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It would be a little much to call this region the seven cities that never sleep, but Hampton Roads has its moments.
For example, look at the concerts scheduled here for Wednesday. Itâs a diverse batch of big talent for the middle of the week.
Alice Cooper is the father of Kiss, GWAR and a thousand shock-rock bands in between. Alice Cooper was the name of the band, but lead singer Vincent Furnier adopted it in the mid-1970s as his own at the height of the groupâs popularity. In fact, he still pays royalties to the original band members for the professional use of the name. Besides revolutionizing rock through his theater of the bizarre, he delivered hits: âSchoolâs Out,â âElected,â âIâm Eighteen,â âNo More Mr. Nice Guy.â
Jason Isbell found success with the Drive-By Truckers in the early 2000s and is touring with his band of about eight years, the 400 Unit. His success has been more critical than commercial, but heâs a bona fide Americana-alt country star who won two Grammy awards in 2016 for best American roots song â â24 Frames,â and best Americana album â âSomething More Than Free.â
Jason Mraz, who is from Mechanicsville, Va., has as many Grammys as Isbell, but more hits, like âThe Remedy (I Wonât Worry),â âIâm Yoursâ and âI Wonât Give Up.â In a way, he seems the opposite of Alice Cooper. Mraz: smooth tenor; a T-shirt and an acoustic guitar; and a reputation for social activism and philanthropy. Cooper: a raspy growl; tattered womenâs clothing and a guillotine; and a reputation for destroying all that is holy and good. But they both have a knack for clever lyrics and memorable, pop-song hooks.
Thatâs a nice range of entertainment for a Hump Day, and Tuesday is nothing to sneeze at.
The NorVa will host Kishi Bashi, the multi-instrumentalist once described by a former colleague as âNorfolkâs indie-rock, orchestral pop hero.â The violinist was a founding member of the New York electronic rock band Jupiter One and toured with Athens, Ga., indie-rockers Of Montreal.
And Virginia Wesleyan College offers Red Priest, an internationally known baroque music âsupergroup.â The players show a flair that might make Alice Cooper smile as they perform classical works on recorder, violin, cello and harpsichord.
Choices like that â on a weeknight? Much better than remote-controlling from cop show to reality show and back again, even if it takes an extra cup of coffee to get rolling the next morning.
â Dan Duke
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