‘I Played the Palace’ Is Great Variety Show

You too can say "I played the Palace."

You too can say “I played the Palace.”

August 5, 2014

The second annual Harbor for the Arts Festival August 1-17 includes live free entertainment in public spaces in Cape Charles.  Dance, music, art and theatre is being presented at the harbor, the park, Strawberry Street, and Mason Avenue. The festival includes an international dance workshop that will engage filmmakers, choreographers, and dancers.  


3 p.m. — Local Thespians at the Coffee House: The Cape Charles Players will be performing skits, reading poetry and entertaining you with their acting skills.

8 p.m. — I Played the Palace, Palace Theatre: Have you always dreamed of performing?  Your opportunity has arrived. A lighthearted and non-competitive evening at the Historic Palace Theatre where the talents of our neighbors and friends will be highlighted, all in good fun.  A variety of acts are welcome — singers, bands, actors and poets.  Bring your own equipment and props and we will provide the microphone to 10 performers.  Call 757 331-2787 to register.


6 p.m. — Heather and Nathan, Palace Theatre:  We couldn’t be more proud to present this talented duo Heather and Nathan! Heather and Nathan Travis are a Shore institution.  They can regularly be heard on WESR Radio. They are in high demand at Aqua in Kings Creek Marina and in other venues on the Eastern Shore.

8 p.m. — Classics and Crooners, Palace Theatre: With pianist/vocalist William Neill along with Caitlin Wynonna Messer.  Enjoy an evening in the 1940s art deco theatre while William and Caitlin  entertain with a selection of classical tunes and show tunes.  Delightful and emotional ballads complemented by lively Broadway hits, all presented in a cabaret setting.


7 p.m. —  Le Hot Club de Biglick, Shanty Restaurant, Town Harbor: In the 1930s, a style of music became popular known as “Gypsy Jazz.” This style of music was made famous by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli. Gypsy Jazz began with French musicians trying to emulate the jazz music coming out of America, while incorporating the gypsy influences that flavor their music. Today this music is kept alive by a group known as Le Hotclub de Biglick. The authentic gypsy sound is brought to the group by violinist Dan Adams of Bucovina (first chair violinist in national Philharmonic orchestras of Lautari, Doina Moldovei, and Balada).  Sponsored in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.


11 a.m. — Galapogas George, Barefoot Puppet Theatre, Cape Charles Library: Based on the true story of “Lonesome George,” this show tells the tale of a truly one-on-a-kind tortoise from the Galapagos Islands. Described by The Smithsonian as “an uplifting eco-fable,” this engaging theatrical piece shares an important lesson about man’s impact upon the environment. This show was funded in part by a grant from the Puppeteers of America Endowment Fund and was awarded an UNIMA Citation of Excellence in 2005. The Barefoot Puppets Theatre shows feature contemporary adaptations of world folktales, classic tales with a twist, myths, and works based on true stories. The scripts, puppets, music, and sets are all original. Program sponsored in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.  Space is limited.

7 p.m. — Okyerema Asante on Strawberry Street: Okyerema Asante is a renowned master percussionist and the music ambassador of Ghana. Asante is truly an African music legend, having worked with  world renowned musicians including Little Feet and Hugh Masekela. He has been on three world tours, once with Paul Simon on the Graceland tour and twice with Fleetwood Mac on the Behind the Mask and Tango in the Night tours. As a soloist and a one-man ensemble. Mr. Asante is a master drummer well known for performing all parts of a traditional five-person drum group by himself. He attaches percussion instruments to various parts of his body and simultaneously plays drums, a balafon, and many other instruments. He plays as many as 85 instruments in one performance. Coming from a family of drummers, Asante is an expert of traditional Ghanaian talking drums.

CLICK for additional information about performances during the Harbor for the Arts Festival.

WEDNESDAY 8/6: Sen. Kaine Staff at Town Hall

Senator Kaine’s office is holding “Kaine Connects” office hours across the Commonwealth so folks can meet with members of his staff, ask questions, and get assistance in their hometown. The next office hours are 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, at Cape Charles Town Hall (NOT the Civic Center). RSVP to [email protected].