Festival season is here and throughout June, 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.
The Thursday Jams concert series in Abingdon will feature music from Jabuki (June 1), The Broadcast (June 8), Forlorn Strangers (June 15), Marcus King Band (June 22), and Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (June 29).
Richmond’s summer concert series, Friday Cheers, brings some of the nation’s hottest touring acts, along with some regional favorites to Brown’s Island every Friday night in June. Thousands of people will come to relax after the work week to meet friends and hear music from Conor Oberst with Big Thief (June 2), The Record Company with The Congress (June 9), Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Sleepwalkers (June 16), Galactic with Future Prospect (June 23), and Car Seat Headrest with Gold Connections (June 30).
Over in Abingdon, the Howling Craft Beer and Music Festival will take place June 2-3 at Wolf Hills Brewing Company. Catch Amythyst Kiah, Dave Eggar, Time Sawyer, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Adam Bolt, The Trongone Band, Indighost, and more.
The Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival celebrates the military at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront June 2-4 and features performances from Old Dominion, Darius Rucker, and Jake Owen.
On June 8-10, it’s three days of beach music with on-site camping for the Hot Fun in the Summertime Beach Festival in Stuart, Virginia. This year’s line-up up features Jim Quick and Coastline, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band, Silk Groove, and The Foddrell’s.
HoustonFest in Galax is June 9-10 and features the bluegrass music of Jerry Douglas, The Earls of Leicester, John Berry, EmiSunshine, The Snyder Family Band, The Church Sisters, Flatt Lonesome, Laura Leigh Jones, Wayne Henderson & the Virginia Luthiers, White Top Mountain Band, and many more.
Bush and Everclear will headline Celebrate Fairfax!, Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide celebration, on June 9-11 at the Fairfax County Government Center.
Taking place June 9-17, the Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is an annual nine-day, region-wide celebration of the communities in Southwest Virginia from the traditional music to the many cultural and natural assets. The event includes Crooked Road marquee concerts in over 20 communities and many dozens of cultural events throughout the region. Artists performing this year include Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys, Ralph Stanley II with special guests Ricky Skaggs & Larry Sparks, Wayne Henderson, the Earls of Leicester, Whitetop Mountain Band, Sammy Shelor, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and many more.
The Chautauqua Festival is an 8-day arts and music festival held in Wytheville at Elizabeth Brown Park, June 16-24. Artists performing this year include Caleb Caudle, Folk Soul Revival, Eric Gress, Mickey Guyton, and more.
Held on the grounds of Historic Onancock School in downtown Onancock, the Shore Made Music Festival takes place June 17. This year’s headliner performance will be Angelica Garcia along with music from numerous local artists.
The Columbia Pike Blues Festival returns to Arlington on June 17 with live music from Jonny Grave, Sol Roots with Carly Harvey, Full Power Blues Band, Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory, and Bettye LaVette.
Sheryl Crow, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Lake Street Dive, Rhiannon Giddens, and more will perform at Funhouse Fest in Williamsburg June 23-25.
The Hampton Jazz Festival celebrates its 50th Anniversary June 23-25 at the Hampton Coliseum with performances from Jill Scott, Kem, Brian Culbertson, the O’Jays, Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton, Patti Labelle, and more.
Virginia’s regular live music venues also have plenty of music coming. Here’s a rundown of some of the big artists coming to town.
The National in Richmond will be bringing a number of big name artists throughout the month. The venue will be hosting punk rockers AFI (June 2), Dru Hill and Sisqo (June 4), Bleachers (June 13), and Method Man and Redman (June 17).
Elsewhere in Richmond, Jason Mraz will be hosting SPARC’s LIVE ART at the Altria Theater on June 11. 200 SPARC students will join artists such as Rob Thomas, Paul Williams, Colbie Caillat, Rayvon Owen, Ben Lee and more. The Altria Theater will also have Jermaine Dupri on June 15 and Bel Biv Devoe on June 30. The Dominion Arts Center will host Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue on June 2. Dirty Heads and SOJA will perform at the Classic Amphitheater at Richmond Raceway Complex on June 16 and Elvis Costello and the Imposters will perform there on June 20.
Just outside Richmond, the Innsbrook After Hours concert series at the Servpro Pavilion in Glen Allen will host Aaron Lewis from Staind (June 1), Kaleo (June 14), Slightly Stoopid (June 15), and Blackberry Smoke (June 22).
The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell will host Blue Oyster Cult on June 2 and Marty Stuart on June 9.
In Charlottesville, shows at the Jefferson Theater will include Car Seat Headrest on June 4 and Franz Ferdinand on June 15. The Sprint Pavilion will host Four Voices: Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter & Indigo Girls Amy Ray & Emily Saliers on June 6, the Head and the Heart on June 14, and Sheryl Crow on June 20.
Celebrate Virginia After Hours in Fredericksburg will bring to the stage Jake Owen on June 3 and Hank Williams Jr. on June 17.
The NorVa in Norfolk will be hosting acts like Dru Hill and Sisqo (June 2), Conor Oberst (June 3), AFI (June 6), Tegan and Sara (June 7), and Busta Rhymes (June 30).
The Portsmouth Pavilion in Portsmouth will have performances from Bryan Adams (June 9), Slightly Stoopid (June 11), Collective Soul and Our Lady Peace (June 17), Megadeth (June 25), and Lionel Ritchie (June 29).
The Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach brings in Chance the Rapper on June 3, Train on June 6, and Lady Antebellum on June 17.
Over in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center will be hosting a number of shows including TOTO (June 8), America (June 9), and may more.
The Hillsville Summer Nights Concert Series brings in the Fantastic Shakers to Hillsville’s Main Street on June 17.
The Blue Ridge Summer Concert Series at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax will host RedHead Express and the Walker Brothers on June 3, Quebe Sisters and Bill and the Belles on June 17, and Phil Wiggins and the Chesapeake Sheiks with Jim Lloyd on June 24.
At Wolf Trap Center for Performing Arts in Vienna, shows will include Kool and the Gang (June 2), Wilco (June 9), Joe Jackson and Mavis Staples (June 10), The B-52’s (June 11), St. Paul and the Broken Bones with Shovels and Rope (June 16), Slightly Stoopid (June 17), Sheryl Crow (June 21), Elvis Costello and the Imposters (June 22), Diana Krall (June 24), Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie (June 26), and Lionel Ritchie (June 27).
Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow will host a number of shows including Iron Maiden on June 3, Chance the Rapper on June 4, Dierks Bentley on June 9, Train on June 10, and Lady Antebellum on June 24.
Aimee Mann will perform at Alexandria music hall The Birchmere on June 23. Also on the Birchmere’s schedule are Old 97s (June 15), America (June 18) and Rosanne Cash (June 26).
For more big names coming to Virginia this month, go to virginia.org/music. At a Virginia concert this month? Share your photos with @VisitVirginia on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #vamusic and #vaisformusiclovers.