With big name acts, an uber-cute mix of students, including some with special needs, and a hyper-colorful, spectacular production, Live Arts is a no-miss proposition.
The fourth edition, titled “Blue,” features an impressive, blues-tinged assortment of performers. These include notable bluesmen: three-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’, harmonica master Phil Wiggins, RVA steel guitarist Josh Small, singer/songwriters Steve Bassett and Jessie Harper. The great jazz local jazz singer Desiree Roots is on the bill. So is Stephen Still’s folk musician kid, Chris Still, is also on the bill, as is kid’s performer Robbie Schaefer.
The main musical accompaniment is by Charlottesville-based Love Canon- a group of bluegrass virtuosos who totally own a niche in reimagining and reinvigorating '80s pop hits.
But despite the musical firepower, it’s the kids who steal the show.
Whether they are dancing, drawing, interacting with the artists, they are so full of joy and enthusiasm that they lift the event into a totally different category. It’s consistently one of the magical nights of the year. And it starts early enough to catch "Game of Thrones" afterwards.
The Altria Theater, Sunday, June 5th, 5 PM. Tickets are $40/$80