Sandler Center announces Great Performance Series

Posted at 1:43 PM, Jun 28, 2013

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach’s premier cultural venue, is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Tidewater Mortgage Services, Inc. Great Performance Series.

The upcoming season features concerts by music legends, comedy, dance, holiday, and family entertainment. This season is packed with world-renowned performers and student matinees, and there are still more great additions that will be announced in the coming months.

Create your own experience! Subscription packages are available when you select five or more events. The best seats in the house can be yours when you reserve your seats today! Our Membership Campaign has gained a lot of momentum, and now is a great time to become a member of the Sandler Center and receive all of the great benefits that membership affords.

• By choosing 5 or more events, patrons will receive a 10% discount on each ticket purchased. Visit or call the box office at (757) 385 – ARTS for additional details.

• Upgrade to a Membership and receive up to 20% off. For more information on Membership visit

Season Packages On Sale Now by calling (757) 385-ARTS, download an order form online at, or by visiting the Sandler Center Box Office.

Single Tickets for the 2013-2014 Great Performance Series go on sale July 26, 2013 at 10am.

Alejandro Escovedo & Shelby Lynne

An evening of stories and songs with two critically acclaimed singer/songwriters.

September 25, 2013, 7:30pm

$29, $38, $45, $50

The Doobie Brothers

The Vocal Hall of Fame rock group reunited for their newest album, “World Gone Crazy”.

October 11, 2013, 8:00pm

$50, $60, $65, $90

Aladdin & Other Enchanting Tales – Family Series

Discover and experience the tales of Genii, princesses, and wizards.

October 17, 2013, 10:00am & Noon

$10, $15, $20, $25

Bale Folclorico de Bahia

Dancers, musicians, and signers make up this extravagant 38- member troupe performance based on “Bahian” folkloric dances of African origin.

October 20, 2013, 7:30pm

$23, $29, $39, $49

Dr. John

The six-time Grammy Award Winner American Singer-songwriter who merges blues, pop, jazz, zydeco, and rock and roll to create his own musical fusion.

October 22, 2013, 7:30pm

$45, $50, $55, $65

Marcolivia – Violin Duo – Miller Studio Series

Marc Ramirez and Olivia Hajioff together make up the collaborative and creative pair.

November 6, 2013, 7:30pm


Aaron Neville

His incredible career has seen him move seamlessly back and forth between solo work and his role in the first family of New Orleans music, the Neville Brothers.

November 9, 2013, 8:00pm

$34, $38, $48, $60

Alton Brown Live!

Food Network star Alton Brown brings his brand of quirky humor and culinary-science antics to the stage in a show with a unique blend of stand-up comedy, and food experimentation.

November 10, 2013, 7:30pm

$35, $45, $55, $125

Bill Cosby

One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, Cosby talks about being a grandfather, his first love, and much more in his humorous and insightful manner.

November 21, 2013, 7:30pm

$45, $50, $60, $80

Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster & Paul Thorn

Joe Ely’s voice is that of a man who speaks fluently of honky tonks and jook joints, Ruthie Foster can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk, & gospel, and Paul Thorn’s distinctively soulful voice makes his concerts feel like “taking a 6-pack to church.”

November 22, 2013, 8:00pm

$30, $35, $40, $45

Natalie Cole – Holiday & Hits

Multiple Grammy-winning R&B and Jazz recording artist Natalie Cole brings Holiday classics as well as her greatest hits for an unforgettable night of music.

December 13, 2013, 8:00pm

$55, $60, $70, $100

IONA – Traditional Celtic Music – Miller Studio Series

This outstanding Celtic band brings a sense of tradition and excitement with their take on traditional Celtic music. Using traditional instruments, IONA presents the rich musical elements of all Celtic cultures.

January 15, 2014, 7:30pm


Padmarani – Classical Indian Dance – Miller Studio Series

Padmarani, who was born in Sri Lanka, combines versatility with an international reputation as a dancer and teacher par excellence and performs and teachers Bharatha Natyam, an ancient form of Indian temple dance.

January 29, 2014, 7:30pm


X Out Bullying presented by Virginia Stage Company

In this brand new production, students will learn how to recognize, understand, and stop bullying in their own schools and obtain important and valuable lessons on how to “X OUT” bullying in their classrooms.

February 3 – 5, 2014, 10:00am & Noon

$10, $15, $20, $25

Pat Metheny

Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist” and awards, including three gold records, 20 Grammy Awards in 12 different categories.

February 11, 2014, 7:30pm

$41, $50, $60, $85

Dinosaur Train: Live! – Family Series

Dinosaur Train – Live! will bring the beloved stars of the hit PBS series. From giant King to teeny Tiny, the show’s stars will be brought to life in an exciting, original, musical story created just for the stage.

February 20, 2014, 10:00am & Noon

$10, $15, $20, $25

Chris Botti

This World-renowned trumpeter is known for his soulful reimagining of beloved jazz standards and a talent for the stage that cannot be matched.

March 13, 2014, 7:30pm

$45, $50, $55, $75

Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy

With more than thirty years of experience and an alumnus of “Saturday Night Live” and Chicago’s famed Second City, Jim Belushi is now bringing to the stage an improvised comedy sketch show featuring members of the Chicago Board of Comedy.

March 14, 2014, 8pm

$35, $45, $55, $65

Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles

Hailed as “The Next Best thing to Seeing the Beatles” by the Associated Press, RAIN performs all of the band’s best-loved songs from throughout their discography.

March 18, 2014, 7:30pm

$50, $60, $65, $100

Keb Mo

Three-time Grammy Winner for Best Contemporary Blues Album, this singer and guitarist passionately combines jazz, R&B, and blues to create a sound uniquely his own.

April 4, 2014, 8:00pm

$40, $45, $50, $65

My Heart In A Suitcase – Family Series

This powerful performance tells the true story of Anne Lehmann, a young Jewish girl growing up in Germany who is sent away by her family to live with strangers in England during the outbreak of World War II.

April 7, 2014, 10:00am & Noon

$10, $15, $20, $25

TAO: Phoenix Rising

A new production by world-renowned TAO, known for their unique fusion of traditional Japanese Taiko drumming with cutting-edge choreography and costuming that is sure to leave audiences breathless.

April 14, 2014, 7:30pm

$25, $35, $45, $50

Ben Folds

Among the most distinctive and inventive musicians of the alternative era, beloved for kinetic live shows and piano-powered popcraft.

April 30, 2012, 7:30pm

$35, $45, $55, $65

Another new addition to this Season is our “Out of the Box” Emerging Artist Series. We will be working closely with WHRV host Paul Shugrue to bring some of the best regional acts to the Sandler Center for this weekly after work social. Be on the lookout for “Out of the Box” this winter every Thursday in January and February, 2014.

…and we are not done yet! There are more great artists still to be announced this season. Look out for artist updates and our single ticket on sale on July, 26th.

About the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

With over 1,300 seats, the Sandler Center is an adaptable, acoustically superb space suited for virtually every kind of live performance. In addition to performances for audiences of all ages, the Sandler Center enriches the life of the Virginia Beach community with arts education programs, including student matinees, in-school performances, and master classes with renowned artists.