Bringing it to you from the backroads~Originals, Roots JazzBlues, Hot Swing, Vint Country

we love you for supporting live local music~
hope to see you out with us sometime soon!

Knocking around the area music scene for too many years to count, kat & the travelers members, Kathleen, Doug and Kelley, first crossed paths by chance at a tiny Piedmont crossroads in 2010. On that dark and stormy night, their destined connection was sealed and they've been sharing their musical ride with wide audiences as a trio, duo and also as a full band at Virginia's cafes, wineries, breweries, live radio shows, clubs, listening rooms, galleries, theaters, house concerts, festivals, and private and community events ever since.
 
With diverse musical backgrounds of R & B, soul, country, big band, jazz, swing, blues and hillbilly boogie stowed in their pockets, kat & the travelers fuel their own "backroads take" on the timeless compositions of American Jazz, Blues, Swing and Country with contagious energy and affection...and fill you up in between with their homecooked originals.
 
Backed by the solid jazz bass of Kelley Chapman, guitarist Doug Hedstrom's high gear & free wheeling playing style continues to win praise and provides a noted compliment to the band's front seat singer, Kathleen Kraft, whose vocals whisper and shine on ephemeral ballads...ring out sweet and clear on jazz notes...and still get gritty with those old school blues.

The band has been featured live on 90.7FM WMRA's Blues Valley Radio Show, 88.7FM WXJM's Radio Show, STAR94.3FM, Shenandoah Valley Local Music Hour and has made repeat appearances at several area festivals and annual events.
 
Recently, area listeners may have caught the band's inclusion in the CVBS IBC Blues Challenge Showcase, benefit holiday CD Charlottesville's Christmas Songbook featured on WNRN, as well as a finalist in Rapunzel's 12th Annual Songwriters Showcase

Past performances include:
Live on 90.7FM WMRA's Blues Valley Radio Show, Live on 88.7FM WXJM's Radio Show, Ashland Coffee & Tea, STAR94.3FM, Shenandoah Valley Local Music Hour, Clementine Cafe, Fridays on the Square Summer Music Festival, Annual Summer Blues & Brews Festival, Cork & Blues Festival, The Judy Chops Cabaret, 2 Pond Farm Music Festival, First Night Harrisonburg, Jazz Night at The Mockingbird, The Hot Spot, Glass House Winery, Beyond Restaurant & Lounge, Concerts With A View House Concerts, Victory Hall Theater, Bon Cafe, Dr. Ho's, Three Penny Cafe, James River Brewing Company, Mountfair Vineyards, Blue Moon Diner, Wild Wolf Brewing Company, Fairfield Center's Harvest Gala, Valley Aids Network Benefit, Wine On Water Wine Bar, Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Rock N' Ridgeview, Jimmy Anderson's, Bluestone Vineyards, Burton Galleries House Concerts, Valley 4th Independence Day Celebration, Rapunzel's Jazz Society, Central Virginia Blues Society, The Hamner Theater, Rapunzel's, Darjeeling Cafe, Plank Road Exchange, George Bowers Grocery, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, Little Grill Collective, The Gateway Theatre, The Clocktower's Downtown 27 Stage, Batesville Store, Shenandoah Pizza, Harrisonburg's First Fridays, OCP's Second Saturday Nights Out, Pennybackers, CrossKeys Vineyards, Schultz Theatre, Downtown Music 34, Turner Pavilion's Music at the Market, Oasis Gallery, Earth & Tea Cafe, The Local Bar at the Local Chop & Grill House, Francesco's, L'italia Lounge, Little Gems Music Festival, North River Grill, Private Events and others.

Artists we admire: It's a never ending list...
Influences: Find em' everywhere in every little thing...
Mode of travel: Passing through life on a wish and a song.....
Band interests: Making music together whenever and where ever we can... 
Mission: Life is beautiful and so is it's music...We are enjoying the ride. 

Check out a bit of kat & the travelers duo with Kat and Doug here:
 

Previous events

Sep4

kat & the travelers at Little Gems 10th Annual Music Festival

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Little Gems Music Fest at Stone Family Barn, 2580 South Main St, Harrisonburg VA

Little Gems Number 10! We've played at just about every one of these sweet homespun music events over the years and always enjoy it! An awesome venue, good food, great music and lots of friends make a day to remember. We hit the stage about 6:30pm with the trio and our fest guest players, Blind Dave Connolly on blues harp and John Bittner on drums. Looking forward to it! byob. food trucks available. No cover.

