A not-so hidden gem of Downtown Harrisonburg, the Indian American Cafe serves up the best Nepali style food around. You can customize your meals hotness level from 1/2 (Mild) to 5 (SPICY!). No joke, some of the greatest food that you will ever taste! The restaurant is super friendly (kid-friendly too), and open Monday - Saturday 11:00-2:30 and 5:00-9:00pm and closed Sunday. Be sure to stop by while you are in Harrisonburg, you won’t regret it.
Check out the Ponir Saag (cheese cubes with spinach and a bunch of other Nepali spices) and the lamb curry. Sweat out all that angst and MACROCK excitement .
So we are super stoked to have a representative from Bust Magazine speaking at our panel on music journalism this year! Bust is a women’s pop publication and was founded in 1993. 21 years later, they’ve grown immensely. They cover news, art, fashion, crafts, sex and culture from a third wave feminist view point. They are in print bi-monthly and also have a strong online presence. Please come out to hear Bust Music Editor Tess DUNCAN give her two cents at Larkin Arts on Saturday! 1pm, b der.
An amazing local print and embroidery shop focused on providing quality custom apparel service in a timely manner. The staff is pretty small, so when you go in you’re usually talking to someone who’s going to be involved in the actual printing process. They all have a ton of experience and are crazy helpful. Check em out at http://www.themarkithva.com/ or stop in at their Deyerle Avenue shop!
Shenandoah Bicycle Company is dedicated to supporting cyclists of all levels by providing the highest quality service, products and experience in a unique, inviting and fun environment. They are also home to the insanely delicious Pulp, which serves Acai berry smoothies and bowls and literally I can’t explain because I have to go and get some right now. Everyone who works here is also super chiiilllll, helpful, and great.
Its usually best to park in the parking garage behind the shop just off water street. Cross the Black’s Run footbridge and get in here!
Capital Ale House is on a mission to elevate the hospitality industry and educate its patrons on all things beer. Stop by on Tuesdays for Steal the Glass night, or any other day of the week and feel a little bit more posh than you really are. And if you’re feelin real nice, it’s right next to Court Square (movieee n a date and little to zero walking HELLO). They’re open Sunday – Thursday 11:00 am to Midnight and Friday – Saturday 11:00 am to 1:30 am.
These bangin joints are cool and with it. There is an amazing menu of craft beer ranging from the local darlings to rare beers from around the world. They designed the bar that they like hanging out in. Whether its burgers and fried oreos or wings and doughnuts, your tum tum is sure to be pleased. Check em out MACROCK weekend yeee yeeeee
Midtown is in the middle of the chaos, for you n for me! They have craft beer and nice nice wine and also 40s if yer feelin the $$painnn$$ Not only that, they have like juice and snacks. The best part? They are open until 2 a.m. both nights of MACROCK. So if you forget your toothbrush or even your smokes you can get them here. Located at 20th West Water Street (on the corner of Water and Main) or call at (540) 383-7249.
While You're Here, You Should Check Out: WONDER RECORDS
Seeing all those bands at Macrock XVII is sure to put you in the mood for picking up some tasty vinyl, and when you’ve got that hankering to do a little crate digging, be sure to head over to Wonder. Located on West Water Street right in the heart of downtown, Wonder has a very radical collection of new and used records, as well as skateboards and apparel. Trying to out-hip those crowds at the festival? Go grab a new flannel at Wonder you doofus. Wonder are having a huge sale during Macrock so no excuses not stop by and snag some deep cut dusty grooves.
<3 The little art store that could <3 Larkin has grown so much in the past couple of years! At MACROCK they will have an art market outside from 1-6 on Saturday, and they will also be hosting the Panel concerning music journalism. While they have the highest quality and lowest priced art items in Harrisonburg, theres so much more to Larkin than that. They serve the needs of the artist community through hosting art openings, performance pieces, work shops, classes, artist work spaces, and a small library. They also help working artists get matched up with clients. The owners are dedicated to the Harrisonburg art community and have created something that we desperately needed. These guys are for real the bomb diggidy and you should stop by or check them out at http://www.larkinarts.com/!!!
