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Live  Music at RVCC

2017 Performances

Coffee House Music Series

Friday, April 21:  The Pollocks

The Pollocks bring us a duo performance for our April Coffee House Music Show.

Jason Pollock

From Cville Weekly:  Jason Pollock has achieved more fame making music than most people ever dream of. As a member of ’90s post-grunge rock band Seven Mary Three, he toured the world and played to tens of thousands. He co-wrote the band’s 1997 Billboard Top 100 No. 1 hit “Cumbersome,” as well as its No. 7 hit that year, “Water’s Edge.”

But Pollock said his ambitions these days aren’t “fame and riches and glory.”

“The only ambition I have is to wake up early and write music every day,” he said. “I’ve found that place where that’s what I’m looking for and everything else is secondary. The thing that’s really the most important to me is the artwork. If you can find that, then you’ve been lucky.”

“The music really betrays its influences,” Pollock said. “Both Thomas and I grew up listening to Neil Young and Dylan, The Band, The Beatles, the Stones, The Velvet Underground. There’s even a little Tom Petty in there.”

Thomas Gunn

The better half of the Pollocks’ songwriting team, Berklee-educated Thomas Gunn is the only “real” musician amongst them: he can read it, write it and talk it. Thomas also performs with Michael Clem, and is equally proficient as a solo artist.  His truly unique guitar style has whiffs of Peter Green in it, and the joy that he projects while playing live is infectious… maybe contagious.

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The show starts at 7:30pm, in the Rockfish Lounge.  $7 cover--refreshments available.

Friday, May 12:  Rockfish Gap

Rockfish Gap is an up-and-coming bluegrass and Americana band that is making its mark on the regional festival circuit as well as select concert halls and special events. Their smooth instrumental style is complemented by layered three- and four-part vocal harmonies and innovative song arrangements. From traditional fiddle tunes and bluegrass standards to original songs written by the band, Rockfish Gap creates a unique and consistent blend of old and new, savory and sweet. Rockfish Gap's first CD, Just a Dance, features four songs written by the band and covers from great songwriters from the Carter Family to Mark Knopfler, which is emblematic of RFG's diversity of style with unity of purpose – a hallmark of Americana. An evening with Rockfish Gap makes for an eclectic musical experience with comfort and surprises.

The show starts at 7:30pm, in the Rockfish Lounge.  $7 cover--refreshments available.  Listen at


The Future of the Coffee House Music Series

The Coffee House Music Series began in the spring of 2012.  Originally developed by the RVCC Music Committee, a group of folks who were passionate about live music and wanted to develop music programming at their Community Center, the CHMS quickly turned into a showcase for local musicians.  Over the course of the past five years, the series has grown in popularity and has become an intimate, listening room experience in which audiences can engage directly with the artists and vice versa.  However, over the course of the past five years, the original Music Committee has dwindled in members.  We now find ourselves in need of new leadership and new, dedicated Music Committee members...or else the Coffee House Music Series will end with the May 2017 performance.


If you love seeing live music at RVCC, and would like to take an active role in continuing the CHMS—or in creating the kind of musical programming you would enjoy—please consider joining our community-based Music Committee. Contact or call Sara at 434-361-0100 for more information.


The Wild Geese have all performed together for many years in the Charlottesville Symphony and/or taught at  the University of Virginia. They have all been active musicians in orchestras and chamber music groups in central Virginia, and throughout the US  and in Europe.

Each of The Wild Geese programs offers music from a specific time and place within the European Baroque tradition of the trio sonata repertoire. The current program, titled “Purcell’s London,” explores the soundscape of London during late 17th and early 18th centuries, and examines how its composers came to be so cosmopolitan in their approach to musical composition.  

Members include Susan Black, formerly concertmaster of the Waynesboro Symphony and currently concertmaster of the Virginia Consort Orchestra. Nancy Garlick taught and performed clarinet with the University of Virginia for many years.  Prior to that she played with the New Haven Symphony and taught at The College of Wooster.  Content Sablinsky, keyboardist, also taught at UVA for many years, and was pianist with the New Orleans Symphony. A highly sought-after accompanist, she has appeared in many recitals and was recently invited to adjudicate in China.  Lynanne Wilson, cellist, currently performs with the orchestras of Lynchburg, Shenandoah, the Oratorio Society and Virginia Consort, as well as many chamber music groups. 

Coming March 20: Jim Lilly & SunnySide

Bringing you Pre-Bluegrass, Classic Country and Gospel Music with a generous portion of enthusiasm!

Jim Lilly & SunnySide perform old-time/traditional roots music that spans the years from the 1840s to the 1950s, classic country tunes of the 50s and 60s, and a variety of Gospel tunes. Carol Phillips (autoharp) contributes her love of the Original Carter Family; Jim Lilly (acoustic guitar) adds the flare of his early love for old-time mountain music; and Betty Calvert (bass) brings forth her love of the classic country tunes.  Together this group gives the beauty of old-time music a fresh new twist.

7:30pm, $7 cover, in the Rockfish Lounge.


Friday, March 10:  Dr. Levine and the Dreaded Blues Lady

Dr. Levine and The Dreaded Blues Lady is comprised of Lorie Strother on vocals and Stephen Levine on guitar. This energetic duo performs a diverse selection of acoustic music styles. Though blues is their focus, they also sometimes surprise audiences with Jazz, R&B, Soul, and Classic Rock tunes. Lorie Strother can't remember a time when she wasn't singing because it came so naturally. Strother has been performing and recording her interpretation of acoustic blues since the early 1990s. Corey Harris has called Strother "a real blues woman [who's] got soul," Living Blues Magazine described her singing as "assertive, expressive and sensitive," Carl Larsen of the Daily News Leader states that Lorie "sings the real true blues with a big booming, bluesy voice." 

Stephen Levine is a historian at the University of Virginia who studies and teaches about the evolution and cultural significance of blues music. Levine started playing the guitar when he was eleven years old focusing primarily on folk and classic rock. After his first listen to Robert Johnson's Crossroad Blues in the mid 1990s he became obsessed with classic pre-war blues. Patrick Bagley of the Franklin Journal describes Stephen's guitar playing as "powerful" with "biting slide guitar work."

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The show starts at 7:30pm, in the Rockfish Lounge.  $7 cover--refreshments available.

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