5PTS Outdoors on Maple presents ‘Neomania’ — a celebration of the new moon — on April 1 & 2.
Night one features Toubab Krewe w. Joslyn & The Sweet Compression and Bajah One live on Maple Avenue, directly in front of The Sanctuary, followed by a 100% lit afterparty from lespecial INSIDE The Sanctuary. Scroll down for more band info.
Day/Night two heads back outside with show openers War Chile, Y.H.A.L.E., Empty Bottles, Marcus Rezak’s Shred Is Dead followed by Freekbass & The Bump Assembly ft. Sammi Garett (formerly of Turkuaz). EPIC jams will be the name of the game for this special weekend of 5 Points Outdoors on Maple! Scroll down for more band info.
But that’s not all! We will have street art, a juggling workshop, artisan & craft vendors, street games, kids activities, a food truck, & a draft beer truck. Come experience a true street festival with us this spring! Check out our amazing street performers and vendors who are participating in Neomania on April 1-2.
Art Rat Studios / Ralph Eaton
Street Performers (Friday only)
Arete Aerialists, Circus Pole and Lyra (Aerial Hoop)
SCHEDULE: Friday, April 1*
5:30p Gates Open
6-7p Joslyn & the Sweet Compression
7-7:30p Arete Aerialists
7:30-8:45p Bajah One
8:45-9:15p Arete Aerialists
9:15-10:45p Toubab Krewe
11p Outdoor Venue Closes
Friday, April 1 (LATE NIGHT—INSIDE)
Doors: 10:30-ish pm
SCHEDULE: Saturday, April 2*
Noon: Gates Open
1:45-2:15p Newsy Nicky (magic street performance!)
2:15-3:30p War Chile
3:30-4p The Magnificent Lefty (street performance)
4-5:45p Empty Bottles
5:45-6:30p Newsy Nicky (magic street performance!)
6:30-8p Marcus Rezak’s Shred is Dead
8-8:30p The Magnificent Lefty (street performance)
8:30-10p Freekbass and the Bump Assembly, featuring Sammi Garett
10-10:30p Super Jam w Freek & Rezak
11p Event Ends
*Set times are subject to change.
PERFORMER DETAILS (FRIDAY)
Joslyn & the Sweet Compression (Friday, 6:00-7:00 PM)After growing up singing in the church choir, and cultivating her dynamic voice and performance skills in cover bands and stage plays, Joslyn Hampton teamed with her stepfather, Marty Charters (a touring guitarist and songwriter who has shared the stage with legends such as Junior Wells and Van Morrison), to compose a captivating set of tunes and assemble an ace band. Joslyn & The Sweet Compression (including Steve Holloman – keyboards, Smith Donaldson – bass, Rashawn Fleming – drums, Trevin Little – saxophone, and Chase Fleming – trombone and trumpet ) combine to deliver a hook-filled mix of funk and soul on their self-titled debut album, released in 2019.
Bajah One (Friday, 7:30-8:45 PM)
Bajah is a huge pop star in his home country of Sierra Leone. Known as “The voice of the voiceless” – he raps and sings about peace and reconciliation and speaks for the people’s needs, given the harsh civil war that ravaged Sierra Leone for 11 years. Since Bajah has come to the U.S., he and his band have garnered the full support of The Roots. He has played The Roots Picnic multiple years and they have opened for The Roots dozens of times and have ?uestlove and James Poyser on production for the upcoming album, which also features Talib Kweli, K’naan, Res and the Fyre Dept.
Toubab Krewe (Friday, 9:15-10:45 PM)
Regional favorites for many years, Toubab Krewe kicks off our return to the 5PTS Outdoors series, this time on Maple Ave. This vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse, creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. This is a band that actively draws inspiration from whatever source floats into their purview, something they’ve exhibited in their decade and a half of heavy gigging.
lespecial (Friday, 11:00 PM-12:45 AM — After Party INSIDE)
lespecial made their debut on the 5PTS stage this fall and they rocked the house. lespecial carve their own sonic path in modern music, creating their signature blend of “heavy future groove”. The power trio’s fresh synthesis of varied and divergent influences doesn’t underestimate the listener, reflecting a post-modern cultural climate in which fans have space on their aural palette for J Dilla, Radiohead, King Crimson and Fela Kuti. Veering from hip-hop to metal, prog to house, pensive indie-rock to apocalyptic dub, leaving room for head banging and hip swaying alike, while still presenting a unified sound and vision.
