Big Concerts Coming to Virginia in June 2018

Festival season is in full wing and throughout June, 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—

Richmond’s summer concert series, Friday Cheers, brings some of the nation’s hottest touring acts, along with some regional favorites to Brown’s Island every Friday night in June. Thousands of people will come to relax after the work week to meet friends and hear music from Tyler Childers (June 1), Rhiannon Giddens (June 8), Parquet Courts (June 15), Knower (June 22), and Turnpike Troubadours (June 29).

Over in Abingdon, the Howling Craft Beer and Music Festival will take place June 1-3 at Wolf Hills Brewing Company. Catch Southern Culture on the Skids, Annabelle’s Curse, If Birds Could Fly, Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, and more. The Thursday Jams concert series in Abingdon will feature music from The Steel Wheels (June 7), Cris Jacobs (June 14), Heather Gills Band (June 21), and Acoustic Syndicate (June 28).

The Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival celebrates the military at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront June 1-3 and features performances from Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, and Cole Swindell.

On June 7-9, it’s three days of beach music with on-site camping for the Hot Fun in the Summertime Beach Festival in Stuart, Virginia.

HoustonFest in Galax is June 8-9 and features the bluegrass music of The Church Sisters, Flatt Lonesome, HogSlop String Band, and many more.

Good Charlotte, Gin Blossoms, and Sugar Ray will headline Celebrate Fairfax!, Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide celebration, on June 8-10 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Taking place June 9-17, the Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is an annual nine-day, region-wide celebration of the communities in Southwest Virginia from the traditional music to the many cultural and natural assets. The event includes Crooked Road marquee concerts in over 20 communities and many dozens of cultural events throughout the region.

The Columbia Pike Blues Festival returns to Arlington on June 16 with live music from Three Man Soul Machine, Caz Gardiner, King Soul Band, Niki Hill, and Don Bryant.

Bruce Hornsby hosts Funhouse Fest in Williamsburg June 22-23 along with performances from Alison Krauss, Amos Lee, the Wood Brothers, and Deva Mahal.

The Hampton Jazz Festival will be June 22-24 at the Hampton Coliseum with performances from Charlie Wilson, Maze, Boyz II Men, Kenny G, Xscap3, and many more.

The Chesapeake Bay Reggae Festival takes place June 30 and July 1 in Mill Point Park in Hampton featuring regional reggae artists performing.


—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 Dirty Heads (June 1), Cold War Kids (June 14), American Aquarium (June 16), and more.

Elsewhere in Richmond, Jason Mraz will be hosting SPARC’s LIVE ART at the Altria Theater on June 11. 200 SPARC students will join Mraz artists Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles, Michael McDonald, Rayvon Owen, René Marie, and more. Trey Songz, Brandy, Trina, and more will perform at the Classic Amphitheater at Richmond Raceway Complex on June 9 and Robert Plant will perform there on June 10.

Just outside Richmond, the Innsbrook After Hours concert series at the Servpro Pavilion in Glen Allen will host X Ambassadors (June 8), Hank Williams Jr. (June 9), XL102 Big Field Day with AWOLNATION, Dashboard Confessional, Manchester Orchestra, J. Roddy Walston and the Business and Moon Taxi (June 23), and Ludacris (June 30).

Paramount Center for The Arts

In Charlottesville, the Paramount Theater will be hosting Smokey Robinson on June 3. Sprint Pavilion will host Blackberry Smoke and JJ Grey & Mofro on June 16 and Alison Krauss on June 21.

The NorVa in Norfolk will be hosting acts like Houndmouth (June 15), Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime (June 21), Bad Wolves (June 22), and more.

The Portsmouth Pavilion in Portsmouth will have performances from Blackberry Smoke and JJ Grey & Mofro (June 15) and Rebelution (June 30).

The Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach brings in Slayer on June 12, Kenny Chesney on June 14, and Rascal Flatts on June 28.

Over in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center will be hosting a number of shows including the Bacon Brothers (June 1), Pure Prairie League (June 8), American Aquarium (June 14), and may more.

The Black Jacket Symphony will perform thew music of the Eagles at the Berglund Center in Roanoke on June 16. Jamey Johnson will be at the Salem Civic Center on June 22.

The Blue Ridge Summer Concert Series at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax will host Bill and the Belles and Dori Freeman on June 2, Sierra Hull and ShadowGrass on June 23, and The Kruger Brothers and Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones on June 30.

At Wolf Trap Center for Performing Arts in Vienna, shows will include John Prine and Margo Price (June 1), Jake Owen (June 3), Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Chaka Khan (June 5), Alison Krauss (June 6), Fitz and the Tantrums and X Ambassadors (June 7), Barry Manilow (June 8), Roger Daltrey (June 10 & 12), Harry Connick Jr. (June 14), Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band (June 21), Dr. Dog and Manchester Orchestra (June 22), Tony Bennett (June 23), Charlie Wilson (June 24) and Bruce Hornsby (June 29).

Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow will host a number of shows including Top Dawg Entertainment: The Championship Tour featuring Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab Soul, SiR, and Lance Skiiiwalker on June 1, Def Leppard on June 8, Dave Matthews Band on June 9, Slayer on June 10, Kenny Chesney on June 15, Poison and Cheap Trick on June 17, Thirty Seconds to Mars on June 26, Foreigner on June 29, and Rascal Flatts on June 30.

Shows at Alexandria music hall The Birchmere include Three Dog Night on June 10, Matthew Sweet on June 13, Gordon Lightfoot on June 18, Robert Earl Keen on June 19, and many more.


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