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Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand at the Kimball 1/23/2015

Here in Williamsburg VA we just don’t see the variety of touring music groups that typically play the larger cities.

Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand had to invent their own genre in order to play the kind of music they want: PostHeeHawFunkadelicHipHop-NewGrass. If you come to hear Ryan Shupe this Friday at The Kimball Theater you will hear some country, some bluegrass, some rock and some whole lot more. Its hard to categorize them as any one genre.

Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand had to invent their own genre in order to play the kind of music they want: PostHeeHawFunkadelicHipHop-NewGrass. Composed of Shupe, Craig Miner, Roger Archibald, Ryan Tilby and Nate Smeding, the group has been performing together for 14 years. "RubberBand is the perfect name," notes the description on their website. "The group is known for its ability to stretch out musically in all directions, pinging back and forth with a joyful spontaneity most bands could barely imagine let alone achieve."

They have always been more of a show band than a radio band, says Shupe. "Our fans come to our shows to have a good time. They are less concerned about whether they’ve heard our hits on the radio."

Their sound was "born out of necessity," Shupe says. "When we first started out, nobody had heard of us, so we looked for songs that would catch people’s attention. We do songs that you have to listen to the lyrics to pick up the nuances of humor."

There have been radio hits; a single called "Dream Big," from an album released by Capitol Records. It came close to Billboard’s Top 20 .

All the band members grew up in musical families. Shupe is the fifth-generation violin player in his family; Archibald’s mother played the accordion; Miner’s father played the bass. They all started performing before the age of 10. "Collectively, we have a combined 121 years of experience," says Miner. "That’s a lot of rocking." But they can’t think of anything else they’d rather do. "It’s an addiction," says Archibald.

Having fun, making music, connecting with fans, that’s what it’s all about for Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand.

Ticket info here

January 23, 2015

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Kimball Theatre Williamsburg VA

 

 

Keep the excitement of the New Year going at the Winter Blues Jazz Fest in Williamsburg VA

Chef David Everett and Steve Rose came together to line up an incredible four-day festival from Thursday January 15th to Sunday January 18th 2015
The Winter Blues Jazz Fest will celebrate great food and drinks, great people, and most importantly great music!
The Trellis Restaurant, Blue Talon Bistro and D.O.G Street Pub are excited to be upfront and center during the festival weekend.  
Friday night will be a blast in Merchant Square, with The Trellis Restaurant serving drinks and fancy street food, including Sheppard’s Pie and Fish Cakes under the big tent. 

Chef David Everett and Steve Rose came together to line up an incredible four-day festival from Thursday January 15th to Sunday January 18th 2015 The Winter Blues Jazz Fest will celebrate great food and drinks, great people, and most importantly great music!
Saturday night your favorite bartenders Mel and Stephanie will be serving The Trellis Restaurant’s signature Kentucky Apple and Whiskey Sour cocktails during the Mixology and Music event at the Williamsburg Lodge, and on Sunday a ticket to the Jazz Brunch at The Trellis Restaurant includes a two-hour live performance by the Butterbean Jazz Trio, a special brunch menu and a delicious champagne cocktail.
You can see the line up of all the musicians, get more information about each event and buy tickets by visiting the Winter Blues Jazz Fest

Second Sundays Festival Brings Artisanal And Musical Fun To Prince George Street in Williamsburg VA

Every second Sunday in Colonial Williamsburg, Prince George Street is filled with artists showcasing their crafts and musicians performing up and down the street.

The 2nd Sundays Festival takes place every month, except for January and February, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It goes along the upper block of Prince George Street and extends down North Boundary Street. Local artists pay in order to showcase their work while multiple musicians preform live at different stages throughout the festival. The director of 2nd Sundays, Shirley Vermilion, created the event in 2010. Vermilion grew up in the Northern Neck of Virginia and lived in both Seattle and Richmond before she moved to Williamsburg in 2001.

“Williamsburg for a long time felt like it was all about history,” Vermilion said. “It was all it really did and Colonial Williamsburg kind of did everything, and that was what drove it.”

Vermilion was surprised when she found out that some of her neighbors in Williamsburg ranged from mystery novelists and children’s book authors to potters. However, Vermilion found out that it was difficult for them to display their work unless they left Williamsburg, as local opportunities were limited.

Vermilion originally decided to reserve her local clubhouse and feature around 15 local artists in a show she called First Colony Arts Bazaar. According to Vermilion, the show was well-attended and well-loved.

Some of the artisan-friendly booths at the festival. COURTESY PHOTO / SHIRLEY VERMILION

Some of the artisan-friendly booths at the festival. COURTESY PHOTO / SHIRLEY VERMILION

“I always thought, ‘here we are a tourist town; we need something like this downtown,’” Vermilion said.

In 2010 Vermilion contacted the Blue Talon Bistro executive chef and owner David Everett and general manager and owner Adam Steely to ask if they would help her facilitate an art festival on Prince George Street.

More of the story here

A can’t-miss party to benefit the Williamsburg Land Conservancy

The Williamsburg Land Conservancy is proud to announce their new fundraiser, Creekside Conservancy Celebration. The event will be held on Saturday, October 4th from 5:00-10:00 p.m. at Nettles Creek Farm on Bush Neck Road. Thanks to the generosity of David and Stephanie Allen, landowners who placed a conservation easement on their 158-acre farm, attendees will enjoy a fun-packed evening along the shores of Nettles Creek. Presented by Eastern Virginia Bank (EVB) and Middle Peninsula Insurance and Financial Services, the Celebration promises to be one of the fall season’s best events!

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The evening includes music by the famous Midnight Movers. The Midnight Movers are a powerhouse of authentic soul and Motown sounds, led by the dynamic trumpeter and vocalist Curtis Pope. There are no continuously working groups more intertwined with American soul music. The Midnight Movers made their mark behind the scenes, backing up, touring with, producing, and arranging many of the genre’s most famous artists, including, Isaac Hayes and the Isley Brothers. The band is perhaps most famous, however, for its decades-long collaboration with "Wicked" Wilson Pickett.
Fresh oysters, food catered by the Two Drummers Smokehouse, beer, wine and a music powerhouse will make this a can’t-miss event! Gather your friends and purchase a table for 10; cost is $1,200. You’ll have a place to rest after you’ve danced to the great sounds of the Midnight Movers! Individual tickets are $100.

It’s a rain or shine event! In the case of inclement weather, we’ll move the party into the barn and under a big tent. It just doesn’t get any better than this!
Purchase your table or tickets today; we are limited to the amount of tickets we can sell, so don’t wait! Remember, it’s all for a great cause, the Williamsburg Land Conservancy. We’re the ones making sure our community stays greener and doesn’t become just another stop along Interstate 64. Support our efforts and have a great and memorable evening. Now that’s a winning combination!

When :Saturday, October 4, 2014, 5-10 p.m.

Where
:Nettles Creek Farm, Bush Neck Road, Williamsburg, VA

Visit www.williamsburglandconservancy.org or call 757-565-0343
for more information or to purchase your tickets.
Proceeds to benefit the Williamsburg Land Conservancy

Attire is resort casual – No jacket required and boots welcome.

Directions to Nettles Creek Farm, 2001 Bush Neck Road

Travel on Centerville Road to Jolly Pond Road and turn. Stay on Jolly Pond to Bush Neck Road and turn. There will be signs to direct you to Nettles Creek Farm.

Purchase tickets here

ShinDIG at Jamestown: An Evening of Barbeque & Bluegrass to Benefit the Jamestown Rediscovery Project

imageCome and join in the fun at  the third annual ShinDIG at Jamestown to benefit the Jamestown Rediscovery Project. Enjoy bluegrass music with our very own Archaeology Director Bill Kelso and the Who Ever Shows Up Band from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Dale House Café on Jamestown Island.

The Williamsburg-based band features eight musicians including Bill Kelso, banjo; Doug Burgoyne, guitar; Jack Cowardin, fiddle; Rob Foos, dobro; Bobby Hornsby, bass; Rennie Howard, banjo; Ellen Kelso, bass; and Steve Robertson, guitar.

