Celebrate the 4th of July at Stars & Stripes Explosion the Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Featuring the Revolution – The Beatles Tribute, Bruce in the USA Bruce Springsteen Tribute Show, Firefall, Symphonicity, the Virginia Beach Chorale, and FIREWORKS!
June 25, 2007
Virginia Beach, VA – We’re throwing a star-spangled celebration on the Virginia Beach oceanfront at Stars & Stripes Explosion Wednesday, July 4, 2007! Inspiring concerts, rock performances, tribute bands, fireworks, and more will be featured at this annual Hampton Roads “family tradition” held on Independence Day!
A stage built right on the beach at 20th Street becomes the focal point for a rousing concert by Symphonicity (the symphony orchestra of Virginia Beach, conducted by David S. Kunkel), and the Virginia Beach Chorale (under the direction of Lou Sawyer). Almost 80 musicians – all volunteers – play with Symphonicity. Combined with the Virginia Beach Chorale, the program will include patriotic, Broadway, and classical selections. The concert begins at 8:00pm.
Concluding the concert on the beach will be the annual oceanfront fireworks extravaganza, launched from a barge off of 20th Street. This fireworks presentation, featuring a blaze of color and light, may be viewed anywhere along the boardwalk at the conclusion of the concert (9:30pm).
At the Beachstreet Starfish Pavilion at 17th Street (17th Street Park), rock to the sounds of “Revolution – The Beatles Tribute” from 7:00pm-8:00pm and 10:00pm-11:00pm. “Revolution – The Beatles Tribute” is the leading worldwide touring show that captures the Beatles with authentic instruments, costumes, amazing visual impact, and a sound and excitement that can only be described as “incredible!” The four man group of Beatles impersonators delivers a concert that takes the audience on a journey through time, traveling through the 60’s. The concert showcases the Beatles’ greatest hits, featuring music from their historic appearances on the Ed Sullivan show and before the Queen of England, to favorites from movies like “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help,” to tracks from groundbreaking albums like “Abbey Road.” The show offers a great chance to relive – or to be introduced to – the music of one of the greatest rock & roll groups of all time!
Country rock band Firefall will perform at the Beachstreet Seaside Palladium at 24th Street (24th Street Park) from 8:45pm-9:30pm and 10:00pm-11:00pm, with the 24 Seven Band at 7:30pm. Formed in Colorado in the mid 70’s, Firefall’s biggest hit was “You Are the Woman.” Other notable songs recorded by Firefall included “Just Remember I Love You,” “Strange Way,” and “Staying with It.”
The “Bruce in the USA” Bruce Springsteen tribute show takes the stage at Neptune’s Park (31st Street) from 8:00pm-9:00pm and 9:45pm-10:45pm. Not just another tribute show, “Bruce in the USA” is a high-energy musical experience that is a note-perfect and visually-accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen and E. Street Band show. The “Bruce in the USA” show originated in Las Vegas and has been met with critical acclaim, even by the toughest critics!
All performances are FREE and open to the public.
For more information on Stars & Stripes Explosion, call 491-SUNN or visit www.BeachStreetUSA.com.
Stars & Stripes Explosion is sponsored by Budweiser, BOB FM, City of Virginia Beach, WNIS, 96X, Live Nation, and Beachevents.
17th Street Park (Beachstreet Starfish Pavilion at 17th Street):
7:00pm-8:00pm and 10:00pm-11:00pm, “REVOLUTION - THE BEATLES TRIBUTE”
20th Street Stage on the Beach:
8:00pm-9:30pm, SYMPHONICITY (the symphony orchestra of Virginia Beach, conducted by David S. Kunkel) and VIRGINIA BEACH CHORALE (Under the direction of Lou Sawyer)
24th Street Park (Beachstreet Seaside Palladium at 24th Street):
7:30pm-8:15pm, 24 SEVEN BAND
8:45pm-9:30pm and 10:00pm-11:00pm, FIREFALL
31st Street Park (Neptune’s Park):
8:00pm-9:00pm and 9:45pm-10:45pm, “BRUCE IN THE USA” BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TRIBUTE SHOW
SALTIMBANCO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NORFOLK
At the Scope Arena
From October 3 to October 7
Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco will debut at the Scope Arena on October 3, where it will be presented until October 7.
