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.
"Embrace your shadows of war." - Fallout of Fear
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.
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.
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.
I've got an ember in my throat
I'm sort of scared of falling
and I like to sing and cry
I shine my light in little notes
- Brambleberry, Bird Heart (2012)
Finding talent is difficult, so when we actually find it, it becomes that much more special to us.
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.
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