a metal band operating out of Lynchburg, Virginia. Formed in 2006, the band started as an acoustic outlet for Vocalist/Guitarist Will Gardner. In 2011, the addition of Jody Wolford (Guitar/Vocals), Michael Zimmerman (Bass/Vocals), and Todd Pope (Drums) solidified both the band's lineup and its progressive metal sound.
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Having survived a handful of lineup changes, TLVS is currently a two piece that works with other artists from time to time. Sonically, the group plays off both the shoegazing bliss of the 90's & the ambient texture of 21st century post rock.
The Maplewaves are an indie folk rock band... "spreading alternative soul tunes about joy and misery using a every portal to travel from our minds to your ears".
The McKenzies are first and foremost musical performers offering a wide variety of traditional, folk, and original music & dance. They play guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, octave mandolin, penny whistle, recorder, concertina, bodhran, limberjack and feet!
Singer/songwriter Mel Parker always gives you his best with classic sounds of satisfaction. The versatile crooner covers a wide range of genres from Pop, Old School Rock, and Blues to Traditional Country and Standard Classics. If you like, Jim Reeves,Patsy Cline, George Strait, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles or Elvis then you are sure to be pleased by Mel Parker as he will remind you of many great artists with his songs.
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What began as an acoustic duo in 2009 has transformed in to one of Virginia's busiest touring musical acts with over 300 performances in the past two years.
Michael Chagnon and Geoffrey Osborne met in April of 2005 following a performance by Chagnon's band, "Escape Velocity". Escape Velocity continued performing and recording while attending college, releasing two albums independently. Their music was played nationally on MTV during one of the network's original productions and they performed live on both ABC and CBS affiliates. Having already released an independent EP with his high school rock band, Osborne continued performing in college and began a new band with a heavier sound.
Chagnon and Osborne played for the first time as an acoustic act at their only performance in 2008. Finishing out their studies in 2009 and following a week-long Florida tour they both released self-titled compilations and began touring Virginia as an acoustic duo full-time. They gave their first interview as a group in November of 2009 to WNRN 91.9 FM out of Charlottesville, Virginia. By the end of 2010 they had done over 70 performances in twelve months and expanded their regular touring circuit out to North Carolina and Maryland. In 2011 they did 146 performances, completed recording their first collaborative effort and named the band "Mercutio". Every song from the band's self-titled, debut EP was broadcast on radio at some point during 2012 in Virginia and North Carolina.
While maintaining their demanding touring schedule in 2012 Mercutio focused on songwriting and began recording their debut album with local drummer Ken Brand. The band released their new album "Self Titled" in February of 2013 and supported it with a month-long, east coast tour. Mercutio continue touring heavily and are currently preparing material for their next release.
Mike Burstein, originally from Philly, but a Lynchburg resident since 1984, has been teaching music professionally since 1986. He owns and operate a 16 track digital recording studio and has been playing guitar, bass, and drums for over 30 years. His goal is to help current and aspiring musicians develop their craft and passion for music. He has successfully taught hundreds of students, some of whom have gone on to become active professional musicians across the United Sates and abroad.
Out of Spite is a Rock n Roll band that covers classic and current Rock n Roll tunes with a touch of Country and R & B for good measure. Their influences come from a wide variety of artists. The list includes Pearl Jam, KISS, Motley Crue, Metallica, Jimmy Hendrix, and C.C.R., along with artists like Stone Temple Pilots and ZZ Top.
Paddy plays a mixture of jazz and blues. Tom Kimmel of Nashville writes, “Paddy Dougherty is as real a deal as they come. She doesn't have to work to pull you in; she just sings and you're already there because you can feel her heart in every song, and her voice is the voice of an angel, an angel who's lived a little, and knows what's going on.”
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Having shared the stage with such names as Kansas, The Temptations and The Ragamuffin Band, to name a few, Paul's music is just as widely diverse and broadly accepted, as it is familiarly personal. With a strong emphasis on the emotional attachment in music and song, he is the epitome of a songwriter's songwriter. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, you can definitely hear a progressive, percussive, soulful blend of jazz and folk in his music.