Or the Lil G as we’ve dubbed it. This place is a gem g-e-m! MACROCKer GUS works there and maybe one day the G in Lil G will stand for lil gus??? Innyhoo The Little Grill has been a restaurant since the 1940’s. Before that it was the bath house for a swimming pool. Currently, there are more than a dozen owners with an emphasis on getting along, wholesome home-cooked food, and having a positive impact on the community that surrounds us.
THey got a TON of vegan and vegetarian dishes, but they also have some local// organic meat products. Again, maybe I’m just a breakfast gal, but the brunch is on point. and yet again… I may just be a biscuits and gravy gall but DANG ARE THEY GOOD. mmm. Tuesday is all you can eat Mexi night, Wednesday is the “chef’s choice” Wild Card Wednesday, Thursday is breakfast night, and Friday is Down Home night.
They also host open mike nights on Thursdays and book small shows.
First off, how pretty is this place? SO PRETTY. They host shows pretty often, and the food is awesome. It’s my mom’s fav restaurant in town so theres also that. Take my mom out to eat. They always have art up, and are tru supporters of the glorious downtown. Trivia on Tuesday, and special dishes depending on the day. I recommend going in on a Sunday and getting a Bloody Mary carafe ((ONLY $4)). They also have some bangin brunch items aka biscuits and gravy and like what else do you need to kno??
They also have a ton of beers and and wines and what not of a selection. Make sure you come this year for MACROCK and treat yo self to feelin fancy!
First of all if you are in the burg, Reel Change Film fest is going on at Court Square starting today!!! Its reel awesome and reel free. Go to http://reelchangefest.com/ for the times.
Court Square Theater is a great place. They play movies that don’t usually get a chance to come here in a cozy environment. They also play old movies and documentaries, and are cheaper than commercial theaters. You can drink a beer while you watch, and you can get fancy chocolate. They also have concerts and other events on a regular basis. Dey alsooooo hosting Women in Focus II the day after MACROCK (https://www.facebook.com/events/1415237548733640/) which will be ver ver nice and cool.
Members save 20% on tickets for most events! (Not to mention, free popcorn…)
This cozy coffee shops is a regular spot for many a hburger. From the eclectic decor to the occasional drag shows, this place has something for everyone. Whether you want to boogie down or just chill, they welcome you with arms wide open (cue Creed).
TRIVIA Wednesday! 2 dolLAR Tuesdays! Korean BBQ cheese! Sriracha mayo! literally what more could you ask for ever?
Located on the corner next to the court house, the Dodger is in the middle of all zee action that is MACROCK weekend. Breakfast is served all day and there’s tons of vegetarian options, MUST TRY: Tater tots. I might just have a thing about tater tots, but these ones still rule.
If you’re into PBR and Lunch buffets, HAVE I GOT THE PLACE FOR YOU.
The Blue Nile is located right on the corner of Main and Wolfe, and conveniently next to the Harrisonburg Police Department (in case stuff getz wild u no??). The upstairs of this gr8 place is an Ethiopian restaurant, complete with a bar, while the downstairs area is a venue, with it’s own bar as well. You should most definitely check out the lunch buffet upstairs. It’s a bigger steal than the Declaration of Independence at just $7 Sunday/Monday, and $9 every other day (I hope yr as excited about this as I am!!@!#).
Downstairs is where shows and other such shenanigans take place. Not only is this where we usually host the Label expo along with two showcases, but on Sundays and Tuesdays you can get a PBR tall boy for TWO MUTHERLUVIN DOLLARS. $3 every other day because well it’s an awesome place and they love reasonably priced alcohol as much as I do.
Here are all of the bands playing The Nile at MACROCK 2014
To be honest, making fun of Ronald Reagan is really never going to get old. President Reagan, the conservative demigod worshipped by suburban dads across the country, has been provoking rage and ridicule from punks and metalheads since the earliest days of hardcore. So maybe we should be thankful for old Ronny; how many awesomely pissed off bands would have never been started if Reagan’s droopy face had never been in charge of a whole bunch of nuclear weapons.
