The Hermitage Museum is closing out its Sunsets on the River concert series with a bang in two weeks with a finale concert headlined by local favorites, The Hot Gumbo Brass Band.
Formed in 2012 from members of IC Norcom’s high school band and later NSU graduates, the Norfolk-based group has been making moves up and down the east coast with engagements in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York. The group is built around a dynamic horn section led by band leader/trombonist Fredrick Williams and grounded by a funky rhythm section. While they’re often seen playing churches, Memorial Day parades, and weddings, the group makes a point to play many charitable events supporting causes they believe in.
The band made minor headlines a few years back when a few of its members, stuck in a horrible traffic jam on I-64, decided to break out the instruments to entertain their fellow trapped wayfarers. An oft heard rallying cry at their shows? “If you like to taste good music, let me hear you say, “YEA!””
They’ll be backed up by another locally based group — The Janks. Headed by Norfolk’s own ghost of cool, Ronnie Talman, this band is oft described as Orlean’s flavored 1930 style “Gypsy Jazz.” These two groups seem to playing together more and more over the past year. As a musical combo, you’ll likely find your feet tappin’ throughout the evening to the kinds of sounds that you can’t just go anywhere to hear.
As an added bonus, the Hermitage will be keeping the event open until 10PM as they finish up the season on August 3rd.
The Hermitage Museum’s summer concert series has been in service of their acclaimed “The Art of Burning Man” exhibit, which is billed as the first ever museum exhibition dedicated to the art of the eponymous event held annually in the Nevada desert. The exhibit features art from seven of Burning Man’s artist teams: Michael Garlington, Charles Gadeken, James Peterson, Bree Hylkema and Sean Orlando of Five Ton Crane, Kirsten Berg, Gregg Fleishman, and Christopher Schardt.
While The Art of the Burning Man’s installation is being held in tandem with Sunsets on the River’s finale, the exhibition will continue throughout the fall culminating in a mid-October closing party.
This final Sunset on the River event will feature a cash bar with craft beer and wine alongside a variety of food vendors including the famed Bro’s Fish Tacos. Gates will open at 5:30 and the music will start at 6 o’clock. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and food. Dog are allowed if they’re well behaved and kept on a leash. Museum Members and children under 5 get in free, and tickets for non-members are just $12.00.
Sunsets on the River: Janks, Hot Gumbo Brass Band + DJ Canrock takes place August 3rd at 6pm. For more info, here is the event on Facebook.
Sunsets on the River: BJ Griffin and the Galaxy Groove takes place tonight, July 20th, at 6pm. For more info, here is that event on Facebook.
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Join The Hermitage every other Thursday through August 3 for the best party of the summer. Relax on the shoreline and hear live music from the region’s hottest bands.
Enjoy drinks from their cash bar featuring craft beer and wine and grab dinner from a variety of food vendors including our premier food truck, Bro’s Fish Tacos. Our summer exhibit, The Art of Burning Man, will be on view. For more about Sunsets on the River, click here.