After several years of musical hiatus, former Farm Vegas keyboardist Justin Paciocco began picking up guitar and the undying passion for music came back in full force. Paciocco dedicated himself to learning and playing his new instrument of choice as he wrote over 50 songs in the build-up to his return to music. After recruiting some fellow musicians from the Richmond music scene, they formed VILLAGES in 2016. The lineup consists of Stephen Lecky of Farm Vegas on drums, Zach Hudgins of Jackass Flats on bass, guitarist and mandolin player Corey Wells of The Shack Band, guitarist J.L Hodges of Farm Vegas, Stephen Kuester of Jackass Flats on pedal steel, and Molly Payne on backup vocals to round out the band. Just this past June, VILLAGES released their self-titled debut album.

You can catch VILLAGES playing on the second day of The Shack Up Music Festival at the Broadberry along with The Shack Band, Agents of Good Roots, Runaway Gin, Los Colognes, and James Justin and Co. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to come out and show some love for some new Richmond music.

VIDEO – “Everything Is Fine” (Official Lyric Video)



The FOURTH ANNUAL SHACK UP takes place Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 at The Broadberry. Friday’s launch party will be held inside the venue while Saturday’s lineup takes the outside stage, located in the parking lot at 2729 West Broad Street. The Shack Up’s after party moves inside the main venue at 10:00pm with Runaway Gin (a tribute to Phish). Tickets are available at and can be purchased at the box office, Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.


  • 7:00 – Doors
  • 8:00 – 8:40 – Weekend Plans
  • 9:00 – 10:00 – Wild Adriatic
  • 10:30 – 12:00+ – Butcher Brown


  • 1:00 – Doors
  • 2:00 – 3:00 – VILLAGES
  • 3:30 – 4:30 – James Justin and Co.
  • 5:00 – 6:00 – Los Colognes
  • 6:30 – 7:45 – THE SHACK BAND
  • 8:15 – 10:00 – Agents of Good Roots
  • 10:00 – 1:30 – Runaway Gin (inside)

Photo via Joey Wharton Photography