This summer, after 14 years of touring the world with its big top and playing to more than 9.5 million spectators, Saltimbanco is embarking on a tour of more than 40 arenas across Canada and the United States. The new tour model will allow Cirque du Soleil to bring its shows to cities unable to host a big top, allowing more people than ever a chance to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town.
Saltimbanco—from the Italian “saltare in banco,” which literally means “to jump on a bench”—explores the urban experience in all its myriad forms: the people who live there, their idiosyncrasies and likenesses, families and groups, the hustle and bustle of the street and the towering heights of skyscrapers. Between whirlwind and lull, prowess and poetry, Saltimbanco takes spectators on an allegorical and acrobatic journey into the heart of the city.
Saltimbanco is a characteristic Cirque du Soleil show inspired by the urban fabric of the metropolis and its colorful inhabitants. Decidedly baroque in its visual vocabulary, the show’s eclectic cast of characters draws spectators into a fanciful, dreamlike world, an imaginary city where diversity is a cause for hope.
The production features 47 artists, about 15 of whom were a part of the show’s last big top tour. The cast hails from Canada and 14 other countries.
An intimate arena setting
Restaging the show for the arena required a number of modifications. The stage on which the artists perform was raised, and the sound and lighting were adjusted to reflect the venue’s size and the stage’s different position within it. Saltimbanco can now be presented to 4,000 to 5,000 spectators every night with the same feeling of intimacy as under the big top.
The North American tour
London (Ont.) – John Labatt Centre July 31, Aug. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2007
Ottawa (Ont.) – Scotia Bank Place Aug. 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2007
Halifax (N.S.) – Metro Centre Aug. 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2007
St. John’s (Nfld.) – Mile One Centre Aug. 23, 24, 25 and 26, 2007
St. John (N.B.) – Harbour Centre Aug. 30 and 31, Sept. 1 and 2, 2007
Syracuse (NY) – War Memorial at Oncenter Sept. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2007
Wilkes-Barre (PA) – Wachovia Arena Sept. 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, 2007
Greensboro (NC) – Greensboro Coliseum Sept. 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2007
State College (PA) – Bryce-Jordan Center Sept. 26, 26, 28, 29 and 30, 2007
Norfolk (VA) – Scope Arena Oct. 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, 2007
East Lansing (MI) – Breslin Events Center Oct. 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2007
Peoria (IL) – Civic Center Oct. 17 and 18, 2007
Louisville (KY) – Freedom Hall Oct. 20 and 21, 2007
Green Bay (WI) – Resch Center Nov. 7 and 8, 2007
Champaign (IL) – Assembly Hall Nov. 10, 2007
Portland (ME) – Cumberland County Civic Center Nov. 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2007
Dayton (OH) – Nutter Center Nov. 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25, 2007
Huntington (WV) – Big Sandy Superstore Arena Nov. 27 and 28, 2007
Pikeville (KY) – E. Kentucky Expo Dec. 1 and 2, 2007
Amherst (MA) – Mullins Center Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2007
Manchester (NH) – Verizon Wireless Arena Dec. 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, 2007
How to purchase tickets
Tickets for the Norfolk performances are available at the Scope Arena box office, or can be purchased by the local Ticketmaster at 757-671-8100 or by Internet at www.cirquedusoleil.com.
iShares® is the presenting sponsor of the 2007 U.S. arena tour of Saltimbanco. CGI, American Express and Delta Air Lines are the official sponsors.
Cirque du Soleil
From the 20 or so performers that the company featured when it all began in 1984, Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil has become a leading provider of quality entertainment with over 3,500 employees, including 900 artists, from 40 different countries.
Cirque du Soleil has thrilled nearly 60 million spectators in over 100 cities on five continents. In 2007, the organization will be presenting 15 shows simultaneously around the world. Cirque du Soleil has received such prestigious awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux, Félix and Rose d’or de Montreux. Its International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.
More information on Cirque du Soleil is available at www.cirquedusoleil.com.