Soak in the views of the James River while you enjoy music and a BBQ dinner provided by Carrot Tree Kitchens. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the archaeological research, educational programs and operations of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project at Historic Jamestowne

Tickets are $30 per person and include the BBQ dinner.Tickets must be purchased online in advance. An email confirmation will be sent after the ticket purchase is made. Tickets will NOT be mailed to participants.

Thursday, September 25, 2014  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Gates open at 5:45 pm

Buy tickets here

Annual Williamsburg Kiwanis Shrimp Feast this Saturday Sept 6, 2014

The Williamsburg Kiwanis Shrimp Feast has become Williamsburg VA’s signature late summer family event. Over the past 34 years, it has become a place to see and be seen, a great gathering of community, entertainment and fun.  Saturday, September 6, 2014, 4-7PM (Rain or Shine) at the Jamestown 4H Educational Center on the James River.

imageAll you can eat and drink charity fundraiser! Hot and fresh cooked shrimp, hush puppies, beans, cole slaw. Soft drinks and beer. Williamsburg Winery wines available for purchase. Live music by The Hark. Free Parking.

Thanks to donations from Williamsburg retailers, there are over 30 items in the onsite Raffle. Click here to check out the Raffle prizes!

Proceeds will benefit Bacon Street, Erase the Need, and the Jamestown 4H Educational Center.

$30 from August 26-September 5, $35 at the door on Saturday September 6. The online "PayPal Payment" option accepts your PayPal account or a major credit card: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

Where: Jamestown 4H Center 4H Club Road , Jamestown 4H Center 4H Club Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Date: Saturday, September 6,2014

Time: 04:00PM -  07:00PM

More info here

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The Virginia Symphony Orchestra returns to Yorktown Saturday, August 30

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Benjamin Rous, returns to Yorktown at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014 for its 18th annual outdoor concert. This year’s concert will be held at Riverwalk Landing on Water Street in historic Yorktown. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early with lawn chairs and picnic baskets. image

A just-for-fun blue ribbon judging for the most creative picnic set-up will be awarded prior to the concert. The award-winning Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform a pre-concert show at 6 p.m.

The symphony concert is funded by community contributors from organizations, businesses and individuals along with sponsors, York County, York County Arts Commission and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, whose financial support makes it possible. The volunteer Celebrate Yorktown Committee annually raises $24,000 to present this free-to-the-public evening of music for the enjoyment of the community.

Event parking information is as follows:

• Plan to arrive early as parking is expected to fill up in Yorktown.

• Event parking will be available at the York County Courts and Office Complex, Administration and York Hall buildings on Ballard Street, and the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace on Water Street.

• Please bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

• Limited Handicap parking available in the lower level of the parking terrace. No rain date is scheduled for the concert. In the event of inclement weather, please call the event weather hotline at 890-3520 for updated information.

For additional information, visit http://www.visityorktown.org or call 890-4490

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN PERFORMS DURING GLORY AT THE GARDENS AT BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMSBURG

imageSteven Curtis Chapman will bring a little more glory to the gardens when he performs at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Aug. 23, 2014 Chapman will wrap up the Glory at the Gardens concert series presented by Coca-Cola.
     Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music with 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs, 47 No. 1 singles and approaching 11 million albums sold. His latest album, The Glorious Unfolding, speaks of the story that is each person’s life and how they unfold. “The theme was this idea that God will complete the story and in fact, He already has completed it and knows the ending,” Chapman says.
Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre opens approximately two hours before the scheduled 7 p.m. performance.  All Glory at the Gardens concerts are included with park admission. For guests’ convenience complimentary tickets are distributed throughout the day at the park’s Guest Relations building. Tickets are distributed one per person on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. All party members must be present to receive tickets. Tickets are required for entry to the concert. Purchase a Concert Dining Combo deal online and enjoy an appetizing dinner from any of the park’s signature restaurants and preferred seating for the show in the Royal Palace Theatre. For more information, including complete concert and ticketing information, visit http://www.buschgardens.com/va or call (800) 343-7946.

Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing starts August 6th 2014

York County is excited to partner with the USAF Heritage of America Band, the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band in presenting the Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown VA.

The shows take place on the performance stage overlooking the York River. The series will be held from August 6 through 26, 2014. Concerts will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs for seating. The series kicks off on Wednesday, August 6, with the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown commemorating its 96th anniversary with a performance by the U.S. Fleet Forces Band from Norfolk.

Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown VA.

The U.S. Fleet Forces Band is the musical representative for the commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and is the largest of the Navy’s 11 Fleet Bands. This unit provides musical support for ships, military bases, foreign dignitaries, and many community relations events.

The concert series continues on Tuesday, August 12, with Full Spectrum, a high energy band featuring a horn section, which has the unique ability to play a “full spectrum” of music ranging from Pop, Hip Hop, Funk, R & B, Latin, and Classic Rock.

The third installment of the concert series will feature the TRADOC Jazz Combo on Tuesday, August 19. This group will entertain all audiences with the Classics, Ballads, Blues, Soul, and contemporary tunes.

The concert series culminates with The Blue Aces on Tuesday, August 26. This group takes great pride in its specialized, high-energy performances that feature a wide variety of American popular music styles. The group performs annually for thousands of military and civilian audience members in settings ranging from small official dinners to large festivals.

This concert series is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other public parking lots throughout town.

DoG Street Pub annual craft beer festival is back for 2014

The DoG Street Pub annual craft beer festival is back for its second year; they are calling this one The Year of More.
More tunes! More food!More prizes!More beer!
And for those of you who came last year: yes, more tickets, more shade and more cold water.

imageIt’s the only craft beer festival held on scenic, historic Duke of Gloucester Street right in Merchants Square. August is Virginia Craft Beer Month and we’ll feature at least a dozen VA breweries plus a few more friends under giant tents (so this is happening rain or, even worse in August, shine).

Despite what some, including us, might have you believe, beer is not always the answer. Sometimes the answer is FOOD! Specifically Summer grilling food from Chef David Everett & the DoG Street Pub kitchen. Sliders, Brats, Pork Tacos and many more surprises to keep bellies full and ready for more beer tastings. Do the right thing and buy your designated driver a $15 food-only ticket; safety doesn’t have to be expensive.

The event  funds charities that support our four legged best friends. We worked with Anderson’s Corner Animal Hospital to identify charities that help dogs & families with adoption, education, training and even paying for surgeries when others can’t afford it. Proceeds from the festival benefit SEVA GRREAT, MAGDRL, Bay Beagle Rescue & Beagles to the Rescue along with 100% of the proceeds from the raffle that day featuring rare beers and gifts from breweries & local businesses.

There is much more and you can expect updates & details in the weeks leading up to August 3rd. Last year’s festival sold out so we’re increasing the number of available tickets (that number is finite however so don’t delay).
Tickets for the beer tastings are $35 and food only is $15 but you can get a combo ticket & feast all day for only $40.
Everything goes up $5 the day of the event

Date: Sunday August 3, 2014

Time: noon –5pm

Tickets now available at www.DoGStreetPub.com

July 4th celebration in Williamsburg VA to feature stars from "The Voice"

imageRAM and USO present the 2014 Military Concert Series, “An Independence Day Celebration,” featuring NBC’s “The Voice” stars Danielle Bradbery and Smithfield’s own Bria Kelly at 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.) July 4 at Lake Matoaka Amphitheater on the campus of the College of William & Mary.

Post show, fans can continue the celebration at Market Square or Palace Green in Colonial Williamsburg to honor our nation’s birthday with a fireworks display at 9:20 p.m.

Advance tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. A limited number of VIP tickets are available. General admission tickets start at $25. Military discounts available.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the Military Concert Series website.

