2015 – 2016 Concerts & Events

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

Annual Glenn McClanan Memorial Concert

Dustin Furlow & Matt Thomas

Time & Place
Saturday, December 12, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Suggested Donation $10

This concert is held annually in memeory of Glenn McClannan, Sr., who was a long-time supporter of Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music. All proceeds from this concert go to a local charity.

Dustin Furlow
Dustin Furlow

credit: Melissa

Dustin Furlow's style of guitar-playing and vocal technique have evolved steadily throughout the past 2 years on the Hampton Roads music scene but his own songs carry a rhythmic yet "held-loosely" feel. Elements of fingerstyle virtuoso Andy McKee can be heard in his music and well as the lyrical hooks and text-painting of Dave Matthews.

His song "Let Go" earned him a call-back from 3 of the America's Got Talent Judges in November 2011

"Summer Song" also earned him a spot at the SeaLevel Emerging Artist competition at the Attucks Theatre in May 2013.

During the Summer of 2013 he performed solo at the Norva twice before and after the release of his "Wood and Steel" demo as well as at the "Embrace the Culture" Festival in Towne Pointe Park.

Dustin's TV appearances include Wavy Tv's "Hampton Roads Show" as well as WCTV's "Thinking Out Loud" Show.

Dustin's radio guest appearances include sessions on the "Hunter at Sunrise" show hosted by Hunter Hughes as well as "Acoustic Highway" hosted by Barry Graham.

Matt Thomas
Matt Thomas

I know the harp guitar's future is in good hands when I hear Matt play and write with the sensitivity and passion that he has. He's got terrific chops on a regular six string too! Stephen Bennett

"Music is a way of expressing our emotions when words fail" Matt Thomas explains, "bound by no language barrier, music is a universal sense/expression of freedom." Recently, Matt Thomas has been featured at the World Trade Center, Norfolk VA for VersAbility Resources; the Virginia Beach Central Public Library for Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music Series; the Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival in Yorktown; and opening for Vertical Horizon at the Virginia Beach Ocean Front. By the young age of 21, Matt Thomas was already credited in the world of fingerstyle guitar. He won 1st place in both contemporary thumbpicking and open style at the "Home of The Legends International Thumbpicking Competition". The following year, he returned to be inducted into the Thumbpickers Hall-of-Fame and was asked to compete again which resulted in another 1st place win in contemporary fingerstyle, and 2nd in traditional thumbpicking. Some influences are Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed, Buster B. Jones, Stephen Bennett, Pat Kirtley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Django Reinhardt, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Andy Mckee, Adam Rafferty, and Tommy Emmanuel. In first the 4 years Thomas has been playing fingerstyle, he has performed with such greats as Stephen Bennett, Joscho Stephan of Germany, Gareth Pearson of Wales, Wayne Henderson, Richard Smith, and guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel. Thomas was named the most outstanding overall musician in the Woodside High School performing arts magnet in 2004. In 2005 alone, he performed at the 2 most prestigious acoustic festivals in the nation, Merlefest and the CAAS (Chet Atkins Appreciation Soceity) Convention. Since then, he has performed at countless music festivals across the East and West cCoast. Thomas has also been voted the Best Overall Guitarist in the Hampton Roads area by Meona.net. Thomas also plays the Harp Guitar and has been named the new young gun by Harpguitars.net.