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Elisabeth von Trapp: Sculpting Her Own Sounds of Music

imageElisabeth von Trapp in concert

Join Elisabeth for her personal “sound of music”, with selections that range from sacred to secular, from Schubert to Sting.

Born and raised in Vermont, Elisabeth is the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music. Singing professionally since childhood, Elisabeth has enthralled audiences from European cathedrals to Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center.

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Where: Wellspring United Methodist church -4871 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188

When : October 5th, 2012 at 7:30pm.

Concert is open to all ages and it’s FREE!

Calling all Parrot Heads

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Calling All Parrot Heads

THE PARROTS OF THE CARIBBEAN-A SALUTE TO JIMMY BUFFETT.
September 15, 2012
Lake Matoaka Amphitheater (College of W&M Campus). Gates will open at 6:30 pm show starts at 7 pm and will conclude at 11 pm. “Parrots of the Caribbean is the #1 Jimmy Buffett Tribute Act in the Country…Bar None.” Parrots of the Caribbean will bring excitement, energy, and first class musicianship. It’s a show you will not forget. With their island costume changes it’s sure to spread that island feeling. This concert is a fundraiser for PIPE, Providing Indoor Plumbing to Everyone. In 2007 there were several homes still lacking indoor plumbing in the Historic Triangle. Thanks to the efforts of the members of the Leadership Historic Triangle (LHT, now LEAD) Class of 2007 and Housing Partnerships, there are now only a few homes in our community lacking this basic necessity. This project aims to keep continue raising money to help provide gap funding for these remaining projects, which are not fully covered by available state funds.

We encourage you to wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt, and break out those flip flops as we dance and move to the sounds of Parrots of the Caribbean! Ticket and concert information www.PIPEConcert.com

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Free Symphony Concert Kicks Off Arts Month in Williamsburg VA

Arts Month 2012 is right around the corner in Williamsburg VA

imageThis year Arts Month kicks off with a Virginia Symphony Concert at the Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre, at William and Mary on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 7:30pm

The FREE performance is open to the public and co-sponsored by the City of Williamsburg, the College of William & Mary, William & Mary’s Student Assembly and APM Terminals.
In his third year performing at Lake Matoaka, VSO’s dynamic Associate Conductor Benjamin Rous returns with Symphony Under the Stars, a prelude to the VSO’s 2012-2013 program. It features selections by Mozart, Rossini, Scott Joplin, Marvin Hamlisch and more.
Guests are invited to bring family and friends, beach chairs and blankets. Personal coolers and picnic baskets will be permitted; however, no external alcohol will be allowed. Wine will be available for purchase on site. The doors will open at 6:30 pm. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held at Phi Beta Kappa Hall.
The Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre is located at 121 Ukrop Way. A campus map is available here

This concert is the start of The Virginia Symphony’s annual series of fall outdoor concerts, Symphony under the Stars, with a total four concerts taking place over Labor Day weekend and three additional performances that take place in September.

 

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Williamsburg’s Got Talent 2012

Williamsburg’s Got Talent returns for 2012image

Bands, Comedians, Dancers, Impressionists,Jugglers, Magicians and singers will have a chance to shine next month when the Williamsburg Land Conservancy hosts it’s second annual   “Williamsburg’s Got Talent” fundraising event.

The event, scheduled for September 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.  will showcase 10 area talents vying for a trophy. Ticket sales will benefit the Land Conservancy, which is dedicated to protecting and preserving significant natural, scenic, agricultural and history land in the Historic Triangle.

2012 Auditions will be held at the Williamsburg Landing in the Alvin Anderson Auditorium on:

Saturday, August 18th from 8:00 a.m. to Noon;
Monday, August 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 23rd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

Judges for the 2012 show include: Kathy Hornsby, local artist and no stranger to talent; Everett Collins, former member of the Isley Brothers and middle school music teacher; and Sam McDonald, Entertainment Editor for the Daily Press.   Dick Smith, musician extraordinaire and member of the Smith Wade Band will again serve as our MC for the evening.

Tickets will be available through Colonial Williamsburg and can be purchased online at , at the Kimball Theater or any Colonial Williamsburg ticket office, or by calling 1-800-HISTORY.  Tickets will go on sale later this month..

If you would like to audition for Williamsburg’s Got Talent, please print out the following documents and follow the instructions contained within:

Registration Form | Appearance Release Form| Contest Rules

Thanks to the sponsors, Chesapeake Bank, Howell Creative Group and The Tide/WYDaily/BACHfm, this year’s event promises to be a great evening.

 

About the Williamsburg Land Conservancy

Founded in 1990 as the Historic Rivers Land Conservancy, was the first private non-profit land trust in Virginia incorporated specifically to use the provisions of the Virginia Conservation Easement Act.  In 1996 their name was changed and today, the Conservancy operates as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, supported by annual membership dues, donations and grants. A Board of Directors, comprised of community leaders from throughout the Historic Triangle, governs the organization. Working committees help to carry out the programs and projects of the Conservancy.

The Conservancy is dedicated to protecting and preserving significant natural, scenic, agricultural and historic land in the Historic Triangle. Through a combination of land preservation tools, education and advocacy programs, and shaping public policy, the Conservancy strives to maintain the character and ambiance of this special place where we live and work. Today, 4,400 acres of protected land later, the Williamsburg Land Conservancy is proudly celebrating its 23rd year.

Slapwater Caps Off July Summer Breeze Concerts

Slapwater will return to Merchants Square for the fourth year in a row to cap off the July series of Summer Breeze concerts. Slapwater is a 10-member, high-energy band has been entertaining crowds in Hampton Roads for nearly 40 years with the powerful horn-driven music that never fails to inspire audiences to get up and dance.  The concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25.

In addition to the concert, Merchants Square offers free entertainment for younger members of the audience beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Duke of Gloucester Street, between Williams-Sonoma and Talbots.  Entertainment includes face painting, bubble making and clowns.

