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Posted on: July 8, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Blue Ribbon - Wednesday, July 17, 6-8 pm

The band Blue Ribbon brings their indie, singer-songwriter, roots rock vibe to the Hampton History Museum’s Great Hall for an evening of original music and eclectic covers as part of the museum’s monthly music series on Wednesday, July 17, 6-8 pm.

The band is currently in the midst of a concept project where they are writing and recording an album for each of the 7 deadly sins. Lust, Wrath, Envy, Pride and Sloth are completed. Blue Ribbon is in the middle of recording Greed, the 6th installment of their project.

Blue Ribbon
Chris Ambrosino and Jim Gordon can both point to pivotal events that defined the direction their musical lives would take. For Gordon who comes from a multi-generational musical family, it was when he first heard “Driver Eight” by REM on WMMS in Cleveland Ohio, when all that he knew about country and blues music (Cash, Nelson, Jennings, Owens, Snow, BB King, Wolf, Waters) came into focus. It was Southern, it was smart, it was emotional and all these years later, as he will attest, “runs through the dozens of tunes I’ve written”.

Chris Ambrosino’s life changed when he was gifted a drum kit and a guitar from his parents and grandparents. A working drummer while still a teen in upstate NY and a member of the first MTV generation with a passion for Brit Pop, early metal, ‘70s NYC and later gritty Honky Tonk laced Americana from the Midwest: By 20, Ambrosino was working the NYC club circuit building chops and becoming a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer and front line performer.

Northern Virginia native, Tricia Lani Micheux adds thoughtful and soulful layers to Blue Ribbon's sound via bass guitar and vocals. Her laid back style and vintage tones are a "tip of the hat" to the great bass players of the past. Tricia has been playing bass for over a decade and has played in worship bands as a guitarist, bassist and a drummer, while also occasionally playing piano and clarinet! She plays and contributes vocals to most studio tracks and all of Blue Ribbon's live shows.

Young, dashing and up and coming is Blue Ribbon’s percussionist, Gavin Baker. Playing a multitude of percussion instruments (including the wooden spoons) Gavin’s first love is marching percussion and he’s put his talent to work at Bethel High School and eventually Norfolk State’s renowned drumline.

Hampton History Museum
Held in the Hampton History Museum’s Great Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, the 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 for museum members, $5 for non-members. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Proceeds support the museum.

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

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