Virginia’s music scene boasts a variety of different genres such as bluegrass, country, gospel, R&B, rock and roll, jazz, folk, and more. The diverse music venues across the state provide music lovers hundreds of performances a year by world-famous musicians on stages around the state.
Virginia also hosts a variety of events to showcase its rich musical history. There are several popular festivals around the state that take place year-round such as the American Music Festival, Lockn’ Festival, Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention, FloydFest, Richmond Folk Festival, and Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, along with a countless number of smaller music festivals.
Richmond is home to a trendy and ever-growing art and music scene that celebrates a multitude of diverse talent. Large venues such as the National and the Broadberry welcome various performers of all genres, while small spots around the city host creative emerging bands, musicians, and local artists. There are hot spots all over the state to find music throughout the year whether it’s the Paramount Theater and The Jefferson in Charlottesville, the Berglund Center in Roanoke, or the Norva in Norfolk.
A major highlight of music in Virginia is The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. This road encompasses almost 300 miles of spectacular natural landscape. There are 19 counties, four cities and 54 towns while traveling through this path. The goal of the trail is to acknowledge the state’s deep ties to its bluegrass and country music roots.
Whether you go to a small club, attend a symphony, follow Virginia’s Crooked Road Music Trail, groove to some jazz or rock out at a festival, you can still feel that same passion and energy in every Virginia performance.
Find all you need to plan your Virginia music getaway below.