• psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

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

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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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Summer Concert Series at Mariners Museum

imageThe 2013 Thursdays by the Lake at the Mariners Museum in Newport News summer concert series is back and bigger than ever! You have been asking and we are delivering – 12 big weeks of high energy, good time dance music with all your favorite party bands. And we are taking things to a higher level! Literally, this year all bands will perform on a hi-rise mobile stage! Better views and better sound!

This summer we are bringing expanded food options with vendors offering a variety of festival foods. And as always, a fine selection of wine and cold beer on sale to quench your thirst. Take a look at our line-up and make your plans to be at The Mariners’ Park every Thursday, all summer long.image

Weekly on Thursday nights
June 6 through August 29, 2013 • 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

2013 Dates

June 6
The Deloreans
www.thedeloreans.com

June 13
Borderline Crazy
www.borderlinecrazyband.com

June 20
Butter
www.butterrocks.com

June 27
Crazy X
www.facebook.com/pages/Crazy-X-Band

July 4
No Concert – Happy Independence Day

July 11
Audio Affair

July 18
SpeakEasy
www.facebook.com/SpeakeasyVA

July 25
Crazy X
www.facebook.com/pages/Crazy-X-Band

August 1
The Deloreans
www.thedeloreans.com

August 8
Slapwater
www.slaph2o.com

August 15
Butter
www.butterrocks.com

August 22
Borderline Crazy
www.borderlinecrazyband.com

August 29
Heather Edwards
www.heatheredwardsband.com

Mariners' Museum

100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606

Guitarist Stephen Bennett returns to the Williamsburg Library Theatre

Audience favorite Stephen Bennett returns to the Williamsburg Library Theatre for a concert of original music ranging from rollicking to reflective on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library and students and $10 for those under 17, and can be reserved by calling the library at (757) 259-4070. This is another in the Williamsburg Regional Library’s Dewey Decibel Concert Series.

imageStephen Bennett was born in Oregon, grew up in New York and lived in Virginia for three decades before recently moving to Connecticut. Since his 1987 first-place win at the National Flatpicking Championship in Winfield, Kan., he has become known as a versatile guitarist who consistently garners critical praise and audience enthusiasm for his compositions and live performances.

Stephen is noted for his music on the six-string guitar, but is also one of the world’s premiere performers on the Harp Guitar. As a composer and arranger, he has created an enduring repertoire and a significant body of recorded work for this instrument. Slide guitar work on his 1930 National steel guitar is also an important part of Stephen’s instrumental diversity.

With his stellar musicianship, a relaxed stage presence and quick wit, Stephen has won many fans throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Canada, Australia and Japan. He has 30 recordings to his credit.

Read more about the Williamsburg Library Concert series here

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Concerts in 2013

(March 2013) Busch Gardens Williamsburg  heats up the stage with sizzling concerts from some of today’s hottest performing artists, including pop, classic, rock and country. As always, the concerts are included with park admission.
American Idol winner Scotty McCreery will appear June 30th. Current lineup is below.

  • May 12 – Styx
  • May 25 – Coco Jones
  • May 26 – TBD
  • June 29 – Michael W. Smith
  • June 30 – Scotty McCreery
  • Aug. 17 – KC and the Sunshine Band
  • Aug. 24 – Bridgit Mendler
  • Aug. 25 – Hot Chelle Rae
  • Aug. 31 – Billy Currington

Glory at the Gardens returns in 2013 to Busch GardensGlory at the Gardens returns in 2013 to Busch Gardens with a sensational lineup of the top contemporary Christian and Gospel artists. One of the park’s most popular events, Glory at the Gardens combines the best Christian-inspired performances with Busch Gardens’ family-friendly atmosphere for a perfect mix of music and adventure. As always, all concerts are free for park guests.

  • May 19 – Mary Mary
  • Aug. 18 – Third Day
  • June 29 – TBD
  • Sept. 1 – Casting Crowns

See up to date schedule here

Glory at the Gardens returns in 2013 to Busch Gardens

TribeFest for the Cure 2013

This year, the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary will host the Second Annual TribeFest for the Cure, a music festival benefitting the Tidewater affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Last year’s inaugural event was attended by over 500 people and raised over $8,500 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 auction for the philanthropically inclined, live local bands for audiophiles, beer 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.  You can also donate food or beverages, as our friends at Paul’s Deli and Williamsburg AleWerks did last year.  You can also donate wine for the wine auction 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 13, 2013  from 2:00-8:00pm in the courtyard of Miller Hall at the College of William & Mary.

Want to go:

Tickets Types are as follows:

​Adult: $10.00 (13 years of age and older)
Children: Free ( 12 and under)
Student/Faculty/Staff: $5.00 (Must show William and Mary ID upon entering the event with this ticket type)

Pints from the Beer Garden, provided by Williamsburg AleWerks, will be sold at an additional cost.
You will need to bring your confirmation page to the will call table at the event in order to pick up your tickets.

