were glad to come back to our old stopping grounds at Cafe Diem! We
had a great enthusiastic crowd show up! Really appreciated our good
friends Dennis Elliott sitting in on fiddle and banjo and Dan Sessler on
lead guitar. Oh and thanks to that very nice guy at the bar for
helping Dickie and Jamie out with their flat tire! What a bummer!
Atkinsons were honored to be asked to be a part of Emmyfest II at Capital Ale House!
It was a full day of great local music from Moossa, Modern Groove
Syndicate, Loose Gravel, Stump Hole Water, Louis Ledford and The Big
Guys. Thanks for asking us John, we had a great time and hope the
fundraiser was a big success! www.emmyfest.com
hit Shenanigans again and had a big ole crowd show up! We had a great
show with a couple surprise guests including our friend Troy Coghill opening
the show, and the one and only Ricky Breland setting his bass aside and
picking up the guitar to sing some great songs with his wife
played a double header: Beaverdam Heritage Days and then Cafe Diem that
night. Thanks for sitting in with us Dennis and Dan! And thanks
to Robin Marschak from Magazine33.com
for coming to the show and interviewing us for the November issue!! We
can't wait to see it!
was our first time playing at the Crozet Music Festival and it was
awesome! Thanks for asking us Biff! It was held at Misty
Mountain Campground, the weather was fantastic and the festival was a
had a great time playing Massey's Annual Swinetangle BBQ again this
year! Thanks for having us!! It was a beautiful day and a great
VCU Massey Cancer Center.
was our third year playing at the Annual Bark in the Park event for Henrico
Humane Society! We had such a great time; and enjoyed seeing so many
awesome dogs! Great to see all the folks that came out to support this
was great playing Ashland Coffee & Tea again! We love this
place! Thanks so much Truman, Moya and Kay for having us back and for
all the folks that came out to see us. Looking forward to coming back
was a blast with our friends Dennis Elliott and Dan Sessler sitting in with
were really excited to play at The National again, along with Southern Funk
Orchestra, for Cheenon's CD Release party! We played about a 45 minute
set and included a brand spankin new one! We appreciated everyone that
came out and cheered us on, and especially to Scott and Mark for coming and
shooting pix and vids! Looking forward to seeing them!
had a great time playing our first gig in Charlottesville at Fellini's #9.
Hope to make it back again soon!
had such a great time playing at Poe's Pub with our good
friend Allen Thompson!!! It was a packed house with an enthusiastic
crowd! What a great show! The Atkinsons wish Allen and Colleen
the best for their upcoming wedding!
were at our favorite place to be at the 26th Annual Carytown Watermelon
Festival: Babes! It was probably the hottest day of the summer
so far and we were all a big sweaty mess! But we had a great time
playing and hanging with our buddies!!
at Diem...had a great time! Thanks to so many folks that came out to
see us; especially all the musician friends that joined us! We even
got our good friends Moossa up for a couple of songs! Sounded
great!! And thanks again to Dennis Elliott for sitting in on fiddle
with us...and this time bringing his banjo too!
were really psyched to play The Camel again, this time with the very awesome
Hoots & Hellmouth and Richmond's own Jonathan Vassar and the Speckled
Bird. Two great bands that we really enjoyed meeting and sharing the
stage with. Thanks Jessica for putting us on the show!
time playing Shenanigans in a long while! We had a great time and were
glad to see all the folks that came out to the show. We also really
appreciated both Dennis Elliott (our new fiddle friend) and Dan Sessler
(sitting in on lead guitar) for coming out and jamming with us on our second
great time at Cafe
rocked Cafe Diem! Thanks for everyone that came out to see us and also
to help celebrate Jamie's birthday (second year in a row at Diem)!! We
had such a great time!
very sad day for ATK!!! We were asked to open for Jerry Douglas at
Friday Cheers and we were so excited about the show! But
unfortunately, it was rained out. The only Friday Cheers that was
cancelled this season.
Ashland Coffee & Tea show was awesome! We were so excited to play
there and we had a great crowd! It was wonderful to meet Truman, Kay
and George! We love AC&T and hope to come back soon! Thanks
to everyone that came out and to Scott for coming and taking pictures!
was awesome as always! Lots of folks out to see us even though it was
Strawberry Hill Race day and Easter weekend! Thanks! Oh and
thanks to Paul Magill for videotaping a couple of our new songs (he has them
posted on Facebook).
awesome Irish Festival in Church Hill! We've played this annual
festival several years now and it's one of our very favorite! Thanks
to Stokes for putting ATK on again, and in such a good slot, and to Page for
running such a tight and fun Stage O'Page this year! We really enjoyed
ourselves and it was perfect weather! It was great to see so many of
our musician friends also! Oh and congratulations Mike and Jennifer on
played a little acoustic show at Crossroads Art Center to celebrate our
friend Gary Atkinson's birthday! Great seeing everyone and happy bday
was a blast! Thanks to everyone that came out!
played our first time at The Camel and had such an awesome time!
