PAST PERFORMANCES + EVENTS

PAST PERFORMANCES + EVENTS

We have had the great pleasure of hosting a wide variety of programming here at Suffolk Center, such as the past performances and events listed below. Many thanks to the continuing support of our patrons, members, sponsors, staff, board members, and volunteers who foster the arts here in Suffolk. Please note that some links contained within these past program listings may no longer be valid.

CURRENT PERFORMANCES + EVENTS

The Drifters

Saturday
May 16, 2020
8:00 pm

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Drifters

The Drifters, one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups, are the second most successful recording artist of all time, according to Billboard Magazine. Through a historical journey, which included no less than 5 legendary lead singers, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King the group’s ongoing story has covered the entire spectrum of Rock & Roll.

They were the first musical group to sell 2 million records with their pop classic, “Up On The Roof”. They were the first African American vocal group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Along with fellow inductees the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Supremes, the Drifters were in the first class of Rock & Roll legends to be initiated into the Hall of Fame. Their classic tune “Under The Boardwalk” is the most played R & B record of all time. 20 other million sellers followed.

The Drifters had 17 Top 40 songs, with 5 Top 10’s (In Billboard Top 100) including:
• Up on the Roof
• Under the Boardwalk
• This Magic Moment
• There Goes My Baby
• Dance with Me
• Spanish Harlem
• Stand by Me
• On Broadway … The list of hits goes on and on!

Chowan University Choir

Sunday
April 26, 2020
3:30 pm

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Chowan University Choir

The Chowan University Singers and Men’s Chorus, the premier touring choral ensembles of Chowan University, combined with the Chowan Community Chorus, will present a special concert at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. This classical choral concert will feature the Requiem of Gabriel Fauré.  The Chowan Singers and Community Chorus will perform this classic choral masterwork. Additionally, the Chowan Singers and Men’s Chorus will sing works ranging in style from classical a cappella music to contemporary gospel, including choral standards by Felix Mendelssohn, Thomas Tallis, and Alice Parker.

Chowan Singers is a select ensemble that consists of 18 students, about half of whom are music majors. Chowan Singers has presented numerous concerts throughout North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic region. In addition, the group has traveled in recent years to perform in Ireland, Italy, and New York City.

Chowan Singers, Men’s Chorus, and Community Chorus are under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Thorburn, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Chowan University. Dr. Thorburn holds degrees from the University of Rochester and Yale University. Paula Pressnell, Artist in Residence at Chowan, is the collaborative pianist for the choirs. Mrs. Pressnell is a cum laude graduate of Salem College, where she was a piano student of Clemens Sandresky.

Della Mae

Saturday
April 4, 2020
8:00 pm

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Della Mae
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Della Mae

A Nashville-based, all-female string band, has a completely original style – sensitive yet assertive, intense yet playful, steeped in tradition yet undeniably current. Versatile instrumentalists and vocalists, they draw from a bottomless well of roots influences to create vibrant original music that conveys an expansive musical vision. With timeless lyrical truth-telling and an unmistakably contemporary sensibility, they stand alongside such roots-conscious acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Della Mae were IBMA’s Emerging Artists of the Year in 2013, GRAMMY Nominees in 2014 for their debut album on Rounder Records, named among Rolling Stone’s “10 bands to watch for in 2015,” and have since traveled with the US State Department to over 18 countries spreading peace and understanding through music.

Their mission as a band is to showcase top female musicians and to improve opportunities for women and girls through advocacy, mentorship, programming, and performance.

Dempsey
The Dempsey Sisters, from Smithfield, VA, bring a youthful twist to music both old & new. Their three-part sibling harmony along with their passion for the artistry of music delivers a unique blend.

“Most musicians learn from books, but sometimes they’re mechanical and the music escapes their soul,” he said. “They’ve listened and absorbed the music, so when it comes out of their mouths it’s like a new genre of the song.
-Virginia Mountain Boys and state bluegrass/traditional music legend Bill Jenkins, who is in the  Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

A Disney Musical Surprise presented by The Hurrah Players

Saturday
March 21, 2020
2:00 pm

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Hurrah Players present a surprise Disney Musical!
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Musical Surprise!

Hurrah Players is honored once again to work with Disney Theatricals to bring a new musical of volcanic proportions to Hampton Roads in the spring of 2020. The show title will be released by special announcement in January 2020.

