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Avers – Live @ WNRN

July 10 2014, 3:29pm
Categories: In-Studios


Dead Professional – Live from WNRN

July 9 2014, 6:10pm
Categories: In-Studios

7-9_Dead Professional Dead Professional came to play an acoustic set with Melissa. The new full band take on Dead Professional play live on Saturday, July 12 at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.

WNRN Member Giveaways for July 7

July 7 2014, 3:12pm
Categories: Membership

We offer tickets to music, events, and movies every week to our VIP Members. Here is what was on the email today. Become a member for just $5 a month here!

Concerts and Events:
1. Tickets for you and a friend to see Lyle Lovett at Music at Maymont in Richmond on Thursday, August 21.

2. A pair of passes to see the American Shakespeare Center’s presentation of The Comedy of Errors in Staunton on Saturday, July 19.

3. Tickets for you and a friend to The Charlottesville Derby Dames roller derby double header at the Main Street Arena on Saturday, July 12.

4. A pair of passes to Gogol Bordello at The Jefferson Theater on Thursday, July 17.

Club Shows:
5. Two tickets to the Slack Family Bluegrass Late Night Hootenany at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, July 11.

6. Tickets for you and a friend to see The Extraordinaires at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Friday, July 11.

7. A pair of tickets to see Bombadil at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Saturday, July 12.

8. Two tickets to the Chris Smither at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Wednesday, July 16.

9. A pair of tickets to see Paapa Wastik at The Camel in Richmond on Thursday, July 17.

10. Two tickets to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes at any Regal Cinemas.

11. A $10 gift certificate to Maharaja off Route 29 in Charlottesville.

12. A $10 gift card to Quiznos Sub in Pantops.

13. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.

14. A $10 gift certificate to Pasture in Charlottesville.

Sheer Monkey Coffee Madness: WNRN Culture Connection for July 7 – 13

July 7 2014, 2:18pm
Categories: Culture Connection

This week you can talk about theatre, see some theatre and be a part of the creation of a new piece of theatre (well, a  sort of opera anyway) right here in Central Virginia.

Click on the link provided under the event titles for information.


Click on the podcast triangle to hear this week’s WNRN Culture Connection.

Coffee and Conversations: The Color Purple:

Shear Madness:

Monkey Circus 2014:



Wake Up Call: Manners, Etiquette, and Civility

July 6 2014, 12:14pm
Categories: Sunday Morning Wake Up Call

On the July 6th Wake Up Call, Robyn Jackson, Director of the Civility School, returns to the show to talk with Rick about a number of topics related to manners and etiquette such as the history and importance of utensil placement,lunchroom behavior, interview tips,cell phone etiquette, continue or end a conversation, introducing people, taking a compliment, babysitting etiquette and more.

Grizfolk – Live @ WNRN

July 3 2014, 2:50pm
Categories: In-Studios


The Wind & The Wave

July 1 2014, 3:28pm
Categories: In-Studios

7-1_Wind and Wave The Wind and The Wave stopped by WNRN in their travels and in this podcast you can hear the delightful pair of Dwight Baker and Patricia Lynn perform live songs from the forthcoming album From The Wreckage.

VIP Member Gives for the Week of June 30

July 1 2014, 2:44pm
Categories: Membership

We have lots of great tickets, events, and gifts available for our members this week. Become a member for just $5 a month here and get this list in your inbox every week!


1. Tickets for you and a friend to Sara Barielles at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on Saturday, July 12.

2. Tickets for you and a friend to see Emmylou Harris at Music at Maymont in Richmond on Thursday, July 24.

3. A pair of passes to see Spoon at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, DC on Tuesday, September 2.

4. Tickets for you and a friend to see The Head and the Heart at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on Friday, September 26.

5. Two passes to the Walk- Around Grand Tasting, part of the Capital Ale House National Beer Expo on Saturday, July 19 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Taste beers you love and explore elusive brews you’ve never tried before! More information about the expo can be found here.

6. A pair of passes to The American Civil War Museum, good for use at three locations in Richmond and Appamattox.

7. A pair of passes to Superunknown at The Jefferson Theater on Saturday, July 5.

Club Shows:
8. Two tickets to see The Southern Belles at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, July 4.

9. A pair of tickets to see Bryan Elijah Smith and the Wildhearts at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Friday, July 4.

10. Two tickets to see Little Walter and The Convictions at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Saturday, July 5.

