2021 AIM Stages Schedule
Saturday, June 5
10:45 - 12:00 The MelTones
12:15 - 1:30 Poisoned Dwarf
1:45 - 3:00 Mare Wakefield & Nomad
3:15 - 4:30 Jeff Little
10:15 - 11:30 Jeff & Sherry Wagner
11:45 - 1:00 Clayton Neal
1:15 - 2:30 Paige Melton
2:45 - 4:00 Gary Archer
Sunday, June 6
11:30 - 12:30 Pistol Sister
12:45 - 1:45 East of Monroe
2:00 - 3:00 Something Different Duo
11:30 - 12:30 Jeff & Sherry Wagner
12:45 - 11:45 Just Us
2:00 - 3:00p Margox
Headliner for 2021
Jeff Little is an award winning musician from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. He is an exceptional and critically acclaimed musician, who is recognized as a true innovator in acoustic music.
He has performed at The Smithsonian Institution, The National Folk Festival, American Piano Masters, Merlefest, and many festivals and music venues, throughout the US. Jeff has been featured on NPR and PBS and has also taken his music around the world performing in Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Oman, France and Tanzania. In 2014 Jeff was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. In addition, Jeff is a full time faculty member and Artist in Residence for the Popular Music Program at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC.
The Jeff Little Trio includes Steve Lewis, a highly respected, award-winning guitarist and two-time national champion banjo player and Luke Little, a young and talented mandolin player.
“Jeff Little is a remarkable musician, steeped in the tradition of his native Blue Ridge, yet also a virtuosic and eclectic innovator."- National Public Radio
“Jeff Little tore the place apart with his wondrously quick and articulate piano style. He is always intelligent and richly melodic."-The Boston Globe
Mare Wakefield & Nomad
“Lovely vocals and even lovelier songs. Wakefield and Nomad are a little bit country, a lot contemporary folk a la Dar Williams or Patty Griffin” – New York Times
Mare Wakefield and Nomad are a Nashville-based, contemporary folk/Americana duo who perform a style of music reflective of their journey through life. Their critically acclaimed songs demonstrate their musical versatility and the hopes, struggles, and joys that emerge through their experiences. In 2015 and 2016 they were Kerrville NewFolk finalists and in 2015 were recognized by Falcon Ridge Emerging artists. The duo is currently working on a recording project with Grammy-winning producer Mitch Dane.
East of Monroe
East of Monroe is an Americana/bluegrass group based in Virginia and Maryland who perform mostly original tunes along with tasteful covers. The band members each have different influences and backgrounds which leads to performances encompassing many different styles of music all which blends together in a unique and entertaining way. The band members include: Gary Alan Ferguson – singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist; Jackie Frost – guitar and vocals; Lisa Kay Howard – mandolin and vocals; Walter Hughes – fiddle, dobro, vocals; Terry Wittenburg – banjo and vocals; and Billy Budd – upright bass. Individually, members of East of Monroe have won numerous songwriting contests and performed with world-renowned bluegrass artists. As a band they are rapidly become a force in the acoustic scene. Their album, By the River’s Edge, was released in 2018.
Clayton Neal is a vocalist, guitarist, and harmonica player who has become a popular musical fixture throughout the rivah country both as a performer, a coordinator of musical artists at local venues, and through sharing his musical talents in support of community and charitable organizations. He is the founder of Jumbo Lump Daddy and the Backfin Boys who were voted Best Local Musicians by the readers of Pleasant Living magazine eight years in a row. He currently pursues a solo career, entertaining audiences throughout Virginia, Maryland and the Carolinas with a “rivahdacious” style of music that includes Americana, country, rhythm & blues, folk, and rock’n roll.
Paige is a classic folk musician known for her outstanding vocal and guitar arrangements delivered with an innocent "flower child" attitude that embraces the 60's and 70's. Despite her youth, singing songs from the Woodstock generation comes natural to Paige, whose repertoire consists of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Janis Joplin and James Taylor in addition to a number of popular artists from more current decades. Paige performs at various clubs, coffee houses and concert venues throughout Virginia and Maryland. She is a graduate of VCU with a degree in Music Therapy and will soon be pursuing a Masters degree in Music Therapy at Temple University in Philadelphia.
