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SOLD OUT! WILL OVERMAN – DOWNSTAIRS AT THE CENTER

Friday
January 18, 2019
8:00pm

Location:
Downstairs at Suffolk Center

Ticket Prices:
$10  (Adults 21+ only)

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Will Overman’s incomparable voice — he made it through two levels of NBC’s “The Voice” —  is at once melodic as it is relentless, as refreshingly unique as it is familiar and evocative. Overman’s music — call it Americana, a mix of folk, country, rock, and pop — is as energetic as it is passionate. It can be haunting and evocative yet sincere, sweet.

Musically and lyrically, Overman draws deeply from his Virginia roots, producing a rare combination of enticing straight-ahead, hard-charging rhythm and riffs and introspective melodies paired with sleek vocals. He takes on love, life and loss. All with an edge driven deep in reality.

Reserved seating for tables of 8 only.  All others open seating.  First come – first served. Call for details.

Whether performing solo or with a full band, Overman is a poet, reminiscent of a young Bruce Springsteen, (think “Nebraska”) or Bob Dylan. He’s a folksinger and a rocker (think “Born to Run”), whether performing solo or fronting a talented group of musicians swinging from flawless riffs to intoxicating beats.

And while his music is rooted deeply in the South, it transcends genres and convention, blending essential elements of rock, folk, and country, wrapped in a thin varnish of pop sensibility, to create a concoction reminiscent of Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, with the softness of James Taylor.

Overman has quickly built a reputation as a fan favorite at music festivals including MerleFest, Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, Front Porch Fest and Appaloosa Roots Music Festival, and Lynchfest. He was a finalist in the “Rockn to Lockn” contest.

Overman has played hundreds of shows from Burlington, Vermont to Columbus, Ohio,  New York City and Washington, D.C., to Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee, and in between. He’s busked in lonely subway stations and performed to sold-out crowds in Charlottesville.

In 2017, Overman found himself at a crossroads, both literally and figuratively, professionally and personally. He said farewell to the band that has borne his name over the past several years and embarked on his first solo project since 2013.

“Crossroads,” his newly released solo EP produced by Rockfish Music, is without a doubt his most self-reflective work yet. He recently submitted one of the singles, “Decatur,” to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.

Drawing comparisons to Jason Isbell and Damien Rice, Overman carries an unwavering commitment to his music and to his fans. Soulful and unforgettable. Addictive and sometimes playful. Meaningful and real. Those factors, plus a transcendent passion and unyielding commitment to his craft, are what truly define this rising, must-see young artist, who has only just begun what promises to be a long and fruitful musical journey.

SOLD OUT! WILL OVERMAN – DOWNSTAIRS AT THE CENTER

THE FABULOUS EQUINOX ORCHESTRA

Friday
November 30, 2018
7:00pm

Location:
Birdsong Theater

Ticket Prices:
$25 – $35 for Reserved Seating

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Meet your next two best friends — Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson, along with their fiery hot 11-piece big band!

All across America, audiences have fallen in love with these two sophisticated Southern gentlemen and their high-energy show that is the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements and phenomenal musicianship, these two bring their rich friendship and charm to the stage. Fashioned in the style and swagger of the legendary entertainers led by Frank Sinatra, Davis & Johnson are putting their own stamp on the Great American songbook, graced with a touch of Motown, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and more, offering a freshness and relevance that speaks to every soul.

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SOLD OUT! LUKE WILLETTE and THE SHOW ME BAND – DOWNSTAIRS AT THE CENTER

Saturday
November 17, 2018
8:00pm

Location:
Downstairs at Suffolk Center

Ticket Prices:
$10  (Adults 21+ only)

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DONATED BY LUKE WILLETTE and THE SHOW ME BAND

Luke grew up in Franklin County, Missouri and settled in Hampton Roads after a stint in the Navy. Luke lives in Suffolk with his wife Amy and two children. He owns Willette Plumbing. Luke has been playing guitar on and off since he was 12 and has been working at songwriting for the past ten years. He’s been kicking his songwriting craft into high gear more recently, which helped him win the 2017 Tidewater Arts Outreach Emerging Artist Competition.

Sponsored By:
The Travel Buddies, Linda & Billy Drummond, Helen & Tim Johnson, Mardane McLemore, Gin & Mills Staylor

SOLD OUT! LUKE WILLETTE and THE SHOW ME BAND – DOWNSTAIRS AT THE CENTER

THE BEN PHELPS PROJECT – DOWNSTAIRS AT THE CENTER

Saturday
September 29, 2018
8:00pm

Location:
Downstairs at Suffolk Center

Ticket Prices:
$10  (Adults 21+ only)

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The Ben Phelps Project is a six piece band from Hampton Roads Virginia. The band plays a style of music all their own merging jazz, blues, and rock into an original sound. The BPP has worked regionally since 2004, released two albums, and has played shows with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Colbie Callait, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Chicago, Cowboy Mouth, Michelle Branch, Cracker, Carbon Leaf, Pat Mcgee, Taylor Hicks, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, The Romantics, Good Old War, and more.

Along with regular local radio and TV appearances, The Ben Phelps Project has been a regular on the club circuit. Most notably, headlining twice in 2008 and 2012 with crowds in excess of 500 at The NorVa in Norfolk, VA; a club Rolling Stone named as one of the top 5 clubs to play in the country.

The band has played for spring breakers in Panama City, Florida to Bucknell University students in Pennsylvania and everywhere in between. Ben Phelps is newly signed to Tinderbox Music, a promotional company out of Minnesota, which currently has his solo album, New Ghost Town, on college radios across the county and is licensing the music for TV & Film. Most recently, Ben Phelps music has been has been licensed to The Discovery Channel, MTV2, and VH1 for use in over ten television series.

New Ghost Town – Released 2010
Vision and Sound – Released 2006

THE BEN PHELPS PROJECT – DOWNSTAIRS AT THE CENTER