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Friday Night Jams ready to get rockin’ in Halifax

Friday Night Jams will return to Halifax on June 6 starting at 6 p.m.

The live music event located at the Halifax Farmer’s Market is the next event the town will host featuring feature music, food, beer and wine, according to Halifax Events Coordinator Rebecca Ramey.

This year’s Friday Night Jams lineup includes Tobacco Apache, a roots/rock band out of Roanoke. Fronted by the skilled guitar playing and song writing of Sam Fochtman, Tobacco Apache blends southern rock, Americana and progressive rock into an original sound that is sure to get those attending up and dancing, Ramey added. 

Since forming in 2010, in addition to hundreds of solo bills, they have opened for The Dirty Guv’nahs, Dangermuffin, Cabinet, Mountain Heart, Folk Soul Revival, The Mumbles, Adam Ezra Group and Ten Toes Up. 

Tobacco Apache has quickly become a force to be reckoned with in the regional rock music community. 

With a new album released, festival dates all over the East Coast and ever-growing fan base, Tobacco Apache should be at the top of everyone’s must see band list this summer.

Headlining the event will be Barrelhouse out of Richmond whose blues/rock music is sure to get those attending out of their chairs and dancing.

Barrelhouse emerged out of a shared obsession with the raw authenticity of blues in the summer of 2006. On the top floor of a vintage music store in downtown Richmond, three of the six members exchanged numbers after a community jam session. 

A few short years later, Barrelhouse has shared stages with ZZ Top, Gregg Allman, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Herring and Jason Isbell. 

In 2011 the band represented their home town on Beale Street at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.  

With two guitars, an overdriven harmonica, a notoriously tight rhythm section and three vocalists, Barrelhouse strives to create something unique, all while giving a respectful nod to the celebrated blues tradition that brought them together.

This year the stage area will be located in such a way to take advantage of the sloping grass hillside at the Farmer’s Market, Ramey said.

This area is a great location for those wishing to bring blankets and creates more of a traditional concert venue, she added. Space will still be available on the pavement for chairs and dancing.  

Beer selection for this year includes Miller Lite, Miller 64, Sly Fox Helles, Wild Wolf, Blond Hunny and Angry Orchard Hard Cider. Wine also will be available from Bright Meadows Farm.

Tickets are only $5 and are available at the gate. The gates will open at 6 p.m. with the music kicking off at 6:30 p.m. Tickets also may be purchased ahead of time at the Halifax County Tourism office, the Halifax Town Hall, Peddler’s Market, Packhouse Cafe and Hite Insurance Agency.

“The Town of Halifax hopes that everyone will come out for this amazing opportunity to bring exciting, young, regional bands to our area,” Ramey said.

More information about the 2014 events can be found on the Town of Halifax events website,   

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