All Summer Breeze concerts take place on Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square and are free to the public.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and their dancing shoes to the performances. Food and beverages, including carryout, are available from Merchants Square’s nine restaurants.

Convenient concert night parking is available at the Prince George Street garage and the lot at the corner of South Henry and Francis Streets.

The Summer Breeze Concert Series is sponsored by Merchants Square, the City of Williamsburg Department of Parks and Recreation, and Legacy Financial Group.

For more information about weather-related cancellations, please see the Merchants Square website, www.merchantssquare.org, or call the events hotline on concert days at (757) 565-8889.

All concerts are free, and are sponsored by Merchants Square, the City of Williamsburg and the Legacy Financial Group.

Outdoor Movies Return to CW for 2012

imageFor the sixth year in a row The Blue Talon Bistro is bringing  another entire summer’s worth of FREE movies – outside on Prince George St., on Sunday nights at sunset or a little after.

Don’t forget, bring a lawn chair or blanket

 

 

The 2012 schedule is:

  • June 17: The Muppets
  • June 24: Thor
  • July 1: Grease
  • July 8: Captain America
  • July 15: Winnie The Pooh
  • July 22: Rear Window
  • July 29: Tin Tin
  • August 5: Hugo
  • August 12: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  • August 19: Cowboys v. Aliens
  • August 26: The Help
  • September 2: Sherlock Holmes (2)
  • September 9: The Artist

Note: schedule may change. See website for additional information.

Summer Breeze Concerts starts July 1 in Williamsburg

June 1, 2012

The annual Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concert Series returns for the 21st year, featuring special bands and great music. This year the annual Independence Day concert, featuring the U.S. Air Force Heritage of  America Band, will take place on July 1. The free outdoor events take place Wednesdays from July 11 to Aug. 29.The annual Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concert Series returns for the 21st year, featuring special bands and great music. This year the annual Independence Day concert, featuring the U.S. Air Force Heritage of  America Band, will take place on July 1. The free outdoor events take place Wednesdays from July 11 to Aug. 29., 2012

  • U.S. Air Force (USAF) Heritage of America Band - Back for the 21st year, the full Heritage of America concert band will play American favorites and patriotic tunes in honor of Independence Day. 6:30–7:45 p.m. Sunday, July 1.
  • Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra – This selective 19-member orchestra specializes in big band jazz, and will feature the talented jazz vocalist Sharon Rae North who performed in the Square in 2011. 7–9 p.m. Wednesday, July 11.
  • Kings of Swing - This versatile dance and show band from Richmond plays beach music, Motown favorites and everyone’s favorite music of the 1970s – 90s. 7–9 p.m. Wednesday, July 18.
  • Slapwater - Virginia’s premier party and dance band, a.k.a. “The Lords of Longevity,” has earned numerous awards while delighting crowds in Hampton Roads for more than 30 years. 7–9 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.
  • USAF Heritage Brass Ensemble - From classical to jazz and popular music, from Bach to the Beetles, the quintet brings its brilliant brass sound to all music genres, providing a variety of music that’s as educational as it is exciting. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1.
  • USAF Heritage Ramblers Ensemble – Heritage Ramblers bring the New Orleans and Chicago styles of traditional jazz to life in each performance. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8.
  • USAF Blue Aces Ensemble - The energetic productions of this 10-piece ensemble encompass a wide variety of musical styles. 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15.
  • U.S. Army TRADOC Band – The Fort Eustis-based Army concert band plays a mixture of old favorites and modern works. 7–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.
  • USAF Rhythm in Blue Ensemble – A versatile 13-piece ensemble that performs a wide variety of jazz, blues and funk. 7–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Beginning with the July 11 concert, Merchants Square also offers children’s entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. including face painting, bubble making and clowns.

For more information about weather-related cancellations, please see the Merchants Square website, www.merchantssquare.org, or call the events hotline on concert days: (757) 565-8889.

All concerts are free, and are sponsored by Merchants Square, the City of Williamsburg and the Legacy Financial Group

Enjoy the Sounds of Big Bands, the Symphony, and Broadway @ Festival Williamsburg May 25–27, 2012

imageColonial Williamsburg has partnered with the Virginia Arts Festival to create fun-filled musical weekend. From the swinging sounds of the Big Bands, to the majesty of Mahler, to the bravado of Broadway, you’ll experience some of the best of today’s performers. Join us for a weekend of stellar entertainment.

 

Harlem Renaissance Orchestra

Friday, May 25, 8 p.m.
Virginia Room ($45/$35) Reserved table seating

For an authentic Big Band sound, the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra is second to none. Dedicated to keeping the spirit of swing alive and thriving, the Orchestra plays tribute to the great composers and band leaders of the Swing Era: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lucky Millinder, Earl Hines, Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton, and more. Join us for a dazzling evening at the Williamsburg Lodge.

Click here to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.

Mahler’s 8th Symphony, A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Saturday, May 26, 8 p.m.
William & Mary Hall ($85/$67/$52/$42/$20)

In the classical music world, it’s a monster. Huge and complicated and a bear to pull off.

Mahler’s 8th.

Part of it is the numbers.

During a rehearsal this week at Chrysler Hall some 280 singers clomped up a steep riser, 10 rows deep, behind a Virginia Symphony Orchestra swollen to 120 players.

And that wasn’t everyone. When the Virginia Arts Festival event, presented with the symphony, is performed for the first time on Saturday at William and Mary Hall in Williamsburg, an 85-member Virginia Children’s Chorus will be in place, too. Not to mention eight vocal soloists.

The glory of Gustav Mahler’s vision of divine redemption will envelope the hall with the sound of an orchestra of 100, massed choruses of 300, and 8 soloists, led by the amazing JoAnn Falletta. Dubbed the “Symphony of a Thousand,” the work is rarely performed because of the vast musical resources required. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience a truly awe-inspiring musical event.

