2013 – 2014 Concerts & Events

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

Rupert Wates

Rupert Wates (John Mazlish)

credit: John Mazlish

Time & Place
Saturday, May 17, 2014 @ 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
This is one gifted s.o.b...If you're not hip to this guy, you're missing out (Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange)
An inspirational artist (Leith FM Radio 98.8 FM Scotland)
A delight to listen to (Britsound Radio NJ)
A new and unique songwriter-musician already in the front ranks...Trust me, Rupert Wates is an exceedingly rare talent (Mark Tucker, Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange)
A songwriter of the very highest quality (Stefan Schmoe, Online Musik Magazine, Germany)
[His] songs will go straight to your heart (Empty Nest House Concerts, NJ)
A ridiculously talented musician (Kitchen Sink House Concerts AZ)

London born, Rupert moved permanently to the US in 2006. Music has been the center of his life since he left college. In the early nineties he signed a publishing deal with Eaton Music and wrote songs in all kinds of styles. These days he called his material acoustic, melodic art-folk. This means that what you get from him are strong melodies, genuine feeling, and lyrics that often address contemporary issues. He tours as much as he can and prefers smaller, more intimate venues, where the audience is up close and good musicianship is all. He plays between 150 and 170 live shows a year, in venues of every state in America and every province of Canada.

Instrumentation: Guitar and Voice


  • "Sweet or Bitter Wine" (2005) (Mainstem)
  • "Coast to Coast (2007) (Bitemusic Limited)
  • "Dear Life" (2008) (BiteMusic Limited)
  • "Joe's Cafe" (2010) (BiteMusic Limited)
  • "At the Losers' Motel" (2012) (BiteMusic Limited)

RADIO PLAY 2009: Danny Watson Folk Show, 2MAX FM New South Wales Australia; Radio Upper Galilee 105.3FM Israel; Mojo Alt, 94.1 FM Radio 2, Skopje Macedonia; Radio Zusa, FM 95.5, Luneberg, Germany; Britsound Radio, WPSC 88.7FM, Wayne NJ; CJLX, FM 92.3, Ontario, Canada; Barely Darker Than Air, WHUS Storrs, CT

RADIO PLAY 2010: Mark Watkins Radio Show, Blast 1386, Thames University Reading UK; Danny Watson Folk Show, 2MAX FM 91.3 New South Wales Australia; Grassroots, AusFolk Radio, FM 107.9, New South Wales Australia; Just Us Folk, AM 1380 Ontario Canada; Barley Darker Than Air, WHUS Storrs CT; Radio Zusa, Luneberg Germany; WESU 88.1 FM, Middletown CT; CountryMusic24 Radio, Nuremberg Germany; "General Eclectic", WCVF FM Fredonia NY; Acoustic Planet, CHES 101.5 FM Erin, Ontario Canada; Just Folking Around, WHUS 91.7FM Storrs CT; Music You Can't Hear On The Radio, WPRB at 103.3FM Princeton NJ; The Folk Show NCPR

Opening: Karl Werne & Dale Lazar

Opening: Karl Werne & Dale Lazar

Karl Werne has been entertaining the Hampton Roads area since he was 16 years old. Eight years with The Lewis McGehee Group and four years with his own Instant Karma have made him a local favorite with his versatile guitar work and smooth hypnotic vocals. Highlights of those years include opening act for Bruce Hornsby's grammy winning "The Way It Is" tour & numerous recordings still receiving air play.

Karl Werne


Karl Werne

In 1995, Karl teamed up with the very talented and respected saxophonist, Eddie Williams; a partnership that would prove to have a profound impact on his musical life. Now playing acoustic guitar, this new exploration of improvisation and creativity would shape a unique sound later complimented and completed by electric guitarist extraordinaire, Curtis Eley, and more recently, with Tim Reynolds Trio (TR3) drummer,Dan Martier, and bassist, Dana Silvercloud.

Also during these years, a powerful three-part-harmony trio of singer-songwriters, armed with positive lyrics and diverse backgrounds came together as a traveling band known as Elaine, Lambert & Karl. After enjoying some immediate success with a debut CD and a tour with friend and mentor Keb' Mo', they settled on an official band name of "Big Wide Grin."

Karl's songwriting won him first place for both online voting and in the finals held in Atlanta, GA of the national Fishman Songwriting Competition in 2011. Karl's original lyrics are written from a place of heart, thoughtfulness and understanding. His gentle stage persona is one of peace and brotherhood that sets the stage for an evening you can trust and take with you.

His music has the dynamics, spirit and intensity needed to hold your interest, your hand, and your breath.

Dale Lazar


Dale Lazar

Dale Lazar is a percussionist extraordinaire as he employs a wide variety of percussion instruments including: tabla (North Indian), djembe (West African), taiko (Japanese)frame drum (Middle Eastern Style), riq, congas, piano and other keyboard instruments and computer generated soundscapes.

He has performed with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Norfolk Chamber Consort, Symphonicity (Virginia Beach Symphony), ODU Percussion Ensemble, ODU Orchestra, ODU Symphonic Band, ODU New Music Ensemble, ODU Jazz Choir, ODU Jazz Combo, and the ODU Concert Choir.