Rich Tarbell

The new "It's a Music Town" exhibit was inspired by photographer Rich Tarbell's book, "Regarding Charlottesville Music." A First Fridays opening reception will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at CitySpace. Photo by Tristan Williams. #nosale

“It’s a Music Town — The Charlottesville Music History Exhibit” will open with a First Fridays reception starting at 5 p.m. Friday at CitySpace on the Downtown Mall, presented by the Albemarle Charlottesville Society

Curated by Rich Tarbell and Coy Barefoot, the new exhibit focuses on the musicians and milestones of the “golden age” of Charlottesville’s vibrant music scene from the 1970s through the 1990s. It was inspired by “Regarding Charlottesville Music,” Tarbell’s 2018 book of photography and oral histories documenting the musicians, their town and their times.

Highlights will include such bands and performers as the Hogwaller Ramblers, Hackensaw Boys, Skip Castro, the AllStars and the Dave Matthews Band. Venues include Muldowney’s, the Mineshaft, the basement at Tokyo Rose and many others.

The exhibit also will dive into local music history, including the region’s first integrated nightclub, the first punk scene, the first “gay bar” and other milestones. It also will explore the role that the Fridays After Five concert series played in the success of the Downtown Mall.

The exhibit, made possible by presenting sponsor Hunter Smith and the team at Champion Brewing Company of Charlottesville, can be seen at CitySpace throughout April before moving to a long-term display site to be announced later.

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