Rebel Souls and “Dead Professionals”: Main Street Music Series

Last month’s installment of the Main Street Music Series gave Downtown a welcome taste of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Stoney Ridge Bluegrass Band and The Allen’s Mill Bluegrass Band allowed their harmonies to drift away into the sweet wind that cooled down the summer night. As the familiar twang of the banjo danced across the storefronts, the crowd was bustling with the satisfaction of delicious food and music. The Café at Poplar Hall provided warm, locally supplied comfort food. To the right of the stage, laughter accompanied the sweet sound of Bluegrass as balloons were bouncing and bright boas were strewn across necks in celebration. The heart of Virginia came alive and was beating on this warm night in July and August plans to be no different.


This month, Farmville will welcome a local – Kana Kiehm – as he brings good vibrations and blessed spirit to the town’s stage. Prior to his performance, Dead Professional will take the stage and force your toes to tap and your hands to clap. Come and spend this evening at the Crute Stage, Thursday, August 21st, and allow the night to take you away on a musical vacation. The concert kicks off at 6pm and continues until 9pm.

Kana Kiehm, the son of Reverend Ronnie Kiehm of Farmville Baptist is a free, rasta soul. This Reggae artist brings alive the Jah soul and positive spirit that music provides. Kana Kiehm’s music is therapeutic, it spreads a positive message of love and acceptance. Come and get a taste of this Rebel Soul converse with the audience. Kana will finish out the night after an upbeat performance from garage pop artist, Dead Professional.


Dead Professional promises to liven our evening up, following a performance from residents, Chip Hale and Lauren Ginder.  Bringing an assortment of instruments and his drum machine, he defies his own lyrics, “I’m not the one you’re looking for,” by being the one that we’ve been looking for. Friends and fans of garage pop will be delighted with Dead Professional and shouldn’t miss the evening.

Main Street Music is a family-friendly event with special activities for kids. Whether they like to blow bubbles, dress up for rock-star photos, play games, or make crafts, there will be some fun things for them to do. Rochette’s Florist will on hand with balloons. Under the Stage, the High Bridge Railroad Club will be open with their toy train layout featuring favorite Farmville sites.

Farmville Downtown Partnership invites you and your friends to join our sponsors – WFLO Radio AM & FMReal Living Cornerstone; Fourth Street Motors; Virginia Credit Union; Terri Atkins Wilson, Attorney & Counselor-at-Law; and Mainly Clay – as we enjoy this unforgettable evening of music! Bring your friends and family, grab a blanket to sit on and prepare to enjoy locally sourced cuisine prepared fresh from The Café at Poplar Hall.

Main Street Music is a production of Farmville Downtown Partnership (FDP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization efforts of Farmville’s historic commercial downtown district. In the event of inclement weather, The Café at Poplar Hall, 308 N. Main Street, serves as the rain venue. Announcement of location changes will be announced on the FDP’S Facebook page by 3 pm on concert day.

Main Street Music concerts are the third Thursday of each month May through September. The concerts run from 6 until 9 pm. For more information on Main Street Music or Farmville Downtown Partnership, please contact Executive Director Helen Person at 434-392-3060 or On the web, find us at Facebook/FarmvilleDowntown or at