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"Ramblin' at the Waterside" Free Concert Series Debuts in Norfolk

Hosted by Bob Zentz, Re-Creates "Ramblin' Conrad's" Experience

July 21, 2009 -- In the tradition of concerts held at "Ramblin' Conrads" Music Shop and Folklore Center from the 1970s-1990s, Bob Zentz will be hosting a new series of traditional music concerts on Wednesday nights beginning in August, at Waterside, the Festival Marketplace on the beautiful downtown Norfolk waterfront.

Sponsored by Norfolk Festevents, the series will bring some of the best in regional, national and international folk and traditional music to Norfolk.  Concerts will be held from 7:00-10:00 PM, at The Listening Room at Dockmaster's inside Waterside, and admission is free to the public.  The series promises "good music and good folk, in a family friendly atmosphere," says Zentz.

The series' opening month features:

-    Nanne & Ankie, one of the Netherlands' premier folk duos, touring the US with the Hudson Crew in commemoration of the voyage of Henry Hudson in 1609, supported by the Dutch Fund for Cultural Participation;  they appeared at Norfolk Harborfest at OpSail 2000 with the Dutch group "Kat yn 't Seil."

-    The Santa Cruz River Band, comprised of celebrated Southwestern troubadours Teodoro “Ted” Ramirez and Michael J. Ronstadt and their Southwestern folk music backing-band;  Ted, an eighth-generation Arizonan, seeks to make the Santa Cruz River Band a cultural bridge that spans the obvious gaps using authentic music, poetry, oral history, stories and legends from the American Southwest, and Michael is a member of a prestigious Southwestern musical family that most notably includes his sister Linda Ronstadt.

-    Judy Cook, a powerful DC-based singer/interpreter of traditional song, carrying the songs and ballads of Americana and the British Isles far and wide;  she was lauded by Peggy Seeger as "the Real Thing. With Capital Letters."

-    Bill Staines, the legendary New England songwriter (All God's Critters, Roseville Fair, many more) one of the most popular singers on the folk music circuit today;  a number of Bill's songs have been recorded by other artists, including Peter, Paul, & Mary, Makem and Clancy, Nanci Griffith, Mason Williams, The Highwaymen, Glen Yarborough, Jerry Jeff Walker, Grandpa Jones, Priscilla Herdman, and others.

Information about the series and upcoming concerts is available at http://www.bobzentz.com/waterside.htm

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For five decades, Bob Zentz has been at the heart of the Hampton Roads traditional music scene.  The Norfolk native performs internationally yet still lives and performs in his hometown, and is active in nurturing the next generation of traditional music performers, in the belief that the future of our world depends upon our youth, and music.  Information about Bob's music, life, friends, performances, and programs for all ages – elementary school to elders – is available at www.bobzentz.com

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