I usually feature destinations outside the U.S., but as a UVA graduate, I couldn’t resist this one. In keeping with my musical theme, I’ll add that the Dave Matthew’s Band got its start here, and – shameless namedropping – I made the acquaintance of violinist Boyd Tinsley in my college days. I used to hang out at his fraternity, Sigma Nu, where he played in monthly coffee houses. I also once saw former Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen play blues at a local club; after his gig, he swung by Sigma Nu to jam with some of the best musicians at the coffee house. On another night, I also played a short set with some TKE fraternity brothers, so I can boast of having played the same stage as Tinsley and Kaukonen.
On a visit two years ago, I also stumbled on to a Gypsy Jazz night at the downtown C & O Restaurant. It’s still going on every Tuesday from 10:30/11:00 until around 1 with the Olivarez Trio. Their music covers Jango Reinhardt, East European styles and much more. See samples of a live performance and a Hungarian medley below. Their website is http://rick-olivarez.squarespace.com/.