To be honest, I'm more interested in learning about the old time instrumental stuff you mentioned. I thought it all fell under the "bluegrass" label though, so I'm glad you brought it up. Feel free to talk away!
Hampton Roads is ugly, dangerous, and not pedestrian friendly. I can't recommend coming. It does have cheap community college tuition and there are plenty of places to hide if you prefer woods squatting to building squatting.
Right on, the busking scene is definitely hopping during the warm months. There's always some competition for the best spots so you have to either get lucky or start early in the morning (especially on weekends) before the usuals show up (and they will stick around for hours hogging the best three corners). But I always manage to reel in some cash as long as I set up anywhere along Howard Street. Y'all shouldn't have any problems.
Let me know if you have any difficulty securing a show. The Barley Street pub in the Benson neighborhood might be another place to contact, they cater to folky/old-time/acoustic/singer-songwriter stuff quite often.
Hey Lyle, there's a new skate shop called The Hole that has shows on the weekends. I believe that Lucas from Black Heart Booking is booking shows there, you can get in touch with him at blackheartbooking.com. I can't vouch for him personally simply because I've never met the dude, but I know he does a lot of shows with the DIY hardcore scene here. The shop is run by my friend Anna's husband, they're good folks.
As for house shows, most of my friends have moved on from Omaha so I'm not really in touch with anyone around here anymore and mostly do my own thing. I'll see what else I can come up with though! I may not be around in May, but stay in touch. If I'm still here, you'll have a place to crash and will be well fed, and I'll do whatever I can to help y'all meet your other needs. If you're around for a couple of days I can take you around to some good hiking spots
hey, man how is it going with the case? I asked around if anyone in asheville saw the incident go down at Best Friends day and if they did to contact me but, only one person I talked to was there and said they had no idea what was going on. Let me know how things are. Good Luck!
lyle lyle crocodile! i miss seeing you. get in touch with me. i want to come to your court date if i am in richmond. some fucked up shit happened there (i had been gone for 5 days when it happened) so now i have a subpoena for a completely unrelated investigation...and am required to come back to richmond for it.