Due to COVID-19, live music venues and music festivals have had to cancel or postpone many concerts for people to increase social distancing.
Although venues are closed, many music venues, festivals and local Virginia musicians are offering virtual options and properly distanced shows for visitors to listen and enjoy live music.
Explore some unique Virginia locations paired with local artists in the Virginia is for Lovers / Overcoast Sessions. The video series includes Dharma Bombs at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Inter Arma at the Byrd Park Pumphouse in Richmond, Mighty Joshua in the NEON District in Norfolk and Sherman Holmes at the Marshall Drug Store in Urbanna.
The Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol will be celebrating Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Virginia Music Heritage Month September 10-13, 2020 with virtual, live concert events that include Jim Lauderdale, Acoustic Syndicate, Amythyst Kiah, Morgan Wade, and Martha Spencer; a WBCM Radio Bristol Farm and Fun Time show; and flashback performances from festivals past.
The Richmond Folk Festival will celebrate its 16th anniversary the weekend of October 9-11, 2020 with a virtual event celebrating the roots, richness, and variety of American culture that will bring together the community through a special television program, radio broadcasts and online streaming. The festival will present exclusive, new musical performances, highlights of favorite artists from past festivals, cooking demonstrations, a riverfront art installation, fun family activities, and more.
The 2nd Street Festival in commemorates its 32nd anniversary October 3-4, 2020 with a virtual event celebrating downtown Richmond’s Jackson Ward community. The virtual will present new musical performances, favorite artists from past festivals, cooking demonstrations, virtual tours, neighborhood testimonials, fun family activities, and more.
The Floyd Country Store has become a traditional gathering place on Friday nights for musicians, dancers and visitors from all over the world. The Friday Night Jamboree is an outstanding and authentic experience shared by old-timers and new visitors alike. During this time, the Floyd Country Store will be live streaming on Facebook at 6:30 p.m. every Friday night with a link to tip the band and venue.
Central Virginia independent radio station WNRN is connecting listeners to Virginia musicians in a very personal way with its Home Studio Sessions. Artists will play live from home and talk about what they’re doing to stay happy, healthy, and inspired while they are off the road. The station is asking Virginia musicians to post their live streams to Facebook, tag WNRN and use the hashtag #homestudiosessionsWNRN.