Thanks to The Sharp Comfort and Pendleton for asking us!
Atkinsons had a great time playing at Grandpa Eddie's BBQ and were so happy
to see so many folks come out! They were filming a commercial that
night also so we'll keep you posted on when and where that will air.
Who knows, if you came out, you might have gotten you mug on tv!!
Thanks to Carey and Jack for having us back at GrEd's!
at Cafe Diem was awesome! Thanks go out to all the folks and friends
that came out to see us play with our good buddies Workhorse
Blue! We had a blast! And a big thanks to Dan Sessler of The
Dirty Truth for sitting in with us and ripping on the leads! You
had a fun show with good pals Blue Line Highway at Cary St. Cafe!
Thanks John (BLH) and Dan (The Dirty Truth) for sitting in at the end and
jamming with us on a couple tunes!
was a BIG
BIG show at Toad's Place opening for Cross
Canadian Ragweed! The place was packed (over 650 folks) and CCR
was awesome. We were so excited to open for those guys! Be sure
to check out the pictures we've uploaded and videos soon to be posted from
this show. Our set list included: Headed Down the Road, Alone With
You, Forever Wanting You, Out of Time, Caroline, I Love Everything,
Richmond, You Could Go, Water Town and Fisherman's Blues. Thanks
Forest for videotaping and Patty for taking pictures!
was a packed house at Cafe Diem for our first show of 2009! The show
also was the beginning of our THIRD year playing every second Saturday
each month at Cafe Diem! Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us
for the party!
played our first New Year's Eve gig at Comfort.
on Broad St. and had a blast! Thanks to Jason and everyone at Comfort
for having us. This is an awesome place to eat so if you haven't
before, you should definitely go. Happy New Year everyone!
back at Cafe Diem; this time celebrating Ricky's birthday! We had a
great time, as always!
Triple for the first time and had a good time thanks to the small crowd
that braved the cold night to come out!
were back at
Diem; our favorite hangout in Richmond! Thanks again to Steve
for sitting in!
played an early show at Highwater Restaurant at Toad's
Place before the Reverend
Horton Heat, Reckless Kelly and Nashville Pussy show. We want to thank
everyone that came out and to Steve Barber for sitting in on bass! What a great night!
had a blast playing the 9th Annual Brunswick Stew Festival! Thanks
17th Street Farmers Market and Echelon Entertainment for having us!
Supposedly about 5,500 people came out to enjoy the stews and brews! And the
weather was awesome!
really enjoyed playing with our pals The Dirty Truth and Workhorse Blue at Poe's
Pub! The place was packed and a good time was had by all!
And it was great being back at Poe's!
played a double header! We performed at the annual Beaverdam Heritage Day festival, and then at Cafe Diem that
Hell that was fun!!! We had such a great time playing at The
National we barely can contain ourselves! Thanks to all our
friends that bought tickets in advance from us and everyone that came out to
support us and cheer us on. We were thrilled with all the woohoos from
the audience! It was great fun meeting the folks in the other bands, Grinding
Stone, Black Rose, South29 and The Silverbacks. Thanks to Forest
for videotaping and Christen for taking pictures; check our site on myspace
for videos and pictures! Playing The
National and Toad's Place have truly been the highlights of the year and
we've been grateful to get the chance to play at these great new venues in
a beautiful day for Massey Alliance's Swinetangle BBQ event to benefit
Massey Cancer Center! We were honored to have been asked back this
year. We had a really awesome time, the food was outstanding (great
job Smokey Pig!) and it was just a great family fun event on beautiful Rock
Bottom Island. And all for a great cause!
was our first time playing the annual Glen
Allen Day celebration and we had a great time getting to play with our
pals The Taters again! Thanks to the Glen Allen Ruritan Club and
Henrico Parks & Rec for asking us to play!
played two shows on 9/13! First was the
second annual Bark in the Park at Deep Run Park
to benefit Henrico Humane Society. What a great day; although steamy
hot! We were honored to have been asked back this year and what a great event for the whole
family and the doggies! Thanks also to Henrico Parks & Rec for
having us and setting us up with that great big tent and stage! Later that night,
we were back at Cafe Diem for our
"every second Saturday each month" party! It was awesome
seeing so many new faces in the crowd and thanks so much for all those folks
who came up to us with such nice complements!
had a great time playing the Wednesdays on the Water acoustic concert series at
Highwater Restaurant at Toad's
Thanks Josh and the folks that came out to see us!
headed back to that great big Heritage Amphitheater at Pocahontas State
Park on 8/23 this time to play on Page Wilson's Out o' The Blue Stage
Revue! We were honored to have been asked to share the stage
with Page Wilson with Reckless Abandon and the Sara Arthur Band. Both
bands were awesome. Thanks Page for having us!!
continued our big weekend by playing the annual Carytown Watermelon Festival
on Sunday at Babe's! Always a great time; thanks Paul for putting us
on the best stage at the festival once again!
had a great time at Pocahontas State Park playing their Pocahontas
Premieres concert series! We played with our good friends Blue
Line Highway who kicked off the "Rockin' Country Night". We
played to about 200 folks - thanks to everyone who came out! And
thanks to Sandy and all the park folks for treating us so well. Then
we left and went immediately to our Cafe Diem show; which was packed!
