The band Amorella, previously known as Mocean, is an alternative/hard rock band from Virginia Beach that prides itself on not being limited to just one genre. As Mocean they were concerned mostly with doing covers, but adorned the new name as a way to transfer over to doing strictly original material.
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.
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.
The air was thick with a light breeze that twirled through the crowd every few minutes. The zydeco beat, pulsing through feet and shoulders mingled with notes of paprika and oregano, cayenne and crawfish.
This weekend marks the 48th year of the Hampton Jazz Festival, a music festival taking place at the Hampton Coliseum that will feature some of the greatest names in R&B, Soul and Smooth Jazz.
Hampton Roads has no shortage of local musicians attempting to make names for themselves, by any means, but when a great artist emerges with an impeccable sound and a soulful heart, you pay attention.
For the past six years, according to the Washington Post, the jazz-fusion collective Snarky Puppy has invited fans inside its studio sessions to observe the recording process. It’s an inclusive mindset that’s helped the group amass a cult following.
Here is your chance to get up close and personal with the band.
There’s always been a musical connection between Hampton Roads and Richmond cities.
Ever wonder what the Grateful Dead would have sounded like fronted by Phil Lesh? Or what the Dead would have sounded like with Bonnie Raitt or Melissa Etheridge or Emmylou Harris sharing lead vocal duties?
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.
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.
The NorVA is proud to present Prose: Mid-Summer Bash on Friday, July 10th. The headlining artist is Prose, accompanied by Saucy Boiz, ATI, MOIVA, Onetre Music and StraightAKroo.
Back in junior high and high school The White Album was the Bible to my friend Mike Fish and I. It taught you everything you needed to know about life. It taught us how to make it in a marriage (sing Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da), how to make it through a fight with someone you care about (see the love there that's sleeping), how to be a good son (sing a song of love), how to fuck (do it in the road), how to fight for love (burst in stinking of gin), how to deal with the blues (remember you're of the universe), and even how to have a revolution (free your mind instead).
(This article is appearing a couple days after the show due to partying with the Lonely Teardrops until... about now.)
Towards the end of the first disc of Phish’s new box set, Amsterdam, the band plays their best version of “Billy Breathes,” a tender ballad about Trey Anastasio’s daughter.
This Friday June 12th, the Oxford UK band Glass Animals comes to town to play the Norva. Steeped in sonic references to soul, R&B, hip hop, and psychedelia, the band mystifies me, and I want to know more about their approach, their angle, and what to expect when they grace us with their presence amidst an extensive tour taking them to clubs across North America and Europe, as well as almost all of the biggest summer festivals spanning those continents.
"I'm convinced that I'm just a vessel connected to another realm that consists of nothing but dope beats. I couldn't tell you where that is." - Gabe Niles
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