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**Black Music Month Concert at King Lincoln Park!
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

**Black Music Month Concert at King Lincoln Park!

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The Annual Black Music Month Concert is going to be celebrated at King Lincoln Park this year, in conjunction with King Lincoln Park Day! Join us at 600 Jefferson Avenue on June 2nd for a day of fun, highlighted by our Black Music Month Concert. We're bringing the party to the festival with the incredible, Rare Essence! Bring the whole family out to enjoy some fun Go-Go music and the best part is, it's absolutely free! 

King Lincoln Park Day is brought to you by The City of Newport News (Special Events and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Departments). For more information on the Festival, please click here!

 

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Part II - The 20th Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival with Jennifer Holliday
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Part II - The 20th Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival with Jennifer Holliday

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For 20 years, the Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival has brought a plethora of amazing artists to the city of Newport News. To mark this monumental milestone in honoring the legacy of our "First Lady of Song", we are proud to present two unforgettable concerts with iconic figures in Jazz music. 

On Friday, April 20th, join us at the Ella Fitzgerald Theater for an amazing night with Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist, Jane Monheit. Drawing inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald herself, you can hear the emotion in Jane's soul-stirring voice. Opening for the evening is singer/songwriter and Richmond-native, Jon Bibbs.

On April 27th, we bring to you the legendary Jennifer Holliday. She catapulted to stardom 35 years ago in the smash Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, with her show-stopping performance as Effie "Melody" White, the iconic role which garnered her a Tony Award for Best Actress in A Musical.  She was discovered at age 17 while singing in her church choir in Houston, Texas by dancer Jamie Patterson, who persuaded her to move to New York City, where she made her Broadway debut in Vinnette Carroll's Your Arms Too Short To Box With God as a featured soloist.  Beyond Broadway, Ms. Holliday appeared as Lisa Knowles on the Fox TV dramedy, Ally McBeal.  She has also enjoyed a successful recording career, winning Grammy® Awards for her mesmerizing performances of "And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going” (1982) and Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” (1985).  Ms. Holliday has also received rave reviews for her first album in two decades, The Song Is You (2014).

You can see both of these women of jazz this year for the 20th Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival. Now offering a combo pack to see both shows for a discounted price. The Combo Pack is only available when purchased over the phone (757-247-8950) or in-person at the box office. It cannot be purchased online.

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Part I - The 20th Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival with Jane Monheit featuring Jon Bibbs
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Part I - The 20th Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival with Jane Monheit featuring Jon Bibbs

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For 20 years, the Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival has brought a plethora of amazing artists to the city of Newport News. To mark this monumental milestone in honoring the legacy of our "First Lady of Song", we are proud to present two unforgettable concerts with iconic figures in Jazz music. 

On Friday, April 20th, join us at the Ella Fitzgerald Theater for an amazing night with Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist, Jane Monheit. Drawing inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald herself, you can hear the emotion in Jane's soul-stirring voice. Opening for the evening is singer/songwriter and Richmond-native, Jon Bibbs.

On April 27th, we bring to you the legendary Jennifer Holliday. She catapulted to stardom 35 years ago in the smash Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, with her show-stopping performance as Effie "Melody" White, the iconic role which garnered her a Tony Award for Best Actress in A Musical.  She was discovered at age 17 while singing in her church choir in Houston, Texas by dancer Jamie Patterson, who persuaded her to move to New York City, where she made her Broadway debut in Vinnette Carroll's Your Arms Too Short To Box With God as a featured soloist.  Beyond Broadway, Ms. Holliday appeared as Lisa Knowles on the Fox TV dramedy, Ally McBeal.  She has also enjoyed a successful recording career, winning Grammy® Awards for her mesmerizing performances of "And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going” (1982) and Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” (1985).  Ms. Holliday has also received rave reviews for her first album in two decades, The Song Is You (2014).

You can see both of these women of jazz this year for the 20th Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival. Now offering a combo pack to see both shows for a discounted price. The Combo Pack is only available when purchased over the phone (757-247-8950) or in-person at the box office. It cannot be purchased online.

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CANCELLED - Taylor McFerrin ft. Chantae Cann - 3Sixty Concert Series
Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

CANCELLED - Taylor McFerrin ft. Chantae Cann - 3Sixty Concert Series

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Unfortunately, the 3Sixty Concert scheduled for March 10th with Taylor McFerrin and Chantae Cann has been cancelled. Refunds will be given to those who have purchased a ticket to this event and the promotional contest  has now ended. Thank you to everyone who participated. We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your continued
support. 

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The 4th Annual "Ladies In Red" Concert & Award Show
Mar
3
6:00 PM18:00

The 4th Annual "Ladies In Red" Concert & Award Show

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Myra Smith presents the 4th Annual My Sister's Keeper: Ladies in Red Concert and Award Show. The event will celebrate women in Hampton Roads who have made a positive impact on those around them. The event will begin with a red carpet reception at 6:00 PM and the on-stage performance will begin at 7:00. Tickets are $15.

