RESULTS: 2024 Veer Music Awards

RESULTS: 2024 Veer Music Awards

(Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos scored three 2024 Veer Music Awards following a phenomenal year of touring, Billboard Blues album charting, and rave reviews nationwide for the album "Cheat The Devil.")   By Jeff Maisey Blues rockers Anthony Rosano & The...

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Norfolk Wood Shop Celebrates One Year in Business

Norfolk Wood Shop Celebrates One Year in Business

By Jim Roberts Opening a small, brick-and-mortar woodworking supply store in the age of Amazon and “big box” competition might not seem like the wisest business decision, but James Brooks is making it work. His Norfolk Wood Shop—located across the street from Elation...

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Growing Up with The Beatles

Growing Up with The Beatles

By Tom Robotham In December, 1963, my sister received a package from her “pen pal” in Scotland. Inside, was a 45 rpm record made exclusively for the “official fan club” of a band called The Beatles. Although Beatlemania had not yet come to America, and I was only 7 at...

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Amanda Knox: Still Clearing Her Name

Amanda Knox: Still Clearing Her Name

By Jeff Maisey Most Americans know the name Amanda Knox and her story of being a young woman studying abroad in Italy, and who’s British college roommate and friend was raped and murdered in their home.  Knox, in a highly publicized trial in an Italian court, made...

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VOTE! 2024 VEER MUSIC AWARDS!

VOTE! 2024 VEER MUSIC AWARDS!

As you can see below, 2023 was a sensational year for bands and musicians in the 757 region.  Voting is now live through January 21.   Note: Most of the categories required potential nominees to have released a single, EP, album, or music video in 2023. We also...

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Announcing 2024 Veer Music Awards Nominees

Announcing 2024 Veer Music Awards Nominees

As you can see below, 2023 was a sensational year for bands and musicians in the 757 region.  Voting will begin this week. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for announcement. Note: Most of the categories required potential nominees to have released a single, EP, album,...

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Music Video of the Year Nominees

Music Video of the Year Nominees

Below are the 2024 Veer Music Awards nominees for Music Video of the Year Celeste Kellogg, “Save a Dance For Me This Christmas”   tyler donavan, “Crescendo”   Magg Dylan, “GTFO”   Sunny Moonshine, “2Tone” featuring Lex Lucent   Jarrett Beeler,...

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Posed Photography Nominees: Veer Music Awards

Posed Photography Nominees: Veer Music Awards

Will Clarke: “Turncoat Syndicate” (Pictured above)   Pete Federico: “Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos” (below)   Robert Peck: “WOAH”   Michael Spencer: “Eight Inner Gates”   Wendy Woodell: “Barry Manilow’s Wardrobe”    Summer Lee: “Eight...

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Photography Live Nominees

Photography Live Nominees

The following are the nominees in the Live Photography category of the 2024 Veer Music Awards. Robert Peck: “Curtis Cowles and Brad Garrett from Buckshot performing at New Realm in Virginia Beach”(Pictured above) Jaybird: “The Lazy Dangers at Chicho’s Backstage” Pete...

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As Goode as it Gets

As Goode as it Gets

(The exterior is aglow with European charm. Photo by CPix Aperture.)  By Betsy DiJulio Gone are the pungent aromas of hay, manure, and gasoline.  But in their place, as of January 13, are faint whiffs of damp clay, oil paint, and linseed oil. Nestled into the...

Roberta Lea Poised For Greatness

Roberta Lea Poised For Greatness

By Jim Morrison While the COVID pandemic forced many artists into secluded hibernation, it provided Roberta Lea with the opportunity to venture down the path of a new career.   Lea, who dabbled in songwriting and played open mics since she was a teen two decades ago,...

Dialing-up A Thrilling Murder Mystery

Dialing-up A Thrilling Murder Mystery

(Michelle Liu Coughlin (pictured) and Daniel Domingues are making their Virginia Stage Company performance debuts in Dial M For Murder.)  By Jerome Langston “Well I make no apology for saying that I love this play. It’s a wonderful play. It’s a brilliant piece of...

Sanctuary Road: An Important American Opera

Sanctuary Road: An Important American Opera

(Composer Damien Geter) By Montague Gammon III An unsung hero of the Underground Railroad, which spirited enslaved African-Americans to havens safe from bondage in the years from the late 1700’ to the time of the Emancipation Proclamation, gets that unsung status...

