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Lime Kiln 2022 Season Preview!

Recently Lime Kiln Theater‘s Executive Director Spencer McElroy joined WNRN’s Patrick Coman to preview the upcoming summer season at Lime Kiln, which kicks off Saturday May 21st with a performance from singer/songwriter Aoife O’Donovan. Scroll down to hear the conversation and Spencer’s pick from each headlining artist. Conversation has been edited lightly for length and clarity. 

Saturday May 21st – Aoife O’Donovan

We’re very excited to have Aoife back, she’s played with I’m With Her there before, and this is the first time we’ve had her band there, which I think is great. She really has such a Joni Mitchell vibe, and that song definitely brings that out with her phrasing and her vocals and songwriting, it’s gonna be a fabulous show for Lime Kiln.”

Saturday June 4th – Sierra Hull

“She’s been shredding from a young age, I don’t know when she first was on video playing on stage but she was probably five years old, or something. And has played with all the greats, Alison Krauss, she was in My Bluegrass Heart last year, Béla Fleck’s thing, and has been playing recently with Cory Wong.”

On Lime Kiln’s artist selection process:

I think there’s an incredible amount of accessible talent in the roots music scene. And what we go for is the highest artistic quality that we can inside that genre. And it’s been a blast, seeing how the audience has responded to that and the trust that we’ve built, and usually operated at about 95 to 100% capacity, and have a great built-in audience that trusts us and allows us to take some chances on some interesting bands, and those have been some of the most fun, actually.”

Friday June 17th – Shakey Graves

“When he got his start, it was just a one man band. And he could make a lot of noise with one man. I mean he’d have the two pedals going, one with the bass drum, one with the tambourine, and a lot of dynamic out of the guitar. And hat’s cool about the June 17th show is he’s gonna have a six-piece band with him, so he can do a lot with that, that’s gonna be incredible.”

Saturday June 18th – Madison Cunningham

She’s mostly been opening for much larger bands, she did Harry Styles at Madison Square Garden, and then she’s got a number of other big support slots throughout the summer, so not really many headlining shows, we’re one of the few. And I think Lime Kiln is such a great stage for her to be on, as sort of a mixture of a listening room and a medium-sized venue outdoors, it’s the perfect spot to showcase her, but she’s just one of the most incredible up and coming talents.”

Saturday July 2nd – Chris Knight

He’s one of the greatest storytellers and songwriters out there, John Prine was a huge fan of his. He’s been at it for a long time and written some incredible songs and hasn’t played in this area very much, and so we’ve gotten a lot of interest in this show.”

Saturday July 23rd – Tim O’Brien

I took over in 2014, and he hasn’t been there since then, which is shocking cause it’s right in the wheelhouse, we’ve wanted to do it. We were gonna have Tim O’Brien and Darryl Scott together that first year, and it didn’t work out. He’s gonna have a fabulous band with him, he always does.”

Saturday August 27th – Dan Tyminski Band

Incredible guitar player, incredible songwriter and voice, of course, and gained a lot of notoriety with O Brother, Where Art Thou?, as a member of the Soggy Bottom Boys. George Clooney did a damn good job of making it look like he was singing it, but folks, it was Dan Tyminski.”

Saturday September 3rd – Love Canon w/Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

You asked me earlier in the show how I choose the bands, and what I would buy a ticket to. And cover bands are typically not on that list, I’ve gotta say. Love Cannon is the exception. These guys are heavy, heavy hitters in the bluegrass world, Adam Larrabee, who plays banjo, is a heavy hitter in the jazz world, as well as bluegrass, I mean they’re all incredible, and were all members of Old School Freight Train, which was a fabulous Charlottesville band, and they bring it and our audience loves it. And they don’t play that much anymore, so this is somewhat of a reunion show.”

Saturday September 17th – Milk Carton Kids

It’s another perfect Lime Kiln show, with the show they bring as a duo, and the listening room that Lime Kiln can be for the right band. Like when Gillian Welch played there, you could hear a pin drop with 700 people outside. And I don’t know if you’ve ever seen them live, but their stage banter is also hilarious. It’s sort of like a stand-up comedy.”

Saturday October 8th – The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels have made a huge impact on the region, Harrisonburg guys, co-founders of Red Wing Roots music festival, which WNRN’s heavily involved in, and Lime Kiln is huge fans of what they do. And they bring similar roots music to the area and it’s really helped build a scene that we’re all behind.”

2022-05-20T11:47:34-04:00May 20th, 2022|

Dead Air III at The National August 27th!

WNRN’s 25th anniversary celebration continues with the final edition of our ‘Dead Air’ Grateful Dead tribute trilogy. After two wild nights at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville and the Academy Theatre in Lynchburg, the biggest baddest edition yet will hit The National on Saturday August 27th with 25 of our favorite Central Virginia artists covering the Grateful Dead to help to support another 25 years of great independent radio in Central Virginia on WNRN! Get yours online or at The National box office (Thursday & Friday 10am-5pm).

