Next month Rattlemouth is preparing to go to Minimum Wage studio in Richmond's Oregon Hill to begin work on a new studio album. The material will consist of a number of new original songs and a few arrangements of folk music from around the world. In a departure from the last two all-instrumental records, the next record will have many songs featuring Danny Finney's heartfelt singing and poetic lyrics.
August 4, 2015
Sadly we must report that our guitar player Austin suffered a bad injury to his thumb that required stitches. This happened the day before our last Savory Grain gig. Luckily our good friend and amazing guitar player Chris Vasi was able to come forward on very short notice and fill in on Friday night. On Saturday we had Charles Nill, an other amazing guitar player filling Austin's shoes.
Unfortunately neither Chris nor Charles were able to play the Saturday gig at Crossroads so we had to cancel that one. We hope to be back at Crossroads on September 1!
June 9, 2015
The summer is heating up for Rattlemouth! We are thankful for the many opportunities coming our way to play for your dancing pleasure! Some new venues for us this year include Stir Crazy Cafe, the Savory Grain, and Jazz Cafe at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. And there are more shows and new venues on the way! Thanks for your support!
May 20, 2015 -
Our first show at Stir Crazy Cafe was a great success and we are booked there once a month through the end of the year. Thanks to everyone who came out and danced! There are a few videos from this show on YouTube for your watching and listening pleasure! Next stop Crossroads on June 6!
May 6, 2015-
We have a few more new original songs that are in the repertoire and several more that are close to being complete. It is refreshing to the band to return to writing original material. Danny is singing on three songs now, including a revival of the Orthotonics song "Perils In the Moonbrain." There may be more Orthotonics songs showing up in our setlist.
March 14, 2015-
Rattlemouth is continuing to write original material. Danny has returned with a new song featuring his heartfelt vocals and lyrics. Expect to hear a shift back to more singing from Danny in the future.
Rattlemouth has also started to delve into the Orthotonics repertoire by learning a new arrangement of "Perils In the Moonbrain" from their album Wake Up You Must Remember.
Feb 10, 2015-
Rattlemouth is writing new original material and making new arrangements of music from around the world.
Rattlemouth is back in action with a new guitar player and new songs for your dancing and listening pleasure. We return with two shows on the first weekend in September. Our first show with new guitarist Austin Green will be Friday September 5th at Balliceaux opening for Fool's Errand at their CD release party. Saturday September 6th we return to Crossroads for a resumption of our monthly gig there on the first Saturday of the month. We have much new material for you to enjoy.
We send the most sincerest thanks out to our fans who have supported us over the past years. We do what we love because of you and you kept us going. We had a blast at our final gig as the current lineup at Crossroads on June 7th. There are no words to express our appreciation to you and the outpouring of love you showed us, and we hope we gave some back. Thanks for the memories. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Join us for a special evening on Saturday, June 7 as we bid farewell to our cellist Constance Sisk who will be moving to Cali this summer. It's been a blast playing with Constance and we'll be very sorry to see her go but wish her the best on her upcoming adventure. We hope you'll join us in a celebratory send-off at Crossroads Southside. This will also be the last show for our guitarist George Lowe as he moves to other musical projects. You won't want to miss this show!
Join us Saturday, May 3 for our next first Saturday performance at Crossroads.
Spring is here and it's due to be a beautiful day, inside or on the patio. Raise a glass and have a toast and a dance from 8-10:30pm!
March comes in like a lion with Rattlemouth..as the featured performers of Mardi Gras RVA
on Saturday, March 1 (the more family friendly event) and on Fat Tuesday, March 4 for a big evening event that's not to be missed! Not to mention, we'll be at our regular haunt, Crossroads
, on Saturday night, plus a private birthday party on Sunday. (Yes, we do private events!)
Hope to see you somewhere in RVA soon!
We're making plans with our friends at Dogtown Dance
for a special New Years Eve bash just for you, so save the date - December 31 - to spend the evening with us and see the new year in! Tickets only $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Ticket sales coming soon!
Huge thanks to all our fans and hosts who have shared these past busy weeks with us! We're grateful for your support. Many thanks to 43rd Street Gallery
for inviting us to perform at this year's 43rd Street Festival of the Arts! We had a blast, and look forward to being back next year. Check out some images here.
Thanks go out also to the folks behind the new Fall Line Fest
in Richmond and to the wonderful CultureFest
in wild, wonderful West VA!
Do you wish the weekend hadn't ended? Well, keep it going with us tonight @ The Nile Ethiopian Restaurant as we help celebrate Ethiopian New Years Eve!
We'll party like it's 2006! All ages so bring the family, plus enjoy a dinner buffet for only $5 (while it lasts) Doors open @ 7pm and we'll perform 8-11pm. Happy Monday!
Ok friends, tomorrow is the start of the new Fall Line Fest
and be sure to get your pass in advance for a cheaper rate, although you'll still need to take your ticket (purchased online or in person) to the corner of Broad & Belividere - future site of VCU contemporary art center - to pick up your wrist band to see the bands. There will be NO single show tickets sold only day pass or weekend pass.
