» 23rd annual Graves’ Mountain Festival of Music with welcome at 12:40 p.m., U.S. Navy Band Country Current at 12:50 p.m., Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome at 2 p.m., Joe Mullins and Radio Ramblers at 3 p.m., Jessica Weaver and Silver Linings at 4 p.m., Junior Sisk and Ramblers’ Choice at 5 p.m., Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver at 6:20 p.m., Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins at 7:40 p.m. and Doyle Lawson, JD Crowe and Paul Williams at 9 p.m., Graves’ Mountain Lodge in Syria, (540) 923-4231, $35, three-day ticket $105.
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» Art Guild of Greene hosts Brigadier General (Ret) Anthony J. Tata speaking about his new book, “Foreign and Domestic,” from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday during the Strawberry Festival at Court Square in Stanardsville. 996-9048.
On Saturday, the Mountain Cove Music Festival will fill the glen of Mountain Cove Winery in Arrington with music, food and the winery’s signature vintages. Families are invited to enjoy the music of three of Charlottesville’s favorites — Eli Cook, Sarah White, and Vaden Cox and Friends.
» Miss Tess and the Talkbacks with The Judy Chops, 8 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., the Southern Cafe and Music Hall, 1-800-594-8499, $10, $8 advance, general admission standing room.
» American Red Cross offers blood drives from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 3 and 4 at the Red Cross office at 1105 Rose Hill Drive. 979-7143.
This past weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, traditionally has been the opening of the summer barbecue season. The grill has been cleaned, the salad recipes have been brought forth and there are enough paper plates to last for several cookouts. The mustard jar once again has gained a prominent place at the table.
Rumbling simplicity began echoing out of the nation’s capitol during the late ’70s as independently produced punk bands like Bad Brains and Slickee Boys started dispatching a unique strain of the music. While the importance of those ensembles can’t be minimized, it would be a clutch of teenagers just a few years later that would establish an enduring subculture.
» Red and the Romantics, 7:30-11 p.m., Durty Nelly’s Pub, 295-1278, no cover.
» Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, 9 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., the Southern Cafe and Music Hall, 1-800-594-TIXX (8499), $12, $10 advance, general admission standing room.