As summer rolls in, the music scene in Richmond is heating up. Whatever your groove, you can find it here in Henrico and Richmond area.
Enjoying Music Outdoors
From May to October, Henrico's Innsbrook After Hours transforms the usual daytime Innsbrook Corporate Center into a favorite outdoor concert venue at night. While the concert series got its start in an Innsbrook parking lot in the early 1980s, it has since grown into one of the Richmond area’s top music venues – featuring a range of performances from Ludacris and Awolnation to country stars like Hank Williams Jr.
One of the most exciting developments in the area’s music offerings is the rebranded Virginia Credit Union LIVE! series at the Richmond Raceway amphitheater. Since partnering with AEG Presents, the LA-based entertainment firm that purchased The National, the amphitheater has announced a slew of big-name concerts. The 2018 lineup includes Cake & Ben Folds, YES, Portugal. The Man, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, and Off to the Races: The RVA Bluegrass Experience.
For nature lovers, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Henrico’s Lakeside neighborhood features the Flowers After 5 outdoor series on Thursday evenings from June through August. “Our goal has always been to highlight the local musical talent we have,” says Jonah Holland, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. “When you look at the band lineup, you’ll see a range of musical genres to attract a wide range of tastes. With so much wonderful talent, it’s great to be able to provide a beautiful venue for our hometown musicians.”
Dinner, Drinks & Dancing
Located in Henrico’s Tuckahoe neighborhood is local favorite Tin Pan, a 5,000-square-foot listening room and restaurant that features national, regional and local folk, Americana, bluegrass, jazz, and pop rock acts. Upcoming shows feature Cowboy Junkies, BoDeans, and Bill Kirchen.
For local acts and open mic nights, visit a “small piece of Ireland” in western Henrico. Rare Olde Times is 20+-year-old pub offering live music almost every evening and a weekly music trivia night. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can catch a show at Short Pump’s Pour House restaurant and bar. Or, if you prefer a more intimate setting, check out Caffespresso, an Italian café that features numerous local acts.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is currently finishing up its eighth year of “Center Season,” a series of theatre, music, and dance performances. On Friday evenings, the Center hosts its “2nd Stage” concert series, featuring local and regional musical acts with cabaret-style seating and dinner and drinks available at shows.
In eastern Henrico, the historic Henrico Theatre is now in its fourth nine-month-long season of hosting live music and theatre performances, many featuring local performers. For as little as $10, you can enjoy a night out in Henrico’s Varina District this summer with The Taters, Plunky & Oneness, or Cyrus McCormick & The Reapers.
For being the homeplace of GWAR, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, and many others, it’s no surprise Virginia’s capital region and Henrico have some of the nation’s best shows as well. From gospel to bluegrass and everything in between – and we mean everything – the Richmond Folk Festival is a can’t miss. To get extra jazzy, the Richmond Jazz Festival, held each August, is also popular. These events bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to eat, sleep, and play in Henrico and the Richmond area – a major area of growth in the local economy.
For classical music lovers, the Richmond Symphony and Virginia Opera are also must-dos. And now, thanks to Classical Revolution RVA, you can listen to live classical music while sipping on a pint of local brew. The non-profit, host to the annual Mozart Festival in April, is dedicated to exposing listeners to a variety of classical music in relaxed, casual settings.
Good Vibes in Henrico
Whatever your interest in music, Henrico and the Richmond area have something for you. Come check out one of the coolest and fastest-growing communities among young people or learn more about why Henrico is the place to be for business at Henrico.com.