Embrace The Culture: Norfolk’s Unique Music & Arts Festival

Finish off summer with fun and embrace the music and arts with this, free festival located along the beautiful Downtown Norfolk Waterfront.

Norfolk’s Festevents has released the artist lineup for this year’s Embrace The Culture: Music & Arts Festival, Saturday, September 17th from 3PM-11PM at Town Point Park. The festival will feature local and regional artists on two separate stages with offerings for purchase from local culinary and visual artists. Come out and support locals all while enjoying the many features of this free festival. Friends, family, come one, come all!

For more information go to: Embrace The Culture Music & Arts Festival

Festival Artist Lineup:

Ladada- 5PM – Main Stage- "Ladada is one of two projects from Virginia Beach musician Josiah Schlater. He is a very versatile artist, hence the two projects, but perhaps more of a testament to his variability is the disparity in sound from Ladada’s self-titled debut and the upcoming Hi Five EP. Ladada was more subdued and introspective, leaning toward surf vibes with a bit of rebellious flair.”- Stereogum

Amasa Hines- 7PM – Main Stage- “Amasa Hines is a seven piece, Little Rock, Arkansas based band whose sound is as big as their influences are wide. Their influences come from a diverse range of Soul, Afro-Beat, Psychedelic, Blues, Dub, and Indie Rock stylings. Amasa Hines was formed in 2010 and their debut album All The World There Is was released in January of 2014.”

Smallpools- 9:30PM – Main Stage- “Smallpools is an indie pop/alternative band from Los Angeles, CA, United States. Forming in early 2013, the group released their debut single "Dreaming" on RCA Records, May 21, 2013. Thanks to catchy guitar hooks and internet blogs, Smallpools' "Dreaming" is now spreading like wildfire. "Dreaming" skyrocketed to the top of the HypeMachine chart in just hours. Dreaming had hit over 20,000 plays on Soundcloud before the band even hit 500 "likes" on Facebook (Stereofox).”


The Framers- 3:30PM – Secondary Stage- “Created in October of 2012, The Framers consider themselves to be an alternative-country, indie folk rock ruckus band.  The trio is made up of Matt Scruggs (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, kick drum), Michael Howland (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, hi-hat), and Maria Thomas (vocals, bass, lap steel guitar).  The Framers originate from the Tidewater, Virginia area and have grown a considerable following as they excite their audiences with passionate performances and effortless collaborations.”

Miss Tess and the Talkbacks- 5:45PM – Secondary Stage- “On her new release Baby, We All Know, Miss Tess continues to explore her own personal crossroads of American roots music. This full-length release features eleven finely crafted and well-sung original songs. Heightened by Tess’ prowess on her Weymann archtop guitar, she is accompanied by her top-notch band, The Talkbacks, featuring guitar ace and co-conspirator Thomas Bryan Eaton. The songs were further enlivened with piano, organ, pedal steel, and fiddle in the studio.”

Swear and Shake- 8:15PM – Secondary Stage- “Collectively these artists, known as Swear and Shake, bring an experience to the stage—a combination of truthful lyrics; passionate performance, and an easy acoustic narrative.” “I’ve only seen a few artists bring a room to a hush, only to have their audience whooping and hollering moments later, and these four talented Yankees have joyfully mastered their ability to do so. By the end of the first song, we were out of our seats and upfront. Strangers instantly became neighbors as the entire venue was swept up in the action.” – The Blue Indian


This year, beginning Friday, September 16th, ETC will spill out of Town Point Park, encompassing Norfolk’s diverse art scene with VEER Venues. Produced by VEER Magazine and Norfolk Festevents, VEER VENUES will give ETC fans the opportunity to embrace the arts of Norfolk by supporting local businesses as they host the ETC music & arts movement throughout the city all weekend. Performances will range from visual art shows to author workshops and a variety of musical performances at an array of Norfolk establishments. The ETC VEER Venues will take place the weekend of September 16-18. Stay tuned for more detail and a full list of performance times and locations.
Wake up with the ETC vibe. Sunday, September 18th Hunter At Sunrise will broadcast live from Work Release. A beloved Hampton Roads acoustic and eclectic radio show, Hunter at Sunrise streams live on 89.5 WHRV, whrv.org LIVE every Sunday morning from 7-11am Eastern. Hunter At Sunrise is dedicated to waking you up gently on a Sunday morning with new music and music you don't hear on the radio. On Sunday, September 18th we hope you will sit back, relax and enjoy the recap of the ETC Festival in the comfort of our own home or join us for the Broadcast Brunch live from Work Release in Norfolk’s very own NEON Art District .  

Norfolk Festevents, in partnership with the Tidewater Arts Outreach, will be hosting