Sep4

kat & the travelers at Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery

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Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery, 1476 Conicville Rd, Mt. Jackson VA

It's the last blast of Summer-celebrate with us on this Labor Day Holiday weekend! kat & the travelers are pleased to return to Cave Ridge every year on this holiday weekend as a trio featuring Kat, Doug & Kelley. Join us on the patio for a Cave Ridge Summer Sunday Music Afternoon...Gourmet fare, first rate wine and our roots jazz-blues, hot swing, and originals! No reservations required. No cover. www.caveridge.com

Aug20

kat & the travelers at Shenandoah Pizza and Tap Room

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Shenandoah Pizza and Tap Room, 19 East Beverly Street, Staunton, VA

Back to Shen Pizza in Historic Downtown Staunton! It was so nice to finally get back here in June~we had a blast! Join us again on a Summer Saturday night in beautiful Downtown Staunton for a trio show with Kat, Doug & Kelley. And for some of the best pizza & beer list in the Valley! Fantastic food and a fun and relaxing place to see a show. No cover. www.shenpizza.com

Aug19

kat & the travelers at Cunningham Creek Winery

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Cunningham Creek Winery, 3304 Ruritan Lake Road, Palmyra, VA

This will be our first date at this brand new vineyard in Palmyra and we're very pleased to be one of the first bands invited to play at Cunningham Creek! Cunningham Creek Winery opened Summer 2016 with a new tasting room along with their farm store featuring local food, drink, and culinary specialties. Come join us as we toast their inaugural Summer! No cover. PS: great fare will be on hand from Thrill of the Grill Food Truck. www.middleforkfarm.net, www.facebook.com/cunninghamcreekwinery, www.facebook.com/events/314985412189722/

Aug6

kat & the travelers at Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company

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Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company, 19 Middlebrook Avenue, Staunton VA

We'll be having a great post-fest hang with the trio at Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company! The Annual Summer Blues & Brews Festival will be held again at Sunspots Pavilion in Downtown Staunton. You may have heard us play at the Fest in past years. This time around, we're looking forward to playing some blues for you right after at Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company, the cozy Downtown Brewery & Bar right next to the Fest venue area. So don't go home early! Enjoy the Blues Fest and come find us after at Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company! No cover. www.shenvalbrew.com

Aug5

kat & the travelers at First Fridays Downtown Harrisonburg

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Gallery at Laughing Dog, 82 South Main St, Harrisonburg VA

We'll play for First Fridays with Kat, Doug and Kelley and special guest Quintas Mills at Gallery at Laughing Dog as folks check out their latest art exhibit: Drawings and Paintings by Ken Szmagaj & Seth Bauserman, Jewelry by Susan Weeks & Dana Tietje Flynn. First Fridays Downtown is a free celebration of culture and community in Hburg. Downtown venues host art openings, local music and various arts related events. Join us at Laughing Dog! 82 South Main, Harrisonburg VA www.laughingdogtshirtsandgifts.com First Fridays is sponsored by Arts Council of the Valley. Schedule: www.valleyarts.org

Jul20

kat & the travelers at Dr. Ho's Humble Pie

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Dr. Ho's Humble Pie, 4916 Plank Rd, North Garden, VA

It's been awhile and we're looking forward to returning to Dr. Ho's! Come join us for great pie & draft beer! Dr. Ho's Humble Pie is a fun and funky little pizza place located in North Garden, Virginia. They make everything from scratch, using the highest quality ingredients, sourcing as much product from local farmers and artisanal producers as possible. No cover www.doctorhoshumblepie.com

Jul15

kat & the travelers at Shenandoah Brewing Company

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Shenandoah Brewing Company, 19 Middlebrook Avenue, Staunton VA

This will be our first show at this popular brewery and bar in historic Downtown Staunton and we can't wait! This cozy friendly tasting room has a lot to offer: Stop by for a pint, make your own flight, fill a growler, gather beer, wine & cider making supplies. Kid friendly and pet-approved. And it's ok to bring in your own meal. Join us for a fun Friday night wind down! No cover www.shenvalbrew.com

Jun25

kat & the travelers at OCP's 12th Annual Summer Lawn Jam

Our Community Place, 17 E. Johnson Street, Harrisonburg VA

It's the 12th Annual Summer Lawn Jam at Our Community Place! Noon till dark. Our set time: 5:30pm. Come join us Saturday for a fun-raiser festival for Our Community Place. Live music all day with a fantastic local line up! Plus games and activities for kids and adults. Our Community Place supports a community center, work program, and work recovery for those in need. Meet us there and give your support! This very popular event is mostly free, also some items by donation and pay-what-you-will. www.ourcommunityplace.org

Jun18

kat & the travelers at Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House

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Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House, 19 East Beverly Street , Staunton VA

Saturday night in Downtown Staunton! Join us for a trio show with Kat, Doug & Kelley. We always look forward to returning to the great Shenandoah Pizza and it's been way too long! These folks definitely serve up some of the best pizza in the Valley! Fantastic food & a fun place to see a show. No cover. www.shenpizza.com

Jun17

kat & the travelers at Grace Estate Winery for "Friday Evenings In The Vineyards"

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Grace Estate Winery, 5273 Mt Juliet Farm, Crozet VA

