Music festival season is in full swing and many big name musicians will be coming to Virginia during the month of May. From major country acts to the biggest names in rock and pop, catch your favorite artists and discover new ones all over the Commonwealth.
On May 9-12, the East Coast Music Conference will be bringing nearly thousands of fans and artists together in Norfolk for four days of industry speakers, parties, and more than 100 live performances.The East Coast Music Conference offers dozens of showcase performances for music fans of all genres, industry seminars and networking for musicians and industry personnel, and much more.
Richmond’s outdoor sports and music festival Dominion Riverrock will brings thousands to the riverside Brown’s Island on May 17-19 with live music performances from Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Billy Strings, Turkuaz, South Hill Banks, Palm Palm, Skydog, The Big Payback, and more.
Running through May and June, the Virginia Arts Festival will be bringing hundreds of world-class performing arts in venues throughout Hampton Roads. Major performances include Béla Fleck & Chick Corea (May 11), Michael Feinstein, Great American Songbook (May 19), I’m With Her (May 23) and many more.
The Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival will feature nearly 50 bands just outside of Martinsville May 23-26. The lineup includes Galactic, Sam Bush Band, Shovels & Rope, Marcus King Band, Billy Strings, Steep Canyon Rangers, and many more.
Dr. Ralph Stanley’s Hills of Home Music Festival is located in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia at Dr. Ralph Stanley’s “home place” in McClure. The three day festival, taking place May 23-25, is a great opportunity to see traditional bluegrass bands.
Head to Floyd for the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass and BBQ Festival May 24-25 to celebrate the summer with some of the biggest bands in bluegrass and mountain music.
The Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival celebrates the military at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront May 31-June 2 and features performances from Old Dominion, Luke Combs, and Kane Brown.
On June 2, the Carter Family Fold will host Appalachia Rising, a celebration of music carrying on the musical and performing traditions of the Carter family. The afternoon of music features live performances from Marty Stuart, Wayne Henderson & The Virginia Luthiers, and Folk Soul Revival.
Over at Virginia’s many live music venues:
The National in Richmond will be bringing a number of big name artists throughout the month including Tyler Farr (May 2), Black Label Society (May 12), Tank and the Bangas (May 22), Stone Temple Pilots (May 28), and more.
At Richmond Raceway’s Virginia Credit Union Live!, Juice Wrld and The 1975 will be performing on May 14 and May 22, respectively.
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 May. Thousands of people will come to relax after the work week to meet friends and hear music from Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Chicano Batman, Illiterate Light, and Colter Wall.
Elsewhere in Richmond, Son Volt will perform at the Broadberry on May 7, while Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds will be there on May 23, along with many other shows. India.Arie will be at the Dominion Energy Center on May 7.
Just outside Richmond, the Innsbrook After Hours concert series at the Servpro Pavilion in Glen Allen will host Lady Antebellum on May 4, 311 on May 18, and Kane Brown on May 31.
The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell will host Firehouse on May 3, LeAnn Rimes on May 4, The LACS on May 30, and more.
In Charlottesville, shows at the the Jefferson Theater will include Todd Snider (May 2), Tallest Man on Earth (May 11), Josh Ritter (May 18), and more.
The NorVa in Norfolk will be hosting acts like Japanese Breakfast (May 2), Tom Morello (May 15), The Struts (May 16), and more.
The Hampton Coliseum will be hosting Tool on May 10.
On May 5, the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach will host FM99’s Lunatic Luau featuring Shinedown, Bush, In This Moment, Fozzy, P.O.D., and more. Hootie & the Blowfish will perform there on May 30.
Over in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center, performances this month include The Dustbowl Revival (May 3), Here Come the Mummies (May 9), Sister Hazel (May 18), Cracker (May 26), and more.
The Berglund Center in Roanoke will have Home Free on May 7, Alan Jackson on May 11, Styx on May 24, and Randy Houser on May 31.
The Thursday Jams concert series at the Abingdon Market Pavilion will welcome Morgan Wade on May 9, Town Mountain on May 16, Nora Jane Struthers on May 23, and Flow Tribe on May 30.
Phase 2 Club in Lynchburg will be bringing in acts such as Motionless In White & Atreyu (May 8), The 80s vs. 90s Party featuring Biz Markie (May 11), P.O.D. (May 18), and more.
The Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington will host The Infamous Stringdusters on May 10 and I’m With Her on May 24.
The Blue Ridge Summer Concert Series at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax will host Po’ Ramblin’ Boys and Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno on May 25.
Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow will be hosting The Who on May 11, Chris Young on May 18, and Bob Seger on May 25.
Alexandria music hall The Birchmere will host David Allan Coe on May 4, Gordon Lightfoot on May 13, Maceo Parker on May 18, and more.
At Wolf Trap National Park for Performing Arts in Vienna, shows will include The Avett Brothers (May 23) and Sammy Hagar (May 31), among others.
The Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg will be hosting Julian Marley on May 9, Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria on May 17, and The Black Lillies on May 24, among many other shows.