First Night Blog

13 Days of First Night Virginia - Day 7

- Thursday, December 25, 2014

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center features Dr. Levine and The Dreaded Blues Lady and First Night Jazz for their inaugural First Night Virginia event.


We are excited to welcome back Lorie Strother and Stephen Levine who comprise Dr. Levine and The Dreaded Blues Lady to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. They play a wide variety of acoustic blues music, but are particularly interested in the early blues styles of musicians such as Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Memphis Minnie, Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt and, well, the list goes on...


First Night Jazz features music performed by a swinging, high-energy quartet, led by well-known local jazz drummer Jim Howe. Joining him on stage will be the internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Royce Campbell, long-time performer and recording artist Bobby Read on sax, and Charlottesville’s virtuoso Hammond organ player Jonah Kane-West.


Dr. Levine and The Dreaded Blues Lady have 2 show at 6:15, and 7:30

First Night Jazz have 2 shows at 8:45, and 10:00

First Night Virginia is an annual community celebration of the arts that began in Charlottesville in 1982 and is the second oldest First Night in the country. 2015 is the 33nd annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall. To purchase your wrist band and to find out more information go to:


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