PERFORMER DETAILS (SATURDAY)
Y.H.A.L.E. (Saturday, 12:30-1:45 PM)
Y.H.A.L.E. is a 5-piece American progressive jam band from Roanoke Virginia. Made up of TJ Young, Adam Hill, Stuart Angel, Matt Leonard and Chris Eanes Y.H.A.L.E. is a collection guys from different bands who have joined forces to take the world by storm with high energy original music. Their unique brand of musicianship fuses group improvisation with progressive arrangements and funky beats that will help everyone shake it and boogie down.
War Chile (Saturday, 2:15-3:30 PM)
Blues, rock n’ roll and psychedelic weirdness! War Chile is a Roanoke, Virginia based rock band that performs both originals and covers of their favorite artists.
Empty Bottles (Saturday, 4:00-5:45 PM)Four Virginia musicians dedicated to providing the utmost in quality professional live music entertainment. Empty Bottles covers a vast array of genres ranging from Billy Joel and Prince to The Beatles and the Grateful Dead and everything in between.
Marcus Rezak’s Shred is Dead (Saturday, 6:30-8:00 PM)
Marcus Rezak carves out a distinguished style in the world of guitar with several cutting-edge groups such as Shred is Dead, Digital Tape Machine, Stratosphere All-Stars, Katharsis, Supernatural Beings in addition to frequent engagements as an artist-at-large. Known as a master of jazz improvisation and a seasoned artist of the sit-in, Rezak is a frequent call among bands and musicians.
Freekbass and the Bump Assembly, featuring Sammi Garett
(Saturday, 8:30-10:00 PM)
Freekbass is one of the world’s great bass players. Freekbass has a funk music pedigree that is authentic. He has worked alongside funk legends, Bootsy Collins (who gave him his nickname during a studio session) calling Freekbass, “The New Spritual Warrior for the Funk” and keyboard icon, Bernie Worrell, who guested on many of Freekbass’ albums and live projects. The Freekbass sound is rich with danceable, infectous grooves, by a wealth of collaborative musicianship, and an energetic nonstop performance. Quite simply, this is a show.
Super Jam w Freekbass & Marcus Rezak (Saturday, 10:00-10:30 PM)
FOOD TRUCK INFO
Paper Dragon Foods
Josh and Shana have 50 years of combined experience in fine dining and traveling. They can often be found in front of 5 Points on most show nights and have quickly become a guest and artist favorite. Using farm fresh ingredients, Paper Dragon is a mobilized scratch kitchen. Vegetarian friendly, too!
Fat Bean Farm & Food
Fat Bean Farm & Food Co. is focused on Real Food and Food as Medicine. We grow food sustainably on our farm and we ferment food in our Brinery. We believe that Real Food is Good Medicine. We like to have fun, because it’s Fun to have Fun. We pride ourselves on bringing the Real Food to Real Fun Events!
STREET PERFORMER INFO
Arete Aerialists (Friday, 7:00-7:30p & 8:45-9:15p)
Arete Aerialists, from Salem, Virginia, are joining the party at 5 Points Outdoors on April 1. Performing a variety of moves and tricks, aerialists Echo Waters and Shealynn Delaney put on a show that is both captivating and awe-inspiring. Check them out as they perform circus pole and aerial hoop routines that defy gravity. For ten years, they have performed their high-flying acrobatics; their lyra hoop and circus pole dance acts are sure to entertain.
Steve Stinson’s Juggling Workshop (Saturday, 1:00-4:00p)
Nobody knows better than Steve Stinson that anyone can learn to juggle. Roanokers may remember him as Dr. Chumley, the juggler and ringmaster of Circus Minimus at Roanoke’s Festival in the Park back in the day. Be prepared for the unexpected when a juggling pattern made by YOU forms right before your eyes. There is no fee for the workshop. Equipment is provided. Students must be at least 8 years old to participate.
Newsy Nicky (Saturday, roaming + 1:45-2:15p & 5:45-6:30p)
Magic, Hot off the Presses. Newsy Nicky is a traveling entertainer who has made headlines with his comedy/magic act. His fun-loving and free-spirited approach to comedy and his newsworthy blend of class and charisma has earned him the title of Washington D.C. Magician of the Year. He will bring both smiles and tears to both young and old and will leave you with a story that will last a lifetime.
The Magnificent Lefty (Saturday, roaming + 3:30-4p & 8-8:30p)
Jefferson Rose, AKA The Magnificent Lefty, is a comic, magician and circus freak based in Roanoke, Virginia. As a traveling act, The Magnificent Lefty takes his talents and curiosities to all corners, but we’re lucky that he calls the Star City home. His bold impromptu magic shows in the middle of Downtown have attracted and delighted crowds of curious onlookers. His grit and joy for the craft convinced us beyond any doubt that he had to be featured as a performer in the inaugural Roanoke Comedy Fest.