Be There: From Houserockers to New Music to Jazz, It’s a Busy Week |

This week’s Be There performances begin with an appearance by The Houserockers who have already sold out one of their two “This Could Be It” dates.

The dedicated group will be at Charlottesville Elks Lodge No. 389 Friday and Saturday; Saturday’s show is sold out, so fans will want to get tickets to Friday’s event soon. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with music starting at 7 p.m.

The group, which has performed for all manner of parties, balls and functions over the years, will welcome a variety of former members onstage. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Charlottesville Elks.

Tickets are $30. The seats are limited; tables can be reserved for groups of 8 or 10 people. The lodge is located at 389 Elk Drive. For tickets and details, email houserock [email protected] or call (434) 981-8502.

At the Charlottesville Chamber Music FestivalPerformers from the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival will take the stage in the V. Earl Dickinson Building at Piedmont Virginia Community College at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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The free event will feature music from festival co-founder Raphael Bell on cello, Andrew Armstrong on piano and Amy Schwartz Moretti on violin. They team up to perform a local show en route to New York to perform at the Ukrainian Institute. Listen to the “Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 101”, as well as the “Sonata pour arpeggione” by Franz Schubert and shorter pieces by Samuel Coleridge Taylor and Lili Boulanger.

Be sure to bring a mask for the event, which should last around an hour and a quarter. For more details, visit cville or call (434) 295-5395.

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to mark your calendars for this year’s festival, which runs September 8-18.

At the University of VirginiaThe UVa Music Department’s New Music Ensemble, led by I-Jen Fang, will perform new, experimental and improvised music at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Cabell Hall auditorium.

The four pieces on the program include “Stay on It” by American composer Julius Eastman and world premieres by members of the ensemble.

The concert is free. Get the details at (434) 924-3052.

Jazz at UVaA mini jazz festival, “Jazz on the Fly!”, is on its way to Cabell Hall Auditorium. Free Bridge Quintet will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, and the UVa Jazz Ensemble will perform “Contingencies and Resiliencies!” at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Free Bridge Quintet, the university’s faculty jazz quintet, welcomes new pianist Calvin Brown, a singer-songwriter and jazz artist who began his career at age 13 playing the piano in church. Brown is a new member but an old friend of John D’earth on trumpet, Peter Spaar on bass, Jeff Decker on saxophones and Robert Jospe on drums and percussion.

Brown toured the United States and Europe with Lady Rose Watson’s Gospel Angels after graduating from Berklee College of Music, and many audience members will recognize him as the keyboardist for many Central Virginia bands. With his own group of seven musicians, he performs his own music in Calvin Presents.

Guitarist Mike Rosensky and trombonist Nathaniel Lee will join the musicians.

Tickets are $15; UVa faculty and staff pay $13. Students enter for $5 and tickets are free for UVa students who reserve them in advance.

UVa’s Jazz Ensemble, led by D’earth, will perform the music from “Infernal Resilience”, the double album he recorded during the year of confinement. In fact, the ensemble has recorded seven different albums, branching out to record its four small bands and two distinguished major projects in addition to big band music. “Con Alma” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Slide’s Derangement” by Slide Hampton and “ABC Blues” by Bob Brookmeyer will also be on the program.

Jazz4Justice is co-sponsoring the concerts. The organization raises public awareness of legal aid, as well as funds. Tickets are $10; UVa faculty and staff enter for $9 and students pay $5.

For details, go to or call (434) 924-3376. And if you can’t make it in person, the concerts will be available on YouTube.

jazz voiceCharlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU-FM will feature British-Trinidadian jazz singer and songwriter Tessa Souter in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Unity of Charlottesville.

Souter’s style moves seamlessly from Spanish, North African and Middle Eastern influences to driving American jazz.

Souter explores his mixed-race heritage in “Picture in Black and White,” his critically acclaimed 2018 album.

Advance tickets are $20 for general admission; Members of the Charlottesville Jazz Society pay $15. They are available at All tickets available at the door will be $25. Learn more at or call (434) 249-6191.

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