What’s up, readers? Summer has officially drawn to a close, however, the good vibes continue to thrive.  This week let’s celebrate the start of something new, and try to take stock of all that we are grateful for having experienced/overcome this past season. There are still plenty of festivals going on if you’re not ready to call it quits just yet, and a ton of great concerts happening at a local venue near you. No plans? No problem. Here’s what’s up this week.

Healing Appalachia, presented by Hope in the Hills and Tyler Childers, is taking place this Saturday, September 28 at the State Fair of West Virginia.  Healing Appalachia is a group of like-minded community members that organize and hold events to help fundraise for organizations and programs that aim to fight the opioid crisis happening in the Greater Appalachian region.  Since their inaugural event last year, the group has donated over $20,000 to local charities.  This event is another step in their mission to spread awareness and aid in recovery, and every person in attendance represents a chance to stop the damage that is being done.  Those helping to spread the good vibes with their homegrown tunes this year include Tyler Childers, Brian Fallon, The Gibson Brothers, Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound and Senora May. Tickets for this event are on sale for $35, with gates opening at noon, and music going all the way until 10:00 p.m.  To learn more and purchase your tickets today head on over to the event’s official website.

The groovy gentlemen of Dr. Bacon are proud to present The Smokedown 2019 at Little Creek Vineyards in Snow Camp, NC this Friday and Saturday. The Smokedown is a weekend-long music, arts and camping experience that features the music of Dr. Bacon and their many friends from along the road.  All your usual food/craft vendors, flow/performance artists will be on-site, though feel free to B.Y.O.B if you know how to party responsibly.  Other than our gracious hosts, Dr. Bacon, expect to hear a set or two from the likes of Maj Deeka, Emmas Lounge, Row Jomah, Blackwater Brass, C2 and The Brothers Reed, Groove Fetish and several other great musicians and bands. Weekend passes for this one are on sale for $70, which includes camping and parking.  If you’d like to show up for the pre-party on Thursday, be ready to fork over an extra $20.  Don’t forget to pack some warm-weather clothes and a heavy blanket!  For more details head on over to Dr.Bacon’s official webpage.

Fletcher’s Grove is back to provide the good folks of Philippi, WV with an intimate little festival to close out the Summer and prepare for the slow descent into winter.  Groovin’ in the Grove isn’t about having the flashiest stage setup or the biggest crowds. Instead, if you want to share your passion for live, down-to-earth music, being outdoors, all things grassroots then might we suggest you find your way to King Knob Motorsports Park. Live music for the event will be provided by Fletcher’s Grove, Larry Keel Experience, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Rasta Rafiki, Jakobs Ferry Stragglers, Electric Orange Peel, and over a dozen other talented musicians. Weekend passes are $60 if purchased in advance, $75 at the gate, and each car that enters the venue will be charged $10.  To learn more about this event please visit http://www.groovinwv.com/.

Other notable performances this week include: STS9 at Upstate Church Hall in Clifton Park, NY (09/24), at The National in Richmond, VA (09/25), and at The State Theatre in Falls Church, VA (09/26-28) // Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at The Met Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA (09/26-27), and at The Anthem in Washington, DC (09/28) // Perpetual Groove at The Southern Café and Music Hall in Charlottesville, VA (09/26), at The NorVa in Norfolk, VA (09/27), and at Salem Farmer’s Market in Salem, VA (09/28).

That’s it for this week, my friends. Don’t forget to scroll a bit further down to see the entire selection of concerts and festivals happening this week. Let us know what events you’ll be at, and feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comment section. Until next week. Stay jammy.






