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Bringing to the stage dynamic musicianship and endless energy, Charlottesville’s Smiling Islanders formed in August 2014 as the collective brainchild of four students sharing a passion for live performance. Smiling Islanders' music is an eclectic mix of genres, drawing inspiration most notably from classic rock, jam/psychedelic, funk/fusion, and modern indie. Led by frontman David Gray, the group cut their teeth playing campus events and local bars, and gained momentum quickly. After retreating to the studio in October 2014, the band released their first EP, titled Candelabra, in April 2015. The band continue to perform across Virginia and beyond. [+]