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Let’s Rock Broadway Starring The Diamonds
Friday, September 10, 2021 ~ 7:30PM
In 1957, The Diamonds released an instant million-selling hit called Little Darlin’. To date, it has sold 20 million copies worldwide and has been dubbed “the National Anthem of Rock and Roll.” Since its release, The Diamonds have learned one important lesson - the durability of this classic rock and roll music is as much about the future as it is about the past. A major reason for their longevity as performers and entertainers lies in their diverse backgrounds. Youngest member, Adam David Marino, hails from Rochester, NY, where he studied musical theater at Nazareth College. Michael Lawrence, originally from South Carolina and now residing in Las Vegas, is no stranger to the world of performing, majoring in musical theater at Coastal Carolina University. Bass singer Jeff Dolan, who joined The Diamonds in 2011, has worn many hats in his career - first as a member of the sensational jazz group Beachfront Property, then as a bass singer and vocal contractor for Ray Coniff, touring internationally for 10 years. Baritone singer Gary Owens has spent the longest time as a Diamond joining forces with bass singer John Felton in 1973. Owens learned his craft as a journeyman bass player around Los Angeles while earning his undergraduate degree in music at California State University, Long Beach.
Friday, December 3, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.
Now in its 50th year as Hampton Roads’ premier wind ensemble, The Tidewater Concert Band has been providing exciting, professional, high quality music entertainment. Based in Portsmouth, the Tidewater Concert Band provides performances ranging from Sousa-style Marches, Big Band, Swing, Blues, Broadway, and Holiday Classics.Currently under the direction of Maestro Chris Serrano and Associate Conductor Josiah Wilson, members include volunteer musicians from every occupation including local band directors and students, and former and current military musicians. With passion and determination, these individual musicians come together to produce a fully instrumented top-notch professional performing organization.
The Tidewater Concert Band ~ Holiday Concert
Black Market Trust
Friday, March 11, 2022 ~ 7:30 PM
The Black Market Trust is an American pop/vocal jazz band that combines the sounds of the great American crooners and vocal groups with the romantic Eastern European gypsy fire of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. These five world-class musicians have traveled the globe recording and performing with music’s most renowned artists. Their all-instrumental debut studio album, The Black Market Trust, is widely regarded as a milestone in the gypsy jazz world with lead guitarist, Jeffrey Scott Radaich, gaining notoriety for his technical prowess and musicality. They established themselves as leaders and innovators by combining pop “Brill Building” sensibilities with the traditional sound of Django Reinhardt’s Hot Club of France Quintet. Their music has been featured in ABC TV’s comedy series, Happy Endings, and the animated video featuring their song, Referential Integrity, has garnered over one-million YouTube views. Bassist Brian Netzley and Radaich, formerly with the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, stayed true to their love of Django, combining it with a new sound and sensibility of the great pop/rock bands they grew up listening to and recruiting LA-based session/touring drummer Brandon Laws and Tucson, AZ’s violin hero/Eastern European folk music expert Nick Coventry. The lineup includes wunderkind Kale Stiles on rhythm guitar, clarinet and saxophone, and even lap steel. Vocals merge their love of everything from The Mills Brothers to The Beach Boys, from Sinatra to Lennon/McCartney.
Sons of Serendip
Friday, April 22, 2022 ~ 7:30 PM
By popular demand, Portsmouth Community Concerts brings back Sons of Serendip after their outstanding performance during the 2019-2020 concert season. The classical/neo-soul/R&B fusion quartet features lead vocalist Micah Christian, pianist and guitarist Cordaro Rodriguez, cellist and vocalist Kendall Ramseur, and harpist Mason Morton. They met as graduate students at Boston University and went on to gain national attention in 2014 when they auditioned for Season 9 of NBC-TV’s America’s Got Talent. The panel of celebrity judges voted them through the audition round and eventually as finalists were invited back in 2019 to perform on America’s Got Talent: The Champions, where they received standing ovations. Since the talent competition, Sons of Serendip has toured nationally creating music that touches people’s hearts. Some notable performances include the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, as well as collaborations with Cynthia Erivo, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.
Voices of Service
Friday, May 20, 2022 – 7:30 PM
Voices of Service, based in Northern Virginia and under the umbrella of the nonprofit CAMMO (Center for American Military Music Opportunities), is a singing quartet that has been together for seven years. They include retired Master Sgt. Caleb Green, retired Staff Sgt. Ron Henry, Sgt. Maj. Christal Rheams, and retired Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hanna. The group uses their platform to increase awareness of what music can do for service men and women who are coping with post-traumatic stress and other invisible/visible wounds. Their journey and purpose reached a new dimension when they placed fifth in 2019 in Season 14 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, followed by a return appearance in January 2020 on AGT: The Champions. They represent the excellence that exists within our military and veteran communities and are an inspiring example for the nation that they continue to serve through music. Most recently, their music was the subject of a PSA (Public Service Announcement) for the PGA (Professional Golfers Association of America) nonprofit organization PGA Hope, which includes their song, “Come Home.” PGA Hope introduces golf to veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being.