The fall arts schedule offers a wide variety of pop entertainment — from classic bluegrass to the ghost of Ol' Blue Eyes, with a little bit of Monty Python thrown in for good measure.
Here's a look at 10 (or so) of the top popular entertainment shows coming to Hampton Roads this fall.
Hot jazz shows. Local jazz bandleader Jae Sinnett is working on a new album, and he will be playing with his current ensemble Thursday at the Chandler Recital Hall on the campus of Old Dominion University ($25, fundraiser for WHRO-FM 89.5), and then Friday and Saturday nights at the Williamsburg Regional Library ($18 adults, $10 kids). Justin Kauflin, the terrific jazz pianist from Virginia Beach, will play Gloucester Arts on Main on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Abingdon Episcopal Church in Gloucester (free show). And on Sunday, Sept. 20, the Chrysler Hall in Norfolk will have Al Jarreau and Jeffrey Osborne ($48-$73).
Ricky Skaggs. The Downtown Hampton Block Party finishes its season with a bang Saturday, Sept. 12, with a free show headlined by bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder. Skaggs has won 14 Grammy Awards and defined bluegrass for several generations. The night will feature performances by local funksters The Fuzz Band and local country singer Kasey Rae. Info at hamptonblockparty.com.
Sam Hunt. Country singer-songwriter Sam Hunt performs at Langley Speedway in Hampton on Thursday, Sept. 17. Hunt wrote songs for Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban before releasing some hits of his own, including "Leave the Night On" and "House Party." General admission is $25, and VIP packages are available for $30-$35. Info: whisperconcerts.com.