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Panini Brothers (benefit for Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM)

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Panini Brothers (benefit for Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM)
Friday, May 6, 2016 7:30 PM
Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VA
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  • Ticket Price: $22.00 - $42.00
  • Door Time: 7:00 PM
  • Show Type: Rock
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All proceeds from this show will go to the Franklin County Junior Appalachian Musicians [JAM] program. This area has a strong cultural history in bluegrass and old time music and sits on The Crooked Road music trail.
JAM is a program that began in 2014 in Franklin County, and is made possible by the Smith Mountain Arts Council and many educational grants. The purpose is to learn to play and perform traditional Appalachian music on guitar, banjo, and fiddle. They believe that children who are actively engaged in traditional music are more connected and prepared to strengthen their communities for future generations. JAM has over 35 county programs in North and South Carolina and Virginia.
There are currently 28 students (grades 4 - 8) in our county program. They practice every week for two hours after school with five instructors. They have performed several times for schools, county festivals, and at Heartwood in Abington. For more information, please visit them:
The Panini Brothers is a group of five musicians from the Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia area, who have been playing together for a number of years. With four songwriters in the band, you can imagine that their repertoire of original songs varies widely in style. So, when people ask what kind of music they play, the answer is usually somewhat vague; “…a blend of blues, rock, folk, jazz, and more”. One thing is for sure….nobody plays Panini Brother songs as well as The Panini Brothers do.
Their live shows are the same….the music itself changes with every song, but the lyrics are something to listen for. Each song has a story to tell and the music is there supporting that message.
Their debut album, “Eyes on the Water”, was recorded in 2015 at Blackwater Recording Studio. It is a collection of 14 original songs that takes you on a tour of their different styles of music. Opening with a heartfelt ballad about a “Better Way”, moving through the rock interpretation of a long workday with “When Every Morning Comes” and ending with a hound dog’s explanation of why he acts like he does in “Road Dog Blues”.
So, how did they choose the name for the band? They are not legally brothers, but are musical brothers in a sense. They do things that real brothers do like laughing, joking, and arguing, but they always get along when it matters….in this case, playing their music. And, they all love Panini sandwiches.
The Panini Brothers are: Larry Sakayama, Mike DeGiorgi, Chip Conway, Mark Earnhardt, and Scott Thomas. Visit them on their website for more information or to hear clips from their album.