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With his extended family in the crowd, his brother featured on stage and his hometown fans cheering him on, Bruce Hornsby performed a rollicking set for a sold-out crowd at Lake Matoaka Amphitheater on Thursday.
Ten years after their concert in support of 92.3 The Tide's launch, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers returned to Williamsburg to celebrate the station's birthday.
In between songs that included his own singles, hits he has written for other artists and Grateful Dead covers, Hornsby bantered with the crowd, shared his children's accomplishments and praised the radio station.
Hornsby congratulated Tide Radio from the stage, and gave them a live version of the "silly" liners he has recorded for the station's commercial breaks.
The concert attracted thousands of attendees – despite the rain earlier in the day.
Thomas Bradham and Charlie Gainey made the drive up from Florence, S.C., to see one of their favorite artists play live. The two used the concert as an excuse to extend Bradham's 40th birthday celebration after spending a week's vacation in Greece.
The Walter family, who live in the Williamsburg area, had a shorter trek to the venue, but saw it as a big event nonetheless.
"It was great, awesome. I hate to leave," said Laura Walter, who particularly enjoyed the band's performance of "Look Out Any Window."
Amy Hibbard, who grew up in Williamsburg and won tickets through a Tide Radio giveaway contest, attended the concert with her friend Kristin Baum, both as fans of Tide Radio and Hornsby.
She was at the Hornsby concert 10 years ago and marveled at the Tide’s surge in popularity in its time in the community.
“I think people know a lot more about the Tide now. Back then they didn’t, so it was pretty cool to see everybody coming out supporting – because they learned about it through the Tide and it sold out a lot faster than the one 10 years ago," Baum said, referring to the one day it took to sell out the venue.
Before the concert, Tide Radio celebrated its 10th birthday with attendees. The venue opened at 5 p.m. – two hours before opening act James Justin & Co. took the stage – to give guests time to socialize, enjoy a drink and grab a bite to eat from caterers DoG Street Pub, The Trellis and Blue Talon restaurants.
Guests could also take their own photos in front of a special Tide Turns Ten backdrop to help remember the occasion. Flip through the gallery above to see some of those photos among others.
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Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers – Lake Matoaka Amphitheater – May 21, 2015
What A Time
End of the Innocence
Look Out Any Window
Black Rats of London
Mandolin Rain>Sad Moon>That Would Be Something>Mandolin Rain
The Way It Is
Jack Straw w/ Bobby Hornsby
Standing On The Moon