Main Stage Performers (2017)


Beyond the Current

Friday 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Beyond the Current is comprised of guitar and vocalist Ethan Rutherford, guitarist Andrew Zimmerman, bassist and vocalist Matthew Neal, and drummer Holden Trimmer. We are four students from Auburn High School, who have been playing as independent musicians for several years, who have now decided to come together and form a band.

Groova Scape

Friday 3:55 PM - 4:45 PM

Milo in the Doldrums

Friday 8:15 PM - 9:15 PM

Milo in the Doldrums is an indie rock band from the sandy beaches of Northern Virginia. The band combines modern melodies with nostalgic hooks, tinged with melancholy and uplifted by a love for life and friends.

The band has released three EP's, to date, most recently their July 2018 release "Built for No One EP".

The band is comprised of Robert Mays, Richard Smith, Ryan Wisgerhof, and Ryan Burke as well as whichever friends are brought along for the ride that is Milo in the Doldrums. Names starting with R not required.

Sol Roots

Friday 9:45 PM - 11:00 PM

The Sol Roots band performs a mix of New Orleans funk, raw blues,
energetic rock, deep grooves, and southern soul. Sol is a
multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has toured with many roots,
funk, and blues legends around the world as a part of Music Maker

The Sol Roots band has shared the stage with acts such as Jon Cleary,
Soulive, Dumpstaphunk,The Wood Brothers, Robert Randolph, Eric
Lindell, Booker T Jones, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Shemekia
Copeland, Jackie Greene and more.

Paying homage to the greats, and with a love of Universal Music as the
guiding light, Sol steps out on a path with a powerful group unique
and talented band of musicians. For Steppin' Out Festival the band
will include the Freedom line-up with master drummers "King" George
Penn and Janiah Allen, super solid bassist Jake Dempsey, and some
surprise special guests.

Sol Roots is an official Home Grown Music Network artist and a "Next
Generation" Music Maker Relief Foundation artist.

"Sol is a fierce guitarist and soulful singer" - Jambase.

"Sol is an impressive guitar player! Sol has an assured, confident
voice that matches well with the bravado of his guitar playing"- J.
Evan Wade - Home Grown Music Network

"Sol is an exceptional guitarist & a wonderful spirit....with an
extraordinary ability to fit the perfect approach and composition."-
Fred Cannon - a Senior VP at BMI


The Blacksburg Community Band

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 1:15 PM - 2:15 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!

Blues Monday Band

Saturday 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

The Blue Monday Band plays original and classic Chicago blues and rock-n-roll. We’ve been hosting the blues jam every Monday night at the Cellar for 13 years. With Paul “Doc” Herling on guitar and vocals, Bill Smith on bass and vocals, Richard Wallace on drums, and Rich Rittenhouse on harmonica, the Blue Monday Band delivers rockin’ blues. Bring your dancin’ shoes!

Mateo Monk

Saturday 4:15 PM - 5:15 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.


Saturday 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Powerhouse vocalist and songwriter Adar is based out of Charlottesville, Virginia and formed her band, ADAR, in the summer of 2016. The band quickly gathered an enthusiastic following with their compelling original songs and charismatic performances. ADAR draws from a deep well of original compositions and introduces new takes on covers that transcend genres including Soul, Funk, Jazz, Rock and more.

ADAR has become an integral part of the Central Virginia music scene, and within their first year, played alongside two-time Grammy nominated band SOJA. They’ve performed at music festivals throughout Virginia, some of which have hosted three-time Grammy Award winning band Snarky Puppy, The Hackensaw Boys, The Steel Wheels, The War on Drugs, Sister Sparrow and The Dirtybirds, Larry Keel, Carl Anderson, and many more.

Ka Bodies

Saturday 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Ka Bodies is an electro-soul/contemporary R&B group that features individual as well as collaborative works by Jamiel, Sarah Bowles, & Sam Lunsford (Stimulator Jones)


Saturday 8:45 PM - 9:45 PM

SHAED is a D.C. based electro-pop trio comprised of powerhouse vocalist Chelsea Lee and multi-instrumentalist twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst. Lee’s vocals proudly pour over the Ernst twin’s production and sound design, further bolstered by the band’s melodic and dynamic songwriting. SHAED’s unique presence most recently landed the trio a sync in a national TV ad campaign with Victoria’s Secret and has garnered glowing press from the likes of Interview Magazine, Billboard, The Washington Post and more.