Festival season is well underway and throughout July, 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—
At the Red Wings Roots Music Festival, roots rock band the Steel Wheels hosts a 3-day event celebrating music and outdoors at Natural Chimneys Park in the scenic Shenandoah Valley July 13-15. The festival will include craft beer, cycling, multiple stages, camping and great music from some of the biggest names in roots rock including Trampled By Turtles, Josh Ritter, Steep Canyon Rangers, Nicole Atkins, and many more.
On July 14, Kings Dominion amusement park in Doswell celebrates JoyFest, a Gospel music celebration featuring performances from Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbett, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, The Walls Group, Bone Hampton, and Caleb Serrano.
The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival has been bringing great music to the Shenandoah Valley for more than 50 years! Each summer, the Festival presents eight to 10 concerts, featuring nationally recognized, award-winning artists. Acts performing this year include Home Free (July 20), the Temptations (July 21), and more.
Head to Floyd for Floydfest July 25-29 – five days of nonstop music, artisan workshops, demonstrations, and a whole lot of fun. The 80-acre festival campus is filled with everything you need to get the most out of this musical event, like a “Global Village” that encourages visitors to learn about the Blue Ridge region’s foods, artists, and lifestyle. Acts performing this year include Foster the People, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gov’t Mule, Hiss Golden Messenger, Keller Williams, and many more.
Come to the Tazewell Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention on July 13-15 for three days of live musical performances played with banjos, guitars, fiddles, and many other folk-inspired instruments. Taking place on the grounds of historic Crab Orchard Museum’s Pioneer Park, bands compete in their respective categories, including harmonica, autoharp, and bass, for more than $5,000 of cash prizes, pride, and recognition.
—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 Lake Street Dive (July 2), Unknown Mortal Orchestra (July 6), Jimmy Eat World (July 10), Violent Femmes and Echo & the Bunnymen (July 23), and more.
Elsewhere in Richmond, The Broadberry will be hosting G. Love & Special Sauce (July 13), Joywave (July 17), John Moreland (July 19), and more.
Johnnyswim and Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors will perform at the Dominion Energy Center on July 7. Punch Brothers will be at Maymont on July 18. Prog rock legend YES will perform at Richmond Raceway’s Virginia Credit Union Live! on July 24.
Just outside Richmond, the Innsbrook After Hours concert series at the Servpro Pavilion in Glen Allen will host Lee Brice (July 6), Billy Currington (July 7), Chris Young Taxi (July 20), Dispatch (July 26), and Nelly (July 28).
The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell will be hosting acts like The Spinners (July 13), Tom Keifer of Cinderella (July 19), and more.
In Charlottesville, the Jefferson Theater will be hosting Kurt Vile and the Violators (July 10), The Lone Bellow (July 26), Jenny Lewis (July 31), and more.
The NorVa in Norfolk will be hosting acts like Turnpike Troubadours (July 1), Puddle of Mudd (July 6), The Struts (July 8), Violent Femmes and Echo & the Bunnymen (July 24), and more.
The Portsmouth Pavilion in Portsmouth will have performances from Slightly Sloopid (July 13), The Avett Brothers (July 20), Buddy Guy (July 21), Brian McKnight (July 22), and more.
The Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach brings in Imagine Dragons on July 3, Lauryn Hill on July 5, Lynyrd Skynyrd on July 6, the Vans Warped Tour on July 12, Chris Brown on July 13, Chicago & REO Speedwagon on July 18, Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson on July 20, Dave Matthews Band on July 21, and Janet Jackson on July 29.
Phase 2 Club in Lynchburg will be bringing in acts such as Lit (July 8), Aaron Lewis ( July 19), and more.
Over in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center will be hosting a number of shows including Big Head Todd and the Monsters (July 5), Amanda Shires (July 12), Tommy Emmanuel (July 20), and many more.
Ted Nugent will perform at the Berglund Center in Roanoke on July 17 Josh Turner will headline the Downtown Dilly Dilly Concert in Roanoke’s Elmwood Park.
The Blue Ridge Summer Concert Series at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax will host Wayne Henderson & Friends and the Jeff Little Trio on July 7, Steep Canyon Rangers & the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters on July 14, The Revelers & the Mountain Park Old-time Band on July 21, and Rhiannon Giddens on July 28.
The Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington will be hosting Darrell Scott Bluegrass Band on July 7.
At Wolf Trap Center for Performing Arts in Vienna, shows will include Reba McEntire (July 1), Barenaked Ladies and Better Than Ezra (July 2), Indigo Girls (July 10), Tedeschi Trucks Band (July 11), Slightly Stoopid (July 12), Juanes (July 13), Halsey (July 15), Boy George & Culture Club and The B-52s (July 18), Queen Latifah and Common (July 20), Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit\ (July 24), Charlie Puth (July 25), and Yanni (July 29).
Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow will host a number of shows including Imagine Dragons on July 2, Lynyrd Skynyrd on July 7, Lauryn Hill on July 8, Steely Dan & the Doobie Brothers on July 10, Chris Brown on July 12, Styx and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts on Jul 13, Jason Aldean on July 14, and Arcade Fire on July 20.
Warrenton hotel Airlie will be hosting Grammy award-winning country artist, Midland on July 6-7.
Shows at Alexandria music hall The Birchmere include Melanie Fiona on July 14, the Bacon Brothers July 20-22, Shelby Lynne on July 25, WAR on July 31, and many more.
The Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg will be hosting Jake Clemons (direct from The Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band Tour) on July 20 and Sister Hazel on July 27, among many other shows.