U.S. National Whitewater Center http://usnwc.org The world's premier outdoor facility featuring whitewater rafting, biking, zip lines, live music, craft brews and more. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:43:45 -0400 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Selwyn Birchwood http://usnwc.org/selwyn-birchwood/ http://usnwc.org/selwyn-birchwood/#respond Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:00:51 +0000 http://usnwc.org/?p=15437

Selwyn Birchwood, Florida’s rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers ...Continue Reading

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Selwyn Birchwood, Florida’s rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals. Birchwood plays high-octane blues – at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute – with true passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” 29-year-old with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease. His ability to win over an audience – any audience – is proven night after night on the bandstand. With his warm, magnetic personality, Birchwood is as down-to-earth as his music is fun, thought-provoking and vital. His mission is to spread his music far and wide, to share his joy, to play his heart out, and to push the blues into the future. “There’s nothing I’d rather be doing than playing the blues,” he says. “And I try to convey that with every song and with every performance.”

Event Details:

  • When: Thursday, May 4th
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine

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The Trongone Band http://usnwc.org/trongone-band/ http://usnwc.org/trongone-band/#respond Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:28:41 +0000 http://usnwc.org/?p=8650

Rapidly gaining momentum with a sound that falls perfectly between southern Rock ‘n’ Soul and Americana Jam, The ...Continue Reading

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Rapidly gaining momentum with a sound that falls perfectly between southern Rock ‘n’ Soul and Americana Jam, The Trongone Band is turning heads and making an impact on the east coast music scene. Formed as a family band by brothers Andrew and Johnny with father John Sr. on bass, The Trongone Band enlisted much sought-after keyboardist Ben “Wolfe” White and quickly began packing various venues around Richmond, VA. With the addition of Wolfe, they entrenched their footprint on the city with a Thursday night residency at Cary Street Cafe, pushing the popular music room to maximum capacity for two straight years. Spreading their musical wings, it wasn’t long before The Trongone Band procured a devout fan base and began making their name in neighboring cities, including sell-out shows in Blacksburg and Harrisonburg. Recently the band brought on award-winning bassist Todd Herrington to solidify their touring lineup. Herrington adds a crucial dimension of deep pocket groove and funk to the already seasoned unit. As a collaborative effort, the band is set to push forward touring the East Coast and preparing for their full length debut album. This four-piece ensemble may not all be related, but with a chemistry so emphatically discernible, it’s fair to call them brothers.

Event Details:

  • When: Saturday, May 6th
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine

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Forlorn Strangers http://usnwc.org/forlorn-strangers/ http://usnwc.org/forlorn-strangers/#respond Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:13:33 +0000 http://usnwc.org/?p=8639

Forlorn Strangers is a quintet based out of Nashville, Tennessee. The band is a collective of five songwriters, ...Continue Reading

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Forlorn Strangers is a quintet based out of Nashville, Tennessee. The band is a collective of five songwriters, each having their own distinct styles that blend into one unmistakable voice. Their sound delves into all reaches of American roots music, driven by foot-stomping percussion and soaring family harmonies. The band is comprised of sisters Abigail Dempsey (fiddle, percussion, vocals) and Hannah Leigh Lusk (mandolin, percussion, upright bass, vocals); Chris Banke (guitar, mandolin, vocals); Benjamin Lusk (banjo, guitar, vocals); and Jesse Thompson (upright bass, dobro, guitar, vocals). Since 2013, Forlorn Strangers has released two EPs (While the Grass Grows and American Magic Tricks) and has toured continuously across the United States, playing for an ever-increasing group of appreciative fans. In 2015, Forlorn Strangers played over 180 shows in over one hundred cities and more than thirty states nationwide. The band just released their self-titled, debut full-length album. Forlorn Strangers was recorded at John Prine’s Nashville studio The Butcher Shoppe, and produced by Grammy winner Phil Madeira. They’ve already booked some notable festival slots including Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Homegrown Music Festival and Floyd Fest, with more dates being added every week. The summer and fall of 2016 will see the band touring extensively coast to coast in support of the new record and celebrating over a year and a half of life on the road.

Event Details:

  • When: Thursday, May 11th
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine

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The Ragbirds http://usnwc.org/the-ragbirds/ http://usnwc.org/the-ragbirds/#respond Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:51:04 +0000 http://usnwc.org/?p=9003

For years, “home” was a place The Ragbirds rarely visited. The band’s music — a genre-bending hybrid of ...Continue Reading

