Out of the Box
Free Event Highlighting Local Curated Artists
DateJan 9 - Mar 12, 2020
Doors Open6:00 PM
Out of the box is an expression to describe creative and nonconformal thinking. This is exactly what you will discover with the 9 unique local talents that are performing with the Out of the Box series at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. Out of the Box, Emerging Artists Series is back for its ninth year. Support locally curated artists Thursdays January through March in the Miller Studio Theatre. In collaboration with Paul Shugrue on 89.5 WHRV, this great after-work event is free and open to the public.
- January 9 - Jeremy Lasley and the Lastones
- January 16 - Logan Vath
- January 23 - Gratiot Lake Road
- January 30 - The Jason Cale Band
- February 6 - The Dustin Furlow Collective
- February 13 - Court Street Company
- February 27 - Ben Phelps Project
- March 5 - Mosquito Cabaret
- March 12 - Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos (LOBBY)
Enjoy a night out while listening to eclectic bands from right here in the 757. The event starts at 7 PM with doors opening at 6 PM. Admission is free. Standing room only.
Out of the Box benefits the Sandler Center Foundation's Local Heroes program, which provides tickets for Hampton Road's "Local Heroes" (first responders and military) and their families to attend a performance at the Sandler Center.
Out of the Box is presented by the Sandler Center Foundation and 4ag.org. Support for this series comes from California Pizza Kitchen and Commonwealth Brewery.
Jeremy Lasley and the Lastones
Jeremy Lasley and the Lastones are a Tidewater based alternative folk-rock band. Their debut release, Got Me was nominated for Veer Magazine's album of the year in 2016. The Lastones will release their second full-length album, Where the Heart Keeps Even Time.
Vath sings with the warmth of a country artist, but there’s enough smoke and gravel in his tone that suggests the genre’s folkier fringes, like the dust-caked howlings of Townes Van Zandt, and the shuffling edge of Dylan. Packing enough feeling into these five songs for albums twice as long, Vath explores a dynamic, shifting, emotional landscape where broken hearts, regret, and doubt share equal billing with wonder, joy, and the wisdom that comes with age.
Gratiot Lake Road
Gratiot Lake Road is the modern folk music of husband and wife Ben and Emaleigh Jensen. Songwriter Emaleigh sings and plays melodies on a closed-back banjo and Ben sings harmonies while fingerpicking an acoustic guitar and stomping with ankle-percussion. Their songs vary from soft ballads to upbeat jams played in a style that has been described as haunting, bittersweet, and eerie. Since their 2009 inception while living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Gratiot Lake Road has released three albums and performed at festivals, art galleries, historic theaters, house shows, bars, and dives throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.
The Jason Cale Band
The Jason Cale Band perform their own style of contemporary blues fusion along with a healthy helping of New Orleans funk. ALL members have been influenced over their lifetimes by numerous styles of music and this clearly shines through with the music they write and create on stage. Every show is unique, fun, and entertaining for all types of audiences.
The Dustin Furlow Collective
Dustin Furlow is an award-winning singer/songwriter/solo-guitarist whose playing and songwriting reflect a clear emphasis on the earthy, intimate sound of today's contemporary-folk artists. With comparisons to songwriters such as Ray LaMontagne and virtuoso guitar-players like Tommy Emmanuel, Furlow eventually carved out a sound that became easily distinguishable by its marriage of complex guitar work and warm, home-spun lyrics. From the haunting melodies in "Evergreen" to the foot-tapping groove of "Cherokee Lake" Dustin is an ambassador of dynamic and control on stage. In 2018 he played over 200 shows, many with Harp-guitarist and Fingerstyle Champion Matt Thomas. With two albums behind him (The Sound That You Call Home 2016, and Solo 2017) Furlow recently released his debut instrumental acoustic album "Woodscapes" available late March 2019.
Court Street Company
Court Street Company is a rock band from Portsmouth, Virginia. Their sound is a rich blend of modern alternative and classic rock with influences from almost every decade of music that precedes them. The band is fronted by singer-songwriters Allen Hudson and Jonah Grinkewitz. The two singers pull you in with haunting vocal harmonies and memorable melodic hooks that don’t let go. Drummer Kyle Pearson and bassist Tim Singer make up a rock-solid rhythm section that serves as a launchpad for the band’s fresh yet nostalgic sound.
Ben Phelps Project
The Ben Phelps Project is a six-piece band from Hampton Roads Virginia. The band plays a style of music all their own merging jazz, blues, and rock into an original sound. The BPP has worked regionally since 2004, released two albums, and has played shows with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Colbie Callait, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Chicago, Cowboy Mouth, Michelle Branch, Cracker, Carbon Leaf, Pat Mcgee, Taylor Hicks, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, The Romantics, Good Old War, and more.
Mosquito Cabaret is a folk & world-music sextet hailing from the waters of Norfolk, Virginia. Forming in the summer of 2017, the group set out to make music that knows no borders; with a melting pot of sonic qualities consisting of equal parts folk, punk, klezmer, humppa, rembetika, and so much more!
Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos
Anthony Rosano mixes traditional blues elements with contemporary rock styles. From North Hill Country Blues to Second Line Funk, Fuzzed out guitars and Urban Grooves, it all blends into an original sound that is familiar to fans of the Blues and Classic Rock Genres. Along with the backing group of musicians known as “The Conqueroos “ Anthony has been an International Blues Challenge Finalist twice and earned many accolades since starting the group in 2012 including, VEER music awards for “Best Blues” in 2015, 2016, & 2017, and “Best Live Performer” in 2017. The 2017 self-released “Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos “ debuted at #9 on Billboard and also dethroned The Rolling Stones from the #1 spot on iTunes. They have toured the country and beyond, from Tulsa to Toronto including Chicago's United Center and Madison Square Garden. Festival appearances include LOCKN, Hound Dog Blues Fest, Western Maryland Blues Fest, Chilli Blues and Brews, Blues at the Beach, Roosterwalk, Winchester Blues House, Dunedin Wines the Blues, Neptune Fest, American Music Festival, and many more. The Band has also been DIRECT support for a diverse range of artists including, Bob Seger, ZZ Top, Gov't Mule, Wallflowers, Train, Marcus King Band, G. Love and Special Sauce, The Allman Betts Band, Samantha Fish, The Magpie Salute, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood,Tab Benoit, Mike Zito and the Wheel, Albert Castigllia, Eric Lindell, Firefall,, Big Sams Funky Nation, Planet of the Abts, Jarakeus Singleton, Cherry Popping Daddies, Jason Ricci, Tinsley Ellis, and a huge list of other notable Performers. In addition, the band plays 150 + Headline club dates a year