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Masego featuring Melanie Faye - The 3Sixty Concert Series
Jan
13
8:00 PM20:00

Masego featuring Melanie Faye - The 3Sixty Concert Series

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On January 13th, the 3Sixty Concert Series will begin with a hometown hero that has been taking the music scene by storm. We welcome Masego back to Hampton Roads to kick off the concert trilogy, brought to you by 3Sixty Management and Consulting. Opening for the evening is Melanie Faye, whose soulful bluesy guitar performances have gone viral. Join us in celebrating these bright young stars. Tickets are general admission and doors will open at 7:30.

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PJ Morton with Ashley Felder
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

PJ Morton with Ashley Felder

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Join us for an unforgettable night of music with one of our hidden gems, Ashley Felder and Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton. His latest project, GUMBO, is available now and has garnered him two Grammy nominations for 2018. See this amazing, multi-talented performer return to the Ella Fitzgerald Theater stage.

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9th Anniversary Concert: Eric Roberson featuring Matthew Whitaker
Oct
7
8:00 PM20:00

9th Anniversary Concert: Eric Roberson featuring Matthew Whitaker

Join us for the 9th Anniversary concert! Returning to the center is a member of our DG Family: Singer/Songwriter Eric Roberson. We are also proud to welcome, accomplished pianist, Matthew Whitaker to the Ella Fitzgerald Theater stage! Tickets are $35 and are available below. 

For more information about Eric Roberson, click here!

About Matthew Whitaker

Born in 2001 in Hackensack, NJ, Matthew Whitaker grew up surrounded by music. His love for playing music first began at the young age of 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard.


At 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond—in its 80+ year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists.


Matthew has had years of music instruction, currently studying classical piano and drums at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School of the Lighthouse Guild in NYC. It is the only community music school for the blind and visually impaired in the US. He also attends the Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Jazz Program.


He previously studied at The Harlem School of the Arts and was a member of both the Jazz House Big Band and the Organ Messengers at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ.
Matthew has received the “Outstanding Soloist Award” from Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival and the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. He was also recognized by the Harlem International Film Festival, which named him “Most Remarkable Young Person on Screen.”
He’s already toured both here in the US and abroad, performing before The Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in NYC, and on other world renowned stages, including: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC; SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts & Ali Cultural Arts in Florida, and at international venues in France, Italy, Morocco, and Japan.


In 2010, Matthew was a winning participant in the “Child Stars of Tomorrow” competition, as part of Amateur Night at the Apollo. A year later, at just 10 years old, he was invited to perform at Stevie Wonder’s induction into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame. He returned to the Apollo for FOX TV’s revival of SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO in 2016, where he won the audience over with his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s classic “I Wish.” Among the many artists that inspire him, Matthew calls Stevie Wonder one of his musical heroes.
In January 2017, he was named one of the 17 people to watch in New Jersey by The Record, one of New Jersey’s largest newspapers.

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19th Annual EllaFest Concert Finale: Featuring Lizz Wright
Apr
22
8:00 PM20:00

19th Annual EllaFest Concert Finale: Featuring Lizz Wright

Lizz Wright is a vocalist and composer who synthesizes R&B, jazz, folk, blues, and gospel. In 2000,Wright joined the vocal quartet In the Spirit. The group was quickly hailed as the best jazz group in the city, which motivated Wright to hone her craft all the more. Two years later, the Verve label signed her as a solo artist. Her impressive singing style was captured on her 2003 debut, SaltDreaming Wide Awake, for which she shifted to Verve Forecast, followed in 2005. After making a guest appearance on the Toots Thielemans album One More for the Road in 2006, Wright released her third album, The Orchard, in 2008. In 2010, she returned with Fellowship, a gospel-heavy set that featured guest performances from kindred spirits Me'Shell Ndegéocello and vocalist Angélique Kidjo. After a move to Concord, she released Freedom & Surrender, in 2015. Her fifth album, it included versions of Nick Drake's "River Man" and Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody."

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Rhonda Ross
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

Rhonda Ross

Singer-songwriter, Rhonda Ross, is an international Social-Artist, who explores the social environment around her and her relationship to it - questioning constructions of race, gender, sexuality and spirituality through her lyrics. Her original music lives in the gap between jazz, funk and gospel while her lyrics delve into life's biggest questions and answers. From racism, sexism, and homophobia to the never-ending quest for self-love and deeper spirituality, Rhonda uses her music to ask “In the midst of THIS, how can we still be free?" 

Rhonda's music flows straight from her essence and her bright spirit uplifts everyone in the room. With a crown of natural hair, Rhonda graces the stage with the gravitas and glamour of a modern-day queen.  As the only child of Diana Ross and Motown Founder Berry Gordy, it has become evident that Rhonda not only has the talent, but the significance to carry on her parents’ legacy, all the while establishing her own unique musical destination.
 

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Deep River: The Marian Anderson Story Presented by the Virginia Opera
Jan
27
7:00 PM19:00

Deep River: The Marian Anderson Story Presented by the Virginia Opera

Virginia Opera celebrates Black History Month with a world premiere opera about Marian Anderson’s rise to fame among the world’s greatest concert artists - in spite of experiencing racial prejudice. Ms. Anderson was an important figure in the struggle for civil rights and met each barrier with courage, grace and determination.

