Music: March shows

While it seems like winter will never end, March is full of some amazing shows coming to Richmond to keep you warm and happy.

The following are just a few of the shows coming through town this month, so check out the RVANews calendar or RVA Playlist for other shows to check out.

Black Girls

Balliceaux • March 8th

It’s doubtful that there’s a more wildly explosive band in the past few years than Richmond’s own Black Girls (who are neither black nor girls.) The group has worked hard over the last year to put together its new full-length album, Claire Sinclaire, and will be releasing it with a fun rock party party at Balliceaux. You’re not Richmond unless you’ve been to a Black Girls show.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

The Camel • March 9th

Scottish indie rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks not only hold the award for “Coolest Band Name” right now but also deliver an incredible show. If you haven’t checked out the band’s recently-released live album, E Rey: Live in Philadelphia, give it a listen. They took the past year off to begin working on a new album and have a whole bunch of new material to share with fans.


The Canal Club • March 14th

Philadelphia-based rock band mewithoutYou has a fiery, raw appeal that’s caught fans’ attention since its 2002 full-length debut, [A –> B] Life. The band plays a mix of experimental rock structures, punk energy, and spoken-word vocals. They’ll be joined by local ambient rock band Those Manic Seas, who have the most unique lead singer in the form of a mannequin with a television for a head.

Drive By Truckers

The National • March 15th

With a string of successful albums,1 the Drive-By Truckers, led by the amazingly talented Patterson Hood, have become one of the most popular alt-country rock bands of the last decade.

Punch Brothers

The National • March 18th

You may have heard the group’s music in recent films like the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis or The Hunger Games. The bluegrass band has drawn comparisons to acts like Mumford & Sons and Dawes and can always get the crowd to shake it.

Right On Productions 4th Anniversary Party

The Camel • March 20th

Richmond concert and festival production company Right On Productions is celebrating four years of putting on local music events including Groovin’ In the Garden, Carytown Watermelon Festival, Carytown Wine Festival, and more with an anniversary party at Camel. The night includes music from Richomnd’s new supergroup Avers (which features members of The Head and the Heart, Hypercolor, The Trillions, Farm Vegas, and the Mason Brothers), Sleepwalkers (the new project from former Duchess of York members), and Sister Lovers–a tribute to 1970s rock band Big Star.

Rock off #RVA

The Canal Club • March 20th

Three local bands compete for the next four weeks for a chance to play the XL102 Chili Cook Off 2014 Main Stage. Get a taste of the up-and-coming talent Richmond has to offer (for free!), and cast your vote for your favorite to open for the likes of The Hold Steady, Panic at the Disco, and Seether when they play in April. You’ll be helping a local band’s dream of making it big come true.

Silent Music Revival

Gallery5 • March 23rd

Films are nothing without a soundtrack and the Silent Music Revival series aims to add a new, local approach to film scoring. The monthly event screens a classic, short silent movie while a local band plays music to accompany it. The band doesn’t see the film beforehand and must improvise a score on the spot. The series began in Rumors Boutique by Richmond musician Jameson Price to show off his love for silent movies and promote the local music scene, and it’s gained a steady following. This month’s show features Bud Fisher’s 1920s comic duo Mutt and Jeff, one of the earliest comic strips to be adapted to animation, along with a music score performed by heavy rockers Dumb Waiter.

Photo by: Gamma Man

  1. Check out the band’s double-disc concept album, The Southern Rock Opera
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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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