The Hurrah Players, Virginia’s leading family theatre company, presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid under the direction of Hugh R. Copeland, the founder and artistic director of The Hurrah Players Family Theatre Company and performing arts academy. Since its incorporation in 1984, The Hurrah Players have been and will continue to be, a shining example to both our students and our community that theatre arts can be a vehicle not only for educational enrichment but for the emotional and social well-being of the participants as well.

Jim Newsom & The Cloudless Sky

Friday
March 13, 2020
6:30 pm

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$17 General Admission Seating
Downstairs at the Center
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Comedy & Jazz w Ferg Ferguson & Keycentric
The Cloudless Sky
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Jim Newsom and the Cloudless Sky

Jim Newsom is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who is well known and highly regarded throughout southeastern Virginia. His new band is called Jim Newsom and the Cloudless Sky, featuring Gail Keller Smith on keyboards and harmony vocals, and Rick Jebavy on drums. The band’s concert repertoire draws primarily from Jim’s catalog of original songs, in particular, material from his three CDs released over the last four years.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jim grew up in Suffolk, Virginia, graduating from Suffolk High School and Virginia Tech. He’s been a popular musician regionally since the mid-1970s. He is also a highly regarded music writer and critic whose work has been published in the All Music Guide, PortFolio Weekly, and VEER Magazine among many print and online publications. He is well known throughout the area as a popular television personality, having hosted programs on the local PBS and NPR affiliates for thirty-five years.

He first played music as a youngster after picking up the basics from his sister’s piano lesson books. He subsequently drove his parents crazy banging out rock and roll on the family’s living room piano. In high school, he bought a flute for $25.00 from a girlfriend in the marching band and taught himself to play by listening to the recordings of Herbie Mann and Jethro Tull. He learned guitar from a Bob Dylan songbook.

In recent years, Jim has performed at major regional festivals including Norfolk’s Harborfest, Chesapeake Jubilee, Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, Seawall Art Show, Chelsea Summer Solstice Festival, the ETC Festival, and the Norfolk Folk Festival. He has headlined special events like the Norfolk Harbor Party, Cultural Alliance Brew at the Zoo, D’Art Affair and Taste of Chesapeake; played concerts at the Naro Theatre, the American Theatre, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, the Pretlow and Slover Libraries in Norfolk, the Hampton History Museum and the Virginia Beach Central Library. He regularly performs in restaurants and coffeehouses, craft breweries and art centers, and at corporate conventions and private functions throughout southeastern Virginia from Suffolk to the Eastern Shore. He’s also been featured on regional television and radio programs such as Out of the Box, Hunter at Sunrise, Acoustic Highway, the Hampton Roads Show, Coast Live and Norfolk Perspectives.

Masters of Soul

Saturday
February 1, 2020
8:00 pm

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Masters of Soul

Don’t miss your chance to step back in time and feel the magic when Masters of Soul (formerly Masters of Motown) returns to Suffolk Center. Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. The 90-minute show features stylishly costumed fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band.

Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. This 90-minute show features stylishly costumed, fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band. For many, Masters of Soul is the ultimate stroll down memory lane. For younger generations, the show offers an opportunity to experience an era in our country’s history that produced many of the greatest music acts ever recorded.

Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the 10-person cast consists of three lead male vocalists and three lead female vocalists backed by a four-piece band of seasoned musicians who’ve been touring together for decades. Masters of Soul has performed to numerous sold-out audiences and garnered rave reviews across the country at venues ranging from community theaters and universities to performing arts venues and concert halls.

Masters of Soul performs:

  • Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • The Temptations
  • The Four Tops
  • Diana Ross & The Supremes
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  • Barry White
  • Sam and Dave
  • James Brown – and many more!

Treat yoursel to the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by these legendary artists with a performance by Masters of Soul!

Mark Schultz

Saturday
January 11, 2020
7:00 pm

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Mark Schultz

Mark Schultz is a contemporary Christian music artist. He has been nominated for numerous Dove Awards, winning his first at the 2006 Dove Awards when the CD/DVD Mark Schultz Live: A Night of Stories & Songs was named Long Form Music Video of the Year.

  • “Platinum-selling, Dove award-winning artist”
  • Sold over 13 million records
  • 13 no. 1 Singles over career
  • 20 Dove Award Nominations
  • 2 Dove Awards
  • Beacon Award Recipient
  • American Songwriter Award
  • Completed a 3,500-mile cross country bicycle ride to benefit orphans and widows.
  • One of his songs was selected as the US Army’s “Be Safe-Make It Home” campaign.
  • Named one of Christian Music Today’s Top Male Vocalist.

