Live music in June: Horsehead record release and Tim Barry

This month is crazy with live shows including the rest of Friday Cheers, St. Vincent, Horsehead releasing “Casual Dracula,” John Mellencamp, and RVA Playlist celebrating five years.

Friday Cheers

Brown’s Island • Every Friday in June, 6:30 PM

If you thought last month’s Friday Cheers shows were amazing, get ready for another month of awesome Friday shows. Richmond’s best outdoor concert series is in full swing in June and features amazing acts like Future Islands with White Laces (June 5th), Hurray for the Riff Raff and Joe Pug (June 12th), Snarky Puppy with Butcher Brown (June 19th) and The Wood Brothers and Son Little (June 26th). Ross Catrow previews all the bands each week. Make your plans to be on Brown’s Island now. ($10 for each show)

Horsehead “Casual Dracula” Record Release Show

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery • June 20th, 5:00 PM

The guys in Richmond alt-country band Horsehead are back with its latest album “Causal Dracula.” Come to this show and you’ll be able to get the record three days early, drink some beer, and see an awesome band rock out all night. (Free!)

Tim Barry

The Camel • June 27th, 8:00 PM

Richmond’s legendary Tim Barry has been around the music underground for 20 years, first as part of the punk group Avail, and now as a folk singer-songwriter. This guy seems to always be working on recording or touring or just get getting out there with his music. His latest record, Lost & Rootless, is a collection of beautiful acoustic songs from the past 10 years. ($12 in advance,$15 at the door)

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

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St. Vincent

The National • June 3rd, 8:00 PM

Indie fans cannot get enough of St. Vincent. Her 2014 self-titled album was all that anyone could talk about last year. Listen to tracks like “Digital Witness” and “Birth in Reverse” and you’ll understand. It’s sold out now, but ask around, maybe you’ll get lucky! ($22.50 in advance, $25 at the door)

RVA Playlist 5th Anniversary Party

The Broadberry • June 4th, 8:00 PM

Yes, this is shameless self-promotion here, but I don’t care. I love sharing the music of Richmond with everyone, and what better way to celebrate five years of doing so than with a huge party? And we’re going bigger this year. This night celebrates some of the best bands in RVA with folk artists Jonathan Vassar and the Badlands, the always-know-how-to-party Goldrush, and Richmond’s favorite No BS! Brass Band. Providing the pre-show entertainment is soul band Big Mama Shakes, an amazing newcomer to Richmond’s music scene. There’s also lots of raffle prizes from various local businesses, birthday cake, and a special gift for those who attend. ($5 in advance, $10 at the door)

Balliceaux’s Closed for the Summer Blow Out

Balliceaux • June 6th, 10:00 PM

If you haven’t heard, Balliceaux is closing for the summer to re-brand and will reopen September 1st. This means the restaurant is going out with a bang. DJs will be in spinning in both rooms and drinks and good times will be flowing all night. (Free!)

Live Art: Soul

Altria Theater • June 7th, 6:00 PM

SPARC (the School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community) is hosting its annual Live Art concert event showcasing children with all abilities performing alongside some of the best professional musicians. Performing with the nearly 200 students are featured guest artists like Richmond’s own Jason Mraz, Sara Bareilles, René Marie, Chris Stills, Raining Jane, Robbie Schaefer, Zak Resnick, Susan Greenbaum, Robbin Thompson, Daniel Clarke, Jesse Harper, Josh Small, Drew Kullman, and Samson Trinh and the Upper East Side Big Band. ($30-$70)

Eternal Summers, Positive No, and The Snowy Owls

Gallery5 • June 8th, 8:00 PM

Roanoke-based noise pop power rock trio Eternal Summers will release their fourth full-length album Gold and Stone, which many fans have been eagerly waiting for. Also playing are the incredible Positive No (they’ve been working on a new record) and The Snowy Owls (who haven’t played in forever!). This is going to be a great show. ($6 in advance, $8 at the door)

Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake

The National • June 9th, 7:30 PM

Relive 90s ska rock with two incredible bands that will make you dance like crazy and possibly crash into things. Having seen both of these bands personally, I can tell you that each one puts on an incredible show. Seeing them together? The National might get a little insane. ($20 in advance, $25 at the door)

John Mellencamp

Altria Theater • June 13th, 8:00 PM

Grammy-winning Mellencamp is an icon in American rock, so this show is guaranteed to be incredible. I’m sure he’ll be playing hits like “Jack & Diane,” “Hurts So Good,” “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” and many others. He also released a new album last year called Plain Spoken, which proves he’s still going strong. ($39-$118)

Strand of Oaks and Avers

Strange Matter • June 14th, 9:00 PM

In 2014, folk artist Strand of Oaks’ HEAL was critically acclaimed everywhere from NPR to Consequence of Sound, and it quickly became a favorite of many. And Richmond supergroup Avers is blowing up all over the place after being named a favorite from this year’s SXSW. This will be the last chance you have to see these bands for so cheap. ($10)

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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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