2013 – 2014 Concerts & Events

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

Darryl Purpose

Darryl Purpose (RodneyBursiel.com)

credit: RodneyBursiel.com

Time & Place
Saturday, October 19, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
General Admission $18
Seniors, Military & Students w/ID $15
TFAM Members $13
Children 7–17 w/paying adult 1/2 price
Children under 7 free

When Darryl Purpose was 16 years old, his mother put a book called "Beat the Dealer" in his Christmas stocking. He went to Las Vegas as a teenager and began a career as professional card player -- and still calls this the "only real job I've ever had." Years later, he took time off to walk across the country for peace, and fell in with a bad crowd -- musicians & peaceniks. In 1996, inspired by his work with a traveling band of musical activists, Darryl began to tour nationally as a solo singer/songwriter. Eight years, six CDs and a thousand-plus shows later, he was headlining venues like the Freight and Salvage, Club Passim, McCabe's, The Bluebird Cafe, The Kennedy Center, and the Kerrville Folk Festival Main Stage.


In 2005, he inexplicably set down his guitar and took a 7-year sabbatical in the Rocky Mountains. During this time, he shepherded the release of "Singer-Songwriter Heaven: The songs of Kevin Faherty." He also continued to co-captain the Second Strings Project, which is responsible for delivering over twenty thousand sets of guitar strings to those who need them all around the world. In 2009, he was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame, one of 17 members, including Ed Thorp, the man who wrote that book that his mother put into his Christmas stocking at 16. He says that he also "got healthy, in multiple ways."

After 7 years away from the singer-songwriter scene, Darryl Purpose is back to making music, with a new energy and a new flair for connecting with audiences. 2012 saw Darryl record his first CD of original material in 10 years: "Next Time Around," produced by Billy Crockett for the Blue Rock Artists label. With no formal radio promotion, the CD spent five weeks at #1 on the Roots Music Report folk chart for national radio airplay in March & April 2013.

Live performance is his strength as he connects his audience to his songs with a storyteller's heart.

What folks are saying about "Next Time Around:"

Purpose ends a seven years silence with a stunning ten-song comeback. Arthur Wood, Maverick Magazine, April 2013
It's been a long time since I put a new record in my CD player and listened repeatedly for days. Robin Pressman, 'Our Roots Are Showing' KRCB fm
Next Time Around is the gold standard of modern American folk Nancy Dunham, Folking.com
Once in a great while an artist's work shows up in my life and stands me on my ear. Darryl's singing and writing have unmistakably advanced to another level. Louise Taylor, Recording Artist
One of the best CDs of 2012. John Siris, Indie Acoustic Project

Opening: Alice Conner

Opening: Alice Conner


Alice Conner is a singer/songwriter and music teacher from Virginia Beach, Va. She is most at home playing at vineyards, weddings, in cozy coffeehouses, private parties, and festivals. During the day, she is a full-time private music instructor in Virginia Beach, Va. teaching voice, piano, and guitar.

Previously, Alice was part of a dynamic duo with Sean Parker on lead guitar, mandolin, and bass. In 2007, they released their debut EP entitled, "View from Above," under the name, Paper Mountain (recorded at Flat Five studios in Salem, VA.) They performed live in-studio sessions on 93.7 BOB FM, 89.5 WHRV, and 100.9 WRRW. Alice is now working on her second album, this time as a solo project.

Alice has been singing and writing songs on the piano and guitar since she was a small child, but decided to pursue it as a career as a teenager and started taking piano, voice, and guitar lessons simultaneously. She was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA., and in 2004, earned a B.A. in Music from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She was fortunate enough to perform with the university choir at Carnegie Hall and to study abroad in Germany while attending O.D.U. Since graduation she has been busy teaching, writing, and performing her own music and is now pursuing a master's degree in counseling.