2017 – 2018 Concerts & Events

Note: This is a previous season concert. The current season is 2019-2020.
Mitch Barrett
June 23, 2018 • Mitch Barrett


Time & Place
Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
4573 Bank St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
General Admission $28
Military, Senior (60), or Student (w/ID) $25
TFAM Members $20
Tickets available in advance on the Zeiders
website or at the door starting at 6:30 pm.
For children's tickets please call 757-538-1959.

Award winning singer, songwriter and storyteller Mitch Barrett draws from his Appalachian heritage in celebrating the joys and struggles of everyday life. This 2009 Telluride Troubadour and 2 time Merlefest winner brings the philosophy of the mountains to the contemporary stage in story & song.

AppalachianFunkyFolksyRastaBluesman Mitch Barrett is one of Kentucky’s most sought-after and talented singer, songwriter and storytellers. Mitch’s music draws from his Appalachian heritage and the values it instilled: agrarian work ethic, simple living, the importance of family and celebrating the joys and the struggles of everyday life through music and song.

A keen life observer and riveting performer, Mitch Barrett songs deftly laces thought-provoking subject matter with a satirist’s sense of wit and irony. Whether he’s leading a workshop, headlining a Performing Arts Center, or playing a large festival, Mitch takes his audience on an engaging journey, channeling the inner voice of a truck-stop waitress, a mountain boy seeking spirituality or a socially and environmentally-charged activist.

Mitch’s rendition of Shady Grove was featured on the CD APPALACHIA: A HISTORY OF MOUNTAINS AND PEOPLE. Academy Award winning actress Sissy Spacek narrates the four-part PBS series.

Mitch has won many of the country's most prestigious songwriting competitions. The Folk’s Festival Songwriting Competition, The Merlefest “Chris Austin” Songwriting Competition (twice awarded), and The Kerrville “New Folk” Competition and most current the 2009 Telluride Troubadour Competition.

Some of his performances include The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, The Copenhagen Blues Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, Common Ground on the Hill, The Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival, The Evening Muse, The Grey Eagle, Pine Mt. Dulcimer Festival, Kentucky Home Front Theater, Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival, Kentucky Music Weekend, Rudyard Kipling, Clear Creek Healing Arts & Music Festival, The Dream Acres Festival, Tidewater Friends of Folk Music, The Freight & Salvage, The Folks Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival, The Music2Life Competition. Floydfest, The Clinch Mt. Festival, The Bele Chere Festival, The Birchmere, The Writer’s Block, The Bean Blossom Festival, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Tidewater Traditional Arts Festival, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kentucky Homefront Theater, The Blue Plate Special, Merlefest, The Little Tennessee River Festival and the Kennedy Center Stage in Washington, D.C.

Mitch has performed with such notables as Arlo Guthrie, Mark Schatz, Si Kahn, Greg Martin, Dirk Powell, Josh Pennington, Less Taylor, Darrell Scott, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Dar Williams, Doc Watson, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brian, Steve Forbert, and Dave Mallett.

As a veteran storyteller and folk musician Mitch Barrett leads a collaborative storytelling and songwriting workshop, grounded in the premise that everyone’s story is important. Mitch begins by sharing songs written over his 30-year career, and discusses the life events that inspired them. Some are painful, others joyous; but in each he reveals his own vulnerability.

Opening: Mike Lawson
Opening: Mike Lawson


Mike Lawson is an American singer-songwriter born and raised in New York’s Mohawk Valley region, and currently resides in Norfolk, Virginia. Tinged with folk and Americana influence, his songs have been described as “balladesque…hard to forget” (Whurk Magazine); and “melodic, hooky, and makes you smile” (VEER Magazine). Lawson has received multiple “Song of the Year” and “Artist of the Year” nominations in VEER Magazine’s annual music awards, and his 2016 self-released album “Lie Here with Me” was nominated for “Album of the Year.” Collaborating with artists nationwide, Lawson has worked with Jake Hull (Jake Clemons Band), Matt Musty (Grace Potter, Rayland Baxter), and Nashville’s Bri Murphy.

Lawson’s live performances are a mix of honest, deeply personal songs, offset with wry anecdotes from his own relationships and travels. He has performed some of Southeastern Virginia’s largest festivals including O’Connoroo, The Downtown Hampton Block Party, The Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival, and the Norfolk Folk Festival. Lawson has received radio play on WROX-FM and Out of the Box on WHRO, and has performed with notable artists including Sons of Bill, Nico Franc, Victoria Canal, and Logan Vath.

  • 2015 Tidewater Arts Outreach Sea Level Singer-Songwriter Emerging Artist First Runner-Up
  • 2016 Tidewater Arts Outreach Sea Level Singer-Songwriter Emerging Artist First Runner-Up
VEER Music Award Nominations
  • EP of the Year 2015 - The Vir
  • Song of the Year 2015 - "Old Train Car"
  • Video of the Year 2015 - "Old Train Car"
  • Emerging Artist of the Year 2015
  • Album of the Year 2016 - "Lie Here with Me"
  • Song of the Year 2016 - "Old Train Car"
  • Americana Artist of the Year 2016