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Sol & Funk Root Perform at the Sunken Garden Amphitheatre in Radford VA September 25 September 16, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues Guitar.
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Event: Fall Funk in the Sunken Garden Amphitheatre
Sol & Funk Root, Triscale, & Ball & Chain
When: Saturday September 25 @ 5:00pm
Where: Nesselrod on the New River’s Sunken Garden Amphitheatre
7535 Lee Highway, Radford, VA 24141
Cost: Tickets are $10.00 general admission and $7.50 for Radford and Virginia Tech students with ID

The Sunken Garden Amphitheatre is located on the 9 acre estate of Nesselrod on the New River-Bed and Breakfast in Radford, VA. This newly renovated amphitheatre hosts concerts once a month throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall.

The Sunken Garden Amphitheatre is described as “secluded and magical, and providing the perfect environment to stage and produce the wonderment and experience of live music.”

Some of the featured bands that have performed in the Sunken Garden Amphitheatre include blues legend Jimmy Thackery, Chatham County Line, The Infamous Stringdusters, Paul Thorn, and North Carolina’s funk stars Yo Momma’s Big Fat Booty Band. Nesselrod prides itself on bringing some of the greatest national, regional, and local music in the rock, blues, funk, reggae, and bluegrass styles.

Sol is a world class guitarist and vocalist who creates a stylish blend of fiery rock, deep blues, and raw funk and draws from an incredible background of musical touring. Sol has performed around the world with roots, funk, and blues legends and has backed up musical heavyweights such as Taj Mahal and Kenny Wayne Shepherd on stage and in the studio. Sol, who has lived in Roanoke and Radford, has a special interest in southwest Virginia. “I’m dedicated to doing all I can to enrich and promote the culture and entertainment in southwest Virginia, and we are very honored to work with venues and organizations, such as Nesselrod, who focus on raising the quality of life in the region” Sol said via a phone interview.

Sol brings an all star cast of musicians together for the concert at Nesselrod on the New. “King” George Penn is a solid drummer featured on Corey Harris’s newest CD release and and has also worked with great regional favorites such as Jah Works, Hopehop, The Yams from Outer Space, and the Electric Woodshed. Bassist, Jake Dempsey, has worked with some of the greatest Virginia funk and jazz bands. Sol, King George, and Jake D are all featured on the recent album “Freedom” along with guest musicians from Hobex, Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Alliens, The Seed, and more.

Triscale is a powerhouse funk-rock trio birthed in 2006 that draws on legendary influences to create a unique sound. The idea was to mix rock with funk, throw a little jazz and reggae on the top and serve it up with a side of soul. Triscale branches out live, using the music to take the crowd on a ride you can lose yourself in. When asked to describe the sound front man guitarist Eric Steele put it in this way: “It’s kind of like a big cooking experiment- we take the energy at the venue and the crowd’s mood and just start mixing that info into the music to see what happens from there. Every single person at the show and the feeling of each moment has the ability to affect the music, varying the recipe. You might get soul food and homebrew or a tripped-out sci-fi experiment but it’s cool either way because it’s all delicious.” This is one band that just loves to play… a rare breed in this business… always living in the moment that is the music.
Band Members: Eric Steele, Shirley Steele, John Cordiano

Ball & Chain Original Americana with an edge, eclectic covers thrown in for good measure. Passion, fun and sass pervades Jon & Lucinda’s blend of rock, R&B, blues, country, folk resulting in vocals and harmonies that stroke your soul. And if you don’t have a soul, then you’ll probably still enjoy simply listening to some good music.
Band Members: Jon Piro & Lucinda Piro

This will be a musical celebration of rock, funk, blues, reggae, soul, and more!

Friday Sept 24
Danny Blew & the Blues Crew (w special guest Sol)
at the
LA Bar
2530 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA
Danny Blew is a top-notch harmonica player and vocalist and brings that deep hypnotic blues vibe!!

The band features heavyweight musicians who also work with DC favorites Linwood Taylor, Stacy Brooks, Swamp Dog, Nadine Rae & more!

Saturday Sept 25
Sol & Funk Root, also opening bands Triscale and Ball & Chain
at the
Sunken Garden Amphitheatre
Radford, VA

The Sunken Garden is a premier VA venue that has featured Jimmy Thackery, Chatham County Line, The Infamous Stringdusters, Paul Thorn, and Yo Momma’s Big Fat Booty Band among others. Virginia Tech and Radford University students get a special discount on tickets!

Friday Oct 1
Sol & Funk Root
6th and Vine
Winston Salem, NC
Located in the heart of the arts district of Winston this venue has the finest wine and finest entertainment!

Sol, King George (Corey Harris, Jah Works), Jake D, & special guest Big Ron Hunter!

Saturday Oct 2
Official After-Party!!
Sol & Funk Root at
Martins Downtown
Roanoke, VA

Big Lick Blues Festival features some of the best in national and regional blues talent! On the bill this year are Jimmie Vaughan, John Lee Hooker Jr, Lou Ann Barton, Teresa James, Clarence Bluesman Turner, and Sol & Funk Root!


Sol, King George (Corey Harris, Jah Works), Jake D, Janiah Allen (Alliens), & Mike Kirby (Yams from Outer Space)

Friday Oct 8 6pm
Music Maker Revue at the
American Tobbacco Campus
Durham, NC

Featuring a who’s who of NC blues legends- John Dee Holeman, Big Ron Hunter, Cool John Ferguson, Boo Hanks, George Higgs, Captain Luke, Sol, Tad Walters, Bubba Norwood, Whistlin Britches and MM Pres. Tim Duffy!


Wednesday Oct 13
Charlottesville Music Showcase
Sol & Funk Root
303 E Main St
Charlottesville, VA

Sol, Rob Evans, and Houston Ross (Corey Harris, Tim Reynolds, Jamal Millner).

One of my old college buddies, Rob Evans, is a great drummer and has also worked as an enginner with Dave Matthews Band, Tim Reynolds, Taj Mahal and many more. Looked forward to hangin’ out with some old friends!

other cool events coming up… acoustic show in Alexandria VA, REGGAE show with D.C. heavyweights, Baltimore MD & more…

hope to see ya at some shows!!



L.A. Bar Arlington, VA Fri Sep 24 10 09:00 PM
Nesselrod on the New Radford, VA Sat Sep 25 10 05:00 PM Tickets
6th & Vine Winston Salem, NC Fri Oct 01 10 09:00 PM
Big Lick Blues Official AfterParty!MartinsDowntow Roanoke, VA Sat Oct 02 10 09:00 PM
Private Event Fincastle, VA Sun Oct 03 10 04:00 PM
American Tobacco Historic District Durham, NC Fri Oct 08 10 06:00 PM
Private Event Asheville, NC Sat Oct 09 10 07:00 PM
Rapture Charlottesville, VA Wed Oct 13 10 09:30 PM
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Visit all of the musicians websites at:

9th Floor Music
Funk Reggae Blues Rock Jazz
“Moving Music On Up!”


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