Fri, May 25 Amy LaVere (featuring members of BR-549, Afghan Whigs, Leonard Cohen) 9pm - $6 advance
Sat, May 26 Dubconscious w/Session Rockers (dub/reggae) 9pm - $8 advance
Sun, May 27 Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers w/Chris Trapper (rock) 9pm - $10 advance
Tue, May 29 The Damnwells & Ari Hest w/ Julian Velard (rock) 8pm - $10 advance
Thu, May 31 Joe Bonamassa w/guest (blues) 8pm - $23 advance
Fri, Jun 1 Sons of Bill (alt. country) 9pm - $5 advance
Sat, Jun 2 The Bomb Squad w/ guest (funk) 9pm - $8 advance
Wed, Jun 6 Enter the Haggis (celtic/rock) 9pm - $8 advance
Thu, Jun 7 No Friends 10 Year Anniversary Movie w/Freedom Hawk (rock) 8pm - $5
Sat, Jun 9 Nick Moss & the Flip Tops (blues) 9pm - $12 advance
Mon, Jun 11 Tim Barry of Avail w/Josh Small & The Wading Girl (acoustic) 8pm - $7 advance
Wed, Jun 13 The Eclective Collective w/Solo’s Unit (funk) 9pm - $5 advance
Fri, Jun 15 Kate Starr Band w/ Man In Grey (indie/rock) 9pm - $8 advance
Sat, Jun 16 Bobby Parker (blues) 9pm - $12 advance
Thu, Jun 21 Tyrone Vaughn (blues- nephew of Stevie Ray Vaughn & son of Jimmie Vaughn) 9pm $10 adv
Fri, Jun 22 Electric Frankenstein (rock) 9pm - $12 advance
Sat, Jun 23 Barefoot Manner w/Existor (bluegrass/electronica) 9pm - $7 advance
Wed, Jun 27 The Indobox (electronica) 9pm - $5 advance
Thu, Jun 28 Joe Gosman (rock) 9pm - $5 advance
Sat, Jun 30 Pato Banton & the Mystic Roots Band w/Jesse Chong Band (reggae) 9pm - $20 advance
Wed, Jul 4 Jason " Lefty" Williams (rock) 10pm - $5 advance
Fri, Jul 6 The Hackensaw Boys (bluegrass) 9pm - $12 advance
Sat, Jul 14 The Clarks (pop/rock) 9pm - $15 advance
Thu, Jul 19 The Bridge (rock.funk) 9pm - $5 advance
Fri, Jul 20 Albert Cummings (blues) 9pm - $12 advance
Sat, Jul 21 Soldiers of Jah Army w/ Fear Nuttin’ Band (reggae) 9pm - $17 advance
FRI 1-Jun LUCY BONILLA BLUES
SAT 2-Jun LUCY BONILLA
TUES 5-Jun FETHERSTON/LUCAS ACOUSTIC
WED 6-Jun RYTHMASTERS JAZZ
THURS 7-Jun SHORE LEAVE JAZZ
FRI 8-Jun MONKEY FINGER CLASSIC ROCK
SAT 9-Jun MONKEY FINGER CLASSIC ROCK
TUES 12-Jun CHRIS GRIGG SOLO ACOUSTIC
WED 13-Jun CHICAGO CY BLUES/INDIE ROCK
THURS 14-Jun JANGLING REINHARTS ROCK/INDIE ROCK
FRI 15-Jun BURN DOWN FALCON CLASSIC ROCK
SAT 16-Jun CASHMERE JUNGLE LORDS SURF ROCK
TUES 19-Jun FETHERSTON/TILLER ACOUSTIC DUO
WED 20-Jun THE JOHN FETHERSTON BAND LIGHT ROCK
THURS 21-Jun THE DIXIE POWER TRIO BLUES/ZYDECO
FRI 22-Jun JANET MARTIN BAND BLUES/ROCK
SAT 23-Jun JANET MARTIN BAND BLUES/ROCK
TUES 26-Jun CHRIS GRIGG SOLO ACOUSTIC
WED 27-Jun MERCY CREEK EARTHY EDGY ROCK
THURS 28-Jun THIRD WAVE JAZZ/SURF
FRI 29-Jun MO DEBREE BLUES
SAT 30-Jun MO DEBREE BLUES
ST. LOUIS (May 24, 2007) – As summer quickly approaches and warm weather moves in, adults everywhere can look forward to enjoying one of Anheuser-Busch’s specialty, seasonal beers while relaxing in the sun. Now available for the first time in bottles, Beach Bum Blonde Ale, an all-malt, traditional American blonde ale, is just the thing to refresh beach bums traveling to the coastline or those who prefer to stay home, to sip poolside.
