2019 – 2020 Concerts & Events

Note: This event has been postponed and is expected to be rescheduled. Please check back for the new date.
Gary Reid
March 21, 2020 • Gary Reid


Time & Place
Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
6330 Newtown Rd
Norfolk, VA 23502
General Admission$25
Military, Senior (60), or Student (w/ID)$20
TFAM Member$15
Child 10-17 w/adult$10

Note: Rescheduled for March 20, 2021.

Performed by award winning actor and musician Gary Reid, A Life Of Sorrow-The Life and Times of Carter Stanley is a one-man play with music about a mountain music legend. Along with his brother, famed Appalachian mountain banjoist Ralph Stanley, Carter Stanley helped lay the foundations for what is today known as bluegrass music.

The 70-minute performance touches on Stanley’s childhood days on the family farm, the respect he had for old-time musicians that he knew and their influence on him, his jealousies and insecurities, his admiration for Bill Monroe, and the struggles with alcohol that eventually cut short his life at the age of 41 in 1966. This mesmerizing performance affords today’s audiences a chance to connect with a bluegrass treasure as “he” tells the story of his life in old-time mountain music.

This was extraordinary. This far exceeded my expectations. I thought that it would be a tribute to Carter Stanley, which indeed it was, but I didn’t realize that it would be so full of emotion and heartfelt sentiment.” Bruce Cohen, host of the Singer’s Glen house concert, Silver Spring, Maryland
... [an] enlightening and good exploration into the Stanley Brothers’ career. It was a more personal narrative than I expected and I found that intriguing.” Dudley Connell, Seldom Scene, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Your program, A Life of Sorrow based on Carter Stanley, was an incredible performance that brought history to life for the packed crowd in our museum. Your talents allowed our audience to learn about this influential performer, and his time, in a way that museum exhibits cannot communicate. It was a wonderful experience that I would recommend to any venue that wants to engage visitors in an entertaining and engaging way.” Ernest Dollar, Director, City of Raleigh Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina
You did a great job and we appreciate your hard work.” Roddy Moore, Director, Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, Ferrum, Virginia
Mr. Reid has created a professional, well-paced show that our library patrons found to be very moving, in addition to being entertaining and educational. Mr. Reid has a rare gift for making his subject come alive when he is performing. I would highly recommend Gary Reid’s ‘A Life of Sorrow’ to other libraries and organizations who are looking for popular, high quality programs to offer to their communities. Jim Patrick, Information Services librarian, Yuma County Library District, Yuma, Arizona