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013

Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Sweet Honey in the Rock at the Williamsburg Lodge

Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform at the Williamsburg Lodge on March 9, 2013 from 8  to 10 pm.

Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform at the Williamsburg Lodge on March 9, 2013 from 8  to 10 pm.Colonial Williamsburg’s celebration of Women’s History Month and the Steadfast Spirits Weekend will include the Grammy-award winning a cappella group whose repertoire includes a range of genres including gospel, jazz, hymns, and hip hop. The group will perform in the Northeast after leaving Virginia and launch its overseas tour.

    The group will celebrate its 40th birthday this fall. So the group continues to change as audiences change. “One of the greatest compliments we can receive is someone (especially a child) telling us that it was the end of the first half before they realized there were no instruments,”Barnwell said in a Feb. 2003 interview in Ink 19. “It means that our voices have filled every space that the ear wants to hear as we sing. The voice rules!”   

Given the group’s uniqueness, it is not surprising that the ensemble has performed at the White House, for NPR, and overseas. The group also performed with the National Symphony in 2011 and 2012. Their vocal have appeared in many animation segments including Sesame Street on PBS. In April its latest CD debuted, Affirmations.

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Festival Williamsburg returns for 2013

imageThe Virginia Arts Festival returns to Williamsburg for its 2013 season. Enjoy  performances by Arturo Sandoval; Bravo Broadway, featuring Debbie Gravitte, Christiane Noll, and Doug LaBrecque; and the hot jazz sound of Hot Sardines. Subscription tickets for three or more performances on sale now through the Virginia Arts Festival box office. Single tickets to all 2013 performances will go on sale at Ticketmaster on February 8, 2013.

2013 Festival Williamsburg Events Include :
Arturo Sandoval at the Williamsburg Lodge

imageExperience one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time! Winner of eight Grammy Awards and an Emmy, this legendary performer and composer is at home in every style of music, from his beloved jazz to classical."Whether firing volleys into the stratosphere or unspooling long, luscious melody lines, trumpeter Sandoval tends to dominate any room he’s in. Add to this Sandoval’s exuberant stage patter, warmly romantic pianism, robust timbales playing and gleefully maniacal singing, and you have an artist who instantly raises the emotional temperature- Friday, May 24, 8PM

 

Bravo Broadway

One of Festival Williamsburg’s most popular events, the Broadway Spotlight Series in Williamsburg features dazzling stars of Broadway and cabaret! This year, hear Debbie Gravitte, who has charmed audiences from Broadway ("Les Miserables") to the movies ("The Little Mermaid"); Tony-nominated singer/actress Christiane Noll ("Ragtime," "Jekyll and Hyde"), and Doug LaBrecque, who has thrilled theater audiences in "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Showboat."

Saturday, May 25, 5:30PM & 8PM

 

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Hot Sardines -May 26 -7:00 PM

Le jazz hot of Paris meets N’Awlins! Hot jazz, salty stride piano, and the kind of music Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller used to make: straight-up, foot-stomping fun (literally–the band includes a tap dancer whose feet count as two members of the rhythm section). Put a tap in your step and a smile on your face with this beguiling band! Part of Festival Williamsburg.

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Classics at the Vineyard will present the Miami String Quartet and Andre-Michel Schub on Thursday, May 23 at the Williamsburg Winery. "Music on the Menu" features the same artists on May 24 for a dinner/concert experience.

Classics at the Vineyard -Thursday, May 23, 6PM

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Music on the Menu -Friday, May 24, 11AM Music on the Menu – Miami String Quartet Andre-Michel Schub

@ Williamsburg Winery

This enhanced concert experience begins with light hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting, followed by the concert-virtuoso musicians performing great works by master composers. After the performance, browse a brunch buffet of offerings from area restaurants and sample from the Winery’s award-winning wine collection.

Subscription tickets for three or more performances are on sale now through the Virginia Arts Festival box office.

Single tickets to all 2013 performances will go on sale at Ticketmaster on February 8, 2013.

More info here

First Night Williamsburg 2013

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.

2012 marks the  20th 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.

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: Applause Unlimited, ,Bagels and Fraylox Klezmer Band, Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys, Bobby Blackhat Blues Band, Celtica, Clan McCool, The Hysterically Correct Pirate Show, Code Blue, Ron Fetner, First Baptist Sanctuary Choir, Rich Follett, Bill and Pam Gurley, Hot Soup, The Hunts, Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers, ,Jae Sinnett Trio,Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven, Liz Montgomery and Trio, Luke Hartman, Storyteller, Molasses Creek, Orion, Pittman Juggling and Magic Productions, Plunky and Oneness, Rockin’ in the New Year, Runaway String Band, Schnicklefritz and the Oompahs, Soundworks, The Company Store, The Main Event Band, Three Jolly Coachmen, Thunder Creek, Tim Nolan, Timothy Seaman, Virginia Handbell Consort, Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra, Windsome Wood Chamber Players

For more information, visit www.firstnightwilliamsburg.org.

