January: Live music in RVA

It’s a brand new year and a good resolution would be to check out more music.

Welcome to 2015! While you’re recovering from a holiday spent eating nothing but sweets and spending way too much time with your family, start the New Year off right with Richmond’s wonderful music scene. A good resolution would be to check out more music.

As always, check out the RVANews events calendar or RVA Playlist to see all the great music going on in town.

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Evan Dando (of the Lemonheads)

The Camel • January 31st

Evan Dando and his band, the Lemonheads, were one of the main reasons 90s alternative rock made it to the mainstream. The Lemonheads’ popularity exploded in 1992 with their major label album, It’s a Shame About Ray, and their awesome cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” (which made The Graduate-inspired wedding scene in Wayne’s World 2 even more amazing). Dando made a few solo records during the bands hiatus and recently reunited with the band. He’ll be playing all your favorite Lemon tunes.

Ingrid Michaelson

The National • January 31st

Ingrid Michaelson will lift you up with her upbeat anthems and then drop kick you in the soul with her tearful ballads. Her latest album Lights Out was by far her best work to date. You’ll be dancing along to the catchy “Girls Chase Boys” and “Afterlife.”

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Corey Harris

Capital Ale House • January 9th

Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Corey Harris has carved out his own niche in blues. He’ll be coming to Richmond supporting his 2013 album Fulton Blues.

Imaginary Sons album release

The Camel • January 10th

Richmond rockers group celebrates the release of its debut album, Let It Beer, which the band has been working on for nine months. Now, Imaginary Sons’ baby can be shared with the world. Toxic Moxie and Bandrew open.

Susan Greenbaum presents “Tapestry”

Ashland Coffee & Tea • January 10th

Singer/songwriter Susan Greenbaum is a mainstay of the local music scene and regularly performs around town. This night, she’ll be paying homage to the amazing Carole King and will perform the icon’s 1971 Grammy award-winning album Tapestry along with her own original selections.

UR Law Students Live: Benefit Concert ft. Folk Soul Revival, Against Grace, The Deems, and Vexine

Canal Club • January 17th

University of Richmond student and professor performers will light up the stage with several of the region’s finest bands. Headlining the night is Americana outfit Folk Soul Revival and Against Grace, The Deems and Vexine will be joining in on the fun. All proceeds from the event will be going to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, a program that works with veterans and their families to find and get help.

The Whigs

The Broadberry • January 17th

Garage rock outfit the Whigs have had a busy year with their new album Modern Creation and rocking out on late night talk shows. Now, they’re wandering around the US and will give Richmond a full on party.

Zap Mama and Antibalas

Carpenter Theater • January 28th

Marie Daulne, better known as Zap Mama, has amazed audiences with her unique sound of worldly cultural influences blended R&B, hip-hop, and jazz. Also performing is Antibalas, an 11-member ensemble using Afrobeat style with jazz, funk, and traditional drumming from Cuba and West Africa. Expect to dance at this show.

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Andrew Cothern

Andrew Cothern is the founder and editor of RVA Playlist, a music site that showcases events, concerts, album, show reviews, and opinion pieces that focus on the vibrant local music scene in Richmond.

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