Gig Notes

JCS @ Obrigado, July 18, 2009

Tonight was our first gig in the “back room” at Obrigado. We had a small but enthusiastic crowd. The ambience of the room is nice…a little warm but we’re assured that the A/C will be working next time. We had a special guest singer during the third set. Christian’s dad, George, got up and sang “A Few Ole Country Boys” with us. We’re told we sounded pretty good, but since we decided against pulling out the monitors for such a small room we’ll have to take the crowd’s word for it. Lesson learned, even if you’re playing in a broom closet, use the monitors!

Looking forward to seeing you all out at McGrady’s in August!


Jamie’s and Christina’s Going Away Party – Bath Co., VA

It was with heavy hearts that we played our most recent show in Bath County. Our dear friends Jamie and Christina McKay are moving to Utah in July, so we headed down to see them off in true Sheriffs fashion. Scott and Nancy Miller threw a helluva shindig at their place out in the country. It was a beautiful day. The Sheriffs were feeling a bit rough from the previous night (thanks, Jamie!) but we managed to eke out two sets of our standards for the assembled masses. Photos and audio (possibly even some video) of the show forthcoming. Thanks again to everyone who came out to see us and to say “See you later” (no goodbyes here) to the McKays. You’ll truly be missed, but whenever you come back to VA to visit, you’ll most likely see us there!

Photos from the show.

View the setlist from the gig.

JCS @ Obrigado Restaurant – April 24, 2009

We had a pretty good show at O’s this night. Crowd wasn’t as big as it has been in the past, but they were nonetheless enthusiastic. As has become our standard, we recorded this show. We’re still working on tweaking the setup, but the results so far have been promising. You can give them a listen below. Remember, we said they’re not great. But if you can’t make it to a show, hearing it online is the next best thing! As always, thanks to everyone who came out to see us. We’ll be back at Obrigado in July, albeit in the smaller back room (sadly, the “music space” is no more). Remember to check out the “Gigs” page for more info!

Photos from the show.

Listen to the show:
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3

JCS @ McGrady’s Irish Pub – March 17, 2009

For the second year in a row, the JCS rocked McGrady’s Irish Pub in Charlottesville. It was a great show! Lots of fun, lots of green beer. Many thanks to Scott and his crew for having us back. We’re looking forward to returning in 2010!

Photos from the show.

View our setlist from the gig.

JCS @ Rapunzel’s – October 14, 2005

Well, in our humble opinion, the gig at Rapunzel’s this past weekend was outstanding. We played three sets for the good folks down in Lovingston, and it appeared to be very well received. One couple told us that they felt like they were at a Kingston Trio concert. I don’t think we’re anywhere near that talented, but it was quite a compliment all the same.

The Sheriffs also performed our first-ever live children’s set (with two dads on stage and two daughters in the audience, we couldn’t very well turn down their requests), which included Old MacDonald, The Alphabet Song, Apples and Bananas, and others. We ain’t proud, but you do what you gotta do. 😉

Many thanks to TJ, one of the founders of Carbon Leaf fansite, for coming out, donating his time and equipment, and recording our entire show. Keep an eye on the website in the coming weeks; we’ll likely post some tunes from the show soon.

And thanks to everyone who came out…it felt great to be onstage again.

View our setlist from the gig.

JCS @ Ben’s Whole Hog BBQ – September 19, 2001

Well, it never hurts to have a little extra law enforcement around, right? We played our first three-Sheriff gig this past Saturday up at Ben’s in Northern Virginia, and we realized the band is never gonna be the same. Kyle Hall stepped in, pulled up a mic, and played his first JCS show like he’d been with us all along. We had a great crowd at Ben’s, enthusiastic as usual, and Ben was in rare form. I think since we hadn’t been there in 2 months he just couldn’t contain himself. At one point we got a bit worried that he wasn’t going to be able to contain the pit fires, but he got everything under control, and the pork was fantastic as usual. The show started off strong from the first tune, and we threw some new ones in, including “Man of Constant Sorrow” and “Dear Abby.” The crowd seemed to appreciate it, and didn’t want us to leave; I think everybody needed a break from the past week’s events. Thanks to Kyle, we also hit some damn good three part harmonies (in this Sheriff’s humble opinion), so look for more vocal action up front in shows to come. We’ve got a busy September lined up; one more show at Ben’s, a wedding ceremony and reception, and a fraternity party will round out the month for us. October will hopefully bring more Charlottesville venues to our “beat”, so check back frequently and we’ll keep you up to date. Keep us in the loop if you’ve got an idea for a new venue for us. Also, be on the lookout for a CD of your favorite JCS tunes, as the Sheriffs are plotting a weekend in a studio soon. Take care and hope to see you at the next show!
Best, Christian

JCS @ Ben’s Whole Hog BBQ – May 30, 2001

If you missed the show at Ben’s from Friday night, you missed the best JCS show ever (in my humble opinion). It started off a little slow and the temperature was a wee-bit warm. I was about ready to pass out from the heat by the end of the first set. But we got some doors opened, we cooled off, and music heated up after the break. As usual with Ben’s joint, we had a great crowd who seemed to be as enthusiastic about the show as we were. Everyone was in good spirits and Ben would not let us go home, so we were forced to play a third set (hey, you wouldn’t want him pointing a meat cleaver at you either). The third set was mostly experimental, but it turned out great and we got some new favorites to play at the next show. Amazingly enough, despite all the hard work we do to bring you great music, the crowd favorite of the night was the theme from the Dukes of Hazzard. Go figure.
We got some new gigs lined up — we’ll be back in Charlottesville twice more in June, and we’re even heading out to southwest Virginia in July to play a pub in Tazewell County for the authentic Appalachian folks. So we’re excited about a fun summer coming up. Hope to see y’all soon on the road. Cheers! — Jeff

JCS @ Durty Nelly’s – May 10, 2001

Last night we played our first show in Charlottesville at Durty Nelly’s Pub. I wouldn’t call it our best performance ever, but that certainly wasn’t for lack of support. We’d like to thank everyone who came out to see us last night — friends and family alike. I’m not to going to name everyone who came out (because inevitably I’ll end up forgetting one person and then feel like a total jackass, and I’m not about to subject myself to that), but you know who you are, and we were grateful for all the friendly faces in the audience. Also, a tremendous thanks to Kevin for loaning us his equipment, running the sound system for us, and even changing a busted guitar string in the middle of the second set.

The show started off very poorly last night, in this Sheriff’s humble opinion. We were a little rushed setting up, and the joint was a little on the warm side, so my body temperature seemed to hover around 105 for most of the night. On top of that, it was tough to keep the instruments in tune in the heat. And last but not least, having never played with a full sound set-up like we did last night, we were having some trouble getting things tweaked just right. Fortunately my companion in crime was in great spirits, and was able to verify for me before each tune began which chords I should play, so I managed to rally and we pulled it together for a great second set.

As much as I hate to give up the limelight, the show was truly stolen when Kyle Hall, a former bandmate of Christian’s, good friend, Junior Deputy Sheriff, and all around swell guy joined us on stage for a blistering rendition of a Britney Spears tune. You think I’m kidding? Would I lie about Britney Spears?

So that’s the brief account. If you were there, again, thank you. If you missed the show, well, work on it. We certainly are. Hope to see you tomorrow night (!) back in the northern VA area for our regular gig at Ben’s BBQ.

Cheers! — Jeff

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