Thanks to Lust Not Love for opening up for us! Whew it was a big day!
played Cabo's again and had a really fun time. We really appreciate
everyone who came out and all the complements we got. And thanks to
Cabo's for having us!
back at Cafe Diem...thanks to everyone who came out to see us!
played the Rhythm, Bets N' Brews festival at Colonial
Downs with Last Train
Home and had a great time. Unfortunately after a few songs, Last
Train Home got rained out, but it was great meeting those guys. We'd
like to thank Colonial Downs and Echelon Entertainment for having us!
had a great time at Cafe Diem
and thanks to everyone who came out to see us and to help celebrate Jamie's
played Cabo's for the first time
and had an excellent time! We had a wonderful, enthusiastic crowd that
seemed to really enjoy themselves! We loved to see all the dancers
too! We'll be looking forward to coming back to Cabo's for sure!
Thanks Wayne and Susan for having us!
celebrated Memorial Day weekend at Cafe Diem
and it was great seeing so many
folks out! Thanks also to Travis for sitting in with us on the lap
steel - you were great Travis!
played solo at Grandpa Eddie's in the west end and Jamie joined him on stage
for a couple of sets. We really had a great time and the food was awesome!
Thanks to our good friends that came out to see us and to Gary Atkinson and
Sister Sweet for playing a couple of songs between sets!
fun we had at Cafe Diem! We want to thank Aaron Lewis again for sitting in with us
on the fiddle...he's awesome!! We have really appreciated him playing with ATK when
our fiddle player Mike has been out! Thanks to everyone that came out!
had a great time playing Grandpa Eddie's!! We want to thank Cary for
having us and Jack for booking us and taking pictures too! We had a
fun group of folks come out to see us and help us celebrate Dickie's
birthday. Our good friend Aaron Lewis rocked out on the fiddle
was a blast, as always. Thanks to everyone who came out to the show;
esp. Jim and Betsy celebrating Jim's bday!
nothing better than the St. Patrick's Irish Festival on Church Hill!
We had an awesome time despite the cold and drizzle of the day. We
loved seeing our good friends in the Ex-Patriots and The Havers, and enjoyed
all the bands playing that day. Kris did triple duty by playing with
ATK, Janet Martin Band and Billy Ray Hatley and the Showdogs! You
was rocking! What a huge and enthusiastic crowd we had! Thanks to all
that came out and partied, danced and sang with us, and especially to Aaron
Lewis for sitting in on the fiddle! Aaron is the Bluegrass Fiddle champion
of the Fiddler's Convention in Galax, VA, and also a member of Special Ed and the Short Bus!!
Atkinsons were thrilled to be asked to open at Toad's
Place for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Benevento/Russo
Duo!! It was our first time there and it was awesome. Thanks to
everyone who saw us for the first time and took the time to come up and talk
to us and give us compliments! Thanks Erin for asking us!!
were excited to be back at
Cary St. Cafe celebrating Valentine's Day with a few great friends, the
Ex-Patriots and Alan and Matt of Mozely Rose! The place was packed to
were back at
Cafe Diem having a blast as usual!
started off a busy Feb with a very cool
church auction at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. The theme was Arabian
Nights and they had a very successful turnout for their biggest fundraising
event of the year. The crowd was amazingly enthusiastic and they
danced the evening away! Lots of fun for sure. Great seeing Amy
Henderson there, and thanks to Philip for asking us!
were back at Poe's Pub after a long absence and had a great time!
Thanks Mike for having us and to Glitter Boot for opening the show!
There was a great turnout of folks...thanks to all who came out.
happy to announce that The Atkinsons will continue our every second
Saturdays each month at Cafe Diem into 2008! We had an awesome show
with a great crowd to kick off the new year at Cafe Diem. Thanks to
everyone who came out; especially to Wes and Helena Edwards for surprising
us and opening the show!
big thanks to Gray of Glitter
Boot for having us at Grandpa Eddie's for the Holiday Acoustic
Extravaganza! We had a great time playing there and hanging with the
other bands. Thanks also to all our good friends for coming out and
especially Dave Hess and Harry Gore for sitting in with us!
rocked Alley Katz Sat night with the New
Heathens and Sin
and had a blast! Thanks Nate for asking us to open the show!
celebrated a full year of "second Saturdays" at Cafe Diem with a
special holiday acoustic show. Jared Jones of Fabled Automatic opened
for us...thanks Jared, you were awesome! Thanks to all that came out
to see us, it was great fun. o
played a really fun show at Cafe Diem with our good friend Travis on lap
steel sitting in for Mike Ferry. Thanks to all our friends who came
out to the show and hang with us!
played our first show at
the new Capital Ale House Music Hall downtown on Main St. with Dean Fields
Band. It was a great show; and what an awesome venue!
were honored to be a part of the Celebration of Hope Benefit Concert for
B.R.A.I.N. at the Innsbrook Pavilion. We shared the stage with three
awesome Richmond bands: Blue Line Highway,
Susan Greenbaum and Janet Martin Band. Thanks to Marguerite and Kevin
for inviting us and for Susan for MCing the event and saying such nice
things about ATK!