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform Sat May 24th in Williamsburg VA

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Memorial Day Weekend, the Virginia Arts Festival brings a special series of performances to the historic city of Williamsburg and James City County. On Friday, May 23, Britain’s “amazing, explosive, exhilarating” (The New York Times) Richard Alston Dance Company joins Festival Williamsburg for the first time.
Saturday, Festival favorite, virtuoso banjo player Béla Fleck will perform joined by his wife, clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn, who has her own legion of admirers. On Sunday, audiences will do some dancing of their own as the swinging big band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings its signature dance‐driving music, including hits like “You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three” and “Go Daddy O.” And for classical music lovers, a pair of chamber music concerts is planned on May 22 and 23, featuring André‐Michel Schub and the Miami String Quartet

Husband and wife musical phenoms Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have drawn rave reviews and fanatical fans throughout their separate careers—but when they get together on stage, it’s truly an event. Fleck, “one of the most accomplished banjo players of his time” (The New York Times), has explored virtually every genre, leading audiences through mind-blowing sets that leave them slack-jawed with wonder; and singer/songwriter/clawhammer banjo player Washburn has a “daring, infinite talent” (Wall Street Journal). See them together in this unforgettable show!

Saturday, May 24, 8:00 PM

Virginia Room, Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg

Tickets $45, $35
Buy tickets here

Additional info for other Festival Williamsburg Concerts here

Busch Gardens Williamsburg announces remaining concert lineup

May 12,2014-Busch Gardens Williamsburg today announced the remaining artists performing in the Busch Gardens® LIVE and Glory at the Gardens concert series presented by Coca-Cola®.  With a lineup featuring rock, country and Christian music, there’s something for everyone this summer.

 

Date

Concert

Series

July 4

Lee Greenwood

Busch Gardens LIVE

July 5

The Romantics

Busch Gardens LIVE

July 20

Lynard Skynyrd

Busch Gardens LIVE

July 26

LeAnn Rimes

Busch Gardens LIVE

August 3

Steven Curtis Chapman

Glory at the Gardens

imageBusch Gardens LIVE and Glory at the Gardens concerts are held at Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre. The theater’s gates open approximately two hours before the scheduled 7 p.m. performance.  All Busch Gardens LIVE and Glory at the Gardens concerts are included with park admission. For guests’ convenience complimentary concert tickets are distributed throughout the day at the park’s Guest Relations building. Tickets are distributed one-per-person on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. All party members must be present to receive tickets. Tickets are required for entry to the concert. Premium seating in a reserved area is also available with the purchase of concert and dinner packages.
For more information, including complete concert and ticketing information, visit http://www.buschgardens.com/va

 

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BRET MICHAELS AND MERCYME KICKOFF BUSCH GARDENS® LIVE AND GLORY AT THE GARDENS™ CONCERT SERIES

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 10, 2014) – Busch Gardens® is turning up the volume this summer with the return of its popular concert series, Busch Gardens® LIVE and Glory at the Gardens™.
Legendary rocker and reality TV star Bret Michaels will kick off Busch Gardens LIVE on May 4. Michaels’ 25-plus year career includes hits like “Talk Dirty To Me” and “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” as well as solo hits “Nothing To Lose,” and his new single currently on the radio, “A Beautiful Soul.”
Glory at the Gardens begins May 11 with a performance by Christian band MercyMe. Best known for their mega hit “I Can Only Imagine,” the Grammy nominated, American Music Award and eight-time Dove award-winning band released their ninth album, Welcome to the New, on April 8. Additional concert dates will be announced soon.
Busch Gardens LIVE and Glory at the Gardens concerts are held at Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre. The theater’s gates open approximately two hours before the scheduled 7 p.m. performances. All Busch Gardens concerts are included with park admission. For guests’ convenience complimentary tickets are distributed throughout the day at the park’s Guest Relations building. Tickets are distributed one-per-person on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. All party members must be present to receive tickets. Tickets are required for entry to the concert. Premium seating in a reserved area is also available with the purchase of concert and dinner packages.
For more information, including complete concert and ticketing information, visit http://www.buschgardens.com/va or call (800) 343-7946.

Concert in Memory of Austin "Gus" Deeds

Austin This Sunday Aril 6th at 4pm The Music Department is honored to present a concert in memory of former student Austin "Gus" Deeds. This memorial concert is hosted in honor of the music Gus loved.

The William & Mary Music Department is honored to present a concert in memory of former student Austin "Gus" Deeds. This memorial concert, hosted to honor the music Gus loved, will feature the Runaway String Band, Friends of Appalachian Music, and the W&M Appalachian Music Ensemble. The special guest artist will be recent W&M alumna Elizabeth LaPrelle, who has given concerts throughout the US, Ireland, and Uzbekistan. This concert is free and open to the public.
In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the small theater in the W&M Campus Center at 6:00pm.

Sunday, April 6th 2014
4pm

Lake Mataoka Amphitheater at W&M , Ukrop Way and Jamestown Road

Contact

For more information, please contact Dr. Jamie Bartlett at jcbart@wm.edu.

Tribefest for the Cure 2014

This year, the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary will host the Third Annual TribeFest for the Cure, a music festival benefitting the Tidewater affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Over our first two years, TribeFest has raised over $12,000 for breast cancer research, education, and advocacy – all while keeping the funds in the local area.

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It is truly an event for the whole community, as attendees included students from the College’s graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as members of the Williamsburg community both young and old.  There is something for everyone at TribeFest: face painting and moon bounces for kids, educational materials for the curious, a silent auction and a wine raffle for the philanthropically inclined, live local bands for audiophiles, beverages for adults and the older college students, as well as local food for everyone.

If you want to get involved, you can do so in several ways.   First and foremost, you can – and should – come.  You can become a sponsor by donating a monetary amount or food and beverages. You can also donate wine for our wine raffle or other items for our silent auction, including gift certificates and prize packages.  There is no maximum limit on donations – feel free to give as much as you or your company are able.  You will be supporting a great cause and will be able to see the immediate impact you have on your community.

TribeFest for the Cure will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 2:00-8:00pm in the courtyard of Miller Hall at the College of William & Mary

More info here

Come out and enjoy the Spring weather at the beautiful campus of William and Mary. This spring festival, hosted by The MBA Association at the Mason School of Business, will feature live music, great food from local favorites,wine auctions, vendor booths, games for the family, and much more. For more information click here!

Ticket Types are as follows:

$10.00 PRE-SALE DEAL ($20.00 Value)
Entrance, 1 meal ticket and 1 Beverage Cup

$15.00 Festival Experience ($20.00 Value)
Entrance, 1 meal ticket and 1 Beverage Cup

$40.00 Family Pack ($50.00 Value)
2 adult tickets (adults 13+)
2 Beverage Cups
4 Meal tickets

Children: Free ( 12 and under)

You will need to bring your confirmation page to the will call table at the event in order to pick up your tickets.

Address:
William J. Fields Courtyard, Miller Hall
101 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185

If you’d like to attend this event you can purchase tickets online.

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Fundraiser Concert for local musician Paul Popadak 2/23

Reprinted from the VA Gazette

I’m a member of Rich Whiskey, a Williamsburg born band that has become a very busy band working 4-6 nights a week. One of our members, Paul Popadak, has been fighting an incredible battle with cancer, and we are putting on a benefit on Sunday at the Moose Lodge to help him recuperate financially. Our amazing guys in the band have been paying him his normal pay while he’s been unable to work, but Paul needs more help. The pre-existing conditions clause really hit him. He was paying for insurance, but received only $2,000 of aid toward his $100,000 bill for treatment. Now with ObamaCare, he is getting some help, which is great, because he’s in the final stretch of daily chemo and radiation. But the help he is getting plus the couple hundred bucks a week that the band gets is not making a dent in his debt. So we want to raise some good money for him.

Paul has been a great example and a motivation to a lot of people in the world of fighting cancer. He has written pages of public forums on Facebook about his fight and how he’s felt throughout the whole treatment

He’s like another dad to me. I grew up in the entertainment world, and he has lived in it and has continued my education in it, as well helped me when I needed it. It’s time to give back.

