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Steve Bassett to kick off Groovin’ in the Park series

Steve Bassett

Six concerts scheduled

The Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is proud to announce that Steve Bassett, Virginia’s own nationally-renowned musician, will begin the 3rd annual Groovin’ in the Park concert series as part of the museum’s “Working Waterman’s Weekend” festivities the last weekend in April.

Bassett will perform live on the Waterfront Park stage from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.

Groovin’ in the Park, a six-concert series, is a casual, “bring your own lawn chair and picnic,” outdoor celebration of fun music in all its styles and variations. All Groovin’ proceeds directly benefit the museum and park.

“We have worked hard bringing together the very talented groups for this year’s series,” said a museum spokesperson. “We couldn’t have been happier when Steve agreed to be our opening musician and a part of what we are trying to do.”

John Hammond Sr., iconic musical talent scout and the man who discovered many superstar musicians including Count Basie and Bruce Springsteen, said of Bassett, “Steve’s musical style is a synthesis of America’s root music: blues, R&B, gospel, and rock ‘n roll. Not only does Steve have a true feeling for the blues, he is a master of the gospel idiom, and in this combination of talents he is just about unique in music. He is a singer’s singer and he communicates with his audience in a soulful front porch manner that crosses markets and generations and leaves his listener feeling like he has sung to them alone.”

Listed below is the complete “Groovin’ in the Park” schedule for 2011. After Bassett’s opening performance, all Groovin’ concerts are on the fourth Saturday of each month from 6-8 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 30, 5-7 p.m., singer/songwriter Steve Bassett.

  • Saturday, May 28, 6-8 p.m., bluesman Terry Garland, 19 European tours, internationally-acclaimed national steel slide and acoustic blues, gritty originals and fresh standards.

  • Saturday, June 25, 6-8 p.m., Middlesex’s own Skipjack Band, acoustic little bit of everything, fun from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

  • Saturday, July 23, 6-8 p.m., Lewis McGehee, guitar and vocals, recently voted Portfolio Magazine’s “Best Acoustic Performer” and “Best Musician.”

  • Saturday, August 27, 5-8 p.m., BJ Lieberman, eclectic keyboardist and composer in his last Virginia performance before his National NPR tour starting in September.

  • Saturday, September 24, 6-8 p.m., Robbin Thompson, Virginia’s own singer songwriter in the perfect finale to a great season.

Tickets for Groovin’ performances are $10 per concert and will be available at the museum office and Nauti Nell’s in Deltaville by the third week in March. Tickets may always be purchased at the gate for each performance.

The museum will again offer its “6 for 5” advance ticket packages in 2011. This package offers 6 anytime/anyway tickets for the series for $50—a $10 savings. The “6 for 5” package will be available by mail, at the museum, or at the gate at the Steve Bassett opener. The package will not be offered after 7 p.m. on April 30.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is a non-profit organization at 287 Jackson Creek Road and on Mill Creek. Turn right off Route 33 across from the Shell Station to get there.

Holly Point Nature Park, the Pierwalk and all other outside exhibits, gardens and facilities are open dawn to dusk throughout the year, except during pre-announced private events.

The museum can be contacted at or 776-7200.

posted 03.09.2011

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