Guests of the official Colonial Williamsburg hotels will receive complimentary transportation to William & Mary Hall and back to their hotels: Williamsburg Lodge and Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites. Click here to purchase tickets.

An Evening with Jane Krakowski

Sunday, May 27, 5:30 and 8 p.m.
Virginia Room ($65/$45) Reserve table seating.

There’s towering star power packed into that petite frame, from her hilarious characterization of Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock to her Tony Award-winning performance in Guys and Dolls in London’s West End, and her sold-out cabaret sessions at Feinstein’s at the Regency. Now Jane Krakowski takes her turn in the Festival’s Broadway spotlight. Seating is limited, so order early.

 Click here to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.

Jane Krakowski Preconcert Dinner

More info here

Jane Krakowski, (from 30 Rock) headlines Festival Williamsburg Concert at Williamsburg Inn

Sunday, May 27, 2012 the Broadway spotlight is on Jane Krakowski, the Tony award-winning and Emmy-nominated star of NBC’s “30 Rock,” who will perform classic Broadway hits under the musical direction of Rob Fisher. Ms. Krakowski has appeared on Broadway in “Guys and Dolls,” “Grand Hotel,” “Company,” “Once upon a Mattress,” “Tartuffe” and “Starlight Express.” In 2003, she won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Carla opposite Antonio Banderas in the musical “Nine.” Tickets are $65 and $45 for reserved table seating at 5:30 and 8 p.m. in the Virginia Room of the Williamsburg Lodge.Sunday, May 27, 2012 the Broadway spotlight is on Jane Krakowski, the Tony award-winning and Emmy-nominated star of NBC’s “30 Rock,” who will perform classic Broadway hits under the musical direction of Rob Fisher. Ms. Krakowski has appeared on Broadway in “Guys and Dolls,” “Grand Hotel,” “Company,” “Once upon a Mattress,” “Tartuffe” and “Starlight Express.” In 2003, she won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Carla opposite Antonio Banderas in the musical “Nine.” Tickets are $65 and $45 for reserved table seating at 5:30 and 8 p.m. in the Virginia Room of the Williamsburg Lodge.

On Friday May 25 at 8 p.m., the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra brings the authentic Big Band sound to life. Dedicated to keeping the spirit of swing alive and thriving, the orchestra pays tribute to imagethe great composers and band leaders of the swing era: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Pops Louie Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lucky Millinder, Earl Fatha Hines, Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton and more. The New York Times calls their sound “potent music, tailor-made for dancing.”

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Virginia Shakespeare Festival 2012 in Williamsburg VA

From W&M

Virginia Shakespeare FestivalIn 1753, the Hallam troupe, having broken with London’s New Wells Theatre, arrived in Williamsburg to present The Merchant of Venice, the first professional production of Shakespeare in the New World.

This year  the Virginia Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg celebrates its 34th annual season. You are invited  to join in this venerable tradition of the Bard in the ‘Burg, this year in the intimate 130 seat Studio Theatre while the main stage is undergoing needed renovations.

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TribeFest for the Cure. a family-friendly, day-long music festival @ W&M to benefit Susan G Komen for the cure

The Mason School of Business MBA Association and Tidewater affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the cure are teaming up to host the W&M TribeFest for the Cure on Saturday, March 31, 2012. TribeFest for the Cure is a family-friendly, day-long music festival designed to bring the local community together to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer education and research.

imageThe event will take place at Alan B. Miller Hall on the campus of William & Mary from 2 to 11 p.m. and feature two stages of live music, food from Paul’s Deli and Smithfield Foods,Williamsburg AleWorks’ craft beers, a kid’s activity zone and a breast cancer informational exhibit presented by the Tidewater affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Tickets are $10 per adult (13 and older), $20 per family (two adults and all children), and $5 for William & Mary staff, faculty and students. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.tribefestforthecure.com or at the event.

imageIn Layman Terms will kick off the main stage in the Fields Courtyard at Miller Hall at 2:15 p.m. followed by W&M Intonations and The Kari Velandria Trio. Local breast cancer survivors will share remarks on the stage at 5:45 p.m. followed by The Lef Dovers and headliners Rich Whiskey Audition at 7:30 p.m. The Brinkley Commons stage will commence at 2 p.m. with MaryKate Heron Galke followed by Stephen Christoff and special guest Robin Jester, The Delvers, Jocelyn Oldham and the Ron Fetner Band.

For a complete schedule and additional information of the performers, please visit the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WMTribeFest.

The TribeFest Grille will feature a menu of delicious items from Paul’s Deli.

Williamsburg AleWorks  the official sponsor of the TribeFest Beer Garden,  will provide a selection of its offerings at an additional cost to guests 21 and older. Additionally, a representative from Williamsburg AleWorks will be on hand to educate guests on the brewing process and different styles of beer the local brewery crafts.

The Lil’ Tribe Kids Zone will feature an assortment of fun activities for children including outdoor games, professional face painting, balloon art, a caricature artist, a moon bounce and more.

Also planned are hourly wine raffles, a silent auction with donated items from local individuals and businesses, and an exhibition area for event sponsors.

The Susan G. Komen local affiliate will receive 75% of the proceeds from TribeFest for the Cure. Funds are set aside to provide breast health educational materials and funding to non-profit programs that save lives and support women’s health. The remaining 25% of the net proceeds will go to the Komen Award and Research Grant Program. No local money goes toward national administrative or operating expenses.

For additional information on TribeFest for the Cure, or to purchase tickets, please visit:www.tribefestforthecure.com.

"2nd Sundays" Are Back!

2nd Sundays was created by Shirley Vermillion,a  local Williamsburg resident.

Shirley is an admirer of artists and all art forms, musicians and their music of many genres, actors/actresses and the characters they bring to life and food of all flavors and cultures. She missed the abundance of all of these at family friendly street festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest (Seattle area). This led to her start a neighborhood Art Bazaar 3 times a year. She realized that Williamsburg was crying out for a regular arts venue-for local folks to show off and sell their wonderful art creations.