Seven musical groups (Brent Shepard, The Blue Pills, Bobby Blackhat & Friends, Blue Ribbon, The Hark, The Lef Dovers, Rich Whiskey, and DJ Kudlz), the Moose Lodge, Coldwell Realty, Two Drummers Smokehouse, Sysco Food Service, Performance Food Group, Riverside Paper Supply and many more are helping to sponsor the event. I’m hoping that our generous community of greater Williamsburg will come enjoy the food, live music, auctions, and raffles, and help to raise a ton of relief funds for Paul.

Please join us 2-9 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Moose Lodge, 5429 Richmond Road, to help in our fundraiser, “Kick Cancer to the Curb.”

pete popadak

Celebrate New Years Eve at First Night Williamsburg

imageLooking for an alcohol free way to celebrate New Years Eve in Williamsburg VA ?

Williamsburg’s First Night event celebrates its 21st anniversary on Dec. 31, and there are festivities planned from 3 to 11:45 p.m., concluding with a grand finale of fireworks.

The children’s activities begin at 3 p.m. at Matthew Whaley School with special performances, food, games and a special children’s version of fireworks done in time for the little ones to head to bed.

Performances on the main stages — located at  historic venues in Williamsburg — begin at 6 p.m., with most continuing through 11:45 p.m.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, blues, R&B, Broadway, jazz, country, blue grass, folk and patriotic.  All performances take place indoors.

At midnight, the New Year is welcomed with a large fireworks display at Zable Stadium at the College of William & Mary. The best viewing seats for the fireworks are at the stadium. Pachanga will serve as the Finale musical act.

Admission to all performances is included when you purchase a First Night button for $15. Children under 5 years old are free. Bus shuttles between event locations are free with a button.

Make sure to bring a flashlight to help with outdoor navigation between events. Plan your stops ahead of time using the maps and schedule available on the First Night website — firstnightwilliamsburg.org. Plan several alternative events to attend as crowds are large and events fill up early.

View Event Sponsor Website

2013 First Night Performers include:

Bobby Blackhat Blues Band
Blues
7:30 – 8:15 / 8:30 – 9:15
Location: Kimball Theatre
Blues harmonica player, vocalist, and songwriter Bobby ‘BlackHat’ Walters brings together the finest blues musicians in Hampton Roads to perform classic, modern, as well as original blues tunes that will keep your toes tappin’ and your hips shakin’ all night long.
www.bobbyblackhat.com

Buffalo Bill
Wild West
3:00 – 3:30 / 4:45 – 5:15 / 6:30 – 7:00
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Lobby
The family friendly program is a thoroughly interactive storytelling session presented by Buffalo Bill himself! The kids get to take part in reenactments of Buffalo Bill’s True Tall Tales, the Wild West Show, and a Snake Oil Show. There is even an Old Fashioned Melodrama with kids starring in the roles of villain, hero, and other westerners!
brianbelge.com

Celtica
Celtic
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Campus Center – Trinkle Hall
Celtica is a six-piece ensemble featuring classic Celtic music ~ those timeless tunes you”ve always loved, and always true to the original … with perhaps one or two little changes! The best of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and others are brought to you with fire and verve. Celtic music to fire up the soul and reminisce about past memories and future dreams.

Children’s Fireworks
Fireworks
7:15 – 7:30
Location: Matthew Whaley School

Clan MacCool
Celtic
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Sadler Center – Chesapeake Room
Clan MacCool is a high energy, interactive,entertainment of traditional Irish,Scottish and Maritime songs and tunes with a definite Piratical twist! Clan MacCool has a fun style that encourages singing along and audience participation. Their repertoire spans several centuries of songs and tunes, and they put on a great show.
facebook.com/pages/Clan-MacCool/182560788490526

Ronny Cox (New Performer)
Acoustic / Country/Folk
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall
In Hollywood, they say it takes smart actors to play stupid characters, and nice guys to play nasty villains. Cox is the poster-boy for the latter point. He played slithery corporate snakes in "RoboCop" and "Total Recall;" but as a singer-songwriter, he is a study in easygoing amiability and unforced charisma. He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight, and a lulling Southwestern folk sound. His repertoire is a smart mix of witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve romances, and real-life anthems.
ronnycox.com

C. Shells
Children’s music and games
4:00 – 4:30 / 4:45 – 5:15 / 5:30 – 6:00
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Food Court
C. Shells is a children’s musical duo comprised of Cindy Kays and Shelly Craig Potter. Together Cindy and Shelly have over 45 years of musical experience. Shelly, a Hampton Roads native, has been a featured solo performer at many local clubs and blues festivals. An accomplished guitarist and teacher, Shelly performs a diverse variety of music from blues to bluegrass. A native of Lancaster, PA, Cindy has performed folk and Celtic music at colleges and pubs in Virginia, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. She also teaches beginner mandolin at a local music shop. With a delightful mix of songs and musical styles, "C. Shells" will have children of all ages laughing, smiling and stamping their feet. From rock ‘n’ roll to Cajun, waltzes to ragtime, blues to bluegrass, Cindy and Shelly want everyone to have fun at their concerts, so check your repertoire of dog barks and duck quacks and bring them to the show!
www.cshellsmusic.com

Ron Fetner
Acoustic / Country/Folk
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Sadler Center – Tidewater Room
A nationally awarded songwriter, Ron Fetner’s music has been labeled a ‘unique blend of New England Folk and the soul of the South.’ Incorporating elements of folk, southern Appalachian, rock and jazz, Ron has found a voice in our American music.
ronfetner.com

First Baptist Sanctuary Choir
Gospel
7:00 – 7:30 / 8:00 – 8:30
Location: First Baptist Church
Members of all the choirs of this 225-year-old church will combine to present a varied program of religious vocal music including hymns, anthems, spirituals and gospel songs.

Grand Finale and Fireworks!
Fireworks
11:45 – 12:30
Location: Zable Stadium – Grand Finale
Join us for the annual Finale of Fireworks at midnight.

Hilton Brass (New Performer)
Classical
7:15 – 8:00 / 8:15 – 9:00
Location: Ewell Recital Hall
The Hilton Brass is the Peninsula’s preeminent, professional, chamber brass ensemble. The quintet, which is composed of local musicians, has delighted area audiences since 1983 with its exciting and diverse musical offerings. Comfortable with all styles of music, the Hilton Brass can make your special event truly unforgettable.
hiltonbrass.com

Jae Sinnett Trio
Jazz
9:00 – 9:45 / 10:00 – 10:45 / 11:00 – 11:45
Location: Williamsburg Library Auditorium
Drummer, composer and jazz producer/announcer on Norfolk public radio, Sinnett is joined by pianist Justin Kauflin and bassist Terry Burrell in a program of performance and discussion of jazz music.
jaesinnett.com

Kim Kalman
Americana
7:45 – 8:45 / 9:45 – 10:45
Location: Sadler Center – Lodge 1
Although fully in command of her acoustic guitar, Kim’s voice is the true instrument. Her song selection and interpretation echoes her spirituality as she alternately lifts you, rocks you, soothes and seduces.
kimkalman.com

Kenya Safari Acrobats
Acrobats
9:45 – 10:30 / 10:45 – 11:30
Location: Sadler Center – Commonwealth Auditorium
A fast-paced Kenya Safari Acrobats – a troupe generally consisting of six to eight highly-trained athletes – take the stage for jaw-dropping acts and antics. Though thousands of miles from their African homeland, the Kalamas incorporate much of their native culture into their high-energy shows. The Kalamas and company bring to the stage, a unique mix of education and family entertainment. The stage acts include fire ring jumping, a human pyramid, magic, feats of strength and Krystina Kalama as a contortionist.
kenyasafariacrobats.com

Kier
Comedy
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Sadler Center – Tidewater Room
Smart comedy, flawless musical impressions… and lot”s of heart.
heykier.com

Kolonial Klowns
Clown Troupe/ Facepainting
3:45 – 6:15
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Food Court
Williamsburg’s local clown troupe will entertain children of all ages with face painting and balloon sculptures. Kolonial Klowns of Williamsburg operates as a nonprofit, educational organization and features awarding-winning clowns among its members.
facebook.com/pages/Kolonial-Klowns/289466414407055

Little Windows (New Performer)
Irish and Appalachian Songs and Tunes
9:30 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:15
Location: Ewell Recital Hall
Little Windows creates a mix of Appalachian and Irish music, and traditionally-based originals, with a special focus placed on unaccompanied ballads. They also explore the spiritual nature of song and harmonic sound.
littlewindows.net

Tim Nolan
Juggling
3:00 – 3:30 / 4:45 – 5:15
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Gymnasium
Tim Nolan is a professional juggler and basketball trick shooter from Elizabeth City, North Carolina, who now lives in Norfolk, Virginia. He has performed at the White House, Busch Gardens, the Guinness Museum in London, the Super Bowl, and the World’s Fair.

