Thompson, Bassett ‘together again’ this Saturday
|Robbin Thompson (left) and Steve Bassett will perform at the Deltaville Maritime Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. this Saturday.|
by Bill Powell
I’ve been following the music of Steve Bassett and Robbin Thompson for more years than I want to admit. Listening to their evolving albums and going to their shows, I came to the conclusion that these guys were as good as it gets. They are the definitive musician’s musicians and at the pinnacle of Virginia singers, instrumentalists and songwriters. In short, they always put on a heckuva show.
And, hard as it is to believe, they’ll be together, live onstage, right here in Middlesex County at Deltaville Maritime Museum’s final Groovin’ in the Park of the 2012 season. Robbin and Steve will perform from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, September 22. Proceeds from their concert will directly benefit the museum and pavilion rebuilding effort.
Together again after over 30 years, Robbin and Steve have never missed a beat. The perfect meshing of their harmonies you remember from the landmark “Together” album and the unofficial state song “Sweet Virginia Breeze” are not only still there, but richer than ever. Both their voices are now more resonant and complex in timbre, and their music is, gosh, better, if it’s possible, than ever!
I was lucky enough to get tickets for their first reunion concert on January 9 at the National Theatre in Richmond and, wow, they just knocked me over.
I could sit here and write their musical biographies and discographies and end up with an article much too long for this paper. Much better for those of you reading this is to Google “Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett,” together or individually. That way you’ll get full access to their websites, facebook pages, music videos, downloads and most everything that is Robbin and Steve. Robbin and Steve’s lives are a living historical record of American rock and blues history.
You do not want to miss this one!
Groovin’ in the Park is the museum and park’s casual “bring your own lawn chair, cold beverages and snacks, and picnic” musical event held in its Waterfront Park. Some chairs and tables are available in the Gary Waterfront Pavilion on a first come-first served basis. Extra metal folding chairs also are available if you can’t bring yours. Bill’s Bistro will not be open.
The gate opens at 5 p.m. for those wanting to come early, stake out their favorite spot, and picnic. The park will be packed for this concert so please come early.
Groovin’ will happen, rain or shine. Due to the loss of the Events Pavilion, if rain is a possibility, the concert will be held under one of the museum’s new 2,400-sq.-ft. events tents.
There is plenty of parking in our spacious lots and concert-goers are encouraged to drive through and drop off their passengers and gear before parking.
Advance tickets are available at the museum office during open hours and Nauti-Nell’s and, as always, at the door. Tickets are $10 per person.
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.
To find out more, visit http://www.deltavillemuseum.com, email or call 776-7200. The museum mailing address is P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043.