11. Tickets for you and a friend to see Avers at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Thursday, July 10.

12. A pair of tickets to see Jay D Clark and Midnight Spaghetti at The Camel in Richmond on Thursday, July 10.

13. Two tickets to see Earth to Echo at any Regal Cinemas.

14. A $10 gift certificate to Maharaja off Route 29 in Charlottesville.

15. A $10 gift card to Quiznos Sub in Pantops.

16. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.

17. A $10 gift certificate to Pasture in Charlottesville.

New Rock Now June 28th

June 30 2014, 7:28pm
Categories: New Rock Now

Hour 1

  1. Jonah Tolchin / “21st Century Girl” / Clover Lane
  2. Sohn / “Artifice” / Tremors / 4AD
  3. Kite Party / “Summer Dream” / Come On Wandering / Animal Style - New! Listen now.
  4. Archie Bronoson Outfit / “Two Doves On A Lake” / Wild Crush / Domino - New!
  5. Polica / “Raw Exit” / Raw Exit EP / Mom+Pop
  6. The Kooks  / “Bad Habits” / Bad Habits EP / Capitol
  7. The Rosebuds / “In my Teeth” /Sand + Silence - New!
  8. Sharon Von Etten / “Tarifa” / Are We There? / Jagjaguwar
  9. GEMS / “Scars” / forthcoming album / Independent
  10. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / “Beyond Illusion” / Only Run/ Self-Released
  11. Glass Towers / “In This City” / Halcyon Days / HUB / Dine Alone
  12. The Ting Tings / “Wrong Club” - New!
  13. Pujol / “Circles” / Kludge / Saddle Creek
  14. Horse Thief / “Devil” / Fear in Bliss / Bella Union - New! Watch the video.
  15. Honeyblood / “Bud” / Honeyblood / FatCat

 Hour 2

  1. Teleman / “Cristina” / Breakfast / Moshi Moshi
  2. Luluc / “Without A Face” / Passerby / Sub Pop - New!
  3. Owl John / “Hate Music” / Owl John/ Atlantic
  4. Avers / “The Only One” / Empty Light / New West Records
  5. Owen Pallet / “The Riverbed” / In Coflict / Domino
  6. White Lung/ “Face Down” / Deep Fantasy / Domino
  7. Crash / “Motion Animal” / Hardly Criminal / Community Music- New! Watch the video.
  8. Sylvan Esso / “Play It Right” / Sylvan Esso / Partisan
  9. The Shins / “So Now What” / Wish I Was Here soundtrack / Columbia
  10. Clear Plastic Masks / “So Real” / Being There / Serpents & Snakes
  11. Deap Valley / “Baby I Call Hell” / Sistrionix / Cherry Tree / Interscope - New! Watch the video.
  12. How To Dress Well / “Repeat Pleasure” /
  13. Syd Arthur / “Hometown Blues” / Sound Mirror / Harvest Records
  14. Chromeo / “Come Alive” w. Toro y Moi / White Women / Atlantic
  15. Strand of Oaks / “Shut In” / HEAL - New! Watch the video.
  16. Reuben and the Dark / “Devil’s Time” / Funeral Sky / Arts & Crafts

A Thoroughly Modern WNRN Culture Connection for June 30 – July 6

June 30 2014, 2:36pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Get set for a thoroughly modern version of The Little Red Hen (The Little Bread Hen), Millie and some Fireworks on the James to celebrate the birth of our nation.  For more information about these events click on the link provided.  To hear this week’s WNRN Culture Connection, click on the podcast triangle at the bottom of this page.

The Little Bread Hen:

Fireworks on the James:

Thoroughly Modern Millie:




Let me know if you have a cool event coming up by emailing me at (please allow at least a month’s notice for best results).

Have a safe and celebratory Forth of July!


The Culture Maven

Writer House Presents “Josh Weil” – 27 Jul

June 30 2014, 12:54pm
Categories: Community Connection

WriterHouse LogoOn July 27th at two pm we Writer House, Far from Your Own Shores: The Risks and Rewards of Writing What You Don’t Know A Literary Salon with Josh Weil. Weil  will discuss the ways in which taking a leap into a drastically different character can open up your writing. He’ll also talk about how setting a story in a place unsettlingly at odds with what you’re used to can change your perspective. Free and open to the public, sponsored by Sharon and James Harrigan. This event will be held at WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue in Charlottesville behind the Preston Avenue Bodo’s. For more information, visit our website.

