The Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival, now in its 6th year, is a celebration of live, original music and art benefiting Tidewater Arts Outreach. The 2013 event kicks off with a concert at the Naro Theatre by indie-icon and former front man of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Glen Phillips, on April 4 at the Naro Cinema in Ghent.

In addition to the headline kick-off concert and finale event on April 6, the festival features the Instruments of Art auction gala, indoor and outdoor live performance showcases by local musicians, and a custom Merrill Guitar raffle.


Judged showcase concert to be held April 6 at the historic Attucks Theater

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. TAO is now accepting entries in the 6th Annual Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival that will take place in Norfolk April 4-6.

How to enter: Interested persons should review entry rules at After paying a fee, participants should upload their music online. Entries can be a professional recording or a homemade demo. Submissions will be judged on content, rather than recording quality. To qualify each singer/songwriter must:

  • Live within 100 miles of Norfolk
  • Not have a released a full-length album
  • Upload two MP3 files of original music, accompanied by entrance fee, no later than March 15, 2013
  • Be available to appear live in Norfolk on April 6

TAO will select ten semifinalists to perform one song each at the Emerging Artist Contest, a live concert on Saturday, April 6 at the Attucks Theater, 1010 Church Street in Norfolk. 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).

About Tidewater Arts Outreach: Tidewater Arts Outreach was founded in 2003 to share the joy and healing power of the arts with people who have special needs and who are in hospitals, retirement homes, rehabilitation centers, shelters and other facilities throughout Hampton Roads. TAO artist performances and programs promote human interaction, happiness and healing for people who have limited access to the arts due to health, economic or social circumstances. For more information visit