UPDATED LINE-UP COMING SOON!

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Thanks to our Dead Air III Sponsors:

2022-05-20T11:50:18-04:00May 18th, 2022|

Taps & Tunes Continues May 26th at Black Heath Meadery!

It’s the concert series for beer (and cider!) people. Or maybe the cider (and beer!) series for music people? Whichever the case, we’re pretty sure that we’ve got the perfect pairing for you with WNRN’s Taps & Tunes. Join us at some of Virginia’s best craft breweries as we’ll sample new WNRN-themed beverages paired perfectly with our featured artist. Scroll down to learn more!

2022-05-19T12:17:40-04:00May 1st, 2022|

See Pics From Our Earth Day River Clean Up & Concert w/Illiterate Light!

Since 2014 when we launched Hear Together, our award-winning series that spotlights organizations making a difference in our community, WNRN has highlighted hundreds of organizations and events over the airwaves. As part of our 25th anniversary celebration presented by Rockingham Insurance, we will bring the spirit of Hear Together from the airwaves into our community with a spectacular Earth Day River Clean Up & Concert featuring rock duo Illiterate Light unveiling their new bike-powered sound system. Thanks again to collaborators Rivanna River Company and the Rivanna Conservation Alliance for their efforts and to Potter’s Craft Cider, Blue Mountain Brewery, and 3 Roads Brewing for supporting our vision for this event! 

Photos by Tristan Williams

Learn More About Hear Together:

Hear Together: Live Arts

May 2nd, 2022|Comments Off on Hear Together: Live Arts

Powered by more than 1200 volunteers, Live Arts is a nonprofit community theater in downtown Charlottesville that has presented engaging plays and musicals in Central Virginia for more than 30 years. The organization's Pay-What-You-Can offering [...]

Hear Together: Strength in Peers

April 15th, 2022|Comments Off on Hear Together: Strength in Peers

Grounded in lived experience from their peer recovery specialists, Strength in Peers helps those in the community struggling with substance use, mental health, and trauma-related challenges. By centering treatment around each individual's unique situation and [...]

2022-05-19T13:48:48-04:00April 19th, 2022|

Join Us At Red Wing Roots June 24th-26th!

Join WNRN in Mt. Solon, VA for Red Wing Roots IX this summer June 24th-26th, 2022. Browse the full schedule below including headliners The Jayhawks, Bahamas, Yonder Mountain String Band, and more,  and click the link to purchase tickets and camping passes. Interested in going to Red Wing for free? Check out volunteer opportunities with WNRN in exchange for admission to the festival!

Interested in going to Red Wing Roots for almost free? Join WNRN’s team of volunteers in the beer gardens at this year’s festival and we will cover your festival admission (you cover your camping). Email patrick@wnrn.org to learn more and sign up to volunteer!

2022-05-19T13:49:42-04:00April 4th, 2022|

Celebrate WNRN’s 25th Anniversary All Year Long!

WNRN is celebrating 25 years of great independent music radio in Central Virginia with a years worth of amazing events, on air specials, and opportunities to connect! Click on one of the events below to learn more and join us for our 25th anniversary celebration, made possible with support from Rockingham Insurance.

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Dead Air III at The National August 27th!

WNRN's 25th anniversary celebration continues with the final edition of our 'Dead Air' Grateful Dead tribute trilogy. After two wild nights at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville and the Academy Theatre in Lynchburg, the biggest baddest edition yet will hit The National on Saturday August 27th with 25 of our favorite Central Virginia artists covering the Grateful Dead to help to support another 25 years of great independent radio [...]

Taps & Tunes Continues May 26th at Black Heath Meadery!

It's the concert series for beer (and cider!) people. Or maybe the cider (and beer!) series for music people? Whichever the case, we're pretty sure that we've got the perfect pairing for you with WNRN's Taps & Tunes. Join us at some of Virginia's best craft breweries as we'll sample new WNRN-themed beverages paired perfectly with our featured artist. Scroll down to learn more! [...]

See Pics From Our Earth Day River Clean Up & Concert w/Illiterate Light!

Since 2014 when we launched Hear Together, our award-winning series that spotlights organizations making a difference in our community, WNRN has highlighted hundreds of organizations and events over the airwaves. As part of our 25th anniversary celebration presented by Rockingham Insurance, we will bring the spirit of Hear Together from the airwaves into our community with a spectacular Earth Day River Clean Up & Concert featuring rock duo Illiterate [...]

Watch our Commonwealth Holiday Showcase Performances!

Thanks again to this year's Commonwealth Holiday Showcase performers Good Dog Nigel, Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno, Deau Eyes and Saw Black. If you weren't lucky enough to win passes you can watch our full December 15th performance from In Your Ear studios in Richmond below and stream our December 8th performances from our Charlottesville studio. Dec 15th (Richmond) Dec 8th (Charlottesville) [...]

2022-04-11T12:03:35-04:00April 1st, 2022|