Live music in July: Delta Rae, Tallest Man on Earth

July is full of music in Richmond, including a July 4th celebration at Hardywood, live bands scoring silent films, bands duking it out to play at Lockn’, and much more.

Delta Rae

The Broadberry • July 24th, 8:00 PM

If you haven’t seen alt-folk outfit Delta Rae perform, you’ve missed out on a group that can bring the house down and command the entire attention of the crowd. The talents in this group are nothing less than stellar. The group released its new album After It All, which is gaining popularity by the day. ($17 in advance, $20 day of show)

Tallest Man on Earth

The National • July 25th, 8:00 PM

Critics have compared The Tallest Man on Earth to Bob Dylan in terms of songwriting and vocal range, and his latest record Dark Bird is Home only solidifies that. Expect some soft, mellow tunes at this show. ($22.50 in advance, $25 day of show)

Rockn’ to Lockn’ Battle of the Bands

Capital Ale House • July 31st, 8:00 PM

Over the course of July, 16 Virginia bands will compete to the chance to perform at the Lockn’ Music Festival in Arrington, Va. in September. The Battle of the Bands happens every Friday at various venues around the state and the Richmond show at Cap Ale will feature local acts The Southern Belles, The Working Effective, Tin Can Fish, and Imaginary Sons. The winner from this goes on to Lockn’! ($8-$10)

For more live shows, check out the RVANews events calendar or RVA Playlist.

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Hardywood: July 4 with White Laces, Avers, Manatree, My Darling Fury, and Mikrowaves

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery • July 4th, 3:00 PM

Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it. Join Hardywood in celebrating America’s birthday with soul-rock and psych-pop all day from RVA bands White Laces, Avers, Manatree, My Darling Fury, and Mikrowaves before catching fireworks over the Diamond. (Free!)

Silent Music Revival

Gallery5 • July 5th, 8:00 PM

A film is nothing without its soundtrack. But silent films need love too. During a Silent Music Revival event, a classic silent short film is projected while local musicians act as the live soundtrack. The band does not see the film prior the event and therefore creates an improvised score. This month’s event features the 1928 silent film Say Ah-h! with a live musical score by members of Jellowstone Records, DJ Harrison and Ohbliv. (Free!)

Idina Menzel

Altria Theater • July 7th, 8:00 PM

The wickedly talented Adele Dazeem will be gracing the stage singing her Broadway hits, classic pop, and, of course, “Let It Go” from Frozen – because that song will never go away. ($39-$125)

The Protomen

The Broadberry • July 13th, 7:00 PM

A band that performs a rock opera based on the original Nintendo Mega Man games? And they also do covers from classic bands like Queen and Rush? All in! ($13 in advance, $15 day of show)

CANCELED: Death from Above 1979

The National • July 18th, 8:00 PM

The highly influential dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979 have been entertaining music lovers for years even breaking up in 2006 didn’t stop their popularity. Since reunited and back on the road, their 2014 album The Physical World is loved by many and their rabid cult just continues to grow. ($20 in advance, $25 day of show)

Caroline Spence / Erin and the Wildfire

The Camel • July 19th, 8:00 PM

Charlottesville has its own share of excellent local musicians that are on the rise. Caroline Spence was born and raised there (but now lives in Nashville) and her latest record Somehow is getting rave reviews. C-ville based Erin and the Wildfire are also making waves at every show they play in the area and are getting lots of local and regional buzz. Absolutely worth checking out. ($5)

Leon Russell

Capital Ale House • July 15th, 8:30 PM

Music legend Leon Russell has played on, arranged, written and produced some of the best records in popular music during his 50 year career. He was even one of the inspirations for Dr. Teeth, leader of the Electric Mayhem (watch the Muppet Show, people!). The roster of musicians he’s worked with is too long to list, but odds are he’s played with any classic artist you can think of. Russell continues to write songs, record, and play shows that’ll get you moving. ($57-$67)

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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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