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George Clinton and his troupe of psychedelic-funk troubadours have etched such a large mark on the musical landscape that it’s easy to overlook the group’s impact. Combining rolling basslines and doo-wop, Hendrixesque guitar soundscapes and lyrical nods to science fiction, costumes that are equal parts disco and alien invasion, acid jazz, spoken word poetry, socially conscious ballads and odes to partying all night, Clinton and company created some of the most stunningly original music of the 70s! Opening act Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf has drawn acclaim for their “era-defying” sound are sure to be a wonderful compliment to bandleader George Clinton and his groovy orchestra!
The American Revolution brought about irreparable divisions within many families throughout the colonies. Virginia attorney Edmund Randolph was quick to embrace the patriot cause, while his father remained steadfastly loyal to the Crown. This fissure would define one of Virginia’s most prominent families for decades and shaped Edmund’s political career through the early years of the Republic. His service in the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and as the nation’s first Attorney General and second Secretary of State were crucial to the development of the young United States. Join 2018 Monticello Fellow Stephanie Seal Walters as she delves into the feud that split the Randolph family during and after the American Revolution.
“Tradition steeped in possibility,” that’s the motto of Bruce Molsky and his Mountain Drifters, guitarist Stash Wyslouch and banjoist Allison de Groot. Molsky is a Grammy-nominated songwriter who takes the sounds of Appalachia and places them in a modern, genre-bending context. Wyslouch, a former metal-head with lightning-fast fingers adds attitude and virtuosity while de Groot’s dexterity and passion is unrivaled. See these talented three this Sunday!
Gina Clowes innovative and unique musicianship and songwriting, although based in traditional music modalities, breaks free from the assumed constructs and makes a new musical statement that’s influenced by emotion, is played with the highest skill, and expresses an enormous verve and vitality. Born and raised in Front Royal, Gina began touring up and down the East Coast in her tween years with her siblings, earning countless ribbons from fiddlers conventions, a strong reputation in the regional bluegrass scene, and a stamp from Bluegrass Today as absurdly talented. Her new album, True Colors, which was released this past September, debuted on bluegrass Billboard Charts at #13, had a number-one hit on Roots Music Report, has appeared on Bluegrass Today‘s Grassicana Charts, and has received sparkling reviews from critics. See this nationally renowned local musician in an intimate setting!
Marc Broussard is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock, and soul into contemporary terms. This gift has been a matter of common knowledge since 2002, when Broussard released his debut album, Momentary Setback, which he recorded and released independently at age 20. It was no secret before then, going back to those lucky witnesses who heard him belt “Johnny B. Goode” onstage at age 5 while sitting in with his father’s band. Throughout his life, Broussard has been tapped as a talent to watch. Broussard is joined by Jamie McLean, guitarist for renowned New Orleans group Dirty Dozen Brass Band. His blend of blue-eyed soul, Delta blues, and New York swagger make him a triple threat on stage!
The talented musicians of the American Festival Pops Orchestra set an amorous mood for you and your loved one in a performance of romantic standards just in time for Valentine’s Day. This concert features some of the 20th century’s most popular love songs and film scores. Under the esteemed leadership of conductor Anthony Maiello, the most accomplished musicians in the region come together for this special evening to present an exciting and nostalgic program of romantic and memorable music.