Hey friends! You want to keep the summer going? Check out Richmond's newest Fall Line Festival
in Downtown on Sept 6 where we'll be performing at 9pm at 'Love RVA' venue, and then we'll be in gorgeous West VA for the CultureFest
on Sept 7! So grab your camping gear and join us in the mountains for a beautiful and mellow mountaintop gathering.
Check out our Shows page for even more gigs coming up!
July 14 -
We just got back from an awesome photo shoot with our friend Jay Paul. But he's not just a pal, he's one of Richmond's top photographers and we couldn't be more grateful for his time today in making us look good! Be sure to check out his work here
at Jay Paul Photography.
We've been so busy booking gigs for the coming months, we've hardly had time to post. But the wait is over! Check out our Shows page for the line up
- so far - through September. We're really excited to have been invited to take part in the new Fall Line Festival in Downtown RVA plus to head back to CultureFest in gorgeous mountains of West Virginia! If you want a great music camping experience, this is it! See you at an upcoming gig soon!
Boy, it's been some time since we've posted, but we've just been too busy bringing you the groove to write! And we've just added more shows to the calendar, including a fundraiser for some awesome animal rescue groups plus back at our fave new Downtown spot, 2113 Bistro!
We've just added a bunch new of news show to the calendar
- the awesome John Cage 'Musicircus' is this Thursday (and we're honored to be performing!)
- we've just been booked for the annual big fundraiser for the Richmond Waldorf School!
- we're performing our first gig at the cool new restaurant and lounge, 2113 Bistro!
- Exciting stuff. Come dance with us!
February 9, 2013-
Join us for a little Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday, Feb 12 when Dogtown Dance and friends throw a little party and parade in Manchester. Parade 5:30-7pm with performances to follow until 10pm. $10 Read more.
January 26, 2013-
Only 5 days left until Crossroads time! Plus..it's Groundhogs Day! Always a great time to celebrate as we're midway through winter. Don't forget to get there early. See you on Saturday on Southside!
January 9, 2013-
2013 is off to a great start following a rockin night at The Nile on New Years Eve. Or was it the jam packed house of Crossroads Coffee Southside on January 5th? Every month just keeps getting crazier, with old friends and new. If you haven't enjoyed our regular First Saturday Show at Crossroads, you really haven't seen a Rattlemouth show. We'll see you there again on February 2nd.
You don't have to wait until February to get your groove on. We're excited to be back at Strange Matter for an amazing AfroBeat Night with EMEFE (NYC)and Brand New Life (NC), which just happens to be the first day back at VCU. So you know where to celebrate back to school! This is going to be a killer dance show!
Check out the deets:
Strange Matter welcomes EMEFE, New York City's most exciting young afrobeat band, in their debut Richmond show. Touring in support of their debut album, Good Future (listen here), EMEFE draws heavy influence from Fela, the funk music of Sly Stone, James Brown and Earth Wind and Fire, as well as hip hop and neo-soul influences. Mixed with a rock and roll edge, the powerful and exciting EMEFE sound never fails to get audiences jumping. Also performing is Richmond's own celebrated world jazz ensemble, Rattlemouth. Opening the night is North Carolina's The Brand New Life, presenting their jazz infused afrobeat grooves. Don't miss this night of dancing, happiness, and FUNK!
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DECEMBER 12, 2012-
Ring in 2013 with Rattlemouth's Annual New Year's Dance Party!
Make your plans to join Rattlemouth and friends at one of Richmond's hottest live music spots - The Nile
- for a night of Ethio-Jazz and world beat grooves that will keep you dancing all night long. Make reservations with The Nile for dinner and stay for the music or come by around 10:30pm to end 2012 with a night of dancing. The show is only $10 and includes a champagne toast at midnight! See you on December 31st!
November 3, 2012-
It's the First Saturday of the month, which means we're heading back to our favorite spot - Crossroads on Southside! Our fans will be happy to know that we're pulling out some older stuff tonight! See you @ 8-10:30p
As you prepare for the oncoming effects of Hurricane Sandy, why not think of something more pleasant, like attending a Rattlemouth show?! Be sure to save the First Saturday of each month as your 'Rattlemouth Night' as we perform monthly at Crossroads - Southside's best local for live music. See you there next on Saturday, November 3rd!
Fans around Charlottesville can catch the band on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at the MH Ecstatic: Arts & Music Festival at Lee Park! Rattlemouth will perform live at 4pm on the Music Stage. Hope to see you there!
Rattlemouth was honored to open for Janka Nabay and The Bubu Gang (Sierra Leone’s own “King of Bubu” via Brooklyn)
and Delicate Steve (both on Luaka Bop) at Richmond’s Strange Matter. Check out the show here thanks to our pal Silver!
Richmond artist Keith Ramsey
created this awesome video for George Lowe's composition, 'The View From Above'
. We're happy to have been an inspiration and are honored to share it with you here.
A VIEW FROM ABOVE music by RATTLEMOUTH from KEITH RAMSEY on Vimeo.