FORT LEE, Va. (June 1, 2017) -- Richmond has an abundance of venues to enjoy live music and entertainment, especially during the summer season. Here are a few ideas to get out and enjoy some tunes.
Innsbrook After Hours is a premier outdoor concert series located in the west end of Richmond. The shows run from May to October with at least 22 performances each year. General admission tickets run an average of $10-$35 each. Recent performances include Kaleo, Slightly Stoopid, K95 Country Fest. Lee Brice and Lynard Skynyrd to name a few. To see this year’s summer line-up and ticket prices, go to http://innsbrookafterhours.com/richmond-concert-schedule/.
One spot that houses large shows is The Broadberry at 2729 W. Broad St. Style Magazine voted the Broadberry No. 1 for the best venue to see a band. To find upcoming gigs, visit www.thebroadberry.com. Ticket prices for shows average $10-$25.
The Camel is a smaller venue and consistently has gigs on the weekends. It is located at 1621 W. Broad St., Richmond. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Tickets are usually available at the door approximately one hour before showtime. A wide range of food can be purchased as well. To learn more, go to www.thecamel.org.
The National is an intimate venue that can house a capacity crowd of 1,500. Scheduled performers for this summer include Busta Rhymes, Shinedown, Cody Jinks and others. Tickets are available at http://www.thenationalva.com/ or in person at its box office. The National is located at 708 E. Broad St. Richmond.
Pocahontas Premieres is a concert series hosted at Pocahontas State Park’s Heritage Amphitheater in Chesterfield. This summer’s line-up offers upbeat party and dance music, a local Virginian symphony, beach music and plenty more to accommodate varied tastes. Go to www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/pocahontas-premieres to see more. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day. Shows start at 7 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.). Tickets are available at the park office or through www.ticketstobuy.com. Call (804) 796-4255 for details.
Friday Cheers is an early summer, outdoor concert series located on Brown’s Island in Richmond. Bands at this venue include breakout bands, national acts and Richmond’s hometown talent. Children 12 and under are free. To find out more, go to www.venturerichmond.com/events/venture/cheers.html.
In Chesterfield, Uptown Alley is a state-of-the-art bowling attraction with 38 lanes, restaurant, game room, and a live entertainment area. Every Friday and Saturday night, a live band starts at 9 p.m. and then a disc jockey. There is a cover charge at the door but if bowling or eating dinner, people can enter free. Also, if there before 7 p.m., admission is free. To see June’s music line-up, go to www.uptownalleyrichmond.com/. In addition, Wednesday night is country night and offers line dancing with some free dance lessons starting at 7 p.m. Uptown Alley is located off of Route 288 at 6101 Brad McNeer Parkway, Midlothian.
Close to Fort Lee is The Beacon Theatre, which offers concerts, plays, drama, comedy and special events. The venue is located at 401 N. Main St., Hopewell. To learn more about upcoming performances go to https://thebeacontheatreva.com/.
The full-featured find is called Bandsintown, which is a mobile application or website available when you want to go hear and see a live band at any time. This platform provides a personalized way to track favorite artists and never miss a live show. Also, discover new touring artists based on music preferences and location.
To enjoy Bandsintown, go to https://news.bandsintown.com/home to read news, features and reviews of music artists. To connect to your local area, click on “fan log in,” in the upper right corner and enter your Facebook log-in as requested. Then, it will list recommended shows near your location. On both the website and mobile app, people are able to track favorite artists and indicate their interest in attending. Desired shows are automatically added to the user’s event calendar. Tickets for events can be bought through these platform.