Continuing in this spirit is Iron Reagan, the throwback thrash kings headlining Macrock XVII’s metal showcase. Featuring members of Richmond mainstays Municipal Waste, Iron Reagan spew out toxic hardcore and metal that sounds a deluge hazardous waste pouring from Reagan’s monstrous jaw, an image that happens to be featured in the artwork for their debut full length, Worse Than Dead. For fans of Cro-Mags, denim vests, and total annihilation.
Check out Iron Reagan as part of an already stacked metal showcase that also features Occultist, Yautja, Earthling, and D.O.C.
Man, this winter. What was that all about? Harrisonburg, along with most of the east coast and even the deep south, got absolutely dumped on with snow. It showed up 5-8 inches at a time, and never really seemed to leave. It seems like I’ve been breaking my ankles on piles of dirty sidewalk snow for months now, and while the days off have been pleasant, I think we can all agree it’s time to put this cold oppression to an end.
And it seems like Boogarins are here to help. These sunny lads hail from Goiânia, Brazil and make windows-down tropical psychedelia that will make you feel ready to bust out those cut off jeans again. Their new album, As Plantas Que Curam, is out now on Fat Possum Records, and you should definitely check that out before this year’s Macrock. Tracks like “Doce” sound like that feeling you get after a healthy bit of day drinking followed by a nap in the sun- warm, dreamy, a little dizzy.
See Boogarins play at Macrock XVII and stay tuned to learn more about the other great bands playing this year.
If you live in Harrisonburg and go to shows, then Diarrhea Planet likely need no introduction. They’ve been playing here for years, and have developed quite a little mountain town cult following. Their set in the basement of a local show house after last year’s Macrock was easily one of the craziest performances I’ve ever witnessed in Harrisonburg. That show has become sort of legendary here. They covered “Born To Run”, so yeah.
But if you’re not as familiar with Diarrhea Planet, don’t let the name turn you off. These Nashvillians bring a full on multi guitar, punk rock detonation that is not to be missed. The melodies are immediate, the guitars shred true, and the vocals almost demand participation. Start with the old classics like “Ghost With a Boner” and then move on to tracks off their most recent, more refined but equally combustive release I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.
Diarrhea Planet return for this year’s Macrock, which goes down April 4th and 5th. Make sure you have long hair by then.
ATTENTION ATTENTION it’s cold in Harrisonburg but our hearts are warmed to announce the next wave of bands playing Macrock XVII! Boogarins, The Diamond Center, Disciples of Christ, Grass is Green, and Kal Marks will all be joining us this April!! Check them out and keep sending us those applications if you want to play with these rad bands at Macrock!
If there’s one band that I’ve heard other bands talk about the most this year, it’s gotta be Ovlov. Indie nerds all up and down the east coast collectively praise Ovlov, wearing their t shirts and playing tunes from ambefore shows. And it makes sense: not many other bands seem to be pulling off fuzzy 90’s indie rock as well as Ovlov. Listen to their track “The Well” and find some one to live all over.
Macrock XVII is very proud to be hosting Ovlov this April, so be sure to come out to Harrisonburg and hear what all the fuzz is about.
Also remember we are still accepting applications to play Macrock until February 14, so get those doggies in the mail.
HEY HEY over the next few months we’re going to be introducing some of the artists you’ll be able to check out at Macrock XVII. First up is EX-CULT.
I saw this band at the Blue Nile last fall and it ruled pretty hard. You know how when you see unfamiliar faces at your local show spot and you wonder if they are members of the touring band or just some weirdo ghosts? That didn’t happen; EX-CULT look like a punk band in all the best ways. I think half this band sports mutton chops? And their live show didn’t disappoint- EX-CULT were loud and direct and punk with enough interesting guitar parts to ever let things get boring.
Seriously they were great you’re not gonna wanna miss them when they return to Harrisonburg for Macrock XVII. EX-CULT have a new record called MIDNIGHT PASSENGER coming out at the end of April so come see all these future classics early.
We are so pleased, excited, overwhelmed to announce that Disco Doom, Ex Hex, Occultist, PC worship, and Woodsman will all be playing MACROCK XVII! Remember there is still time to submit your application to what is surely turning into possibly our best festival yet. Remember to check out our website for more details at macrockva.org or on our Facebook page.
