Release Date: August 21,2015

Ricky Scaggs to do Free Concert in Downtown Hampton

 
Entertainment 
It's no Bay Days, but Ricky Skaggs will give a free show in downtown Hampton Sept. 12.

HAMPTON — Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs will perform a free show Saturday, Sept. 12 as part of the weekly Downtown Hampton Block Party series.

Skaggs, who has won 14 Grammy Awards, will perform with his band, Kentucky Thunder. They will headline an event that also will include the popular local funk group The Fuzz Band and possibly a third artist. It also will feature an all-day antiques market.

Jimmy Cerracchio, executive director of the Downtown Hampton Development Partnership, said the additional block party was "a matter of opportunity" after the cancellation of this year's Hampton Bay Days Festival, which was scheduled for Sept. 11-13.

"With no Bay Days, we wanted to do something for the community to mark the end of summer," Cerracchio said. "While this certainly can't replace Bay Days, it felt like a good way to fill that gap."

Jason Bruner of More Music Group, which booked the acts for this year's block party series, said Skaggs had performances booked in North Carolina for Sept. 11 and 13, making it simple for him to add the Hampton show in between on short notice.

Skaggs, 61, has had a dozen No. 1 singles and has been recognized as one of the most influential performers in country and bluegrass music. In 1982 he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, at the time the youngest performer to receive that honor.

He has performed and recorded with bluegrass stars such as Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley and Flatt & Scruggs, as well as performers from other genres of music. In 2007, he and Williamsburg pianist Bruce Hornsby collaborated on an album and a tour.

Cerracchio said the free show would be an ideal way to wind down this year's block party series, which featured performances on Saturday nights near the intersection of King and Queen streets. In addition to a wide variety of top local bands, the block party has featured national acts such as Fishbone and Tim Reynolds' TR3. The Fixx, which had major hits in the 1980s, will perform Aug. 29.

Other than a string of rainouts in July, Cerracchio said the block party has had a very successful season, which made it easier to book an act of Skaggs' caliber.

"This will be a good way to tie up the whole season and to show where we are going in the future," he said.

The Sept. 12 block party will begin at 10 a.m. with an outdoor antiques market, sponsored by Mint Julep Antiques and located on the green spaces on Settlers Landing Road and at King and Queen streets. Vendors, crafters and artists will be on site, and guests can bring items to be appraised ($25 per item, or three for $60). For more information on the antiques market, call 757-870-2195.

There also will be children's activities, food vendors and classic cars on display. The musical performances are expected to begin around 7 p.m.

For more information on the block party, visit hamptonblockparty.com.