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Defending the Caveman
presented by Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

July 31 - August 10 - Tuesday - Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 4:00pm, 8:00pm

start at $39

The longest running solo play in Broadway history, Defending the Caveman has become a worldwide hit.  Having been translated into 16 different languages, Caveman has won the hearts of millions in more than 30 countries and is sure to win yours. Defending the Caveman, starring Cody Lyman, has both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition, affectionately nudging each other as they recognize themselves in the stories being told on the stage. Its "outrageously funny and surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap" (Chicago Sun Times) has made Caveman "a comic phenomenon." (New York Times). With hysterical observations into contemporary feminism, masculine sensitivity and the erogenous zones, Defending the Caveman mines the common themes in relationships that go straight through the funny bone and into the heart.

Defending the Caveman is recommended for adult audiences.

Steve Earle & Shawn Colvin

September 18, 2014 - 8:00 pm

$45, $50, $55, $70
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

Steve Earle has  quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez, and countless others.  In 1986 his debut record, Guitar Town shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” Steve's fifteenth studio album, The Low Highway, was released to worldwide acclaim in 2013. It features the Grammy Award nominated song "Invisible.”  Steve Earle is recognized as an actor from his roles in the acclaimed HBO Series The Wire and Treme as well as appearances on Law & Order and the Tim Blake Nelson film Leaves Of Grass.  He will be seen in the forthcoming feature film The World Made Straight.  He is also host of The Steve Earle Show: Hardcore Troubadour Radio, on Sirius XM Radio.

Shawn Colvin stands out as singular and enduring talent. Her songs are works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. In the 25 years since the release of her debut album she has won three Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for the hit single ‘Sunny Came Home’, and has been nominated for another seven. She has released 10 albums, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule, and created a remarkable canon of work. Shawn’s latest album, All Fall Down, is her eighth studio album and the first to be produced by her longtime friend and cohort Buddy Miller.

Gordon Biersch's Arts & Drafts
Craft Beer Festival

September 27, 2014 - 1pm - 6pm

$25 in advance and $30 day of.

The craft beer festival will feature a multitude of craft beers, live music, local art displays and more.  Admission to Gordon Biersch's Arts & Drafts is Free and Open to the Public. The event will use spaces from inside the Sandler Center and on the Outdoor Plaza. Additional beverages will be for sale and Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant will be on site providing food for purchase. 


Attendees will be able to purchase a sampling cup. beginning at 1pm until 5:30pm.


VIP tables are available for pre-reservation. Please contact 


A list of breweries, entertainment, and art displays will be available in September. 


For more information, please contact the Sandler Center Box Office (757-385-2787) visit the Sandler Center Box Office, or visit Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.

Amos Lee

October 1, 2014 - 8:00 pm

$46, $51, $56, $66
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

"I enjoy the unplanned things that happen in the studio," says Amos Lee. "The shapes that things take, the manipulation of sounds—it's a learning process for me. I can't do that when I'm just writing on my guitar. Usually, the stuff you like the most wasn't what was planned anyway, so I try not to put too much pressure on it because then the fun leaves." For his fifth album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, Lee took a different path for the recording; he worked in a new city with a new producer, while, for the first time, he brought his touring band into the studio with him. The twelve songs that resulted—the follow-up to 2011's chart-topping Mission Bell—bring Amos into new sonic territory, while retaining the trenchant impact of the scenes, characters, and stories in his writing. This album arrives a full ten years after Amos Lee first signed with Blue Note Records and began a career that continues to grow and surprise. With the release of his self-titled debut in 2004, the Philadelphia-born former schoolteacher immediately earned the attention of not only the press and discerning music fans, but also of his fellow artists. He has toured with legendary artists like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, collaborated with Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams, and been regularly touted as a favorite songwriter and performer by the likes of The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum.

Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers

October 17, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven have been singing for over 40 years. Their music, a zestful blend of traditional gospel with a twist of contemporary, showcases the group's amazing vocal harmonies from the high flying falsettos of the first tenor, to the deep rich sounds of the low bass. This ensemble has performed for and been loved by people of different races, creeds and origins. Known as the "Gospel Temptations," this award-winning ensemble has toured across the United States and internationally, performing for audiences of 300 to 30,000. Performances have been sponsored by schools, festivals, churches of all denominations, and civic groups.