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In the short time that Paul has been pursuing a music career momentum has been picking up much faster than he could have imagined and it doesn't seem like it's going to be stopping any time soon. He is a recent contest winner of the Sennheiser "Hear I am" campaign where he beat out over 3000 other artists and bands. He has also been able to perform at some amazing venues as well as festivals like Canadian Music Week '11 and '12 and has truly grown through the process individually and musically. His EP, Color, hit iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and other e-stores on April 23, 2011 and now he is releasing a new single and his debut music video for his song "California Dreams" on April 17th, 2012 almost one year later. The song portrays the feeling of "Moving On" from a small town to chase big dreams. Paul is in the process of writing for a full length album to be released late 2012.
Pier 19 has been together over 5 years now and enjoys playing the music of a number of popular artists including Tenth Avenue North, 33 Miles, David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Sanctus Real, Third Day, and many others! They play a great blend of worship songs, original songs and more up-tempo songs and tailor their set list to best serve the need of the venue they are playing (i.e. outdoor youth event vs. indoor worship service). Their original songs are lyrically Biblical from the slow worship song to the pop or up-beat rockin' tune.
Christian rockers that have had the privilege of sharing the stage with many independent and unsigned artists as well as major label artists including Disciple, Day of Fire, DecembeRadio, Nevertheless, War Of Ages, Oh Sleeper, Everyday Sunday, Head Automatica, and more.
With their Rock Hard/Play Hard attitude, the guys of Rare Form are one of a kind when it comes to entertainment. They have worked with and shared the stage with such National acts including Confederate RailRoad, Chris Cagle, John Michael Montgomerey, Tracy Lawrence, Lipbone Redding and many more. Having been invited to CRS and CMA week in Nashville TN, they know how to entertain a crowd. Each musician uses their own personal technique that is interconnecting with one another to create a scene that can be called nothing less than... "a show stopper".
Rare Form is a premier South Eastern band that uses their diversity to move easily between different genres of music, stemming from the great Johnny Cash and George Jones to Aerosmith and Taoi Cruz. Growing rapidly in Virginia and North Carolina, these guys have created a loyal fan base that follows them with great support all the way to Nashville TN. With originality and uniqueness, they give a performance that will bring you to your feet! They are a HIGH ENERGY band ready to entertain with there diverse types of music. They will suprise you every time they play a new song and leave you wanting MORE!
Riddle on the Harp is made up of three women from Bedford County, Virginia and formed when two next-door neighbors began learning traditional tunes from America and the British Isles. Riddle on the Harp perform with a variety of wind and string instruments such as harp, violin, bowed psaltery, guitar, flute, recorder, hammered dulcimer, and mandolin.
The Ruckus has set a new precedent in Lynchburg and the surrounding area for what a cover band should be: skilled, eclectic, versatile, and most importantly, fun.
A drums and piano duo from Lynchburg VA who's influences include: Deerhoof and the Bad Plus. Some have called there music Art Damaged Pop but the truth is that their music defies characterization. Because there goal is not to create the sounds of a genre but to express new textures and ideas that aren't bound by a cookie cutter.
Rusty Eklund is an international musician, teacher, and adventurer. He plays percussion in his drumming ensemble, Guerrilla Drummers, 12-string harp in his international touring band, Vagabon Tribe, and teaches west African percussion, concert brass, and concert percussion. He is a certified teacher who holds a BA in mathematics education and ethnomusicology from The Evergreen State College.
Rusty lived and studied in Mali, Guinea, Mauritania, and Senegal for 11 years. He has presented the musicology of west Africa and performed at dozens of universities and schools across three continents. He continues to perform internationally, having shared the stage with Grammy-winner Toumani Diabate, and many other international performers.
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Born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sam Austin knows what it means to be "country". Picking up the guitar as a young boy, Sam's hobby soon became a passion. In his late teens he began performing solo acoustic shows. As he continued with his acoustic shows his popularity continued to grow, leading to larger audiences and networking with other talented musicians.
The Sam Austin Band was formed in 2007. Sam Austin and his band have seen their star steadily rise in the central Virginia region. They maintain a full performance schedule in a wide variety of venues.
