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Date:
July 19, 2017
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Hampton History Museum
Address:
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
Contact:
757-727-1102
Cost:
Museum members free, non-members $5

Muddy Gems hr1 photo by Beth Austin
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The Muddy Gems

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Muddy Gems are husband and wife duo, John and Laurel Rochford. They combine guitar, flute, keyboards and percussion to an eclectic repertoire of original songs and cover tunes influenced by classic and alternative rock, as well as blues and folk highlighted by powerful male and female vocals. Their style is the result of a lifetime of musical influences ranging from folk, jazz and blues to modern pop. For this special museum performance, they will be accompanied by Matt Nichols on bass and congas. Beer and wine will be available for purchase from La Bodega Hampton. Admission is free for museum members, $5 for non-members. To learn more about the band, visit http://www.themuddygems.com/

The Muddy Gems bring an eclectic evening of original music and cover tunes to the Hampton History Museum’s music series on Wednesday, July 19, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Muddy Gems are husband and wife, John and Laurel Rochford. They combine guitar, flute, keyboards and percussion to their repertoire influenced by classic and alternative rock, as well as blues and folk highlighted by powerful male and female vocals. Their style is the result of a lifetime of musical influences ranging from folk, jazz and blues to modern pop. For this special museum performance, they will be accompanied by Matt Nichols on bass and congas.

Laurel and John’s collaboration on The Muddy Gems is a true love story. They met in February of 2012, began dating, fell in love and were married soon after. John was working as a solo act and quickly discovered a diamond-in-the-rough in his wife. Working alongside her husband, Laurel was once again able to find her musical roots. John, along with Laurel, have been featured in local print and digital media, The Sundowner, The Examiner and a video interview with 757 Bandwire. John’s music videos, “Taxes for War” and “Slow Roll” have both been featured on the local music video show “Sound Check.”  The Muddy Gems song, “Learning to Lose,” has also received play on WHRO’s, “Edge of the Universe." The Gems have also been a featured act on 96X's " Hangover Brunch" and the "757 Local."

The Muddy Gems discography includes a seven song EP entitled "Home Training" along with three single releases, "Gonna Get By", Beautiful Poison" and the Christmas tune, "Christmas Kiss"- (Something to be Thankful For).

 The Muddy Gems award nominations include: 2015 Veer Magazine Awards. Best video for "Gonna Get By” Directed by Beth Austin, Best Acoustic/Folk Act and Best Emerging New Artist. The Gems also received a nomination in 2016 for Best Acoustic/Folk Act.

Front Porch Music Series

Held in the Great Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, the Hampton History Museum’s Front Porch Music Series presents different genres and of music that have shaped the American soundscape and influenced talent in Hampton Roads’ vibrant music scene.

Admission is free to museum members, $5.00 for non-members. Beer and wine will be available for purchase from La Bodega Hampton.

Next in the Series:

August 16, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. –Dustin Furlow & Matt Thomas

Two highly talented singer/songwriter acoustic guitarists join forces for an evening of deftly rendered original music.

Hampton History Museum

The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane. There is plenty of free parking in the garage across the street. For more information call 757/727-1102.