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Music Fest: Getting Down at the South Hill Snowdown

first_imgSouth Hill Banks playing at the South Hill Snowdown at the Broadberry – photo by Shannon McGowanMaybe it was the bear and raccoon jamming on banjos in the ad that got you to the South Hill Snowdown. Or maybe you’re an avid folk/bluegrass lover, and the headliner Railroad Earth grabbed your attention. Or maybe you live for a merry and bright Christmas party and wanted an excuse to wear some funky festive outfits.James Justin and Co playing at the South Hill Snowdown at the Broadberry – photo by Shannon McGowanThe South Hill Snowdown is a music event held in Richmond, Va., around the winter holidays. The first annual Snowdown was held last month. It came about when Lucas Fritz, co-owner of the Broadberry in Richmond, started kicking around ideas with the guys in South Hill Banks.  “We had met earlier in the year to start brainstorming some ideas for a fun winter themed event they could be the host band for. After a number of bands and concepts, we ended on the South Hill Snowdown – an indoor/outdoor winter wonderland experience,” says Fritz.Ticket-holders entered the Broadberry and could already hear the sweet sounds of classic folk music playing behind the main doors. Once inside, they stood presence of the most decked out halls you’ve ever seen.Lights were strung in every direction, the menu screen displaying animated snowfall, garland and sparkles galore, and the craziest decoration of all: multiple fully-decorated Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling.We asked Fritz how they got the trees got up there. “Magic!” he replied. “Just kidding: a little sweat, a ladder, some para-cord, and lots of balance.”Muther Goose playing at the South Hill Snowdown at the Broadberry – photo by Shannon McGowan“I’ve been to many shows at the Broadberry and have enjoyed them all. But these decorations truly made me like the venue more than I already did,” says Silas Frayser, a local RVA singer and songwriter with a deep love for folk / blue grass music. “You could tell that hard work went into it all.”Muther Goose playing at the South Hill Snowdown at the Broadberry – photo by Shannon McGowanThe main stage stood in the front of the room with the illuminated Broadberry sign shining above the bands. If concertgoers needed some fresh winter air, a set up was placed outside where bands played acoustic face-to-face with the crowd, under the cozy glow of more festive lights and decorations.“What made this event so special were all the bands chosen,” continues Frayser. I have always loved Railroad Earth but found each of the acts to be impressively creative and fun. Props to whomever picked the bands.”Railroad Earth playing at the South Hill Snowdown at the Broadberry – photo by Shannon McGowan“Having the room packed when Railroad Earth took the stage was really exciting,” says Fritz. “The view from the back, where I was, with the trees and lights and the band on stage was pretty special for me.Hackensaw Boys playing at the South Hill Snowdown at the Broadberry – photo by Shannon McGowanEach band offered something unique to the folk/bluegrass sound of the night, ranging from soft songs that would be perfect to listen to next to the river, to songs that you can’t help but get up, dance and yell, “Yeeeeeeew!”The music started around 3pm and kept strong until 1am. As the night grew, so did the crowd, along with their festive holiday spirit. Everyone certainly lived up to the standards the fabulous decorations had set. It looked like every character from every Christmas movie decided to have their family reunion at the South Hill Snow Down. But instead of singing Christmas carols, they are stompin’ and hollerin’ right along with the folk music.Everyone involved, including Fritz, deemed the event a huge success and are looking forward to next year’s South Hill Snowdown. The only scoop for next year’s plans we could get out of Fritz was, “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you…” You can find more shows at the Broadberry and updates on more pictures from the South Hill Snowdown on their website and facebook page.Colin & Caroline playing at the South Hill Snowdown – photo by Shannon McGowanlast_img read more

Brad Stevens

first_imgBrad Stevens for the past 4 years has been the head coach of the Boston Celtics.  He still makes trips back to his favorite area, Indianapolis, Indiana.  He recently spoke at a Zionsville Boys and Girls Club function.  He not only likes to visit Indiana, but he is still a huge hit with Butler fans as well as most Indianapolis residents.Stevens has proven that he is a winner no matter at what level he is coaching.  He proved most experts wrong when he took the Boston Celtics job.  Only a few college coaches have been successful making this move to the pro level.  Stevens and the Celtics will challenge the top teams in not only the Eastern Conference this year but the West as well.last_img

Callum Smith defends WBA belt but toils against gutsy John Ryder

first_imgA sharp right and some thudding strikes in the sixth suggested Smith’s class was about to tell, but Ryder’s relentless grit was causing the champion issues.Good work on the ropes from close range would have had Ryder dreaming of an upset and the underdog upped the ante when trainer Tony Sims warned him Smith may try to steal it with the jab.Both men landed big hooks in a brilliant final round, but ultimately it was controversially deemed Smith had done enough to control the fight. Callum Smith scored a unanimous decision victory to retain his WBA super middleweight world title but was made to toil by a gallant John Ryder in Liverpool, England.The home-city fighter was an overwhelming favorite against Londoner Ryder but was troubled by the work rate of his tireless opponent, who gave up plenty in height and reach. Smith nonetheless moved to 27-0, with the judges scoring it 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112 in his favor, having clearly decided he landed the cleaner punches.Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 and 100-plus fight nights a yearIt was hardly the statement performance Smith would have wanted as he chases career-defining fights with the likes of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Billy Joe Saunders, but a below-par showing here may actually make those bouts easier to make.”I knew he was a tough fighter, I knew it was a tough fight,” Smith said after the bout. “It wasn’t the best performance from myself, but I was due a bad one.”I’m a perfectionist and I always want to do the best as possible. Listen, I know how good I am, how good I can be.”I want the best names in the division. The fear brings out the best performance in myself.”SCORECARDS: 117-111, 116-112, 116-112 to the winner, #AndStill WBA World, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Super-Middleweight Champion… @CallumSmith23 #SmithRyder pic.twitter.com/oem3Q95JRb— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) November 23, 2019Ryder vastly outperformed expectations and the fact there was a smattering of boos amid a partisan home crowd after the scores were read out told a story in itself.After an uneventful couple of opening rounds, Smith began to up the work rate and although the man nicknamed “Mundo” suffered a cut in the fourth, some clean hooks in the fifth had Ryder in trouble for the first time.last_img read more