Dewey Decibel Concerts Williamsburg Regional Library
The Dewey Decibel Concert Series returns to Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre stage with an eclectic mix of popular jazz, folk, bluegrass, country 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, shows are $5 (Friends of WRL $4) . All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
2022 Schedule At A Glance:
September 17 — Angela Easterling Her most recent release, “Common Law Wife”, went all the way to number 1 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Airplay Chart. While COVID stalled her plans for a 2020 release and tour, she got busy recording a handful of new songs, written during quarantine, and plans to release her new album, “Witness”, in 2022.
October 1 — Tim May and Steve Smith The duo brings an evening of original, traditional and swing music. Their shows include tight vocal harmonies, dazzling guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin and twin mandolin works throughout a broad range of styles and includes many original vocal and instrumental works.
October 8 — Robert Jospé Trio Enjoy an evening with this all–star trio comprised of Daniel Clarke on piano, who spent 10 years world touring with k.d. Lang; Paul Langosh on bass, 20 years world touring with Tony Bennett; and Robert Jospé on drums, music educator at UVA for 31 years and band leader for 28 years with the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Their “Celebrating the Moment” concert will include a varied repertoire of jazz classics drawn from the American Song Book, original compositions, and well known popular tunes. The performance will highlight the trio’s arrangements and improvisational skills.
October 12 — Peninsula Concert Band The Peninsula Concert Band will perform a variety of music including march, classic, and popular music. The band is made up of volunteers and has been performing in the Tidewater area for seventy-two years. Their mission is to educate, entertain, and enrich the community. Free admission, no tickets required. Show begins at 7:00pm.
October 28 — POSTPONED – Date to be determined – Bound to Have a Little Fun: A Celebration of String Band Music String band music is deeply rooted in Virginia history. Family celebrations and social gatherings featured banjos and fiddles, guitars and mandolins, and other instruments to create a joyful sound. Two noted Virginia string bands, Richmond’s Cary Street Ramblers and Williamsburg’s Runaway String Band will be continuing that tradition at the Williamsburg Library with their show Bound to Have a Little Fun. Come out and enjoy a delightful evening of songs and tunes for all ages from these longtime WRL favorites.
November 4 — Dawn Avery The W&M Ewell Concert Series and Dewey Decibel Concert Series present composer, cellist and vocalist Dawn Avery. Avery, professor of music at Montgomery College in Maryland, has spent years honing her musical talents, collaborating and performing in all genres of music. Her compositions span from orchestral to chamber. She has worked with artists from Luciano Pavarotti to Sting and performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as in New York’s thriving downtown music stages at the Knitting Factory and La Mama. Free admission, no tickets required. Show begins at 7:00pm.
November 11 — Ford’s Colony Dance Band – Veterans Tribute The Ford’s Colony Dance Band salutes the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II with a re-creation of the Benny Goodman weekly radio show, with news reports from the front lines. Free admission, no tickets required.
November 12 — Ken and Brad Kolodner The dynamic father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer and clawhammer banjo blurring the lines of Old-Time, Bluegrass and American Roots music. They’ve sculpted their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful acoustic roots music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.”
December 3 — Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys Singer, song-writer, and cross-picking guitar virtuoso Bill Jenkins and his string band, the Virginia Mountain Boys, bring to life the authentic ballads, camp meeting songs, and early bluegrass favorites of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
December 7 — Peninsula Concert Band will perform a variety of holiday music pieces including classic, and popular music to help celebrate the season. The band is made up of volunteers and has been performing in the Tidewater area for seventy-two years. Their mission is to educate, entertain, and enrich the community. Free admission, no tickets required. Show begins at 7:00pm.
December 14 — The LCV Project: An Acoustic Christmas a delightful concert experience and hear holiday music in a new and unique way – through the gentle sounds and creative arrangements for instrumental solo acoustic guitar. Hailing from Williamsburg, Louis C Vangieri has over a decade of experience playing out Virginians’ stresses, easing his listeners into a state of existential acoustic bliss with his instrumental folk renditions and original songs. An Acoustic Christmas features a blend of traditional carols and heartwarming songs of the season. Free Admission. Show begins at 11am.
December 17 — Jae Sinnett Jazz Christmas will present a swingin jazz Christmas with many of the timeless Christmas classics performed and arranged for jazz performance. Some of the songs would include The First Noel, Silent Night, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Christmas Time Is Here, Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, Let it Snowand more.
Though the Dewey Decibel Concert 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.
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. (unless otherwise noted). For more information about the series, 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