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Music on the Steps

The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library present the 33rd annual Music on the Steps!

At the Fredericksburg Branch, Mondays, June, July, & August, from 7:00-8:00.
Come out all summer long, almost every Monday, for great music. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics welcome. In the case of inclement weather, the concerts move into the theater. A special thanks to the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority who awarded us a grant for the Music on the Steps program for the third year in a row!

Please take our survey and let us know who you would like to see perform next year!

2018 Performers


Gaye Adegbalola
June 4: Gaye Adegbalola with John Freund

Gaye is a storyteller, a modern-day griot. Much of her solo material is topical, addressing contemporary social issues; and many of her songs find humor in the pain of one's daily struggles. As written in The Washington Post, her originals are often ". . . songs in which a liberated woman looks on love with the rueful eye of experience and the saving grace of good humor." The intimacy of a Gaye Adegbalola solo performance allows listeners to hear every nuance, every emotion, and every turn of phrase clearly.



Moch Pryderi

June 11: Moch Pryderi

www.mochpryderi.com, Facebook: Moch Pryderi
Moch Pryderi (Welsh for “Pryderi’s Pigs”) is a five-piece, Welsh-American band from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Together for 16 years, their music is firmly rooted in the traditional Brythonic-Celtic music of Wales and Brittany, interwoven with traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, Turkey, and the Appalachians.



Dixie Power Trio

June 18: Dixie Power Trio

www.dixiepowertrio.com, Facebook: The Dixie Power Trio
The Dixie Power Trio is a four-piece group dedicated to the music and sounds of Louisiana. In a typical set, the DPT will play a gumbo of different styles including zydeco, Cajun, New Orleans jazz, funk, street parade, and rock. The songs are a mix of Louisiana-flavored originals and covers—all with a unique, happy-go-lucky attitude.


Laurie Rose Griffith and Pete Mealy

June 25: Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Meal

www.laurieandpeter.net, Facebook: Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy
The husband-and-wife duo of Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy present elegant and stylish interpretations of their own music, as well as songs of lesser-known songwriters. They have been nominated for the Governor's Award for Artistic Achievement in Virginia, and their first CD, Tocoi Light, was voted Album of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association. 


The Acoustic Onion
July 9: The Acoustic Onion

Beautiful acoustic music from the '60s and '70s! Tom Arbisi and Tim Garrett started playing together on Thursday nights @ Tru-Luv's Restaurant for about two years. Then, Dave Guzman was added on the bass and vocals, which gave us three-way harmonies along with some bottom. Soon, we added Tom Ansink on the cocktail drums, making the band complete—keeping the groove with a positive beat! 


Don Brown's Soul Experience


July 16: Don Brown's Soul Experience

Facebook: Don Brown's Soul Experience
This band was the culmination of years of different formulas for bands used by Don Brown. He started out professionally with The Nightshift Trio, headed by Toby Fairchild. For three years prior to the conception of The Soul Experience, Don fronted for The World Jam Club, headed by Peter Fields and Claude Arthur, who headed north leaving Don to conceive The Soul Experience.


Lafayette Station Band
July 23: Lafayette Station

Lafayette Station

Lafayette Station is an Energetic and Eclectic Classic Rock/Blues band.  Various influences include Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Albert Collins, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt. The Lafayette Station band has been working together for over three years, but the individual artists have been playing for decades. Lafayette Station features local musicians Greg Harding (guitar), Mark Anderson (guitar), David Hancock (drums), Russ Kidd (bass), John Paugh (harmonica) and Lorri Ward (vocals).


The Kingbolts

July 30: The Kingbolts

Twitter: @theKingbolts, Facebook: The Kingbolts




Hazel Run

August 6: Hazel Run

Facebook: Hazel Run
Hazel Run is a folk group in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area who draw from Americana, soul, and rock.



Elby Brass

August 13: Elby Brass

www.elbybrass.com, Facebook: Elby Brass
All brass and percussion, all acoustic, all mobile. Elby Brass has the freedom to perform anywhere, anytime, all at a moment's notice. Ever since 2009, Elby Brass has been bringing it to the streets. The heavy horn funk might catch you in the club or in your own backyard. Just look for the purple and gold!



Southern Explosion Band

August 20: Southern Explosion Band

Facebook: Southern Explosion Band
The Southern Explosion Band plays covers of Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Country, Rhythm and Blues, and Oldies!



Semilla Cultural

August 27: Semilla Cultural

www.semillacultural.org, Twitter: @semillacultura1, Facebook: Semilla Cultural
Afro-Puerto Rican Music and Dance! Semilla Cultural is a non-profit organization developing and cultivating a community that embraces Puerto Rican culture and arts.