Proteus Festival

A Z Signature Festival Event

September 30, 2022 to October 08, 2022

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Lobby, Main Stage Theater, Studio Theater, The Outside Terrace

2 full weekends of creativity are back at The Z! 

Showcases of music, comedy, theater, kid’s entertainment, open mics, a slient auction, and interactive art projects take over our block of Town Center this October in the don’t-miss event of the season! Come see what The Z is all about-there’s no arts fest like Proteus!

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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: 

NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL:

9/30-10/1 and 10/6-10/7 at 7pm

Studio Theater

The 2022 Proteus New Plays Festival features four new works written in our American Dreamwrights Workshop. Join us for performances in repertory during Proteus and vote for your favorite show. Winner of the Audience Favorite will get an extended run in November. 2022 Selected Plays are: “A Cut Above” by Zachary and Christen Davis, “The Blood Cycle” by Benita Alane, “Likker Outta Control, Busting Arlena Cartwright” by Clyde Santana, and “No One Knows Her Song” by P.A. Wray


PLAN B COMEDY HULLABALOO

Friday, Oct. 7 at 8pm

Mainstage


PROTEUS BLOCK PARTY

Saturday, Oct. 8 from 2-7pm

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Your introduction to The Z starts this October! Our annual Proteus Block Party is the biggest don’t-miss FREE event of the season showcasing music, comedy, theater, kid’s entertainment, open mics, and interactive art projects. We’ll have our doors open wide for the community to come see what The Z is all about-there’s no arts fest like Proteus!

PARTY LIKE A VIP:  For $100 get a reserved seat at a VIP premium view table, then enjoy dinner and a show with catered food and private bar access during the Block Party, plus a ticket to the Proteus Music Contest at 8pm.


PROTEUS MUSIC CONTEST

Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8pm

Mainstage Theater

The Proteus Festival Music Contest is for emerging and early-career musical artists!
See performances from our five finalists at Proteus Festival, and watch as a winner is crowned by a panel of music industry professionals. The grand prize is a headlining concert in the Live at The Z Music Series and a recording package in The Z’s recording studio.

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Proteus Festival Music Contest Finals

a part of Proteus Festival 2022

October 08, 2022

8:00pm

Lobby, Main Stage Theater, Studio Theater, The Outside Terrace

VOTE FOR YOUR AUDIENCE FAVORITE

The audience-favorite TasteBreakers Music Contest is back in 2022 as the Proteus Festival Music Contest! The contest, featuring emerging and early-career musical artists, is hosted in 3 stages: Submissions, Audience Voting & Finalist Selection, and the Finalist competition concert.

The five finalists, including your audience favorite, will perform live in concert at Proteus Festival, where the winner will be selected by a panel of music industry professionals. The 2022 winner will headline a concert in the Live at The Z Music Series and win a recording package in The Z’s own recording studio! Play your part in picking the music stars of Proteus Festival 2022, then see them live in this dynamic concert hosted on our mainstage!

Audience voting will be online from Thurs, September 8, 2022 to Thurs, September 15, 2022

Finalists announced on Friday, September 16, 2022

Proteus Festival Music Contest Finals will be on Saturday, October 8, 2022

 

Proteus Festival Block Party

a free event at Proteus Festival 2022

October 08, 2022

2pm

Lobby, Studio Theater, The Outside Terrace

Your introduction to The Z starts at the annual Proteus Block Party! Showcases of music, comedy, theater, kid’s entertainment, open mics, and interactive art projects take over Town Center this October in the don’t-miss free event of the season! Come see what The Z is all about-there’s no arts fest like Proteus!

FEATURING:

On the Terrace & Plaza: VA is for Arts Lovers LOVE sign art project and outdoor performances, plus an open mic sampler featuring our Z Artist Members and local performers alike

Studio: Rotation of performances by the Children’s Theater of Hampton Roads, Plan B Comedy, American Dreamwrights, and Proteus Creative Team Winners Past and Present

Main Lobby: Silent Auction with prizes from VB favorites

PARTY LIKE A VIP: For $100 get a reserved seat at a VIP premium view table, then enjoy dinner and a show with catered food and private bar access during the Block Party, plus a ticket to the Proteus Music Contest at 8pm.

VIEW THE FULL PROTEUS LINEUP

Buster Williams & Something More

a Live at The Z Music Series event

November 19, 2022

7:30pm

Main Stage Theater

The Buster Williams Quartet “Something More” performs live in concert featuring Buster Williams (bass), Steve Wilson (saxophone), Lenny White (drums), and George Colligan (piano). 

