TESS 2017

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2017 Lineup: Thursday Evening Sunset Series

May 4 – Jon Spear Band: Nominated by Blues Blast Magazine for the prestigious Best Live Blues Recording of 2016 award, the Jon Spear Band is a collaboration of some of Central Virginia’s finest and most dedicated blues musicians. Although their ages span several generations, the band’s members share a common determination to use their exceptional talents to create unique and memorable music.

May 11 – Lock Jaw: 5-piece classic rock & blues cover band UPDATE: CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER 🙁

May 18 – 180 Band: 180 is a seven-piece band playing your favorite rock and dance tunes from the 1960’s through today. The Beatles. Gloria Gaynor. Stevie Ray Vaughan. Santana. REM. Dave Matthews.

Jon Spear Band concert at Carter Mountain

Jon Spear Band

180 Band concert at Carter Mountain

180 Band

May 25 – Bro Patrol: A combination of high energy and hilarious cover songs from the depths of your mix cassette tapes.

June 1 – Local Vocals performs a wide variety of traditional classic acoustic rock of The Eagles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, America and Jimmy Buffett along with familiar modern selections of The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Linda Ronstadt and ambitious unplugged versions of pop and rock groups whose music spans 6 decades.

June 8 – Gallatin Canyon: Charlottesville, Virginia-based bluegrass band. Influenced by dozens of great bluegrass acts, both contemporary and from the past, the band focuses on masterful instrumentation, air-tight bluegrass arrangements, and soaring vocal harmonics.

Local Vocals concert at Carter Mountain

Local Vocals

Gallatin Canyon concert at Carter Mountain

Gallatin Canyon

June 15 – Tyler Dick and Friends: Covers spanning 5 decades, your favorite rock and soul music, with his own originals to boot.

June 22 – Erin Lunsford Trio – Erin Lunsford Trio blends jazz, funk and soul classics and covers to create a lively and fun musical experience.

June 29 – George Taylor: The True Grit Troubadour playing rockin’ original Americana music.

July 6 – Small Town Rodeo: Far more than a traditional string band, Small Town Rodeo wrangles a perfect mix of bluegrass, outlaw country, classic rock, americana and newer roots music to please cowboys and city slickers alike. Rich vocal arrangements breathe life into old favorites, and twangy tunes you know by heart go down smooth as a cool beverage in the afternoon sun. Like many of the unexpected pleasures of life in a small town, this isn’t something you want to miss out on.

Erin Lunsford Trio band

Erin Lunsford


Small Town Rodeo concert at Carter Mountain

Small Town Rodeo

July 13 – Lock Jaw: 5-piece classic rock & blues cover band

July 20 – Jon Spear Band: Blues music

July 27 – Matt Johnson delivers a unique R&B sound along with powerful performances. With influences such as Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Michael Jackson, Dave Matthews Band, Elton John, and more, Matt’s vocals and piano playing will provide a warm cup of love for your soul.

August 3Local Vocals: 60s and 70s classic rock

August 10 – Greg Ward: Reggae artist, Greg Ward is a guitarist, vocalist and producer. Here to serve the people conscious music and positive vibes.

August 17 – Charles Owens Trio: Featuring Devonne Harris on drums, Andrew Jay Randazzo on electric bass. We will play original music and arrangements of songs by Prince, Kanye West, Fleetwood Mac, Donny Hathaway, Radiohead, Joe Jackson, The Beatles and more.

August 24 – Cooler Heads: Performing fun upbeat covers and originals, Cooler Heads is a rhythmic trio punching through the noise and calming your soul.

August 31 – Oh Wow Boy!: Charlottesville’s acoustic trio specializing in upbeat, fun and quirky covers of 50s and 60s obscure hits also with their own originals.

Matt Johnson R&B singer and musician

Matt Johnson

Greg Ward concert at Carter Mountain

Greg Ward

Oh Boy Wow concert at Carter Mountain

Oh Wow Boby

September 7 – Fulltone to the Max: Timeless blues and classic rock

September 14 – John Marshall Mays Band : Led by John Eggleston, a singer who can take your breath away with his rich and raw vocals, their music style is made up of simple, tasteful riffs with catchy choruses and phrases over top you can’t help to sing along. This up and coming band is well on it’s way to being a local talent worth watching as they hit the Central Virginia music scene.

September 21 – Matthew McAllisterAn independent folk singer/songwriter, he was born and raised in Charlottesville VA and is deeply rooted in its music scene. He began writing music at 13 and has most recently formed a band in order to create a new sound. Whether touring, busking on his hometown street corner, or beneath stage lights, he plays his music with sincerity and passion and hopes that listeners are moved by it

September 28 – Red & the Romantics: There is an abundance of musical experience and diversity in this group ranging from gospel church music to cajun and blues. The songs come from the life experiences and imagination of Erik Red Knierim. These songs are enriched and fortified with the rhythms and melodic phrases of the Romantics.

Mathew McAllister

Matthew McAllister

Red and the Romantics concert at Carter Mountain

Red and the Romantics