Yogaville Presents “Peacebuilding” – 11 Jul

June 30 2014, 12:50pm
Categories: Community Connection

YogavilleYogaville invites you to an Interfaith Peace Symposium: Peacebuilding from the Inside Out  on Friday, July Eleventh, from noon to one-fifteen pm at The Haven in downtown Charlottesville. Local, national, and international members of the interfaith community will convene in Charlottesville to discuss peacebuilding, its challenges and opportunities.  This event is a part of “Global Garland”—a series of programs offered around the world in honor of the one-hundredth birth anniversary of the interfaith leader, Swami Satchidananda, the founder of Integral Yoga®, Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville®, and the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). For more information, visit our website.

Better World Betty’s Summer Pie Picnic

June 30 2014, 12:34pm
Categories: Community Connection

Better World BettyBetter World Betty invites you to our Summer Pie Picnic, which will be held on Sunday, July Thirteenth from one to four pm at the lower level of Washington Park on Preston Avenue. At the picnic you can enjoy pie tastings, a pie auction and a pie toss.  Better World Betty will be sharing tips for greening your summer and there will also be eco-prizes and live music from Beleza Brasil. For more information on our Summer Pie Picnic on July 13th, visit our website.

MaDee Project Presents “Shakin at the Station” – Until 28 Aug

June 30 2014, 12:26pm
Categories: Community Connection

The Madee ProjectThe MaDee Project, is a nonprofit foundation that provides support to pediatric cancer patients and their families in the Staunton, Waynesboro, Charlottesville and local areas. The MaDee Project is the host charity and organizer for “Shakin at the Station” in Downtown Staunton on Thursday evenings from 6 to 830, until 28 August. This summer, with a small donation each week,  you can enjoy live music from local bands with all proceeds supporting The MaDee Project. For more information about us and the Shakin at the Station series, visit our website.

Wake up Call: Medical Legal and Ethical discussion of End-of-Life Decisions

June 29 2014, 12:14pm
Categories: Sunday Morning Wake Up Call

On the June 29th Wake Up Call, UVa professor of Public Health Sciences and author of If That Ever Happens to Me: Making Life and Death Decisions after Terri Schiavo, Lois Shepherd. During the show, they discuss her book as well as various aspects of the Schiavo case, the factors involved in “End of Life” decisions, Right to die Vs. Right to live, Late recoveries, such as the story of Terry Wells, and more.

JD McPherson

June 27 2014, 6:59pm
Categories: In-Studios

6-26_JD & Jimmy JD McPherson brought his bass player Jimmy Sutton to WNRN before their show at the Jefferson. They’re both pretty funny and there is a rare acoustic version of “Fire Bug”. Take a listen here.

Blue Ridge Irish Music School Camp – 4 to 8 Aug

June 26 2014, 2:46pm
Categories: Community Connection

BRIMSThe Blue Ridge Irish Music School is hosting a summer day camp for children ages five through sixteen  August forth through the eighth.  Students at BRIMS camp learn Irish music, dance, singing, drama, language, crafts and more!  The Blue Ridge Irish Music School is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the living art of Irish traditional music and fostering a dynamic environment for it in Central Virginia and beyond.  For more information you can visit us online.

Ten Thousand Villages, International Rescue Committee – 31 Jul

June 26 2014, 2:41pm
Categories: Community Connection

Ten-Thousand-VillagesTen Thousand Villages is a nonprofit a store on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.  On Thursday, July 31st, Ten Thousand Villages will be partnering with the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville.  During the afternoon, a portion of our sales on July 31st will benefit IRC, specifically their work with a Bhutanese women’s refugee group called Common Threads that helps these women learn skills to assist their transition to life in the US.  During July we are accepting hygiene donations for Common Threads.  For more information about mission visit our website.

Frontier Museum in Staunton Presents “Blues and Brews”

June 26 2014, 2:33pm
Categories: Community Connection

Frontier MuseumFrontier Museum in Staunton invites you to Blues and Brews on Saturday, August 9th from noon to 8pm. This concert will feature performances by: Skyla Burrell Band, Central Virginia Blues Society Jam, Jenna and Her Cool Friends, The Vanilla Grits and more. There will also be food, beer and craft vendors. For more information on this event and other happenings at the museum visit our website.

Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Festival – 26 Jul

June 26 2014, 2:25pm
Categories: Community Connection

Our Community Place LogoOur Community Place, in Harrisonburg, is a nonprofit community center providing meals and support to individuals struggling with homelessness and other difficult life circumstances.  We welcome you to support our work by taking part in our 23rd Annual Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Festival on Saturday, July 26th.  We will offer clearly-marked, fully-supported rides of one-hundred miles, fifty miles, and twenty-five miles through the distinctly beautiful hills and valleys surrounding Harrisonburg.  For more information about Our Community Place and our annual bicycle festival visit our website.