Live at the Z Music Series:  The spotlight is on music with our Live at The Z Music Series specially curated to elevate new and exciting artists of all genres to the center stage. Originality and talent shines in our state-of-the-art venue that welcomes audiences into an intimate and immersive musical experience. Music starts here. #LiveAtTheZ

This engagement of Buster Williams & Something More is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. www.midatlanticarts.org

Holidivas

Live at The Z: a z holiday tradition

December 15, 2022 to December 17, 2022

7:30pm & Sat. at 2:00pm

Main Stage Theater

The Holidivas are back! One of The Z’s most popular cabarets, the different and delightful divas bring the house down with Holiday favorites and new original classics! Heart-warming and sprinkled with comedy, you won’t want to miss this unique holiday experience. The holiday spirit starts here!

12/15- 7:30pm

12/16- 7:30pm

12/17 2:00pm & 7:30pm

Ambient Music Showcase

Live at The Z Music Series

January 20, 2023

7:30pm

Main Stage Theater

The Z and VEER magazine collaborate to bring you the best of the 757 ambient music scene.

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 The spotlight is on music with our Live at The Z Music Series specially curated to elevate new and exciting artists of all genres to the center stage. Originality and talent shine in our state-of-the-art venue that welcomes audiences into an intimate and immersive musical experience. Music starts here. #LiveAtTheZ

Co-presented with VEER Magazine

Tim Seibles & Chris Brydge

Live at The Z Music Series

February 17, 2023

7:30pm

Studio Theater

A concert presentation of original poetry by Tim Seibles paired with compositions by bassist Chris Brydge. 

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Live at the Z Music Series:  The spotlight is on music with our Live at The Z Music Series specially curated to elevate new and exciting artists of all genres to the center stage. Originality and talent shines in our state-of-the-art venue that welcomes audiences into an intimate and immersive musical experience. Music starts here. #LiveAtTheZ

Eddie Williams Quartet

Live at The Z Music Series

March 24, 2023

7:30pm

Studio Theater

Saxophonist Eddie Williams leads his quartet as they perform music from his most recent album “Acceptance”- featuring Justin Kauflin (piano), Chris Brydge (bass), and Emre Kartari (drums)

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Live at the Z Music Series:  The spotlight is on music with our Live at The Z Music Series specially curated to elevate new and exciting artists of all genres to the center stage. Originality and talent shine in our state-of-the-art venue that welcomes audiences into an intimate and immersive musical experience. Music starts here. #LiveAtTheZ

Proteus Festival Music Contest: Winner’s Concert

a part of Proteus Festival 2022

April 28, 2023

8:00pm

Studio Theater

The Z presents the winner of the Proteus Music Contest! 

The Proteus Festival Music Contest is for emerging and early-career musical artists. The contest is hosted in 3 stages: Submissions, Audience Voting & Finalist Selection, and the Finalist competition concert.

Submissions are reviewed by a selection committee and shared online for audience voting to choose 5 finalists. The audience favorite moves forward as a finalist and the selection committee chooses the remaining 4 finalists. The five finalists will then perform for a live audience at Proteus Festival, where the winner will be selected by a panel of music industry professionals. The grand prize is a featured spot in the Live at The Z Music Series and a recording package in The Z’s own Main Stage recording studio.

Songwriter Swap

Live at The Z Music Series

May 26, 2023

7:30pm

Main Stage Theater

Each songwriter brings their indelible creative fingerprint to their original songs. But what happens when another songwriter layers their creative fingerprint on top? That is what you will hear at this Songwriters Swap featuring 6 Hampton Roads songwriters performing their original music as well as each other’s!

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Live at the Z Music Series:  The spotlight is on music with our Live at The Z Music Series specially curated to elevate new and exciting artists of all genres to the center stage. Originality and talent shines in our state-of-the-art venue that welcomes audiences into an intimate and immersive musical experience. Music starts here. #LiveAtT

Vocal Jazz Summit

Live at The Z Music Series

June 23, 2023 to June 25, 2023

A full weekend of Jazz!

Lobby, Main Stage Theater, Studio Theater, The Outside Terrace

The Vocal Jazz Summit is an annual conference designed to bring together jazz enthusiasts, emerging and established artists, industry leaders, and the greater jazz community to connect and engage one another in celebration of the artform, present unique educational experiences, and provide an environment to nurture and grow the jazz community. The weekend will engage festival-goers with live performance, interactive workshops and masterclasses, and networking opportunities.