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Thompson to perform at maritime park Saturday

Robbin Thompson

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

Fall is in the air and Virginia’s own Robbin Thompson will be on the Waterfront Stage at Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park this Saturday, September 24, from 6-8 p.m. for the final “Groovin’ in the Park” concert of 2011.

The weather promises to be in the 70s and sunny, and Robbin is bringing his own sound man and stage lighting to make sure this will be a performance to remember.

Robbin has been making his music for over 40 years. In the early 70s he was the lead singer in the  Bruce Springsteen band “Steel Mill.” He has won the American Song Festival twice and has recorded more than a dozen albums. Thompson, along with friend  Steve Bassett, authored the song “Sweet Virginia Breeze,” which is considered by many to be the unofficial state song of Virginia. Robbin also has written and recorded songs with Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit, who also sings harmonies on many of Robbin’s recordings.

With well-known tunes like “Dream on Melinda,” “Candyapple Red,” and the award-winning “Boy from Boston” to his credit, he is especially proud of his “Out on the Chesapeake” album, written from his experiences in Deltaville and Middlesex County and, out on the Chesapeake Bay. Robbin promises to play some tunes from this album Saturday evening.

Groovin’ is a “bring your own lawn chair and picnic,” casual music event. Come early, grab a table, and picnic. Plenty of picnic tables are scattered around the Waterfront Park. The new Waterfront Pavilion has its own tables and chairs and is a wonderful viewing spot. First come-first served, so no whining, bumping or reserving. Some folding chairs are available from the John’s Pavilion. The concert will be held under the John’s Events Pavilion in case of rain.

Advance tickets are available at the museum office 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 email or call 776-7200.

posted 09.21.2011

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