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‘Great crowd’ greets Friday Night Jams

Friday Night Jams returned to Halifax Farmers Market Friday night, and “a great crowd” turned out for the event featuring “amazing music,” according to Halifax Events Coordinator Rebecca Ramey.

Abbotts Farm Suppliers and Jerry Epps Landscaping provided the two flat bed trailers that acted as a stage for the event. 

“People danced, toes tapped, and Barrelhouse passed out harmonicas to all the kids in attendance,” Ramey said.  

Both bands said they had a wonderful time performing for the crowd and were thrilled to be invited to Halifax to perform.

This year’s Friday Night Jams lineup included 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. 

Headlining the event was Barrelhouse out of Richmond whose blues/rock music got 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 hometown 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 was located in such a way as to take advantage of the sloping grass hillside at the Farmers Market. 

Those attending brought blankets and lawn chairs and created more of a traditional concert venue, Ramey said.