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.

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

THE Z OPEN MICS: The Z Unplugged

an Open Mic Event

May 23, 2023

7:30pm

Studio Theater

Step on stage and showcase your talents! Writers, comedians, musicians and performers of all kinds can test-drive works-in-progress, debut new pieces, or take the mic for fun in this welcoming, supportive environment. New talent starts here!

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 TasteBreakers 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.

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

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