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Local Music Profile Archive

Q + A: Portsmouth band is hard rocking "Black Winged Butterfly"

Sekshun 8 is a hard rocking band out of Portsmouth. Its members – former classmates at Woodrow Wilson High School  – are brothers Jason Tippins, lead vocals, and Jeff Tippins, drums, and Eric Briggs on bass and Jimmy Muhlenbruch on guitar.

Q + A: CMO goes Technicolor in August with CD release

Norfolk’s Stephan Gillis, 26, has been performing for eight years. It was a well-received performance of “Happy Birthday” to a friend’s mother that led to a surprise request for him to take the mic the next week at church, singing “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”

Q + A: Williamsburg rockers Prometheus Clay jams

WILLIAMSBURG rock band Prometheus Clay knows how to jam. Its song “Temporary” clocks in at more than eight minutes.

Forming in 2006 with Bill Strack on guitar, Jason Parker on bass and Josh Dodd on drums – the trio released “Evil Dreams,” a 10-song CD, in 2007.

Q + A: Virginia Beach's Thundercock, experimental/rock

  Virginia Beach band Thundercock plays mostly instrumentals, but it has a newcomer, Ryan Chandler, taking the mic and going experimental. The band originally started as a three-piece with Drew Orton on drums, Mike Johnson on bass and Jordan Parker on guitar. They met while working at Guitar Center, Orton said, “and we just decided to get up and jam.”

Q + A: Norfolk's Trendsetters, hip-hop/rap

THE NORFOLK HIP-HOP/RAP GROUP Trendsetters will release its second CD, “Vol. 2: The Alliance,” on Collabo Records with a party next month in Virginia Beach. Trendsetters consist of three artists: Kap Rizzy (Nathaniel Brown), G Stax (Gary Turner) and Supress (Leslie Richardson).

Meet the Band: Corporate Woods Drive

Members Jay Einhorn, 16, guitar and vocals; Willie Einhorn, 18, bass; Neal Friedman, 17, drums; Jacob Snyder, 15, guitar; Zach Wang, 15, keyboards
Genres Blues, funk, rock
Origin of name Street name of the guys' first school, near the site of their first gig
Together since 2006
Inspiration It comes from their love of the blues and daily experiences.

Q + A: Norfolk gospel rap artist Praise

NORFOLK’S TOMAL JERNIGAN has been on a hip-hop roller coaster but  finds “The Renewal” his most purposeful ride.

The 23-year-old gospel rap artist goes by the name Praise, and although he has been performing publicly for just the past three years, his rapping has been circulating since “Raps From the Soul, Vol. 1 and 2” in 2004.

Q + A: Melanie Waters, Virginia Beach singer/songwriter, bassist

VIRGINIA BEACH singer/songwriter Melanie Waters takes area stages as a solo artist and acoustic guitarist, then puts on the bass to  play for The DeLoreans.

The 25-year-old moved to Hampton Roads from North Carolina when she was 15, later graduating from Bayside High School in Virginia Beach.

Q + A: Virginia Beach's Revery will be rocking the New Year

REVERY IS READY for New Year’s Eve.

After taking a yearlong break from playing, the Virginia Beach rock band began hitting local stages again in May.

Q + A: Norfolk's multi-instrumentalist Joe Maniscalco

The Norfolk entertainer who has a great hook also has a sandwich named for him at Footers Sports Pub in Virginia Beach. Joe Maniscalco performs easy listening, Motown, R&B, reggae and even a few Jimmy Buffett covers and can be seen throughout Hampton Roads at festivals, in clubs and on cruise ships.

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