Geeks Who Drink Trivia at Pale Fire
Get a team together for weekly pub trivia from Geeks Who Drink Pub Quizzes every Wednesday from 8-10pm at Pale Fire Brewing Company.
Free to play and winning teams get cool prizes!
Quizzes cover everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay to bad television. (New to GWD? Check out a sample quiz here: www.geekswhodrink.com/about/sample)
Each quiz has two audio rounds: a "Name that Tune” style round, and another round comprised of soundbites from movies and TV.
Play in teams of up to six or by yourself if you're some kind of savant. If you want to play but don’t have a team, come anyway. We can usually get single players recruited onto an existing team.
Things get going at 8pm sharp, but come early to grab a table and have dinner delivered from nearby restaurants. (Looking at you Boboko Indonesian Cafe, Foodbarfood Harrisonburg, and Rocktown Kitchen!)
Stories & Songs from the Sixties
Author Mark Berger and musician Justin Jones join forces for an evening of stories and songs from the sixties! We'll alternate between stories from Mark and songs from Justin in tribute to the era of peace and love.
After the event Mark and Justin will sign books and CDs, respectively.
About the book:
The decade comes alive in this whirlwind ride through the Sixties that begins in Brooklyn and ends at Woodstock.
The meadow outside Bethel, New York, is eerily empty and silent. Yesterday it held half a million cheering people, and only a few hours ago, the closer, Jimi Hendrix, recast the “Star Spangled Banner” as a firefight in the Mekong Delta. Mark Berger’s been here the whole time. Arriving four days early, he helped set up kitchens and paths. During the festival, he worked to calm kids tripping out on bad acid, maneuvered a water truck through a sea of spectators, and fell in love, twice. Woodstock was the sixties condensed into seventy-two hours, and proof that peace and love could turn a potential disaster into a mythic celebration of life. Now, it’s decision time: Does he drop out and move to a commune in New Mexico or return to Brooklyn and become a teacher?
Something’s Happening Here begins in Brooklyn eight years earlier, in 1961, where Berger, determined to be true to himself, pledges to live his life boldly. With buddies like Zooby, Bird, and Spider, he experiences the thrilling fear of joy rides and the roller coaster of mind-altering drugs. He’s swept up in the energy of revolutionary writers and musicians and connects with the counterculture’s spirit. Scenes abound, from catching the Coasters at a Brooklyn R&B club to digging Allen Ginsberg reading his poetry in a Tennessee steak house to having only a second to talk his way out of being sent to Vietnam.
The 9 Songwriter Series at Pale Fire in Harrisonburg VA
Join us on September 5th when The 9 Songwriter Series comes to Harrisonburg, VA for the first time for a one night only show at Pale Fire. Doors are at 7:30pm and show starts right at 8pm. Come hear great music and collaboration from:
Nic Maoury from Lilac War
Heidi Riddell Music
Teddy Chipouras Music
Bill and Molly from The Judy Chops
Greg Brennan from Strong Water
John Douglas from Who Shot John
THE 9 SONGWRITER SERIES
Founded in Washington DC in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, “The 9 Songwriter Series” is a touring collective and live show featuring nine acts performing together for one evening of songs and collaboration. In an industry where artists are often working independently, “The 9” brings performers together, often whom have never met, to combine their talents and perform to large crowds around the country. Each installment features an ensemble of nine acts performing in a unique and captivating format, telling stories, and sitting in on each other’s songs with little to no rehearsal for a community experience that can’t be duplicated or emulated. To date, over 500 different artists have participated in "The 9” at shows in DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Fairfield, Boston, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, New Orleans, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco. For more info go to www.wearethe9.com
Pale Fire Brewing Presents: Chris Rattie & The New Rebels
Chris Rattie & The New Rebels
7PM doors, 8PM music
Chris Rattie blends country’s aching ethos with a keen eye for the future. He rises out of the muck and mire to be one of today’s most riveting, astute storytellers. The singer, songwriter and musician wraps his Steve Earle-wrinkled voice around tales of self-realization and wonder on his latest album. Porch (released Sept. 15) is steeped in frothy Americana, burnt around the edges with electric guitar and honest, godforsaken songwriting.
Porch is as much a masterful creative accomplishment as it is a raw recollection of his tireless journey to get there, the culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears. A native to central Pennsylvania, he cut his teeth as drummer for Vince Welnick of The Tubes and The Grateful Dead, drummer and prominent songwriter in The Rustlanders (whose second album was helmed by producer Don Was and recorded in L.A.’s East West Studios), and vocals/drums/guitar in rock band Marah. The experiences wrought invaluable wisdom, bestowing upon him the exact skills he needed to write, record and play the album he was always destined to make. Through nine coarsely-delivered, poignant tracks, Rattie defies convention and situates himself as transcendent.
