This week’s Be There treats include an evening with the Legwarmers, an afternoon with Elvis, a morning of fairy tales and superpowers, and a week on the James River soaking in sunshine and history.

Men and women at work

Tease and freeze some classic big hair, load your arms with neon bangles and get ready to wear your sunglasses at night. The Legwarmers: The Ultimate ’80s Tribute Band will return to the Jefferson Theater at 9 p.m. Friday.

The band, formed by Gordon Gartrell and Cru Jones in May 2001, offers musical performances of favorite 1980s hits by the founders and their friends Chet Reno, Lavaar Huxtable, Roxanne Rio, Capt. Morgan Pondo and Clarence McFly. Together, they’ll take listeners on a sentimental journey from A-Ha to Young MC. If it has been way too long since you’ve passed the dutchie on the left-hand side, dialed Jenny or blistered in the sun, just grab your raspberry beret and roam to the box office.

Tickets are $20; pay $18 in advance. Learn more at

Rock drum recital

IX Art Park is the place to catch the Stacy’s Music Highway to Rock Drum Recital at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.; the music is indoors.

Special guests on the program include The Lone Rangers and Six Foot Ceilings.

The show is $8 at the door, or $6 in advance. Learn more at

An evening with the King

Memories of Elvis will present an afternoon of Elvis Presley music with singer Stewart Chapman at 2 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 156 in Orange.

Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 online for early birds; get them at The event is a benefit for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

‘Music Around the World’

Clarinetist Rose Bittle, winner of the 2019 James W. Simmons Solo Contest and Dr. Genevieve Murphy Scholarship, and vocalist Richard Orange will be the guest soloists for Tuesday’s Charlottesville Municipal Band concert.

“Music Around the World,” which begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fluvanna County High School, will include guest conductor Gary Fagan. Mike Strickler, band director at FCHS, will be your host.

Be sure to get there by 7 p.m. if you’d like to check out the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo. The fun takes place in front of the stage to give young listeners a chance to learn how the band’s instruments create sounds.

Admission is free. Get all the details about this concert and the entire 97th summer season at

Superheroes meet fairy tales

The Paramount Theater and Compass Creative Dramatics are giving local young people a chance to train with theater professionals and present performances on the Paramount’s stage.

This year, the production will be “Cinderella (Saves the World)!” It updates the classic fairy tale by following plucky Cinderella on her quest to attend the local superhero league’s tryouts, even though she doesn’t have any superpowers.

Performances are set for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10.50; youth tickets are $5.50. And who knows? Seeing other young people on stage just might ignite a family member’s lifelong love of theater. For information, go to

Batteau blast

This year’s James River Batteau Festival, which starts at 11 a.m. Saturday on Percival’s Island in Lynchburg, will be in Central Virginia next week. The 34th annual celebration of flat-bottomed boats and their role in young Virginia’s thriving river commerce from 1775 to 1840 reaches Wingina on Monday, Howardsville on Tuesday, Scottsville on Wednesday and Slate River on Thursday. Then the batteaux and their crews will head to Cartersville on June 21 and the final location at Maidens Landing on June 22.

Find more information on the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society’s website at That’s where you can download and print maps, camping information and other details that’ll make your visit more enjoyable.

And if you’d like to be part of the action, but the thought of poling a boat in the summer heat isn’t quite your idea of fun, Scottsville Events & Tourism is signing up volunteers who’d like to spend a few hours on Wednesday in period attire directing Batteau Festival visitors from the James River’s edge to the festivities on Canal Basin Square. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m., but organizers would welcome even an hour or two of your help. Just email to sign up.

If you love canoeing or kayaking, you’re welcome, too; just make a donation at the T-shirt booth and join the party. Get all the details at

Open mic heats up

The almost-every-Monday tradition of laughing with friends and neighbors at the Southern Cafe and Music Hall continues when the L.Y.A.O. Comedy Open Mic Night returns with a collection of comics starting at 8 p.m. Monday

Chris Alan is your host; he’ll share some of his own original humor and introduce you to some of his comedian friends. And if you’ve always wanted to try your hand at stand-up comedy, be sure to sign up at 7 p.m.

The event is free. Food and drinks will be available if you want to make an evening of it. Get all the particulars at

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Jane Dunlap Sathe is the features editor for The Daily Progress. Contact her at (434) 978-7249 or

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