Small City, Big Talent
Local Concert Venues Bring Big Name Talent
The NorVa, Norfolk’s legendary concert venue, will be welcoming more big name musicians in upcoming months.
Throughout April and May, The NorVa will welcome artists like southern rock group, Gov’t Mule, rapper and self-proclaimed “Trap God,” Gucci Mane. The concert venue will also welcome the alternative rock group Silversun Pickups, the Grammy nominated and internationally known grunge, alternative rock group Alice in Chains and indie rock band The Shins. Indie rock folk band Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros will kick off summer with a bang as they perform on June 21.
Since its rebranding and reopening in 2000, The NorVa has become a must stop for musicians of various statues. The music venue has welcomed an endless list of artists such as James Brown, Prince, The Flaming Lips, Never Shout Never, Paramore, The Roots and Lupe Fiasco. The NorVa was also named one of the top five rock venues by Rolling Stone magazine in 2005.
The NorVa has become a destination venue because of its top-notch V-DOSC sound system and acoustical padding throughout the walls. The music venue’s stage area also features extensive utilities for special effects. In addition to the top-notch sound system, The NorVa is also known for accommodating visiting artists well. Backstage at The NorVa, artists can find an array of amenities such as in-house catering, laundry facilities, pool tables, leather couches and multiple dressing rooms.
As populations at surrounding universities and cities have increased, The NorVa has been able to maintain its status as a premier music venue.
Another Hampton Roads staple, The Jewish Mother, will also host a variety of concerts throughout the upcoming seasons.
In April, The Jewish Mother Hilltop will once again collaborate with Richmond based student hip-hop organization, SHHO, and will welcome underground rappers Tiron & Ayomari, Blu and Nickelus F, who is a Virginia native. The restaurant and venue will also welcome the Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist Tim Reynolds and the Virginia based group The Pietasters.
The Jewish Mother was established in 1974 in Virginia Beach. During that time, The Jewish Mother was the only place of its kind as it doubled as a New York style deli and a live music venue. Since its opening, The Jewish Mother has found a new location in the Hilltop area and has opened a second location in Norfolk, known as The Jewish Mother Backstage.
Both Jewish Mother locations are known throughout the Hampton Roads area for its extensive menu and support of local and national musicians. In addition to bringing numerous high-profile artists to the area, The Jewish Mother is home to monthly events like Commonwealth Fresh Fridays.
The NorVa and The Jewish Mother have become staples within the Hampton Roads area. Gaining recognition nationally, they continue to be two main attractions.
For more information about upcoming concerts and restaurant information, visit thejewishmother.com or thenorva.com.
By: Dominique Bailey
Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor