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Programs Happening at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

 

FIRST FRIDAY’S Concert in the Courtyard Series is sponsored by Freedom Boat Club and Supporters of Portsmouth Public Art. On First Fridays, the Portsmouth Museums offer free admission to the concerts and exhibits.

Date:  May 6th

Day:  Friday

Times: 5pm-8pm

LocationPortsmouth Art & Cultural Center 

Target audience: All ages

First Friday's Concert: Chan Hall

Description: William “Chan” Hall is a smooth jazz recording artist based in Richmond, VA.  Hall has extensive training on keyboard and percussion instruments since age of 15.  He is influenced by the great Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin, and Joe Sample.  Chan has performed throughout the Eastern U.S. and has shared the stage with one of his idols, Herbie Hancock. 

Date:  June 3rd

Day:  Friday

Times: 5pm-8pm

LocationPortsmouth Art & Cultural Center 

Target audience: All ages

First Friday's Concert: The Portsmouth Jazz Experience featuring Vontrelle

Description:  The Portsmouth Jazz Experience brings great music to the local region one note at a time. This group wowed the audience in 2021, and we are looking forward to the return of Vontrelle’s amazing vocals, along with some of this area’s most talented musicians.

Date:  July 1st

Day:  Friday

Times: 5pm-8pm

LocationPortsmouth Art & Cultural Center 

Target audience: All ages

First Friday's Concert: Allen Hudson and the Halfmoons

Description

Allen Hudson and the Halfmoons bring great music to the local region.

Halfmoons:
Nate Levine • Guitar, Brian Slingerland • Drums
Elijah Jackson • Bass Guitar, Carlin Field • Keys
Jamie Anderson • Vocals, Jeena Anderson • Vocals

Date:  August 5th

Day:  Friday

Times: 5pm-8pm

LocationPortsmouth Art & Cultural Center 

Target audience: All ages

First Friday's Concert: Blue Cowbell

DescriptionBlue Cowbell features amazing blues, vocals, along with some of this area’s most talented musicians all in one place.

Date:  September 2nd 

Day:  Friday

Times: 5pm-8pm

LocationPortsmouth Art & Cultural Center 

Target audience: All ages

First Friday's Concert: The Wampler Brothers Band

Description

The 2022 First Friday Concerts in the Courtyard season presents the Wampler Brothers Band. The core band is Bill Wampler on mandolin and/or guitar, Mark Wampler on bass, John Westbrook on guitar and/or harmonica, Jerry Hopkins on guitar or mandolin and Jay Shenk on viola- and they all sing.

They play mostly a form of bluegrass. It’s not traditional bluegrass and not really contemporary bluegrass. They like to call it Swampgrass. They also play an acoustic set when They play some CSN or Jackson Browne etc.

Date:  October 7th 

Day:  Friday

Times: 5pm-8pm

LocationPortsmouth Art & Cultural Center 

Target audience: All ages

First Friday's Concert: Saint. Juliens Creek Revival

Description

VEER Award nominee in the Bluegrass/Americana category. Formed in 2016 out of Norfolk, VA, the members of Saint Juliens Creek Revival were brought together through the local bluegrass music picking circles. Recognizing a mutual love of traditional music and three-part harmony, they soon branched off to explore their own sound, and Saint Juliens Creek Revival was born.

The varied backgrounds of its members provide a unique combination of musical styles that is both contemporary and steeped in tradition, with influences ranging from Appalachian ballads to European gypsy jazz to Rock & Roll, performed with an upbeat, bluegrass-style implementation.

First Saturday's Morning Music

First Saturdays are courtesy of the Portsmouth Museums and City of Portsmouth. Admission is free and open to the public

Date:  April 30th

Day:  Saturday

Times: 10am- 12:00 noon

LocationPortsmouth Art & Cultural Center 

Target audience: All ages

First Saturday Morning Music: The Latin Jazz Conspiracy

Description:  Latin Jazz Conspiracy offers a variety of traditional and contemporary styles ranging from bolero, samba, cha-cha, salsa, bossa nova, and more.  These energetic, world-class musicians will power-up a dynamic performance that compliments the exhibit Soul Finger Project

Date:  May 7th

Day:  Saturday

Times: 10am- 12:00 noon

LocationPortsmouth Art & Cultural Center 

Target audience: All ages

First Saturday Morning Music: Creative Thunder Bantaba: The Music & Dance of Ghana and Guinea West African Rhythm & Dance Experience

Description: West African culture comes to life as Tidewater African Cultural Alliance and Atumpan Dance Theatre combine their collective skills in traditional West African music, song, and dance.  The performance is a passport to Ghana and Guinea West Africa, allowing visitors to travel to the Gold Coast and Niger River Valley on a flight of movement and music.  Visitors can join in the experience by learning traditional Ghanaian and Malinke dances while also becoming part of the percussion orchestra.

Date:  June 4th

Day:  Saturday

Times: 10am- 12:00 noon

LocationPortsmouth Art & Cultural Center 

Target audience: All ages

First Saturday Morning Music: The Rhythm Project All Stars Pan Drum Ensemble

Description: The Rhythm Project is a world percussion ensemble dedicated to nurturing self-esteem through individual, and cooperative achievement.  Founded in 1996, the program was started in Portsmouth, VA by the Virginia Arts Festival.  The All-Stars, 2009, 2010, and 2019 are Virginia International PANFest Grand Champions have earned international acclaim and collaborated with many prominent artists. 

Date:  June 11th

Day:  Saturday

Times: 10am- 12:00 noon

LocationPortsmouth Art & Cultural Center 

Target audience: All ages

Saturday Morning Music: Lena Klett, live with voice and guitar

Description: Local singer-songwriter Lena Klett, recognized by her soulful sound, composes unique blends of folk-rock, blues, jam and reggae, and is often compared to great artists such as Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and Susan Tedeschi. 

Yoga at the Courtyard

Date: Every Saturday until November 20th,

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00

Location: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

Target audience: All Ages

Bring your mat and join us for Yoga in the Courtyard every Saturday through October from 9 to 10 am. Donations accepted. Sign up at Roaming Yoga VA.

Origami Ornaments

Date: Friday, November 26th, December 3rd & 10th, 2021

Time: 3:30 pm – 7:30pm

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

Target audience: Ages 12+

Capture the essence of holiday icons using simple paper-folding methods to render Santa ornaments, wreaths, dreidels, and other seasonal imagery.  These techniques will be taught by Rich Gray –an expert in this traditional Japanese art form, which began as a form of greeting card.  Origami decorations can festoon the home and make great additions to packages and presents.

Painted Glass Ornaments

Date: Saturday, December 4th & 11th, 2021

Time: 3:30 pm – 7:30pm

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

Target audience: Ages 12+

Painted Glass

To highlight the season’s first few weeks, Winter Wonderland ticket holders can partake in an activity where they paint on glass.  The glass ornaments offer a unique and eye-catching surface onto which participants can color their own designs using a special paints that adhere to the smooth glass surface.

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The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.

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