The Nighthawks - 50th Anniversary

The Nighthawks - 50th Anniversary

ALL AGES

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$15

Performers

The Nighthawks

Date and time

Location

Bright Box Theater

15 N. Loudoun St.

Winchester, VA 22601

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Refund policy

No Refunds

Legends of Blues and Roots Rock celebrate 50 years!

About this event

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

DOORS, BAR, & KITCHEN OPEN at 7PM

SHOW at 8PM

TICKETS

GENERAL ADMISSION: $15 + admission tax & processing fee

DOOR: $18 + admission tax

Advance ticket sales end at 6PM the day of the show. If tickets are not sold out by this time they will be available for purchase when the doors open.

ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL

IMPORTANT INFO

This is an all-seated event in the theater

GENERAL ADMISSION - arrive early for best choice of seating

All ages

FOOD & DRINK available for purchase

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THE NIGHTHAWKS

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On this landmark anniversary, founder, lead singer, and harpmaster, Mark Wenner, is still at the helm, while drummer Mark Stutso, guitarist Dan Hovey and bassist Paul Pisciotta all share vocals and songwriting, making this lineup on the strongest ever. Decades of gigs and countless rabid fans have earned them the name “The Best Bar Band In The World.” More than a bar band or blues band, as they’re frequently labeled, this is a band that played with Carl Perkins in addition to Muddy Waters.

In March 2020, with a brand-new recording to promote, The Nighthawks did something previously unthinkable: They stopped in the middle of a Florida tour and drove home. Like so many other people, the band members found themselves out of work as the coronavirus swept the country. Itching to play, The Nighthawks found a couple of spaces large enough to stay apart while woodshedding new material. Previously, the process had been a streamlined one. The band would rough out a dozen new tunes in an afternoon and perform them every night for a year or two before recording. But now there was time, tons of it. Weeks turned into months.

Produced by The Nighthawks and longtime compadre, David Earl, they took advantage of the pandemic slowdown to hunker down in Earl’s Severn Sound Studios in Annapolis, Maryland and crank out fourteen new tracks in the class Nighthawks style.

Dan Hovey wrote a very relevant rocker, “You Seem Distant.” Mark Stutso followed with a fully blast, “Coming and Going.” Florida friend, Colin Kenny, a.k.a. Raiford Starke, wrote the soulful, “West Memphis,” and the band stylistically took it to Memphis. Stutso came up with, “Gas Station Chicken,” and everyone contributed to bringing in the funk. Hovey added three more: “Houseband,” “Fuss and Fight,” and the acoustic delight, “Driving.” In between are British pub rock monster, Gariant Watkins’ “Nobody,” Jimmy Reed’s “Take it Easy, featuring producer David Earl contributing the Eddie Taylor licks on guitar; Eddie Hinton’s version of Sam Cook’s “I’ll Come Running Back”; John Hammond’s version of Mose Allison’s “Ask Me Nice”; a wild version of reggae classic, “Johnny Too Bad”; an outtake rendition of Elvin Presley’s “Ain’t That Lovin’ You”; a Hillbilly interpretation of the Coasters’ “Run Red Run”; and half a dozen others that fell by the wayside. They’d play, record, rearrange, and re-record until they got them justright.

In the tradition they set forth on Rock and Roll, the band’s debut 1974 recording and mission statement, the material is not bound by genre, other than the widest range of American Roots Music.

FAQs:

Is there lodging nearby?

There are lots of great and affordable lodging options — from hotels and motels to camp grounds and bed & breakfast spots — just minutes away from Bright Box. Right around the block is the elegant George Washington Hotel, and Courtyard Marriott is quick drive and within a stones throw to the beautiful (and highly recommended) Shenandoah Valley Museum. Check out these websites to explore your options and discover all the wonderful opportunities in Winchester:

http://www.visitwinchesterva.com/lodging/hotels-and-motels

http://oldtownwinchesterva.com

Where do I park?

Bright Box is located at 15 N. Loudoun St. on the beautiful pedestrian mall in Old Town Winchester. The nearest parking is the Braddock Auto Park at 30 N Braddock St. This is about a block away from the venue. The parking garage does have several handicap parking spaces available.

Once you've parked in the garage you'll exit toward the pedestrian mall. Once you hit N. Loudoun you'll make a right and Bright Box will be on your right a few storefronts up, directly across from the Old Court House Civil War Museum

More information about the garage can be found here: https://www.winchesterva.gov/parking/garage-information

Is Bright Box handicap accessible?

Absolutely. The venue is handicap accessible and ADA compliant. The infrastructure in Old Town Winchester is friendly toward those with physical challenges or in wheelchairs. Park in one of the close-by parking garages and come to the main door at 15 N. Loudoun St. (the walking mall). We ask that you arrive when doors open, and we will be happy to escort you to a place best suited to your needs in the theater or to take you to the elevator to access the upstairs Out of the Box room.

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