COMEDY: Preachin’ to the Crowd

COMEDY: Preachin’ to the Crowd

By Jerome Langston The subject of comedian Preacher Lawson’s lengthy locs, comes up quite early in our recent phone chat. His hair is even alluded to in his most recent comedy tour name, Loc’d And Loaded, though I guess the tour name didn’t stick...as he quickly...

A Bobby Black Hat NYE

A Bobby Black Hat NYE

By Jeff Maisey Local blues legend Bobby Black Hat Walters shows no signs of slowing down. If anything, 2023 was one of his most prolific.  In addition to two sold-out concert events at Ferguson Center for the Arts, the singer/songwriter/harmonica player will squeeze...

The Local Nutcrackers

The Local Nutcrackers

(Ballet Virginia’s “Nutcracker” performance by professional dancers.) By Jeff Maisey In retail, many programs exist to “Buy Local” or “Shop Local During the Holidays.”  These promotional efforts advocate for supporting locally owned and operated business competing...

King’s Singers: A Christmas Wish Granted

King’s Singers: A Christmas Wish Granted

By Jeff Maisey Since the late 1960s, The King’s Singers — hailing from King’s College, Cambridge in England — have made Christmastime special by performing ancient carols from the Renaissance period and then later incorporating a diverse array of modern holiday season...

Going to the Dogs

Going to the Dogs

(DOGGONE GOOD: Larry Sauger and Karl Neumann have Pittie Dog Grill sizzlin’) By Marisa Marsey Since adopting a puppy last year, my ears prick up at any mention of the word “dog” as avidly as Sheepish, my Miniature Sheepadoodle, sniffs out squirrels. So when I heard...

Big Ugly Wins 2023 Golden Tap Award

Big Ugly Wins 2023 Golden Tap Award

Big Ugly Brewing won the 2023 Golden Tap Award in a region-wide competition where the tally was picked by readers and our committee of judges — including Diane Catanzaro, Chris Jones, Brian Koski, and Jen McDonald — provided expert analysis.  The 757 region craft...

VEER’s Golden Tap Awards & The Key to Lager Town

VEER’s Golden Tap Awards & The Key to Lager Town

By Jeremy Bender Who is the best brewery in Hampton Roads this year?  What are the finest IPAs, stouts, lagers, sours and pilsners? On Tuesday, December 5, VEER Magazine will present its 2023 Golden Tap Awards at Elation Brewing in Norfolk beginning at 6 PM.   The...

Stuff Their Stockings…And Yourself

Stuff Their Stockings…And Yourself

(FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Brian Brinson’s popular Lizard Café is the perfect lunch combo with Prince Books in downtown Norfolk.)   By Marisa Marsey Time for the holidays. Yay! Time for holiday shopping. Ugh! I love pretty much any festive tradition (more mistletoe, please)...

WINE REVIEWS: Reds To Splurge On

WINE REVIEWS: Reds To Splurge On

By Jeff Maisey I’m normally a $25-$50/bottle wine guy at home, but during the festive fall and holiday season this year I’ve splurged a bit, and the upgrades have been noticeable.  Moone Tsai Howell Mountain 2018 Red Blend  Napa Valley Lynn and I recently hosted a...

Restaurant Reverie

Restaurant Reverie

(Daily menu additions like this Roasted Red Pepper Bisque w/fried basil and smoked peppercorn have business booming for chef/owner Kevin Sharkey at 1608 Crafthouse in Virginia Beach.)   By Marisa Marsey Heading west on I-64 for a business meeting in Richmond last...

A Wine Education at Crystal Palate

A Wine Education at Crystal Palate

(Crystal Cameron-Schaad enjoys sharing an education in wine culture with patrons.)   By Jeff Maisey For the more sophisticated traveler, experiencing a destination through its culinary and winemaking culture is an essential ingredient in understanding the uniqueness...

Top Shelf Service

Top Shelf Service

(Annie Rostov) By Jeff Maisey Few industries seem to be as impacted coming out of the pandemic as the restaurant business.  While customers have returned to near pre-Covid numbers, restauranteurs in Hampton Roads and across the nation have seen their food costs and...

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