2018 – 2019 Concerts & Events

Note: This is a previous season concert. The current season is 2019-2020.
The Proteus Festival
October 5, 2018 • The Proteus Festival


Time & Place
October 5 – 7, 2018 (Fri – Sun)
4509 Commerce St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
One-Day Wristband $25
3-Day Festival Badge $75
3-Day Gold Badge $150
Tickets available at Zeiders.

The Proteus Festival marks the Grand Opening of the brand new Zeiders American Dream Theater. The Festival will present a series of unique performances, presentations, and original works in three creative disciplines: music, theater, and film. The Festival runs October 5 – 7, Friday – Sunday. Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music (TFAM) is hosting music events on Saturday and Sunday.

Festival badges and wristbands can be purchased either at the festival or in advance.

TFAM Saturday & Sunday Events

On Saturday, October 6, TFAM hosts nine 45-minute performances starting at 11:00. And, from 2pm – 4pm on Sunday, October 7, TFAM presents Bobby “BlackHat” Walters.

DayTime ActStyle
Saturday11:00 am Two Hand Touch Contemporary Covers
12:00 am Mike Lawson Original Singer-Songwriter
1:00 pm Tammy Gardner Original Singer-Songwriter/Humor
2:00 pm Sporting Molly Celtic Quartet
3:00 pm Cole Prior Stevens Solo Slide Guitar/Delta Blues
4:00 pm Dustin Furlow Solo Originals
5:00 pm Luca Burgalassi Italian Singer-Songwriter/Blues
6:00 pm Matt Thomas Solo Guitarist
7:00 pm Brackish Water Jamboree Bluegrass/Old-time
Sunday2:00 pm Bobby “BlackHat” Walters Blues

Bobby "BlackHat" Walters



Bobby “BlackHat” Walters, ecording artist, harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter and actor hails from Cleveland, Ohio and has been playing harp for over 40 years. Bobby is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander with 27 years of distinguished service which included serving as Military Aide to the President and being awarded the Coast Guard Medal for Heroism.

Bobby has 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, Jackie Scott, Bill Deal and the Rhondels, Jason Ricci, Eddie Shaw, Daryl Davis, Ruthie Foster, Sherman Robertson, Slam Allen, Tas Cru, and Memphis Gold.

In 2017, Bobby won the USAA/We Are The Mighty Mission:Music nationwide competition. In 2016, the Bobby BlackHat Band advanced to the FINALS of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Bobby has won two Blewzzy Awards for “Song of the Year” (I Hear Mama's Voice, 2012 and Please Mr. BlackHat, 2015). He was also awarded two 2016 VEER Music Awards for “Best Blues” and “Song of the Year” (HRBT Blues).

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

Bobby BlackHat is a:
Life Member Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Life Member National Naval Officers Association
Life Member Society of White House Military Aides

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This festival is sponsored by TowneBank.