The Avett Brothers. Sunday, 7 p.m., Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville. If you put your ear to the street, you can hear the rumble of the world in motion: people going to and from work, to school, to the grocery store. If you’re almost anywhere in America, you’ll hear something different, something special, something you recognize but haven’t heard in a long time. It is the sound of a real celebration. It is the unbridled outcry of support for a song that sings to the heart, that dances with the soul. The jubilation is in the theaters, the bars, the music clubs, the festivals. The love is for a band, the Avett Brothers.
Their songs are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But, the heart and the energy with which they are sung, is really why people are talking, and why so many sing along.
Of their new album and time as a band, guitarist Seth Avett says, “True Sadness is a patchwork quilt, both thematically and stylistically. Wherein a myriad of contrasting fabrics make perfect sense on the same plane, this album draws upon countless resources from its writers and performers. To further propel the expansive color and textural fields of the record, we are blessed to play and perform music with a group of musicians who possess not only great talent, but great interpretive ability. They are an extension of our family and their care for the work at hand (and the project at large) informs a dynamic musical contribution to any piece we proudly give our last name. … We made this record as people who have made records together before—with experienced hands, appreciative hearts, renewed focus, and the knowledge of our good fortune to make music once again.”
Lucius. Saturday, 9 p.m., The Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville. Come celebrate All Hallows’ Eve-Eve-Eve in your costume and dancing shoes with Lucius this weekend. Lucius is a triple-threat of vocal harmonies, infectious hooks, and dance-inducing percussion. Pair those traits with the band’s irresistible live show and it’s easy to see why NPR Music calls Lucius “a fabulous band playing such infectious pop songs.” Charismatic co-founders and lead vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig sing in unison uniquely delivering songs with stories told from the same perspective. Multi-instrumentalists Peter Lalish and Dan Molad round out the band. This past March saw the release of Good Grief, the band’s sophomore effort and the follow-up to 2013’s successful debut Wildewoman.
Come dressed as your favorite duo to win Lucius merchandise, tickets to other shows, and more in the costume contest hosted by 106.1, the Corner.
Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands. Saturday, 8 p.m., Fredericksburg Square. Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands, led by singer/songwriter, ethnomusicologist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Crystal Bright, have played over 500 shows from Canada to Austin to New Orleans to Nashville over the past five years, sharing the stage with the likes of Beats Antique and Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and also appearing at festivals around the country, including FloydFest where Bright was crowned an “On the Rise” singer in 2014. Bright has an eclectic, haunting but yet whimsical, carnivalesque world-folk sound, dubbed “kaleidophrenic cabaret.” She plays accordion, musical saw, concertina, piano, Taiko drum, adungu (Ugandan harp), and various others, leaving people captivated with her operatic and soulful vocals and virtuosic command of her exotic instruments.
Ghosts, Goblins, and Ghouls Spooktacular 5K Fun Run. Saturday, 4 p.m., The Barn at One Loudoun, Ashburn.
Thomas Pandolfi: Into the Night with Gershwin. Saturday, 7 p.m., Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville.
Mosby Halloween Symposium & Cemetery Tour. Saturday, 4–6 p.m., Middleburg Baptist Church.
Harvest Festival. Saturday, 8 a.m.–noon, Hoover Ridge, Madison.