Smokey Robinson

October 23, 2014 - 7:30 pm

$75, $85, $95, $150
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

The dictionary defines the popular term "comfort food" as "food prepared in a traditional style having a usually nostalgic or sentimental appeal."  It has been known to have a buffering effect as it soothes the soul and spurs memories of more "comforting" times.  If that concept holds up in the kitchen, then it makes perfect sense that it should hold true in the living room with its aural equivalent.  While it's already a known fact that popular songs often connect with listeners in a highly personal way, often recalled alongside life's more personal moments, only a few distinctive voices in popular music can achieve that same effect with instantaneous familiarity.  With his eternally smooth and instantly recognizable falsetto alone – without the strings, bass, guitar or drums – legendary singer/songwriter/producer SMOKEY ROBINSON's honey-coated voice absolutely is the audio equivalent of comfort food…comfort food for the soul…with soul.  In following with the aforementioned definition, the Motown legend's forthcoming ROBSO Records CD, Time Flies When You're Having Fun has certainly been "prepared in a traditional style," while that oh-so-familiar, highly identifiable crooning has an indisputable "nostalgic or sentimental appeal.

David Sedaris - Author and Humorist

October 25, 2014 - 8:00 pm

$35, $40, $50, $60
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. . The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is a playwright and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is also the author of the bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy, Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively though Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in France.

4 The Love of Cheese

November 2, 2014 - 12 Noon - 5:00 pm

$10 (ages 6 -12) , $20 (ages 13 and up)

"4 The Love of Cheese" is your passport into the world of cheese from Abondance to Zamorano and everything in between. Sample and savor cheese new to your palate, learn how you can make a cheese platter for your next soiree, and gather tips on cooking with cheese from the experts. Learn how to pare cheese with wine, beer, spirits and other foods. Find out who has the best mac n cheese in town.

Blue Man Group

November 7 - 8, 2014 - 8:00pm, 2:00pm, 7:30pm

$58, $70, $80, $120
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

Remember that time when you were little and one of your imaginary friends took your hand and led you into a world that looked like yours only brighter? No? Me neither. That's what Blue Man Group is like. Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group's shows have been described by critics as "innovative," "energetic" and "wildly entertaining." But the only way to truly understand Blue Man Group's global popularity is to see the show for yourself.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
Education Series

November 21, 2014 - 7:30pm

$10, $15, $20, $25
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

Ho, ho...uh-oh! With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years! In the 25th Junie B. Jones book, it's holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to celebrate. Like making elf costumes! And singing joyful songs! Only, how can Junie B. enjoy the festivities when Tattletale May keeps ruining her holiday glee? And here is the worst part of all! When everyone picks names for Secret Santa, Junie B. gets stuck with Tattletale you-know-who! It's enough to fizzle your holiday spirit! Hmm . . . or is it? Maybe, just maybe, a Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves.

Wynonna & The Big Noise: A Simpler Christmas

December 20, 2014 - 8:00 pm

$45, $55, $65, $80
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

Five-time Grammy winner and New York Times bestselling author, Wynonna has always revolved her career around telling stories.  Whether performing alongside her mother as one half of the legendary duo The Judds, or pushing the boundaries on her own mega-successful solo path, Wynonna's ability to reach the heart of the human spirit through her bold and unflinching honesty, is the entertainer's true gift.  Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and her undeniable talent, Wynonna's rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning her epic 30-year career.  Charting countless singles including 20 #1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as "the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline."  

From Tidewater to the Northern Lights
Education Series

January 14-15, 2015 - 10:00 am & 12:00pm

Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

Join Ken Waldman, Alaska's Fiddling Poet on a journey from Tidewater to the Northern Lights. A former college professor, Ken Waldman is a writer with eight books and a fiddler with nine CDs-including two for children. Combining toe tapping Appalachian string-band music with original poetry and Alaska-set storytelling, he's delighted audiences since 1995. His interactive school shows are full of surprises, and include lessons in music and geography, as well as in writing. Students will leave with poetry bookmarks, poetry postcards, and if they bring paper and pencil, the beginning of their own poem.

Sid the Science Kid - Live!
Education Series

January 21, 2015 - 10:00 am & 12:00pm

$10, $15, $20, $25
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

"Sid the Science Kid" comes to life in this incredible live stage experience! Kids and parents alike will be thrilled as Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald come to their town to discover the excitement and curiosities of the world around them. With wonders to discover, Sid and his friends set off on a day of excitement and adventure, as they explore their five senses through fun games and experiments and by asking curious questions and finding fascinating answers. Teacher Susie is also along to keep the music flowing as the kids explore the world around them with audience interactive activities, cooperative problem solving and plenty of laughs to go around. There is even a surprise sixth sense revealed by Teacher Susie. SID THE SCIENCE KID LIVE! will have the whole family cheering, exploring, dancing and excited to figure out more about the great unknown together.

Mystic India

February 6, 2015 - 7:30 pm

$35, $45, $55, $65
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

Mystic India: The World Tour is an internationally acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India's transition into modern India.  The show features renowned musicians, brilliant dancers, breathtaking aerialists and acrobats, and 750 opulent costumes. The colorful costumes and elaborate sets have been custom designed in India's film capital by a team of 40 designers and workers over the course of two years. The team of diverse, impeccably trained dancers combine authentic Indian and modern techniques bringing the streets of Mumbai and New York into perfect harmony. Audiences can expect an explosion of colors and energy as they travel on a celebratory journey through Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat, and even through the progression of Bollywood films via a stunning visual display that fuses dance, theater, and spectacular special effects. Director Amit Shah says, "If you have ever wanted to visit India, Mystic India is your direct flight there."