In 2010, , the Blue Talon Bistro, entered the picture. Generous community minded owner/manager Adam Steely and owner/chef David Everett helped make it happen on Prince George Street on each month’s 2nd Sunday afternoon. Having been quite successful & fun for all, it continues through the Blue Talon’s generosity.

2nd Sundays starts up for the 2012 season on March 11th, and is held March through December every 2nd Sunday from 3-6 pm weather permitting.

So"Lach2nd Sundays Arts Festival presented by the Blue Talon Bistro features:

  • A street full of artisan & artist booths (from fine & colonial to upcycled & funky art)
  • Great local musicians performing from two locations 
  • Henna artist & face painting
  • Balloon artist and Free Children’s Art Project & Activities
  • March musicians are So’Lach, Doug Bischoff, & Williamsburg Christian Academy String Ensemble 

See the Full Schedule of musicians & performing artists at 2ndsundayswilliamsburg.com.

Free & open to the public.

 

2nd Sundays Williamsburg welcomes artists, craftsmen, authors, musicians, photographers, and creator of fine foods, just to name a few.

If you are an artist, performer or fit into any one of our exhibitor categories
and would like to be a part of 2nd Sundays Williamsburg,
please email 
Shirley Vermillion 
or call her at 757-879-3029.

2nd Sundays 2012
March 11
April 8
May 13
June 10
July 8
August 12
September 9
October 14
November 11
December 9

Annual CDR Auction–March 18, 2012 Williamsburg VA

imageThe first Bid ‘n Buy Auction was held in 1978 and raised just over $2,000. Last year, the auction netted over $80,000, with all proceeds going to provide services for children with disabilities or those who are at risk for developmental delays in our community.

With your support of this year’s auction on March 18, CDR can continue to offer these services to all families who are in need.

Register online now to avoid waiting in line for your bid number.  Fill out the quick online form and your bid number will be waiting for you when you arrive. Just look for the "Pre-registered" sign at the registration desk.

Thank you for helping us help the children!

The live and silent auctions feature a variety of vacation packages, Trips/Getaways
Artwork, Children’s toys and games, Dining gift cards, Entertainment passes and tickets, Garden items, Jewelry, Sports items and tickets, Baskets galore, Pampering and Health, Household items, Automotive items and more.  there’s something for everyone!

View the auction catalog here

The event includes a food court featuring Croney Island Hot Dogs, and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Kids Corner presented by Busch Gardens; and a raffle with exciting prizes

Date/ Time

March 18, 2012
Lafayette High School
4460 Longhill Road
Doors open 11:30 a.m

Free & Open to the Public

What is CDR
CDR is a nonprofit organization that provides services to young children and their families in Williamsburg, James City County, York County and Poquoson, and training for the professionals who serve them. Each year, CDR’s Infant and Toddler Connection touches the lives of over 1,000 children and families. Your support of the Annual Bid ’n Buy Auction helps CDR bring services to infants and toddlers who have disabilities or delays in their development or who are at-risk because of poverty or other circumstances.

 

CDR’s services help children make the most of their abilities and provide parents with the encouragement and support they need.

Funds raised through the Annual Bid ’n Buy Auction help CDR to provide home visits, special therapies, developmental play groups, parent groups, and quality, affordable child care in our community.

Directions to the Auction

Address:  4464 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA  23188

Click here for directions.

Doors open at 11:30 sharp! Bring the whole family as this is an event that is appropriate for all ages.

SHAMROCK the BLOCK 2012

imageThe Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg presents SHAMROCK the BLOCK sponsored by ESG, International. Join us for a blockbuster event! For the second year in a row, we’re throwing a St. Patty’s Day party a little early, Saturday, March 10, 2012. We’ll be celebrating with the popular band,The Fighting Jamesons. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!

When: Saturday March 10, 2012 – Doors open at 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Where: Legacy Hall 4301 New Town Ave Williamsburg
Why: To benefit Avalon, Bacon St and Jamestown 4H. See below for links to these agencies.
Ticket Price: Adults $15.00 (must be 21)

Only 300 tickets will be sold.
For more information and the ability to purchase tickets online -

For more information, click here

VA Arts Fest 2012

imageThe time has come! All tickets for the Virginia Arts Festival are on sale now—your chance to get best seats for spring performances by Academy Award winning actor Al Pacino, the legendary American Ballet Theatre, Grammy Award winning trumpeter Chris Botti, Banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, the awe-inspiring Virginia International Tattoo—plus electrifying dance, theater, and music for every taste. Choose from dozens of performances!

The festival runs from April 16 through June 6, 2012  this 16th annual  festival is a star-packed event with performances by opera singer Renee Fleming, actor Al Pacino, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Click here for a calendar of this years performances across the Hampton Roads Va area

For more information and to order your tickets, visit VaFest.org or call 757 282-2822.

World-famous Irish Tenor, Anthony Kearns, performs a solo concert at Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre

One of the three world-famous Irish Tenors, Anthony Kearns, performs a solo concert at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21. His appearance is part of a U.S. spring tour that also includes stops in Washington, D.C., Dallas, Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.

Revered pianist Patrick Healy serves as an accompanist for Kearns. Selections range from the traditional songs of his homeland, well-known classics, to beautifully rendered opera and classical pieces. The duets with the young tenor and his accompanist are charming bits of theater, much enjoyed by concert attendees.

Kearns was born in Kiltealy, Ireland. He was selected as an original member of the famous Irish Tenors in 1998 at age 27, and his vocal range has added significantly to the sound and popularity of the group. With the Irish Tenors, he has appeared at many international venues including Wolf Trap, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden and in a 10-part series for Ireland’s national radio and television broadcaster, RTE television, “The Irish Tenors and Friends.” The Irish Tenors have recorded numerous best-selling CDs and audio performances and continue to “sell out the house” in live performances. Their most recent Christmas Tour played to 15 venues across the United States and gave their audiences a full measure of “comfort and joy.”