Atkinsons were honored to be asked to play the 2nd Annual Swinetangle
benefit for the Massey Cancer
Center. It was a beautiful day and an awesome location, and the BBQ
was the best we'd ever had! Thanks Massey Alliance for having us!
day for ATK! We played our second year at the Beaverdam Heritage Days;
what a beautiful day! Then we were back down in the Fan at
Cafe Diem that night. We had a special acoustic guest opening from
Texas - thanks Gretchen!
want to thank Brad Wells for letting The Atkinsons be a part of the 70th
anniversary celebration of St. Giles Presbyterian Church on Grove
Ave.! We had a great time!
enjoyed being a part of Henrico Humane Society's
"Bark in the Park" at Deep Run Park. It was a beautiful day
in the park and it was great seeing all the folks that came out with their
dogs! Great to hear they had several adoptions as well!
wanted to give special mention to our good friend and ATK fan, Gary Wade,
who died suddenly of a heart attack. A wonderful memorial service was
held for him at ArtSpace on Sept 23 and many folks who knew and loved him
came out to remember what a great guy he was. He was full of life and
it was a tragedy to lose him so young. He came out to many of our
shows and private parties and it was heartwarming to hear
"Caroline" being played as background music to a touching
slideshow of pictures of Gary. He will be missed.
Roots Revival hosted "An Evening of Acoustic Roots" with The
Atkinsons, Blue Line Highway and The Taters at Bogarts. It was an awesome
night of talented folks and good friends joining each other on cool
songs. Everyone had a blast! We received a great write-up on
Richmond Music Journal thanks to Tim Stanton:
Richmond Roots Revival was pretty danged good at Bogart's
with a nice crowd. First up was The Atkinsons. This was
maybe my third time seeing them and I like them better each time. Dickie
Wood has a Tom Petty quality to
his singing. Good harmony from Jamie Wood, too. The songs
kind of remind me of "On the Beach"-era Neil
Young. Does that make sense? Their fiddle player was a late
scratch, so John Leedes filled in nicely on guitar.
Blue Line Highway, John's band, was next, and their
three-part harmonies with Leedes, Julia Dooley and Melissa
McKenna were sweet, but some of my favorite moments of the night
were when Leedes dropped out and the two women harmonized. It's a great
sound, and one you don't hear too often. Gave me goosebumps.
The greatness that is The Taters wrapped it up, and what
can you say about their vocals? Phil and Don...John and Paul...Richie and
Timothy B...er, that would be Poco...Brad and Craig! Good originals, good
covers, good lefty guitar picking.
At the end of each set, players from other bands joined in for impromptu
tunes, and that was a lot of fun. Highlights were a seat-of-the-pants
"Wooden Ships" and the Wilco
version of "California Stars," which nobody but Craig
Evans of The Taters knew and he said he had just gotten the words
off the Internet that day. But it was good!
So, it was a nice night of entertainment where the emphasis was not on
instrumental prowess, although Leedes shined a few times, but on vocal
harmonies very well executed. All three bands could have used some pedal
played an awesome set opening up for us at Cafe Diem to celebrate the release of their new CD entitled "Cold
Harbor"! Great crowd also...thanks to everyone that came out!
was on the road for Labor Day playing the annual Labor Day Festival in Jeff's hometown of Buena Vista,
VA. We had a great time until the "band" truck decided to
crap out on us and strand us for a bit. Thanks to some good helpful
folks from BV, we got ourselves home that night.
were so excited to share the stage with Scott
Miller and The Commonwealth
at the Shockoe
Craft Beer Festival this year! This great festival celebrated its third
year with a great lineup of entertainment sponsored by Richmond Roots
Revival. Other bands playing the festival included Jackass Flats,
Billy Ray Hatley and the Showdogs, The Taters, ThermUs and Shockoe Bottom
were back again at Babe's for the Carytown Watermelon
Festival. We really appreciated seeing all our friends that came back
in the courtyard to see us!
a blast we had at Cafe Diem last night! Thanks to everyone that came,
danced and partied with us!
was great to be back at Shenanigans - it had been a long while and we
appreciated the enthusiastic crowd and compliments from the staff!
Thanks to Troy Coghill of Fredericksburg for opening and Mike Kohler of
Richmond playing between sets.
had a great time playing at the Rockahock amphitheater in Lanexa celebrating
our friend Matt's birthday! Thanks Matt and Rodney for having us.
And it was great having Kris Krull back with us again on drums!
were back at Cafe Diem for our "every second Sat" gig...we love
that place! Again, big thanks to Johnny Hunter for sitting in with us.
