TNCC is Site of 12th Annual Hampton Acoustic Blues Revival, March 9

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The 12th Annual Hampton Acoustic Blues Revival, “A Tribute to John Cephas,” takes place Saturday, March 9 from 4 – 9:30 p.m. on Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Hampton campus at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. Free to TNCC students, faculty and staff, the event is open to the public with $10 tickets available at the door. Tickets are $7 for Natchel’ Blues Network (NBN) members.

Sponsored in part by NBN and TNCC, the event celebrates the musical legacy of guitarist and singer John Cephas, who kept the Piedmont blues style alive as part of the duo Cephas and Wiggins. Born in Washington, D.C., Cephas died in 2010 at his Woodford, Virginia home. He was one of the Piedmont style’s most prominent performers. The lively and melodic Piedmont sound developed in the coastal plains of Virginia and the Carolinas and is characterized by a lilting rhythm and complex finger picking guitar.

The lineup for the event which will include WHRV radio host Hunter Hughes as emcee and a drawing for a guitar is as follows:

Larry Berwald (slide guitar workshop)
4 – 5 p.m.

A Florida native, Berwald was lead guitarist with Southern Rock icon Wet Willie and spent three years as lead guitarist for Jimmy Hall. He has written songs recorded on major label and independent projects. Settling in Tidewater in the 1980s, Berwald has become a sought after side musician, playing and recording with many of the area’s best musicians, while teaching guitar by day and operating a guitar repair service in Norfolk.