Since 1985 the Tidewater Winds have been playing Hampton Roads stages. Their first concert was in Norfolk at Town Point Park in 1985. Their 30th anniversary concert is Sunday at the same location.
Executive Director Denise Alsina-Mayo explains that there’s a certain poetry to holding their 30th Anniversary show where it all began, and the decision to take that stage to celebrate this year was very deliberate. “It was important for us to make that connection,” she said.
The Tidewater Winds are a non-profit organization, but operate in a different way than you might imagine. There are 65 professional musicians, and they’re all paid. The venues and the stage crew are all paid as well. But they don’t charge you to come and hear their beautiful music.
For their 30th year, the Tidewater Winds have a great month planned. Each week they have a different theme; the first of which is “Tempus Fugit” or “Time Flies” which shows off their favorite tunes over the last three decades of performing. Check out their calendar for the complete list of themes, locations, and times for their shows.
The free, vibrant shows make wonderful events for families, our community, and music lovers in Hampton Roads, but how do the Winds keep playing? Donations. “We rely heavily on corporate and private donations,” says Alsina-Mayo.
If you’re interested in donating to the Tidewater Winds you can do so by following this link, and please remember that both the Concert Band and support from the community are part of what make Hampton Roads so special. Even if it’s just attending a show and sharing your experience with your friends, it can make a world of difference when it comes to keeping this group going.
Their 30th anniversary concert is Sunday, July 5th in Norfolk’s Town Point Park. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. but assemble early to grab a spot and enjoy time with your neighbors. We’ll see you there!