November’s RVA music shows

Jenny Lewis delights, Alvvays rocks out, Sounds of RVA celebrates another year, and Flogging Molly…uh, flogs?…in this month’s list of must-see shows.

As always, check out the RVANews events calendar or RVA Playlist to see all the great music going on in town.

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Stay Sweet Fest Presents: A Say-10 Records Anniversary Party

The Broadberry – November 21st – 22nd

Richmond-based record label Say-10 Records teams up with the promoters of Stay Sweet Fest to put on a weekend festival with some of the best local and undiscovered bands. The lineup includes (deep breath…): Tim Barry, Smoke Or Fire, Iron Chic, Iron Reagan, Night Birds, Spraynard, Beach Slang, Timeshares, Chumped, Landmines, Erik Petersen, Pears, Entropy, Brutal Youth, Daycare Swindlers, Pedals On Our Pirate Ships, Divided Heaven, The Scandals, Jake Mayday, Invaluable, Close Talker, This Is Your Life, Let It Go, Oklahoma Car Crash, Seagulls, Static Scene, Sundials, Hold Tight!, and Teen Death. And there’s more to be announced. That’s a lot of bands. I’m already exhausted.

Flogging Molly

The National – November 26th

In the mood for some Celtic rock meets hardcore punk? Flogging Molly will not disappoint. There will be Irish anthems filled with fiddles and accordion mixed with electric guitars–which will remind you of drunken good times and songs made for high-energy dancing.

J. Roddy Walston and the Business

The National – November 28th

Hometown hero J. Roddy Walston is coming back to RVA to do what he does best: rock the faces off anyone who will listen. If you haven’t seen Mr. Walston and his bandmates the Business, you are missing out on one of the best music acts to come out of our city.

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The Camel – November 4th

Listening to psychedelic darlings SUNBEARS! (I always yell this because it’s more fun) is like flying through a shimmering world of ambient sounds. The group submitted an incredible version of “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” for a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album and will be releasing Future Sounds a few days after its show at the Camel–that usually means you can get it early if you go.

Jenny Lewis

The National – November 12th

Sure, she started out singing for Rilo Kiley, but it was her solo career that made Jenny Lewis a household name. She’s got a new album out called The Voyager and the single “Just One of the Guys” features names like Anne Hathaway and Kristen Stewart in the music video. It’s amazing.


Strange Matter – November 12th

It’s pronounced “Always” but spelled with two V’s. This Canadian indie-pop/dream-gaze quintet has been on everyone’s radar over the past year. They’ve been touring with the likes of Fucked Up and Real Estate, and now Alvvays is heading out on their first U.S. headlining tour to spread their awesome music even further.

Mark Wills

The Broadberry – November 13th

Mark Wills is a multi-platinum selling country music star with eight Top 10 hits to his name including “19 Something,” “Wish You Were Here,” and “Don’t Laugh At Me.” He’s loved by everything Country Music Award-related and country fans will squeal when he takes the stage at the Broadberry.


The National – November 14th

Hip hop duo Atmosphere released their latest album Southsiders this past spring and are now on their “North of Hell” tour around the country. Atmosphere brings the party with them and The National will be thumping with some of the best hip hop lyrics and beats.

Sounds of RVA 4th Birthday

Emilio’s – November 15th

I’m always one to give my fellow music bloggers some love. Sarah Lindsey from Sounds of RVA has been blogging about Richmond’s underground music scene for four years and is celebrating with a bunch of amazing metal bands including Humungus, Hoboknife, Seraph, Bearstorm, and 45 AD. There will also be door prizes, special guests and other surprises. Maybe a birthday cake?

QueerMatter — A Benefit Show for ROSMY

Strange Matter – November 16th

Toxic Moxie, Dead Fame, and My Darling Fury–three RVA bands with LGBTQ members–come together from different music scenes to throw one big, famous party to benefit ROSMY, a non-profit focused on Richmond’s LGBTQ youth.

Photo by: @giovanni

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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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