Live on Deck: Autumn 2019
I’ll never forget a convo I had with a college friend a few years ago. Born and raised in Cville, he was visiting town from his new home in Colorado. I asked him, “Do our mountains seem really lame after living near the Rockies?”
His response? “Not at all. Nothing compares to fall in the Blue Ridge.”
*moment of appreciation for this answer*
*second moment of appreciation for our deciduous ecosystem???*
So as our evenings grow cooler, Carter’s apples grow riper, and the-backdrop-we’re-lucky-to-call-home grows more beautiful by the minute, we hope you celebrate the season by giving our playlist (in order of show date) a listen. And maybe you’ll join us in seeing some of these artists live in and around Cville this season. Read on for thoughts on favorite tracks. Click any hyperlink to access ticket sales!
Lake Street Dive — “Good Kisser” (10.11, The National)
I’ve got to give the University Programming Board at JMU some credit. I saw both Lake Street Dive and The Lumineers at little free shows in the basement of Taylor Hall before they got big. If I’m lucky I’ll catch them ~~and the amazing amazingness that is Rachel Price!~ in Richmond this October!
The Wood Brothers — “Wastin’ My Mind” (11.07, Jefferson Center)
S.O. to my boyfriend for putting this on a playlist when we first started dating. This song will always make me think of those puppy love days, and I can’t imagine a more Woods Brothers-y way to see them than live in Roanoke in peak autumn.
Maren Morris (and Miranda Lambert!! and Pistol Annies!!!) — “The Bones” (11.07, John Paul Jones Arena)
I could make a whole playlist from this line-up. Technically, Miranda is the headliner, but I’ve been having a massive Maren moment—The Highwomen, anyone?—and have listened to this particular song on repeat for hours.
Ariana Grande — “NASA” (11.15, John Paul Jones Arena)
Saving all of my pennies to go to this show. I can’t listen to
this album this song without dancing in my seat like a crazy lady just a little.
Dawes — “When The Tequila Runs Out” (10.12, The Festy)
The Festy is back for its 10th year, but its first in downtown Charlottesville.
Elvis Costello and The Imposters — “Pump It Up” (10.23, Sprint Pavilion)
I’m looking forward to crossing Elvis Costello off my “must-see” list this fall.
Wilco — “Hummingbird” (11.08, Sprint Pavilion)
One of my favorite bands makes another visit to Cville this fall, but I won’t be in town. Grrr!
Hiss Golden Messenger — “Neon Moon” (11.30, Jefferson Theater)
Rounding out my picks is a band that I’ve managed to miss even though they frequently visit. Hopefully that will change this November.
Third Eye Blind — “Semi-Charmed Life” (11.11, The National)
This will be my third time seeing 3EB, and I’m so excited. Despite the subject matter (look it up), this song is one of the most upbeat jams from the 90s.
Old Crow Medicine Show — “James River Blues” (11.16, Altria Theater)
I’ve been wanting to see OCMS for so long! Their rendition of Wagon Wheel is the best one out there, in my opinion. But I really love the song James River Blues because it makes me think of the river flowing through Richmond.
Hawthorne Heights — “Ohio is for Lovers” (11.23, The National)
Hawthorne Heights is one of my favorite bands of all time. I first saw them at Warped Tour in 2005, and I’m equally excited to see them for the third time in November. I’m trying to convince my girlfriend to go to this show, but she’s not too keen on the screaming aspect.
Collie Buddz — “Come Around” (12.4, The National)
I’m excited to see this reggae act for the first time. My neighbors in Hawaii used to play their music loud enough for the whole block to hear during Sunday night BBQs.