7th Annual Festival to Feature Shawn Colvin and Area’s Finest Performers
April 10-12, 2014

The Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival is a multi-day celebration of live, original music and features concerts, workshops, showcases and much more. The festival kicks off with a special performance by Shawn Colvin, and includes not only amazing original material by the region’s most talented performers, but also workshops geared specially for military with a musical story to tell.

Now in its 7th year, Sea Level is the ONLY Singer/Songwriter Festival in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Festival is also the largest annual fundraiser for Tidewater Arts Outreach.

The eclectic, popular, well-visited neighborhoods of Ghent and downtown Norfolk create a backdrop of restaurants, shops and burgeoning nightlife for a weekend of music.

Many of our area’s finest acoustic artists play for eager fans and diners in local venues as well as at a child-friendly outdoor stage in the heart of Ghent.  The area comes alive all weekend with scheduled concerts and street performers.

Special Performances

Kickoff Concert with Shawn Colvin
Thursday, April 10
Naro Expanded Cinema
Grammy award-winning artist Shawn Colvin will headline the kick-off concert at Naro Expanded Cinema, 1507 Colley Avenue, Norfolk on April 10th. Doors open at 6 p.m. for general admission seating, and the show will start at 7:00 p.m. 

Friday, April 11
Nauticus Theater
Darden Smith, the Founder of SongwritingWith:Soldiers, comes to Hampton Roads with Mary Judd, the program’s Executive Director to take part in the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival. Darden facilitates a songwriting workshop at School of Rock, Norfolk for area artists interested in honing their skills. Friday night Darden and a guest artist will present a very special concert at the Nauticus Theater, an intimate venue for 350 at the Norfolk waterfront’s Nauticus Museum. The concert will include video, soldier stories and songs from SW:S retreats.

Emerging Artist Showcase
Saturday, April 12
Attucks Theatre
Tidewater Arts Outreach is once again inviting unsigned singer/songwriters of all ages to compete to be named the Sea Level Emerging Artist of the year. Ten semifinalists will be selected to perform one song each at the Emerging Artist Contest, a live concert on Saturday, April 12 at the Attucks Theatre. A panel of judges will that evening choose three finalists to perform a second song and then select the winner, who will be invited to be a guest on Hunter at Sunrise (WHRV HD3), The Hampton Roads Show on WAVY TV, and Out of the Box (WHRV FM 89.5).

Schedule of Events

  • April 10     Headliner Concert at Naro Expanded Cinema
  • April 10 – 12     Sea Level at Street Level: Outdoor Festival Stage with live music and an instrument petting zoo, busking in Ghent and on Granby Street in Norfolk, concerts at local venues
  • April 11     Darden Smith songwriting workshop at School of Rock
  • April 11     SongwritingWith:Soldiers concert at Nauticus
  • April 12     Emerging Artist Contest Finale at Attucks Theatre
  • April 12     Merrill Guitar Raffle Drawing at Attucks Theatre

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