Floyd Small Town Summer: Vivian Leva & The Onlies, T-Sisters and Screening of The Last Jedi
Venue: Warren G. Lineberry Memorial Park, Floyd
Organizations: Floyd Small Town Summer, T Sisters, The Onlies, Vivian Leva
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Time: 6:00 - 11:30 PM
Event Types: Music, Food, Miscellaneous, Family Friendly
Cost: Free
Description:
The Town of Floyd continues the 2018 Floyd Small Town Summer series with music from Vivian Leva & The Onlies and California-based T-Sisters and Screening of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Warren G. Lineberry Memorial Park.

Schedule of Events:
• 6:00 PM: Park open to the public
• 6:15 PM: T Sisters
• 7:30 PM: Vivian Leva and The Onlies
• 8:45 PM: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Vivian Leva is singer, guitar player, and songwriter of both traditional and new Appalachian and country music and is currently based in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Vivian Leva’s voice is the sound of living tradition. Raised by parents who absorbed ancient tunes and ballads during visits to legendary old-time musicians, Leva grew up steeped in the Appalachian and country music of her Lexington, VA home. On "Time Is Everything", her label debut, Leva earns a spot in the lineage of great neo-traditional songwriters like Gillian Welch and Sarah Jarosz.

Though still in college, Leva’s musical roots run deep. She grew up going to fiddle festivals with her parents, both acclaimed roots musicians themselves who perform as the duo Jones and Leva. Her father, James, is a respected multi-instrumentalist who learned knee-to-knee from old-time legends like Tommy Jarrell and Doug Wallin, while her mother, Carol Elizabeth, picked up bygone songs from a now lost generation of singers and recorded with the pioneering bluegrass duo Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. Leva soaked up this influence at a young age, and, at age 9, began penning songs and performing with her father at venues like the prestigious Carter Family Fold.

Traditional American music was an early influence on her songwriting. Her time at music festivals regularly landed her in jams with roots music heavyweights like Dirk Powell, Caleb Klauder, and Pharis & Jason Romero. “The biggest part of traditional music has always been the community,” she says. “It’s really special that you can travel almost anywhere and share tunes with a group of people that you’ve never met.” In this spirit, she joined The Onlies, a young stringband that won the coveted traditional band competition at the 2017 Clifftop festival in West Virginia. Add to this performance resumé teaching stints at The Swannanoa Gathering, The Big Sur Fiddle Camp, and Centrum’s “Voice Works” and her roots music bonafides are obvious, but it’s Leva’s songwriting that’ll bowl you over.

Links:

https://vivianleva.com/
https://www.facebook.com/vivianleva
https://www.youtube.com/user/vivianleva
https://www.instagram.com/vivianleva/

The Onlies began as a trio of lifelong friends and musical collaborators who realized early on that they shared a fascination with traditional fiddle music. Leo Shannon, Samantha Braman, and Riley Calcagno started making music together at age seven (2005), and quickly became immersed in fiddle music and tradition in their home of Seattle, down the West Coast, and across the world. In recent years, they have developed their sound with the addition of Vivian Leva, an acclaimed talent of old-time, country, and Americana.

The Onlies have developed an individual sound, with original songs that “demonstrate an enviable ability to move beyond the immediacy of their lives to touch at deeper truths, and...covers of traditional songs and tunes (that) harken to the original but are unleashed with the kind of wild, free abandon that only youth provides” (Kithfolk). Their albums have charted on radio stations around the country, and they have had the opportunity to perform and collaborate with Elvis Costello, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Laurie Lewis, Altan, Tristan Clarridge, and John Herrmann. In recent years, the Onlies have found a musical center in Old Time Appalachian stringband music, and their fiddle, banjo, and guitar playing have become a fixture in a wave of young people who are studying and engaging with the old time tradition with a deep respect for the history of the music and people who make it, as well as a curiosity about how old time music fits into contemporary sounds and culture.

Their most recent collaboration is a recording of old time tunes and songs with John Herrmann, Meredith McIntosh, Eric Robertson, and Tristan Clarridge in a project titled The Ruglifters (Yodel-Ay-ee 099). Vivian Leva's charting solo debut, Time is Everything was released on Free Dirt Records in 2018 as well. They are the 2017 winners of the Appalachian Stringband Contest in Clifftop, WV. The Onlies have a lot to say in the future of American folk and traditional music.

Links:

http://www.theonlies.com/
https://www.facebook.com/theOnlies

The T Sisters, born and raised in California and now based in the creative hub of Oakland, embody harmony. It’s in their blood, bones, and history. They have been singing and writing music together since childhood, and the lifetime of practice shows.

The group is made up of Erika (guitar, vocals), Rachel (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Chloe Tietjen (percussion, vocals). Distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism, the T Sisters’ sound represents a continuum of music: from roots to pop influences, moments of stunning a cappella to swells of groovy indie folk. The sisters’ contemporary yet classic sound invites a range of likenesses, with classic harmonies akin to the Pointer Sisters and the Everly Brothers and modern kinship with family bands like the Avett Brothers and First Aid Kit. With their soaring sibling harmonies, sassy stage presence, and inventive songwriting, these three sisters embody a fresh and soulful take on folk and Americana. The trio gains a whole new dimension when they add their powerful rhythm section of Steve Height on bass and Marlon Aldana on drums.

In the last few years, they’ve been honored to support such acts as Amos Lee, The Wood Brothers, Todd Rundgren, Elephant Revival, The California Honeydrops, and more. Notable performances include Merlefest, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Sisters Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Americana Music Association Festival, Music City Roots, and Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’

Links:

https://tsisters.com/
https://www.facebook.com/tsisters
https://www.twitter.com/tsistersmusic
https://www.youtube.com/user/tsistersmusic
https://www.instagram.com/tsisters/

As the sun goes down, the screen comes up for a special showing of the 2017 film "Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi" rated PG-13. Lucasfilm's Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

For more information on the film, visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527336/.

Bring the whole family and enjoy the beautiful Warren G Lineberry Park filled with music, movies and fun activities for the whole family. Featuring music, movies, face-painting, inflatables, games, food and beverage and special activities presented by a variety of community organizations!

The Small Town Summer Event Series is free and open to the public.

Grab your lawn chair and/or blanket.

Some of the community organizations partnering to provide activities include Blue Mountain School, FloydJAMS, Young Life, Floyd Montessori, Floyd County High School SCA, Plenty!, Springhouse Community School, Cub Scout Pack 36, The Floyd Center for the Arts, Healthy Floyd, Preserve Floyd and the Girl Scouts.

The park will be open and access provided to the public starting at 6:00 pm on all Floyd Small Town Summer events.

To view the event flyer, visit: https://i.imgur.com/8s3pGlo.jpg.

For more information, visit: http://floydsmalltownsummer.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/697824547275482/ or https://www.facebook.com/floydsmalltownsummer/.
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