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Jane Krakowski, (from 30 Rock) headlines Festival Williamsburg Concert at Williamsburg Inn

Sunday, May 27, 2012 the Broadway spotlight is on Jane Krakowski, the Tony award-winning and Emmy-nominated star of NBC’s “30 Rock,” who will perform classic Broadway hits under the musical direction of Rob Fisher. Ms. Krakowski has appeared on Broadway in “Guys and Dolls,” “Grand Hotel,” “Company,” “Once upon a Mattress,” “Tartuffe” and “Starlight Express.” In 2003, she won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Carla opposite Antonio Banderas in the musical “Nine.” Tickets are $65 and $45 for reserved table seating at 5:30 and 8 p.m. in the Virginia Room of the Williamsburg Lodge.Sunday, May 27, 2012 the Broadway spotlight is on Jane Krakowski, the Tony award-winning and Emmy-nominated star of NBC’s “30 Rock,” who will perform classic Broadway hits under the musical direction of Rob Fisher. Ms. Krakowski has appeared on Broadway in “Guys and Dolls,” “Grand Hotel,” “Company,” “Once upon a Mattress,” “Tartuffe” and “Starlight Express.” In 2003, she won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Carla opposite Antonio Banderas in the musical “Nine.” Tickets are $65 and $45 for reserved table seating at 5:30 and 8 p.m. in the Virginia Room of the Williamsburg Lodge.

On Friday May 25 at 8 p.m., the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra brings the authentic Big Band sound to life. Dedicated to keeping the spirit of swing alive and thriving, the orchestra pays tribute to imagethe great composers and band leaders of the swing era: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Pops Louie Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lucky Millinder, Earl Fatha Hines, Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton and more. The New York Times calls their sound “potent music, tailor-made for dancing.”

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William and Mary Global Film Festival 2012

The William and Mary Global Film Festival (WMGFF) celebrates its fifth anniversary Feb. 16-19, 2012 with the theme, “Film and the City,” which recognizes cinema as both local and global. The festival features films made in and about some of the most iconic cities in the world, while also showcasing smaller, lesser known cities including Williamsburg.

The festival opens at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 with “City Symphonies: Origins and New Beginnings” featuring four documentaries including “A New Olde Town, A World Turned Upside Down: A Williamsburg City Symphony.” At 10:30 p.m., guests enjoy “New York City on Film.”

The Global Film Festival continues at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 with “24speed in the City.” For the eighth Annual W&M 24Speed Filmmaking Contest participating teams will be required to plan, film and edit a short film in a 24-hour period and in accordance with a city-themed directive drawn from a hat. These speedy city films will be screened and judged with a variety of awards being presented. A VIP cocktail party begins at 4 p.m. The day closes at 11 p.m. with a late night special of “City Cult Films from Around the World.”

On Saturday, Feb. 18, the focus shifts to “City Film for the Whole Family” at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m. a student short film competition will be held. During a Filmmakers Roundtable, the theme is a Chinese film special event in conjunction with the launching of the college’s Confucius Institute.

While admission without a VIP pass is $3 for general admission and $2 for William and Mary students to the WMGFF, some events are free.

For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com

WILLIAMSBURG FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES CLASSIC MOVIES AND ACTOR APPEARANCES.

Get ready to pop the popcorn and feel the nostalgia of black and white because Hollywood’s most iconic stars are making their way back to the big screen. The Williamsburg Film Festival, celebrating its 16th year, welcomes fans of classic movies and television shows on March 7 through March 10, 2012 . “People that come to our festival are real movie fans and feel that they actually grew up with these stars,” says Bill Sasser, president of the Williamsburg FilmFestival.

imageThis year, celebrities appearing in person will include Richard Erdman, Gary Hudson, Mickey Kuhn, Marilyn Mason, Terry Moore, Tommy Nolan, John Saxon and Peggy Stewart, with True West magazine editor and author, Bob Boze Bell. Celebrities will be interviewed on stage daily by film historians and will sign autographs. Nightly entertainment will feature The Virginia Rounders and Elvis tribute artist, Sterling Riggs.

imageFans will have the opportunity to meet the stars, who will interact with them and pose for photos.

The award-winning western singer, R.W. Hampton, will headline the Saturday night dinner program.

The festival officially kicks off on Wednesday, March 7th at 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Patriot Convention Center in  Williamsburg. VA. Guest stars will be appearing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for one-on-one interviews and panel sessions.

If you want to feel more connected to the characters on the screen, check out the dealer room, which showcases memorabilia for purchase from some of the best films and shows ever made.

Each year the film festival closes out with a bang featuring a Saturday Night Dinner Show with live entertainment, and this year will be no different.

Tickets for the Williamsburg Film Festival will be available at $20 for daily admission and $55 per person for a three-day pass .family admission (to include spouses and children under 17) is $75.00. Admission for the Saturday night dinner show is $25.00.

. For more information, visit www.williamsburgfilmfestival.org or call 757-482-2490

First Night Williamsburg 2012

imageFirst Night Williamsburg is a family-oriented, non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration of the performing arts presented throughout the City and on the campus of the College of William & Mary.

2011 marks the  19th anniversary year for the premiere New Year’s Eve Celebration in Williamsburg Virginia. Every year thousands converge here to experience a variety of family entertainment, food and a grand fireworks display at midnight. Main stage performances begin at 6 p.m.

New this year is the “Main Event Shag Band”  , the first shag band to appear at First Night, for those who like to dance. Free buses will be running from 5 p.m.- 12:30 a.m. People with a button can ride the bus for free.

Enjoy the area’s finest professional entertainers including singers, instrumentalists, magicians, storytellers, puppeteers, jugglers, clowns, bands, a Big Band orchestra and more! A variety of music is featured, including classical, shag, children’s, blues, R&B, Broadway, jazz, country, blue grass, folk and patriotic.