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For years, “home” was a place The Ragbirds rarely visited. The band’s music — a genre-bending hybrid of indie-pop melodies, global rhythms and songwriting styles influenced from all over the world — was as broad as their audience, which stretched from the group’s hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, to the shores of Osaka, Japan (where they scored a Number One pop hot with the song “Book of Matches”). Show by show, in venues ranging from rock clubs and performing arts centers to festivals encompassing everything from bluegrass to electronica, The Ragbirds developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the most dynamic, high-spirited live bands in roots music. Written and recorded in the wake of the birth of co-founders Erin Zindle and Randall Moore’s first child, ‘The Threshold & The Hearth’ — the band’s fifth studio album, out March 25 on Rock Ridge Music – adds another dimension to the band’s catalog.  It’s an album that explores the ways in which love and family relationships can weather the storms of life, year after year. An album that asks questions. An album that offers an answer, too: hope. Released three years after 2013’s We Belong to the Love, a live album that shone a light on the band’s punchy, positive-minded stage show, The Threshold & The Hearth is louder and livelier than anything they’ve done before. The guitar solos, played by Erin’s brother T.J. Zindle, point to a longtime appreciation for rock and roll. The deep-seated grooves, performed by the three-piece rhythm section of drummer Jon Brown, percussionist Moore and bassist Dan Jones, mix punch with precision. And Zindle’s conceptual storyline for the album — a make-believe tale of two lovers who meet, fall in love and spend the next 20 years dealing with the joys and struggles that come with any long-term relationship — turn The Threshold & The Hearth into a universal album that appeals to anyone looking to forge a home out of the chaos of everyday life. With influences ranging from Paul Simon to Peter Gabriel, the band turned to Grammy-nominated producer Jamie Candiloro for his help on the album. Candiloro’s influences were similarly wide-ranging, with a resume that included credits on albums by R.E.M., Willie Nelson, the Eagles and Ryan Adams. Together, the group captured the spunk and spirit of a Ragbirds show, with Zindle’s new daughter serving as an inspiration.

Event Details:

  • When: Saturday, May 13th
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine

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Nikki Hill http://usnwc.org/nikki-hill/ http://usnwc.org/nikki-hill/#respond Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:12:34 +0000 http://usnwc.org/?p=15446

Those who have seen Carolina girl Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on ...Continue Reading

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Those who have seen Carolina girl Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment. Where did this fireball come from? Why haven’t I heard of her before? If you haven’t heard of Nikki Hill yet, you soon will, and once you see her perform, you won’t forget her. Hill and her band have been touring extensively following the independent 2015 release ‘Heavy Hearts Hard Fists’ and debut album ‘Here’s Nikki Hill’, released in 2013. With a no-filter energy, and explosive live show, they deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again! Nikki’s unique voice—with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past—steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section to create a breath of fresh air with their fast forward approach to American roots music. Nikki Hill’s self-titled, independently released EP in June of 2012 created a heavy and sudden international underground buzz that the band has traveled with across America and overseas to Europe and Australia. Those four tunes penned by Hill, combined with memorable live performances, have drawn a wide range of people from every avenue and musical taste to their shows. Her enthusiasm for music is simply contagious. One club advertisement will call Nikki “The Southern Fireball”, “the New Soul Sensation”, “amazing R&B Shouter”, and even “the new Queen of Rock n’ Roll”. If you haven’t heard of her yet, prepare for your ‘whiplash moment’. You have been warned.

Event Details:

  • When: Thursday, May 18th
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine

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Waker http://usnwc.org/waker/ http://usnwc.org/waker/#respond Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:14:19 +0000 http://usnwc.org/?p=15449

Waker was founded by childhood friends and songwriting duo Chase Bader (Vocals, Acoustic) and Conor Kelly (Electric guitar). ...Continue Reading

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Waker was founded by childhood friends and songwriting duo Chase Bader (Vocals, Acoustic) and Conor Kelly (Electric guitar). The group hails from Nashville, mashing soul, rock & roll, & funk into an eclectic, danceable sound, focusing on songs that aim for the heart, head… and feet. Originally known as Koa, Waker was christened in late summer 2016 following the addition of Dave Czuba (drums) & David Crutcher (keys) to the already talented lineup of Ryan Ladd (bass), Alex Mathews (sax), and Ryan McClanahan (percussion). With a name that stems from the line, “Getting close to bedtime, time to wake,” in their song, “Fever,” The intention has always been clear, to “wake people” with their music. In a short amount of time, the band has already conquered festival stages at ACL, Hangout, SXSW, Firefly, and Wakarusa. They’ve toured with Blues Traveler, JJ Grey & Mofro, Moon Taxi, Galactic, The Wailers, recorded a session for Audiotree live, and headlined theater shows across the country. Since the release of their 2015 EP, the band has continued their nonstop regiment of touring & writing. Look for new music in 2017. Waker is an experience meant to be shared with others.

Event Details:

  • When: Saturday, May 20th
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine

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Cha Wa http://usnwc.org/cha-wa/ http://usnwc.org/cha-wa/#respond Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:16:18 +0000 http://usnwc.org/?p=15452

After honing their explosive sound in clubs and festivals around the Crescent City, the Mardi Gras Indian funk ...Continue Reading

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After honing their explosive sound in clubs and festivals around the Crescent City, the Mardi Gras Indian funk band Cha Wa is releasing their debut album. The recording, aptly named Funk ‘n’ Feathers, is their red-hot combination of two of New Orleans’ best traditions, Mardi Gras Indians and street level funk music.  Funk ‘n’ Feathers combines deep funk, percussive polyrhythms, and a mix of singing and Mardi Gras Indian chanting.  All of these elements fuse into an intoxicating, hypnotic blend of culture that could only come out of the Crescent City. “The music is based on the Mardi Gras Indians, the brass bands, and the street culture of New Orleans,” says bandleader/drummer Joe Gelini. “Cha Wa” is a slang phrase used by every Mardi Gras Indian tribe. It means “We’re comin’ for ya” – and this band is definitely comin’ for ya! This is what PopMatters had to say about their debut album, Funk ‘n’ Feathers: “Cha Wa hail from New Orleans and carry on the long cherished traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians, while infusing their music with contemporary NOLA street funk… a grand gumbo of singing, chanting, intoxicating rhythms, and some deep funk grooves that are simply impossible to resist.”

