Archive for 'Music'

Alexandria singing group to perform in Normandy

Alexandria singing group to perform in Normandy

By Katie Callahan (Courtesy photo) When the Alexandria Harmonizers arrived in France to help mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the musical act brought a group of World War II veterans with them, in a manner [...]

Arena State pays tribute to Lieber and Stoller with ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’

Arena State pays tribute to Lieber and Stoller with ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) “Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller” gets off to a slow, easy roll. Forty-two of the most beloved songs from the pantheon of R&B and rock ‘n’ roll [...]

Love is in the air at Kneehigh’s ‘Brief Encounter’

Love is in the air at Kneehigh’s ‘Brief Encounter’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Shakespeare Theatre) Noel Coward likely wouldn’t have imagined this captivating version of his one-act play, “Brief Encounter,” but surely he would have swooned over it. Using the 1945 film of the same name [...]

A night with the first lady of song

A night with the first lady of song

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) Maurice Hines wants to entertain you. The much-lauded performer wants to do it in the same way he’s been entertaining audiences for decades — from Broadway to Vegas and most recently [...]

Mentoring is music to his ears

Mentoring is music to his ears

By Anna Harris (Courtesy photo) Music is Vaughn Ambrose’s life. When he isn’t performing at venues far and wide, the jazz saxophonist teaches music at T.C. Williams. And if that didn’t keep him busy enough, Ambrose [...]

A star is reborn

A star is reborn

By Jordan Wright It’s 2013 at Arena Stage, or is it? The house is exploding and a tripped-out light show has begun. Eight slim-hipped, long-haired musicians — a three-man horn section, crack drummer, bluesy keyboardist and [...]

Virginia Theological Seminary gets groovy

Virginia Theological Seminary gets groovy

By Melissa Quinn The Virginia Theological Seminary shook up the usual routine over the weekend, hosting a Christian rock festival in hopes of giving adherents and attendees a different view of the Episcopal Church. Though the [...]

Cowboy Junkies ready to roll into Alexandria

Cowboy Junkies ready to roll into Alexandria

By Denise Dunbar The Cowboy Junkies are an alternative country/blues/rock band with a spare, mellow sound. The Canadian band consists of Timmins siblings Michael, Margo and Peter plus bassist Alan Anton. They will appear at the [...]

Q&A with Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies

Q&A with Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies

By Denise Dunbar The Cowboy Junkies are an alternative country/blues/rock band with a spare, mellow sound. The Canadian band consists of Timmins siblings Michael, Margo and Peter plus bassist Alan Anton. They will appear at the [...]

MetroStage jazzes it up with ‘Ladies Swing the Blues’

MetroStage jazzes it up with ‘Ladies Swing the Blues’

By Jordan Wright The pioneering influence that Charlie “Yardbird” Parker had in the world of jazz, blues and bebop in the mid-20th century is the most inextricable part of his legacy. Blowing new sounds from his [...]