Big Concerts Coming to Virginia in July

Festival season is well underway and throughout July, 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.

Head to Floyd for Floydfest – five days of nonstop music, artisan workshops, demonstrations, and a whole lot of fun. The 80-acre festival campus is filled with everything you need to get the most out of this musical event, like a “Global Village” that encourages visitors to learn about the Blue Ridge region’s foods, artists, and lifestyle. Acts performing this year include Michael Franti & Spearhead, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Thievery Corporation, Shovels & Rope and many more.

At the Red Wings Roots Music Festival, roots rock band the Steel Wheels hosts a 3-day event celebrating music and outdoors at Natural Chimneys Park in the scenic Shenandoah Valley. The festival will include craft beer, cycling, multiple stages, camping and great music from some of the biggest names in roots rock including Lake Street Dive, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Pokey LaFarge, and more.

The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival has been bringing great music to the Shenandoah Valley for more than 50 years! Each summer, the Festival presents eight to 10 concerts, featuring nationally recognized, award-winning artists. Acts performing this year include Arlo Guthrie (July 21), the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra performing “Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love” (July 22), and Pure Prairie League and Poco (July 28).

Come to the Tazewell Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention on July 14-16 for three days of live musical performances played with banjos, guitars, fiddles, and many other folk-inspired instruments. Taking place on the grounds of historic Crab Orchard Museum’s Pioneer Park, bands compete in their respective categories, including harmonica, autoharp, and bass, for more than $5,000 of cash prizes, pride, and recognition.

Virginia’s regular live music venues also have plenty of music coming. Here’s a rundown of some of the big artists coming to town.

The National in Richmond will be bringing a number of big name artists throughout the month. The venue will be hosting Busta Rhymes (July 1), Dawes (July 9), New Found Glory (July 11), Shinedown (July 19), and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (July 27).

Just outside Richmond, the Innsbrook After Hours concert series at the Servpro Pavilion in Glen Allen will host Gary Clark, Jr. on July 6, Dustin Lynch on July 8, Brett Eldredge on July 9, and 311 on July 19.

The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell will host Tanya Tucker on July 21.

In Charlottesville, the Sprint Pavilion will host Spoon and the New Pornographers on July 19, Phantogram on July 23, and Gillian Welch on July 30.

Celebrate Virginia After Hours in Fredericksburg will bring to the stage Ziggy Marley (July 15), Justin Moore (July 21), and Ludacris (July 29).

The NorVa in Norfolk will be hosting acts like George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic on July 9 and Corey Feldman & The Angels on July 18.

The Portsmouth Pavilion in Portsmouth will have performances from July Jazz featuring Brian Simpson (July 22) and The Australian Pink Floyd Show (July 23).

The Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach brings in Nickelback (July 4), the Vans Warped Tour (July 11), Tedeschi Trucks Band (July 12), Dierks Bentley (July 15), Boston and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (July 20), OneRepublic (July 23), Foreigner and Cheap Trick (July 26), Sam Hunt (July 27), R. Kelly (July 28), and Chicago and the Doobie Brothers (July 30).

Flo Rida performs in Roanoke at the Elmwood Park Amphitheater on July 16, while George Thorogood & The Destroyers will be there on July 29. Jamey Johnson will perform at the Salem Civic Center on July 20.

Over in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center will be hosting a number of shows including Emmylou Harris on July 20, Sister Hazel on July 23, and Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers on July 29.

The Thursday Jams concert series in Abingdon will feature music from Eric Gales (July 6), Brent Cobb (July 13), and Look Homeward (July 20).

The Blue Ridge Summer Concert Series at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax will host Slate Mountain Ramblers & the Zephyr Lightning Bolts (July 1), Steep Canyon Rangers & The Wildmans (July 8), The Snyder Family Band & Five Mile Mountain Road (July 15), April Verch Band & the Grayson County Daredevils (July 22), and The Harris Brothers & Joe Troop and Che Apalache (July 29).

At Wolf Trap Center for Performing Arts in Vienna, shows will include John Mellencamp and Emmylou Harris (July 3), Tedeschi Trucks Band (July 5), Natalie Merchant (July 6), PJ Harvey (July 21), Diana Ross (July 25), Regina Spektor and Ben Folds (July 26), and Aretha Franklin (July 29).

Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow will host a number of shows including Incubus & Jimmy Eat World (July 12), Zac Brown Band (July 16), Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper (July 19), OneRepublic and Fitz and The Tantrums (July 21), Chris Stapleton (July 22), Foreigner and Cheap Trick (July 25), Chicago, The Band & The Doobie Brothers (July 29), and Boston and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (July 30).

Steve Earle and the Dukes will perform at Alexandria music hall The Birchmere on July 18. Also on the Birchmere’s schedule are Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers (July 20), Pure Prairie League (July 23), Billy Bragg (July 24), Toad the Wet Sprocket (July 26-27), and the Bacon Brothers (July 28-30).

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