LAWYERPALOOZA 2020
Thursday, September 3rd
7:00 p.m. streaming live from
The Broadberry

Thanks to our two rocking volunteers, Tommy Bishop & Robbie Bassett, we are rolling full steam towards our 5th LAWYERPALOOZA, a fundraising event to support the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation’s (GRBF) mission to expand access to Justice in Central Virginia and will help GRBF with its efforts to mobilize, train, and connect attorneys to pro bono clients.  Yes, lawyers sometimes have talents outside the legal arena!  Don’t believe it, then come virtually join us on Thursday, September 3rd for an evening of local musical talent streaming live out of The Broadberry.

 

While we may not be able to be together, we can still “share” libations!  Please take advantage of these discounts from our generous beverage sponsors:

Ardent Craft Ales – 10% off with code: Lawyerpalooza

Belle Isle Moonshine – FREE delivery with code: GRBF

(For local delivery to the Richmond + surrounding areas, Belle Isle offers same-day delivery for orders before 2 p.m. and next-day for anything after that.  For shipping to the rest of Virginia, orders typically arrive in 1-3 days.)

 

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Band Lineup:

Dead Letter Officers    7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Born through an undyin

g love of the jangle, Richmond’s R.E.M. merchants, the Dead Letter Officers, focus on early R.E.M. music from the early to late 1980s!  Waking at the dawn of the college rock movement, DLO recreates the early 1980’s energy and songcraft of R.E.M. that became the soundtrack to countless college road trips, late-night hookups, and all-night dance parties throughout the South.

The Dead Letter Officers four band members – David, Scott, Frank, and Jay – rock like banshees, so grab your Ray-Bans and Chuck Taylors, lace ‘em up tight, and get ready to dance, shimmer, shake, and question the assumed order of the universe.
 
 
Soul Providers    8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
 

​Soul Providers have been Richmond’s premier Soul Band for over 20 years.  Led by original member, Steve Webb on vocals and harp, Soul Providers bring their own unique mixture of gritty 60’s soul and hard-driving blues to the party.  If you like to dance,  Soul Providers delivers the goods, featuring a solid rhythm section and the mighty mighty “Have Mercy Horns”.  The band is made up of nine accomplished musicians whose resumes include years of experience performing with other regional and national acts. 

Soul Providers have appeared with national acts such as Percy Sledge, Delbert McClinton, and the Charlie Daniels Band and has been featured at many marquee events including the River City Beer Fest, Friday Cheers, The Easter on Parade, The Big Gig, Innsbrook After Hours, The Richmond Marathon, Art after Hours, The Church Hill Irish Festival, Bon Appetit Festival and more.

Wild Common    9:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Wild Common is a genre-defying “New Appalachian” band out of Charlottesville, Virginia.  Frontwoman Davina Jackson is a soul and gospel singer with a killer voice at the center of the band’s music.  She used to sing back-up with the Wailers.  Fiddle player Nate Leath won the famous Galax Fiddler’s Convention when he was 11 and has since grown into one of the most talented fiddlers of this generation.  Drummer Rob Hubbard grew up in rural Virginia and went on to become an accomplished reggae drummer.  Bassist Dhara Goradia has a long jazz pedigree.  And songwriter and guitarist Brennan Gilmore has roots in old-time and bluegrass but has played fusion music across the globe.

In the late summer of 2017, all of these musicians from diverse musical backgrounds holed up at a farmhouse outside of Charlottesville to hash out some tunes.  And immediately it clicked.  They weren’t trying to force different genres on top or beside each other, but were just taking songs at their essence – a melody and harmonization – and constructing them by playing as their individual traditions and backgrounds formed us to do.  The result is refreshingly new, but also strangely familiar.

 


 

About our Lawyerpalooza Co-Chairs, Tommy Bishop & Robbie Bassett:

Tommy Bishop is a guitarist from Richmond.  He entered the legal profession after a decade-long career as a Spanish teacher (he still answers to “Señor”), having earned his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 2018.  He also holds a B.A. from VCU and a Master’s in Education from the University of Richmond.  Tommy lives in Lakeside with his wife, who dutifully puts up with his squealing electric guitar at all hours of the day and night.

 

Robbie Bassett is in-house counsel at Capital One where he manages Financial Services and Enterprise litigation matters.  He attended undergrad at UVA (’02) and received his JD from the TC Williams School of Law in 2008.  You can usually find him at a local music venue at least once per week and he’s hard to miss with that 70s era mustache.

 

 


 

Interested in sponsoring Lawyerpalooza? 

Contact Shane Harper at grbfadmin@grbf.org.