Virginia’s small local live music venues

by Andrew Cothern | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 | Updated: Dec 7, 2017

Comments: 43 Comments

While Virginia has numerous big concert halls, theaters, and outdoor arenas, there’s no denying the amount of great music you’ll hear at the state’s smaller venues, bars and clubs.

This is by no means a complete list. Let us know what small Virginia live music venue is your favorite in the comments below

[Photo Credit: The Southern Cafe & Music Hall]

The Southern Cafe and Music Hall – Charlottesville, Va.
Located on the Downtown Mall, the Southern is the place to go to see local, regional, & national artists of all genres perform. The venue also offers traditional Southern inspired food available during shows.

Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill – Roanoke, Va.
Located in the heart of Downtown Roanoke, Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill has been named the “Best Place to Hear Live Music.” The venue is widely known for hosting the best national, regional, and local bands and artists.

Jammin Java – Vienna, Va.
Run by musicians and music lovers, Jammin Java is an intimate concert venue, bar & cafe presenting the best local and nationally touring acts every night of the week and kids concerts almost every morning. The Northern Virginia venue has been ranked as one of the Top 100 in the world by Pollstar Magazine.

The Camel

The Camel – Richmond, Va.
Hosting music every night of the week, the Camel is the destination for all genres of music from punk to bluegrass to electronic. The intimate atmosphere brings in everything from local Richmond musicians to touring regional acts about to hit it big.

Shaka’s Live – Virginia Beach, Va.
Shaka’s Live is located in the heart of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and hosts a wide variety of local and national concerts that range from hip hop to metal to Americana. It also features resident DJ’s every Friday and Saturday night.

[Photo Credit: The Golden Pony]

The Golden Pony – Harrisonburg, Va.
See some of the best up and coming acts in Downtown Harrisonburg. Along with live music Sunday-Thursday and DJs on the weekends, the venue also has pinball machines, an art gallery, an outdoor patio, and two full bars.

Dogtown Roadhouse – Floyd, Va.
Floyd is known as being a music destination and once you’re done at the Floyd Country Store or jamming in the street, head over to Dogtown Roadhouse and enjoy wood fried pizza and other assorted food & drinks and stay for live music Tuesdays through Sundays.

Wolf Hills Brewing Company – Abingdon, Va.
Wolf Hills hosts live music every Thursday-Saturday featuring many of the region’s popular bands.

Ashland Coffee & Tea – Ashland, Va.
Located in the heart of downtown Ashland, Ashland Coffee & Tea is now home to The Mainline, a listening room style music venue with live music of all genres most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

What small Virginia live music venue is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.


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Dave says:

The Ellington (aka The Glass House) and Speakertree (Vinyl shop) in Lynchburg VA!

Diane says:

Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville! Awesome venue and performances.

Robin says:

The NorVa is a great place in Norfolk!

Kelli says:

Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville!

brian biddle says:

Last time at the southern I saw Whitey Morgan and the 78’s then enjoyed one with the band out on the alley. great place and band says:

Flood Zone?

zatoony says:

Taphouse in Norfolk always has good acts.

Check out the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount (20 miles South of Roanoke), intimate and COMFORTABLE venue… huge line up.

Tomorrow night is 10,000 Maniacs, Sunday is Gov’t Mule.

Other shows coming up: Sammy Kershaw, POCO, Reckless Kelly, Tab Benoit, Keb Mo, John Hiatt, Theory of a Deadman, Tommy Emmanual

Len Capelli says:

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville
Bright Box, Winchester

Charlene Fotdyce says:

Is there anything going on next week in Williamsburg Va

Will says:

Charlene, Nothing ever happens in Williamsburg.

Lisa says:

Will, plenty happens in Williamsburg! Great music every weekend at Cogan’s Deli in New Town. Lots of music also regularly at other places around town–Triangle, Paul’s Deli, Center Street Grill, Capriccio’s, Berrett’s… Mostly local or regional, but we have a number of really excellent musicians.

Diane says:

Williamsburg is a music wasteland unless B. Hornsby puts something on. Love the Ashland Coffee and Tea, Tin Pan in Richmond looks good too but have not been yet.