Video for latest single:https://bit.ly/2Rz1yoh
WMRA Books & Brews September 10 2019
WMRA Books & Brews series is back! This year's series begins with Heath Hardage Lee discussing her book; The League of Wives: The true story of the fierce band of women who battled Washington-and Hanoi- to bring their husbands home from the jungles of Vietnam.
With astonishing verve, The League of Wives persisted to speak truth to power to bring their POW/MIA husbands home from Vietnam. Heath Hardage Lee has chronicled their little-known story — a profile of courage that spotlights 1960s-era military wives who forge secret codes with bravery, chutzpah and style.
Megan Woodland + Jessica Smith
Megan Woodland (The Wild Hymns) + Jessica Smith
7PM door, 8PM music
The Wild Hymns
A beautiful synthesis of neo-folk, pop, and Americana with elements of jazz, psychedelia, and mellow rock ’n roll, The Wild Hymns are the band featuring the original songs of singer-songwriter Megan Woodland Hewitt (née Donley) and her husband, guitarist Jeff Hewitt. They’ll be performing as a duo at Pale Fire.
There is a tender sweetness to their sound as well as depth, mystery, and an other-worldly quality. It’s a blending of understated but wide-ranging, earnest, and soulful female vocals with flowing and effortless guitar that evokes sounds from the folk-rock of the ’60s as well as world, jazz, and blues. The music and lyrics of The Wild Hymns are greatly influenced by human relationships, emotion, nature, and mysticism; they are reclaiming the word “hymn” as a song of praise to the natural world, the raw and wild human spirit, and universal/cosmic love.
The Wild Hymns, from York, PA, have performed at the renowned Bethlehem Musikfest, Kable House Presents in York and Long’s Park Ampitheater in Lancaster. Their music has been played on WXPN’s Folk Show and Sleepy Hollow. They released their third album of original music, “Stories with the Moon,” in December 2018.
Jessica Smith is a British songwriter and musician currently based in the South of France. Working with the French label Dime On Music, she released her debut EP of folk-rock songs, ‘You Light Me Up’, in April 2019. Drawing on an adventurous past that includes crime reporting in London, playing and traveling across Europe, the US and Mexico, and studying music at the Brussels Conservatory, her songs are influenced by folk, pop, indie, country and jazz. In order to explore these influences more deeply, in September 2019 she will embark on a musical tour of the US. She is able to play solo, in duo or with a full band, with performance experience ranging from intimate café concerts to radio shows, large venues and festivals.
Swampcandy at Pale Fire
7PM doors, 8PM music
Something heard at almost every one of their shows: “I didn’t know that I liked this kind of music. What do you call it?” …… The answer? “SWAMPCANDY!”
A band that has a crowd pounding their fists through tables one minute and sitting silently on the edge of their seat the next, Swampcandy is dirty and sweet, brash and thoughtful, simple and complex. It’s true stories that are made up just for you. It’s pig drinkin’, whiskey eatin’, foot clapping’, hand stompin’, american music. Their roots are fermented in American mud, primitive blues, pre war folk sounds, field hollers, gypsy jazz, and ragtime. Steeped in influences from Robert Johnson to Radiohead. Their sound is distilled in a boiler of mercurial energy swirling with tempo changes,dynamic peaks and valleys that hold the ear and refuse to let go.
Crop Circle Conspiracy
Crop Circle Conspiracy
We began in 2015 when three friends came together for a successful fundraiser for Service Dogs of Virginia. (This photo is from our very first gig!) Since then, we’ve continued to play by invitation and word of mouth, but now we’re getting serious - with a Facebook page and everything! We are Flannery, Tracy Lupher, and Dan Myers, and our combined style is alternative eclectic - everything from metal to folk with new wave and classic rock in between, but all with a Crop Circle twist. We’re in an exciting new phase of writing all originals for a CD, and we thank everyone who keeps turning out for our shows!
WMRA Books & Brews October 8 2019
WMRA October Books & Brews features award-winning journalist, Thomas Kapsidelis, discussing his book, After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings. Kapsidelis examines the decade after the Virginia Tech massacre through the experiences of survivors and community members who have advocated for reforms in gun safety, campus security, trauma recovery, and mental health.
Bombadil at Pale Fire
7PM doors, 8PM music
Bombadil is a trio of North Carolina and France-based vocalists, songwriters, and visual artists. The band specializes in technicolor Americana pop, with knitted three-part vocal harmony. They use traditional instruments (acoustic guitar, bass and drums), and combine them with lush piano and keyboard sounds to create a singular sonic landscape.
Bombadil's sound is a wonderful collection of colorful folk, good-hearted lyrics, and thoughtful melodies. Their superb live show always has a full schedule of performances throughout North America and Europe. The band has received press coverage in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Paste, and their songs have been featured in the movie Trainwreck and the Hulu original series Runaways.
