LMF: Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival

April 4th, 2013 at 11:35 am by under THRS Live Music

microphoneAs I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Saturday night is the Emerging Artist Showcase which will highlight 10 of the most talented, undiscovered singer-songwriters.  The showcase is part of the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival that kicks off tonight in Norfolk.  The festival is put on annually by Tidewater Arts Outreach or TAO, which is a group whose mission is to “uplift the human spirit by bringing live, quality music and arts experiences to people in Hampton Roads who are in homes, hospitals, shelters, facilities and dependent care programs or otherwise are isolated from society”.  Sea Level highlights the great songwriting and musical talent of Hampton Roads with a series of concerts throughout the weekend in Ghent and downtown Norfolk.

Tonight is the Sea Level kickoff concert at the Naro featuring Glen Phillips from Toad The Wet Sprocket.  Doors open at with the show starting at 7:30 with openers Grant Austin Taylor and Bria Kelly.  Tickets are $35 at the door.  Before that, head down the street to No Frill Grill and see one of my favorites, Gina Dalmas, treat everybody to her honky tonk sounds or if you’re in the mood for pizza, hit up Ynot and grab a pie and pint and listen to the acoustic sounds of Lewis McGehee.  After all of that, head down to Cogans for a night cap with Scott Slay.

Friday night belongs to downtown where at 6p Veer Magazine and River Notes House Concerts present Shane Cooley at Urban Outfitters off of Granby.  Across the street at Jewish Mother, our friends at Muzik Lounge will host a show featuring our good friends Longfellow Street and Logan Vath along with Jenn Lawyer.  That kicks off at 7:30 and the party continues with a plethora of locals from Soul Haven Studios.  Seth Stainback, Ben Phelps, Ray Meeks, Luke Taylor, Jesse Chong, Elizabeth Nix, Swabir Silayi and BJ Griffin takeover JewMa at 10p.

Saturday afternoon will be a day of busking along the streets of Ghent and a ‘musical’ petting zoo will be setup at the corner of Colley and Brandon.  Several instructors and instruments will be on hand for your kids to play and learn and Jim Merrill will be on hand to show off the custom guitar he built for the festival that will be raffled off.  Around 2p, the Beacon Award Tribute Concert will take place.  Hunter Hughes is this year’s recipient and the performers will include Mike Aiken, Brandon Bower, Paddy Dougherty, Tray Eppes, Skip Friel, Susan Greenbaum, Lawrence Lambert, Jackie Merritt, Lewis McGehee, Narissa Bond, Bobby “Blackhat” Walters, and Karl Werne.

Later that night is the Emerging Artist Showcase.  Held at the historic Attucks Theater, Justin Clements, Dustin Furlow, Luke Hartman, Sophie Harton, John Kovacevich, Stephan Lazar, Roy Moats, Will Overman, Dan Pellegrino and Jared Swift will perform their original songs in front of a panel of judges that include Veer Magazine’s Jeff Maisey, Paul Shugure and Hunter Hughes.  Tickets are $10 at the door.

The festival wraps up Sunday night with a showing of “Greenwick Village: Music that defined a generation” at the Naro and live music featuring Bob Zentz, Narissa Bond, Dave Potvin, Carol Butler and MaryAnn Toboz.  Doors open at 6:45 and it’s $9 at the door.

A great weekend packed with great local music.  Get out there and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC


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