Richmond gears up for summer with a full schedule of music. 

Groovin' in the Grass

Friday Cheers, the granddaddy of all summer music series in its 17th year, returns to Brown's Island. The concerts start every Friday at 6 p.m. and admission is free. For details call, 643-2826 or go to www.downtownpresents.org

May 4 - Jimmie's Chicken Shack and Mile Post Nine

May 11 - Agents of Good Roots and Yves Jean Band

May 18 - Awareness Arts Ensemble

May 25 - Right On

June 1 - Laura Blakely, Susan Greenbaum, Janet Martin

June 8 - Blue Dogs and Cravin' Dogs

June 15 - Eddie from Ohio and Naked Blue

June 22 - Waking Hours and

The Rachel Nevadas

June 29 - Plunky and Oneness and All Mighty Senators

July 6 - Leon Milmore and Copper Sails

July 13 - Bio Ritmo and Seed Is

July 20 - Big Ray & The Kool Kats and Crawdaddies

July 27 - Groovespot and The Sequels

Aug. 3 - Travis Allison and Texas Voodoo

Aug. 10 - Mudcat Jones and S.N.A.F.U.

Aug. 17 - Carbon Leaf and Junction

Aug. 24 - John Brown's Body

Aug. 31 - Fighting Gravity and The Second Floor



Need a cure for hump day? Wednesday on the Waterfront's free concerts begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Canal Turning Basin by 14th Street. For more information call 643-2826 or go to www.downtownpresents.org

May 2 - Carbon Leaf

May 9 - Cravin' Dogs

May 16 - The Sequels

May 23 - Leon Milmore

May 30 - Kyle Davis Band

June 6 - Boogiehawg

June 13 - Nickel Bridge

June 20 - Regan

June 27 - Susan Greenbaum



Join other music-loving West Enders at Innsbrook After Hours. In addition to an impressive roster of acts — including Ricky Skaggs, Pat Benetar, Shawn Colvin and BR-549 — this year, the venue features 50,000 square feet of luxurious, green grass. No more standing on rocks and gravel. Admission $5 for most events, gates open at 6 p.m. Check out www.innsbrookafterhours.com for details or call 217-8801.

May 16 - 1964 The Tribute

May 23 - The Marshall Tucker Band

May 30 - TBA

June 6 - America

June 8 - Almost Famous Band Night

June 13 - Jerry Garcia Band

June 20 - Little Feat

June 27 - Neville Brothers

July 3 — TBA

July 11 - Jonny Lang

July 18 - Charlie Daniels Band

July 25 - Pat Benatar

Aug. 1 - The Fixx

Aug. 8 - TBA

Aug. 15 - Shawn Colvin

Aug 22 - BR-549 and Warren Brothers

Aug. 25 Richmond Finger Pickin' Good Bluegrass Festival with Ricky Skaggs (10 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Aug. 29 - TBA

Sept. 5 to Sept. 26 - Modern Rock Month featuring various rock bands every Wednesday night in September.



If the After Hours list doesn't make you want to put on your dancing shoes, hit the Innsbrook Courtyard Concert Series held in the patio area by Sharky's Bar & Billiards and Lava, the sponsors of this series. Concerts begin at 5 p.m. and admission is $5. For details, call 230-0475.

May 2 - Daddy Oh

May 9 - Sequels

May 16 - Doug Clark & the Hot Nuts

May 23 - Leggz

May 30 - Daddy Oh

June 6 - Voltage Brothers

June 13 - Casper

June 20 - Leggz

June 27 - Daddy Oh

July 4 - TBA



This year, fans of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art's summer music series, Jumpin', will enjoy two more weeks of music, totaling 12 days of concerts and festivities. Season tickets go on sale May 1 to museum members for $105 and to the general public on May 12 for $120. Single tickets may be purchased beginning June 1 for $10. The gate opens at 6 p.m. and the concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Drinks and light meals will be available so leave your coolers and picnic baskets at home. Lawn chairs are OK. For details call 204-2700.