Pachanga (New Performer)
Classic Rock
7:30 – 8:15 / 8:30 – 9:15
Location: Sadler Center – Commonwealth Auditorium
A collaboration of two groups one originating in 1984 and the other in 2013 featuring hits from the 60s through the 90s all in the area of Rock. These guys have all played together in various settings including Classic, Christian and Modern Rock all coming together in a musical celebration for the season.

Poisoned Dwarf
Celtic
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Williamsburg United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Poisoned Dwarf plays driving traditional Celtic music, and for them, the tunes matter most. Focusing primarily on Irish traditional music, and with acoustic instruments only, this band from Williamsburg, Virginia has entertained audiences in many different settings for years. The Irish flute, whistle, guitar, Scottish Small-Pipes, banjo, a variety of percussion instruments (including bones and bodhran), accordion, and of course fiddle are all brought to the dance for Poisoned Dwarf performances.
poisoneddwarf.com

Puckett & Person
Acoustic / Country/Folk
7:00 – 7:30 / 9:00 – 9:30 / 11:00 – 11:30
Location: Sadler Center – Lodge 1
Music for recording artists Lana Puckett and Kim Person has been a lifelong passion since early childhood. Each artist brings a uniquely different musical and vocal style to the duo as well as both being multi-instrumentalists. "Straight From The Heart" is what you get from the performance team of Lana Puckett and Kim Person. Passionate vocals, precision harmonies and impeccable guitar playing will draw you in like a magnet. Both artists are polished musicians and warm entertaining singer/songwriters.
reverbnation.com/lanapuckettandkimperson

Rockin’ in the New Year
Rock and Roll
7:00 – 11:00
Location: Community Building
Featuring Local Bands.

Runaway String Band
Bluegrass, Old-Time & Swing
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Williamsburg United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Includes four long-time Williamsburg-area musicians playing a wonderful variety of bluegrass, old time, and swing music. With lush vocal harmonies and hot instrumentals, the band combines the sound of early string bands with a strong New Acoustic edge.
runawaystringband.com

Timothy Seaman
Dulcimer and flute
7:15 – 8:00 / 9:15 – 10:00
Location: Christopher Wren Building
Timothy Seaman’s music genre is a vibrant self-styled blend of Appalachian, Classical, Celtic, and contemporary approaches. Folk music is done quite differently than it’s usually heard; and many of Timothy’s best pieces are his new compositions encompassing many different styles and moods. Audience comments after concerts often express joy, awe, and gratitude for a thrilling experience.
timothyseaman.com

Soundworks
Acoustic Harmonies
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Williamsburg United Methodist Church Sanctuary
This a’cappella men’s group features a variety of musical presentations. The ensemble has performed in professional concerts, historic theatres, music festivals, the Richmond Pops Band, and Barbershop Harmony Society Shows.
soundworkschorus.org

Seth Stainback and the Roosterfoot (New Performer)
Blues
9:45 – 10:30 / 10:45 – 11:30
Location: Kimball Theatre
A blend of blues, country, folk, old gospel and rock n roll, Stainback has laid the foundation needed to pursue his sound even further with his newly formed group Roosterfoot. What started out as a father/son duo with Keith Stainback has turned into a soulful powerhouse after adding former Wet Willie guitarist Larry Berwald , fellow shipyard worker Steven Yewcic on bass and Jason Bruner on drums. In their short time together they have already shared the stage with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Anders Osborne, ZZ Top, Hank Williams Jr., Eric Lindell, Robert Earl Keen, Kip Moore, & Bob Segar to name a few. Armed with a tough work ethic, these boys are on a big road with a long haul.
sethstainback.com

The Rick Strickland Band (New Performer)
Classic Rock
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall
The Rick Strickland Band features the awarding winning music of singer/songwriters Rick Strickland and Lesa Hudson, along with the stellar musicianship of Art Benton, Debbie Anderson and Don Hamrick. The band boasts an impressive collective resume having performed with international recording acts including Billy Joe Royal, The Clovers, Joe South, The Shirelles and Ray Stevens, and have performed at some of the nation’s most legendary venues. RSB’s musicianship and vocals are stunning, the music & lyrics touch the soul and are fun to sing and dance to, and the energy and professionalism are always over the top when the Rick Strickland Band takes the stage!
therickstricklandband.com

The LCV Project
Acoustic Guitar
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Williamsburg Library Auditorium
Come and enjoy the versatile sounds of acoustic guitarist/instrumentalist Louis Vangieri. He is a relentlessly creative acoustic-guitarist/songwriter and performer and has been active in the acoustic-music community since the mid-1970s. He performs a blend of folk, country swing, pop-rocker, traditional, soft jazz, peaceful new age, classical, nostalgia and well written original works.
reverbnation.com/lcvproject

The Main Event Band
R&B, Soul, Beach, Country, Funk
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Sadler Center – Chesapeake Room
This is the ultimate party band featuring R&B, Soul, Beach, Country & Funk. Shag the night away or sit and listen. The Main Event Band delivers top-notch vocals, a tight rhythm section, and one of the best set of horns.
themaineventband.com

Thirst ‘n Howl
Children’s Music
3:45 – 4:30 / 5:30 – 6:15
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Lobby
Entertainment and education in interactive musical shows for all ages.

Three Jolly Coachmen
Kingston Trio
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Williamsburg United Methodist Church Sanctuary
Relive and fall in love all over again with the lively, infectious music of the Kingston Trio. If songs like ‘The MTA,’ ‘Tijuana Jail’ and ‘Tom Dooley’ bring the memories flooding back, you don’t want to miss this. We dare you not to sing along!

Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra
Classic Swing
9:00 – 9:45 / 10:00 – 10:45 / 11:00 – 11:45
Location: Campus Center – Trinkle Hall
A 16-piece authentic big band that plays all the best music from the height of the swing era, 1930’s and 1940’s, as well as some popular swing hits of today. Hear the original arrangements from many of the bands that played and recorded those all time favorites.
williamsburgclassicswing.com

Mercy Creek at the Williamsburg Library Dewey Decibel Concert Series

Virginia-based Mercy Creek performs original music that defies easy classification. Singer/guitarist Cheryl Nystrom and song-writing partner/drummer Jim Ball combine elements of modern folk, world beat, rock, and hints of blues and bluegrass to create music that is fresh and unique. The musical styles used in Mercy Creek’s songs are anchored by Nystrom’s beautiful voice and intelligent lyrics.

November 09, 2013 07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

Tickets:

  • $16 adults 
  • $14 Friends of WRL and students 
  • $8 under 16

Call (757) 259-4070 to reserve with a credit card or purchase at the door

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12 Stars Announced for The Fifth Annual Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars Fundraiser

The fifth installment of Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars is shaping up to be bigger, brighter and more vivacious than ever. The dynamic lineup of local stars includes a distinguished doctor and devoted personal trainer, a sassy retail manager and  beloved home builder. Twelve brave business people in total have all accepted the challenge to train with a professional dancer and compete in front of a live audience and panel of judges come March 1st.

