Festival season in Virginia is still going strong all summer and throughout August, many big name musicians will be coming to Virginia. From major country acts to the biggest names in rock and pop, catch your favorite artists and discover new ones all over the Commonwealth.
—Virginia Music Festivals—
The Carter Family Memorial Music Festival is held the first weekend in August presented in honor of The Original Carter Family, the first family of country music, and commemorating the historic 1927 Bristol Recording Sessions. Artists performing this year include Five Mile Mtn. Road, Uncle Shuffelo & Haint Hollow Hootenanny, Whitetop Mountain Band, Hogslop String Band, and Volume 5.
The City of Galax has the world tapping its feet as the Old Fiddlers’ Convention takes place in Felts Park Aug. 6-11. Musicians and fans from around the world travel to Galax to perform and hear the music that defines the sound of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A few hundred come with their instruments to show their skill, and compete for the cash prizes.
On Aug. 9-12, experience the world’s best jazz and R&B music at the Richmond Jazz Festival set against the beautiful rolling hills of Maymont. Acts performing this year include Gladys Knight, The O’Jays, Joss Stone, Warren G, and many more.
The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival has been bringing great music to the Shenandoah Valley for more than 50 years. Acts performing in August include Mary Chapin Carpenter (Aug. 10) and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (Aug. 11).
Hear 60 of the world’s most acclaimed musicians performing in more than 20 concerts in historic downtown venues at the Staunton Music Festival Aug. 10-19. The daily concerts range from eclectic and feature chamber music from the Middle Ages to world premieres, performed by vocalists and instrumentalists from across Europe and the U.S. There are also free pre-concert talks and special offers with numerous downtown restaurants and hotels.
The Lockn’ Music Festival is a four-day music festival taking place Aug. 23-26 at Infinity Downs Farm with an emphasis on music, camping, outdoor activities, regional food, beverages, and artisans. Many of the artists perform over multiple days, and be featured in unique and exciting artist pairings. Artists performing at this year’s festival include Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, Blues Traveler, Dead & Co., and many others.
The Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival is Hampton Roads’ longest-running outdoor jazz festival featuring a mix of Grammy award-winning artists and chart-toppers performing in Town Point Park on the downtown Norfolk waterfront. Artists performing this year (Aug. 24-25) include Boney James, David Benoit & Marc Antoine, Marcus Anderson, Dave Koz, Adam Hawley, and Norman Brown.
Held on the campus of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, the RTE 23 Music Festival brings a diverse mix of artists together on Aug. 25 for a full day of live music and celebrating all the old time music that originated in the area.
The Appaloosa Festival is a roots music and outdoors experience Aug. 31-Sept. 2, set at the Skyline Ranch Resort among the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hosted by Scythian, Appaloosa features more than 40 bands on five stages, including some of the most critically acclaimed up-and-coming artists from all over the country.
—Over at Virginia’s Live Music Venues—
The National in Richmond will be bringing a number of big name artists throughout the month. The venue will be hosting Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Aug. 2), Franz Ferdinand (Aug. 11), Incubus (Aug. 14), Band of Horses (Aug. 15), DJ Pauly D (Aug. 21), and more.
Elsewhere in Richmond, The Broadberry will be hosting Sons of Bill and Wrinkle Neck Mules (Aug. 2), Guided By Voices (Aug. 13), Big Freedia (Aug. 16), and more.
Just outside Richmond, the Innsbrook After Hours concert series at the Servpro Pavilion in Glen Allen will host The Roots(Aug. 4), Kane Brown(Aug. 9), Dark Star Orchestra(Aug. 16), Jamey Johnson(Aug. 17), Travis Tritt(Aug. 18), ZZ Top (Aug. 22), Kool & the Gang(Aug. 23), and Jake Owen (Aug. 24).
The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell will be hosting acts like Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters (Aug. 8), Montgomery Gentry (Aug. 16), Crystal Gale(Aug. 18), Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat (Aug. 25), and more.
In Charlottesville, the Jefferson Theater will be hosting Sons of Bill (Aug. 4), Brothers Osborne (Aug. 26), and more.
The NorVa in Norfolk will be hosting acts like Pennywise (Aug. 8), Pusha T (Aug. 20), Alkaline Trio (Aug. 21), and more.
The Portsmouth Pavilion in Portsmouth will have performances from George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Aug. 12), The Revivalists & Trampled by Turtles (Aug. 17), and more.
The Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach brings in Pentatonix on Aug. 5, Counting Crows on Aug. 7, Wiz Khalifa & Rae Sremmurd on Aug. 11, Keith Urban on Aug. 12, Def Leppard and Journey on Aug. 13, Lauryn Hill on Aug. 16, and Godsmack and Shinedown on Aug. 18.
Phase 2 Club in Lynchburg will be bringing in acts such as Upchurch (Aug. 4 & 5), The Sword (Aug. 11), Jackyl (Aug. 25), and more.
Over in Rocky Mount, the Harvester Performance Center will be hosting a number of shows including Gordon Lightfoot (Aug. 5), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Aug. 12), The Nighthawks (Aug. 17), and many more.
The Blue Ridge Summer Concert Series at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax will host Che Apalache & the Cabin Creek Boys on Aug. 4, The Legendary Ingramettes and Linda & David Lay on Aug. 18, and Front Country & The Martha Bassett Band on Aug. 25.
The Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington will be hosting The Seldom Scene on Aug. 4 and John Doyle and Friends on Aug. 31.
Celebrate Virginia After Hours in Fredericksburg will host the Beach Boys on Aug. 2 and Tracy Lawrence and Joe Diffie on Aug. 11.
At Wolf Trap Center for Performing Arts in Vienna, shows will include Hanson (Aug. 4), Bryan Adams (Aug. 5), Mary Chapin Carpenter and Rhiannon Giddens (Aug. 11), Gladys Knight and the O’Jays (Aug. 15), Alan Jackson (Aug. 16), Trombone Shorty, Galactic, Preservation Hall (Aug. 17), The Avett Brothers & Nicole Atkins (Aug. 18), The Revivalists (Aug. 19), Jeff Beck and Ann Wilson of Heart (Aug. 20), Michael McDonald and Peter Cetera (Aug. 22), Dawes and Shovels & Rope (Aug. 23), Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (Aug. 24), Kenny G (Aug. 30), and Gavin DeGraw and Phillip Phillips (Aug. 31).
Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow will host a number of shows including Bush, Stone Temple Pilots, The Cult on Aug. 5, Counting Crows on Aug. 8, Wiz Khalifa & Rae Sremmurd on Aug. 9, Keith Urban on Aug. 11, Pentatonix on Aug. 12, Lauryn Hill on Aug. 17, Luke Bryan on Aug. 18, Godsmack and Shinedown on Aug. 19, Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch on Aug. 24, Brad Paisley on Aug. 25, 311 and The Offspring on Aug. 26, G-EAZY on Aug. 30, and Niall Horan on Aug. 31.
Shows at Alexandria music hall The Birchmere include Amanda Shires on Aug. 2, Toad the Wet Sprocket on Aug. 9 and 10, Aaron Neville on Aug. 11, Shawn Mullins on Aug. 14, Jeff Daniels and Ben Daniels Band on Aug. 18, Tanya Tucker on Aug. 23, Chris Isaak on Aug. 26 & 27, and many more.