IX Art Park
955 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States


Gayle Poirier

Location Info

Outside food and drinks are permitted. Soft drinks, beer, wine and food will be sold on-site.


Several hundred free parking spaces are available when entering the IX Art Park from either Monticello Road or Elliot Avenue.


NOVEMBER 06, 2015 AT 5:30PM

Dark rock and Southern Gothic singer and songwriter, Lauren Hoffman aims to communicate the human experience, in all of its myriad dark and bright colors, to hearts everywhere with her music. Raised by a musical family in Charlottesville, Va., Hoffman interned for Dave Matthews’s label and merchandising company Bama Rags in her high school days. There, she met Shannon Worrell, who invited Hoffman to play in the band that would become September 67. The band grew increasingly professional, prompting the overcommitted Hoffman to quit. Working with September 67 introduced Hoffman to the Richmond, Va. studio Sound of Music, co-owned by Cracker’s David Lowery. Hoffmann worked with Lowery to record her first EP, The Chemist Said It Would Be Alright But I’ve Never Been the Same. Before the album’s completion, Hoffmann remixed much of its material in a West Coast studio with producer Ethan Johns, resulting in her first full-length release, Megiddo.

Upon release, the dark and sultry 1997 debut album received stellar reviews and earned Hoffman an invitation to join Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair music festival. In 1999, she recorded the highly personal and intimate album From the Blue House for Free Union Records. In addition, she curated the local acoustic performance series “Shut Up and Listen” in her hometown. Inspired by two years of studying modern dance in college, her lush, moody and textured Choreography appeared in 2006 accompanied by a series of alternative art videos featuring up-and-coming modern dance choreographers led by multi-media artist Jason Akira Somma. A mention in Pete Wentz’s blog brought attention to the album and the its songs were licensed to the TV series South of Nowhere. With her new band, The Secret Storm, Lauren has released a new EP Into the Sun and lined up exciting videos and shows for 2015 and beyond.


The Sally Rose Band

The Sally Rose Band is a spirited mother/daughter fronted group with Sally Rose writing original and eclectic songs and classically-trained Catherine “Shootin’ Moon” Monnes sewing in colorful notes and tasteful textures with her cello, fiddle and spine-tingling electric violin. Drummer Benjamin Jensen and jazz bassist Chris Dammann hold down the beat and “Sweet Pete” Stallings adds funk and classic rock undertones with his vintage Telecaster. Together, they sing hauntingly beautiful harmonies that intertwine southern rock, gypsy folk, soul and doo-wop inspired honky-tonk.

Rose has released solo records, including Home in 2008, Heat Lightning in 2012 and a live record in 2013. By February 2013, The Sally Rose Band came together and signed on to Charlottesville, Va.’s County Wide Records. In the summer of the same year, the band released its debut EP Oh My Stars!, produced by Jesse Fiske, formerly of the Hackensaw Boys. The SRB released a music video for its radio hit, “Bones,” directed by Johnny St. Ours of Charlottesville’s Piraeus Picture Company. The band has toured the East Coast, playing venues such as The Jefferson Theater, the Ntelos Wireless Pavilion and Mercury Lounge and rocked festivals such as the Lockn’ Music Festival. It has also shared the stage with the Old Crow Medicine Show, Susan Tedschi, Old 97’s, Charles Bradley and Taj Mahal. This coming year, the Sally Rose Band will be recording at Richmond, Va. studio Sound Of Music with Lauren Hoffman as producer.