Festival season may be winding down, but that is not stopping the amount a great music 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 Appaloosa Festival is a roots music and outdoors experience Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 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.
On Aug. 31-Sept. 2, the largest outdoor musical event on the East Coast, the American Music Festival will feature three major headline bands on the 5th Street Main Stage on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. ZZ Top, Goo Goo Dolls, Ziggy Marley and SOJA will be performing.
Lovers of music come together Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in Stuart for the Front Porch Fest as local, regional and national musicians showcase their talent on three stages at the Spirithaven Farm. It all takes place on Virginia’s front porch to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
On Sept. 1-3, the Blue Ridge Rock Festival at DeVault Family Vineyards will be bringing the rock. The festival will feature music from Lamb of God, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Motionless in White, All That Remains, Puddle of Mudd, Fuel, Anti-Flag, Saliva, Nonpoint, and many more.
One of the mid-Atlantic region’s longest-running outdoor music events, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival presents world-class music by a stellar array of performers. Acts performing Sept. 1-2 include Kenny G and Bluegrass Minifest featuring Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and Circus No. 9.
The Papa Joe Smiddy Music Festival in Duffield on Sept. 2 honors the tireless work of “Papa Joe” Smiddy, a well-known old-time musician, entertainer and educator. Enjoy a summer’s eve listening to traditional bluegrass music at the Natural Tunnel State Park amphitheater.
In Richmond, Stone Brewing will present the 2nd annual Stone’s Throw Down in RVA on Brown’s Island on Sept. 8. The festival will connect craft beer with live music with performances from Drive-By Truckers, Antibalas, No BS! Brass Band, Futurebirds, Spooky Cool and Kenneka Cook.
Head to Gloucester for the Bluegrass by the Bay Bluegrass Festival Sept. 12-15 for four full days of bluegrass music and field picking, food, crafts & more. 20 featured bands plus camping, games and potluck dinner.
The Watermelon Park Fest in Berryville Sept. 20-23 will be full of bluegrass, old-time and folk Americana music, with national and regional live music, pickin’ and band competitions and more.
The award-winning Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion is a three-day music experience Sept. 21-23 that celebrates Bristol’s heritage as the Birthplace of Country Music. State Street in historic Downtown Bristol comes alive with 22 stages of live music.
The Hoopla Festival at the Devil’s Backbone Basecamp Brewpub and Meadows brings music, outdoor and beer lovers together Sept. 28-30 for workshops & outdoor activities alongside an incredible lineup of live music including Rayland Baxter, Tyler Childers, Love Canon, Cris Jacobs, 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 Connells (Sept. 8), Lil Baby (Sept. 9), the Black Jacket Symphony (Sept. 22), The Struts (Sept. 24), Social Distortion (Sept. 25), Rainbow Kitten Surprise (Sept. 26), Toad the Wet Sprocket (Sept. 28), and others.
Elsewhere in Richmond, The Broadberry will be hosting Real Estate (Sept. 5), Jukebox the Ghost (Sept. 13), The Shack Up Festival featuring The Shack Band, Butcher Brown, Wild Adriatic, Weekend Plans, Agents Of Good Roots, Runaway Gin, Los Colognes, James Justin and Co., VILLAGES (Sept. 14-15), and more.
The Altria Theater will host 4U – A Symphonic Celebration of Prince by the Richmond Symphony on Sept. 9 and Maxwell on Sept. 27.
Buddy Guy will perform at the Dominion Energy Center on Sept. 6.
Old Crow Medicine Show will be at Maymont on Sept. 21.
Portugal. The Man will perform at Richmond Raceway’s Virginia Credit Union Live! on Sept. 20 and on Sept. 29, the venue will host Off To The Races: The RVA Bluegrass Experience featuring The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Del McCoury Band, and Jeff Austin Band.
Just outside Richmond, the Innsbrook After Hours concert series at the Servpro Pavilion in Glen Allen will host Phillip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw (Sept. 5), Ziggy Marley (Sept. 12), Amos Lee (Sept. 20), Alison Krauss (Sept. 22) and Kaleo (Sept. 27).
The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell will be hosting acts like We Are Messengers (Sept. 9), Jackyl (Sept. 14), Skid Row (Sept. 21), and more.
In Charlottesville, the Sprint Pavilion will host acts including Father John Misty (Sept. 25), Moon Taxi (Sept. 27), Brandi Carlile (Sept. 28), Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Sept. 30), and more. On Sept. 29, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young & Midland will perform at the John Paul Jones Arena.
The Jefferson Theater will hosts artists like Trampled By Turtles (Sept. 9), Lucy Dacus (Sept. 14), Neko Case (Sept. 15), Mat Kearney (Sept. 19), BØRNS (Sept. 22), Rainbow Kitten Surprise (Sept. 24), and more.
The NorVa in Norfolk will be hosting acts like The Connells (Sept. 7), Lil Baby (Sept. 11), GWAR (Sept. 14), Matt and Kim (Sept. 16), Seether (Sept. 17), Rainbow Kitten Surprise (Sept. 25), Social Distortion (Sept. 26), Clutch (Sept. 27), Chromeo (Sept. 29) and more.
The Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach brings in G-EAZY (Sept. 1), 5 Seconds of Summer (Sept. 2), Dierks Bentley (Sept. 6), Deep Purple & Judas Priest (Sept. 8), Zac Brown Band (Sept. 15), and Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker (Sept. 20).
Phase 2 Club in Lynchburg will be bringing in acts such as Ashley McBryde (Sept. 14), Riley Green (Sept. 22), The Outlaws (Sept. 28), and more.
In Roanoke, the Berglund Center will be hosting Alison Krauss on Sept. 20.
Over in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center will be hosting a number of shows including Keb Mo on Sept. 15, Lorrie Morgan (Sept. 21), Squirrel Nuit Zippers on Sept. 27, and Blue Öyster Cult on Sept. 16.
The Blue Ridge Summer Concert Series at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax will host Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers and Zoe & Cloyd on Sept. 1, and Mipso on Sept. 8.
The Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington will be hosting I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan) on Sept. 14 and Love Canon on Sept. 22.
Celebrate Virginia After Hours in Fredericksburg will bring to the stage Gary Allan (Sept. 8), The Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, The Platters (Sept. 15), The Marshall Tucker Band (Sept. 23) and Dustin Lynch (Sept. 29).
At Wolf Trap National Park for Performing Arts in Vienna, shows will include Ziggy Marley (Sept. 1), 5 Seconds of Summer (Sept. 5), Alanis Morissette (Sept. 6), Jethro Tull (Sept. 7), 4U – A Symphonic Celebration of Prince by the Wolf Trap Orchestra (Sept. 8), and more.
Alexandria music hall The Birchmere will be hosting The Earls of Leicester (Sept. 2), Jon B (Sept. 9), The Brian McKnight 4 (Sept. 13), Nils Lofgren & Friends (Sept. 14-16), The Marshal Tucker Band (Sept. 18), Buddy Guy (Sept. 24), Eric Benet (Sept 27-28), and more.
Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow will host a number of shows including Dierks Bentley (Sept. 7), Ozzy Osbourne (Sept. 14), and Van Morrison (Sept. 16).