Free Outdoor Concerts in Richmond, 2012 Edition

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Here’s the outdoor concert list, updated for 2012!

Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts – Long list of outdoor concerts most weekends through the middle of August, as well as plays, children’s events and more.
Dogwood Dell, Byrd Park
6000 S. Blvd.
Richmond, VA 23220

Music in the Park – Forest Hill Park, Forest Hill Avenue and 41st Street
One Sunday evening a month, May through October

    May 20 – Bio Ritmo (salsa) 6-8pm
    June 17 – Skydog (Allman Bros. tribute) 6-8pm
    July 28 – 808 (Ska) 6-8pm
    August 19 – 3rd Wave (Surf rock) 6-8pm
    September 16 – Blue Line Hwy (Americana folk rock) 5-7pm
    October 21 – Broad Street Ramblers (Hawaiian Island string favorites) 5-7pm

Jammin’ on the James – Wilton House Museum, 215 S Wilton Rd
Join us this spring and summer for our 5th year of concerts at Wilton. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite lawn chair for family-friendly music on our grass terrace overlooking the James River. Enjoy walk-through tours of Wilton. Kids will be entertained by face-painting, games, and crafts while parents revel in the sounds of the live melodies. Free admission. All Concerts are Saturday’s rain or shine. Donations appreciated. Seating is on a first-come basis. Call (804)282-5936 ext. 4 wiltonprograms@comcast.net for more information.

    June 23rd – Emme St. James and her Jazz Gentlemen
    July 14th – Susan Greenbaum
    August 11th – The Slack Family Bluegrass Band

Short Pump Summer Concert Series – The Summer Concert Series returns beginning June 21st and continuing every Thursday evening (weather permitting) through August 16th. Families are invited to enjoy FREE live music performed by local bands, great food, PRIZES and of course, fabulous shopping! Concerts begin at 6:00 PM and run until 8:00 PM in the Main Plaza

    June 21 – Toad The Wet Sprocket (American Alternative Rock)
    June 28 – The Fredds (Modern Rock)
    July 5 – The Jangling Rineharts (Melodic Rock)
    July 12 – Pat O’Brien and the Wrest (Classic Rock, Country, and More)
    July 19 – 80z Enuff (Hits of the 80′s)
    July 26 – The Slack Family (Contemporary Bluegrass)
    August 2 – Broke By Sunday (Classic Party Music)
    August 9 – Hangin With Stogie (All Girl Pop Country)
    August 16 – E3 (“Who Got The Hooch” Power Trio)

summer sounds stony point

Summer Sounds at Stony Point Fashion Park – Summer is here! Enjoy live music while you stroll, shop and dine to all your favorite tunes performed by local musicians — all summer long!

    May 26 through September 3
    Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 4-8pm
    Sundays 1-5pm

Westchester Commons Summer Concerts – All concerts are select Sundays, 3-5pm in the Village Green area between Sweet Frog and Plaza Azteca. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

    June 17- Performance by “B2B – The Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band”; Have a keepsake photo taken with Dad for Father’s Day in the photobooth!
    July 15 – Performance by “Whiskey Rebellion”
    August 19 – Performance by “The Us Band”
    September 9 – Performance by “Flat Elvis”

Rock the Block (Henrico) – For all ages. Come out and join your community for free mid-week family entertainment in your neighborhood park. Enjoy live music, contests and games, and more! Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: Rachel Moore, 501-5134.

    Wed, June 20, 6-8 p.m.
    Woodman Park. Free.
    Music by The Splash Band (Pop, Soul, Variety).

    Wed, Aug 8, 6-8 p.m.
    Highland Springs Park. Free.
    Music by Center Stage Band (R&B, Jazz, Funk).

Henrico Concert Band & Henrico Community Band – For all ages. The Henrico Concert Band and the Henrico Community Band will each perform a series of three outdoor concerts. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and spend a casual evening in the park listening to your favorite band music! In case of inclement weather, the concerts may be cancelled. There will be no rain dates. Information: Amy Perdue, 501-5859.