Performers this year include : Bagels and Fraylox Klezmer Band, Betsy Q, Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys, Bobby Blackhat Blues Band, Celtica, Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads ,Clan McCool, Code Blue Bluegrass Band, Coyote Run, First Baptist Sanctuary Choir, Hot Soup, Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers, Jae Sinnett Trio , Kim Kalman, Main Event Band, Molasses Creek, MSG, Orion, Planet Full of Blues , Plunky and Oneness, Poisoned Dwarf, Puckett and Person
Rich Follett, Ron Fetner,  The Runaway String Band, Schnicklefritz and the Oompahs, The Company Store, Bill and Pam Gurley, Three Jolly Coachmen, Tim Morgan and Mojo Brothers, Tim Nolan, Timothy Seaman, Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra and the Windsome Wood Chamber Players , Vintage Vinyl, Chiefs and Indians, Dylan Fitchett, and Kevin Garcia. Guaranteed a hot night in a cool atmosphere.

Food vendors will have food and drinks available for sale throughout the evening.
The grand finale begins at 11:30 p.m. at Zable Stadium at The College of William & Mary. Fireworks go off at midnight.

Get your button and join in on the happiest night of the year! One button is all it takes to admit you all over town for this fun-filled event.

Buttons are $15, and can be purchased at various locations around Williamsburg and online HERE. Kids 5 and under are FREE!

Date(s)/Time:
Saturday, December 31, 2011 (3:00 PM)
Phone: (757) 258-5153
Tickets & Event Info: (757) 258-5153
Email info@firstnightwilliamsburg.org
Website www.firstnightwilliamsburg.org

Parking is available at William & Mary Hall, Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, the two-story municipal garage near the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Building, behind Matthew Whaley School, the Old Court House, and William & Mary Campus Center. Additional parking is available in the downtown area.

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Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars Announces 2012 Lineup

Dancers to compete for ‘fan favorite’ in online voting

A dozen community leaders in the Historic Triangle have begun to practice moves that will take most well out of their comfort zones and into the performance spotlight with the 2012 edition of Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars, set for March 3, 2012 at Phi Beta Kappa Hall at the College of William and Mary.

imageKen Johnston, co-chair of the event that benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Virginia Peninsula and Literacy for Life at the Rita Welsh Adult Learning Center, introduced the lineup at a cocktail party last month.

“This is a great group of community leaders, and I know I’m not alone in looking forward to what they’ll be able to do on the dance floor,” Johnston said.

Dancers are: Lance Pedigo, one of the leaders of Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums and also a member of the Celtic band Poisoned Dwarf; Dr. Ann Marie DeFiglio-Campolattaro, with the Yorktown Family Practice of TPMG; Scott Grafton, owner of Iron-Bound Fitness and Gym in New Town; Mary Johnston, a long-time teacher at Walsingham Academy (as well as a graduate); Bob Graves, president of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center; Mary Beth Gibson, executive director and co-founder of Beyond Boobs! breast health support group; Scott Wise, a former James Blair Middle School teacher and owner/partner in University Management, Inc., a real estate development and management company; Tiffany Francis Reaves, of Howell Creative Group and president of Young Emerging Professionals of Williamsburg; Will Melton, owner of Computer Concepts of New Town (the reigning small business of the year for the Williamsburg Chamber); Barbara Watson, longtime Community Service Assistant Manager for James City County; Scott Zimmerman, owner of Conscientious Carpet Care and longtime Williamsburg Kiwanis Club leader; and Darryl Wynne, New Town branch manager of TowneBank.

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Benefit Concert @ Busch Gardens 11/11/11

imageThe first annual James River Jam will be held Friday, November 11, 2011, at Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre in Williamsburg, Virginia. The charity jam session is presented by Tempus Jets and Busch Gardens, and will benefit An Achievable Dream Academy, Folds of Honor Foundation and Eastern Congo Initiative, organizations dedicated to improving educational opportunities for children and young adults.

Event organizers chose the Veterans Day holiday in honor of the local military personnel living and working in the region. A portion of the concert tickets will be given to local military bases for complimentary admission to the James River Jam.

The following artists will appear at the James River Jam on November 11:

  • Joe Don Rooney, Rascal Flatts’ lead guitarist
  • Don Felder, former Eagles guitarist
  • John Oates, singer/songwriter and co-founder of Hall & Oates
  • JD Souther, legendary singer/songwriter
  • Micky Dolenz, lead singer of The Monkees
  • Jerry Eubanks, former member of the Marshall Tucker Band
  • Sam Bush, musician, vocalist and Father of Newgrass
  • Joe Horowitz, musician and Canadian professional golfer
  • Special video appearance from actor and Eastern Congo Initiative founder Ben Affleck

Tickets are still available and may be purchased online at www.jamesriverjam.com or by contacting Amanda Johnson, 757-875-7779 or ajohnson@orionairgroup.com

( NOTE, I would love to go but $200 for a ticket ?, I know it’s a benefit but really guys ?)

Va Symphony Free Concert at Matoaka Amphitheatre, Williamsburg

Free VSO Concert still on for Thursday

The City of Williamsburg invites the entire community to celebrate Irene’s departure at the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) concert Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 7:30pm at William & Mary’s Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre. The performance in Williamsburg is open to the public and co-sponsored by the City of Williamsburg and the College of William & Mary. Mayor Clyde Haulman and President Taylor Reveley will welcome the audience. The William & Mary Griffin will add his special musical talents to round out the evening.
In his second year performing at Lake Matoaka, VSO’s dynamic Associate Conductor Benjamin Rous returns with Symphony Under the Stars, a new, eclectic program. It features composers from Verdi to Copland; film scores, including those from the The Magnificent Seven and Titanic to Pirates of the Caribbean; stirring patriotic favorites; and much more.
Guests are invited to bring family and friends, picnic baskets, beach chairs and blankets. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held at Phi Beta Kappa Hall, For information please call 757-221-3300.

