Order Volume 1 of Under the Table and Screaming, a WTJU zine about Cville’s local music scene

Now available for purchase, Under the Table and Screaming is a new zine series from WTJU about the Charlottesville music scene. Volume 1 tells the music history of beloved venue and restaurant, Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Order yours HERE.

For those new to “the tea house,” as it’s often known, the zine details the physical space (smells and all), setting the scene for what it’s like to see live music performed there—or to be a band lugging gear upstairs, “a band’s worst nightmare … But oh, is it worth it.” Under the Table and Screaming: Volume 1, written by Erin O’Hare, marks the first in a series of zines published by WTJU that celebrates local music venues, past and present. – Sarah Lawson, A Signature Scent

Those in the know say that Charlottesville has an unusual wealth of musical creativity for a city its size. Whether you’re into metal, classical, klezmer, or anything in between the Charlottesville music scene delivers over and over again.

“Under The Table And Screaming” gives a nod to the long shadow cast by the Dave Matthews Band in the 1990s, while delving into the people, places, and stories that keep our vibrant local music scene alive and thriving today. The zine series takes an ecumenical approach to Charlottesville’s music genres. Issues will variously delve into a wide array of genres, including classical, jazz, rock, folk, hip-hop, and experimental / electronic. Interspersed with these profiles will be stories, venues, and anecdotes from Charlottesville’s musical past.

During the pandemic, local journalist and WTJU host Erin O’Hare interviewed more than 50 local musicians and venue owners and collected a huge quantity of graphic artifacts. Complemented with artwork by Sarah Everton and Thomas Dean, and edited by Jay Mackenzie Baker, the zine series will document 11 of Charlottesville’s music venues – most of them DIY or independent.

In this first teaser volume, Erin O’Hare focuses on Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, an eclectic venue with an equally eclectic history and cast of characters. As a longstanding non-corporate, open-minded pillar of the Charlottesville music community, Tea Bazaar has held shows ranging from the strange to the sublime for more than 20 years.

Full of the personal charm that characterizes Tea Bazaar itself, O’Hare’s writing perfectly emulates the ethos of this wonderfully weird, welcoming place.


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