Editors' pick

Santmyer Family Band


Editorial Review

"Ageless charm without yuppie bastardization" is the motto at JV's, a cozy honky-tonk bar and restaurant that's served Falls Church since 1947. JV's marks its 62nd year by doing what it does best: serving up cold beers and presenting some of the finest country music in town. Brothers Richard and Vernon Santmyer have been performing at the club for more than 30 years, and Vernon still hosts the Wednesday night open-mike session. The Santmyers - with Pauline Dross on drums - are joined by guitarists Mike Woods and Diana Quinn of the excellent local group Honky Tonk Confidential. (Woods and Quinn are relative newcomers to JV's - their band has been playing there only a dozen years.) Try to arrive early; the bar holds only 50 people.