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Ella's Place- The Unifics
Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

Ella's Place- The Unifics

An evening honoring the Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Celebration with a pop-up jazz club featuring The Unifics. 

In the company of great musicians who have risen from the Hampton Roads area to international acclaim, on January 22nd enjoy an evening with The Unifics. The Unifics remain a show-stopping soul group, whose legendary performances thrill crowds and leave following acts stunned with trepidation. Originally established at Howard University by musical aficionados, the late Al Johnson and Tom Fauntleroy, The Unifics continue to raise the bar with music and polished showmanship. With each show a lesson in musical history and professionalism, singers Charlie Lockhart and Garrett Hall round out the fine-tuned musical foursome. Prolific songwriters, their impressive catalog of published and unpublished songs are highly sought after in the industry.

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Songs For Janie: Featuring Tamara Wellons
Jan
21
7:00 PM19:00

Songs For Janie: Featuring Tamara Wellons

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Songs for Janie is inspired by Zora Neale Hurston's literary novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Tamara's music serves as a 21st Century epilogue to the 1937 story of womanhood, independence, and self-worth.

An inspired evening celebrating Zora Neale Hurston’s 125th birthday, 80th year of her famed novel.

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The Unifics in Concert - HR Twelve
Aug
19
8:00 PM20:00

The Unifics in Concert - HR Twelve

Newport News’ own Unifics return for another memorable gift to the community— The finale of the HR Twelve Series. Modo Entertainment and DGCAC present The Unifics, starring Garrett Hall, Charlie Lockhart, Ned Harris and Bruce Johnson.  With a tradition of perfect harmonies the evening will highlight a repertoire ranging from the original classics by Thomas Fauntleroy and the late Al Johnson to the best in old school R&B music.

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An Evening with Jon Bibbs
Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Jon Bibbs

In this unique multi-media musical presentation, Jon Bibbs will highlight the major African-American musical movements of the 20th century. From blues, to swing, to rhythm and blues, jazz, funk, hip-hop and many genres in between, Jon will bring to life the African-American musical story as only he can!

 

Produced by Jon Bibbs for HR Twelve

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Men of R&B
Jun
6
1:00 PM13:00

Men of R&B

Join us for our marquee concert event honoring African American Music Appreciation Month. Hear local artists perform old favorites and new music in the Ella Fitzgerald Theater. For more information, call 757-247-8950.

 

MASTER OF CEREMONIES - MICHAEL LEMELLE

Michael Anthony LeMelle is an American singer, Musical director, actor, producer, singer, composer, filmmaker, voice talent and entertainment entrepreneur. With more than 25 years of professional industry experience in television, stage, film and music, LeMelle has worked with such notable artists as: Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Spike Lee, BeBe Winans, Stephanie Mills, Melba Moore, Dawnn Lewis, Tony Terry, Tim & Daphne Reid, Shemar Moore, April Marcell, Crystal Sessoms, Terrance Afer-Anderson, Queen Esther Marrow and more.

 

ARTISTS

ROMONTA - Born and raised in Hampton, Virginia, Romonta Allen, an established R&B Crooner, discovered his niche in the world relatively early in life. Romonta first began his professional singing career with the formation of a gospel group while in High School. He toured the East coast with the group and further developed his skills as an entertainer. After performing within the local circuit, Romonta moved to New York City to pursue his dreams and earned a chance to compete with other artists in the world famous Apollo Theater. He also was a repeat performer on B.E.T.’s 106 & Park. From that experience, Romonta was presented the opportunity to be signed with an R&B group through Universal Records. Taking with him years of experience and determination to be successful, Romonta started a solo career. He currently has several CD’s and DVD’s circulating which contain original lyrics and footage based on his own life experiences.

DAMIAN SHELLMAN - Damian "Dame" Shellman, is a rising singer and songwriter, from Williamsburg Virginia. Born in the Bassment crew era, his early influences were Jodeci, Playa , Calvin Richardson and more. Damian began writing songs at 12 and recording at 14. He performed in the choir and talent showcases with dreams of growing into an international brand touring the world. He prides himself on being a hard working, humble R&B talent. There's a bright future ahead for Dame, like many other great artists who originated from the 757.

K’BANA BLAQ - K'bana Blaq aka TrapRock MisFit is an entertainer that has no limits. From Tv to stage to the big screen and even producing plays there is nothing he cannot do. K'bana is apart of one the hottest bands in Virginia called The Fuzz Band” and now he is embarking on his solo career. He will be embarking on his first tour called "Blind Faith" and taking his journey to the next level. Follow him today www.traprockmisfit.com

RASHARD SMALL - Rashard Small describes himself as Church boy, musician and singer. Everyone in his family does something with music. Rashard is grateful and thankful to God for his family and his abilities. Humbled sums it up.He is a soulful artist with a passion for music and he gives my production, music and artistry his all. He believes that creating music is more than just artistry.... it's a lifestyle!

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