The star lineup isn’t the only thing expected to shake up the program. Anticipate refreshingly entertaining, quirky and even "holy" commentary from three judges sure to light up the night. Plus, group numbers and several secret performances are in the works for this show that now boasts nearly 50 star alumni! Production is already underway to showcase some of the sexiest salsas, fantastic foxtrots and more, all for a great cause. The event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula and Literacy for Life at the Rita Welsh Adult Learning Center.

The evening of fun and entertainment is Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Phi Beta Kappa Hall on the campus of the College of William and Mary.

“After five years we’re amazed at the continued momentum of this event. There’s still so much anticipation and interest, last year alone we raised nearly $90,000 and almost sold out a 700 seat theater. As long as our community wants us to bring it back and we earn money for the organizations – we’ll work hard to turn out a finer show each year" said Ken Johnston, event co-chair. “We’re very grateful to our committee, star and pro volunteers and look forward to another sensational evening in March.”

Tickets go on sale in January and can be purchased at the Phi Beta Kappa box office on Jamestown Road or by phone at (757) 221-2674, or online at www.wm.tix.com.

 

Meet our “stars”

·       Sinan Aritamur, Belk

·       Kristin Baum, Guernsey Tingle Architects

·       Juan Carillo, Juan’s Cantina & LaTolteca

·       Bridgit Charlton, B-Defined

·       Dr. Steve Cummings, Sentara Urgent Care

·       Jeremy L. Findlay, J. Lloyd Builder, Inc.

·  Cecilia Firstenberg, Firstenberg Consulting, LLC

·  Bob Pinto, Pinto Chiropractic

·  Brian Skinner, TowneBank

·  Vickie Skutans, Capital Carpet

·  Nan Strader, Virginia Ventures

·  Bonny Young, Tide Radio/WYDaily.com

 

Professional dancers are from 7 Cities Ballroom and WISC in Williamsburg, ArtInspired Studios and Country Bootleggers, both in Yorktown, A Step Above in Virginia Beach and Amy’s Dance Studio in Newport News.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Virginia Peninsula helps youngsters in grades K-8 achieve their highest potential during their formative years by providing positive, caring mentor relationships. www.bbbsgw.org. Literacy for Life teaches adults the literacy skills required for self-sufficiency, better health and meaningful participation in society. www.literacyforlife.org

  

For additional information contact Ayanna King, Big Brothers Big Sisters, at (757) 253-0676 or Joan Peterson, Literacy for Life, at (757) 221-3325. (www.facebook.com/williamsburgstars)

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Pictured L-R, Front Row Vickie Skutans, Bonny Young, Kristin Baum, Nan Strader. Back Row, Dr. Steve Cummings, Sinan Aritamur, Jeremy L. Findlay, Bridgit Charlton.

 

Festival Williamsburg announces lineup for 2014 Season

On Memorial Day Weekend 2014, the Virginia Arts Festival brings a special series of performances to the historic city of Williamsburg and James City County. On Friday, May 23, Britain’s “amazing, explosive, exhilarating” (The New York Times) Richard Alston Dance Company joins Festival Williamsburg for the first time. Saturday, Festival favorite, virtuoso banjo player Béla Fleck will perform—joined by his wife, clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn, who has her own legion of admirers. On Sunday, audiences will do some dancing of their own as the swinging big band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings its signature dance-driving music, including hits like “You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three” and “Go Daddy O.”  And for classical music lovers, a pair of chamber music concerts is planned on May 22 and 23, featuring André-Michel Schub and the Miami String Quartet.

More info here

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VA Craft Beer Festival This Sunday in Williamsburg

This Sunday (8/11/2013) from noon to five DoG Street Pub will host the first Virginia Craft Beer Festival .  August is Virginia Craft Beer Month and what better place to celebrate than on the streets of Merchants Square?

imageChef Everett is setting up a giant tent, inviting all the players in Virginia Craft Beer and grilling savory Summer treats rain or shine.

All proceeds from the festival will go to the charities that help Anderson’s Corner Animal Hospital.  There will be a raffle of beer & pet related goods in addition to other gifts from local businesses (so bring a little extra cash for raffle tickets).

There will be live music from the Hark and local artist merchants.  There’s too many details to cover here so follow their Facebook page as they leak more news.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and include beer tastings, unlimited food & a special tasting glass for the first 500 guests.

Tickets are available at www.dogstreetpub.com. There is a limited number of tickets to avoid overcrowding. The $25 ticket price include UNLIMITED food, a tasting glass, twenty 4 ounce tastes (enough to try each beer once). Full pints will be available for $5. They’ll be tapping a pin on the hour at 1, 2 & 3pm. There will be a raffle to benefit canine charities (because it’s "DoG" Street). Raffle tickets will be $1 each and there ridiculously cool beer & pet related prizes along with gift cards to local businesses. Tickets are starting to sell quickly and so far the weather looks great. Doesn’t matter if the weather is jinxed because the event will be  under a giant tent anyway.

THE VIRGINIA CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

Sunday August 11th, 2013   noon-5pm
on Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square, Williamsburg
Tickets $25 in advance / $30 at the door
Ticket includes beer tastings and unlimited food
Ten participating breweries
Live music from the Hark
Raffle to benefit Anderson’s Corner Animal Hospital and supporting canine charities

Come to the best art and music festival in Williamsburg

2ND SUNDAYS WILLIAMSBURG-ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL

Sunday-July 14, 2013 –2-6 pm

400 block of Prince George Street –Downtown Williamsburg

Presented to you by the BLUE TALON BISTRO

2nd Sundays was created by Shirley Vermillion, wife of Pete and mother of Jesse, Cody, Brady, and Toby. She is a full time dental hygienist at Norge Dental Center.2nd Sundays was created by Shirley Vermillion, wife of Pete and mother of Jesse, Cody, Brady, and Toby. She is a full time dental hygienist at Norge Dental Center.

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, a favorite local restaurant, 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 is held March through December every 2nd Sunday, weather permitting:
March-October 2-6 pm
November-December 1-5 pm

Planet Full Of Blues, Olivia’s in the Village, and Xtra 99.1 FM Join Forces for "Juke Joint Saturday Night"

The Gloucester, Virginia band Planet Full Of Blues, Olivia’s in the Village, and radio station Xtra 99.1 FM will bring the old time juke joint back to life for one evening on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 9:00 PM -12:00 AM. "Juke Joint Saturday Night" will feature Planet Full Of Blues and Bobby "Blackhat" Walters and Friends for a night of live blues, dancing, and a special menu by Olivia’s. Xtra 99.1 FM’s Neal Steele will host a live interview and on-air performance by Planet Full Of Blues on the morning of Friday, July 19.image

Planet Full Of Blues will perform a mix of original blues rock songs along with special selections from a variety of other national blues artists.

Also performing will be Bobby "BlackHat" Walters, a well-known area blues harmonica player, vocalist, and songwriter, accompanied by Herbie D and Chris Grooves of Herbie D and the Dangermen.Also performing will be Bobby "BlackHat" Walters, a well-known area blues harmonica player, vocalist, and songwriter, accompanied by Herbie D and Chris Grooves of Herbie D and the Dangermen.

Johnny Ray Light of Planet Full Of Blues said, "When our band performed in Serbia a few years ago, our hosts took us on a long, crazy bus ride through Belgrade to the Vox Club, a well-known juke joint supported by several famous blues artists. You had to push a buzzer on the fence to get in. Once you got inside you couldn’t move. The place was tiny and crammed to the walls with locals there to see "Rawhide," a popular Belgrade blues band. Yes, "Rawhide" – in Serbia! It was a real thrill when we were asked to get up and play a few tunes in a real deal no-nonsense juke joint. Since then, we have wanted a chance to re-create that kind of experience here; even for just one night. The blue moon was shining on us when circumstances put us in touch with Gary Ward of Olivia’s. Gary immediately threw open the doors and said, "Let’s do it!" Now’s the chance for all our friends to put on their dancing shoes, enjoy some rockin’ blues, and experience the old time juke joint vibe for just one night."

Advance tickets are $15 online at www.planetfullofblues.com , at Kelsick Market on Main Street in Gloucester, and $20 on the day of the show and at the door. Guests with advance purchase tickets will be eligible for 10% off an entrée at Olivia’s during the show and receive priority for reserved seating. Walk-ins are welcome with seating based on availability.

