Longtime partners Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch have been surprising towns in the Southeast with last-minute pop-up shows at intimate venues. Last week the couple made stops in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and this week they’re moving north to Virginia. Playing as the Dave Rawlings Machine, Rawlings and Welch front a string band that includes a cast of acoustic all-stars, in the past featuring members of Old Crow Medicine Show, the Punch Brothers, and even Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, who embraces his unplugged side on mandolin. Crowds can expect material from Rawlings’ 2009 album A Friend of a Friend, tunes from Welch’s extensive catalog, and some choice covers. This week’s dates are below.

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4/27 – Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, Va. – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/kug9fc8 

4/28 – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, Va. – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/lhgpzgt 

4/29 – Neighborhood Theater – Charlotte, N.C. – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/nhqdrem