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Virginia This Morning's Top 6 Picks: local music

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 13:03:30-04

RICHMOND, Va. — There is so much to see and do in central Virginia. Every Tuesday, the Virginia This Morning team is sharing a list of six of their favorite things.

Each week, the topic changes, but the goal remains the same — to inspire you to try something new!

Today, we asked our Virginia This Morning colleague (and resident music expert) Elijah Hedrick to compile a list of six local music artists you should be listening to. You can find Elijah performing under the name Eliturite. Click here to hear his music and find him on social media at @eliturite.

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1. Butcher Brown

The group's sound blends jazz with hip hop, funk, rap, rock and soul. Butcher Brown honors each musical genre and, at the same time, challenges traditional musical boundaries. Click here to listen to a social distance version of their new single, "Tidal Wave." The group continues to make new music videos like this one each Monday and calls it Mothership Mondays.

Social: @ButcherBrown

Bonus: Click here to watch Butcher Brown's recent 'I Have A Story' feature with CBS 6's Greg McQuade.

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2. Nickelus F and Ohbliv

Nickelus F is a well-known Richmond rapper who has worked with and written for major artists like Drake. He teamed up with legendary Richmond producer Ohbliv to create "Might as Well". If you are interested in RVA hip-hop, these two are where you should begin exploring. Click here to listen.

Social: @NickelusF and @Ohbliv

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3. Sam Reed

From behind the counter of Brewer's Cafe in Manchester, Sam Reed sings her song ‘Never Alone,’ accompanied by DJ Harrison on drums (member of Butcher Brown) and Calvin Presents on keys. Click here to listen. Sam is also the front-woman for the NO BS! Brass Band, their and all her music can be found on all streaming platforms.

Social: @SamReed124

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4. Erin Lunsford

Erin Lunsford is a powerful singer/songwriter that brings her vocal prowess to the folk style. Her new album, The Damsel, is receiving many great reviews. Erin has also appeared on Virginia This Morning with her band, Erin and The Wildfire.

Social: @ErinLunsfordMusic

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5. Museum District

Museum District's music is a little bit disco and a little bit of house. Whatever you call it, your hips will move. They blend powerful vocals with upbeat rhythms and create something authentically Richmond. Listen here.

Social: @MuseumDistrictmusic

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6. Free Union

Charlottesville's own Free Union is a band making a name for themselves by making soulful music with a positive vibe. On its website, the band shares that the history behind their name gives context to its message. Free Union, Virginia — originally named Nicksville after a free African American blacksmith —sought to unite people of all races at a time when the country was inherently divided. Click here to check out their sound.

Social: @FreeUnionMusic

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Check back next Tuesday when the Virginia This Morning team shares another Top 6 Picks list!