IMG_9380JJ Burton Photo by Cheats – Follow The Cheats Movement of Facebook for the full photo album

I made my first ever trip to The Listening Room last night. I’d heard about the monthly music session – held at the Firehouse Theater – earlier this year, I think from my buddy Shannon Cleary. The group of volunteers that run the monthly event always books some of the best talent in RVA and last night stayed in-line with that tradition. It was exciting to see JJ Burton play live. The trio of Scott Burton, Reggie Pace, and Devonne Harris (DJ Harrison) have been making waves with other projects in RVA (and beyond), last night was the first time they’ve played live as JJ Burton – or whatever name you want to suggest – they are open. The current name is spawned from Burton’s work with NOLA artist Jneiro Jarel of JJ DOOM. Burton and Pace (NO BS! and Bon Iver) also play together in the amazing band Glows in the Dark. Harris has been generating a buzz all this year with a combination of different projects that span several musical genres. I’m looking forwarding to seeing exactly what this trio can pull together in the future.


Following JJ Burton and closing out the evening were Listening Room alums Bonnie Staley and Josh Small (above). I actually use to play hoops with Josh during our VCU days – I’ve been a fan of his music but last night was the first time that I was able to see him play live. He is truly an amazing talent. I love the chemistry between him and Staley, you can tell instantly that they enjoy playing together.

The Listening Room is a wonderful series. I highly recommend it to all music lovers. I will warn you that they take the music seriously – there is not talking during the performance and even if you’re not talking – some people consider photos a distraction – so be warned – I have learned from my rookie mistake. To see all  the photos – visit the Cheats Movement Facebook Page and while you’re there click like to follow along. WE SEE IT!

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