Local Music Profile Archive

Q + A: Norfolk's singer/songwriter Luke Hartman

Nineteen-year-old Luke Hartman has lived in the same home in the Larchmont section of Norfolk “all my life.”

The singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist graduated in 2007 from Maury High School. He’s in his sophomore year at James Madison University in Harrisonburg with a concentration in corporate communication and a minor in music industry.

Q + A: Versus the Universe has new name, lineup, sound

ROCK BAND Versus the Universe, with members in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, began performing in July with a new name, lineup and sound. In February 2006, founding members Kevin Strange and Mujtaba Habib on guitars and Zach Young on drums were working together as Web designers at what was then called Trader Publishing. 

Q + A: Chesapeake's Michael Thompson, rapper Profichent

1 p.m. Saturday, Scope Exhibition Hall, 201 E. Brambleton Ave., Norfolk. Free. (757) 664-6464. CHESAPEAKE resident Michael Thompson, who turned 20 on Wednesday, is also known as hip-hop/rap artist Profichent on the local music scene.

Q + A: Virginia Beach singer/songwriter, Ryan Conroy

VIRGINIA BEACH SINGER/SONGWRITER and acoustic guitarist Ryan Conroy  says he’s “all over the place” when it comes to the style of music he performs.

Q + A: Norfolk's Jim One performs 'real hip-hop'

NORFOLK NATIVE Austin Howard   likes to keep it real. In fact, “real hip-hop” is how the lyricist describes his work.

“It’s about the things I’ve been through, the things I’ve been around and the things I see in my everyday life.”

Q + A: Beach singer-songwriter Heather Jeanette plays acoustic rock-blues

 Virginia Beach singer/songwriter Heather Jeanette Miley started performing at an early age.

“I used to do dance and school plays in the early days,” the 22-year-old says.

Q + A: Beach rockers Chasing Corona re-energized with new lineup

Virginia Beach alternative-rock band Chasing Corona was featured in this spot more than a year and a half ago. Since then, the band, which took its name from frontman Cole Childers’ escaped dog,  has changed its lineup quite a bit. We decided to catch up with band manager Andy Sutter to see what’s been happening.

Q + A: Road Kill, Southern rockers from Moyock

 ROAD KILL is a Southern rock and country band out of Moyock.

Guitarist and vocalist Vince Byers said the band plays only about 20 percent original music.

“We’re up in our years, and this is a hobby for us,” Byers said, adding that people love to hear the cover, “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Q + A: Motorpsychic, Hard-rocking Virginia Beach band goes experimental

VIRGINIA BEACH’S Motorpsychic formed 18 months ago, when guitarist Jimmy Williams and bassist Wendi Phillips left a local band out of Norfolk.

 “Wendi and I had been in the Rhythm Pigs, and it was time for a change,” Williams said.

Q + A: Norfolk's Black Ranchero, post-hardcore

NORFOLK’S Black Ranchero performs “110 percent” original music.   “We don’t play any  cover songs and have no desire to . We really enjoy writing our own music,” guitarist/vocalist Mike Ragan says.

Band members for this post-hardcore band are Ragan, Kevin Thompson on bass, Pete Rafetto on guitar/vocals and Tim Hammick on drums.

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