Live music in November: Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik

There’s a lot of great music going on this month!

Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik

Modlin Center for the Arts • November 20th, 7:30 PM

One was responsible for “Tom’s Diner.” The other was responsible for “Barely Breathing.” And now you have both stuck in your head (you’re welcome). These two iconic singer/songwriters will join forces for one incredible night of music playing songs from Vega’s recently released Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles and Sheik upcoming new record, Legerdemain. ($20-$40)

J. Roddy Walston and the Business

The National • November 28th, 8:00 PM

Hometown hero J. Roddy Walston is back in RVA to do what he does best: rock the faces off anyone who will listen. If you haven’t seen this group, you are missing out on one of the best music acts to come out of our city. And if that wasn’t enough hometown goodness, Richmond’s own Sleepwalkers–who got major love from Ryan Adams earlier this year–will be opening the show. ($16 in advance, $20 at the door)

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

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Civil Twilight

The Broadberry • November 3rd, 8:00 PM

Nashville-based Civil Twilight released its new album Story of an Immigrant earlier this summer, and it quickly made it way up the Heatseekers Albums charts. Catch these guys before they get huge. ($10 in advance; $12 at the door)

The Extragavanza

The Broadberry, Strange Matter, and En Su Boca • Nov. 6th – 7th, 5:00 PM

After Fall Line Fest announced that is not happening this year, a small group involved with the event, including the minds behind Friday Cheers, Slimehole Productions, Strange Matter and more, wanted to fill that void with something more scaled back, but still a special event for Richmond. The Extragavanza will feature a number of touring acts and local mainstays. There will be eight bands on two stages at the Broadberry including DIIV, No Joy, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Sunflower Bean, Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts, Avers, The Trillions, and Manzara. Later that night, Strange Matter will host a ticketed after-show gig with Wolf Eyes, Author & Punisher, Mutwawa, and Daggering. En Su Boca will also be hosting Manatree, Soda Bomb, and the Snowy Owls. ($12 for Strange Matter, $20 for the Broadberry, $30 for both venues; En Su Boca free to all ticketholders)


Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen • November 6th – 7th, all day

Want to spend a unique music filled weekend celebrating the ukulele? Look no further than the 4th annual UkeFest, a two-day festival of concerts, informal jams, workshops for all levels and open-mic opportunities. Concert guests include Lil Rev, The Aloha Boys, Ali Thibodeau and Thomas Wakefield & Gypsy Roots. Ukuleles will also be available for purchase, so you can join in the fun. ($15-$20 per concert; $90 Unlimited Weekend Pass)


The National • November 9th – 7:30 PM

Guster puts on an incredible show. I’ve seen them three times and they never fail to disappoint. And they have a bunch of new songs out thanks to their recently released new album Evermotion. ($23 in advance, $28 at the door

Matthew e. White

The Broadberry • November 13th, 8:00 PM

Our favorite bearded fellow, Matthew E. White, triumphantly returns to Richmond after being gone too long. His songs are fun, sweet, and have a lot of soul. Listen to our interview with Matt White, and learn more about it all.

Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne

Modlin Center for the Arts • November 15th, 7:30 PM

Grammy Award-winning legend Mavis Staples–who has recently been very hiply working with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and been on tour with Andrew Bird – teams up with multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne to sing “What if God Was One of Us.” And a whole bunch of other great songs too. ($45)

Hiss Golden Messenger

The Broadberry • November 16th, 9:00 PM

American folk music duo Hiss Golden Messenger has been gaining national attention with its latest release, Lateness of Dreams. He came to Richmond earlier this year and played an incredible show that people later kicked themselves for missing. Don’t let that happen again. ($15)

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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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