Williamsburg's Bruce Hornsby is heading out on the festival circuit this summer and -- his local fans will be happy to know -- he's included his home region on his itinerary. The piano-pumping maestro will play a free concert at Norfolk's Harborfest June 9.
Harborfest is being bolstered this year by OpSail 2012, a nautical history celebration that will draw tall ships and military vessels from across the globe. OpSail 2012 Virginia will take place June 6-12, 2012 as part of a national commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.
As reported in an earlier post, Hornsby is preparing to enter the most festival-intensive season of his career.
On April 20, he and his band will play the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Fla. On May 4, the crew hits the New Orleans Jazz Fest. After playing Harborfest, Hornsby will travel to Colorado for his fifth appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 22. He'll play the All Good Festival in Ohio with Bob Weir and Branford Marsalis on July 19, then return to the Old Dominion for Floydfest on July 29.
Here's the media release about Hornsby's Harborfest appearance.
Virginia's Bruce Hornsby
To Headline OpSail 2012 Virginia™ and
Norfolk Harborfest® Weekend
June 8 - 11, 2012
Norfolk, VA (March 27, 2012) -Virginia's own Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will perform his first ever concert in Town Point Park on Saturday, June 9, 2012 during the 36th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® on the downtown Norfolk waterfront. The Concert is free and open to the public.
Norfolk Harborfest® will host OpSail 2012 Virginia™ from June 6-12, 2012 as part of the national commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.
Following Hornsby’s headliner performance, the audience will sing the National Anthem, lead by Norfolk local Chrystall Elliot-Smith, just prior to the annual Norfolk Harborfest® fireworks show at 9:30 pm.
Bruce Hornsby Bio
Bruce Hornsby, born in Williamsburg, Virginia, is an American singer, pianist, accordion player, and songwriter. Known for the spontaneity and creativity of his live performances, Hornsby draws frequently from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, motown, rock, blues, and jam band musical traditions with his songwriting and the seamless improvisations contained within.
Hornsby's recordings have been recognized on a number of occasions with industry awards, including the Best New Artist Grammy in 1987 with Bruce Hornsby and the Range, the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 1989, and the Best Pop Instrumental Grammy in 1993.
Hornsby has also achieved recognition for his solo albums and performances, his current live act Bruce Hornsby & the Noise Makers, his bluegrass project with Ricky Skaggs, his jazz act The Bruce Hornsby Trio, and his appearances as a session- and guest-musician. He also collaborated with the Grateful Dead.
Hornsby grew up listening to all types of music. He studied music at the University of Richmond, as well as Berklee College of Music and the University of Miami, from which he graduated in 1977.
In 1980, he and his brother (and songwriting partner) John Hornsby moved to Los Angeles, where they spent three years writing for 20th Century Fox. There Bruce Hornsby met Huey Lewis, who would eventually produce him and record his material. Hornsby finally signed his band, the Range, to RCA in 1985. Their debut album, The Way It Is, was released in April 1986. It eventually produced three Top 20 hits, the biggest of which was the socially conscious "The Way It Is," which featured Hornsby's characteristically melodic right-hand piano runs. The album stayed in the charts almost a year and a half and sold two million copies. Hornsby & the Range won the Best New Artist Grammy Award for 1986.
Hornsby's second album, Scenes from the Southside, was not as successful as his debut, though it sold a million copies and produced the Top Ten single "The Valley Road." Hornsby also began to make his mark as a songwriter for others: Huey Lewis had a hit with his "Jacob's Ladder," as did Don Henley with "The End of the Innocence." Hornsby's third album, A Night on the Town (1990), found him trying to break out of his signature sound into other areas. It was less successful than its predecessors but, along with the pianist's extensive session work, it signaled his determination to tackle new musical challenges. Hornsby worked extensively as a producer and sideman in the early '90s, notably doing temporary duty in the Grateful Dead after their keyboardist, Brent Mydland, died in July 1990, and producing a comeback album for Leon Russell, an idol of Hornsby's. He also became the father of twin sons.
He finally turned in his fourth album, Harbor Lights, for release in 1993. This solo album, which did not feature his backup band, the Range, went gold, and Hornsby toured the U.S. and Canada through the end of the year. He followed it with a similar effort, Hot House, in July 1995, returning three years later with the double album Spirit Trail. Here Come the Noise Makers was issued in fall 2000. Since that time, Hornsby has released a handful of albums including Big Swing Face in 2002,Halcyon Days in 2004, the jazz-oriented Camp Meeting in 2007, and Levitate in 2009. Hornsby's most impressive playing has arguably been in live settings, though, as the two-disc set Bride of the Noisemakers, released in 2011 and featuring concert performances from Hornsby and his band the Noisemakers recorded between 2007 and 2009, illustrates, putting the band's impressive ability to jam in styles ranging from rock to jazz and bluegrass on full display.
What: 36th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® presented by AT&T & Opsail 2012 Virginia™
When: Harborfest: Friday, June 8 – Monday, June 11, 2012
Opsail 2012 Virginia: Wednesday, June 6 – Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Time: Wed, June 6 & Thurs, June 7: 12pm – 8pm
Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9: 10 am – midnight
Sunday, June 10 and Monday, June 11: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday, June 12: 6am – 2pm
Where: Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, Virginia
Admission: Free & Open to the Public
Special Note: Lawn Chairs and blankets are welcome. Coolers, food and soft drinks are permitted. No Alcohol or glass is permitted; food and alcohol will be available for purchase during the festival.
For more information about the entire weekend’s events, please visit www.festevents.org and www.opsail2012virginia.com or call 757-441-2345. The 36th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® is produced by Norfolk Festevents in partnership with Port of Virginia and presented by AT&T and the City of Norfolk.
36th Annual Norfolk Harborfest is sponsored by: W.F. Magann Corporation, Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/RAM/Fiat, CFE Equipment Corporation, Budweiser, Pepsi, Norfolk Plumbing, Spirit of Norfolk, Virginia Lottery, 106.9 The Fox and Nauticus.
OpSail 2012 Virginia™ is produced by Norfolk Festevents in partnership with OpSail Inc., The Bicentennial of the American War of 1812 Commission, The Naval History & Heritage Command, The Patriotic Festival, Virginia’s Finest & the Culinary Institute of Virginia.
OpSail 2012 Virginia™ is sponsored by: Port of Virginia, W.F. Magann Corporation, American Maritime Holdings Inc., Norfolk Southern, Dominion Enterprises, TowneBank, Maersk Line, Limited, E.G Middleton Inc., Huntington Ingalls Industries, STIHL, BB&T, Norfolk International Airport, Crofton Industries, Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center, Virginia’s Finest & Norfolk Seafood Company.
About Operation Sail, Inc.
Operation Sail, Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 1961 with the endorsement of President John F. Kennedy. Backed by a Joint Congressional Resolution, its mission is to advance sail training and promote goodwill among nations. To date, it has held five international sailing events—in 1964, 1976, 1986, 1992 and 2000—each tied to a landmark historical event and each culminating in a traditional Parade of Sail in New York Harbor. For more information, please visit www.opsail.org.
About the United States Navy
The U. S. Navy is the sea-service branch of the U. S. Armed Forces. The mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. The United States Navy – A Global Force For Good, www.navy.mil, www.history.navy.mil
About Norfolk Festevents, Ltd.
Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing city celebrations including premier concerts, festivals, ship visits, and special events for the residents and guests of Hampton Roads. Celebrating its 28th season, Norfolk Festevents has garnered international acclaim for its outstanding quality of programming. Norfolk Festevents is the official event marketing and production agency for the City of Norfolk.