Whether you’re getting outside and enjoying the beautiful weather or going inside a dark, crowded club, live music is everywhere this month.
If you thought last month’s Friday Cheers shows were amazing, you haven’t seen anything yet. Richmond’s best outdoor concert series is in full swing in June and features amazing acts like Futurebirds and Spirit Family Reunion (June 6th), Funky Meters (June 13th), Houndmouth and St. Paul and the Broken Bones (June 20th) and Neko Case (June 27th). Make your plans to be on Brown’s Island now.
The Broadberry • June 6th
Noah-O loves the city and isn’t afraid to show it. The Richmond-based MC is releasing his brand new album Monument Avenue, which he says is a gritty narrative inspired by his experiences in the Commonwealth. If you haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying Noah-O’s music first-hand, you’re in for quite a night.
The National • June 7th
Post-hardcore/melodic rock band Conditions has become synonymous with the Richmond music scene since they formed in 2006. However, all good things must come to an end as the band has announced that it’s breaking up–but not before one last show at the National. Experience a piece of Richmond’s music history before Conditions takes its final bow.
Strange Matter • June 7th
SoCal pop rock band Bad Suns creates sun-drenched rock music that will get anyone in the mood to have a good time. The group recently toured with Fitz and the Tantrums and the 1975 and are doing a special early show at Strange Matter with Kid is Qual and She’s a Legend. This band is going to have some radio breakthrough very soon.
Canal Club • June 11th
San Francisco’s metal darlings Deafheaven are still riding the wave of acclaim and success of their 2013 album “Sunbather.” Although it’s dark and heavy, this album is a perfect jumping-on point for listeners who usually wouldn’t listen to this style of music. Bring earplugs to the Canal Club because, yes, it will be loud.
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Capital Ale House • June 11th
Reverend Peyton, an ordained minister, Kentucky colonel, and guitarist, teams with his wife and distant cousin who play the washboard and a five gallon plastic bucket fitted with drum hardware, respectively. The trio plays some great Americana and Blues music as the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and are out supporting their lastest album Between the Ditches.
Balliceaux • June 11th and June 25th
Richmond’s Jellowstone Records features some of the best names in local jazz, and this month, Balliceaux is showing some of them off. June 11th features performances by Luray and Reggie Pace of No BS Brass and Bon Iver, while Butcher Brown and Marcus Tenney play beautiful funk and jazz all night on June 25th. These are some of the names that are putting Richmond music on the map.
Lake Street Dive
The National • June 12th
Boston’s Lake Street Dive blends influences of jazz, soul, and classic rock that come across as bright, fresh, charming, and exploratory. Be warned: this group will get the place MOVING. If you want to stand still, go to the back of the venue. Or go home.
Capital Ale House • June 15th
Brooklyn singer/songwriter Kevin Devine is one of those rare talents that you need to experience. He’s been compared to acts like Pavement and Elliot Smith, but he makes a style all his own. His 2013 album Bubblegum is–dare I say it–divine.
The National • June 21st
Coming all the way across the pond is English singer/songwriter Jake Bugg, who’s had a slew of major hits in the UK and few over here as well. You may remember “Lightning Bolt” or “Me and You.” Bugg’s working on some new material, which he may play at the National.
Photo courtesy: Noah-O