Excited for our first trip to Grace Estate! Featuring our live music, local food vendors, corn hole, plenty of wine and Virginia sunsets. Beautiful tasting room and a lovely patio await! Did we mention the views? Come spend a Friday evening in June with us and celebrate the coming of Summer with a toast! No Cover. www.graceestatewinery.com

May30

kat & the travelers at The Patio

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"The Patio" House Concerts, 3160 Autumn Woods Drive, Charlottesville VA

We are excited to be one of the first musical groups invited to perform at this new house concert venue, inspired by the concept of "The Garage" venue in Charlottesville. Bring a picnic, family, friends, chairs and your dancing shoes. Event runs 5-9pm. Music starts at 7pm. No cover. Donations towards the evening's entertainment are accepted. Hosts: The Duxburys, 3160 Autumn Woods Drive, Charlottesville, VA www.facebook.com/thepatiomusic

May29

kat & the travelers at Cave Ridge Vineyard and Winery

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Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery, 1476 Conicville Rd, Mount Jackson VA

SUMMER IS HERE! Come celebrate with us on this Memorial Day Holiday weekend! kat & the travelers return to Cave Ridge as a trio featuring Kat, Doug & Kelley. Join us on the patio for a Sunday toast to the arrival of the Summer Season! First rate wine and our roots jazz-blues, hot swing, and originals! Fare available or bring your basket. No cover. No reservations required. www.caveridge.com

May27

kat & the travelers at Martha Jefferson House Holiday Cook Out

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Martha Jefferson House, 1600 Gordon Ave, Charlottesville VA

Our first time playing at Martha Jefferson and we're very pleased to be asked to play for the MJH Holiday Cook Out. We've come to greatly enjoy these opportunities to play for retirement communities. Always such an attentive and appreciative audience! Looking forward to a fun afternoon with the residents of this Cville community.

May10

kat & the travelers at The Lodge at Old Trail

The Lodge at Old Trail, Crozet VA

We are headed back to play an after dinner show at The Lodge at Old Trail. We've played the Fridays After Six Musical Series outdoors at Old Trail Village past Summers as well as a pre dinner show for The Lodge. It will be great to return to this fun community whose residents make a terrific audience!

May5

kat & the travelers~"A Little Lunch Music" at Staunton Public Library

Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Ave, Staunton VA

Very pleased to be invited to perform at this long running music series! A Little Lunch Music happens on the first Thursday of each month from Noon-1 pm in the upstairs meeting room at the Staunton Library. Offering a wide variety of live music to its monthly audiences in family-friendly shows. Sponsored by The Friends of the Staunton Library. www.stauntonlibrary.org

Apr23

kat & the travelers at Yelping Dog Wine Bar in Historic Downtown Staunton

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Yelping Dog Wine Bar, 9 East Beverley Street, Staunton VA

Saturday evening in Historic Downtown Staunton! We are changing it up for this show and coming on a Saturday night instead of our usual Friday night appearances. kat & the travelers have been the featured live music, typically every couple weeks, at Yelping Dog. Come find us at Staunton's hot spot!  Fine Fare also available.  540.885.2275 No cover. www.yelpingdogwine.com 

Apr8

kat & the travelers at Yelping Dog Wine Bar in Historic Downtown Staunton

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Yelping Dog Wine Bar, 9 East Beverley Street, Staunton VA

Spring in Downtown Staunton!  Perfect time for an evening stroll to Yelping Dog Wine Bar. Our Biweekly Residency Show at Yelping Dog Wine Bar in Historic Downtown Staunton continues!  kat & the travelers are the featured live music, typically every couple weeks, at Yelping Dog. Enjoy the rejuvenating weather and some great wine with us! Fine Fare also available. 540.885.2275 No cover www.yelpingdogwine.com 

Mar25

kat & the travelers at Yelping Dog Wine Bar in Historic Downtown Staunton

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Yelping Dog Wine Bar, 9 East Beverley Street, Staunton VA

SO SORRY but this event is cancelled due to illness. Please join us at Yelping Dog when we return on Friday, April 8th. 6-9pm. No cover.

It's officially Springtime! Come find us for our Biweekly Residency Show at Yelping Dog Wine Bar in Historic Downtown Staunton VA.   kat & the travelers are the featured live music, typically every couple weeks, at Yelping Dog. Say so long to winter with us and enjoy some great wine in this cozy friendly wine bar! 540.885.2275 No cover www.yelpingdogwine.com 

Mar11

kat & the travelers at Yelping Dog Wine Bar in Historic Downtown Staunton

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Yelping Dog Wine Bar, 9 East Beverley Street, Staunton VA

Almost Spring! Take an evening stroll and join us for our Biweekly Residency Show at Yelping Dog Wine Bar in Historic Downtown Staunton VA . kat & the travelers are the featured live music, typically every couple weeks, at Yelping Dog. Fend off your spring fever with us! And some great wines! Gourmet fare also available. 540.885.2275 No cover www.yelpingdogwine.com 

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