2015 – 2016 Concerts & Events

Note: This is a previous season concert. The current season is 2019-2020.

The Fourth Annual Acoustic Music Gathering

Spotlight on the Acoustic Blues

Time & Place
Saturday, September 26, 2015 @ 10:30 am
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

FREE / NO Reservations Needed — Secure Instrument Check On Site.

The Acoustic Music Gathering is all day Saturday, September 26th at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. Gathering-goers will want to arrive early and stay late to enjoy the many FREE opportunities. Doors open at 10:30 AM. Demonstrations, instrument repairs, and jam sessions run from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. At 6:45 PM the doors will reopen for the free 7:00 PM concert.

Daytime Demonstrations

Meeting Room A

11:00 – 12:00 History of the Blues — Cole Stevens
12:00 – 1:00   Blues Guitar — Ron Fetner
1:00 – 2:00 Playing-n-Singing da Blues — Shelly Craig Potter
3:00 – 4:30 Harmonica — Tom Dikon
3:00 – 4:30 Slide Guitar — Cole Stevens

Meeting Room B

ALL DAY DnD Music Store Set-up & Band Meet-n-Greet (CDs, promotion, jammin')

Jammin’ on the Lawn

11:00 – 3:30   Four hours of open jammin’ under the canopy
  (In case of rain, we will take it inside to the theater from 11:00 – 1:15)

Daytime Theater Main Stage

11:30 – 1:15   Jammin’ on the Lawn Rain location
  1:30 – 2:30   Tom Dikon & Jon Vallet
  2:45 – 3:45   Cole Stevens and the Delta Daggers
  4:00 – 5:00   Ron Fetner

Daytime Lobby

Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music (TFAM)
Rosewood Instrument Repair — Larry Berwald
Natchel’ Blues Network
More to be added

Dinner Break  —  4:45 PM – 6:30 PM

Evening Concert  —  Acoustic Blues

 7:00 – 8:00  Bobby “Blackhat” Walters & Ron Fetner
8:15 – 9:15 Herbie D and The Dangermen


Bobby BlackHat Walters

Bobby "BlackHat" Walters, recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist, and songwriter hails from Cleveland, Ohio and has been playing harp for over 40 years. After retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard, Bobby started taking his harp playing seriously and has studied with Dennis Gruenling, Phil Wiggans,Johnny Sansone, and Allen Holmes. While a member of the Black Rose Blues Band he had the honor of opening for Blues Legends B.B King, Taj Mahal, and Steady Rollin Bob Margolin. Bobby has shared the stage with Kenny Neal, Lil Ray Neal, Bill Deal and the Rhondels, Jason Ricci and New Blood,Eddie Shaw and Wolfgang, Daryl Davis, Ruthie Foster, and Sherman Robertson, and Memphis Gold.

In 2008, the duo of Bobby BlackHat and Larry Berwald were semi-finalists at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN and were also nominated for the Hampton Roads Port Folio Music Award.

Bobby BlackHat brings together the finest blues musicians in Hampton Roads to perform classic, modern, as well as original blues tunes that will keep your toes tappin and your hips shakin all night long.

"I bought my first harp after hearing Lee Oskar play with WAR in 1972. The sound of his harp just mesmerized me and I knew right then and there I was gonna be a harp player too."

In 2006, BlackHat added acting credits to his resume when he participated in the filming of the History Channel documentary "Sherman's March to the Sea".

In 2015, the Bobby BlackHat Band advanced to the semifinals of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.

Herbie D & The Dangermen

Herbie D and the Dangermen are a swampy blend of Appalachian Acoustic Americana and New Orleans Style Jump Blues taken from the hills to the Juke Joint. Picture Joe Cocker, backed by Doc Watson and John Klemmer on a front porch in a blues jam.

Winners of the 2013 River City Blues Society Blues Challenge, Richmond, Virginia and competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2014, Herbie D and the Dangermen is a 4 piece, acoustic blues band that delivers a unique sound created by the inclusion of an upright bass, swapping out an electric guitar in favor of an acoustic guitar, and by replacing the traditional harmonica with a saxophone.

About the Venue

The Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library is a perfect venue for the TFAM Gathering, with comfortable theater seating in the Main Auditorium for the day and evening performances, workshops in the meeting rooms across from the theater, and a third workshop area upstairs in the Children's Story-time Room. Back downstairs, Smart Coffee will be open for the full day's activities, with fresh sandwiches, delicious desserts, and specialty coffees and teas made to order. The library is completely handicap accessible and will have a multitude of opportunities to delight your senses.