Great seeing new faces in the crowd and thanks to everyone who bought our
to be back at our "every second Sat." home at Cafe Diem!
Thanks to Mike Kohler for opening for us and to Mike Ferry for pushing thru
a cold to play with us for the first set. Another thanks to Johnny
Hunter for filling in on drums again while Kris Krull mends that broken
awesome farm party once again in Beaverdam! Thanks Jeff and Mary Beth
for your hospitality and good times!
a big weekend for ATK! First, we played the Richmond
Roots Revival show Friday night at Cary St. Cafe with Farm Vegas to a
great, fun crowd. Then on Saturday, we enjoyed a beautiful day at
Shands Park for the 2nd Annual Gathering
Soul Festival in Dinwiddie. Thanks Shane and Victor for having us!
were back at Cafe
Diem on Saturday 5/12...we love playing that place! Thanks to all
that came out and joined us for the fun. We're there every second
Saturday of each month!
was asked again this year to play the Ukrop's
Richmond Race Fest and despite the wet weather, we had a great time!
9/30/04, Matt's Village Pub had their last open mic night hosted by ATK's
own Jeff Williams. Each Thursday, a crew of musicians and fans of
music got together there, enjoying every genre of music, originals and
covers. We all became friends. Matt's closed but the friendships
remained. It was great celebrating those times and those friendships
at The Canal
Club last Sat with The Gaskets, Ex-Patriots, Schnitzel, Gary Atkinson,
Zack Lowe, Jared Jones, Dane Magoon and the many others that came to enjoy
were back again last Sat. at one of our favorite places in Richmond - Cafe
Diem! A great crowd came out to hang with us and we really enjoyed
ourselves. We're at Cafe
Diem the second Sat. of each month, so come on out!
was great to be back at Cary St. Cafe! Our good friend Allen
Thompson and his band opened up and sounded awesome! We're going
to miss Allen when he moves to Nashville, but wish him the best of luck!
ya'll got to see the encore airing of The
Music Seen on PBS Channel 23 on 4/5 at 11pm with The Atkinsons playing
live at the Canal Club last summer!
you all celebrated St. Patrick's Day for a second weekend in a row! We
were down at Poe's Pub on Saturday playing with those crazy Irish punk
rockers the Ex-Patriots. Then on Sunday, we played in front of our
largest crowd yet at one of the greatest festivals in Richmond, the St.
Patrick's Church Irish Festival on Church Hill! It was a beautiful
day and we had a blast! Thanks Stokes and Page and everyone else
involved for having us again this year!
performed "Out of Time" live on the Virginia This Morning show on WTVR-CBS
hosted by Cheryl Miller and Bill Bevins! Dickie was also interviewed.
had an awesome CD Release show at Cafe
Diem!!! Thanks to everyone who came out to support us...you all
packed the house to capacity! We couldn't have hoped for a more
successful show to celebrate the release of "American Gothic".
Thanks also to everyone who bought a CD! And if you're a new fan and
would like to get on our email list, just click the green button to the
was great to be back at Cafe Diem! We love that place! Thanks
for everyone that came and hung out with us. By the way, the extremely
cool metal sculpture art that hangs on the walls at Cafe Diem was done by
our own Kris Krull!
an awesome show at Poe's Pub! Thanks so much for everyone that came out
and packed the place! We also want to thank our good friend Schnitzel
for opening the show and the Ex-Patriots for doing a song! Great fun.
awesome show at Cafe Diem on Sat! Thanks so much for all the
folks, old friends and new, that came, stayed, danced and enjoyed the
evening with us! Look for us to play at Cafe Diem every second Sat. of
the month for a while!
Atkinsons enjoyed meeting all the guys in Sons
of Bill on Friday night. They sounded great at Alley Katz!
Try to catch them in their hometown of Charlottesville or any time they come
to Richmond! Wes
Charlton also did a great job opening the show. Thanks to Alley
Katz for having us and to everyone who came out to celebrate the holidays
good friend and bandmate Jeff Williams got married to the lovely Mary Beth
Taylor on 12/2. The band played at The Edge at Wintergreen for their
pre-wedding festivities! We want to wish the happy couple the very
best and thanks for having us.
to our good friends Moossa
for asking us to play with them at Bogart's on Nov. 24th and Happy Birthday
were so excited to watch the debut of The
Music Seen on WCVE Richmond PBS on November 22nd! Ten great
bands performed last summer at The Canal Club and were taped live. The
Atkinsons, Buttercup and Palominos were combined for a perfect roots rock/americana/country
show! ATK was also interviewed for the show at Poe's
Pub (thanks Mike!) and thanks to everyone involved with the Music Seen
for having us on the show!
Atkinsons want to thank The Canal Club for letting us open for Moonshine
Still out of Atlanta, GA on Friday Nov. 17th! We had a great time!
Atkinsons made #1 on The
Richmond Buzz's Hot List!!! Awesome!
