Update: The Charlottesville meetup will be on Monday, September 18th, 2006 at Gravity Lounge (103 South First St), starting at 6:30pm. Please RSVP by sending an email to tour@pandora.com with ‘Charlottesville’ in the subject line.
Charlottesville looks like it’s going to be the place where I’m launching my fall tour. What better place to start than the home of DMB… Looking like September. My itinerary is still a work in progress, though local listeners in Charlottesville can definitely expect a town hall meeting. Seen a lot of energy for Norfolk, Roanoke, Virginia Beach and others on our blog comments. Hoping to hit UVA, and other schools too – any students out there with suggestions? I’ve really enjoyed the campus visits we’ve had so far. Please leave any comments or suggestions you may have below.
We love reading and responding to your feedback on the blog – the comments have been a treasure trove of great insights and guidance as we plan our visits. If you have a particular idea you want to discuss, or just want to get more involved, we’re eager for help – just drop us an email at tour@pandora.com. Please include your location in the subject line of your message too. No idea is too big or small!


  1. Roland
    July 27, 2006 at 5:07pm
    The band Corleone is not to be missed. Check out their cd and website... www.corleonemusic.com From Lynchburg, but they play all over, have gigs in the fall in Boone, NC and Nashville. Just when you think you have them pegged, they surprise you with a quick turn to another style. I think John Stuart Peters is an amazing musician and sounds a bit like Stevie Winwood of Traffic fame. Original. Electro meets club rock . Influences all over the board, you will have a field day analyzing them in the Music Genome Project. Check out song #4 and #5. Carlos Santana anyone ? Duane Allman reincarnated with an electronic sound ? Have fun with this band.
  2. Sean
    July 30, 2006 at 6:30am
    Hey Tim. I'm at UVa, and wanted to let you know that Pandora has helped me through many a sleepless night writing papers/studying for O. chem. If you're in Charlottesville, I agree you really should stop by the Gravity Lounge. If she's not touring, definitely check out Lauren Hoffman (www.myspace.com/laurenhoffman). And if you're passing through Norfolk/Va Beach, do check out the Norva and the Jewish Mother. Thanks for doing what you do. Have a good trip.
  3. Travis
    August 04, 2006 at 5:21am
    i've seen a few people suggest you visit Norfolk, VA and i defintiely second that. there is an AWESOME record store here called Relative Theory Records - http://relativetheoryrecords.com/blog/ they have concerts there several times a week and every band that plays there says its the coolest record store they've ever been to (i agree). there are lots of excellent local bands in this area and these guys could definitely hook you up with some new music.
  4. Tim Westergren
    August 07, 2006 at 4:13pm
    Thanks everyone. Definitly want to hit the indie stores - the lifeblood of the indie artist. Also, Sean actually looking at coming to UVA if it works out. We're trying to make it to local colleges/universities as much as we can. Outdoor concert in the Blue Ridge Mountains sounds amazing. How far into the Fall will they go Rosalie? Sounds like Norfolk is a spot we need to hit. Keep it comin'...! Tim (Founder)
  5. Tasha
    August 08, 2006 at 9:56am
    I'm from Norfolk originally and I'm all about it. The Norva is a great spot for music and is very well known on the east coast now. You would also was to check out a local bank called Jackmove (yes they have a myspace if you are interested). I consider them ska mixed in with fun. The guys are very cool and will show you a good time. Relative Theory Records is a great place for music (and for cds that you can't find anywhere else). The plus thing about that is, it is on the street right behind the Norva! Also, down the street from both of those things is Hell's Kitchen, which is a resturant and bar which has "The Punk Show". "The Punk Show" is broadcasted live from a local radio station here in town and they only play real punk. You would be surpised to hear some of the things that they play. And if you are going to be in Richmond, I DEF recommend going to Alley Katz in the winter (they have better shows in the winter time) and stroll down Cary street. You will not be sorry!
