Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Neil Young Solo Tour in Richmond April 17

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Legendary rocker Neil Young comes to Richmond’s Landmark Theater on Sunday April 17 as part of his Spring Solo Tour.

Neil Young at the Landmark in Richmond April 17

Young will include songs from his currently acclaimed album, Le Noise, as well as his classic material in both acoustic and electric settings.  Neil recently won his second-ever Grammy for “Best Rock Song” for “Angry World,” a track from Le Noise, which was nominated for Best Rock Album. Neil Young has invited British folk legend Bert Jansch as support for his appearance here in Richmond. Tickets are available from TicketMaster .

Neil Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter who is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Young began performing as a solo artist in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969. He then forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, releasing his first album in 1968; his career has since spanned over 40 years and 34 studio albums, with a continual and uncompromising exploration of musical styles. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as “one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers”. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice: first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.

Kodo Drummers of Japan in Richmond

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

On March 17, 2011 at 7:30 PM the Landmark Theater comes alive with the beat of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko. Kodo both preserves and reinterprets traditional Japanese performing arts.

Kodo Drummers of Japan in Richmond March 17

The Kodo Drummers have lived on Sado Island; the source of their inspiration and creativity, since 1971.  This concert at Richmond’s Landmark Theater is part of Kodo’s “One Earth” and 30th anniversary tour.  Through the ‘One Earth Tour,’ the Kodo Drummers continue to bring the sound of the Japanese drum to the ears of the world.  The taiko’s unique ability to transcend the barriers of language and custom reminds listeners that we all are members of that larger community– the world.

Here’s what critics have to say about Kodo

“Traditional rituals recast as theater, and contemporary thoughts about ancient instruments both figure in Kodo’s performance, which includes ancient and modern compositions. Yet with tense, angular postures, with stylized, frozen gestures and, in one playful piece, with animal-like scampering and slithering, Kodo reminds its audience that, above all, its music is a matter of flesh and blood, wood and stretched skin. Kodo can raise the roof, but the group can also show extraordinary finesse.”   The New York Times

“Indeed, if there is such a thing as perfection in music, Kodo comes as near to it as any group in the world.”  Boston Globe

The Landmark Theater is located at 6 N. Laurel Street, near Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus, and just three blocks from Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast inn.

March is the Month of the Irish

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Shamrocks, shillelaghs, and Celtic music are on tap for March in Richmond, Virginia.  St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are on the calendar, and, if you happen to be in Richmond, you might want to check these out!

Irish on Tap in Richmond VA in March

On Tuesday March 29th at 7:30 PM, Celtic Woman, a musical ensemble consisting of five Irish female artists: vocalists Chloë Agnew, Lynn Hilary, Lisa Kelly, Lisa Lambe and fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt, will appear at the Landmark Theater in Richmond’s historic Fan District as part of their international Songs from the Heart Tour.  The group’s repertoire ranges from traditional Celtic tunes to modern songs.  Celtic Woman has won over its fans from viewers of their PBS shows and from word-of-mouth of excited fans. They have sold over 6 million CDs/DVDs and performed for over 1.2 million people.  It may be later in the month than St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s worth catching!  Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

Shillelaghs and  bagpipes are bound to be on hand for the Church Hill Irish Festival on Saturday March 26 and Sunday March 27, celebrating 26 years of Irish Heritage.  The band schedule hasn’t been posted yet but includes local favorites and Irish favorites as well. Other entertainment and family fun is in the works, as well as Irish vendors with their crafts and wares. INFO.  You might want to save the weekend!

Shockoe Bottom hosts Shamrock the Block on Saturday March 12 between noon and 6 PM at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market. There is no admission fee to attend the festival which features great food and live music all day – along with green beverages so be safe and designate a driver!  This is the first outdoor event of the season and last year 25,000 folks attended!  The LATEST!

The 12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Party takes place March 19 & 20 at Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant between 11:30 AM and 1:00 AM.  Sine is located at 1327 East Cary Street in Richmond’s Shockoe Slip and will feature live music and DJ James spinning tunes in the Patio Pub!

On Thursday March 17th, the real St. Patrick’s Day, O’Toole’s Restaurant and Pub at 4800 Forest Hill Avenue will offer live bagpipers, traditional Irish dishes, dinner and beverage specials, and five live Celtic Bands.

Also in Thursday, March 17th, world-class Celtic rock band, Enter the Haggis, performs at Capital Ale House in downtown Richmond at 623 E Main Street.  Experience the Irish!


Official Richmond Region 2011 Visitors Guide

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The Official Richmond Region 2011 Visitors Guide is Here!

Hot off the press, the Richmond Region 2011 Visitors Guide has locals dishing about their favorite Richmond spots and instant access to bonus materials with smart phone tags throughout.

Be sure to turn to page 20 and find out why a trip to the Richmond Region is must in 2011.

The Official Richmond Region 2011 Visitor Guide


THE COLOR PURPLE comes to Richmond Virginia

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

The ongoing Broadway in Richmond series presents THE COLOR PURPLE at The Landmark Theater. Opening on Friday, January 28, 2011 and running through Sunday, January 31, 2011, with evening performances and two matinees, this musical showcases the unforgettable and inspiring tale of Celie, the female lead.  Soaring over adversity and oppression and uncovering her own strength, Celie and the characters of THE COLOR PURPLE tell the powerful, timeless story of the healing power of love.