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The Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival is on The Way!

The 9th Annual Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival is on Saturday, April 2 at the Tidewater Community College Norfolk Campus. This year’s festival is a pretty big deal for Jpixx because Tidewater Arts Outreach is honoring us with the 2016 Beacon Award during the Emerging Artist Contest!

The award is given each year to a community member(s) who has given significant and sustained energy to support the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival, local music community, and mission of Tidewater Arts Outreach.

This year is the first time that the award is being given to an entire organization. Go Jpixx!!!!

Sea Level Festival

But, enough about us – let’s get back to the actual festival! There are going to be several events taking place throughout the day, from the Open Mic Stage to a special concert from Grammy-nominated singer John Fullbright and an Instrument Petting Zoo and Art Booth for the kids (there’s a chance of rain in the forecast, but let’s cross our fingers and hope that mother nature spares the children).

Sea Level Festival

Aside from the Open Mic Stage, you’ll get to see talent from right here in Hampton Roads during the Local Singer/Songwriter Showcase and Emerging Artist Contest.

So, here’s the low down on the Emerging Artist Contest:

Budding singers and songwriters from across Hampton Roads submitted their work to the festival and the amazing eight were chosen to compete in the Emerging Artist Contest. A panel of judges will rank three finalists with the number one seed being named the overall winner. This artist will receive some pretty awesome prizes and opportunities to further promote their talents.

*Drumroll please* This is where we come in! At 1pm on Saturday, we’ll be rolling out our interactive audience poll on Facebook that will allow you to choose your favorite artist from the contest. Your vote will bring one artist closer to receiving a music video produced by Jpixx…wait for it…FREE of charge!

The 2014 Emerging Artist winner Logan Layman was also the audience favorite and debuted her music video last year, which you can check out below:

Of course, our team will be capturing the best moments from the festival and we hope to see you all there! You can meet the Emerging Artist contestants and find details regarding festival event and ticket information, as well as tons of photos and videos on our BRAND NEW SEA LEVEL landing page.

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Wrapping Up Sea Level

What an incredible weekend at the 8th Annual Sea Level Singer-Songwriter Festival! We kicked it off at the Roper Center with Sarah Jarosz, and Jon even got a picture with her afterward.

Jon Sarah Jarosz

The next day, we were back in Downtown Norfolk for the kickoff to First Fridays. Hundreds of people gathered for hours of fun from local merchants including balloons, face painting and balloon animals.

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The next day was a big day for us! Finally, the moment we’d all been waiting for – the launch of the music video for Skye Zentz’ song “The Tide.” Jon spent many long hours editing the video down to the wire and we couldn’t have been happier about the response.

The launch party at O’Connor’s Brewing Co. was a major success thanks to all the awesome vendors and artists who helped out. We had a booth from Kitsch,  DJP and MrT, Shara Wertz (on face paint), 757 Makerspace, The Scene and a giant art area with Amanda Page Stephens. Skye even took part in the face painting fun!

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We also had great performances from Little Pants and Ian Randall Thornton!

O'Connor Brewing Band

Finally, we closed off the night with the Emerging Artist Contest. The event showcased some truly amazing talent, right here in Hampton Roads!

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If you weren’t able to make it out this year, be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates on next year’s event and videos from 2015!

Special thanks to:

  • Sea Level Festival and Tidewater Arts Outreach
  • Skye Zentz
  • Bobby Hollywood – our AMAZING MC
  • Downtown Norfolk Council
  • Reed and Associates (who sponsored our VIP section in a major way)
  • And last but not least, the people who keep us on track, the amazing Jpixx crew

A Transformative Experience at the IOA Celebration

You walk through a set of doors to find people lounging on beds, servers carting around cheese and prosecco, and a kilted host anxious to make your acquaintance. No, it’s not the plot to our new Roman/Scot film. It’s the 6th Annual Instruments of Art (IOA) Celebration & Auction, and we were front and center to capture it all.

Instruments of Art

The IOA Celebration was hosted by Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO), a local nonprofit dedicated to sharing the joy and healing power of the arts with people who have special needs and are isolated from society. Proceeds from the event benefitted TAO and their 8th Annual Sea Level Singer /Songwriter Festival, coming in April 2015.

Photographer

Live jazz music tickled our ears as we maneuvered through the stunning instruments that lined the tables, transformed into each artist’s unique vision.

Tidewater Arts Outreach Instruments

After a silent auction of the pieces, it was time for the real fun to begin with a live auction!

TAO Live Auction

By the end of the night, the event had raised thousands of dollars, thanks in large part to our hosts at Decorum Furniture.

Decorum Furniture

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The Weekend of Launches

January is all about what’s new and this weekend was no exception. The music video we produced for Logan Layman’s song “Won’t Let It” debuted and we browsed the shelves at Norfolk’s newest library.

First, we kicked off the excitement at the Slover Library grand opening celebration full of music, food and quality brews.

We saw several familiar faces as we mixed and mingled with Norfolk’s finest. Even MaryAnn Toboz from Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) was out, pumped up and ready for the following night’s events.


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Which leads us to our Saturday night. There was music! Dancing! Art! Yes, we’re talking about the Logan Layman Concert, hosted by the Sea Level Festival and TAO. The stage was set with opening act Pyrrhic Whim.

Her rousing performance was then followed up by Dustin Furlow, who recently launched his album Wood and Steel.

Then, it was time. The much anticipated music video for Layman’s “Won’t Let It” debuted, courtesy of yours truly. Finally, weeks of filming, scheduling and editing paid off with this awesome tribute to cancer fighters.

And Sunday? Sunday was a day of rest with these guys.

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