Dancing Pros Live

February 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm

$45, $55, $65, $75
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

The world's finest dancers will battle it out live in Dancing Pros: Live! and the audience will choose the winner! Karina Smirnoff of Dancing WithThe Stars serves as the head judge and Edyta Sliwinska of DWTS guest judges in this unforgettable live competition show hosted by Golden Globe® nominee and star of the hit TV show Growing Pains, Alan Thicke.

For the first time pros from Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and dance champions from around the world will dance off against each other. Using electronic voting remotes attached to every seat, each member of the audience will get a chance to vote for their favorite couple, becoming part of the show that will dazzle everyone with an amazing caliber celebrity and pro cast, American Idol or The Voice singers, glamorous set, fantastic costumes, group numbers and, of course, unbelievable dance moves.

Riders in the Sky

February 14, 2015 - 8:00 pm

$30, $40, $50, $60
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

Riders in the Sky are truly exceptional. By definition, empirical data, and critical acclaim, they stand "hats & shoulders" above the rest of the purveyors of C & W - "Comedy & Western!" For more than thirty years Riders in the Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life "The Cowboy Way!"


Kathy Griffin

February 17, 2015 - 7:30 pm

$55, $60, $65, $80
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

When it comes to dishing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders, Kathy Griffin is outrageously wild and downright hilarious!  This two-time Emmy winner, NY Times best-selling author, five-time Grammy nominee, and Broadway darling will have you laughing out loud as she shares candid observations about everyday life, her dating experiences, and embellished celebrity tales.

Kathy Griffin is recommended for adult audiences. 


Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

February 20, 2015 - 10:00 am & 12:00pm

$10, $15, $20, $25
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend Sarah Bradford narrate her adventurous life, we share in the joys, sorrows, and challenges faced by this brave women who changed the world through her courage. Accurate and deeply moving, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad is at turns inspiring, heart-warming, and comical, full of the good humor, determination and the charity of its subject. Your students will find a new appreciation for Harriet Tubman and a deeper understanding of her times.


The Virginia Roots Ensemble

March 5, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

The Virginia Roots Ensemble explores the music of bygone Virginia musicians. Based on the Library of Virginia's exhibition, Virginia Roots Music: Creating and Conserving Tradition, the 2-hour multi-media presentation highlights photographs and recordings of the 1920s and 1930s. The concert features musical traditions of the Old Dominion, especially the jubilee-style gospel quartets of Tidewater Virginia, string-band music of southwestern Virginia, and Piedmont or East Coast blues.

Dog Loves Books
Education Series

March 11, 2015 - 10:00 am & 12:00pm

$10, $15, $20, $25
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

A picture-book treat for the youngest dog lovers.


Dog loves books SO much he opens his very own bookstore. At first he's short of customers. But that's all right, because when Dog is surrounded by books, he is never short of friends—or fun. And when customers begin arriving, he knows just which books to recommend.


Louise Yates's expressive little white dog—and his many expressive doggie customers—extend an irresistible invitation to the very youngest to try reading. It's fun!


March 21, 2015 - 8:00 pm

$40, $50, $60, $80
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that's dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.

African Children's Choir - 2nd World Music Event to Benefit ACCESS the Arts

March 31, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Donations only.

For donations please Contact: Doris Salem, Asst. Director, Sandler Center Foundation
Tel:  757-385-0227   Email:

The African Children's Choir was founded in 1984 by Ray Barnett. The Choir is made up of children from some of Africa's poorest communities. For the last 29 years, the Choir has traveled around the world showing the world the beauty, dignity and unlimited ability of the African Child. The Choir raises funds that currently support around 7,000 children, providing them with care and an education.

Music for Life, the parent organization of the Choir, currently cares for children in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, and Ghana.

The Price is Right

April 23, 2015 - 7:30 pm

$45, $50, $55, $70
Tickets will go on-sale August 15, 2014

The Price Is Right is a television game show franchise originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, and created by Bob Stewart, and is currently produced and owned by FremantleMedia. The franchise centers on television game shows, but also includes merchandise such as video games, printed media and board games. The franchise began in 1956 as a television game show hosted by Bill Cullen and was revamped in 1972. This version was originally hosted by Bob Barker. Since 2007, Drew Carey has hosted the program.


In the show, contestants compete to win cash and prizes by guessing the pricing of merchandise. The program has been critically successful and remains a stalwart in the television ratings. It also managed to break away from the quiz show format that has been used in other game shows.[Since the current version premiered, it has also been adapted in several international formats around the world, most notably in the United Kingdom, Australia and Mexico. In 2013, TV Guide ranked it #5 in its list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.