Joe Ayers and early Ragtime sounds at Offbeat Roadhouse

Date: 04/12/2024

Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Joe Ayers will pull into Offbeat Roadhouse Friday night, April 12, for a concert which will also be broadcast on WTJU. A renowned musician and historian, Joe will put on a special program featuring Ragtime guitar from the early 20th century.

This is a free event, open to all. Masks are strongly encouraged for all attendees.  You can also listen to Offbeat Roadhouse on the radio (91.1 FM) or on-line, and even video stream it at WTJU’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.  But concerts always sound better with you as part of the studio audience.  WTJU is located at 2244 Ivy Rd in Charlottesville, right next door to Vivace.  There is plenty of parking, both in our lot as well as the Sentara lot next door.

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Joe Ayers has literally rewritten the history books regarding the development of the banjo in America…and has provided the most accurate account of the true sound of early banjo. He is also renowned for his study of guitar in America during the 19th and early 20th century. These past few years his focus has been on the early Ragtime sound.

Joe Ayers is a musician, historian, lecturer, musicologist, classical guitarist, blues expert, performing artist, and author. His recordings of early American music include several volumes of 19th century banjo classics. He has worked as a music history consultant and appeared in motion picture feature films (Warner Bros. productions) and in NBC, PBS, Discovery Channel and National Geographic television specials. He has played a seminal role in presenting authentic music for museums, Civil War reenactments, festivals, and education venues.

The grandson of a Virginia dance fiddler, Joe led the Tuckahoe Social Orchestra for 14 years, incorporating his children within the ranks of the performing group. The orchestra performed 19th century parlor, dance and minstrel music. Joe also gives lectures, offers historical consultation for films, sound tracks and other artists’ recordings, conducts workshops and seminars, and participates in residencies.


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