The blonde ale, which draws its deep golden color from a choice selection of pale and caramel roasted barley malt, is brewed with imported Alsace and Hallertau hops, as well as Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest. Using a dry-hopping technique, hops are not only added to the brew kettle, but also included in the aging tank, giving the specialty beer its distinct and pronounced hop aroma.
“We’re once again very excited to bring adults such a refreshing, easy-to-drink brew for adults to enjoy this summer,” said Florian Kuplent, brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. “Whether you’re enjoying Beach Bum Blonde Ale on draught at your favorite restaurant or by the bottle at home in the backyard, the pleasant hop aroma and slightly spicy and malty taste make this beer the perfect match for the hot summer months.”
Following its availability in draught last summer, Beach Bum Blonde Ale was awarded a bronze medal in the blonde ale category at the 2006 North American Beer Awards. Adults nationwide will be able to enjoy this summer seasonal again on draught at their favorite bar or restaurant until September and for the first time this year, they will also be able to savor it at home or on the beach in 12-ounce bottles available at grocery and convenience stores.
Beach Bum Blonde Ale’s slight malty sweetness makes it a delicious complement to summertime fare, including barbecue dishes, fresh salads and fish. To best showcase its deep, golden color, pour and enjoy this seasonal ale in a pub-style glass.
At 5.4 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), Beach Bum Blonde Ale is brewed at Anheuser-Busch’s Fort Collins, Colo., brewery. It is the fourth offering in Anheuser‑Busch’s series of seasonal beers, which includes Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale, Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale and Spring Heat Spiced Wheat.
Beach Music Weekend
To Fill the Virginia Beach Oceanfront
With the Sounds of the Oldies!
Thursday-Sunday, May 16-20, 2007
On the Beach at 29th Street
May 9, 2007
Virginia Beach, VA –Celebrate the popularity of “Beach Music” at this weekend of fun in the sun and dancing under the stars! Virginia Beach becomes the Beach Music “capital” of the East Coast, hosting the most popular oldies bands for a jam-packed rockin’ and rollin’ party. This year’s headliners include the Band of Oz, Bill Deal’s Rhondels, the Craig Woolard Band, the TAMS, and the Embers.
After 27 years of performing with The Embers as lead singer, Craig Woolard is now on his own! Woolard has appeared on stage with The Four Tops, The Temptations, the Beach Boys, Percy Sledge, and Alabama. His music has been heard from the Caribbean to New York, to California, Chicago, Atlantic City, and as far away as Hawaii and Europe. On May 7, 2005, Woolard was invited to sing the National Anthem at the Darlington Dodge 500 in front of 120,000 race car fans and a national television audience. Craig Woolard hits the 29th Street beach stage on Sunday, May 20, 1:00pm-3:15pm.
The Embers, performing from 4:00pm-6:15pm on Sunday, May 20, are one of the “tightest” and most entertaining bands performing today! They’ve opened for The Rolling Stones, played at the Olympics, and performed at President Clinton’s inauguration. Since the 1950’s The Embers have mixed rhythm and blues with heart and soul as ambassadors for Beach Music!
Also appearing at this year’s Beach Music Weekend are Main Event, Coastline Band, and The Entertainers. All performances are at the 29th Street Stage on the beach, and are free to the public.
An additional event is the opening night Kick-Off Party Wednesday, May 16, at Steppin’ Out in the Hilltop Shopping Center area of Virginia Beach. This celebration, featuring Main Event and DJ Larry Williams, is a ticketed event, and begins at 8:00pm. Tickets will be available at the door for $6.
Beach Music Weekend, presented by The Oceanfront Inn, is sponsored by the City of Virginia Beach, Budweiser, GEICO, Beachevents, and Live Nation.
For more information, call 757-491-SUNN or visit www.BeachStreetUSA.com.
Wednesday May 16, 2007
8:00pm-Midnight Kick-off party at Steppin’ Out (Hilltop Shopping Center) with Main Event and DJ Larry Williams
Thursday May 17, 2007
7:30pm-10:00pm Band of Oz
Friday, May 18, 2007
7:30pm-10:00pm Bill Deal’s Rhondels
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Noon-3:15pm Coastline Band
3:45pm-7:00pm The Entertainers
7:30pm-10:45pm The Tams
Sunday, May 20, 2007
1:00pm-3:15pm Craig Woolard Band
4:00pm-6:15pm The Embers