Pale Fire is hosting a weekly open mic night on Tuesdays from 9pm-12am. The stage is open to musicians, poets, comedians, etc. with a local musician featured each week.
Sign up at the bar as early as 8pm. Performers will take the stage in order of sign up, but order can be altered at the hosts discretion. First performer goes on at 9pm, with the last performer taking the stage before 12am. We recommend signing up early if you want to guarantee your chance to perform.
Musical acts can play up to three songs each, but may be given more or less at the host's discretion if sign ups are particularly heavy or light on any given evening - or if the crowd loves you and they clearly want more!
Poets and comedians have 10 minutes maximum to perform.
Musical acts are limited to three performers on stage at a time. No drums kits or full bands unless previously agreed upon.
Singers and rappers can perform to pre-recorded tracks as long as the music is original. This is not a karaoke night! If you are bringing pre-recorded tracks, make sure they can be played from a mobile device with a 1/8” output. No thumb drives, hard drives or other USB devices.
Skribe (Annapolis, MD) skribe.bandcamp.com Skribe travels from town to town in a blue hearse spreading their own blend of garage folk: a soulful sound that draws from roots Americana & the 60's garage spirit. The bands' latest release 'Postcards' rumbles & creaks from the blues punk growl of 'Mayonnaise & Honey' to the Hawaiian lapsteel laced ballad 'Strangers' - a tribute to The Kinks.
"Skribe plays an oil can called a canjo-zookie. It’s an eight-string guitar with a biting, blues-y rasp. Skribe’s got the voice (and the old-school Cadillac) to match. Accompanying himself on the suitcase-kick and hi-hat, Skribe’s “M.I.Y.” is a barn-burning roots number." -Ben Naddaff-Hafrey NPR
The Hook & Bullet (Harrisonburg, VA) Hook & Bullet is made up of Audrey and James Barnes. Based in the Shenandoah Valley, they hail from Wilkes Co, North Carolina - the land of Doc Watson and NASCAR. Call them what you will...americana, indy folk, roots, or just an old-fashioned, new-time banjo and drum band. Their music resides in the sweet tension between old and new, between heartbreak and redemption, between creation and destruction.
Parties of all sizes are welcome for this Valentine's Day show! If you're looking for a no-frills February 14th come to Pale Fire for cold beer and some great live music with Many Nights Ahead and Tyler Supko.
Thursday, March 7th, 2019 @ Pale Fire Brewery in Harrisonburg, VA.
Showtime: Doors at 7:30, music at 8:30. $5 cover
Come see 3 great regional songwriting bands all on one night, right here in Harrisonburg.
Dogwood Tales (Harrisonburg, VA): First time playing in town since November! "Benjamin Ryan and Kyle Grim are the duo behind Dogwood Tales. Naturally they cultivated a more roots oriented pallet, echoing the classic sounds of their home in the Valley. Their discovery of the great country duos of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings and Gram Parsons and Emmy Lou Harris gave them a broader view of the valley music they would set out to create."
Saw Black (Richmond): One of my very favorite songwriters with two fantastic releases the past two years, Saw Black hits H-Burg again! "There are nods to Neil Young and Sparkle Horse, a tongue-and-cheek love song to weed from a state where it's criminalized, and of course the omens of a relationship that's fizzling out. Self-reflective as all get-out, Saw Black sings in "Kiss" about taking out his problems on those closest to him, and even prophesizes about "screaming on the pavement" nights before a traumatizing bicycle accident on a bridge"
Mink's Miracle Medicine (Harper's Ferry, WV): Incredibly excited to be joined by some great friends with an awesome new album, "Pyramid Theories". First time Dogwood Tales and MMM are getting a chance to play together! "But it seems like the duet's philosophy is quality over quantity, and holy Hannah is there a lot of quality here." -from No Depression writer, Rachel Cholst
Anyone Can See Record Release Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish are celebrating a decade of touring full time as The Honey Dewdrops, having played stages and festivals far and wide in North America and Europe. With tight harmonies and an musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin and guitars, the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters: the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation.
"Anyone Can See," the 6th album from The Honey Dewdrops, is a testament to the decade of touring and performing that Laura and Kagey have undergone since their humble beginnings in a small-town Virginia coffeeshop. This album sees the duo returning to its origins in putting together a sonic space of their live performances with two voices and two instruments, similar to 2009’s "If the Sun Will Shine" and 2010’s "These Old Roots." At the helm as co-producer, engineer and mixer is Nicholas Sjostrom (who also worked on 2015’s "Tangled Country"), capturing in detail, the lush vocals and instrumental play that has come to define The Honey Dewdrops’ sound. At its core, "Anyone Can See" is a snapshot of living in a time and place that is patterned with disconnection, but also reveals humanity, vulnerability, and the existence of grace.
Attention green thumbs and crazy plant people! It's time to divide and propagate those house plants because we're hosting a plant swap. If you love house plants, but you have countless pots of the same plant, then this event is for you.
A few things to know... • Submissions are limited to 15 per person and the number of plants you bring is the number of new-to-you plants to take home. • The swap is restricted (this time) to house plants. Please no outdoor plants or seeds. • Plants can be in water or soil, but must be in containers that can go home with each plant. • Plants should be healthy and pest free! • Label your plants! The more information you can provide for each plant, the better. This includes name and care instructions. • Registration will be from 1-1:45pm, and the exchange will start at 2pm.
Golden Ratio Clay Works and Kassy Newman Ceramics will be here to help you find a beautiful pot for your new plant.
RAWLS (Harrisonburg, VA) listentoRAWLS.com Living in the mountains of Harrisonburg, VA, RAWLS (Taylor Bess) blends influences from Bon Iver to Sylvan Esso to create a space that both challenges and comforts through an amalgamation of method-style performance and genuine vulnerability. Vocals at times tender and at others explosive express themes of peace and tension over synth-driven melodies, spaced-out guitars, and eclectic rhythms.
David Dondero www.davedondero.com David Dondero has done all kinds of work in his life. He's been a carpenter, a cook, a trucker, a bartender in Alaska, a drummer in This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, a solar panel installer, a day laborer, a record store clerk, and a gas pumping attendant in New Jersey, but at the end of the day he's a songwriter.
He released his 9th album Inside the Cat's Eye in January 2017 via Koschke Records, a label based in Corvallis, Oregon.
In December 2017 Austin, Texas label Keeled Scales released his second album, 1999's Spider West Myhskin and a City Bus on vinyl for the first time ever.
In 2006, NPR's "All Songs Considered" named him one of the 10 Best Living Songwriters.
Formed in the small community of Fillmore, New York by songwriting brothers Matthew and Nathan Corrigan, Tough Old Bird plays modern folk music that reflects the landscape it comes from, a place where the last train just pulled out and the carnival is always on its way to the next town.
Since its formation in 2013, Tough Old Bird has released two full-length albums and two EPs, and has taken its music to coffee shops, listening rooms, music clubs, dive bars, campgrounds and front porches across the United States. On May 19th Tough Old Bird released "Where The Great Beasts Are Buried," a sparse new collection of 6 songs recorded at home between June and December 2016.
The core of Tough Old Bird’s sound comes from Matthew Corrigan’s intricate acoustic guitar work, and from the voice and nimble harmonica playing of Nathan Corrigan, who holds a degree in literature and brings a poetic sensibility to the duo’s lyrics. Accents of accordion and waves of electric guitar give Tough Old Bird a sound that is at once modern and ancient.