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Artsline || August 1, 2022
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” ~Chinese proverb
What song is carrying you through this week? What music fills your soul with summer sounds, or perhaps the promise of fall just around the corner? As we enter the last month of summer, RVA is alive with rhythm and melody, violin and voice. Whether you are sitting under the stars, eating a plate of barbeque, or sitting in a cool airconditioned hall – Richmond has music this week to sooth your soul and pump you up for August. Check out these and other local events below.
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1. HEARRVA MUSIC MIXER
Sunday, August 7, 5pm
The Loft at The Hof Garden, 2818 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23230
$20 advanced | $25 at the door
HearRVA brings an evening in The Loft at The Hof Garden surrounded by the Richmond music community. Meet vendors who specialize in services that help to grow a musician's career AND see a concert jam packed with some of the 804's best talent. To put a cherry on top of this amazing event, ticket and raffle proceeds will benefit local community group Rise For Youth. The past couple years have kept us apart, but this event aims to be the magnet that pulls our local music scene back together. Purchase tickets online.
2. THE MONTPELIER BLUEGRASS & BBQ FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 6, 3pm
Montpelier Center for Arts & Education, 17205 Mountain Rd, Montpelier, 23192
$5 Adults | Free for age 12 and under
Come enjoy some of the best bluegrass & BBQ in Virginia in beautiful Montpelier, VA! The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education has an awesome list of food vendors bringing a variety of BBQ dishes, so come out and vote for your favorite! They will also have the first Montpelier Bluegrass & BBQ Festival Cornhole Tournament running during the event! Sign your team up for the chance to win a cash prize & winner's ribbon to take home! While you eat, enjoy a diverse selection of craft vendors, seasonal drinks, and incredible live music throughout the festival! Purchase tickets online.
3. DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE CONCERT WITH THE J.O.B. AND THE ATKINSONS
Saturday, August 6, 6:30pm
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
$10 advanced | $15 day of
Two of Richmond’s premier bands play a double-header at Firehouse Theatre. The Atkinsons are an Americana blend of roots, country, and rock with three-part harmonies layered over mandolin, fiddle, and electric guitar. The J.O.B. is Richmond’s Top 40 charting band performing alternative rock with an Americana pulse and a blues soul. Purchase tickets online.
4. MAYMONT MANSION TOURS
Weekly Fridays – Sundays, beginning at 10am
Maymont, 1000 Westover Road, Richmond, 23220
$8 adults | $6 seniors & kids 3-13 | Free for members & children 2 & under
Explore the Gilded Age home of James and Sallie May Dooley with a self-guided audio tour from Maymont. Learn more about the people who lived and worked here, balancing technological advances of the time with the labor-intensive operations of a home this size, including the complicated story of the New South and Jim Crow. Limited capacity, advance reservations recommended. Walk-up tickets available as capacity allows. Purchase tickets online.
5. GENEALOGY WORKSHOP | COURT RECORDS AT THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA
Friday, August 5, 9:30am
Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, 23219
$25 | $20 for members
Library of Virginia reference archivists Kenneth Forest and Nathan Verilla lead this in-person workshop that explores court records in the Library’s collections and offers advice on how to use them in your genealogical research. It will discuss documents in original, microfilm, and digital formats, paying particular attention to local, chancery, hustings, and federal court records. Register online.
6. AUTHOR TALK | DR. MARCIA CHATELAIN
Literary Art, History
Wednesday, August 3, 2pm
Chesterfield County Public Library brings Dr. Marcia Chatelain to discuss her Pulitzer prize-winning book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America. Dr. Marcia Chatelain set out to answer the question of how fast-food restaurants so thoroughly saturate black neighborhoods. McDonald’s has often been blamed for the rising rates of obesity and diabetes among black Americans. In Franchise, Chatelain uncovers a surprising history of cooperation among fast-food companies, black capitalists, and civil rights leaders, who–in the troubled years after King’s assassination–believed they found an economic answer to the problem of racial inequality. Register online for this free event.
Henrico Recreation & Parks brings two places to celebrate National Night Out with family, friends & fun! Belmont Recreation Center offers carnival games, hot dogs on the grill, golf activities on the First Tee putting course, and more. Eastern Henrico Recreation center brings a DJ, train rides, young entrepreneurs, and free food and ice cream (while supplies last). Bring chairs or a blanket for the lawn at EHRC. No registration required for these free events.
8. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES INTERLUDE ONE
Sunday, August 7, 3pm
Bon Air Presbyterian Church 9201 West Huguenot Road North Chesterfield, 23235
$30 adults | Free for aged 18 and under
The Richmond Chamber Players offer the first in a series of three concerts for August. They perform Janacek-Violin Sonata, Randall Thompson's Wedding Music for String Quartet (Modern Premiere), and Schumann Piano Quintet. Purchase tickets via cash or check at the venue.
9. FIRST FRIDAYS EXHIBIT AT THE RICHMOND PUBLIC LIBRARY
Visual Arts, Music
Reception Friday, August 5, 6:30pm
Main Branch, Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin St., Richmond, 23219
The Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch offers three new exhibits for First Fridays RVA: Hometown Views brings recent photography from members of the Camera Club of Richmond, who have been taking photographs of the Richmond area for 90 years; Automatism displays Richmond artist Jim Brown’s three-dimensional forms and materials formed as the result of a balance between the visible and the invisible; and People, Life & Imagination shows internationally recognized designer and illustrator, Forrest Young's commissioned portrait work. Live music by the Kelli Strawbridge Trio. No registration required for this free event.
10. AUGUST MUSICALES | TRIO NICHE
Wednesday, August 3, 7pm
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Ave, Richmond, 23220
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church brings Trio Niche a Baroque ensemble from the College of William and Mary. They will perform works of Mozart, Beethoven, Beval, and Haydn. No registration required for this free event.
If you are an arts or cultural organization with lectures, exhibitions, performances, or even book readings, submit your events to Artsline here.
If you are an artist or an arts or cultural organization in need of resources and tools, check out the list of local and national resources from Richmond CultureWorks.
The Library of Virginia is a sponsor of VPM.