The MelTones are a professional father/daughter musical duo. Randy Melton is a seasoned musician, who has performed with bands including The Janitors and The Monument City Jazz Trio for over a decade. He is currently keyboardist for the Michael Clark Band. Logging in over 9,000 gigs, he entertains an audience with clever arrangements and fiery performances. Paige is a popular local musician, who performs throughout Virginia and Maryland. Her stellar vocal styling and complimentary guitar picking make her a sure sensation for weddings, clubs, private parties, indoor and outdoor events. Together they are The MelTones, whose total is greater than the sum of their parts.
Jeff & Sherry Wagner
Jeff and Sherry Wagner are a husband-wife duo who play acoustic Americana music. They blend modern folk, classic country, bluegrass and roots material with guitar, mandolin, and bass with tight vocal harmonies. Jeff and Sherry have delighted audiences with their entertaining performances as a duo for over 25 years in the greater Richmond and Central Virginia area. Jeff has just recently finished his 3rd album of original songs.
Something Different Duo
Something Different Duo is a popular father/daughter duo that performs music from a variety of genres spanning multiple decades. Brad Sindle, father and keyboard player, is responsible for instrumentation. For the past 13 years he has been the keyboard player for the legendary 46 year-old soul/horn band, Slapnation (formerly Slapwater). Brad’s daughter, Ashley Sindle Wenner, studied music at Shennandoah University, graduating with a music degree in voice. She is an accomplished entertainer with a wide range of vocal styles. Together, Brad and Ashley have been making people tap their toes, sing, and dance for nearly five years.
Margox is an indie-rock band from Richmond, VA fronted by songstress Colleen Christman. Her honest, soulful, lyrically-focused songs pack a punch that make you want to get up and dance while also giving you a safe space to rest. Margox’s music is unapologetically vulnerable and encourages you to find what you love and fight for it. Their music invites listeners into an open place for all, soaked in a lot of truth, emotion, and, of course, the color orange.
Pistol Sister is a Richmond-based alt-country duo made up of Mackenzie Roark and Michael Hirsch. Inspired by 1970's country music, their sound has a twang that is accentuated by banjo, acoustic guitar, and vocal harmonies. Playing both originals and covers, their upbeat vibe has a little something for everyone.
Gary Archer is an accomplished and versatile musician who has been entertaining audiences since he was a teenager. He has performed as lead guitarist and songwriter for the popular, award-winning band “Jumbo Lump Daddy and the Backfin Boys”, as a solo singer-songwriter, and in Richmond-based bands including “Union Pacific” and “The Members”. Gary has utilized his musical talents for the past 20 years as a music educator in Cumberland County Public Schools. His unique delivery of music basics and innovative ideas continues to inspire students. A self-produced EP, "Gary Archer's Music", featuring Gary playing all instruments and performing all vocals will be released soon.
Beth Justice and her daughter, Morgan Stewart, are both talented professional singers and natives of Urbanna. Morgan attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for two years and finished her music degree at VCU. She manages and performs in the very successful group, “Fillmore Duo”. She also teaches private music lessons. Since 2000, Beth has managed and been the lead vocalist for “Sweet Justice”, a well-known classic rock band in the Richmond and surrounding area. Beth and Morgan have similar vocal tones creating a nice blend. They enjoy singing together for special events several times a year.
Poisoned Dwarf is a Celtic music group that plays virtuosic, innovative and passionate renditions of traditional Irish and Scottish music on acoustic instruments. Five talented musicians create a driving sonic energy that has been captivating audiences for over a decade with whistles, flutes, violin, guitar, percussion and Uillieann pipes together with exciting and lyrical vocals. Poisoned Dwarf performs at a wide variety of musical venues from highland festivals to theaters, churches to sophisticated listening venues throughout the East Coast.
Members of Poisoned Dwarf include Thomas DeRose, Irish flute; Mei-Li Garcia, violin; Lance Pedigo, percussion and bodhran; Patrick Rooney, guitar and mandolin; and Stewart Pittman, bag pipes, Celtic wind instruments, including the Uilleann pipes.