The Infamous Stringdusters, a stellar all-guy band bluegrass from Nashville, came into town Thursday night. Sara Watkins, the lovely singer and fiddler from the former trio Nickel Creek, shared the bill with them. Together, they sold out The Southern.
This music venue is in the basement-level of First Street, on the downtown mall. Take the brick ramp down to the door, then the steps down to the lobby-bar area, then through the door to the dimly lit concert room. It's a great place to see music (just avoid the two monolithic pillars).
Check out The Southern's schedule.
Thursday night was one of those concerts where the whole audience feels like part of the show. When Sara sang in her soft, gorgeous voice, the entire hall was still. No one wanted to move.
When the Infamous guys got on stage and started jamming, one with his fingers flashing until another one joined in, and then a third, the energy kept building. Their thumming and strumming and insanely fast bango-rolling crescendoed until everything suddenly came together in a wonderfully loud and energetic culmination of the song. You could tell by their beaming grins that they knew this was a fantastic concert, too. Love it.
If you haven't checked out music in Cville yet, and you now live here, too, you should do it. Any night of the week, there are a half-dozen live music acts. On a Friday or Saturday, more like 12-15.
Sources of music listings
(Please let me know if you know of others!)
The Hook's music page (tonight's concerts on the right sidebar)
Cville's music page (ongoing calendar)
UVA concerts (symphonies, ensembles, jazz, etc.)
Nailgun (cool central Va. blog)
One last reason why I love the Infamous Stringdusters (other than their amazing musicianship, spirit, and overall awesomeness):
Their debut album is titled ...
"Fork in the Road."