Acoustic Stage Performers (2017)

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String Theory

Friday 12:15 PM - 1:10 PM

String Theory Trio features Bruce Mahin on guitar, Georgeanne Lavery on mandolin and Steve Lavery on bass. We have been performing in southwest Virginia for 13 years, first playing occasionally for church services before branching out to feature more traditional acoustic folk numbers and our own original tunes. Our EP "By a Thread," released in 2017, features "13 Hours to Go" and "After You Came Along." Our first full album release is due in December.

Highlands Jazz Group

Friday 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

The HJQ (Highlands Jazz Quintet) is a collection of jazz enthusiasts in the NRV. We are a diverse group of musicians who have worked together for the past ten years to bring our love of jazz music to audiences throughout our region. We are Justin Craig-guitar, Paul Deck-piano, Lou Madsen-sax, Bill Ray-drums and Nick Romantini-bass.

American Roots

Friday 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM

Virginia Hollow

Friday 4:10 PM - 5:10 PM

Virginia Hollow is a band and a sound born from the hills, valleys and mountains of Appalachia. Their performances
and music take you on a journey fraught with raw emotions and stories of love, trust, betrayal and longing. When all is
said and done, the haunting melodies of Carrie Hinkley's soulful voice are hard to shake off and instead keep
returning and replaying in one's mind, like an untamed mantra of beauty and tragedy. This is a band whose time has
come and needs to be reckoned with.
Carrie Hinkley: Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Alan Graf: Guitar, Banjo, and Mandolin
Sue Winchester: Upright Bass and Harmony Vocals

Indian Run Stringband

Friday 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

"Indian Run Stringband plays old-time music the way it ought to be played – as a living, breathing art form still as vibrant and relevant today as it was a century ago. From dance tunes to the blues, the Indian Run Stringband plays with love and abandon. They make old-time music fresh and new."
Ralph Berrier- The Roanoke Times

Java Brothers Bluegrass

Friday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Java Brothers Bluegrass Band is from Radford, Virginia. We are progressive, but pretty much only to the extent that we'll play new songs as hard driving bluegrass. We love Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, The Seldom Scene, JD Crowe, Tony Rice, Sam Bush, the Country Gentlemen, the Beatles, the Stones, the Grateful Dead, and all the greats. The Java Brothers have a fun live show that mixes standard Bluegrass and Newgrass with fiery original tunes.


Johanna Vaughan

Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

David Simpkins

Saturday 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Kat Mills

Saturday 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Solo, soul folk live shows. Layered, collaborative recordings. Kat Mills is a writer, singer, guitarist and seeker rooted in GenX, nodding to 70s troubadours, and openly commenting on the aches and triumphs of the moment.

Kat is based right here in Blacksburg, and has been a favorite on the Acoustic Stage for years. She has recently released her fourth studio album, SILVER, a collection of groovy, original songs featuring an A-Team session band. At a time when we have almost forgotten how to be still, to listen, to reflect and then engage, Kat Mills helps us remember.


Saturday 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM

Cocobolo, a band that blends magic and mystery into melody, plays thought provoking, entertaining original music written by it’s members, all of whom currently call Floyd, Virginia home. You are sure to love the creative and intricate leads of Bob Dillard, a lifelong guitarist, who brings excitement to the stage with his enthusiasm and skill. The sensitive and seductive bass accompaniments of Christopher Luster, playing electric stand up fretless bass, often surprisingly with a bow, and the warm haunting vocals of singer, Stella Trudel, whose commitment to writing unique lyrics, and singing from the heart weaves stories into harmonies that stir emotions and leave listeners wanting more.

Harwell Grice Band

Saturday 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

The Harwell Grice Band has been thrilling audiences throughout the Mid Atlantic US since 2003. Their original bluegrass combined with a large repertoire of traditionals and popular covers has left listeners captivated during live performances. They have performed on the stages of the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Floydfest, and have shared the stage with artists such as Blue Highway, Chatham County Line and the Larry Keel Experience. Their combination of strong vocal harmonies and technical musicianship are some of the best in the business, resulting in a very entertaining show. The group is led by Josh Grice on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Gabe Robey brings lead and harmony vocals, along with lead guitar to the quintet. Brian Muller adds his mastery of mandolin along with vocals. Greg Honeycutt holds down the low end on bass, and banjo extraordinaire Stewart Werner leads the hard driving sound on the five string. With unbridled energy and enthusiasm, the Franklin County based group brings an exciting stage presence to all of their performances, leaving audience members wanting more. Their two studio releases, “No Place to Call My Home” and “A Million Miles” demonstrate that the future of bluegrass is in good hands and that the Harwell Grice Band is a force to be reckoned with!


Saturday 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Crossties is: Avery Davis on fiddle, Craig Counts on guitar and vocals, Gerry Skenderian on bass and vocals, Craig Willoughby on mandolin and vocals, Tom Snediker on guitar and vocals, Timmy Mills on banjo and Pete Hastings on harmonica. We play Bluegrass from across the tracks.