The Dewey Decibel Concert Series returns to Williamsburg Regional Library kicking off its 20th anniversary season in style with Americana Groove Project, Jae Sinnett’s latest soulful and very funky musical venture
The Dewey Decibel Concert series returns this winter for its 20th year, lighting up the Williamsburg Library Theatre stage with an eclectic mix of popular jazz, folk, bluegrass, Americana, and classical music acts. All shows take place at the Williamsburg Library Theatre, and this year’s schedule includes a mixture of free and ticketed performances.
With the generous support of the Friends of WRL Foundation, all shows will be priced at $5.00. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
2019 Schedule At A Glance
09/13/19 — Americana Groove Project
09/14/19 — Americana Groove Project
09/20/19 — North Sea Gas
10/19/19 — Frank Vignola’s Hot Jazz Guitar Trio
10/29/19 — Virginia Opera
11/03/19 — Charm City Junction
11/21/19 — Ford’s Colony Dance Band
12/03/19 — Peninsula Concert Band: Holiday Concert
12/19/19 — LCV Project: An Acoustic Christmas
Though the series as we know it today launched in 1999, live music has been a library staple since the 1970s. It wasn’t until a visiting musical act, Eddie from Ohio, coined the phrase “Dewey Decibel” (a pun on the well-known library classification system, Dewey Decimal) that the series was re-branded with the name we all know and love today.
Since its inception, the Dewey Decibel Concert series has always been focused on bringing high caliber local, regional, and national musicians to Williamsburg Regional Library. This fall’s season is no exception, with a line-up that spans diverse genres including jazz, folk, bluegrass, and big band. The fun kicks off with back-to-back shows from Americana Groove Project, legendary jazz drummer (and longtime Dewey staple) Jae Sinnett’s latest soulful and very funky musical venture. For these shows Jae steps out from behind the drums and up to the mic, backed by his multi-genre band playing everything from blues to soul to rock to funk to jazz fusion. He will be joined by guitarist Jay Rakes, bassist Terry Burrell, keyboardist Weldon Hill, drummer Cody Thornton, and vocalist Brittany Burrell. The shows will take place September 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Williamsburg Library Theatre.
An exciting mix of returning favorite and new-to-WRL musical acts make up the rest of the season’s line-up, including North Sea Gas, Frank Vignola’s Hot Jazz Guitar Trio, Runaway String Band, Cary Street Ramblers, and Charm City Junction. Jae Sinnett will also return for a special holiday show in December — a first from him in this series. Though the quality of the musical acts and the venue has remained consistent across the years, one thing has changed. Concert goers can now enjoy these exceptional shows for a flat $5 price for all ticketed performances.
This relatively recent initiative, underwritten by a grant from the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library, has made the series more accessible than ever before (and members of the Friends can enjoy an even further discounted rate of $4 a ticket).
The slate of ticketed shows is complemented by several free shows throughout the season, including Virginia Opera, Ford’s Colony Dance Band, Peninsula Concert Band, and LCV Project. “It is exciting to be celebrating the 20th year of the Dewey Decibel Concert Series,” said Rob Haas, WRL’s program services director. “The series has a long history of presenting world class musicians, including Tommy Emmanuel, Leon Russell, Mike Seeger, and many more.
This fall’s line-up carries on that tradition. We couldn’t be more appreciative of our performers and our concert goers, as well as the Friends of WRL, who underwrite this phenomenal series.” All shows will take place at the Williamsburg Library Theatre at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the series, including band descriptions, ticketing information, and more, check out www.wrl.org/dewey-decibel or call Program Services at 757.259.4070.
Williamsburg Library Theatre
515 Scotland St. Williamsburg VA 23185