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Posted on: June 21, 2021

The Bobby BlackHat Band returns on August 18, 6-8 pm!

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"You never know what's gonna Happen at a Bobby BlackHat Show!"
Don't miss the long-awaited return of Hampton Roads' prolific songwriting bluesman Bobby BlackHat and his fine ensemble of musicians. A harmonica player for over 40 years, Bobby BlackHat blends the influences of Chicago, Memphis, Piedmont, and Delta style blues along with a little Gospel into a toe tappin’, finger poppin’, hip shakin’ blues experience.  

This multi-award winning blues artist has opened for such musical legends as B.B King, Taj Mahal, and Steady Rollin Bob Margolin and has performed with Kenny Neal, Jackie Scott, Bill Deal and the Rhondels, Jason Ricci, Eddie Shaw,  Ruthie Foster,  Slam Allen, Tas Cru,  Mick Kolassa, and Memphis Gold.

Bobby BlackHat Band is Bobby “BlackHat” Walters, on harmonica and vocals; Tom Euler on guitar and vocals; Brian Eubanks on bass; Michael Behlmar on drums; and Lucy Lawrence Kilpatrick on keyboards. Bobby BlackHat.com

The museum’s lectures and concerts are free to museum members, $5 for non-members. Admission is at the door only. There are no advanced ticket sales. Reservations are not required. Seating is first-come, first served. Not yet a member? Join today and save!

Next in the series:

BWJWednesday, September 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Brackish Water Jamboree
Known for an eclectic mix of foot-stomping bluegrass, old-time folk and classic Americana featuring Dobro, fiddle, clawhammer banjo, upright bass, and even a washboard, Brackish Water Jamboree performs all original music (and a few staple standards) that echo classic country, upbeat Appalachian fiddle tunes, ragtime blues, the Bakersfield sound, and more.

SQUARE MSG 1Wednesday, October 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – MSG Acoustic Blues Trio
An M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio concert is not just a performance; it is a complete emotional journey from joy to tears. It's an event where everyone can participate and share in the celebration of life.

M.S.G. is a roots-infused, Piedmont-steeped, yet thoroughly up-to-date group of widely and deeply talented musicians: Jackie Merritt, harmonica, guitar and bones; Miles Spicer, guitar; and Resa Gibbs, lead vocalist and percussionist. Their repertoire includes originals, traditional blues, gospel and ragtime tunes, as well as a number of surprising covers.

SQUARE P1040238 aWednesday, November 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Jacob Vanko
Singer/songwriter Jacob Vanko will released his first full-length album, “Ten Years,” with his band at the Hampton History Museum in September 2019. In describing his writing, Vanko says, “The songs are all derived from personal life stories, people who have been a big part of my life and people I briefly crossed paths with. These songs are like chapters of one book out of a 10 book series. Some are just written from the perspective of a third party fly on the wall watching a small slice of middle class life unfold. Some are built from feelings of redemption and ambition. Others poured out in the middle of a quiet, lonely night.”  

Tornado Bait Square REDUCEDWednesday, December 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Tornado Bait Christmas Spectacular
Back for their fourth year presenting their seasonal offering of mirth and merriment, the irrepressible Msesippi and her merry band of alt country “grunge-grass” elves of are cooking up a musical treat featuring guest artists and other entertainment sure to get you in the holiday spirit! 

Hampton History Museum
Held in the museum’s Great Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, the “Front Porch” Music Series presents different genres of music that have shaped the American soundscape and influenced talent in Hampton Roads’ vibrant music scene. Admission is free to museum members, $5 for non-members. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Seating and capacity are limited. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Hampton History Museum

The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is plenty of free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information, call 757-727-1102 or visit www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

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