So happy to have so many great bands come play at our home, Harrisonburg! Stay tuned as more details and posts roll out in the coming weeks. April 4th and 5th can’t come soon enough!
We here at MACROCK have long been supporters of Court Square Theater, so we are extremely excited for what they have coming! If you are a performer of any kind be sure to apply to their 24 Hour Project. A festival combining drama, comedy, music, dance, spoken word, and many other performance art forms. A fundraiser and platform to see all the talent Harrisonburg and Court Square Theater has to offer. Go here for more information and remember that the deadline for the application is December 5th!! So hurry.
Also the project is taking place Jan. 25th, you know what else is occurring? The deadline for MACROCK application!!! Be sure to apply to MACROCK while you are at it!
What album are you listening to the most right now?
Chris: Deep Trip by Destruction Unit
Abby: Tie buhtween The Freed Man- Sebadoh and Through the Head- Nona
How long have you been working with MACROCK?
C: 3 Years!
A: 3 yrz
Best MACROCK moment?
C: Diarrhea Planet’s after show last year was packed out and really fun. Also, Bouncing Souls played three years ago!
A: I’d like to preface this one by saying when you’re on the committee you don’t actually get to see many of the showcases because your working so much, so my favorite memories are from last year, running to see Ava Luna play their final song (<3) and DP’s after show waaahhhhh so cool.
One thing about harrisonburg that you feel everyone should know about?
C: There’s a great house show scene!
A: hAUs SHowZ (and it’s a great place for touring bands!).
Musical guilty pleasure?
C: Ben Folds!
A: Lil Debbie
What are you most excited about for MACROCK this year?
C: Seeing all the fun that people have/sleeprock after.
A: It’s hard to know because we don’t have the showcases lined up, but definitely the label expo and red bull highs
You know Eternal Summers, that great band from Roanoke who brought down the house at Clementine on Saturday. Well they need your help!! If you want to help one for your favorite bands (and one of our favorites) than head on over to http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/eternalsummers. You can pre-order the new album or pledge to help the band with their future endeavors. Anything can help, and thanks for coming to support MACROCK and Eternal Summers last weekend!
So my brother wrote this poem when he was six years old or something. It’s very sad and I think it’s the best poem ever and I think it sums up the end of this year’s MACROCK. Obviously, it is not about MACROCK. It’s actually about Christmas but you’ll get the gist when you read it.
So, here’s the best poem in the entire world, which was written by my brother Jason some time between 1989 and 1992. (Hey, Jason, sorry if you get mad at me for doing this, but your art needs to be shared.) :
They’re taking down the Christmas tree. They’re taking down the Christmas tree. It’s over. It’s crying.
SEE YA NEXT YEAR, FREAKS!!! I’M GONNA GO HIBERNATE.
It’s too early for me to think of a witty introduction, but, luckily, Larkin Arts' excellence speaks for itself.
Located in the Denton building on Court Square, Larkin Arts houses a gallery, a school, studio spaces, and an art supply store. Yep. All four. In one space. Oh, and it’s beautiful. But that’s not really what this is about. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Unless it’s Larkin Arts because then you’d be judging it appropriately… I digress…
One thing I personally love about Larkin is their 6 x 6 juried shows that feature really awesome local artists. And guess what, Internet? There’s one happening TONIGHT from 5 to 8 p.m.! So take a tiny break from rockin’ out, come to the opening, and see John Hostetter perfrom from 6:30 to 7:30!
Also during this lovely MACROCK weekend (it starts today!!! AHHHH!!), Larkin will be hosting an ART MARKET! It’s gonna happen on Saturday between noon and 6 p.m.! The market will feature work from a dozen artists, ranging from paintings and prints to other arts and crafts. So swing by on your way either to or from the Label Expo and buy some cool stuff!
Another aspect of Larkin Arts that’s super cool is that they offer art classes for humans ages 4 to 400! Just kidding, nobody lives to be 400. So scoot on over to their site to check them out.
Seriously, though, the Valley is home to some incredibly talented artists, and the owners and operators of Larkin Arts are definitely among them. Their yearn to bring the artists of the Valley closer to the people has made for one incredible, inviting, and really emotionally affecting space. The owners are warm and friendly, the atmosphere is unpretentious, and everything in there really shines. So come check it out and see what art in Harrisonburg is all about!