    Henrico Concert Band
    Mon, June 25, July 30, & Aug 27, 7 p.m.
    Dorey Park by the lake. Free.

    Henrico Community Band
    Thur, June 28, July 26, & Aug 30, 7 p.m.
    Deep Run Park Nature Pavilion. Free.

Summertime – And The Livin’ Is Easy – For all ages. Join us in the gardens at The Armour House for a relaxing reminder of how easy livin’ should be. Enjoy live music and a free ice cream treat. Bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket and just relax! Information: 343-3506.

    Mon, June 11 & Sept 10, 7-8:30 p.m.
    The Armour House & Gardens. Free.

Walkerton Summer Concert – For all ages. Join the Hanover Concert Band for an evening of music on the lawn at Walkerton Tavern. Bring the whole family and your lawn chair for some summer fun! Information: 261-6898.

    Sun, Aug 26, 6 p.m.
    Walkerton Tavern. Free.

Spring Concert Series at Meadowview – For all ages. Join us in the gardens at Meadowview Park for a spring musical series the whole family can enjoy. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and let the fun begin! Information: 343-3506.

    Mon, Apr 30-May 21, 6:30-8 p.m.
    The Armour House & Gardens. Free.

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Friday Live at Five at Fort Lee – Fort Lee’s summer concert series enchants the summer with its wide variety of music every Friday night, June 1 – August 21 (except July 6), on the lawn of the Hideaway.

    The Hideaway is located next to Outdoor Recreation on 5th Street, just off C Ave. All concerts will play rain or shine. The event also features free games and kids inflatables for patrons to enjoy. Event times for all shows will begin with a DJ spinning from 5- 6pm, bands will play from 6-9pm. Admission is free; food and beverages will be available for purchase. Call (804) 765-3176 for more information.

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pocahontas premieres

Pocahontas Premieres – Pocahontas Premieres is a series of concerts hosted at Pocahontas State Park’s spacious amphitheatre. The amphitheatre is handicapped-accessible. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food and drinks will be for sale. Beer and wine also are available at some shows courtesy of River City Blues Society (I.D. required).
The shows listed below are free, but there is a $5 parking fee for entering the park

    May 26: 380th Army Band. Join us for an evening of jazz varieties and big-band favorites by the United States 380th Army Reserve Band. Concessions available for purchase. Gates open at 5 p.m. Show 6 p.m. – free
    June 2: Richmond Youth Symphony. Enjoy a free concert by the Richmond Symphony’s flagship youth orchestras. Gates open at 6 p.m. Rain date is June 3. Show 7 p.m. – free
    July 29: Richmond Concert Band. Join others in this free concert by the Richmond Concert Band. The Richmond Concert Band, directed by Dr. Mark Poland, is the area’s oldest community concert band. Gates open at 5 p.m. Show 6 p.m. – free
    Sept. 8: Richmond Symphony. Bring the whole family and listen to great classical music in the great outdoors. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the music starts at 6 p.m. (Rain date is Sept. 9.) Show 6 p.m. – free

Friday Cheers returns to Brown’s Island every Friday evening until June 29th, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $10 depending on the show, and children under 12 are free. (A season pass is $40)

Celebrating 28 years of music! Thousands of people come to relax after the work week on Brown’s Island to meet friends and hear some of the nation’s hottest touring acts and the region’s top bands. There are two entry points to Brown’s Island and payment will be taken at all. Cash, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Debit and credit cards are only taken at one entry point — the pedestrian bridge at 7th Street. No pets are allowed. Produced by Venture Richmond. For more information, call (804) 788-6466.

    May 25 – RVA Music Night with Three Sheets to the Wind, The Trillions and Photosynthesizers $5
    June 1- Chris Young with Honky Tonk Heroes $10
    June 8 – ALO with Former Champions $5
    June 15 – Dawes with Sara Watkins $5
    June 22 – Alabama Shakes with Robert Ellis $5
    June 29 – Trampled by Turtles with Goldrush $10
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