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Wednesday, Dec. 17
Red Light Rodeo.
Cary Street Cafe. Newgrass Western. 10 p.m. Free.

Friday, Dec. 19
The Illbillys.
Wabi Sabi. 9 p.m.
King Solomon's Marbles. Cary Street Cafe. 10 p.m. Free.

Saturday, Dec. 27
King Solomon's Marbles
. Cary Street Cafe. 2-6 p.m. Free.

Thursday, Dec. 31
DJ Frankie in the club
. $20. Tobacco Company. 8 p.m.
Jangling Reinharts. Tobacco Company. $25. 9 p.m.
Crucial Elements. Cary Street Cafe. Reggae. 10 p.m. $10 includes party favors, champagne toast.

Friday, Jan. 9

Blue Line Highway. Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream. 8-10:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday, Jan. 10
The Green Boys.
Shady Grove Coffee House. $15. 8 p.m.

Jan. 22

Bumper Jackson's Jump Blues. Ashland Coffee and Tea,

For clubs that have shows almost every night such as Ashland Coffee and Tea, Cary Street Cafe, The National, Balliceaux, and others, check their websites for more information. We usually list only from individual bands that still send their listings in to us.
Appomattox Small Boat Harbor
1604 Fine Street, Prince George Co. Home of the Harbor Blast Concert Series in the summer.
Ashland Coffee and Tea
100 N. Railroad Ave., Ashland, 798-1702
3166 W. Cary Street, 355-9330

Brew American Gastropub
36525 Centralia Road, Chesterfield
Buffalo Wild Wings
1090 Virginia Center Parkway, Glen Allen, 553-9998
Canal Club
1545 E. Cary Street, 63-2582
Capital Ale House, downtown
623 E. Main Street, 822-3072
Cary Street Cafe
2631 W. Cary Street, 353-7445

Center of the Universe Brewing
11293 Air Park Road, 368-0299
Commercial Taphouse
111 N. Robinson St.

Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream
3600 Forest Hill Avenue, 231-2030
Gus' Bar and Grill
2701 W. Broad Street, 612-9275

Hardywood Brewery
2408 Ownby Lane

Isley Brewing Company
1715 Summit Avenue
JJ's Grille
10298 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, 755-6229

2251 Old Brick Road, Glen Allen, 360-9240 (Short Pump)
Legend Brewing Company
321, W. 7th Street, 232-8871

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
4100 Knolls Point Drive, Goochland. 314-4380

4800 Forest Hill Avenue, 233-1781
Poe's Pub
2706 E. Main Street, 648-2120

Pour House
3438 Pump Road, Henrico, 364-9083

Quaker Steak and Lube
8000 W. Broad Street, 217-9464
Rumble Seat Grill
12912 Plaza Drive (beyond Short Pump), 784-2737
Shady Grove Coffeehouse
Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Road, Glen Allen, 355-2461
Sine Irish Pub
1327 E. Cary Street, 649-7767
Williamsburg Road between Laburnum Ave. and Masonic Lane

Strangeways Brewing
2277 Dabney Road, 303-4336
The Camel
1621 W. Broad Street, 353-4901
The National
E. Broad at 7th
Tobacco Company
1201 E. Cary Street, 782-9555
29 Bollingbrook St., Olde Town Petersburg


12/13/2014 -- Tin Can Fish Band has posted a video Christmas card.

12/6/2014 -- Cary Street Cafe will close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14. But it will be open Christmas night beginning at 6 p.m. with a full menu and karaoke at 8 p.m. No cover.

The digital download of the Christmas Project by Samson Trinh and the Upper East Side Big Band is available here. His original holiday song "Turn Your Tube On" is on YouTube.

11/21/2014 -- Cary Street Cafe is available for holiday parties on Monday evenings throughout December, or even January. The club provides food, beverages, karaoke, or a live band. Contact Robyn cat 353-7445.

Meade Skelton's EP "Coffee Shop Country" is available for download. It's $1 a song, for $5 for the whole album.

Martini's Bubble Bar has closed.

10/25/14 -- Kickstarter backers helped Samson Trinh surpass his goal with 113 percent funded for a Christmas project album and TV special. The Upper East End Big Band receives $9,200 after deductions from Kickstarter and Amazon, which they intend to spend on recording, mixing, mastering, and paying 26 musicians. They now need to reach a Stretch Goal to purchase song rights, photography, filming, album artwork, and t-shirts.

10/18/14 -- Since moving to Nashville, Dean Fields has played with Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and Alison Krauss at the Buckleup Fest. His songs have been recorded by Lori McKenna and performed by Billy Currington. He's been featured on Nashville's Lightning 100 radio and concert series.

9/10/2014 -- Carbon Leaf has re-recorded and released 2004's "Indian Summer" as "Indian Summer Revisited," adding an acoustic element. They launched a nationwide tour in September beginning in Charlottesville and ending in Miami on Jan. 24, 2015.

Every Week

RVA Big Band plays Balliceaux every Monday night at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Clay Spokes Duo every Monday, 4-7 p.m., at Cary Street Cafe.

Dave Shiftlet & Friends play acoustic every Tuesday night, 4-7 p.m., at Cary Street Cafe.

Brock Butler Acoustic is Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m., at Cary Street Cafe.

Harrison Deane is the every Thursday 4-7 p.m. entertainment at Cary Street Cafe.

The Trongone Band plays Thursdays at 10 p.m. at Cary Street Cafe.

Latin funk band Hot Sweet Like plays the Tobacco Company every Friday from 5-7:30 p.m.

E-String Al and E Rock Acoustic play Fridays from 5-7:30 p.m. at Cary Street Cafe.

Old-Time Jam with Tripp and Jenny Johnson is every Sunday, 3-5 p.m., at Cary Street Cafe.


There is a Richmond Music Journal group page on Facebook where you all can join and post your own photos and gigs. There's many photos posted there that I've taken over the years or people gave to me. I don't "friend" musicians I only know through the Journal on my regular Facebook page because that's for the life I'm living now, but feel free to remember old times on the group page, and don't feel insulted if I don't friend you. Unless we spent a lot of time together at some point, I probably will not. But you can follow me on Twitter all you want:, although you will be bored. I don't talk about music there.

The complete 11 years of print copies of the
Richmond Music Journal are available on microfilm at the State Library of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University library for your researching pleasure.


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The Richmond Music Journal is owned and operated by Mariane Matera since November 1993. The print version of the Journal, a monthly newspaper, was published from November 1993 to Spring 2005. Copyright Gypsy Publishing 1993.

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