2016 – 2017 Concerts & Events

Note: This is a previous season concert. The current season is 2017-2018.
Matt Thomas CD Release Concert
May 28, 2017
Matt Thomas CD Release Concert

 

Time & Place
Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
4573 Bank St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Please join us for a very long awaited release of Matt Thomas's new album, Man on the Moon. A master of the acoustic guitar, Matt Thomas brings technical wizardry as well as a vibrant and poetic music making and it has made him one of the most distinctive fingerstyle guitarists performing in the acoustic guitar arena today.

An acoustic guitarist of astounding strength, ability, control and sensitivity are almost as striking as his technical expertise. Intricate fingerstyle technique, with an uncanny gift for melodic invention, Matt Thomas delivers a flawless performance every time.

The show will be opened by a group of dear friends that go by the name "Little Doors". Tickets are $20 at the door, which includes your seat and a copy of Man on the Moon. Tickets are only available at the door: it's first come, first serve. Limited seating available (70 seats), so plan accordingly! Doors open and ticket sales start at 5:30 PM.

Matt Thomas

At a young age of 27, Matt Thomas has started a young career and gained some large credit 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.

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

In 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 Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) Convention. Since then, he has performed at countless music festivals across the east and west coast. 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.

Matt's Guitars:

  • Holloway Harp Guitar — Performance harp guitar
  • Morris — Studio guitar
  • Maton EBG808 — Live guitar
  • McCollough Baritone — Studio/performance guitar
Opening: Little Doors
Opening: Little Doors

 

Little Doors is a musical trio specializing in vocal renditions of popular songs from the mid-twentieth century with emphasis on Great American Songbook.

The mid-twentieth century was a great era for the popular song. The golden age of movie musicals brought us classics like “Over the Rainbow” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” At the same time, the sophisticated jazzy tunes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and many more captivated listeners. A few years later, great artists like Etta James, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder brought us one gem of a song after another, each one woven into the fabric of the lives of all who lived through those dynamic times.

Little Doors is a musical group that wanders through this seemingly endless canon of great songs, gathering tunes like shells on the beach and taking them home to enjoy again and again. Simply presented with vocals, guitar and upright bass, these songs take the listener to a place in their past ; a place of nostalgia evoking forgotten joys or heartaches, sometimes with a fresh appreciation that comes from having been away from an old friend for too long.