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

Jim Newsom & The Cloudless Sky

EVENT RESCHEDULED
Friday
NOVEMBER 20, 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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$25, $28, $35 & $40  for Reserved Seating
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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

Ticket Prices:
$32 & $37  for Reserved Seating
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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
Nanesmond Brewing Station
Featuring MoMac Brewing
MoMac Brewing
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Love Locals Bands
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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

Ticket Prices:
$17 General Admission Seating
Downstairs at the Center
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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

Ticket Prices:
$20 Youth, 18 & under – $25 Adult for Reserved Seating
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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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Season Kick-off and Pre-Concert Fun!
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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

MOVIES @ The Center: Mary Poppins Returns – Saturday 12/14

Saturday
December 14, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Ticket Prices:
FREE and open to the public.
General Admission, no ticket required.

Suffolk Tourism
Mary Poppins Returns
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

Mary Poppins Returns

In Depression-era London, a grown-up Michael Banks and his sister Jane, along with Michael’s three children, find their lives turned upside down by the ‘practically perfect’ and enigmatic Mary Poppins. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

The all-star cast includes Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and more! The film is rated PG and has a running time of two hours and 10 minutes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Suffolk Division of Tourism is pleased to present “Mary Poppins Returns” at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, on Saturday, December 14, 2019, beginning at 2pm. This dazzling family-friendly film was a huge box office hit and received critical praise. Movie fans will get a special treat after the film, as Mary Poppins herself will be stopping by for photos with film attendees. Admission is free and open to the public; however, a donation of canned food or non-perishable food item is encouraged. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts box office at 757.923.2900

Friday Night Frights @ the Center: The Exorcist – Friday 10/25

Friday
October 25, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Ticket Prices:
FREE and open to the public.
General Admission
RATED R: No children under 17 will be permitted.

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The Exorcist
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The Exorcist

“Somewhere between science and superstition, there is another world. The world of darkness.” Teenage girl Regan brutally changes both in the way she looks and the way she acts, with violent outbursts on everyone who comes in contact with her. Her worried mother seeks the help of two priests to exorcise the demon inside of her and save the girl within.

The all-star cast includes Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, and Lee J. Cobb. The film is rated R and has a running time of one hour and 2 minutes. No children under 17 will be permitted.

The Suffolk Division of Tourism wants to give you the fright of your life as they present a series of classic horror films at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. Scare yourself silly with The Exorcist, the 1973 film that some call the “scariest movie ever.” The show begins at 8pm and admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts box office at 757.923.2900.

Friday Night Frights @ the Center: The Amityville Horror – Friday 10/18

Friday
October 18, 2019
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Ticket Prices:
FREE and open to the public.
General Admission, no ticket required.
Rated R: No children under 17 will be permitted.

Suffolk Tourism
AMITYVILLE HORROR
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

The Amityville Horror

A large “dream” house on the coast of Long Island where newlyweds George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move becomes a site of abject terror, as the house seems to be haunted by its previous owners.

The cast includes a James Brolin, Margo Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, and Natasha Ryan. The film is rated R and has a running time of 117 minutes. No children under 17 will be permitted.

The Suffolk Division of Tourism wants to give you the fright of your life as they present a series of classic horror films at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. On Friday, October 18, 2019, join us for The Amityville Horror, based on the “true story” of a Long Island house that terrorizes a family. The show begins at 8pm and admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts box office at 757.923.2900.

Friday Night Frights @ the Center: Rosemary’s Baby – Friday 10/11

Friday
October 11, 2019
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Ticket Prices:
FREE and open to the public.
General Admission
Rated R:  No children under 17 will be permitted.

Suffolk Tourism
Rosemary's Baby
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

Rosemary’s Baby

A young Catholic housewife in New York City fears she is beset by evil during a bizarre pregnancy. As she falls increasingly ill, alarming hints of a well-planned and sinister conspiracy begin to emerge, enfolding Rosemary in a shroud of suspicion and mental agony. She grows terrified at the prospect that her outwardly benevolent neighbors aren’t who they appear to be.

The cast includes a young Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gorgon, Maurice Evans, and Sidney Blackmer. The film is rated R and has a running time of one hour and 16 minutes. No children under 17 will be permitted.

The Suffolk Division of Tourism wants to give you the fright of your life as they present a series of classic horror films at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. On Friday, October 11, 2019, join us for “Rosemary’s Baby,” the movie that will make you think twice about having a baby. The show begins at 8 pm and admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts box office at 757.923.2900.