 

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO)  musicians are back from summer vacation and tuning up to entertain you with a free outdoor concert! Check out these family-friendly outdoor nights with the orchestra. Bring family and friends; bring picnic baskets, beach chairs and blankets. Discover for yourself why the premier Virginia Symphony Orchestra is in the top ten percent of symphony orchestras in the nation.

The free concert will be on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at William & Mary’s Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre. The family-friendly concert is the first in a series of five free concerts that the Symphony is giving in the Hampton Roads area as a prelude to their new season.  The performance in Williamsburg is open to the public and co-sponsored by the City of Williamsburg and the College of William & Mary.

imageIn his second year performing at Lake Matoaka, VSO’s dynamic Associate Conductor Benjamin Rous returns with Symphony Under the Stars, a new, eclectic program. It features composers from Verdi to Copland; film scores, including those from The Magnificent Seven, Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean; stirring patriotic favorites; and much more.

Guests are invited to bring family and friends, picnic baskets, beach chairs and blankets. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held at Phi Beta Kappa Hall.   For more information please call 757-221-3300.

The VSO will also perform a series of concerts this year at Phi Beta Kappa Hall.  For information about that series, other VSO concerts and tickets, visit www.virginiasymphony.org.

Barbecue Blast—The Young Friends of the Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg invite music and food lovers to its second annual Blast, 5 p.m. on the grounds of the College of William & Mary. Tickets are $20 for adults, with no charge for ages under 12. Includes the acclaimed instrument petting zoo where children can get a close-up look at various instruments. http://www.vssgw.com, or reservations at 345-6633. Held in conjunction with the Symphony’s 7:30 p.m. performance at Lake Matoaka
From I-64 traveling West (from the Peninsula)

Take Exit 242, Route 199, toward Jamestown. After about 5 miles, turn right onto Jamestown Rd. After about 2 miles, you will pass Lake Matoaka on your left, then turn left onto Ukrop’s Way. Park in the parking deck on your left (free) and use the walkway through the woods to the amphitheater.

From I-64 traveling East (from Richmond)

Take Exit 234, Route 199, and turn right at the top of the exit. After about 8 miles, turn left onto Jamestown Rd. After about 2 miles, you will pass Lake Matoaka on your left, then turn left onto Akron’s Way. Park in the parking deck on your left (free) and use the walkway through the woods to the amphitheater

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Rockin The Burg Concert Sept 10, 2011

imageThe Deloreans – "America’s Favorite 80s Band"

7pm, Saturday, September 10, 2011

Lake Matoaka Amphitheater – Map

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

Tickets:  $10 General Admission, $8 for students

Click here to purchase.

80s attire encouraged

Drinks and food will be sold (no outside drinks or food allowed)

All proceeds benefit PIPE (Providing Indoor Plumbing to Everyone) to install plumbing in homes that still lack it.

Thank you to our sponsors.

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What is PIPE?

The Leadership Historic Triangle (LHT) Class of 2007 created the PIPE (Providing Indoor Plumbing to Everyone) Fund to install plumbing in the 80 occupied homes in the Historic Triangle that lack indoor plumbing.  Housing Partnerships Inc (HPI) manages the fund and installs the indoor plumbing in the homes that need it.  

More details about the PIPE Project

What To Do This Week In Williamsburg VA

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Top Gun To Host Free Concert At Wanner Stadium in Williamsburg VA

This year the Top Gun Football Camp  in Williamsburg VA has added a new, exciting element to the already amazing weekend. The band Ocean Street will perform on Saturday night July 23rd, 2011 at Wanner Stadium in conjunction with the camp’s award ceremony. The concert is open to all FBU athletes and parents, along with the general  public.


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Ocean Street sound has been described as a “melodic collision of Southern-Soul and Songwriter-Rock”. They are known best for their lyrically-catchy songs and great live shows. The band has recently toured and played alongside big-name performers such as Sister Hazel, Gin Blossoms, Lifehouse, Corey Smith, Zac Brown Band, and Lonestar.

The band’s self-titled, independent release has received major attention and great feedback. Songs from the album were licensed for use on six MTV shows. “Till I’m Gone,” was played in three different episodes of MTV’s “The Real World”.

Having played over 200 shows in 2010 alone, Ocean Street is excited for the opportunity to play in front of athletes and fans from all over the country. The scheduled appearance will be a special performance during what will be an exciting and fun-filled ending to the Top Gun weekend.

Spread the Music
If you would like listen to their music for FREE you can download six of their songs at no charge by signing up here

. For a full album, just visit the Store Section on this site or go to iTunes and search for Ocean Street .

Listen to their music here

For more information regarding the football camp, visit FBU’s Top Gun site at http://www.footballuniversity.org/topgun/welcome.php

Who: Ocean Street & DJ Nolan

What: Concert & Top Gun Awards Ceremony

When: Saturday, July 23rd 8:30-10:15 PM (Doors: 7:45 PM)

Where: Sanford B. Wanner Stadium @ Warhill Sports Complex

Directions:

map to Wanner Stadium

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Virginia Shakespeare Festival: The Comedy of Errors

Virginia Shakespeare Festival: The Comedy of Errors
July 6 – 17

imageThe Virginia Shakespeare Festival will open its 33rd Anniversary season this summer with a production of The Comedy of Errors! The Comedy of Errors is one of the Bard’s earlier plays and is clearly based on the old Roman comedy Menaechmi by Plautus. Its story of twin brothers and their twin servants, separated in infancy and now searching for each other is full of farcical action and is Shakespeare’s shortest play.
The Comedy of Errors opens July 6 and plays Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm, closing on July 17.

Visit the website or call 757-221-2674 for more info.

Celebrate July 4th in Colonial Williamsburg VA 2011

5On the Fourth of July, guests can walk the streets where Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, once walked and celebrate more than 250 years of freedom with family programs, music from Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums, and fireworks.

