RTE 23 Music Festival
Presented by the Birthplace of Country Music, RTE 23 is a free concert experience that brings a taste of Bristol Rhythm to the coalfields for a free celebration of our region’s rich music culture with great music, food, and family fun!
Date: August 25, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m.—10:00 p.m.
Location: University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Wise, VA
The RTE 23 Music Festival has its origins back in February of 2009, when The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Concert Series at UVa-Wise hosted its first show in the college’s student center. The goal then – and now – was simple: bring the best Americana bands possible to music lovers in Southwest Virginia. This year’s lineup offers a great preview of artists who will perform at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in September, including The New Respects, Cordovas, and Young Mister. For a complete schedule of events and more information visit RTE23MusicFestival.com.
Featured in Rolling Stone as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know,” newly signed Credential Recordings artist The New Respects are quickly turning heads and gaining unprecedented traction. Falling into a genre of their own, The New Respects mesh rock & roll, soul, and pop music with overlays of acoustic tones. Comprised of twins Zandy and Lexi Fitzgerald, brother Darius and their cousin Jasmine Mullen, the Nashville-based group is a true family affair, evidencing the undeniable soul and musical legacy that flows through the roots of their family tree. Upon their debut, the Nashville-based band surged on social media platforms and their second single “Trouble” received sync placements with Fox Sports, ESPN and TNT. Both Nylon Magazine and Interview Magazine exclusively premiered music videos for the band’s second and third singles. Most recently the band got together with NPR Music to announce the release of their 5 song EP Here Comes Trouble, which features three new unreleased tracks, all of which the band will be playing live while out on tour this year.
Cordovas are Joe Firstman, Lucca Soria, Jon Loyd, Toby Weaver and Graham Spillman. Out of Madison, Tennessee, Cordovas’ sound is based in harmony, song, and musicianship. Firstman released two albums on Atlantic Records in the early 2000s, including the acclaimed War of Women. “Baby Genius,” 24-year-old songsmith, Des Moines’ Lucca Soria, sings and plays guitar. The keyboardist, Jon Loyd, is an original Cordova from Macon, GA. Loyd’s high notes and piano style make the sound unforgettable and recognizable. His musical genius is well known in Nashville circles. Redondo Beach, California’s Graham Spillman is on drums. The 25-year-old Berklee College of Music dropout also sings and pens tunes for the group. Toby Weaver, also an original Cordova and American Folk music aficionado, plays guitar and sings. The band spent the past winter on the Baja in Mexico writing and demoing songs for their latest album produced by two-time Grammy nominee Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids.
Young Mister is songwriter Steven Fiore, sometimes accompanied by a band of talented musicians from across the southeast United States. As a songwriter, Fiore has spent many years building a fan base along both coasts, touring with the likes of Jump Little Children and Howie Day, and even regularly performing as a guest vocalist in Jeff Goldblum’s jazz band in Los Angeles.
After spending 8 years as a songwriter for Universal Music Publishing Group, Fiore is now stretching into new musical territory as Young Mister.