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Laura Martier to Perform July 18 for Music on Monarch Way Concert Series

The University Village will do its part to jazz up the summer with Music on Monarch Way Saturday, July 18, featuring VSOJAZ recording artist Laura Martier with Joe Mapp and the Coordinates. Their concert series performance begins at 5 p.m.

Infusing cool jazz with a touch of soul, these innovative artists turn up the heat wherever their music leads. Martier, along with guitarists Joe Mapp and Dan Martier, and Mick Vaughn on rhythm, will perform a mix of classic jazz and soul.

Sponsored by the Old Dominion University Real Estate Foundation and the University Village, the Saturday evening concerts are held from 5-7 p.m. on the lawn behind ODU's Ted Constant Convocation Center along Monarch Way. Concert admission and parking are free.

Information about the Music on Monarch Way concert series and a full list of shops and restaurants at the University Village are available at http://www.oduvillage.com or by calling 683-4504.

The concert schedule is as follows:

July 25: Robbin Thompson - National Recording Artist

Thompson was the lead singer in the Bruce Springsteen band Steelmill, won the American Song Festival twice and has recorded 12 albums. Thompson and friend Steve Bassett authored the song "Sweet Virginia Breeze," which is considered by many to be the unofficial state song of Virginia.

Aug. 1: Session Rockers - Reggae Roots Music

This musically innovative group combines indie soul with reggae beats. Session Rockers was nominated for best reggae band by Virginia Reggae Awards for 2009.

Aug. 8: Corporate Woods Drive - Blues/Rock

The band "paints itself in the Stevie Ray Vaughan and Cream shade of blue," according to reporter Jeff Maisey in The Virginian-Pilot. Playing at venues such as the Norva and the Jewish Mother, the band has a growing and diverse audience that includes everyone from high schoolers to baby boomers.

Aug. 15: Luke Hartman Band - Soft Rock

This trio's music appeals to people of all ages with cover songs ranging from the '70s to today. While the acoustic guitar is the main staple of their music, the rhythm section adds a funky groove, giving the band its unique sound.

Aug. 22: Harwell Grice Band - Bluegrass

Delivering hard-driving bluegrass fresh from the mountains of Southwest Virginia, these talented young musicians offer a wide repertoire of traditional, cover and original music.

This article was posted on: July 15, 2009

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