2023 VEER Music Awards Results

2023 VEER Music Awards Results

By Jeff Maisey On February 5, the City of Hampton presented the 2023 Veer Music Awards at The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery. The Honorable Mayor Donny Tuck of Hampton personally presented the first pair of awards — Best Smooth Jazz and Best Traditional Jazz —...

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16 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

16 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

  Compiled by Staff February marks Black History Month and we’ve compiled a checklist to help you fully enjoy celebrating through speaker forums, education, visual art, performing arts, and culinary art. A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virginia Symphony...

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Lessons from the Dojo

Lessons from the Dojo

  By Tom Robotham Recently, I finished watching the fifth season of Cobra Kai, the Netflix series that serves as a sequel to Karate Kid.  Its charm lies in its campiness—especially during the fight scenes, which are absurdly over the top. And yet, while I enjoyed...

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2023 Veer Music Awards Nominees Announced

2023 Veer Music Awards Nominees Announced

We are delighted to announce the nominees for the 2023 Veer Music Awards (see below). Online voting will begin this weekend at veermag.com  Each category will have a write-in option as it is inevitable some talented musician/band who released an album, EP, single or...

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Historic High Note for Symphony

Historic High Note for Symphony

Dr. Andrea F. Warren By Jeff Maisey On December 1, Dr. Andrea F. Warren became president and CEO of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Noteworthy is that Dr. Warren now has the distinction of being the first Black woman to head a significant symphony orchestra in...

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TRAVEL: A Weekend of London Pubs

TRAVEL: A Weekend of London Pubs

(Veer publisher Jeff Maisey enjoys a pint of Fuller’s London Pride outside The Red Lion.) By Jeff Maisey “Congratulations,” said John. “You’ve found the London pub where locals hang out.” I had bellied up to the bar at The Ship & Shovell, pardoned myself for the...

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Lessons from the Dojo

ESSAY: The Things I Carry

When my mom died, in 2015, I was faced with a decision—or rather, a multitude of decisions: what to retrieve from her house—my childhood home—and what to leave behind. Some decisions were relatively easy. I wished I could take her piano, which she taught me to play...

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2023 Virginia Arts Festival Announced

2023 Virginia Arts Festival Announced

Soprano Julia Bullock will be featured during the VAF’s co-commissioned “Five Freedom Songs” composed by Jessie Montgomery. Photo by Allison Michael Orenstein.    BY JEFF MAISEY Virginia Arts Festival’s magnificent 25th anniversary season might seem like a hard...

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ESSAY:Tangled Up in Blue 

ESSAY:Tangled Up in Blue 

NO EASY BEAT: Tom Robotham’s “backstage/all access pass” to the frontlines of NYC’s crime and fire scenes in the late 1970s.    By Tom Robotham Recently on Facebook, I saw a meme asserting that there’s no such thing as a good cop: they’re either dirty, clean but...

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Fall In Love with Fellow Travelers

Fall In Love with Fellow Travelers

  By Montague Gammon III Virginia Opera’s upcoming production of Fellow Travelers offers “exquisite music,” a profoundly moving love story, a bit of a history lesson, a local connection, and what just might be, in its emotionally accessible music and plot, a...

The Oaks & Elvira

The Oaks & Elvira

  By Jeff Maisey After 40 years, the hearts of fans who love legendary country/gospel crossover group The Oak Ridge Boys are still on fire for “Elvira,” the song that in 1981 became a platinum-seller and elevated the harmonic vocal group to superstardom.  “It...

Thrilling, Humorously Delightful 39 Steps

Thrilling, Humorously Delightful 39 Steps

Cast of 39 Steps. Samuel Flint Photography.   By Jerome Langston   “I make no apology for loving both a good comedy, and a good mystery,” says Mark Shanahan, with both a smile and an emphatic tone—following a day full of rehearsing the latest Virginia Stage...

Electric Bass Superstar’s Symphonic Lesson

Electric Bass Superstar’s Symphonic Lesson

By Montague Gammon III Virginia Symphony hosts one of the world’s greatest electric bass players, Newport News native, Denbigh High grad and former Busch Gardens teen instrumentalist, quintuple Grammy-winning Victor Wooten, to conclude a three piece program with his...

Ambient Music Showcase at The Z

Ambient Music Showcase at The Z

Matt Wallace performs, records, and composes as Crash Mosaic.   By Jeff Maisey During a conversation with Liz Terrell, program director at Zeiders American Dream Theater in Virginia Beach, I suggested a showcase of local, independent ambient music composers.  To...

MUSIC: Still Drivin’ N Cryin’

MUSIC: Still Drivin’ N Cryin’

By Jim Morrison By the time Kevn Kinney moved to Atlanta from Milwaukee in 1982 he was an old young man.  He'd been working since he was 16, hard labor, jobs most nobody else cared to do. In Georgia that was working as a form carpenter building sewage plants. For...

Top 5 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard albums of 2022

Top 5 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard albums of 2022

By Nate Sacks Australian Psych-rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard had yet another prolific year in terms of official album releases. The band previously released 5 albums in 2017, and now 5 years later they repeated the madness. There's plenty of smaller...

London Calling and Gourmandizing NEON 

London Calling and Gourmandizing NEON 

Artist Matthew McGuinness   By Betsy DiJulio Look beneath the surface of most community murals and there you will find a rich backstory—a stew if you will—of historical context and contemporary perspective.  The newest mural in Norfolk’s NEON district boasts that...

Alewerks Wins 2022 Golden Tap Award

Alewerks Wins 2022 Golden Tap Award

  By Jeff Maisey Alewerks Brewing Company was crowned the best brewery in the 757 this year when Veer Magazine presented its 2022 Golden Tap Awards at Elation Brewing in Norfolk. Alewerks, which was founded in 2006 by Chuck Haines, has a vast portfolio of...

757 Battle of the Beers Celebrates 10 Years in September

757 Battle of the Beers Celebrates 10 Years in September

By Jeff Maisey Over the last decade, craft beer festivals have come and gone in the Hampton Roads.   Today the 757 Battle of the Beers, celebrating its 10th anniversary on September 24, is the longest running beer event in the region.  The 757 Battle concept was...

RESTAURANT NEWS: A Gateway to India

RESTAURANT NEWS: A Gateway to India

  By Marisa Marsey Paul Chhabra, the civic-minded, seasoned restaurateur who’s been broadening Hampton Roadsters’ palates with biryanis, bharthas and basmati for over three decades, is pulsing with boyish energy early this morning as he pulls up in a U-Haul to a...

BEER: Crossing the Thin Brew Line 

BEER: Crossing the Thin Brew Line 

(Beer-tender Cara and Thin Brew Line’s new brewer, Raf Corredor. Photo by Chris Jones.) By Diane Catanzaro & Chris Jones There you are in Virginia Beach, looking for a place to get a libation, a sip of suds, a beer. You’d like something fresh, delicious, and...