Big Concerts Coming to Virginia in October

There’s a great amount of music coming to Virginia in October. From major country acts to the biggest names in rock and pop, catch your favorite artists and discover new ones all over the Commonwealth.


On Oct. 5-8, enjoy the Festy Experience in Nelson County for live music, award winning craft beer, fall camping, and lots of fun at Infinity Downs. This year’s lineup includes Drive-By Truckers, AniDeFranco, Joan Osborne, the Infamous Stringdusters and more.

Celebrating the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft and food, the Richmond Folk Festival takes place Oct. 13-15 and features more than 30 performing groups on seven live music stages, along with a Virginia Folklife demonstration area, children’s activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods and more.The free three-day festival is one of the largest events in Virginia.

Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Folklife Festival on Oct. 28 celebrates western Virginia’s folkways and rural life with three music stages with all the famed Blue Ridge music styles including bluegrass, ballads, blues, gospel, and string band music. There will also be craftspeople, vintage farm tractors, hundreds of custom cars, and more.


Over at Virginia’s many live music venues:

The National in Richmond will be bringing a number of big name artists throughout the month. The venue will be hosting The Head and the Heart (Oct. 1), Modest Mouse (Oct. 15), Blues Traveler (Oct. 17), GWAR (Oct. 20), Greensky Bluegrass (Oct. 24), Primus (Oct. 25) and others.

Rob Zombie will perform at the Classic Amphitheatre at Richmond Raceway Complex on Oct. 6. The Foo Fighters will be rocking the Richmond Coliseum on Oct. 14 while over at the Altria Theater, Justin Moore and ZZ Top will be performing Oct. 20 and Oct. 21, respectively.

In Charlottesville, the Sprint Pavilion will host Stephen Stills & Judy Collins on Oct. 5 while the John Paul Jones Arena will host Zac Brown Band on Oct. 7. Over at the Paramount Theater, Patti LaBelle will perform on Oct. 8.  The Jefferson Theater will hosts artists like Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Oct. 8), Brett Young (Oct. 14), Julien Baker (Oct. 15), Judah and the Lion (Oct. 16), Third Eye Blind (Oct. 20) and more.

Celebrate Virginia After Hours in Fredericksburg will bring to the stage The Temptations and the Four Tops on Oct. 7.

The NorVa in Norfolk will be hosting acts like Rise Against (Oct. 3), Manchester Orchestra (Oct. 5), Azealia Banks (Oct. 11), Matisyahu (Oct. 13), Blues Traveler (Oct. 15), Against Me! (Oct. 17) and more.

The Portsmouth Pavilion will bring Rob Zombie to the area on Oct. 5.

Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach AmphitheaterThe Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach brings in Zac Brown Band on Oct. 8.

Phase 2 Club in Lynchburg will be bringing in acts such as Kix (Oct. 13), Parmalee (Oct. 15), Red and 10 Years (Oct. 20), The Wailers (Oct. 21) and more.

On Oct. 13, the Salem Civic Center will host the LACS “Deplorable Tour” featuring special guests artists Big SMO, Demun Jones, Nappy Roots and Shot Gun Shane.

Over in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center will be hosting a number of shows including Charlie Daniels Band on Oct. 20 and The Black Lillies on Oct. 21.

At Wolf Trap National Park for Performing Arts in Vienna, shows will include Mountain Heart (Oct. 12), Cheyenne Jackson (Oct. 15), Son Little (Oct. 25), John Lodge of the Moody Blues (Oct. 26) and more.

At the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg, acts like Fastball (Oct. 4), Kix (Oct. 14), Shovels and Rope (Oct. 18), Living Colour (Oct. 20) and more will be performing.

Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone will play at Alexandria music hall The Birchmere on Oct. 3. Also on the Birchmere’s schedule are Wynonna and the Big Noise (Oct. 9), Buddy Guy (Oct. 10), 10,000 Maniacs (Oct. 13), Brian McKnight (Oct. 24) and more.


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