2011 – 2012 Concerts & Events

Note: This is a previous season concert. The current season is 2018-2019.

Jack Williams

Jack Williams


Time & Place
Saturday, May 5, 2012 @ 7:00 pm
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
General Admission $19
Seniors, Military & Students w/ID $16
TFFM Members $14
Children 7–17 w/paying adult 1/2 price
Children under 7 free

"… his artistry… is nothing short of amazing. Dazzling picking, expressive voice, unique and interesting songs. He is a showman in the best sense of the word and just wowed our audience. I think they would have followed him anywhere." — Rich Warren, WFMT "Midnight Special", Chicago IL

If there is anyone not familiar with Jack's incredible songwriting and prodigious performance skills, my sympathies to you. A Jack Williams show is a slam-dunk win-win-win for all. One of the most enlightened and entertaining performers I've ever encountered. — Dave Humpreys, Two Way Street Coffeehouse in Downers Grove IL

The music of Jack Williams, rooted in his native South Carolina, is shaped by a 51-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the 30s, 40s and 50s. He is counted among the most dynamic performers on today's "folk" circuit — "… one of the most enlightened and entertaining performers I've ever encountered", said Dave Humphreys of Two-Way Street Coffeehouse in Downer's Grove, IL. Jack is considered a "musician's musician", an uncommonly unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition who further illustrates each tale with his guitar. Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago's The Midnight Special said, "His artistry is nothing short of amazing". Vic Heyman, in SING OUT!, wrote, "He is one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk."

Avoiding the compromises of the commercial music industry during his 50+-year professional career, Jack prefers touring under the radar, playing concerts, large and small, week in and week out, from the sheer love of music and performing. Playing for more than 50 house concerts each year, Jack enjoys the intimacy of that venue most of all, with a more personal connection to his listeners. Jack is a sought-after artist on all contemporary acoustic music stages, from coffeehouses to music halls and city arts stages. In addition to his solo career, as a guitarist he has accompanied such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, Mickey Newbury and Harry Nilsson. From acclaimed appearances at the Newport, Boston, Philadelphia, Kerrville, New Bedford Summer Fest Folk Festivals, his musicianship, songs, stories and commanding presence have established him as an uncommonly inspiring and influential performer.

Jack frequently shares his musical knowledge with others. In addition to leading numerous workshops as he tours the country, he has been on the staff of The Swannanoa Gathering in NC, Lamb's Songwriter Retreat in MI, The Folk Project in NJ, WUMB's Summer Acoustic Music Week in NH, and co-hosts a semi-annual Music Workshop Weekend near his home in the Ozarks.

Jack has eight CDs of original music on the Wind River (Folk Era) label, the newest being The High Road Home, plus his DVD High Cotton, a collection of on-stage performances. An additional CD, Don’t Let Go, is a collection of cover songs reflecting major influences on his musical development. He produced all of his own recordings plus CDs by Mickey Newbury, Ronny Cox, Eric Schwartz, and others.

Kevin Oliver of NO DEPRESSION described Jack's music as "… a musical style that's equal parts folk storytelling and Tin Pan Alley song craft, delivered with the impassioned soul of an old blues singer."

Friendships with two great singers had an enormous impact on Jack's career and on the development of his own singing voice. In 1973, his relationship with the late Harry Nilsson resulted in an album effort at RCA during an ill-fated period of music industry turmoil. Until 2002, he sometimes toured as sole accompanist to his friend, the late Mickey Newbury, with whom he co-wrote, co-produced, and recorded a live album and video, Nights When I Am Sane (reissued as Winter Winds).

Mickey Newbury said, "Jack and his music are an American treasure"

From 1958 through 1988, along with playing jazz (trumpet) and classical guitar, Jack was best known as an electric guitarist in a series of original rock bands and smaller acoustic ensembles. In the late 60's, he gave in to his troubadour nature and began performing solo — singing and playing a gut-string guitar and touring from coast to coast.

Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) called Jack "… the best guitar player I've ever heard…"

As a hired-gun guitarist in the Deep South of the Civil Rights-Easy Rider 60's, Jack’s bands accompanied the likes of John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Turner, Jerry Butler, Hank Ballard, the Shirelles, and the Del-Vikings.

Jack Williams’ music, enriched from these varied influences, is truly All-American Southern music.

Opening: The Baddadz

Opening: The Baddadz

The combination of musical energy and astounding vocal harmonies between the members of THE BADDADZ is magic, and it’s earning this trio instant attention where ever they play. Johnny Bland, David Greene and Michael Monahan have more musical years between them then they care to mention. They are destined to become one of the most sought-after all Acoustic Classic Rock Bands in Eastern Virginia.

Johnny Bland

Johnny Bland started out playing solo at Bobby McGee’s after being asked to play a couple songs during a break for the group Mandela. The owner liked it and offered him a Monday night gig. Over the years he played around Hampton Roads in rock groups and even a dance band at one point. All the while he still kept at least one night a week to play acoustic solo.

Dave Greene

Dave Greene was born and raised in Norfolk, and has lived here most of his life. He started playing in bands when he was in high school, and was active musically until 2001. During that time he was fortunate to be involved with some very talented players. “I got used to playing with good musicians, who had good vocal harmonies. Unfortunately, he gave music up when his work schedule changed, and then his bass went into the closet. He had pretty much lost interest over the years because he was kind of particular about what was important to him. That is good musicians, good harmonies, good songs, with guys that get along well with each other. It just doesn’t happen … and then this (the Baddadz )fell into lap lap.”

Michael Monahan

Michael Monahan began his professional career at 17 playing solo at McGinnis Flint’s at the Ocean Front and at the Hard Rock on Colley Avenue in Norfolk. His first group was a trio with Louis Jones and Jim Evans. Over the years he played in several bands, from acoustic groups to Southern Rock, most notably the Austin Richmond Band, Street Talk, and Cam Head and the Noisemakers. He also appeared for several months as bassist for the Tom Farley Band. However, he is probably best remembered for his time in the band Paris, where he was first teamed up with Dave Greene. Michael joined the Baddadz in the fall of 2011, after an almost 20 year hiatus from performing.