Call (804) 815-3016 for information about the show and to confirm seating. Olivia’s will be open for regular dining customers on the night of the show.

6597 Main St  Gloucester Courthouse, VA 23061 directions

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What to do this week in Williamsburg June 17-23, 2013

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June 17 – 23

RevQuest: The Black Chambers
June 17 – September 1
See the Revolutionary City through the eyes of an undercover agent!  Colonial Williamsburg.  The popular interactive game is back! 800-HISTORY

"Party at the Pier" at Jamestown Settlement
June 22, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Enjoy dinner and live entertainment at Jamestown Settlement!  Proceeds benefit educational programs.  See website for details.

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival
Weekends through June 23
LAST WEEK!  Take a delicious tour of the world’s most beautiful theme part at the 1st-annual Food & Wine Festival!  See website.

The Virginians Barbershop Chorus presents 75 Years of Harmony!
June 23, 3 pm
Blends a mixture of some all-time favorite barbershop classics, doowop, parodies and more. At the Kimball Theatre.  All seats $15.

Rev3 Triathlon
June 23

Two events held in James City County and Williamsburg. Triathete Magazine called this event "the Most Anticipated Race of 2013"!

Rev3Glow Run
June 21, 8 pm
Feel and hear the thrill of a crowd while you bring light to the streets during this Glow Run 5 K and Family Fun Run!  See website for details.

Pints and Pairings: Wheat, Weisse & Weizen
June 22, 2 – 4 pm
Join beer barons Anthony Frank and Ken Clasen for a fun-filled presentation of great information.  At the Williamsburg Lodge.  $45.50

Chicago
Through June 22
It’s just a noisy hall where there’s a nightly brawl and All That Jazz! Presented by the Williamsburg Players.  See website for a complete schedule.

Artist Jim Shore at Yankee Candle
June 20, 12 – 2 pm
Award-winning and internationally recognized artist, Jim Shore will greet Williamsburg during this exclusive personal appearance!

Jim Shore Visits Colonial Williamsburg
June 22, 12 – 2 pm
Jim Shore will also be visiting the WILLIAMSBURG Celebrations store this week for an exclusive meet-and-greet!  See website or call 800-HISTORY for details.

The Comedy Club of Williamsburg
June 20 – 22, 9 pm
Presenting Williamsburg’s best live entertainment!  This week, see Stuart Huff with Tom Keller.  At the Williamsburg Hotel & Conference Center.  See website.

"Shagging on the Riverwalk" Beach Music Concert Series
June 20, 6:30 pm
This week: The Atlantic Groove Band!  Put on your dancing shoes and join us for this annual concert series at Riverwalk Landing!  Free. 

Bare Bones
June 22
Join us for a fun-filled day devoted to exploring bones large and small!  At the Virginia Living Museum.  See website or call 757-595-1900 for info.

Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra
June 19, 7 – 9 pm
Part of the Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concert Series. Come party in downtown Williamsburg all summer long!  See website.

Summer Movies on Prince George Street are Back!
June 23, Dusk
Enjoy a free outdoor  movie on Prince George Street (adjacent to Merchants Square)! This week: To Have and To Have Not.

James River Family FANATICS: Summer Kick Off
June 21, 6 – 9 pm
Entertain the entire family with games, crafts, racquetball, snacks and more!  At the James River Community Center.  Call 757-259-4200 for more info.

Thursdays by the Lake Concert Series
June 20, 6 – 10 pm
At the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News.  Bring a blanket and enjoy live music on a  high-rise stage!  Free.  This week: Butter!

Thursday Afternoon Film Series
June 20, 2 pm
At the Williamsburg Library Regional Theatre.  This month if viewer request month!  This week:  The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947).

Williamsburg Farmers Market
June 22, 8 am – 12 pm
Spring produce and plants, meats, cheeses, baked goods and more.  On Merchants Square.  See website for a complete list of vendors. 

More info here

Yorktown Market Days
June 22, 8 am – 12 pm
Fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, coffee, flowers, art, entertainment & more.   

Music under the stars returns to Ft Eustis for 2013

Thanks to the Hampton Roads area’s concentration of armed forces, we are blessed with an abundance of professional musical talent. .

In June, a pair of dueling, Thursday-night events will start up up, one at Fort Eustis, another at Fort Monroe.

The 81st season of the U.S. Army’s free concert series begins June 6, 2013 and will continue most Thursday evenings through Aug. 29.

Music Under the Stars at Magnolia Park is presented by the U.S. Army TRADOC Band and features various configurations of that ensemble. The concerts take place 7 p.m. at Magnolia Park at Fort Eustis in Newport News. Concerts are FREE and open to the public.

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Magnolia Park is a beautiful site featuring abundant shade and an excellent family atmosphere, and patrons are welcome to bring picnic dinners and lawn chairs. We expect many new listeners from Williamsburg and Yorktown, and look forward to seeing some old friends, our devoted audience from Fort Monroe.”

Here is  the 2013 Lineup:

June 6 — 81st season opener

June 13 — 238th Army birthday celebration*

June 20 — "A Night in New Orleans"

June 27 — "Music of Big Bands"

(July 4 there will be no concert. The TRADOC Band will perform at Town Point Park in Norfolk at 8 p.m.)

July 11 — "Wind Dances"

July 18 — "Stage and Screen"

July 25 — "Festiva Latina!"

Aug. 1 — "British Invasion"

Aug. 8 — "Yesterday: An Alumni Concert"*

Aug. 15 — "Marches, Musicals, Movie Music and More"

Aug. 22 — "Jazz Side of Us"

Aug. 29 — "Overture 1812" (Start time 7:30 p.m. Rain date is Aug. 30)

* In the event of inclement weather, events marked with an asterisk will be moved to Jacobs Theater on Fort Eustis.

For more information and updates, visit the U.S. Army TRADOC Band website.

Concert goers who do not have a Department of Defense identification card should arrive early with photo identification and proof of auto insurance and registration to secure a day pass. To learn more about the concerts, or to sign up for the TRADOC Band’s newsletter and concert announcements, visit www.tradocband.com , or call 757-501-6944.

Spectacular Outdoor Dining with a Cause in Williamsburg !

If you’ve been longing for a beautiful summer evening in the vineyards of Tuscany, or dreaming of an Al Fresco dinner in a French seaside garden, it’s your lucky day! This summer, three outstanding local restaurants are going to transport you to a magical outdoor summer dinner, all with the help of The Williamsburg Winery!

Picture a long, platter laden table with dozens of happy, smiling faces nestled between grape laden vines as talented chefs bring one delicacy after another to sample. You raise a glass and everyone joins in a toast to health and happiness.

On a selected Sunday of each month, from June through August, 50 lucky folks will enjoy dining in the vineyard, sampling local farm produce, sipping delicious wines and enjoying the cooking of your favorite chef. And, through the remarkable support of local corporate sponsors, 100% of the ticket sales will benefit Meals on Wheels.

Each of the three dinners has a different theme and a different chef: June 9 will be a “Great Summer Grill-Out” with Opus 9; July 19 will be the “Festive Flavors of Summer” with fare from Center Street Grill, and August 18 will be a “Summer Night in Tuscany” courtesy of Sal’s By Victor.

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Every day, the volunteers of Meals on Wheels gather together to pick up wholesome, nutritious meals that they then deliver all over the Williamsburg area to folks of all ages that are unable to get out on their own. This critical service would not happen without the support of a generous community and we are fortunate to have so many thoughtful and giving individuals among us.

Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased from the Meals on Wheel s website. For more information, call (757) 229-9250.