The National Reserve + Hook & Bullet
The National Reserve w/ The Hook & Bullet
7PM doors, 8PM music
For nearly half a decade, The National Reserve has spent its Friday nights lighting it up at a Brooklyn bar, winning over boozers and barflies with epic sets and a remarkable breadth of songcraft and showmanship. Now, with their stunning new Ramseur Records debut album, MOTEL LA GRANGE, the band has captured every bit of that energy, emotion, and entertainment for all to hear.
Founded and fronted by singer-guitarist Sean Walsh, The National Reserve mine an archetypal musical seam, marrying gutbucket R&B, Laurel Canyon lyricism, New Orleans funk workouts, late night soul, and bluesy, boozy rock ‘n’ roll to create their own timeless brand of American music. Songs like “Found Me A Woman” and the indelible title track reveal a gifted new tunesmith while masterfully reminding one and all of the simple beauty of a great American bar band – two guitars, organ, bass and drums rocking out in the corner, singing their songs to soundtrack the night.
Chatham Rabbits at Pale Fire
7PM doors, 8PM music
“Their music is as mesmerizing as it is earnest, but a hard-earned matter-of-factness, and sometimes even a darkness, creeps in around the edges of the harmonies.” — Star News- Wilmington, NC
It's been about music from the get go. Austin and I crossed paths in 2013 when he spotted me onstage at the Cat's Cradle while opening for Mandolin Orange. He didn't know much about old-time music and I didn't know much about him, but we figured it out. Music is the reason we met. It's our past time and our gift we give to others. Together we've played smokey bars, summer festivals, busked on the streets of Nashville ‘til our voices wore out, put a tune to the love at our best friends' wedding, and led churches in old-time hymns way past it was time for Sunday lunch.
This past summer, we decided to leave our corporate careers to take Chatham Rabbits full-time. We knew we would regret it if we never gave our music a shot. We tour full-time in our van with our hound dog Ruby and we’re so thankful for the life we’re living. It’s not always easy, but so far it’s been worth it.
WMRA Books & Brews November 12 2019
WMRA November Books & Brews features Lisa Jakub discussing her book Not just me.
But the issue wasn’t just an artistic temperament; Lisa was constantly trying to hide her debilitating anxiety and depression. She assumed that retiring from her eighteen-year acting career and leaving Hollywood was going to be the cure for all of her issues. Guess how that worked out?
Lisa was still having three panic attacks a day and found it hard to leave her house. But when anxiety-induced vomiting claimed the life of her iPod—she knew it was time to get help. It was time to talk about the things that are hard to talk about.She started to embrace her weird.
In searching for a deeper understanding of mental wellness, Lisa explored her own history and reached out to others to learn how anxiety and depression impacted their lives. She interviewed Veterans with PTSD and ten-year-olds with sensory integration issues, people with eating disorders and cutting habits, those whose lives were saved by medication and those who found yoga to be the answer. She went to Colorado to learn about the effects of cannabis on anxiety, and attended a meditation retreat in North Carolina to sit quietly for hours and hours and hours in “noble silence.” Without a phone
Rock Eupora + Walkie Talkie
Rock Eupora w/ Walkie Talkie
7PM doors, 8PM music
“Rock Eupora brings some Southern brewed big time pop made for the big stages.”
— Impose Magazine
“Rock Eupora’s self-proclaimed fuzz pop is on full display... showcasing a songwriter with a bright future.”
Clayton Waller, the Nashville music artist known as Rock Eupora, creates a unique blend of gritty rock and shimmering pop. Waller has developed his fuzz pop sound over the course of three full-length albums – which he wrote, performed, and produced all himself.
Recorded by Waller in his garage, the upcoming EP Twirlin’ embraces the more rugged side of RE while embodying the energy of the live show. Clocking in at just over 9 minutes, the 4 song EP is a sugar rush of grit and gloss.
Commitment to his craft is what has carried Rock Eupora this far, garnering attention from venerable local media publications such as Nashville Scene and NATIVE Magazine as well as national outlets like Impose and PureVolume.
The energy of Rock Eupora is fully realized in the live performance – come to a show!
Books & Brews December 10 2019
WMRA December Book & Brews features roots musician Gayla Mills discussing her book Making music for Life: Rediscover your Musical Passion.
Do you hope to expand your musical circle? Need inspiration and practical ideas for overcoming setbacks? Love music and seek new ways to enjoy it?
Roots musician Gayla M. Mills will help you take your next step, whether you play jazz, roots, classical, or rock. You'll become a better musician, learning the best ways to practice, improve your singing, enjoy playing with others, get gigs and record, and bring more music to your community. Most importantly, you'll discover how music can help you live and age well.
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Tuesday1pm - 11pm
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Friday1pm - 11pm
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Sunday1pm - 9pm