Introducing Mystery Movie Monday where the title is a secret until we hit play! Come out every Monday at 8pm and we'll entertain you with a classic, cult, or cheesy movie that's sure to please. We're pulling from all genres and years here, folks.
Pale Fire is hosting a weekly open mic night on Tuesdays from 9pm-12am. The stage is open to musicians, poets, comedians, etc. 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.
Come out for our weekly trivia night, hosted by Geeks Who Drink Pub Quizzes. Find updates (and insider info) at Geeks Who Drink - Harrisonburg. Game starts and 8pm and it's FREE!
The quizzes cover everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay to bad television. 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.
Winning teams gets street cred, bar cash and other prizes depending on the venue. Bonus Questions for free stuff are sprinkled throughout the quiz.
You don’t have to be a trivia God to enjoy the quiz. Since you’re playing on a team, the collective knowledge base makes for more fun, less pressure. It’s not final friggin' Jeopardy.
Tara Mills Music & Jimmy Stelling Band Inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the rich musical traditions tied to them, Tara Mills describes her music as, ” original mountain americana;” an original blend of folk, bluegrass, and americana.
Writing and singing most of her life, it wasn’t long before Tara picked up a guitar and taught herself how to express the melodies in her head through her songs and hauntingly beautiful lyrics. Influenced by bluegrass, old country, and traditional mountain folk, she creates an original sound that captures true human feeling and emotion.
Based out of Charlottesville, VA, Tara plays and writes in a couple of different musical projects. In Tara’s current project, Tara Mills and Jimmy Stelling, she combines her lyrics and voice with Tennessee native Jimmy Stelling to create a very powerful yet driving original sound described as a mix of modern day folk, bluegrass, and americana.
Jimmy Stelling is the son of Geoff Stelling, founder of Stelling banjos, and is one of the founders of the successfully touring band, The Hackensaw Boys, out of Charlottesville, Virginia. Jimmy’s unique drive and tasteful melodies on the banjo compliment and harmonize to the sweet songs and emotion the two capture while playing.
Tara Mills and Jimmy Stelling have played at many music festivals including DelFest, The Festy Experience, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Red Wing Roots Music Festival, Campout East, Camp Barefoot, Misty Mountain Music Festival, The Crozet Music Festival, The Blue Ridge Oyster Festival, Mountain Cove Music Festival, and many other venues, radio and television broadcasts, and on the internet.
The Clymer Kurtz Band brings their new holiday album (and more) to the Pale Fire stage on Saturday, December 22nd.
"With sparse instrumentation – upright bass, acoustic guitar, light percussion – and rich harmonies, Snow on Snow on Snow reflects all that is Christmas: weariness, longing for peace, hope and wonder."
FREE! all ages
Grounded in the rural, small-town urban, and global mosaic of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, the Clymer Kurtz Band’s songs express fun and intensity, routine and whimsy, challenge and satisfaction – and a smattering of hopeful detours.
The Clymer Kurtzes’ songwriting “has a high level of originality: lyrically, melodically and emotionally,” writes former music radio host Mel Lee. “Their vocal harmonies are striking, and their arrangements are fresh.... I don’t think they fit any easy categories, except that of excellence and artistic integrity.”
They have performed at the Sing Me High music festival, Harrisonburg (Virginia) First Night, various churches, private dinners, farmers markets and coffee shops as well as in house concerts.
The 2018 all-acoustic album Snow on Snow on Snow features one original song and eight arrangements of classic carols, complex vocal harmonies and sparse instrumentation. Earlier albums include Rain (2014), which precipitated a new, electrified chapter of sound, but not at the expense of the textured harmonies and lyrical nuance found on Arms Uncrossed (2012) and Statements and Clues (2011).
Songwriters Christopher Clymer Kurtz (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars) and Maria Clymer Kurtz (vocals, acoustic guitar) have performed as an acoustic duo since 2002 and with Craig Zook (vocals, drums) since 2009, Nick Hurst (vocals, bass) since 2017, and Matt Carlson (vocals, percussion, guitar....and more) since 2018.
Bryan Elijah Smith www.bryanelijahsmith.com Bryan Elijah Smith was born & raised in Dayton Virginia. With over 1,000 songs penned & 10 independent releases, Smith is creating a self-produced legacy that began with his first song at the age of 18. The music cradles all things ‘Americana’ at heart & at hand without shying away from a truly uninhibited pop sensibility. It's all about the songs & the love of writing for Smith. Crossing a wide array of genres, what gets produced has been compared to the likes of everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Kings of Leon. Smith is a well seasoned performer who has traveled the globe multiple times performing as far away as Australia.
