8 Smooth Sounds You’ll Hear Downtown This Summer

20110504_02It’s that time of year again.
The dulcet sounds of live music will float through Farmville Downtown as the Main Street Music Series kicks off a third season. The gentle hubbub of parents, small feet dancing in the grass, chalk art on the sidewalks and chatter of neighbors will be accompanied by the tunes of local and regional musicians.
The series is held May through September on the third Thursday of the month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Crute Stage, on the corner of Fourth Street and Main Street. From hip-hop to bluegrass, the series is sure to offer something for everyone. Here are the eight groups you can expect to hear at the Main Street Music Series this year.
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Moosetrap (June 18)

Formed by four friends who have been playing together since high school, Moosetrap is a self-described “Indie rock Americana/Alt-Country band” hailing from King William, Virginia. Influenced by the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Wilco, and others, Moosetrap brings energy and excitement to their shows.

George Taylor (June 18)

George Taylor, a Goochland, Virginia native, is a storyteller at heart. Taking inspiration from his southern roots, Taylor tells his tales through an Americana soundtrack laced with a bluesy guitar and harmonica.

Kana Kiehm (July 16)

Kana Kiehm is an acoustic singer/songwriter whose sound is self-described as a blend of roots reggae and island soul. His lyrics are consistently positive and encouraging in outlook, while also speaking out against matters of social injustice.

The Brian Graham Band (July 16)

Made up of bass, drums, guitar and keys, the Brian Graham Band is a Farmville favorite. Frontman Brian Graham is a Longwood graduate, who majored in jazz guitar. With a classic-rock sound influenced by the likes of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, the band appears frequently at favorite Farmville eateries such as Charley’s Waterfront Cafe and Wine Bar and The Fishin’ Pig.

Powers & Brown (August 20)

The duo comprised of Bill Powers and Sabrina Brown plays primarily classic country, Celtic and bluegrass, with some touches of jazz and even an occasional show tune here and there. With Bill on the guitar and banjo and Sabrina on the fiddle and guitar, the group takes inspiration from Doc Watson, L.H. Tuck, Emmylou Harris and Patsy Cline.

Dixie Road Bluegrass Band (August 20)

Jim Green, Jon Garner, Carlton Stell and Ricky Slaughter make up this locally based bluegrass quartet. Consisting of an upright bass, a banjo and guitar, among other instruments, they describe their sound as traditional bluegrass with some progressive tendencies and a little swing style.

Feng Sway (September 17)
Feng Sway

Feng Sway is a new music collaboration based in south-central Virginia. Rooted in the great American traditions of jazz, rock, and the blues, they play original tunes and standards that are uniquely their own.  Consisting of vocalist Laurabella Owens, keyboardist Marcus Pendergrass, bassist Andy Aeschbacher, and percussionist Paul Robleto, they are guaranteed to get you out of your seat, and onto the dance floor.

Blair Ebony Smith (September 17)

Blair Ebony Smith is a Richmond native whose sound is best classified as soul, hip-hop, and jazz experimental samples and sounds. Working under the name love_n_loop aka DJ Be, Smith is a groundbreaking artist with a unique sound and powerful message.