Some excellent shows going on this week that you should consider. A great week of music!
Wed. July 11 – Andrew Bird at Lewis Ginter
The Groovin’ in the Garden concert series winds down with the amazing folk sounds of Andrew Bird. He’s an engaging songwriter, whistler (that’s him whistling in the Muppets movie!) and multi-instrumentalist that’s got everyone freaking out.
Thurs. July 12 – Dream Theater at the National
Prepare to have your face melted off when Dream Theater brings its metal insanity to the National. These guys are known for having
amazing, high-energy live shows.
Thurs. July 12 – Marionette at Balliceaux
Ambeint rock never sounded so good. Marionette is probably one of the most underrated bands in Richmond and everyone should love them and go to their shows. Plus, this one’s free. No excuses, people.
Fri. July 13 – Neko Case at the National
If you haven’t had the chance to see Neko Case perform, you are in for one hell of a treat. The place will most likely be packed if not sold out, but everyone will be there for Neko. Last time she played, the crowd was uncharacteristically respectful and let the music be heard.
Fri. July 13 – Tonic Jane at McCook’s Grill and Bar
This all-girl rock band plays plenty of the best classic rock and party music from the past 40 years (all the good stuff!). They play
straight up rock that will have you dancing and singing along.
Fri. July 13 – Eric Himan at Iron Horse Restaurant
Eric is not only a talented performer, he’s also a seriously nice guy who takes time to chat with all his fans. His set involves a number of off-beat covers and his solo stuff that makes you wonder why he’s still performing in small restaurants.
Sat. July 14 – The New Belgians at Hardywood
The New Belgians are a great party band. And what better way to party than by spending the day at Hardywood for a couple of great beers?
Sat. July 14 – Commonwealth of Notions presents Volume Two at Gallery 5
This benefit concert for WRIR and Gallery 5 showcases 10 Bands for $10. The annual event’s founder Shannon Cleary has assembled ten of the Richmond area’s most exciting up and coming bands including Canary Oh Canary, Bermuda Triangles, The Low Branches, Swordplay, The Colloquial Orchestra, White Laces, The Snowy Owls, Dogs on Main Street, The Blue Rajas and The Milkstains.
Sun. July 15 – Gospel Music Festival at Dogwood Dell
The Gospel Music Festival, co-hosted by Bobby Jones and Sheilah Belle, is part of Richmond’s 56th Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell. This year’s lineup includes Dottie Peoples, Troy Snead and Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes. Youth gospel hip-hop pre-show at 4pm, Gospel Music Fest at 5pm.
Andrew Cothern is a self-proclaimed music freak, although he prefers the term “connoisseur” and writes about music daily in his blog RVAPlaylist. He loves discovering new music and will gladly make you a mixtape if you ask him. He may even make you two.