09/26-28 – The Smokedown – Snow Camp, NC

09/27-29 – Lost Lands Music Festival – Thornville, OH

09/27-28 – Good People Good Times Music Festival – Nashville, TN

09/27-29 – Devil’s Backbone Hoopla – Roseland, VA

09/27-28 – The Marcus King Family Reunion – Black Mountain, NC

09/27-29 – Rhythm Brew Art and Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH

09/27-28 – Wide Open Bluegrass – Raleigh, NC

09/27-29 – Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend –  Virginia Beach, VA

09/28 – Healing Appalachia – Lewisburg, WV

09/28 – OktoberWest – Charleston, WV

09/28 – Harvest Farm Jam – Brattleboro, VT



09/23 – Snarky Puppy – Music Farm – Charleston, SC


09/24 – STS9 w/ Maddy Prior & Steeleye Span – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY

09/24 – Holly Bowling – 5 Points Music Sanctuary – Roanoke, VA

09/24 – Snarky Puppy – Florida Theatre – Jacksonville, FL


09/25 – STS9 – The National – Richmond, VA

09/25 – CBDB – Elevation 27 – Virginia Beach, VA

09/25 – Kitchen Dwellers – River Street Jazz Café – Wilkes-Barre, PA

09/25 – Consider the Source – Tellus 360 – Lancaster, PA

09/25 – Greensky Bluegrass – The Caverns – Pelham, TN

09/25 – Snarky Puppy – Plaza Live – Orlando, FL

09/25 – Toubab Krewe – Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL


09/26 – STS9 – The State Theatre – Falls Church, VA

09/26 – Kitchen Dwellers w/ Two Ton Twig – Pearl Street Warehouse – Washington, DC

09/26 – CBDB w/ Giles McConkey – The Camel – Richmond, VA

09/26 – Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – The Met – Philadelphia, PA

09/26 – Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad – Thunderbird Café & Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA

09/26 – Com Truise – The Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA

09/26 – The Motet w/ Exmag – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC

09/26 – Zach Deputy – Daryl’s House Restaurant & Music Club – Pawling, NY

09/26 – Mac Demarco – Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

09/26 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Michigan Rattlers – EXPRESS LIVE! – Columbus, OH

09/26 – Snarky Puppy – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL

09/26 – Toubab Krewe – Dunedin Brewery – Dunedin, FL


09/27 – Galactic – Martime Magic – Baltimore, MD

09/27 – The Psychedelic Furs – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

09/27 – STS9 – The State Theatre – Falls Church, VA

09/27 – Bumpin Uglies w/ Tropidelic – Tally Ho Theatre – Leesburg, VA

09/27 – Greensky Bluegrass – Maymont Park – Richmond, VA

09/27 – Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – The Met – Philadelphia, PA

09/27 – Perpetual Groove w/ Paper Aliens – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA

09/27 – Tedeschi Trucks Band – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY

09/27 – Pink Talking Fish w/ Cousin Fungus – The Space at Westbury – Westbury, NY

09/27 – Zach Deputy – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY

09/27 – ekoostik hookah – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH

09/27 – The Motet w/ Star Kitchen – Salvage Station – Asheville, NC

09/27 – Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime w/ The Floozies – Riverfront Live – Cincinnati, OH

09/27 – The New Mastersounds w/ Lamar Williams Jr. – The Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC

09/27 – Toubab Krewe – Guanabana’s Island Restaurant – Jupiter, FL


09/28 – Dirty Mae – Dante’s Bar – Frostburg, MD

09/28 – Black Masala – Willian & Saint – Bethesda, MD

09/28 – Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – The Anthem – Washington, DC

09/28 – Kitchen Dwellers – Thunderbird Café & Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA

09/28 – Tedeschi Trucks Band – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY

09/28 – Start Making Sense – Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC

09/28 – STS9 – The State Theatre – Falls Church, VA

09/28 – Perpetual Groove w/ Big Daddy Love – Salem, VA

09/28 – The Kind Thieves – Meoldy’s – Beckley, WV

09/29 – Toubab Krewe – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL


09/29 – Greensky Bluegrass – Salem Civic Center – Salem, VA

09/29 – The New Mastersounds – Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC

09/29 – Toubab Krewe – Heartwood Soundstage – Gainesville, FL