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—
On Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 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. Lee Brice, 311, Live, Dashboard Confessional, Vertical Horizon, and more will be performing.
The Appaloosa Festival is a roots music and outdoors experience Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 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.
Lovers of music come together Aug. 29-Sept. 1 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.
The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival will be finishing up its season on Sept. 1 for Hot Strings and Cool Breezes Minifest, featuring The Travelin’ McCourys, Sierra Hull and Justin Moses, and The Becky Buller Band.
The Papa Joe Smiddy Music Festival in Duffield on Sept. 1 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.
On Sept. 7-8, the Blue Ridge Rock Festival at DeVault Family Vineyards will be bringing the rock. The festival will feature music from Godsmack, The Offspring, A Day to Remember, Stone Temple Pilots, DMX, and many more.
Head to Gloucester for the Bluegrass by the Bay Bluegrass Festival Sept. 11-15 for 20 bluegrass artists and field picking, food, crafts, camping, games and potluck dinner.
The Watermelon Park Festival in Berryville Sept. 19-22 will be full of bluegrass, old-time and folk Americana music, with national and regional live music, pickin’ and band competitions and more. Artists this year include Sam Bush, The Infamous Stringdusters, the Travelin’ McCourys, and many others.
The award-winning Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion is a three-day music experience Sept. 20-22 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. Performing this year are Wynonna and The Big Noise, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Patty Griffin, Marty Stuart, Sam Bush, and much more.
In Richmond, Stone Brewing will present the Stone’s Throw Down in RVA on Brown’s Island on Sept. 21. The festival will connect craft beer with live music with performances from J. Roddy Walston and the Business, White Denim, Cory Wong, Howlin’ Rain, and the Long Ryders.
The Hoopla Festival at Devil’s Backbone brings music, outdoor and beer lovers together Sept. 27-29 for workshops & outdoor activities alongside an incredible lineup of live music including Caamp, The Motet, Ripe, Ona, Larry Keel Explosion, 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 Midnight (Sept. 10), Snarky Puppy (Sept. 13), Dweezil Zappa (Sept. 15), Calexico + Iron & Wine (Sept. 24), The Psychedelic Furs (Sept. 26), and others.
Elsewhere in Richmond, The Broadberry will be hosting The Aquabats (Sept. 17), Weyes Blood (Sept. 24), Bob Mould (Sept. 25), The Shack Up featuring Jouwala Collective, Mo Lowda & The Humble, People’s Blues of Richmond, The Shack Band (Sept 27-28), and more.
Greensky Bluegrass will be at Maymont on Sept. 27. The Modlin Center at the University of Richmond will host performances by Marty Stuart (Sept. 5), Balsam Range (Sept. 21), and Lucinda Williams (Sept. 25).
At Richmond Raceway’s Virginia Credit Union Live!, Lil Baby & Dababy will perform on Sept. 14 while Bastille will be there on Sept. 28.
Just outside Richmond, the Innsbrook After Hours concert series at the Servpro Pavilion in Glen Allen will host Little Big Town (Sept. 7), Kane Brown (Sept. 8), Brantley Gilbert (Sept. 14), and Gary Allan (Sept. 20).
The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell will be hosting acts like Roger McGuinn (Sept. 7), The Weight Band (Sept. 26), and more.
In Charlottesville, the Sprint Pavilion will host acts including Interpol (Sept. 4), Indigo Girls (Sept. 6), Shakey Grave & Dr. Dog (Sept. 12), Kacey Musgraves (Sept. 13), Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (Sept. 18), and more.
The Jefferson Theater will hosts artists like Wallows (Sept. 6), Cat Power (Sept. 18), and more.
The NorVa in Norfolk will be hosting acts like GWAR (Sept. 12), The Infamous Stringdusters (Sept. 13), Perpetual Groove (Sept. 27), and more. Chrysler Hall in Norfolk will have performances from the Black Jacket Symphony on Sept 6 and Stone Temple Pilots on Sept. 17.
Chris Brown will be coming to the Hampton Coliseum on Sept. 8.
The Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach brings in Luke Bryan (Sept. 8), the Outlaw Music Festival with Willie Nelson, The Avett Brothers, and Bonnie Raitt (Sept. 14), and Meek Mill and Future (Sept. 20).
Phase 2 Club in Lynchburg will be bringing in acts such as Sebastian Bach (Sept. 27) and more.
In Roanoke, the Berglund Center will be hosting the Black Jacket Symphony on Sept. 7 and Shinedown on Sept. 17. Cody Johnson will be at the Salem Civic Center on Sept. 14, along with Perpetual Groove on Sept. 28 and Greensky Bluegrass on Sept. 29.
Over in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center will be hosting a number of shows including Devon Gilfillian on Sept. 6, the BoDeans on Sept. 7, Muscadine Bloodline on Sept. 14, Drive-By Truckers on Sept. 17, the Weight Band on Sept. 29, among many others.
The Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington will be hosting Keller & The Keels on Sept. 14 and the Steel Wheels on Sept. 28.
Celebrate Virginia After Hours in Fredericksburg will bring to the stage Joe Nichols & Rodney Atkins on Sept. 6 and Cole Swindell on Sept. 13).
At Wolf Trap National Park for Performing Arts in Vienna, shows will include UB40 & Shaggy (Sept. 1), Mary J. Blige (Sept. 3), Jennifer Hudson (Sept. 5), Kacey Musgraves (Sept. 7), and more.
Alexandria music hall The Birchmere will be hosting Billy Bragg (Sept. 19-22), Los Lonely Boys (Sept 30), and more.
Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow will host a number of shows including the Knotfest Roadshow featuring Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, and Behemoth (Sept. 1), Jason Aldean (Sept. 7), Meek Mill and Future (Sept. 17), Shinedown (Sept. 19), and Snoop Dogg and Wu Tang Clan (Sept. 27).
The State Theatre in Falls Church will have performances from Sister Hazel on Sept. 7, Jonny Lang on Sept. 18, among many other shows.
At the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg, acts like Cinderella’s Tom Keifer (Sept. 6), the Darby Brothers (Sept. 13), and more will be performing.