June 14 - The International Garifuna Band

June 21 - The Reggae Cowboys

June 28 - Sonny Landreth

July 5 - Eddie Jones & The Young Bucks

July 12 - Mandorico

July 19 - Kenny Neal

July 26 - Cave Catt Sammy

Aug. 2 - Eastern Standard Time

Aug. 9 - The Super Rail Band of Mali

Aug. 16 - Trent Summar & The New Row Mob

Aug. 23 - King Konga

Aug. 30 - Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater



What's better than a free concert series bringing names like David Sanborn and Angela Bofill to Kanawha Plaza? Free parking in the city! Fridays at Sunset will be held at 8th and Canal streets, and all shows begin at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $10 and season passes are available for $100 until June 1. Parking available at the RMA deck one block away from the concerts at 901 E. Canal St. For details, call 1-888-301-4102 or log onto www.fridaysatsunset.com

May 4 - David Sanborn

May 11 - Ken Navarro

May 18 - Roy Ayers

May 25 - Jonathan Butler

June 1 - Third World

June 8 - Miles Jaye

June 15 - Down to the Bone

June 22 - Marcus Johnson

June 29 - Boney James

July 6 - Bob Baldwin, Gerald Albright, Tom Brown and Marion Meadows

July 13 - Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers

July 20 - Angela Bofill

July 27 - Rick Braun

Aug. 3 - Ray Silkman

Aug. 10 - Pieces of A Dream

Aug. 17 - Spyro Gyra

Aug. 24 - Gerald Veasley

Groovin' in the Garden takes place at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's Bloemendaal House terrace, giving guests as much eye candy as treats for the ear. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door for nonmembers, and $8 for members. Season tickets are $65 for everyone. Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. Sorry, but no one under 21 will be admitted and coolers are prohibited. For tickets and details, call 262-9887, ext. 289 or log onto www.lewisginter.org.

May 3 - The Chez Roue Orchette

May 10 - Grady's Hat featuring Adrian Duke

May 17 - Bacchanal

May 24 - Big City

May 31 - Steve Bassett

June 7 - The Seldom Scene

June 14 - Royal Crown Revue



No money? Love Jazz? Perfect! Sunday in the Park with Jazz at Deep Run Park in the West End, is a series of free jazz concerts on Sundays in May beginning at 3 p.m.

May 6 - No Chaser Band

May 13 - Fulton's Folly

May 20 - Jack Winn-tet

May 27 - Elias Bailey Quartet



"The Boulders" Concert Series, previously at River's Bend, is now located at the Midlothian Turnpike and Chippenham Parkway interchange. Regional and local acts cost $5 a ticket, but national acts will cost you $10. Showtimes vary, call 452-1530.

May 16 - Steve Basset & Robin Thompson Reunion

May 23 - Room Full of Blues

May 30 - Night Hawks

June 6 - Rosie Ledet & Zydeco Playboys

June 13 - Rare Earth

June 20 - Little River Band

June 27 - Casper

July 4 - Island Boy

July 11 - Average White Band

July 18 - War

July 25 - Chairman Of The Board

Aug. 1 - The Embers



University of Richmond's Modlin Summer Music Series returns this year. This one is held indoors in the Camp Concert Hall at the Booker Hall of Music. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Call 289-8980 or log onto www.richmond.edu/cultural/modlinarts for details.

June 6 - Christian McBride and Friends, featuring Howard Curtis, Mike Davison, Skip Gailes, Weldon Hill and René Marie

June 7 - Summer Sampler featuring Eugenia Zuckerman and Joanne Kong

June 8 - Shanghai Quartet, Rieko Aizawa and Joanne Kong

June 9 - TBA

June 11 — TBA

June 12 - Shanghai Quartet, Arnold Steinhardt, Rieko Aizawa and Opus 11



Virginia Commonwealth University's Guitar and Other Strings Series returns this year to the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall at VCU's Performing Arts Center. Admission prices and show times vary. Call 828-1166 for tickets and details.

July 6 - The Jackie Frost Trio with Daniel Clarke

July 13 - Rene Marie and Jazzbone

July 20 - A Traveler's Dream: Celtic Explorations with Maggie Sansone

July 22 - The VCU Community Guitar Ensemble featuring Kathy Robinson



Swing to late summer tunes under the Science Museum of Virginia's historic train sheds at Swingin' on the Tracks. This year, opening bands will accompany headliners. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the gate and the bands begin at 6:30 p.m. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Call 864-1545 for details.

Sept. 6 - The Red Elvises

Sept. 13 - Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

Sept. 20 - Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women

Sept. 27 - Cigar Store

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