We received so much response to our first “Virginia’s small local live music venues” post of smaller places to catch great live music, so we had to write another one showcasing more of the Commonwealth’s smaller venues, bars and clubs.
Based on reader suggestions, here are more of Virginia’s small live music venues to catch the next big artist. Let us know what venue is your favorite in the comments below.
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The Tin Pan – Richmond, Va.
A restaurant and Listening Room located in Richmond’s West End, the Tin Pan features live music every night of the week ranging from local and regional favorites to popular touring acts.
RiffHouse Pub – Chesapeake, Va.
This bar mainly hosts metal and hard rock bands, so it’s going to get loud in here. But that won’t stop concertgoers from having a good time at this popular local establishment.
The Taphouse – Hampton, Va.
While it’s known for having the largest selection of craft beers in Hampton Roads, the Taphouse also hosts live music featuring many of the region’s popular bands.
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Bright Box – Winchester, Va.
Bright Box is a performance and event venue located on the Loudoun Pedestrian Mall. Besides showcasing a wide variety of live music acts in the area, the venue also hosts comedy, burlesque and other events. It was named one of the 50 Best Small Music Venues in America by ClickitTicket.
Charley’s Waterfront Cafe – Farmville, Va.
A popular hangout in Farmville with a backdrop of the Appomattox River, Charley’s hosts live music every Friday and Saturday night with bands ranging from classic rock to folk to country.
Galaxy Hut – Arlington, Va.
Since the early 90s, Galaxy Hut has hosted local and national indie rock bands multiple nights a week and has become a major spot in the area’s musical history. Popular bands like the National, the Strokes, St. Vincent and the Dismemberment Plan all performed here in their early days. Today, the venue continues to bring in some of the best local and regional acts in the area.
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Clementine Cafe – Harrisonburg, Va.
Located in the historic district of downtown Harrisonburg, Clementine hosts live music of almost every genre while also operating as a restaurant and community space.
The Ante Room – Charlottesville, Va.
A block away from the Historic Downtown Mall, the Ante Room is a former clothing store-turned-music-venue for the often overlooked local and regional acts. The space now hosts Charlottesville’s newest bands and DJs, local favorites, and touring regional acts that include dance parties, rock bands, hip hop showcases, and more.
Country Cabin II – Norton, Va.
Built in 2002 as a successor to the original Country Cabin, Country Cabin II is a major venue on the Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail and presents old time and bluegrass music every Saturday night, featuring local and regional musicians and plenty of fans to clog and line-dance along to the music (FYI, the venue also hosts clogging and line-dancing classes for the uninitiated). Country Cabin II is the longest continuously running site for traditional music along the entire Crooked Road.
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Barns of Rose Hill – Berryville, Va.
Housed in two early 20th century dairy barns, the Barns of Rose Hill offers live music of various genres to go along with the beautiful scenery. The venue also showcases other performing and visual arts, including exhibits, educational workshops, film screenings, and more.
What small Virginia live music venue is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. For more music in Virginia, visit virginia.org/music.