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.
Stick around after the discussion to Learn & Jam with Gayla Mills and JMUke! JMUke is a participatory ukulele project within James Madison University Center for Inclusive Music Engagement that fosters fun and informal music making and music learning. No experience necessary and ukuleles are provided (but feel free to bring your own!).
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.
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!)
Miss Tess Duo + Amy Martin
Miss Tess duo + Amy Martin
Thursday, Dec 19th
“Contemporary and timeless. More than merely emulating her obvious influences, Miss Tess effectively situates herself on a pedestal right beside them, resulting in a set of songs that swings, sways, rocks and evokes her own personal perspective. Miss Tess is a sweet seductress, one whose charms are increasingly harder and harder to resist. Catch her while you can.” –No Depression
Miss Tess has always been known for creating an eclectic array of vintage blues, country, and jazz sounds. Currently residing in Nashville, she finds no shortage of inspiration in the roots scene there. However varied Tess’ music can be, front and center sits her voice that has been described as "alternately seductive and sexy, and a pure joy to listen to” (Pop Matters). Her music is further heightened by her partner, Thomas Bryan Eaton, who helps to shape the songs and arrangements with a deft touch on guitar & pedal steel, along with a top notch rhythm section.
This past winter the two teamed up with veteran producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at his studio in East Nashville to create a new record that both reaches back to Tess’ roots, yet also signals a new chapter in her career. The record, to be entitled “The Moon is an Ashtray”, is getting its finishing touches and will be released in Feb 2020.
Amy Martin grew up singing and playing music in Harrisonburg. She is the lead vocalist of the band, Many Nights Ahead and is currently recording her first solo album. You can keep up with her at Amy Martin Music.
Bryan Elijah Smith & Jay Austin at Pale Fire
Bryan Elijah Smith w/ Jay Austin
Thursday, Dec 26th
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.
The Wild Hymns at Pale Fire
The Wild Hymns at Pale Fire
Andy McLeod + Josh Moss
Andy McLeod + Josh Moss (The modern folk music of america)
Sunday, Dec 29th
Andy McLeod is an experimental musician and gardener living in Staunton, VA. His primary instrument is the acoustic guitar, but he incorporates many instruments into his original tunes, improvisations, and interpretations of the works of others. With quite a bit of work under his belt already, including a record on the estimable Dying For Bad Music label, it will be exciting to see him continue to explore, expand, and refine his already heady sound and approach. In his own words, his latest album 'Mug Hummies' "is a combination of acoustic drone music and fingerstyle guitar adaptations of traditional gospel hymns, original composition and some early Hawaiian music.
Harrisonburg native Josh Moss has been broadcasting a seemingly endless stream of music and creativity from his adopted home of Portland, OR. under the moniker Modern Folk for nearly a decade. Somewhere between primitive guitar and trip-hop sits the futuristic folk sounds of The Modern Folk, droning just under the soil.
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