Festival season in Virginia is still going strong all summer and throughout August, many big name musicians will be coming to Virginia. From major country acts to the biggest names in rock and pop, catch your favorite artists and discover new ones all over the Commonwealth.
—Virginia Music Festivals—
The Carter Family Memorial Music Festival is held the first weekend in August presented in honor of The Original Carter Family, the first family of country music, and commemorating the historic 1927 Bristol Recording Sessions. Artists performing this year include Lorrie Carter Bennett & Ronnnie Williams, Jake Krack & the Bing Brothers, Mountain Park Old Time Band, Whitetop Mountain Band, and Tennessee Mafia Jug Band.
The City of Galax has the world tapping its feet as the Old Fiddlers’ Convention takes place in Felts Park Aug. 5-10. Musicians and fans from around the world travel to Galax to perform and hear the music that defines the sound of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A few hundred come with their instruments to show their skill, and compete for the cash prizes.
On Aug. 8-11, experience the world’s best jazz and R&B music at the Richmond Jazz Festival set against the beautiful rolling hills of Maymont. Acts performing this year include Jill Scott, Maze, Big Boi, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Cameo.
The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival has been bringing great music to the Shenandoah Valley for more than 50 years. Acts performing in August include The Oak Ridge Boys (Aug. 9), Home Free (Aug. 10), and Judy Collins (Aug. 31).
Hear 60 of the world’s most acclaimed musicians performing in more than 30 concerts in historic downtown venues at the Staunton Music Festival Aug. 16-25. The daily concerts range from eclectic and feature chamber music from the Middle Ages to world premieres, performed by vocalists and instrumentalists from across Europe and the U.S. There are also free pre-concert talks and special offers with numerous downtown restaurants and hotels.
The Lockn’ Music Festival is a four-day music festival taking place Aug. 22-25 at Infinity Downs Farm with an emphasis on music, camping, outdoor activities, regional food, beverages, and artisans. Many of the artists perform over multiple days, and be featured in unique and exciting artist pairings. Artists performing at this year’s festival include Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Tedeschi Trucks Band, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Gary Clark Jr., The Revivalists, and many others.
The Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival is Hampton Roads’ longest-running outdoor jazz festival featuring a mix of Grammy award-winning artists and chart-toppers performing in Town Point Park on the downtown Norfolk waterfront. Artists performing this year (Aug. 23-24) include Sheila E, Michael Lington, Vincent Ingala, Lindsey Weber, Paul Jackson, and more.
The Appaloosa Festival is a roots music and outdoors experience Aug. 30-Sept. 1, set at the Skyline Ranch Resort among the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hosted by Scythian, Appaloosa features more than 40 bands on five stages, including some of the most critically acclaimed up-and-coming artists from all over the country. This year features Steep Canyon Rangers, Dustbowl Revival, YARN, Fireside Collective, Humming House and more.
Lovers of music come together Aug. 29-Sept. 1 at Spirithaven Farm in Stuart for the Front Porch Fest as more than 30 local, regional and national musicians showcase their talent on three stages. It all takes place on Virginia’s front porch to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
—Over at Virginia’s Live Music Venues—
The National in Richmond will be bringing a number of big name artists throughout the month. The venue will be hosting Guster (Aug. 2), Thievery Corporation (Aug. 8), Eli Young Band (Aug. 17), The Wallflowers (Aug. 22), Gary Clark Jr. (Aug. 23), and more.
Elsewhere in Richmond, The Broadberry will be hosting The Mountain Goats (Aug. 8), Reignwolf (Aug. 13), and more.
Shows at Richmond Raceway’s Virginia Credit Union Live! include Cody Jinks (Aug. 10), Skillet and Sevendust (Aug. 13), and Dark Star Orchestra (Aug. 15).
The Altria Theater will host The Temptations and the Four Tops on Aug. 22 and Dionne Warwick on Aug. 25.
Just outside Richmond, the Innsbrook After Hours concert series in Glen Allen will host John Butler Trio (Aug. 2), Brett Young (Aug. 8), Throwback Thursday featuring Montell Jordan, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, and Rob Base (Aug. 15), Boyz II Men (Aug. 21), and Chris Young (Aug. 31).
The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell will be hosting acts like Cinderella’s Tom Keifer (Aug. 8), The Oak Ridge Boys (Aug. 11), Sam Bush (Aug. 14), Pam Tillis (Aug. 17), and more.
In Charlottesville, the John Paul Jones Arena will host Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss on Aug. 14. The Sprint Pavilion will feature The Flaming Lips on Aug. 6 and Dwight Yoakam on Aug. 24. Shows at the the Jefferson Theater will include The Cadillac Three (Aug. 17), Mipso (Aug. 30), and more. The Paramount Theater will be hosting Gladys Knight on Aug. 18 and Ronnie Milsap on Aug. 31.
The NorVa in Norfolk will be hosting acts like August Burns Red (Aug. 7), Black Flag (Aug. 13), Drake White (Aug. 15), The Wallflowers (Aug. 21), and more. Chrysler Hall in Norfolk will have performances from Dwight Yoakam on Aug. 16 and Gladys Knight on Aug. 17. The Constant Center at Old Dominion University will be bringing in Vampire Weekend on Aug. 30.
Keith Sweat & Monica will be coming to the Hampton Coliseum on Aug. 17.
The Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach brings in Joe Bonamassa on Aug. 1, Jimmy Buffett on Aug. 3, Rebelution on Aug. 10, Heart on Aug. 11, KISS on Aug. 13, Knotfest Roadshow featuring Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, and Behemoth on Aug. 14, and Breaking Benjamin on Aug. 21, Chris Young on Aug. 22, and Flogging Molly on Aug. 23.
Phase 2 Club in Lynchburg will be bringing in acts such as David Allan Coe (Aug. 8 & 9), Adam Rutledge (Aug. 17), Billy Currington (Aug. 22), and more.
Over in Rocky Mount, the Harvester Performance Center will be hosting a number of shows including Gin Blossoms (Aug. 4), Dawes (Aug. 7), Stephen Kellogg (Aug. 11), Jon Anderson of YES (Aug. 13), and many more.
Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band will perform at the Berglund Center in Roanoke on Aug. 13.
The Blue Ridge Summer Concert Series at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax will host Chatham County Line on Aug. 3, The Hot Seats on Aug. 17, Fireside Collective on Aug. 24, and J2B2 on Aug. 31.
The Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington will be hosting Steep Canyon Rangers on Aug. 3.
Celebrate Virginia After Hours in Fredericksburg will host Kool & the Gang on Aug. 3 and 38 Special on Aug. 17.
At Wolf Trap Center for Performing Arts in Vienna, shows will include Lyle Lovett & His Large Band (Aug. 1), Sarah McLachlan (Aug. 3), Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band (Aug. 10 & 11), Stray Cats (Aug. 13), Tony Bennett (Aug. 17), Lenny Kravitz (Aug. 21), Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (Aug. 22), The Beach Boys (Aug. 25), and Sting (Aug. 26-28).
Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow will host a number of shows including Florida Georgia Line on Aug. 3, Brad Paisley on Aug. 10, KISS on Aug. 11, Bryan Adams & Billy Idol on Aug. 12, Alice Cooper & Halestorm on Aug. 13, Santana on Aug. 14, Breaking Benjamin on Aug. 22, Rascal Flatts on Aug. 24, and Zac Brown Band on Aug. 25.
Shows at Alexandria music hall The Birchmere include Howie Day on Aug. 3, Jon Anderson of YES on Aug. 5, Chris Isaak on Aug. 6, David Allan Coe on Aug. 10, Rufus Wainwright on Aug. 22, and many more.