WRIR 97.3 for having The Atkinsons on the Locals Only Show! We were
there promoting the big Richmond Roots Revival Two Year Anniversary Show
that was held at Alley Katz on 10/21. We enjoyed playing with our good
friends in Pennyshaker, 59H2O and OminOtago! Great night of original
weekend for playing the Beaverdam
Heritage Days festival on 10/14 and for the National Folk Festival in
Richmond! Great seeing our friends The Taters.
to Rockitz for inviting us to play at the State
Fair of Virginia on 10/2!
played twice in one day on Sept. 16th...had a great time at Field
Day of the Past in Goochland County; if you've never been, you gotta go
next year! We also had a total blast playing our first ever gig at
Cafe Diem that night. Thanks to everyone that came out to see us and
to all the great folks at Cafe Diem for taking care of us. Also big
thanks to Allen Thompson starting us off great!
played the Shockoe Craft Beer Festival on Friday 8/25 at the Canal
Turning Basin, along with The NewOldz, Copper Sails and Sin City Revival.
The two-day festival was a big success with a lot of great local bands and
awesome craft beer! A big thanks to Echelon Entertainment for having
us! ATK was also interviewed by The
Richmond Buzz, so keep checking the website in the near future for that!
played at the Richmond
Vegetarian Festival in Bryan Park. We shared the Richmond Roots
Revival stage with some great local bands including Copper Sails, Jackie
Frost Ensemble, Jubeus and Gene Pendleton Trio.
Atkinsons were a featured band on the Great
American Music Hour on 7/24! Thanks Jerry Jodice at WRIR 97.3FM
for playing "Caroline"!!
Atkinsons were honored to play a private reception at Gallery5 on 7/22 to
celebrate the marriage of the famous Gary Atkinson and Karen Fitzhugh.
We wish them much happiness! Thanks for letting us be a part of your
City Beer & Seafood Festival was great! What an awesome day to
be on Brown's Island. Thanks to City Celebrations for having us.
had a HUGE weekend...The Atkinsons played three times in two days. We
were honored to perform at the Grace
Oughton Concert Benefit at Innsbrook on Sat. with Copper Sails and
Modern Groove Syndicate. That night we played at The Canal Club for
the live taping of The
Music Seen on PBS. The show will air on PBS sometime this fall.
Then on Sunday, ATK opened for the Braves at the Diamond! Excellent
time was had by all. Thanks to our buds that came out to support us
and the new friends we made along the way!
to all the folks who joined us at The Canal Club playing with our good
buddies and an awesome band, Sin
had an awesome time playing at the Ukrop's
Richmond Race Fest on Cary Street on 5/4! We even got on the
Channel 8 News Thursday night and Friday morning!! A big thanks to
Mike for making us sound good. Then on 5/5, we came back to Cary St.
Cafe for a great night with the Palominos
and Garland Carr for a Richmond
Roots Revival show.
Day Festival was a wash out but thanks to those few die-hards that stood
in the rain to watch us!
was our first time playing with Plum
Street Ramblers at CSC on 4/1 and we had a great time. Thanks
Patrick's Church Irish Festival on Church Hill was once again awesome this
year. Hope you made it out some time that weekend for the festivities.
We want to thank Stokes for having us again and Page for keeping things
running smooth backstage.
celebrated St. Pat's Day playing with Moossa
for their CD release show at Bogart's. We had an awesome time!
Great to see our buds come out and we enjoyed meeting some new ones!
want to give a big thanks to Alley Katz and our good friends Wrinkle
Neck Mules for having us open for their CD release party on 3/10.
It was huge!
Three Fridays in a row and every show was a blast. The Canal Club show
on Feb 10th was just awesome. We always love playing with our good
friends, and one the best bands in town, Sin
City Revival! Thanks to Keith for taping and to Cindy for taking
some great pics of the band. And of course to all our buds that came
out to the show to support us!
St. Cafe was packed for the Richmond
Roots Revival show! Thanks to so many people that came out to see
the show. We loved seeing all those familiar faces and also all the
new ones in the crowd. It great playing with our buds from the Matt's
Pub days, Schnitzel and Ex-Patriots.
New Year! Thanks to everyone that came out to see our first show of
2006 at one of our favorite places, Poe's Pub! We loved all the
dancers in the crowd and were happy to see all those new faces, esp. from
Collegiate! Thanks to our good friends Fabled Automatic for opening -
you guys were awesome!
Atkinsons were honored to be asked to play at Collegiate Middle School in
their beautiful auditorium. We enjoyed the enthusiasm from all the
kids and especially the standing ovation at the end! Thanks to our
good buddy Mike Ferry for setting that up and to Kris Krull for joining us
played Breakers in the west end for the first time as a full band opening
for our good friends 59H2O.
