Posts Tagged ‘Music’

The Richmond Folk Festival is Coming

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Downtown Richmond Virginia’s fab free three-day festival on the riverfront opens October 14 and runs through October 16, 2011. The final performers were announced last Thursday and include Original P (a funk band), Los Tres Reyes from San Antonio with their Spanish romantic music, Tibetan sacred music and dance by Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery in India, Circleville Ohio banjo musicians Tony Ellis and the Musicians of Braeburn and traditional Irish music by the Old Bay Ceili Band of Baltimore.  This annual festival, now in its fourth year, will feature over 20 performers and performing acts on seven stages throughout the weekend. SCHEDULE.  Most of the performers are new to Richmond this year, so this is not a repeat of previous year’s lineup!  And, though you will be able to find typical festival food, this year’s food vendors can take your tastebuds on a trip around the world with traditional foods running the gamut from Thai, Indian, Mexican, Italian to southern delectables like Cajun.

One of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events, The Richmond Folk Festival finds its roots in the National Folk Festival, held in Richmond in 2005, 2006, and 2007.  Richmond’s residents and visitors loved the riverfront festival along Tredegar and on Brown’s Island so much that when the National Folk Festival moved on, the Richmond Folk Festival was born and continues to get bigger and better each and every year. Last year more than 190,000 folks visited the Richmond Folk Festival. This year’s event promises to explore and celebrate the roots of the rich and diverse culture that we know as American culture through dance, music, crafts and food – to the delight of the entire family. Make plans to attend now! You don’t want to miss it.

Modlin Center for Arts Announces Season

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

A diverse range of shows are scheduled for the Modlin Center at the University of Richmond for its 2011/12 season. Every artistic genre is represented from ballet, jazz, even comedy, puppets, and European-style circus acts. Many of the performances are sponsored by the music, theater and dance departments of the University of Richmond which are housed in the Modlin Center – and, are free.  Most however have an admission fee, particularly performances by folk rock legend Joan Baez and legendary artist Arlo Guthrie.

Season subscriptions are on sale now; check out Modlin Center for a complete list of artists and their venues. Tickets for individual shows go on sale on Monday August 8. Some shows will take place at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond’s CenerStage in downtown Richmond, other University of Richmond campus venues include Camp Concert Hall, Alice Jepson Theatre and Cousins Studio Theatre.  Most performances are veining performances, though there will be a few matinees.

The Modlin Center for the Arts, which opened in 1996, features state-of-the-art performance venues, galleries, studios, and classrooms. Praised as “a work of art itself” by the Richmond Times-Dispatch,the $22.5 million, 165,000-square-foot facility is home to the departments of art and art history, music and theatre, and dance.

The Modlin Center for the Arts presents more than 40 world-class performing arts events as part of the ModlinArts Presents Series, five productions presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the University Players and Dancers, and another 23 music performances as part of the Department of Music’s annual free concert series. Many of the events presented at the Modlin Center feature an academic component designed specifically for Richmond students. These activities, which are free and open to the public, include master classes and lecture demonstrations, as well as pre-concert and exhibition lectures.

The season opens September 7 with La Excelencia, Salsa Dura and performances are scheduled throughout the academic year with the final performances scheduled in May.  If you plan on visiting Richmond, don’t forget to check the schedule and catch a little bit of culture provided by the University of Richmond!

Groovin in the Garden with Emmylou Harris July 20

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens will host Emmylou Harris on Wednesday July 20, 2011 as part of their Groovin’ in the Garden series.

Emmylou Harris at Groovin' in the Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens on July 20, 2011

Emmylou Harris, a 12-time Grammy winner, celebrated as an interpreter of other artists’ songs, has garnered accolades for her eloquent songwriting and for her incomparable vocals. Few performers have achieved honesty in their work or revealed such maturity in their writing. Her latest album, “Hard Bargain” contains 11 original songs including one recounting a violent, headline-making story from the civil rights era, and another about a black lab mix named Bella. Harris runs a dog shelter on her property called Bonaparte’s Retreat. Don’t miss this concert – full of life’s wisdom and beautiful music. Tickets.


2011/2012 Season of Broadway in Richmond

Monday, June 6th, 2011

The exciting 2011/2012 series of Broadway shows has been introduced by Broadway in Richmond.  “Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz” returns to the Landmark Theater for a run October 5 through October 16, 2011. Last year, this show came to Richmond and broke box office records, selling out in record time. Don’t miss this performance telling the tale of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good in Munchkinland, before Dorothy arrived on the scene.

November 5th and 6th, brings “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” to the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond’s CenterStage. It’s Beatlemania on stage – from their early beginnings to their hard-rocking days with songs like “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.”


Weekend Happenings in Richmond

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

There’s lots in store for Richmond, Virginia residents and visitors this weekend!

Strawberry Hill Races takes place at Colonial Downs on Saturday with gates opening at 11 AM.  It’s a veritable rite of spring with spectators decked out in seersucker, sundresses and fancy hats worthy of Derby distinction. For the first time, the Virginia Racing Commission will permit pari-mutuel wagering on four steeplechase races. The Preakness Stakes, the second leg in horse-racing’s famed Triple Crown, a=is also scheduled for Saturday. It will be broadcast live via simulcast at about 6:35 PM.  INFO.    (more…)