We’ve been pretty quiet this Summer with a few shows scattered here and there and a Couch Tour or two, but that’s all about to change this weekend. We have four incredible acts packed into three days starting with Shamarr Allen this THURSDAY, the return of Freekbass on SATURDAY and a double bill with House of Waters and Jonathan Scales Fourchestra on SUNDAY. We’re also set to announce a treasure trove of incredible bands for the Fall Season. Here are just a few!
CELEBRATING JERRY GARCIA
The music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead have had an enormous impact on us at 5 Points Music. It’s no coincidence that our very first show featured The Dead Reckoning, our favorited Dead tribute act. At the back entrance to the Sanctuary sits a copy of Jay Blakesberg’s “Fare Thee Well” book covering the Dead’s shows with Trey Anastasio. Whether you are scanning our archive posters and past events or joining us for a free Couch Tour, you will find the Grateful Dead permeating throughout. For us and millions of fans worldwide, the Grateful Dead’s music extends into our relationships, our travels, our work, and our broader lives.
On the day of Jerry’s passing, we are bringing together an all-star group of our favorite musicians to celebrate the life, the music, and the power of Jerry Garcia in all his glory. Artists Jake Dempsey (bass), George Penn (drums), Tom Snediker (guitar), and Sid Kingsley (keys) will serve as the foundation for this show, featuring special guests like David and Mason Via, Foster Burton, and many others performing songs of their own honoring the legacy of Jerry’s music.
THE FLOORBOARDS w. THE CONCERNS
The Floorboards are an American roots rock ensemble hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The band marries rock & roll and country roots with the sights and sounds of southern mountain towns. Jake and Rob shake the leaves from the trees. Chris coaxes stringed cries from the hills and hollers. Matt writes and sings the story.
Roanoke, Virginia’s, The Concerns are a small town super group and that’s
just fine with them. Their Debut album County Blue is out now on
WarHen Records. They describe their sound as a jazz rock country gaze adult contemporary fusion.
Born from singer-songwriter and visual artist Daniel Cundiff who is known for his roles in Eternal Summers, The Sad Cobras, and The Young Sinclairs. He is joined by top-quality musicians Sam Lunsford (Stimulator Jones, The Young Sinclairs), John Thompson (The Young
Sinclairs. Omega Wolf), and Taylor Lineberry (Woolens, The Missionaries). Cundiff, Lunsford, and Thompson have been playing music together for a few decades in other projects from the famed Magic Twig Community based in Roanoke, Virginia. John and Sam even briefly played bass in Eternal Summers.
JEN HARTSWICK & NICK CASSARINO DUO
Trumpeter and vocalist, Jennifer Hartswick is one of the most exciting performers in music today. She exudes confidence and joy and brings her own refreshing spirit to the stage every time she performs. Jennifer’s music is honest, soulful and comes with a maturity far beyond her years.
Nicholas Cassarino (Nth Power, Big Daddy Kane) “oozes more soul in one finger than most guitarists could create in a lifetime……with a voice that immediately wraps the room in sex appeal”.
Jennifer and Nicholas have been playing, writing, laughing, and storytelling for almost two decades. Born and raised in Vermont, their bond is ever present in this intimate acoustic duo. Hartswickand Cassarino have each made names for themselves, touring tirelessly. Their passion, dedication and sophistication are evident in their joyous, soulful performances, providing audiences with a truly special musical experience.
ROOTS OF CREATION
Billboard and radio chart topping, award-winning, international reggae-rock sensation Roots of Creation, are a touring powerhouse. Whether on the festival circuit, performing at jam and reggae-rock favorites like Camp Bisco, Gathering of The Vibes, California Roots, Jungle Jam and Closer to the Sun, or sharing the stage at sold out shows with some of their diverse influences including Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, and Michael Franti, reggae/rock/dubtronica band Roots of Creation (RoC) offers up a high-energy, infectious live music experience. Their mix of reggae riddims, conscious lyrics, spirited horn lines, and electronic beats makes crowds move and has their loyal underground fan base (RoC Family) and street team (Universal Soldiers) travelling the distance to pack venues from coast-to-coast. Tickets on sale Friday 7/19 at noon.
ERIC GALES w. ISAAC HADDEN
Joe Bonamassa called him “One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world.” Carlos Santana said he’s “absolutely incredible.” Dave Navarro said, “How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery.” Come see the ultimate guitarist’s guitarist when Eric Gales brings his incredible bluesy rock ‘n roll back to The Sanctuary on Friday, October 11th.
PINK TALKING FISH
Pink Talking Fish is a Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act that takes the music from three of the world’s most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music. Although the music from each act is different, Pink Talking Fish has discovered that fusing the material together creates an amazing story. The epic emotion of Pink Floyd… The funky, danceable layerings of Talking Heads… The multitude of styles, unique compositional structures and pure fun of Phish… to merge these three into one gives music lovers a special experience.The story is ever evolving. The experience is always exciting. Come join Pink Talking Fish for the ultimate fusion tribute and celebrate the love of this music in unique fashion.