The Piedmont area's next best variety cover band! Throwing caution to the wind, Shelly Tyree brings together multi-talents from around the area to form Shelly Marie & Reckless Aband'n!
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Singleside is a Lynchburg-based Christian Rock band. Singleside is currently in the studio working on their very first album. If you enjoy great rock music with a christian message then check them out.
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Hailing from Lynchburg, VA is the unsigned Power Pop 5-piece known as So Long Arletta. The band began with main vocalist Kyle Scheren and guitarist Marshall Packard joining forces after the two were left heartbroken by their former loves, combining their pain with lyrical content and musical inspiration to create dance tunes saturated with their bad experiences. Soon after came drummer John Seinar, bassist Aaron Eshleman, and guitarist Ryan Cook to add their talents to the melting pot.
The Sonic Circus Parade promises you a show that will leave you CRAVING for the next one—or freaked out. Either way, you'll get your money's worth. You'll be UP ALL NIGHT in a rock n' roll ball of flames. Look for us to BURN DOWN YOUR TOWN soon!!
Back in '78, Mark Carey (aka Nick So Schlecht aka Swagger) hooked up with Jamie Bates (aka The Eurasian Caucasian aka Fast Feet) to create the power house that you might remember as the Gruesome Twosome. Equipped with a fully biodegradable, nuclear-powered 321-string choir keytar, the duo tried to break new ground, but was tragically misunderstood by the anti-freedom movement of 1979. After battling severe drug addiction and gambling problems in the '80s and '90s, the new millennium brought new hope for the band that had always been ahead of its time. Picking up bass player Marcus Haggins aka Karcus DuBois, a French revolutionary, the band adopted the name SPÜKNOF (stolen from an all girl German band that wasn't using it to its fullest potential). So, here they are all matured and even sexier than ever.
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Starfyre is a gathering of musicians from many different musical genres. Formed in 2009, Starfyre has been through several iterations and has finally settled in. We play a mix of classic and modern rock with plenty of vocal harmonies and driving rythyms.
Acoustic americana with a deep affection for roots music.
Steal The Prize was chosen as one of the best rock bands in Lynchburg by readers of The Burg.
Jeremy, Andy and Daniel all reside in Lynchburg VA, but all come from ELSEWHERE. Jeremy repairs musical instruments, teaches a little, and gigs even less: in another time and place he would probably be employed in a scriptorium copying Duns Scotus. Andy is a piano restorer/tuner and supplements this dying art by gigging with too many bands. He is currently trying to make his Mercedes run on used fryer oil. Daniel teaches and plays violin and viola, cultivates a refulgent English accent, and looks like Picasso, (but nicer), if you squint a little...
Indie folk, Lo fi
Originally conceived as the solo project of Nathan McGlothlin (a new dawn fades, the late virginia summers), "virgineola" has matured into an entirely independent entity. 2008 saw McGlothlin write the score to a locally produced art installation, then put together a group that could perform the score. Many of those initial musicians are what comprises virgineola in its current incarnation.
The very best of classic and contemporary rock, pop, country, R&B, and dance music.
Mary Pat Smissen and Whitney Walker met in college at Liberty University with no intent of ever becoming such good friends. God quickly showed them that He had a plan to use them to make music together and tell people about Himself through the truth of His word. They started out playing at Liberty University's Christmas Coffeehouse with the group they lead called 'The Band You're About To Hear.' After travelling for three years together, they re-focused after their graduation in 2011. Smissen and Walker now make up the dynamic acoustic group "Water Within".
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This hard-hitting Electronic/Alternative outfit has been sweeping up audiences with a champion approach to the genre accompanied by an intoxicating live show.
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Wild Card has a combined experience of over 100 years of playing music. So when they say they do a little bit of everything, thats exactly what you are going to get. From Otis Redding to 3 Doors Down, and everything in between, all of your favorite songs will be brought to life with boot stompin music and tight harmonies.
Three brothers who love listening, playing, and writing music. They started playing their individual instruments before they each turned 10 and when they realized they were good enough to carry a tune together, they started the band now known as The Wright 3. Playing shows around their hometown is what they like to do when they can get them and exploring their musical creativity always keeps them on their musical toes.