Where are the best places to hear live music in Richmond?

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You probably think of history when you hear the word, “Richmond,” but that doesn’t mean Virginia’s capital is forever locked in the past; in fact, it hosts a variety of terrific musical acts, any time of year. If you’re traveling to Richmond during the summer, the Festival of Arts always features live performances of music, dance and theater. Located in Byrd Park, this crowd-pleaser lets musicians put on a show.

Also during the summer months, the Richmond Jazz Festival brings the soulful tunes to the city for an entire week of musical celebration. For year-round entertainment, downtown Richmond’s Capital Alehouse, built in the 1870s, features local bands and live music nightly, with everything from music ranging across the spectrum from blues to salsa; the club also takes pride in showcasing local acts. Forest Hill also features monthly “Music in the Park” nights, with a different musical focus each night. We think it’s safe to say you’ll be pleasantly surprised by all the music options Richmond has to offer, no matter what time of year you pay a visit.

Jeanita Harris

Richmond is a great city for finding live music, across a wide range of genres. The National, The Camel and The Hat Factory are all terrific medium-sized downtown venues. During the spring, summer and fall, visitors can find live outdoor concerts at the area’s museums and parks almost any night of the week, including the popular Groovin’ in the Garden, After Hours at Innsbrook and Friday Cheers concert series.
Larger national acts can be seen at The Richmond Coliseum, The Altria Theater and The Carpenter Center.

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