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.
—Virginia Music Festivals—
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 July 12-14. The festival will include craft beer, cycling, multiple stages, camping and great music from some of the biggest names in roots rock including Lucinda Williams, The Wood Brothers, Mandolin Orange, Charley Crockett, Della Mae, and many more.
On July 13, Kings Dominion amusement park in Doswell celebrates JoyFest, a Gospel music celebration featuring performances from the Mann Family, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Koryn Hawthorne 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 The Drifters, The Platters, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters (July 19), The Beach Boys (July 26), and more.
Head to Floyd for Floydfest July 24-28 – 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 the String Cheese Incident, Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile, Tyler Childers, Phil Lesh, and many more.
On July 17-20, sit back and enjoy the music of several renowned bluegrass bands at the Wayside Bluegrass Festival in Stuart. This year’s lineup features Bluegrass Brothers, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Sideline, Junior Sisk, Lonesome River Band, Wound Tight, The Country Boys, Jason Harris & Friends, Mountain Highway, Good-Fellers, Mickey Gaylean & Cullen Bridge, and Deer Creek Boys.
Come to the Tazewell Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention on July 12-13 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.
—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 Leela James (July 16), Avail (July 19 & 20), Nas (July 22), and more.
Elsewhere in Richmond, The Broadberry will be hosting Hop Along (July 17), Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers (July 18), The Get Up Kids (July 23), Between the Buried and Me (July 29), and more.
Performances at Richmond Raceway’s Virginia Credit Union Live! this month will include Big & Rich (July 8), Jojo Siwa (July 18), and Umphrey’s McGee (July 19). Gordon Lightfoot will perform at the Dominion Energy Center on July 24. Maymont will be hosting Carbon Leaf and Cris Jacobs on July 21 and Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Amos Lee on July 20.
Just outside Richmond, the Innsbrook After Hours concert series at the Servpro Pavilion in Glen Allen will host Jonny Lang and JJ Grey & Mofro (July 17), Charlie Daniels Band (July 25), Earth, Wind & Fire (July 31), and more.
The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell will be hosting the Bacon Brothers on July 18.
In Charlottesville, the John Paul Jones Arena will host Cardi B on July 31. The Sprint Pavilion will feature Gov’t Mule on July 10, Belle and Sebastian on July 11, Amos Lee and Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers on July 21, and Chris Isaak on July 25. Shows at the the Jefferson Theater will include the Mountain Goats (July 23) and more.
The NorVa in Norfolk will be hosting acts like The Last Bison (July 13), Greensky Bluegrass (July 17), Big Something (July 20), The Marcus King Band (July 30), and more.
The Portsmouth Pavilion in Portsmouth will have performances from Lionel Richie (July 10), moe. and Blues Traveler (July 15), and Godsmack (July 19).
The Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach brings in Dierks Bentley on July 12, Train and Goo Goo Dolls on July 14, Sublime with Rome on July 18, Blink-182 and Lil Wayne on July 20, Mary J. Blige on July 21, Florida Georgia Line on July 25, Korn and Alice in Chains on July 30, and Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida on July 31.
Over in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center will be hosting a number of shows including Three Dog Night (July 6), Edwin McCain (July 11), Scott Stapp of Creed (July 17), and many more.
The Blue Ridge Summer Concert Series at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax will host The Virginia Luthiers on July 6, Sam Reider & The Human Hands on July 13, The Steel Wheels on July 20, and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper on July 27.
The Thursday Jams concert series in Abingdon will feature music from Carolyn Wonderland (July 4), The Happy Fits (July 11), and John Paul White (July 18).
The Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington will be hosting Gary Ruley and Mule Train on July 6, JJ Grey & Mofro on July 18, and Molly Tuttle on July 20.
Celebrate Virginia After Hours in Fredericksburg will be hosting acts such as Lady Antebellum (July 6) and Brothers Osborne (July 18).
At Wolf Trap Center for Performing Arts in Vienna, shows will include Earth, Wine & Fire (July 2), Jackson Browne (July 3), Josh Groban (July 7), Nas (July 14), Lionel Richie (July 15), “Weird Al” Yankovic (July 16), Tedeschi Trucks Band (July 17), Sheryl Crow (July 18), Jojo Siwa (July 19), SOJA and Sublime with Rome (July 20), Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers and Amos Lee (July 24), Reba McEntire (July 28) and Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington (July 30).
Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow will host a number of shows including the Disrupt Festival featuring The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive and more on July 9, Blink-182 and Lil Wayne on July 11, Dierks Bentley on July 13, Wiz Khalifa on July 19, Dave Matthews Band on July 20, Iron Maiden on July 24, Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida on July 30 and Korn and Alice in Chains on July 31.
Shows at Alexandria music hall The Birchmere include Colbie Callat on July 7, Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters July 10, Jeffrey Osborne on July 12 & 13, Aimee Mann on July 18, The Bacon Brothers on July 19-21, and many more.
The Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg will be hosting Saving Abel on July 13 and Jackyl on July 26, among many other shows.