  6. Tasha
    August 10, 2006 at 10:31am
    Also, I forgot to mention so great food ideas! If you are in Williamsburg (you would hit that before Norfolk), go to Pierce's Pitt. Some of the BEST BBQ you would ever sink your teeth in. Also in Williamsburg, try Paul's Deli. It is right by William and Mary College and has stuff from the college on the walls. Such a good sub! In Norfolk, go to Hell's Kitchen (and the bartenders are really cool to hang out with), Doumars (an old school drive-in with really cheap food), and Elliot's Fairground Coffeehouse (the BEST coffeeshop in all of Virginia with the most wonderful people, even with Starbucks across the street. I used to be a regular for many years until moving to Williamsburg). Try those places and you will not be sorry. Hampton Roads has so much to offer, those everything isn't in Virginia Beach! Tasha
  7. Della
    August 10, 2006 at 8:53pm
    Hi, Autumn is a great time to visit VA. I'm in Richmond, no one mentioned our great independent radio station WRIR 97.3, they have great volunteer djs with a show on Saturdays at 4pm that just showcases local music that a friend of mine does. Really great station, they play EVERYTHING!(you can listen online) Also, Carytown is cool; shops, cafes, and you can check out Plan 9 Records. They are an excellent record store, (they have a website)extensive selection, even LPs, and they often have live music in the store. Poe's Pub IS a good place to eat and hear music, saw some interesting bluegrass there awhile back, and the fish&chips is great. Alley Cats, Nancy Raygun and Cary Street Cafe are all good places to see live shows. There is also The Taproom, they have live music and their beer selection is wonderful(Belgian ales)and Bogart's backroom. In October the National Folk Music Festival will be in Richmond. Lots of different types of music are showcased and it's free. We also have First Fridays which is an art gallery open house on the first Friday evening of the month, it's also free and some of them have live local bands and other entertainment too.(I saw fire spinners the last time I went) There aren't too many great places to eat that also have live music, Cafe Gutenburg in Shockoe Bottom has both. For just great food, check out Edo's Squid(Italian), KubaKuba (Cuban)and/or 4thStreet Diner, it's open all night,the food is good, inexpensive and the crowd is eclectic. I lived in NOVA for years before coming down here so check out IOTA in Arlington(I hope they are still there)good food and bands almost every night, also Galaxy Hut, very small venue but live music and good beers. In DC there is the great 9:30Club and The Black Cat mostly national acts but cool venues. Also whenever I am in Virginia Beach I always go to The Jewish Mother, great food and live music and open mics too. Also there is Camp Zama Records in Norfolk, interesting selection (also online). As you can see music and food and travel are my favorite hobbies...have fun! Travel safely, Della
  8. Tim Westergren
    August 15, 2006 at 9:40pm
    Delia - just had to say thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed post. Love it. I can't wait to hit bluegrass country... I'm gonna weigh 500 lbs by the end of this... Keep it comin'.. everyone. Tim (Founder)
  9. Tim McCormack
    August 17, 2006 at 7:57am
    Shout out from another rabid Charlottesville fan! Unfortunately, since I go to school at College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio), I won't be able to make it. Anyway, yeah, I can definitely recommend the Gravity Lounge. You'll have to check out some of the local cuisine. We're an International Rescue Committee resettlement city, and the immigrants bring an amazing amount of culinary diversity to the scene. There's a bangin' Ethiopian place somewhere in the downtown area, and you have to check out some of the South American joints.
  10. Jeanie
    August 29, 2006 at 11:40am
    OH NO! You mustn't forget the following wonderful people on your Charlottesville local music list!! Andy Waldeck (of Egypt, Earth to Andy, and Andy and the CVillians): http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=31826843&MyToken=f10cff10-a105-480e-aec0-9834226e1612 Mike Meadows (from Small Town Workers): http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=28313965 Clare Quilty (even if they aren't together anymore): http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=6014614 The 40 Boys (including Tony from Bella Morte): http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=14383374 Someone already mentioned the beautiful voice of Ezra Hamilton, but he's so good that I will mention him again: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=92383404 Honorary to Charlottesville (because he opened for Andy Waldeck a few times, and is a very talented musician) Alex Radus/Duende: http://www.alexradus.com/ And I am quite pleased to find Bella Morte on the Pandora radar already. :)

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