Colonial Williamsburg’s programs begin with “Salute to the States” at 10 a.m. on July 4 on Market Square behind the Courthouse. A special militia muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation salutes the 13 original colonies. The Fifes and Drums perform, flags of each state are displayed, and music and cannons celebrate the event.

Patrick Henry speaks to townspeople about the choices confronting American and invokes his famous speech that calls America to arms at 11 a.m. during “The Times That Try Men’s Souls” in front of the Raleigh Tavern.

The Declaration of Independence is our nation’s founding document and announces a vision of a new society in which “all men are created equal.” A special interpretation at noon at the Capitol gives voice to “the People’s” document.

colonial williamsburgfourthofjulyDuring “Music for the Fireworks” at 8 p.m. behind the Courthouse on Market Square, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform a concert of patriotic music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and can be enjoyed on Palace Green or from Market Square.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center. Due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available between 8:45 and 10:45 p.m. Shuttle bus service is available with or without Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and park at the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses to the Historic Area. No ticket is required to enjoy this program.

Governor’s Palace Picnic

Join us on July 4 for an all-American picnic and festive patriotic entertainment. Dine on a variety of chilled picnic favorites and Colonial Williamsburg specialties at the annual summer evening picnic from 7:30-9 p.m. on the Governor’s Palace grounds. Enjoy exciting performances by musicians, dancers, storytellers and balladeers plus plenty of games for the kids. Guests receive a free commemorative picnic blanket, so all you’ll need to bring are your chairs. March with the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums to a premium, reserved viewing area for the fireworks extravaganza.

Cost is $55 adults and $25 youth (12 and under) and includes tax and gratuity.

For more information and reservations, call 1-800-447-8679. Reservations must be made by July 2. In case of rain, call the information hotline at (757) 565-8888.

Brews, Blues & BBQ

This Fourth of July, celebrate the American tradition of barbecue in the place where America’s quest for independence began. Enjoy the sights of Colonial Williamsburg, specially brewed beer and the traditional blues sound of Li’l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes, "the hottest swing blues band on the east coast.”

For dinner, guests can choose between pulled pork barbecue or barbecued half chicken served with southern baked beans and coleslaw. Williamsburg AleWerks draft beer and Williamsburg Winery wine will be among the beverages served. Tickets are $28 for adults and $12 for children six-12. Price includes nonalcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. Reservations are not required. Prices, menu items and operating schedules are subject to change.

Dinner is served from 5:30-9 p.m. on the Virginia Lawn at the Williamsburg Lodge. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks are at 9:15 p.m.

Explore Independence Day celebrations in Hampton Roads here

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Flash mob.

mormon choir in Colonial williamsburgThose phrases don’t seem to go together but they seemed to be a perfect match today at Colonial Williamsburg as the famed singers burst into song, delighting some 4,000 spectators.

The choir and members of the Orchestra at Temple Square visited Colonial Williamsburg while on its summer tour, which began the evening before in Norfolk VA.

As the park’s daily re-enactment “Revolutionary City” concluded, a trio of male singers began singing: Gradually, other singers joined in until the full choir was singing.

Many spectators seemed amazed at what one described as “the most beautiful singing I’ve ever heard.”

The choir and the rest of the visitors then sang “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

As the song concluded, John Bacon, senior vice president of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, announced to the audience that they had just sung with the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

mormon tabernacle choir , flash mob in colonial williamsburgWhile park and choir officials tried to keep as a surprise the choir’s participation at Williamsburg, word apparently leaked out. “We teased the news of a special event, without saying it was the Mormon Tabernacle Choir,” he said, but a lot of people figured out who the special guests would be. I would guess we had 3,500-4,000 people here today.”

Here is a 10 minute video of the performance and part of Revolutionary City, the singing starts at 3:27

 

Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concerts Celebrate 20th Anniversary in Colonial Williamsburg

   The annual Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concert Series returns for the 20th year, featuring special bands and great music. The regular series runs July 6-Aug. 24. This year two additional concerts have been added on June 25 and July 2. The free outdoor events take place Wednesdays from June 25 to Aug. 24.

 

Here is the 2011 concert line-up:

  • Peninsula Concert Band – The 60-member concert band from Newport News plays a variety of music from show tunes to marches and pop standards. 6–7:15 p.m. Saturday, June 25.
  • U.S. Air Force (USAF) Heritage of America Band - Back for the 20th year, the full Heritage of America concert band will play American favorites and patriotic tunes in honor of Independence Day. 7–8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2.
  • Kings of Swing - This versatile dance and show band from Richmond plays beach music, Motown favorites and everyone’s favorite music of the 1970s – 1990s. 7–9 p.m. Wednesday, July 6.
  • B2B Band - This seven-member Jimmy Buffett tribute band hails from Richmond. While Jimmy Buffet is the inspiration, B2B covers a wide variety of music from The Beatles to Kenny Chesney, plus some original tunes of their own. 7–9 p.m. Wednesday, July 13.
  • Sharon Rae North - This Ohio-born singer performed extensively in Atlanta and recently relocated to Richmond. Sharon sings jazz and standards and often adds in some jazz versions of R&B and Top 40 hits. 7–9 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. Also featuring opening act of “Alladin Jr.” by Stagelights at 6:15 p.m.
  • Slapwater - Virginia’s premier party and dance band, a.k.a. “The Lords of Longevity,” has earned numerous awards while delighting crowds in Hampton Roads for more than 30 years. 7–9 p.m. Wednesday, July 27.
  • USAF Rhythm in Blue Ensemble – A versatile 13-piece ensemble that performs a wide variety of jazz, blues and funk. 7–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3.
  • USAF Heritage Ramblers Ensemble – Heritage Ramblers bring the New Orleans and Chicago styles of traditional jazz to life in each performance. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.
  • USAF Blue Aces Ensemble - The energetic productions of this 10-piece ensemble encompass a wide variety of musical styles. 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17.
  • USAF Heritage of America Band – The Langley-based concert band plays a mixture of old favorites and modern works. 7–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24.

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