Main Stage Performers (2017)

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The Moss Arts Center proudly sponsors the Steppin' Out 2017 Main Stage.



Friday 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

ChiefLow is a fresh 3-piece band based in the DMV area. Sultry vocals, smooth bass and boom bap drums combine with keys and guitar to bring a genre-defying sound to your ears.

Spanning the spectrum from soul, funk, blues, jazzy hip-hop to R&B, this trio is guaranteed to tug your heartstrings and shake your bones.


Friday 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The music of Mateo Monk is beyond classification. It is a synthesis of multiple genres of world roots music, heavily informed by the spontaneous freedom of psychedelic jam culture. Mateo performs solo on the guitar, flute, synthesizer, and melodica, utilizing a looper pedal to create fully-textured rhythms, adorned with virtuosic melodic musings, all seamlessly woven into the song form in real time. It's a modern spin on the iconic idea of the "one man band", executed by a one-of-a-kind artist with deep emotional sensibility and dazzling instrumental finesse. Mateo has been performing for 23 years and has worked with many influential artists, including Thievery Corporation, Junior Marvin of Bob Marley and The Wailers, and members of the legendary reggae group Culture.


Friday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Duskwhales are a three-piece indie rock band formed in Manassas, Virginia in 2010. Their sound is reminiscent of 60's groups such as The Beatles and The Doors through prominent use of keyboards and memorable vocal harmonies. While incorporating the best elements of their psychedelic roots, the young trio creates a sophisticated style of their own in both studio and live settings. They have shared the stage with national acts Car Seat Headrest, Diane Coffee, Little Green Cars, and Frankie Cosmos, as well as performed to packed audiences across the East Coast. The Duskwhales are currently touring in support of their latest album Sorrowful Mysteries.


Friday 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Local realtor and DJ based in Blacksburg. Charles takes pride in the art of his craft and has been sharing his creativity with community, family, and friends for the past 11 years. Being a versatile DJ with diverse influences, his music selection bridges generations. He showcases sharp transitions, smooth blends, and contagious energy.


Friday 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

What originally started as an organic, impromptu and free-flowing collection of musicians casually performing in the renovated remains of a dilapidated "shack" in Blacksburg, VA has morphed into what is now The Shack Band. Since 2010, things have changed. The band relocated from Blacksburg to Richmond, VA. A true lineup was established, with four members signing on. The songwriting abilities and sensibilities matured and improved. At the start of 2013, the quartet became a quintet with the addition of a horn player adding more complex arrangements and texture to the band's already well-established sound. But, the one thing that never wavered was The Shack Band's intent to wow new crowds with their off-the-cuff, high-energy live shows melding funky rock 'n' roll and soaring harmonies with a strong emphasis on song-writing.


Friday 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Local realtor and DJ based in Blacksburg. Charles takes pride in the art of his craft and has been sharing his creativity with community, family, and friends for the past 11 years. Being a versatile DJ with diverse influences, his music selection bridges generations. He showcases sharp transitions, smooth blends, and contagious energy.


Friday 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

The Southern Belles are Adrian Ciucci (guitar/vocals), Tommy Booker (keys/vocals), Aaron Zarrow (drums/vocals) and Michael Sallemi (bass/vocals). Playing a high-octane mix of funky southern psychedelic Rock & Roll, the Belles perform shows and festivals all over the county each year. The Southern Belles road-tested sound has earned them a devout following, with fans traveling far and wide to catch the show. With their upcoming album "In The Middle Of The Night," scheduled for August 2017, the Southern Belles are picking up steam and gaining national notoriety for their original compositions and song craft. Their songs are both fun and moving, with lyrical stories evoking familiar emotions and complex musical journeys.



Saturday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Blacksburg Community Band is an all-volunteer community wind ensemble open to musicians of all ages and ability levels from the New River Valley. The band, with 70 active members, rehearses and performs year round. For more information go to


Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Blacksburg's 30-piece steel drum orchestra brings the music of the Caribbean to Virginia. The band performs a range of styles, including calypso, reggae, jazz, Latin, and funk, on hand-crafted instruments. Guaranteed to get you dancing!


Saturday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Outfitted with an array of instruments, You Knew Me When is an indie folk-rock trio with a full band sound. Based in Ouray, CO, by way of Nashville, TN, the band has toured full-time since June of 2012 throughout North America, sharing their collective sound. Now touring in support of their third studio album "Into the Looking Glass", You Knew Me When continue to create and serve up an array of craft brewed compositions coast to coast. Find out more at


Saturday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Gabe Morales is a guitarist, musician, song-writer and performer. His music includes elements of blues, jazz, classic rock and influences from Latin American folk music. In addition, his music is energetic, and at the same time invites listeners to reflect on daily challenges, feats, and defeats. When performing the blues, Gabe brings the blues legends of past and present to the stage and stands on their shoulders as he tells their stories and bends the strings of his red SG.

In 2013, Gabe was a featured guest on the internationally touring band Snarky Puppy's live CD/DVD recording at the Jefferson Center: Snarky Puppy Family Dinner Vol. 1. The same album was awarded a 2014 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance for Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway. Gabe Morales has opened for the Robert Cray Band, The Wooten Brothers (with Jayna Brown), and Tommy Castro and The Pain Killers.


Saturday 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Seph Custer & The Papa Tom Band is a collective of local musicians, songwriters, and music instructors, and are quickly one of Southwest Virginia'a fastest rising independent acts. Utilizing roots and influences in blues, rock, alternative, Americana, soul, funk, hip-hop, and jam band music, they put a unique spin on classic handmade music. Notable 2017 appearances include Rock The Blocks in Blacksburg, Floydfest & their On The Rise Competition, Hops For Hope, the Norfolk Folk Festival, and Floyd Fandango.


Saturday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Annabelle's Curse is an alt-folk band from Bristol, TN/VA. Its members are Tim Kilbourne (vocals, banjo, guitar), Carly Booher (vocals, mandolin), Zack Edwards (guitar), Travis Goyette (percussion), and Tyler Luttrell (bass). As an independent band, Annabelle's Curse's fan support has been instrumental to their success. They have released three full-length albums; the most recent two, Hollow Creature and Worn Out Skin, were fully funded by fans. Since forming in 2010, Annabelle's Curse has toured extensively, developing a devoted fan base throughout the southeast and mid-Atlantic. Annabelle's Curse has supported acts such as Anderson East, The Black Lillies, HoneyHoney, and Humming House.


Saturday 8:45 PM - 9:45 PM

Erin and the Wildfire is an emerging band based in Charlottesville, VA. Their unique brand of soulful rock has helped to establish them as one of the premier up-and-coming acts in Central Virginia's vibrant local music scene. The group's sound combines the raw funk-infused energy of the Wildfire - a rock outfit made up of Ryan Lipps on guitar, Nick Quillen on drums and Matt Wood on bass alongside Jackson Shurlds and Garen Dorsey on horns - with powerful and expressive lead vocals from frontwoman Erin Lunsford.