Justin Jones www.justinjonesmusic.com “I was raised on blues and soul music. When I look at the core of myself, my name is Luther and I’m a 68-year-old black guy with one green eye and a couple gold teeth and I play harmonica in a blues band that plays at a dump in the ghetto. Nobody comes to the gigs, and I’ll have played there my whole life—like, five days a week my band plays there. One night, Keith Richards is in town and he comes in and jams with me. Word gets around and someone recorded it and then that record gets released, and I die the day before it gets released. When it’s released, it’s the biggest blues hit since Stevie Ray Vaughan. On the inside, that’s what I look like.”
Justin Jones is “rock and roll….No Auto-Tune, no gimmicks—just a songwriter with a guitar and a crack band,” says The Vinyl District’s Jennifer Carney.
Weaned on the sounds of southern soul, blues, and rock, Jones started playing open mic nights in Charlottesville near his hometown in his early teens. His first album, Blue Dreams - recorded in 2004, is the cornerstone of what turns out to be this prolific singer-songwriter’s catalog of albums, including Love Versus Heroin, I Am the Song of the Drunkards, and The Little Fox, that express both the lows and highs of love and life. “The songs I write and the music my band and I play, in my mind, is quintessentially American... It lives and breathes in the landscape that is America… sometimes soulful and sometimes stark… sometimes hard and sometimes lush. I like to think I write beautiful songs about death, sad songs about love, and hopeful songs about life. What I consider a kind of secular spiritual music.” Fading Light, Justin’s fifth album, was released in 2012. Produced by Jamie Candiloro, best known for his work with Ryan Adams and R.E.M., Fading Light is a collection of songs written over a two-year stretch.
In 2012, Jones took his emotionally charged live show on the road. His busiest tour to date, Jones and his band played 130 shows across North America, including stops at Virgin Mobile Festival, Floyd Festival, and the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL). It is no wonder Speakers in Code names Justin Jones one of the top-ten performances at ACL 2012, and Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered lists Justin Jones “as one of the top performances of the year.”
Ring in the new year at Pale Fire! We're staying open late to welcome 2019 so plan to spend your evening with us. We'll take care of the noisemakers and a midnight toast! Plus live music from 10pm until 12:30am. The Sustainers, a local rock and soul cover band, are sure to entertain. Festive attire and dancing shoes are encouraged!
The Sustainers is a rock and soul cover band in Harrisonburg, VA with Trisha Brown Leweke (lead vocals), Scott Lowe (guitar), Mike Baxter (keyboards), Dan Easley (bass), and Bob Leweke (drums).
January's First Friday art opening features a new series from Joshua McNolty. “Devil Dowsing” is based on Carl Jung’s concept of the shadow, the portion of our personality which, through the course of our life, is relegated to the darkness of the unconscious.
Have you ever been swindled, duped or cheated? ...been 100% sure that the pea was under the left cup and somehow, impossibly, it was under the right? ...had a real good grip on what you were getting yourself into and by halfway through felt like you had no idea of what was going on? Ever been the sucker? ...or were you the one pulling the con?? Secretly Y’all is a live storytelling event where we invite real people to tell true stories. No experience needed...just need to have a story that wants to be told! Every event we have a theme and look for 5-7 stories that relate to that theme to fill our Setlist. (Submit by emailing a brief story synopsis to email@example.com.) The only three rules are that the stories must be true, told within the time limit (7 minutes) and without notes. During intermission we will leave out the Hat and slips of paper - anyone who hasn’t told but still has a story (relating to the theme) can throw their name in. We select 2-4 names at random and these folks get to tell their stories too! (Same rules apply). Stories begin at 7:30pm. $5 door. SY has been running live storytelling events in Richmond, Virginia since 2009 and is excited to be invited by Pale Fire Brewing Company to introduce the event to the Valley. Each event we choose a different local charity or non-profit; we ask a $5 door donation and donate 50% of those proceeds directly to that organization! Any questions at all please check out our website at www.secretlyall.org or just email us! And remember, we need people to come and listen too, so spread the word. Regular events are held every other month.
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.
Singer/songwriter David Dondero plays the Tap Room on Thursday, April 11th.
$TBD all ages
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.
Tough Old Bird (Fillmore, NY) comes to Pale Fire on Sunday, April 28th!
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.