Thanks to all that came to enjoy the show!
ended up closing the show instead of opening for Dean Fields and we
certainly had a great time coming back to one of our favorite places in
Richmond to play - Poe's Pub! Dean
Fields and Emily
Easterly were dynomite!
to Jim from Bogart's for inviting ATK to play at their Katrina Benefit at
the Elk's Lodge. It turned out to be a beautiful day to play outside,
enjoying some great food and drink and hanging out with our buddies The
Atkinsons were proud to be a part of the One Year Anniversary
celebration of Richmond
at Alley Katz on October 8th! The show was awesome and we want to
thank all the folks who came out that night! We loved sharing the
stage with Sin
City Revival, Heath
Haynes and Dean
Fields; it was a
great night of original music. We want to thank Alley Katz for having
us and our buddy Keith Sproat for coming down and taping the show! RRR
has a compilation CD available now highlighting the bands that have played
RRR shows the past year. Make sure you grab a CD...it's only $5 at the
we celebrated our buddy Jeff's birthday on the 10th at the farm in a mighty
fine way! On Sept. 17th we opened for Pennyshaker at Poe's and the
next day, we played at the Shockoe Craft Beer Festival at the Canal Turning
Basin downtown with The Yokels, Moossa and Modern Groove Syndicate.
Awesome September days to play outside and we can't say enough great things
about our new friends in the other bands we've been playing with.
month for ATK: We had a great time opening for our good friends, 59H2O
at Out of Bounds on 8/20 and Moossa
at Bogart's on
Atkinsons enjoyed a great night of music at Shenanigans for the Richmond
Smothered & Covered
opened and Johnnie
and the Lowdowns
played last. We had a great, supportive crowd come and we really
appreciated all the great compliments!
played the Real
Estate Show on
RICH-TV on Channel 79! Hopefully we'll be able to get a video or two
from the show uploaded to our site soon...check back fort it! Special
thanks to Michael Moore for having us on...it was an awesome experience!
Thanks for all your support of local music in Richmond. We wish you
the best of luck in all your future endeavors.
Atkinsons were honored to be a part of The
Richmond Vegetarian Festival
again this year at Bryan Park. It was a great day of music, good food
and fun, and we enjoyed sharing the stage with Modern Groove Syndicate,
Moossa, Fabled Automatic and the Bob Hallahan Trio.
Richmond Roots Revival show at Bogart's was awesome! What a great
time, and we so enjoyed playing with The
Taters and The
Also great to see all those familiar faces in the crowd plus lots of new
to our good buddies in the Wrinkle
Neck Mules for
once again letting us open up for them...this time at the Canal Club!
We had a great time! Look for their new EP called "Liza"
which will have 4 songs they recorded that night.
joined Moossa on the main stage on Brown's Island for the Wachovia
WALK 2005 on June
4th! Thanks to our friends, old and new, who came out to see us, and
we appreciated all the folks that liked us well enough to grab all those
free CDs and buy t-shirts!
thoroughly enjoyed our first appearance at Cary
Street Cafe on
May 5th! We appreciated The Unknown Favorites opening for us and our
buddy Zack who helped us at the sound board. We had one of our
favorite local singers join us on stage...thanks for jamming with us Heath!
to Vicki Neilson of The Giving Heart for having ATK back for the 2nd Annual CAM
Fest on April 16
at the Farmer's Market. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the Pre-CAM
Fest party at Arthur's on Friday, and despite the chilly weather on
Saturday, we had a blast playing with so many of our favorite local bands.
We even got on on the Channel 8 News that night!
Atkinsons took second place at the Randolph-Macon College Music Honor
Society Battle of the Bands! Congrats to our buddies in
Pennyshaker who won and got to open for Carbon Leaf that night!
to our good friends who came out to see us play Alley Katz last Sat.
night when we opened up for our buddies the Wrinkle
Neck Mules! And
Happy Bday to Chris P.! We finished off the weekend by playing Sunday
on Church Hill for the annual St. Patrick's Irish Festival.
What a beautiful day and such a well-run and organized festival.
Always a pleasure!
had a great time playing at Mojo's for RRR's Special Sunday Showcase on
2/20! We got to play with so many of our favorite bands in Richmond:
Heath Haynes & the Crying Shames, Sin City Revival and Fabled Automatic.
We also want to thank Monty Allen for recording the show!
RRR show at Poe's Pub with the Wrinkle Neck Mules was unbelievable!
We've never seen that many people packed into Poe's before! Thanks for
everyone that came out to see us. Thanks Keith for taping the show for
you missed the RRR show at Poe's with Heath
Haynes and the Crying Shames...shame on you! It was a great night!
The Atkinsons had a fantastic time, and thanks to Shane and Dawn of The
Boondocks for starting off the night. Check the RRR website for
want to wish everyone a safe and happy holidays and the very best for 2005!!
We would also like to urge everyone to support local music in Richmond.
Check the calendars in the RTD
Weekender or in Style
Weekly and don't
forget the Richmond
who has supported local music since 1993. Catch local music on 102.1
the X - Studio B on
Sunday nights and Activate! on WRIR
97.3 on Wednesday
nights. And....go see a band!!
Atkinsons were a featured band on 102.1
the X - Studio B!!
Jay Smack played "Caroline" and announced our upcoming Richmond
show at Poe's Pub on 12/9 with Heath Haynes and the Crying Shames.
big crowd came out to Shenanigans on 11/12 despite the nasty weather.
