A weekend of live music, interactive workshops and open mics returns to downtown with the 2022 TasteBreakers Music Festival.
With headliner Violet Bell, the festival opens Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25.
“Hampton Roads has always been jam-packed with talent and each year we strive to represent all genres, but this is still just a small glimpse behind the curtain,” said Liz Terrell, Music and Community Series Producer. from The Z. “The doors to The Z are open and, as always, we are filled with the creativity of the Hampton Roads community.”
From Friday, festival-goers can take the stage in the free open mic showcase, then discover new song ideas at the ‘Songwriting Party’, hosted with guest artists.
“Inspiring creativity within our community is at the heart of The Z’s mission and the workshops are the best place to do it!” Terrell said. “There are three workshop experiences included in the TasteBreakers Music Festival program. Our songwriting evening will be a true hands-on experience for all skill sets, from beginners to experts.”
The Friday and Saturday festival events also see artists teaming up to create and elevate each other’s works in new ways.
“What I love most about some of the events at our TasteBreakers music festival is that they showcase our artists’ willingness to collaborate and support each other,” Terrell said. “You’ll see this best represented in the Songwriter Swap and The Z: Unplugged Showcase – you’ll definitely want to purchase an All-Access Pass to ensure you can come see both!”
The Songwriters Swap sees artists leave their creative imprints on each other’s works during an innovative concert, and “The Z: Unplugged” performances feature each singer/songwriter in a circle of songs backing themselves up and sharing stories. about their songs and their creative process.
Headlining duo Violet Bell closes the festival on the main stage at 8 p.m. with a full set. The regionally touring band blends the sounds of fiddle, guitar, banjo and harmonies to create an innovative twist on American music. Lizzy Ross, a native of Maryland, lends her soprano voice to the instrumentation and harmonies of the violin of Omar Ruiz-Lopez, born in Panama and raised in Puerto Rico. Together they draw on their different backgrounds to create a unique perspective on traditional roots music.
The TasteBreakers Music Festival runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 24 and from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. One-day passes for Friday or Saturday are $25, and an all-access pass for the full weekend is $35. . Tickets can be purchased online at TheZ.org/TasteBreakers2022 or by calling the box office at 757-499-0317.
Zeiders American Dream Theater is located at 4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Zeiders American Dream Theater is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.