| May 20, 2013
| 8:38 AM
Carl Hunt, an original member of the party band Slapwater, was fired from the popular, Peninsula-based group in an acrimonious dispute that surfaced last year.
Drummer George Hunt, who works at the Daily Press, recently announced that he and his...
| May 13, 2013
| 12:13 PM
Slapwater, the Peninsula's premier party band, has renamed itself in hopes of leaving behind a bitter fight over rights to its name. The group led by drummer George "Dody" Hunt III is now called Slapnation, according to its website.
| May 1, 2013
| 12:58 PM
Organizers of the Hampton Block Party have made a change to the entertainment for Saturday's season launch. Blues singer Jackie Scott has been replaced by Blues Empacts, Mojo Collins and Herbie D and the Dangermen.
Scott had to reschedule her...
| Apr 1, 2011
| 2:56 PM
The free event takes place April 23 through Sept. 3, 2011, along Queens Way in downtown Hampton. Party lasts 6-11 p.m. Here's the schedule:
April 23 Tonic with special guest Excess
April 30 Tidewater Drive Band
May 7 Snackbar Jones
| May 29, 2012
| 7:16 AM
Beach music -- that variant of Southern R&B made popular at oceanside party zones Virginia to South Carolina -- signifies good times and summer fun for many.
Those eager to scratch the shag-dancing itch will find what they're looking for at the...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 7:23 AM
Fifteen years ago, in a 10-by-10-foot room in Newport News, Nancy Davenport-Ennis went to work to help breast cancer patients get a fair shake from their insurance companies. She was motivated by the death of her friend Cheryl Grimmel, whose...
| Aug 25, 2011
| 2:02 PM
Hurricane Irene hasn't reached Virginia's shores yet but she's already claimed a fair number of musical performances. Shows by Pat Benatar, Big Joe & the Dynaflows and Donavon Frankenreiter have been kicked to the curb.
Here's the list as of 5 p.m....
| Sep 3, 2011
| 10:00 PM
With earthquake and hurricane behind us, it's time to focus on autumn's peaceful, gentle charms. Those hazy, crazy days of summer are going, going, gone. Maybe that's a good thing – this year, especially. In Hampton Roads, fall brings festivals...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 6:41 AM
Slapwater, the heavy-weight champion of Peninsula area dance bands, has been entertaining local crowds with funk, soul and rock for four decades. The band will perform for free on Friday Oct. 14 at the Poquoson Seafood Festival. Showtime is 6 p.m.
| Apr 4, 2012
| 7:40 AM
Hampton's Saturday Summer Street Fest, known casually as the block party, will return April 21 with The Fighting Jamesons and will continue through the summer with acts including Fastball and The BoDeans.
Mostly, the event concentrates on local cover...
| Jun 6, 2011
| 8:18 AM
Many things will soon be changing at Fort Monroe, but for now, one will remain the same: the tradition of free, outdoor concerts on Thursday and Friday nights.
Music Under the Stars, a 77-year tradition, will feature the Army TRADOC Band and guests...
| Apr 13, 2012
| 11:32 AM
A current member of Slapwater wrote me today to explain why Carl Hunt was dismissed from the popular party band after 40 years. "Simply put, Carl Hunt was dismissed from his job for unacceptable actions," wrote Shelton Parson, 24-year bassist for the...