Don’t forget about the MACROCK Label Expo. The MACROCK Label Expo is a flea market style event hosted in the Blue Nile Basement from 12-4 on Saturday! This year we are hosting some vendors like Waxahatchee’s label Don Giovanni and a local label Quiet Year Records, local artists, clothiers, and more!!!! This event is open to all MACROCK attendees so you can $hOP tiL u Dr0p!
This year is extra special, Funny/ Not Funny Records wil be throwing their third annual Acoustic Set with bands from all of the participating labels and the Blue Nile will be offering a $6.99 buffet all day in addition to their fully loaded bar and awesome regular menu.
Have you ever been lost in a desert, parched by thirst? All you want is artisan beer and local wine, oh the misery! No need to fear. Harrisonburg isn’t a desert, but Midtowne Market is an oasis. Centrally located among all the venues, this little nugget has everything you could ever want: beer, wine, cigarettes, snacks and even some local products. The best part? They are open until 2 a.m. both nights of MACROCK. So if you forget your toothbrush or even your smokes you can get them here. Located at 20th West Water Street (on the corner of Water and Main) or call at (540) 383-7249.
A great organization that is invested in the revitalization of Downtown Harrisonburg. They have a comprehensive vision of what the community can be. We are honored to be apart of that vision. If you would like to find out more then head over to downtownharrisonburg.org for all the details of their mission. Also remember that there are over 30 restaurants and 50 shops that you can find in between the showcases, panels, and label expo. Find the complete the list at their website.
Remember that you can connect with them directly at facebook.com/downtownharrisonburg.
Yet again we are so honored to be apart of the revitalization of Harrisonburg and all the support of the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance!
MACROCK XVI is only four days away are you ready?!!
GET DRUNK AND THEN GET FULL: JACK BROWN'S AND BILLY JACK'S
Ohhh Jack Brown’s and Billy Jack’s, you are the reasons for my ten-pound weight-gain over this past year.
Seriously, I don’t know how they do it, but these sister bars both boast the most delicious, decadent, diet-crushing menus in Harrisonburg.
While both businesses focus on beer (they both have so much beer I’m not even going to try to list it), they differ in the eats they offer. Jack Brown’s is a no-frills burger joint. Seriously, I don’t even think they have ketchup. That might not be true. Actually, that’s probably a complete lie. I’m sure they have ketchup. But they definitely don’t have lettuce and tomato. You know what they do have? Daily burger specials. And they are so weird and so delicious. How special can a burger get, you ask? OH I WILL TELL YOU:
The Greg Brady: mac and cheese and bbq chips. It’s everyone’s favorite. It’ll probably give you a heart attack but who cares? The Showalter (I think this still exists but I’m not sure): bacon, egg, and cheese on donuts. Donuts. The Elvis: peanut butter, mayo, bacon, cheese. Hey, it’s what the King would have wanted.
Unfortunately for you, Jack Brown’s only offers one of these specials a day, so you’ll just have to wait and see what you can get. I know Fridays are Greg Brady days and Saturdays are freestyle days, meaning they’re gonna put whatever-the-hell they want on a burger and you will eat it and you will like it. Oh also, they have fried Oreos. Yep. Yeeeeeeeep.
If you’re not a fan of red meat, head on over to Billy Jack’s. They’re located on the same block, after all, between Water St. and Court Square. And ooohhhh Billy Jack’s is so good. I must confess that I’m a chicken nugget addict. I don’t know why or how it happened, but I am. And Billy Jack’s has the. best. chicken nuggets. My personal menu favorites are as follows…
Chipotle-lime Sticky Nugs: served in a chinese take-out box with blue cheese or ranch dressing Sweet Chili Sticky Nugs: see above. Chicken & Waffles: I mean yeah. Jalapeno-chili-cheese fries: with ranch. Raaanch. The Muddy Pig: a homemade donut with Nutella and bacon. MMMHMM.
Billy Jack’s has a number of wing and donut options, too. And LOTS of beer on draft. So come check these businesses out when you’re in town! They’re both open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends.