U.S. Regional and Local Music Scenes
Local Richmond, Virginia Music Scene

Richmond's metropolitan area had over 1.2 million people in the 2010 Census. Slightly over half the city's population is African-American. The city is a major landmark for studying the American Revolution. Campuses include Virginia State University, Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond. The history of the Richmond music scene has included Aimee Mann, GWAR, Carbon Leaf and Sparklehorse. The local music scene is covered by The Richmond Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly.

A Good Natured Riot * Anhayla * Antero * At the Stars * Barrelhouse * Beast Wellington * Bill McGee * Bobby and the Blue Midnights * Carey Colvin * Casey * Cheryl Fare * Crossing The Line * Cy Taggart * Dean Fields * Electrosonix * Evelyn Quaye * Hero Gets the Girl * Hippie Disco Project * Houston Scott Band * J-Five * Joye B. Moore * Lela Bizz * Marionette * Michael Rider * Mickey Cash and the Big Picture * Noizemakers * Offering * Opposite The Satellite * People's Blues of Richmond * Route 64 * Schiavone * Sky Run * Taters * William McIntyre Band *

Local Highlights

The 2018 Richmond International Film Festival features over 150 films from 35 countries from April 23-29 at the Byrd Theater. On April 26 television writer/producer Lee Aronsohn will present his documentary 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Band at Bowtie Movieland. Actor Danny Glover, who stars in the festival horror film Buckout Road, will appear at the event on closing night.

Richmond is a city where a broad range of music is well loved, including the city's symphony, orchestra and opera. The symphony, which was founded in 1957, performs more than a hundred shows a year in the Richmond area. For students of opera, the Virginia Opera has the largest educational program on opera in the nation. Shows are held at The National, which provides a mix of DJ dance music and live bands. The National was built in 1923. After a period of closure for renovation, it reopened in 2008 with over 1,500 seats.

Center Stage is Richmond's newest performing arts center, located Downtown. The venue is over 179,000 square feet and includes a 200-seat theater known as Gottwald Playhouse inside Rhythm Hall. Broadway musicals and the Richmond Symphony perform next door at the renovated Carpenter Theater. The Landmark Theater, which is over a century old, has become a leading venue in town for national acts. Another top venue is along the James River in the Downtown area, which is the site of the annual three-day Richmond Folk Festival.

Snake Oil Recording provides recording, mixing, mastering and production services in Richmond. It was built by Dan-O Deckelman and is located at 1625 Hull Street Road, located just minutes from Downtown. The studio is set up for a fun artistic environment. The studio uses both vintage and modern equipment. E-sessions are also available, in which musicians cut tracks and send them across the internet.

The eighth annual Richmond Arts Awards, which is based on categories such as music, theatre, dance and literary arts, will be announced in May 2016 by Mayor Malcolm Brodie. The awards program was established in 2009 to recognize artists who reside in Richmond. The 2016 event is presented as a partnership between the City of Richmond and the Richmond Arts Coalition.

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