Review of Idina Menzel – Chrysler Hall August 26, 2015

Written by Penny Neef on .

I wondered who was going to show up Wednesday night at Chrysler Hall to see Idina Menzel perform. The 8:00 pm start time seemed late for little girls dressed up in blue Elza gowns to hear the Oscar winning song, “Let It Go.” There were a few little girls there, but they had to wait until the finale to hear that song--more about that later.

Breaking Benjamin Sell Out the NorVa on August 18, 2015

Written by Beth Austin on .

Under a rain threatening gray sky, you could see the line stretch down Monticello Avenue way before the doors opened for this sold out show. The fans of Breaking Benjamin were clearly not messing around, and were going to claim their show watching real estate even if it meant standing in a seriously long line, or in the rain.

Fandom of the Opera: TOI Brings "The Marriage of Figaro" to Norfolk

Written by Laura Watkins on .

They sit beside you in rush hour tunnel traffic, order after you at Handsome Biscuit, and share your taste in local craft beer. By day, they brew your coffee, teach (or deliver) your children, or sell you an iPhone; by night, they join together to recreate some of the most divine music ever written.

Dancing in the Streets: The Magic and Music of Motown

Written by Penny Neef on .

I am from the Motor City. I may have mentioned it once or twice. The music of Motown is the soundtrack of my teens. I danced in the streets, in my girlfriend’s rec room and at junior high sock hops with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. We tried to copy the tight choreography and pretend we were as cool as the Vandellas or as chic as the Supremes.

The Panyard on Church Street

Written by Tami Burke on .

Crispus Attucks Cultural Center in Norfolk is Mosaic Steel Orchestra’s home. It’s where they practice. It’s where their steel drums are kept when they’re not being played. It’s where their board meets. It’s where Mosaic’s heart is.

Local Acts We Love: Zach Gehring's Demons

Written by Megan Rader on .

Coming off of a national tour is probably challenging for most musicians. It’s usually a time for rest, relaxation, and bringing your focus back to the daily rituals that control the rest of us. Unless your name is Zach Gehring and you decide to couple the end of a tour with the release of your new band, Demons. 

Let’s Put on a Show: Hurrah Players Brings the Heaven of Detroit to NFK

Written by Penny Neef on .

You know that time-honored movie trope where all the spunky young kids (or furry Muppets) get together to save the theater, their city or the world? The amateurs put a show together just in the nick of time that is joyous, professional and displays soaring talent on the stage that the audience just didn’t expect.

The Karaoke Cult of Ghent: Singing Loud & Proud at Belmont

Written by Brittany Shearer on .

For many, karaoke conjures images of drunk people enthusiastically singing along to dated ballads with little regard for key or pitch.

As a karaoke regular at the Belmont House of Smoke, my pleas for karaoke night have been met more often with cringes than shared excitement from my musically-averse friends.