We really enjoyed playing with The
Taters; they are such great guys! And we really appreciated seeing
all those familiar faces in the crowd!
Poe's Pub show with Sin
City Revival was a blast! Thanks to all who came out to see us and
to Chuck at Poe's for being such a gracious host. Thanks to all the
dancers in the crowd, and hey - our fiddle player, Mike, sure appreciated
the dollar tip from a new and impressed fan!
and Dickie Wood have organized a new concert series called the RICHMOND
The series is geared to be a platform for local Richmond bands/artists
who concentrate on original music ranging from Americana, Roots Rock,
Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Gospel, etc. Having been a part of the
Richmond music scene for the past 15 years, we know it's hard for original
artists to draw enough folks into local venues to make it profitable for the
owners. Our goal is to have 3-4 bands scheduled for each monthly
event. Combined with promotion through the RRR website, flyers,
newspaper listings, emails, word-of- mouth, and each band's own
fan base, we are hoping to make it profitable for both the venues and
the bands and also give these great original bands valuable exposure in
bands/artists interested in being a part of future Richmond Roots Revival
concerts are encouraged to email us through the Richmond Roots Revival
website with information about your band and a contact name.
Matt's Pub: The Atkinsons were
"born" in one of the greatest local hangouts in Richmond-- Matt's
Village Pub. Jeff, Dickie and Jamie celebrated the last open mic night
there on Thursday, Sept. 30th along with many of our buddies. We will
were back at Matt's Village Pub and had a blast!
Atkinsons played Petersburg's Nostalgiafest!
Atkinsons survived our big TWO festivals in ONE day on 8/29! We played
the Vegetarian Festival in Bryan Park first and got our butts down to
the Science Museum to play CAM Fest 2004. We heard some great
compliments and we thank all who came out to see us. We also enjoyed
the Pre-CAM party at Vicki Neilson's house the night before and hanging out with
Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens, Jeff Black and Martine Locke.
Atkinsons enjoyed being one of the many bands who played the Carytown
Watermelon Festival on August 8! What a beautiful day and what a
crowd that came out to enjoy Carytown's famous festival!
Atkinsons were excited to play as a full band back at the place where it all
started - Matt's Village Pub! Dickie and Jeff first met and
started playing together at Matt's Open Mic Night!
took a trip to Fredericksburg to play at Cafe New Orleans
official - The Atkinsons have a new fiddle player. Mike Ferry
is a classically trained violinist and has been playing practically his
entire life. Mike had been touring up and down the east coast with his
former band The Echoes, until they decided to call it quits. During
his three years on hiatus, Mike began teaching violin to make a few extra
bucks. It was through one of his students, Chris Hale, that he was
introduced to the band.
modified version of ATK (Dickie, Jamie and Jeff) played a private wine party
in the northside. It happened to be race weekend so guess who got
caught in traffic for two hours going home (which usually would have only
taken 10 minutes)!
a brief but very promising run, Chris Hale has decided to leave The
Atkinsons. Chris' other band Scattered, Smothered, and Covered, play a
more traditional style of bluegrass and country - which is where his heart
really is. So he's decided to give them his full attention. We
wish him the best luck, and he will be sorely missed. Good luck Chris!
Atkinsons played on a floating stage in the Canal Turning Basin downtown for
Art Walk. We started off great but half-way thru the set, the
sky opened and the rains fell. Unfortunately we weren't fast enough to
save some amps and equipment before they were drenched.
Atkinsons participated in a Battle of the Bands at Potters Pub.
Although we received great compliments from the judged, Special Ed and the
Menokin Americana Music Festival was a huge success. We got to
play with a number of excellent bands including The Jackass Flats, Bill Kelso and
the Seldom Heard, and a Patsy Cline tribute singer, Shelia Marie, just to
name a few. We were also interviewed and broadcasted on WRAR FM 105.5
and WNNT River Country FM 100.9. So it was a pretty cool day.
help publicize the Menokin Americana Music Festival, we played live on WHAN 1430 AM in
Hanover on Roger Reynolds' local music music hour "Drive Thru with Rog".
We played a short, two song acoustic set with fiddle, mandolin, acoustic
guitar and bass. Check out the WHAN website at www.whan1430.com.
their first Irish Festival on Church Hill! It was cold, but
what a great time!
Wood has officially joined
The Atkinsons. She sang harmonies and played percussion all night with
us at Wildcats in Shockoe Bottom for the very first time. She is a
welcome addition to the band musically, and certainly, she is much better to
look at than any of the other players!
at Art Works as a benefit for Polkadot Arts Gallery.
Valentine's Day at Out of Bounds!
back at Polkadot Arts Gallery!
their first show at Boulevard Deli. Thanks Walt! What
their debut at Polkadot Arts Gallery! Thanks go out to Karen
Fitzhugh (now Karen ATKINSON!) for asking the band play! the lineup included Dickie Wood, Jeff
Williams, Ricky Breland, Chris Hale and Jay Turner.