As the weather starts to get warmer, many big name musicians will be coming to Virginia during the month of March. From major country acts to the biggest names in rock, hip hop and R&B, catch your favorite artists and discover new ones all over the Commonwealth.
Along with hosting films and workshops, the Richmond International Film Festival (taking place Feb. 27-March 5) will also be hosting multiple nights of music at venues around Richmond, including the Broadberry, Strange Matter, the Camel and Sound of Music recording studio.
In Newport News, the Christopher Newport University Harp Festival takes place at the Ferguson Center for the Arts on March 25. The day will be full of workshops, masterclasses, and performances including CNU Professor of Harp Dr. Anastasia Pike, the Virginia Symphony Flute and Harp Duo, Isabelle Frouvelle, the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras Harp Ensemble, Lilac94, and the American Youth Harp Ensemble.
The National in Richmond will be bringing a number of big name indie rock artists throughout the month. The venue will be hosting Ryan Adams (March 5 and 6), St. Paul and the Broken Bones (March 8), the Avett Brothers (March 10 and 11) and Matisyahu (March 28).
Elsewhere in the city, the Richmond Coliseum brings in country superstar Luke Bryan on March 9. Jazz musician Boney James will be at the Dominion Arts Center on March 12. Vanessa Carlton will perform at the Tin Pan on March 12 (She will also be at the Birchmere in Alexandria on March 16). Finally, R&B soul group Earth, Wind and Fire will perform at the Altria Theater on March 31.
The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell will host country star Wynonna Judd and her band the Big Noise on March 9. Americana group the Black Lillies will be there on March 25.
The NorVa in Norfolk will be hosting hip hop artist Jeezy on March 10 and Irish punk group Flogging Molly on March 29. Old Dominion University’s Constant Center will be hosting punk legends Green Day on March 12.
Charlottesville is going to be very busy this month with its live music offerings. Over at the John Paul Jones Arena, country stars Florida Georgia Line will perform March 24 and the iconic Stevie Nicks will be there on March 25. Shows at the Jefferson Theater will include Sleigh Bells (March 1), Neko Case (March 10) and Robert Earl Keen (March 19). The Paramount Theater will have Rosanne Cash on March 9 and Amos Lee on March 15.
Over in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center, Robert Earl Keen will perform on March 16, Dwight Yoakam will be there on March 18 and legendary music icons Three Dog Night will provide a special evening on March 26.
The Berglund Center in Roanoke will host country artist Billy Currington on March 24.
Western swing ensemble the Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, “Ranger Doug” Green and Paul Franklin will perform at Alexandria music hall the Birchmere on March 2. Other acts slated to be there this month include Rosanne Cash (March 10), Colin Hay (March 12 and 13), South African a cappella singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo (March 14), Marc Cohn (March 19), Kasey Chambers (March 23), The Righteous Brothers (March 26) and Ann Wilson of Heart (March 29).
For more big names coming to Virginia this month, go to virginia.org/bignamesinconcert. At a Virginia concert this month? Share your photos with @VisitVirginia on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #vamusic and #vaisformusiclovers.