Event Details:

  • When: Thursday, May 25th
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine

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Urban Soil http://usnwc.org/urban-soil/ http://usnwc.org/urban-soil/#respond Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:24:52 +0000 http://usnwc.org/?p=8646

Hailing from the streets of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, Urban Soil weaves Americana, rock and soul into their ...Continue Reading

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Hailing from the streets of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, Urban Soil weaves Americana, rock and soul into their explosive live shows and polished recordings.  Their studio albums display the uncompromising energy that Urban Soil is consistent in delivering live, and are a stimulating representation of the band’s skillful-yet–visceral sound: Urban Soil has the unique ability of capturing the energy of their live shows and translating it to their studio recordings, resulting in an electrifying experience with every listen. Influenced by early roots elements, Urban Soil uniquely fuses those sounds with a fresh take, delivering a blend of raw, nostalgic sounds with a modern and glistening slant. Front-woman Sarah Reinke brings her old-soul vocals to the stage and studio with passionate style. Rounding out her talents on guitar and washboard, Reinke pulls you in instantly. Guitarist and vocalist, Eric Chesson delivers forceful and driving components with every lick, and offers steadfast vocals. Greg Meckley’s skillful violin and mandolin playing blends tight layers and bright sounds that solidify the band smoothly against driving guitars. Holding down the rhythm section, Scott Lewis and David Connors provide a concrete foundation on drums and bass respectively.

Event Details:

  • When: Saturday, May 27th
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine

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Billy Strings http://usnwc.org/billy-strings/ http://usnwc.org/billy-strings/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:53:46 +0000 http://usnwc.org/?p=8673

Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist or performing high-energy, ...Continue Reading

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Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist or performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets at festivals, the reaction to Billy Strings tends to come in two varieties: “Who is this guy?” and “That kid can play!” Raised in Michigan and based in Nashville, Strings — real name William Apostol — learned music from his father, who had learned it from his father, and his father before him. Maybe that’s why at 24, Strings’ songs, his articulation, his entire approach, sounds so authentic and steeped in tradition. Consider him the next in line of an Americana thread, not some upstart or bandwagon jumper. While Strings’ profile as a guitarist and singer in the acoustic/bluegrass scene continues to grow, he has already earned some landmark achievements. He has been invited to play on stage with Del McCoury, David Grisman, Larry Keel, Sam Bush, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon and more. He’s landed coveted slots at festivals like Pickathon, Merlefest, DelFest, High Sierra Music Festival, Grey Fox to name a few and he’s shared bills with popular touring acts Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain Stringband, Leftover Salmon, Cabinet and more. And the industry has taken notice: He just won IBMA 2016 Momentum Awards Instrumentalist of the Year for guitar, banjo and mandolin and was voted #1 in, scene tastemaker, Bluegrass Situation’s Top 16 of ’16.

Event Details:

  • When: Thursday, June 1st
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine

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Stop Light Observations http://usnwc.org/stop-light-observations/ http://usnwc.org/stop-light-observations/#respond Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:21:56 +0000 http://usnwc.org/?p=15459

For as long as Americans have sought the illusions of comfort and security in materialism and wealth, there ...Continue Reading

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For as long as Americans have sought the illusions of comfort and security in materialism and wealth, there have been those who rejected the predictability of conformity in search of something more authentic. From Thoreau at Walden Pond to Jack Kerouac’s manic crosscountry road trips, the quest for fulfillment plays out uniquely in the art of every generation. For Charleston’s Stop Light Observations (aka SLO), the search for something more meaningful led them on a journey through ecstatic highs and crippling lows, artistic triumphs and business setbacks, and, ultimately, right back home to the Toogoodoo River in South Carolina. While South Carolina is an essential element of SLO’s identity, they’re certainly not a “Southern rock” band. “Southerners are the storytellers of America,” reflects Cubby. “You might listen to our music and hear elements of classic rock and modern indie rock and blues and folk and hip hop, but underneath all of that tying everything together is southern storytelling.” The stories on ‘Toogoodoo’ will at once feel familiar and revelatory, as SLO takes an insightful look at the contradictions of a modern society that has access to everything (and everyone) at its fingertips, yet still so often feels empty and alone. The answers, they discovered while creating this album, don’t lie in possessions, or status, or in anything external. “There’s no such thing as security, and all the answers you’re searching for and the fulfillment you want is a daily struggle that lives within you,” concludes Cubby. “It’s your responsibility to love and accept yourself and to share the energy you receive from that with others. And that’s what this album is. It’s the story of some 23 year olds living in America in 2016.”

Event Details:

  • When: Saturday, June 3rd
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine

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