Where to Catch the Best Live Music in Richmond

Where to Catch the Best Live Music in Richmond

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The National music venue richmond

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Richmond is home to a diverse local music scene and is filled with musical talent – from both local bands and nationally recognized artists – on any given night.

For the music traveler, Richmond is the place to visit to catch your favorites artists and discover a new favorite at any of its numerous live music venues.

 

The National historic theater was built in 1923 and was part of a city block once known as Theatre Row. In 1968, it was converted into a cinema, which closed in 1983. Restored and reopened in 2008, The National is now used as a performing arts and music venue and hosts numerous national acts throughout the year.

 

The Broadberry is Richmond’s mid-sized venue that brings in everything from local Richmond musicians to touring regional acts. The Broadberry’s location has historically been a place for music. In the 1980s, the space was home to Much More and The Cellar Door, which hosted acts such as The Ramones, John Prine and Pat Benatar.

 

Historic theaters in Richmond, like the Altria Theater and the Carpenter Theatre at the Dominion Energy Center, once hosted famous musicians such as Elvis Presley, Iggy Pop and Diana Ross, and now bring in big name acts throughout the year as well as being the homes for the Richmond Symphony and the Broadway in Richmond theater season.

 

Other Richmond music venues include:

  • The Camel, which hosts all genres of music from punk to bluegrass to electronic
  • The Canal Club, which features metal, hip hop and electronic acts on a weekly basis
  • Richmond Music Hall at Capital Ale House, the downtown beer destination that hosts indie rock, country, blues and bluegrass artists regularly.
  • Gallery5, an art gallery and community space that has regular indie rock performances.
  • Cary Street Café, which caters to mostly jam bands
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, which hosts a variety of local indie rock and folk artists.
  • The Tin Pan, located in Richmond’s West End, is a sit-down dinner atmosphere featuring big national shows along with local and regional talent.
  • The Dark Room at the Hofheimer, which hosts a variety of local artists.
  • Wonderland and Banditos, which both cater to underground rock, heavy metal, thrash, punk, and more.
  • Vagabond, which hosts mostly jazz artists and DJ dance parties.
  • Many more of Richmond’s restaurants, breweries and coffeehouses will also hold the occasional live music.

 

For larger outdoor shows, music lovers in Richmond can head to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway for major arena-level artists. In the summer, Brown’s Island hosts the popular Friday night summer music series Friday Cheers.

 

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The Richmond Jazz Festival is an annual event that allows its attendees to experience America’s original art form in such a way that transforms the city of Richmond into a jazz mecca for nearly a week.

Virginia Tourism Corporation, www.Virginia.org

” data-medium-file=”https://d2y0su6ixv655t.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/16115713/CN14082109V_045.jpg” data-large-file=”https://d2y0su6ixv655t.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/16115713/CN14082109V_045.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-17971″ src=”https://d2y0su6ixv655t.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/16115713/CN14082109V_045.jpg” alt=”Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont” width=”700″ height=”350″ />Richmond also has music festivals throughout the year including the Richmond Jazz Festival in August that hosts well known jazz, soul, and R&B artists, and the Richmond Folk Festival in October that brings more than 220,000 people to downtown Richmond’s riverfront with a variety of folk and world music, dance, traditional crafts, and food.

 

Richmond band GWAR, known for its bloody stage show, irreverent humor and metal/punk music opened GWAR Bar for the music lover looking for a late night watering hole to grab a bite to eat or drink after a show. The restaurant features plenty of band memorabilia on display and a GWAR-focused menu that features vegan and vegetarian options, along with craft cocktails.

 

And no music trip would be complete with a visit to one of Richmond’s many independent record shops, including Plan 9, Deep Groove, Steady Sounds, Records & Relics and Vinyl Conflict.

 

For more information or to plan your music trip to Virginia, visit virginia.org/music.

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