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Brews and Tunes: Live Music Around the Historic Triangle this Weekend

Lane Rice has been gigging his way through Hampton Roads since 2018 and in that time has released two full length albums. (Courtesy of Lane Rice)

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Each week, WYDaily features a local musician, comic, group, event, or venue as part of its Brews and Tunes! This week, Ben Mackin chats with singer-songwriter Lane Rice.

When it comes to music, Lane Rice seems to have only one approach. Giving his audience everything he has got. Whether you are listening to him sing live or one of his two albums, you are going to get a full dose of his heart and soul both sonically and lyrically.

A native of Newport News, Lane has been playing gigs around the Historic Triangle and the greater Hampton Roads area since 2018. In that time he had cultivated a loyal following whether he is playing solo or with his band, Lane Rice and Company.

Here are some quick facts about Lane.

Q: Where was your first paid gig and how did it go?

A: Oh dude. 16-years-old. Aromas right there on Prince George Street. I think I got paid like $50 and a gift certificate. At 16-years-old that was pretty sweet. I love Aromas. Coffee shop gigs are always really chill.

Q: Describe your ideal venue to play:

A: I would say a small theater or small venue that is really intimate. I feel like the energy in a small venue. It is hard to explain unless you’re there. I mean the energy in a large room is always cool too. I played at the Vanguard in Hampton and that is a sweet place to play, but I just like small rooms.

Q: What is your ride or die guitar and why do you like it?

A: My Martin OMJM. It’s a John Mayer special addition guitar, 2016. It was the first guitar I ever bought with my own money. I worked and saved up for years to buy this guitar. Her name is Rosie. It is a smaller body guitar but it sounds really warm, really full. It’s got the best pickup system in it, a Fishman Gold Plus. It sounds incredible plugged in or acoustic.

Q: What was the first album to blow your mind?

A: Continum by John Mayer. I was 12 when that album came out. I grew up pretty sheltered listening to K-Love worship music. The first time I heard that album I was like “That’s it. That is what I want to do with my life.” It is why I learned to play guitar.

Q: Where and when are your next few gigs?


Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Fishin’ Pig, 119 W 25th St. in Norfolk

Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m. at Schooners Grill, 12567 Warwick Blvd. in Newport News

Saturday, March 12 at 6 p.m. at Sly Clyde Cidery, 207 E. Mellon St. in Hampton

Sunday, March 13 at 11:30 a.m. on Prince George Street for 2nd Sunday in downtown Williamsburg.

Or to listen to Lane in the comfort of your own home or car, you can find his work on all the major streaming platforms, YouTube and on his website.

Ready to head out for the weekend? Check out who is playing where around the Historic Triangle!

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