2011 Hampton Acoustic Blues Revival set for April 9 @ TNCC

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The 10th Annual Hampton Acoustic Blues Revival will take place on Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Hampton campus at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium in Templin Hall on Saturday, April 9 from 4-9:30 p.m. The free event is open to the public and includes performances by M.S.G.-The Acoustic Blues Trio which features TNCC Adjunct Instructor Jackie Merritt, a guitarist, bassist and harmonica player. Others on the program are Bruce Kincaid, Fetner & Dikon, Fat Tony and Del Rey.

The festival begins with Bruce Kincaid conducting a “Diddley Bow Workshop” from 4-4:45 p.m. The diddley bow is a homemade instrument consisting of a wooden board and a single wire string stretched between two screws. It’s played by plucking while varying the pitch with a metal or glass slide held in the other hand. The instrument is significant to blues music because many blues guitarists got their start playing it as children. Kincaid is an accomplished vocalist, percussionist and harmonica player who has performed with classic rock and blues band Relic and the Virginia Choral Society. He currently plays with Shelly Craig-Potter and Dale Butcher as part of the band, Blues Committee.

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Local Drummer Brings High-Energy Rhythms to TNCC

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Local drummer Connie Ralston will entertain Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) students, faculty and staff with a rousing performance during World Rhythms Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m. The performance will take place at the College’s Historic Triangle Campus in Williamsburg.

Ralston has been an active member of the local drumming community for more than 15 years offering workshops for children, adults, at-risk students and those seeking personal lessons. In addition, she performs with Beleza, a local women’s drumming group, and facilitates monthly drumming circles.

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York River Symphony Orchestra Brings Concert to TNCC in October

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The York River Symphony Orchestra will present “Water Music” at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) on Sunday, October 10 at 3 p.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Hampton campus.

Dr. Eric Reiff, Conductor, will lead the musicians as they present Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Herbert’s The Wizard of the Nile, Titanic Medley by Horner and Moss, selections from Showboat and more.

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TNCC is Host Site for October Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble Performance

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The Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble will present “Reflections of Fall” at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) on Saturday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Hampton campus.

The Chesapeake Wind Ensemble has held residency at TNCC’s auditorium for two years and was founded in 1998 to provide an avenue for local amateur musicians to hone their skills. With about 40 members, the ensemble plays a wide variety of pieces at a myriad of venues in the Hampton Roads area, presenting approximately eight performances annually. The nonprofit organization offers special opportunities for its high school musicians with scholarships for some of the graduating students.

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TNCC Site of May 23 Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble Performance

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The Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble will present “Are We There Yet?” at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) on Sunday, May 23 at 3 p.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Hampton campus.

The Chesapeake Wind Ensemble was founded in 1998 to provide an avenue for local amateur musicians to hone their skills. With about 40 members, the ensemble plays a wide variety of pieces at a myriad of venues in the Hampton Roads area, presenting approximately eight performances annually. The nonprofit organization offers special opportunities for its high school musicians with scholarships for some of the graduating students.

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2010 Hampton Acoustic Blues Revival Set for April 10 at TNCC

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The Ninth Annual Hampton Acoustic Blues Revival − “A Tribute to John Cephas” − will take place on Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Hampton campus at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium on Saturday, April 10 from 4:00-9:30 p.m. The free event is open to the public. The lineup is as follows:

Phil Wiggins
4:00-4:45 p.m. (Harmonica Workshop)

Wiggins, a Washington, D.C. native and noted harmonica player, partnered with the late guitarist John Cephas for over 30 years. The duo brought the Piedmont blues sound to audiences worldwide, recorded more than a dozen albums and won numerous awards. Wiggins learned his craft at the feet of some of the D.C. area’s best blues artists, including the notable slide-guitarist Flora Molton. Influenced by great blues harpists like Sonny Terry, John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson and Little Walter, Wiggins developed a unique style as a harpist, singer and songwriter.

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