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Virginia Arts Festival-Festival Williamsburg- A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend of Marvelous Performances May 23‐26, 2013

For the 11th spectacular year, the Virginia Arts Festival brings a whirlwind weekend of great performances to the historic city of Williamsburg. Co‐presented with the City of Williamsburg and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Festival Williamsburg offers residents and visitors the best of Broadway, jazz, classical music, and more, Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 through 26.2013

This Memorial Day Weekend begins on Thursday, May 23, with the first of a unique new series: the Williamsburg Winery Concerts. There’s a delicious repast for the body and soul in each of these concerts! On Thursday evening, enjoy fine dining and selections from the Williamsburg Winery’s award‐winning wine collection; then savor the superb artistry of the Miami String Quartet, praised in The New York Times for its “rich, precisely balanced sound and broad coloristic palette.” Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Music Director and renowned pianist André‐Michel Schub, along with Virginia Symphony violist Beverly Kane Baker, join the Quartet for an all‐Brahms program, music as rich and beautiful as the offerings on the menu. And if you prefer a  Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval to the Williamsburg Lodge brunch, enjoy the Friday, May 24 performance, with wine and menu tastings from Williamsburg’s finest restaurants, followed by a performance of Shostakovich and Mozart classics by pianist Schub and the Miami String Quartet. After each performance, concertgoers are invited to linger and meet the artists in this intimate setting.

Friday night, May 24, brings eight‐time Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval to the Williamsburg Lodge for a show that dazzles. The versatile, virtuosic performer and composer is an audience favorite across continents, at home in every style of music from his beloved jazz to classical, and master of many instruments, from his phenomenal trumpet to piano, percussion and more. Prepare to be amazed by Sandoval’s musicianship and charmed by his stage presence.

imageSaturday, it’s Bravo Broadway at the Williamsburg Lodge, when a trio of stars gathers for an evening of favorite show tunes. Debbie Gravitte has charmed audiences from Broadway (Les Miserables) to the movies (The Little Mermaid); Christiane Noll received both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for her performance in Ragtime; and Doug LaBrecque has thrilled theater audiences in The Phantom of the Opera and Showboat. Choose from two performances, 5:30 and 8pm and enjoy a cabaret experience with reserved table seating.

Sunday sizzles when the legendary Hot Sardines mix le jazz hot of Paris with the salty stride piano of N’Awlins. This is the kind of music Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller used to make: straight‐up, foot‐stomping fun—and with this band that’s a literal description: a tap dancer’s feet count as two members of the rhythm section. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy an evening of sheer entertainment with this beguiling band.

 legendary Hot Sardines mix le jazz hot of Paris with the salty stride piano of N’Awlins

Festival Williamsburg Performance Schedule

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Festival events may be purchased at www.vafest.org  or (757) 282‐2822. Tickets for Festival Williamsburg events may also be purchased at Williamsburg Municipal Building, 410 Lafayette Street, M‐F 8am to 4:30 pm or at the Williamsburg Lodge, May 23‐26, with no service fee.

Williamsburg Lodge hotel packages are available at 1‐800‐447‐8679.

Shagging returns to Yorktown for 2013

Beach music, also known as Carolina beach music, is a regional genre which developed from various rock/R&B/pop music of the 1950s and 1960s. Beach music is most closely associated with the style of swing dance known as the shag, or the Carolina shag, which is also the official state dance of both North Carolina and South Carolina. Recordings with a 4/4 "blues shuffle" rhythmic structure and moderate-to-fast tempo are the most popular music for the shag, and the vast majority of the music in this genre fits that description.

imageThose eager to scratch their shag-dancing itch will find what they’re looking for at the Yorktown waterfront starting next month.

The Riverwalk Beach Music Concert Series begins June 6, 2013 and will continue most Thursdays through Aug. 1, 2013. The shows are free and take place at Riverwalk Landing near the foot of the Coleman Bridge.

Entertainment will take place on the performance stage at Riverwalk Landing, overlooking the York River in Historic Yorktown.

     This seven-week concert series will feature some of the area’s top acts playing beach favorites, oldies, Motown and more.  Start your weekend early this summer, and join us for Shagging on the Riverwalk every Thursday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., June 6 through June 20, and again from July 11 through August 1.  The Colonial Shag Club will again provide shag lessons, demonstrations, club information, and will answer questions related to this popular form of dance.

     Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes, as one of the area’s largest outdoor dance floors will give you the opportunity to practice your shagging: 

v June 6             Band of Oz

v June 13            The Embers

v June 20            Atlantic Groove Band

         – – – – – 2 Week Break – – – – –

v July 11             The Rhondels

v July 18             Mark Roberts and Breeze

v July 25             The Main Event Band

v August 1         The Holiday Band

     This series is free and open to the public.  Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs.  Food will be available for purchase.  Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots throughout Yorktown.  Signage directing motorists to parking lots will be in place.

     For more information about Shagging on the Riverwalk or any other events in York County, call the York County Parks and Recreation Office at 890-3500 or visit www.visityorktown.org. Event Weather Hotline: 890-3520.  This event is sponsored by York County.

Summer Breeze concerts @ Merchants Square for 2013

Come party in downtown Williamsburg all summer long in celebration of Merchants Square’s 85th anniversary. The 22nd annual Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concert Series begins Wednesday, June 19 and runs weekly through August with a blockbuster lineup of bands. In addition, the Square will host a special birthday bash concert on the eve of An Occasion for the Arts, Friday, October 4. Unless otherwise noted, the free outdoor concerts are held on Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m.

Slapnation (formerly the original Slapwater Band) will be performing in Merchants Square on July 31

June 19: Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra                                         7–9 p.m.
The WCSO is a 16-piece authentic big band playing all the best swing music from the height of the swing era as well as some popular swing hits of today.

June 26: Party Fins                                                                                               7–9 p.m.
Showcasing the songs of Jimmy Buffett, Van Morrison and other longtime favorites,

                        the Party Fins are a tropical/jam-rock festival band that specializes in audience engagement.

July 2: Independence Day Concert                                                  6:30–7:45 p.m.

(Tuesday)     U.S. Air Force (USAF) Heritage of America Band—
Back for the 22nd year, the full Heritage of America concert band will play
American favorites and patriotic tunes in honor of Independence Day.

July 10: Butter                                                                                                        7–9 p.m.

Audiences love to dance to this 4-piece high-energy rock band. Based out of Virginia Beach, the name Butter has become synonymous with music at the Beach over the past seven years.

July 17: Kings of Swing                                                                                      7–9 p.m.

This versatile dance and show band from Richmond plays beach music, Motown favorites and everyone’s favorite music of the 1970s – 90s.

July 24: RareMixx                                                                                                7–9 p.m.

RareMixx entertains audiences with a wide variety of music from the 60’s to the present. Whether your preference is soft jazz, standard dinner music, or high-energy dance RareMixx plays it all.

July 31: Slapnation (Formerly the original Slapwater Band)                7–9 p.m.

                        Virginia’s premier party and dance band! Bring your dancing shoes and lawn chair as Slapnation boogies down in Merchants Square.

Aug 7:            US Army TRADOC Rock Band                                                   7–8:30 p.m.

A versatile and energetic ensemble, TRADOC Rock brings contemporary styles          
such as classic rock, pop and country music to soldiers and audiences worldwide.

Aug 14: USAF Heritage Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble                   7–8:30 p.m.           

A versatile 13-piece ensemble, Rhythm in Blue performs a wide variety of jazz, blues and funk.

Aug 21:          US Army TRADOC Jazz Band                                                     7–8:30 p.m.

Audiences of all ages are enthralled by the classics, ballads, blues, soul,

                        bossa nova, and contemporary tunes performed by this jazz combo.

Aug 28:         USAF Blue Aces Ensemble                                                          7–8:30 p.m.

                        The energetic productions of this 10-piece ensemble encompass a wide variety of musical styles.

  Oct 4:           Special 85th Anniversary Concert                                                   7–9 p.m.

Right On Band

                        Specializing in Motown, disco, and 70’s funk, Right On Band has been keeping the 70’s alive for 20 years.

Beginning with the June 19 concert, Merchants Square also offers children’s entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. including face painting, bubble making and clowns. There will be no children’s entertainment during the Independence Day concert.

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, and the City of Williamsburg

Map/ Directions

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