Live music in October: Brian Wilson, X Ambassadors, Return of the Living Dead Bands Part VII

Some of the great things coming to Richmond this month include the Field of Dreams Fest, Gladys Knight and the O’Jays, an original Beach Boy, and this little thing called the Richmond Folk Festival.

Brian Wilson

The National • October 22nd, 8:00 PM

The co-founder of the Beach Boys was responsible for many of that group’s hits and is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures. He’ll be playing a special sit-down show at the National with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. Might want to get tickets early for this one. ($50 reserved balcony, $75 reserved orchestra)

X Ambassadors

The National • October 27th, 8:00 PM

These guys are the reason you can’t get that “Renegades” song out of your head. They’ve played here multiple times in the past year and must love Richmond so much that they’re coming back. ($15 in advance, $18 at the door)

Return of the Living Dead Bands Part VII

Strange Matter • October 30th, 5:00 PM

Start your Halloween weekend off right when dead musical acts come back from the grave for “Return of the Living Dead Bands,” a show featuring members of Richmond’s punk and underground community resurrecting dead or forgotten punk bands. Now in its seventh year, band members will channel performances from bands like Melvins, Minutemen, Nirvana, L7, Killing Joke, Candlemass, The Go-Gos, Death Piggy, and Bad Religion. This year will include a costume contest, so show up early in your finest costume, because this event reaches capacity quickly. (Free!)

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

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Elliot Yamin

The Tin Pan • October 2nd, 8:00 PM

Richmond loves it some American Idol – especially when one of its own is a contestant. People will not calm down about Rayvon Owen right now, but let’s not forget who originally got Richmond props on the show. Mr. Yamin will be back in his hometown to sing a collection of pop and R&B songs. ($30 in advance, $40 at the door)

RVA Field of Dreams Fest

Altria Theater • October 2nd, 6:30 PM

It’s live music with local craft beer and food! What could be better? How about music from the amazing Charles Bradley, along with Black Joe Lewis, The Congress, and Neil Tibert Band! And not only do all proceeds from the show go towards the betterment of Richmond’s inner-city youth baseball facilities, but also the advancement of STEM learning opportunities in the community. ($25 non-tasting, $30-$45 general admission, $100 VIP)

Richmond Folk Festival

Downtown Riverfront • October 9th – 11th

If I have to explain why you have to go this, you doing Richmond music wrong. Just go. Here’s our options. (Free!)

Gladys Knight and the O’Jays

Altria Theater • October 10th, 7:00 PM

Yes, seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight of “and the Pips” fame is coming to Richmond! She’ll be playing a number of her hits (you know “Midnight Train to Georgia” is on there) and songs from her latest gospel album, Where My Heart Belongs. As if one legendary music icon wasn’t enough, the O’Jays–the group responsible for the hit “Love Train”–will also be performing. Join hands and head to this show. ($77.50-$117.50)

The Delta Saints

The Broadberry • October 16th, 8:30 PM

After a great show at the Camel earlier this year, the Delta Saints are finally getting the recognition they deserve and are headlining a show at the Broadberry. The group is an interesting mix of delta blues, rock, and soul with “a Dobro tone that will melt your soul.” Soul melting, people! ($14)


The Camel • October 20th, 8:00 PM
I’ll be honest. I don’t know much about this band other than that my buddy Todd will not shut up about them. But they just released a new album called Dust and Disquiet, which is getting a lot of good press. I liked the one song Todd played for me, so I’m going to hang out with him in support and catch some fun instrumental post-rock music. This band better deliver, Todd. ($14)

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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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