Looking to watch some live music this summer? The Richmond Region boasts numerous small-to-mid-sized venues for music lovers. Check out these local spots for great local musicians as well as bigger national touring acts!
Named after the famed 19th and 20th century musical hub “Tin Pan Alley” in New York City, this new-kid-in-town has found a home in the Quioccasin Station Shopping Center. A jack-of-all-trades, The Tin Pan gives the spotlight to diverse musical acts from the Richmond Region as well as national touring acts and even offers a full food and drink menu as well as a Sunday Brunch. Designed as a venue that highlights “music to have dinner with”, patrons can often enjoy folk, bluegrass, jazz, string quartets and many other genres will having a bite.
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Opened in 2014, The Broadberry took over the Broad Street Location near the Science Museum after a slew of other names and owners, including Much More, The Cellar Door, Nations, and Nu. This 350 “seat” (most patrons for the acts stand in the stage area) venue has an enormous bar with plenty of beers on tap as well as a full kitchen. Booking three to five concerts per week, The Broadberry lures in listeners with its large, open stage area and expansive sound system as well as seating at tables and lounge area.
Located downtown by City Hall, The National showcases a true mid-sized musical gem in the Richmond Region. Showcasing an enormous stage, video screens and monitors throughout the space, wooden floors, brick walls, seven full bars, a vast, open general admission standing area in front of the stage as well as 300 padded stadium seats on a balcony, this 1500-person capacity venue blasts tunes through its state-of-the-art V-DOSC sound system (one of only six in the country). Purchased in September 2014 by LA based AEG Live, this popular music stop attracts national level touring acts year round!
Celebrating 30 years of its summer concert series Innsbrook After Hours, the Innsbrook Pavilion is a staple for music lovers in the Richmond Region. An expansive outdoor pavilion in the West End of Richmond, Innsbrook Pavilion never fails to attract huge diverse touring acts like 311, ZZ Top, O.A.R, Boyz II Men, and Willie Nelson to name a few. Children under 10 are free with an adult with a ticket, and the shows go on rain or shine!
This unique venue located in Glen Allen near Virginia Center Commons offers a great music program called “2nd Stage”, which showcases a different genre of live music every 1st or 2nd Friday of the month. Stocked with general admission seating, The Cultural Arts Center even has wine, beer, beverages and dinner available for the shows!
Michael J. Hippchen is a freelance writer based out of Richmond, VA. Michael has a passion for good bourbon, a firm cigar, live music, and copious amounts of black coffee.