Daniel Heffington

Daniel Heffington is a folk/pop artist who pairs unforgettable melodies with driving rhythms. The Virginia-based singer/songwriter is known for the energy and passion of his live performances that feature soulful vocals and poignant lyrics.

VSO’s Holiday Brass

Friday
December 20, 2019
7:00pm

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VSO's Holiday Brass
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Virginia Symphony Orchestra ~ Holiday Brass

The bold sounds of the Virginia Symphony brass section ring in the holidays with a blast! Experience the festive sounds of the season in a concert filled with wit, virtuosity, and the glorious music of the holidays—featuring the VSO brass and percussion sections in an all-new program. You’ll enjoy music from a variety of styles that have made this concert a new holiday tradition! This year the Suffolk Center will add special seasonal surprises too!

The Virginia Symphony is at the center of the Hampton Roads arts community, and in many ways serves as the cultural cornerstone for the region. Each year, the orchestra presents a series of Classics, Pops and Family concerts. Maestro Falletta has served as Music Director of the Virginia Symphony since 1991. Under her direction, the VSO annually performs more than 140 Classical, Pops, Family, Education, and Outreach concerts in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, and Williamsburg, reaching more than 200,000 concert goers every year.

Love Local! Red, White & Brews

Saturday
November 16, 2019
7:00 pm
Doors Open at 
6:30 pm for BBQ & Beer 

Ticket Prices:
$20  for General Admission
Special Discount: 10% OFF and FREE BBQ Dinner for Veterans, Active Military and First Responders that purchase an event ticket.
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Suffolk Ruritan Club
Suffolk Ruritan Club BBQ
Featuring Nansemond Brewing Station
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Featuring MoMac Brewing
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The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts honors our Veterans, Active Military and First Responders. We appreciate their sacrifice to keep America free and thank them for their service to our Country at LOVE LOCALS –  ‘Red, White & Brews’ on Saturday, November 16, 2019, doors open at 6:30 PM.

LOVE LOCALS – “Red, White & Brews” is a Veterans Day Celebration inviting everyone to come out and remember the service men and women. Enjoy local BBQ, local craft beer tastings and tap your toes and sing-a-long to your favorite local bands featuring  Stolen, Cool Tones, and Just Us.

LOVE LOCAL Food!
The Suffolk Ruritan Club is bringing their world-famous BBQ, with coleslaw & baked beans to Red, White & Brews. As a BONUS, the Suffolk Ruritan Club is offering a FREE BBQ DINNER to Veterans, Active Military & First Responders that purchase a ticket! “The Ruritan’s are all about helping our Veterans and we are honored to provide them with a down-home BBQ dinner.” shared Jimmy Franks, Suffolk Ruritan Club.

LOVE LOCAL Beverages!
LOVE LOCAL will showcase local Craft Beers by MoMac Brewing and Nanesmond Brewing Station before the show and during the two intermissions. Both breweries are offering free tastings and pours for purchase. Local favorite Three Brothers Distillery will create two signature craft cocktails for guests to imbibe: ‘Lover’s Punch’ and ‘Fall Into Love’.

LOVE LOCAL Bands!
Red, White & Brews features performances by three local bands: JUST US, COOL TONES and STOLEN. Each group is so proud to be apart of this Veterans Day Celebration and eager to share their favorite songs with concertgoers on the Suffolk Center’s BirdSong Theater stage.

JUST US will have guests singing along to Classic Country – songs by Merle Haggard, George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, and Alabama. JUST US Band member Bill Daughtry shared that the group has been practicing non-stop and they can’t wait to play their favorite song … ‘The next one on the playlist.”

THE COOL TONES deliver Classic Rock, with crowd favorites by Van Morrison and Steely Dan. Tim Daniel said the band’s favorite song to perform is Neil Young’s classic ‘Cinnamon Girl’. The Suffolk Center even installed a special dance floor knowing The Cool Tones performance would release the urge to shake a leg. Adding that they are super excited to be playing in honor of our veterans.