3:00 p.m. SHOWTIME!
Start the fun at 3:00 pm at Matthew Whaley School. Children’s fireworks will conclude the fun!

6:00 p.m. Main stages light up. More than 40 different acts, ALL INDOORS in 24 of historic Williamsburg’s most beautiful buildings. Performances run mainly through 11:45 p.m. There’s something for everyone!

11:30 p.m. THE GRAND FINALE will be at Zable Stadium at The College of William & Mary (Site 30). Stay for the countdown and midnight FIREWORKS extravaganza best viewed from Zable Stadium.

Where can I park?

Parking locations can be seen on the map and are located at William & Mary Hall and Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall; the two-level parking deck on North Boundary Street at the corner of Lafayette Street; behind Matthew Whaley School; north of Court Street between S. Henry and Nassau streets; William & Mary Campus Center; and William & Mary’s new parking garage on Ukrops Circle. Additional parking is available in the downtown area.

What are the bus routes and are they free?

Buses are free to anybody with a First Night button. They run every 15 minutes from 6:00 p.m. to 1 a.m. See the map for bus routes and stops.

Will there be food available?

A variety of food vendors will be selling food, beverages and some desserts. Enjoy the variety placed at most large venues. Go to the Locations page to view which places have food and a description of food they will have.

How much does it cost to get in?

Admission to all performances is included in the purchase of a First Night button. Buttons are $15 per person. Children 5 years of age and under will be admitted free.

Do I have to wear a button?

Buttons are required to enter any of the performance locations.

Where can I buy a button?

Buttons are available before December 31st at various local merchantsand you can purchase buttons online. Buttons will also be available on December 31st at several locations.

Is there a way to guarantee a good seat?

Because of limitations on seating capacity, First Night cannot guarantee that you will be able to see any specific performance. Please understand that some acts are so popular that not everyone will be able to gain admittance at a particular time. If a door monitor asks you to come back later, you are receiving this request out of concern for everyone’s enjoyment and safety. Please don’t stay for more than one performance of a given act.

How do I get from location to location?

Many locations are within walking distance of each other. Complimentary First Night buses will travel the entertainment circuit and connect with ample satellite parking. They run every 15 minutes from 6:00 p.m. to 1 a.m. The transportation route is approximately 20-25 minutes round trip. See the map for bus routes and stops.

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Grammy-award-winning Singer Rosanne Cash Headlines Concert at Williamsburg Lodge

Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia Arts Festival continue their expanded partnership to bring nationally known performers to Williamsburg with a series of concerts throughout the year.

Grammy-award-winning singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash headlines a winter concert weekend with one performance in the Virginia Room of the Williamsburg Lodge at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Seating in the Virginia Room is theater-style. Tickets are $35 and $45, available from the Virginia Arts Festival box office at 877-741-2787, at vafest.org or through Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787. Ticketmaster fees apply. Military and seniors receive a 10 percent discount, and AAA members can receive a 15 percent discount when purchasing tickets by telephone.  For more information, visit colonialwilliamsburg.comGrammy-award-winning singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash headlines a winter concert weekend with one performance in the Virginia Room of the Williamsburg Lodge at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Seating in the Virginia Room is theater-style. Tickets are $35 and $45, available from the Virginia Arts Festival box office at 877-741-2787, at vafest.org or through Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787. Ticketmaster fees apply. Military and seniors receive a 10 percent discount, and AAA members can receive a 15 percent discount when purchasing tickets by telephone.  For more information, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com

Friday evening in the Lodge lobby lounge, vocalist and songwriter Ruth Moody, best known for being a founding member of The Wailin’ Jennys trio, performs timeless songs with her rich soprano voice from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with no cover charge.  

Rosanne Cash has recorded 11 number one singles, blurring the genres of country, rock, roots and pop. She has received one Grammy award and 12 Grammy nominations, among other awards and accolades, including an honorary doctorate from Memphis College of Art. A prolific writer, she has authored “Bodies of Water” and “Penelope Jane: A Fairy’s Tale,” edited the book “Songs without Rhyme” and recently penned her memoir “Composed.” Her album, “The List,” based on a list of country songs her legendary father Johnny Cash gave her when she was 18, won the Americana Music award for Best Album of the year and was a critical and commercial success.

Ruth Moody is a two-time Juno Award-winning songwriter from Winnipeg. Although best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys, Moody is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right.  Former lead singer of the Canadian roots band Scruj MacDunk, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and has appeared more than a dozen times on the American national radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.”  In 2010, she released her highly anticipated solo album, “The Garden,” to rave reviews.