Jazz and blues on stage for ‘Raise the Roof’ July 14

Good Shot Judy and Bobby “Blackhat” Walters will perform from 1 to 6 p.m. July 14 at the fifth annual “Raise the Roof” Craft Beer Fest at Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems.

The event will feature music, a dozen Virginia craft beers, barbecue, vegetarian fare and homemade ice cream, reported education director Robert Teagle.

Born out of the idea that jazz music didn’t have to be background music, Good Shot Judy was created in 2013 by brothers Brett and Jeff Cahoon. Band leader Brett says the group performs a dynamic mix of upbeat swing, mambo, cha-cha, rockabilly, calypso and even some rock music.

“We put on a highly entertaining show that anyone can enjoy, regardless of whether you’re a huge fan of jazz and swing or not,” said B. Cahoon.

Walters, a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander with 27 years of distinguished service, is a nationally known recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist and songwriter who has been playing harp for over 40 years.

Walters has opened for blues legends B.B. King, Taj Mahal and Steady Rollin Bob Margolin. He brings together the finest blues musicians in Hampton Roads to perform classic, modern as well as original blues tunes that will keep your toes tappin’ and your hips shaking all night long.   

Tickets are $45 per adult and $15 for those younger than 21. Ages 5 and younger will be admitted free. Tickets include five beer tastings, barbecue or vegetarian fare from Willaby’s, homemade ice cream and a souvenir pint glass. Attendees may also use their tasting tickets for wines from The Dog and Oyster Vineyard.

Along with lead sponsors Connemara Corporation and Chesapeake Bank, other supporters include Bluewater Seafood & Deli; Bragg & Company; Chesapeake Tree Services; Clements Tent Rentals; Conway Plumbing Service; Currie Funeral Home; Davenport & Company; Dunton, Simmons & Dunton, LLP; and Entertainment Systems Corporation.

Also, Hanley Electrical Services; Hope & Glory Inn and Vineyard; IsaBell K. Horsley Real Estate; Joseph B. Elbourn & Son Electrical; Kilmarnock Lettering Company; Matthews International Corporation; Music Publishers of America; Northern Neck Fence Company; Northern Neck Insurance Company; Northern Neck Mechanical; and Northern Neck Seamless Gutter Service.

Also, Open Door Communications; Organic Green Lawn Care; Ransone’s Nursery & Maintenance; Rappahannock Concrete; Rappahannock Hang-Ups; Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury; Select Properties of Virginia; Sonabank; Tri-Star Supermarket; Union Bank & Trust; Urbanna Builders’ Supply Co.; and Willaby’s.

To purchase tickets visit https://christchurch1735.ticketleap.com/. The event supports preservation and education programs at Christ Church, Lancaster County’s only National Historic Landmark.