STOLEN is the third band to take the stage with their ‘Acoustic Everything’ style. Patrons will love hearing favorites by Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, and Jimmy Buffet. Win Winslow shared the band’s favorite song is Jamey Johnson’s ‘In Color’ but no show would be complete without the Zac Brown Band’s ‘Chicken Fried’. All three bands will share the stage for an extra special heartfelt tribute to all our Veterans, Active Military and First Responders.

Comedian Ferg Ferguson & Jazz by Keycentric

Friday
November 1, 2019
6:30pm

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$17 General Admission Seating
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Jazz Musician: KEYCENTRIC

Join us Downstairs at the Center for dinner and jazz music by Keycentric, a contemporary jazz pianist based in Virginia Beach. The artist is well-respected for his innovative ability to blend in different genres including, classical, funk, gospel, soul, and pop, just to name a few. His music is designed for contemporary listeners who enjoy a timeless and classic sound, with a fresh approach.

KEYCENTRIC has been passionate about music ever since he was only a child, being surrounded by a family of artists. He started performing at an early age with his sisters in concerts and recitals with ensembles, bands, and choirs, acquiring a lot of experience and familiarity with the stage. His debut album, ‘KEYCENTRIC’, released on January 26th. In this release, the artist is going full circle, embodying his passion and talent in an eclectic and innovative album that is made for genuine music lovers.

Comedian: Ferg Ferguson

Stay for a laugh! The comedy begins at 7:30 PM. Sure to have you in stitches, Lamont “Ferg” Ferguson was born in Detroit, Michigan and currently resides in Portsmouth, VA. 

Lamont “Ferg” Ferguson was born in Detroit, Michigan. He resides in Portsmouth, Virgina. Ferg is a comedian/actor/writer that has traveled the road of entertainment for many years. He has worked with Katt Williams and opened for national acts such as Charlie Murphy, Jordan Rock and Chaunte Wayans. Ferg also entertained our troops. He also was a participant in the following comedy festivals:
• The World Series of Comedy
• Virginia Beach Comedy Festival
• Baltimore Comedy Festival
• Shenandoah Comedy Festival

He’s a comedian who presents his world view through unique stories in a very unique way. He also can been seen in the feature film “Mother of A Day”
https://youtu.be/50Q_JVqVhA8

The Little Mermaid presented by The Hurrah Players

Saturday
October 19, 2019
2:00pm

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Hurrah Players present Little Mermaid
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THE LITTLE MERMAID

The Hurrah Players, Virginia’s leading family theatre company, presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid under the direction of Hugh R. Copeland, the founder and artistic director of The Hurrah Players Family Theatre Company and performing arts academy. Since its incorporation in 1984, The Hurrah Players have been and will continue to be, a shining example to both our students and our community that theatre arts can be a vehicle not only for educational enrichment but for the emotional and social well-being of the participants as well.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is a beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

The Way Down Wanderers

Friday
October 4, 2019
8:00pm

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The Way Down Wanderers

Voted #1 of 10 New Artists You Need To Know - Rolling Stone Country Winter 2019

The Way Down Wanderers are from the very heartland of America – central Illinois, Peoria, to be exact which is reflected in their distinctive sound, which draws on elements of bluegrass, but also touches on classic rock influences including the multi-part harmonies of the Beach Boys and The Band’s hybrid soul, as well as the roots qualities of The Avett Brothers and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, with surprising elements of jazz, classical music and even hip-hop.

The Way Down Wanderers are often referred to by fans as one of the hardest-working, hardest-touring bands on the circuit today, the 5-piece Illinois-based act not only proves that classification with their jam-packed tour schedule but also on stage every night, with youthful exuberance and a lively stage show, as reliable as it is infectious. High energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo, and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience for fans that has sold out shows across the UK and the United States, filling the front rows with fans not just singing along to one tune, but singing along to all of them.

“Somewhere on the spectrum between Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford and Sons lies the spirited bluegrass based artistry of The Way Down Wanderers. It is joyful, daring and occasionally sublime.” – Associated Press

The Good Morning Nags

The Good Morning Nags is an NYC-based roots-country band that finds inspiration in traditional American folk music as well as more contemporary styles.

“Six-piece NYC based ensemble The Good Morning Nags is currently in the middle of making a name for themselves… recipe for musical success”
— Matheson’s Entertainment Blog

“The Good Morning Nags demonstrate superb musicianship and songwriting leaving no wonder of how they became a staple of the New York folk scene.”
— Indie Spoonful