After Cheers! is a 6 show event series coinciding with Friday Cheers for 2016. Each show features local and regional artists and runs every Friday from July 8th to August 12th. Doors open at 8pm, with music from 8:30 - 11pm, tickets are just $5. After Cheers! is partnered with the Glass House and MG productions, and sponsored by Bank of the James and Blue Ridge Beverage.
In keeping with our mission statement “to identify, cultivate, and expose artistic talent in our community,” the Ellington has instituted the Ellington MusicBridge—a program for at-risk children.
The value of a child’s exposure to quality musical performance and the opportunity to study an instrument is well documented, as is the fact that the music and arts programs are the first to suffer cutbacks from school budgets. The opportunity to study music is almost non-existent for low-income children. Obstacles such as transportation worries and expense prevent these children from participating in these types of programs.