July 11-15

From Snõõper, Suckersuckers and River City Roller Derby to the Hanover Tomato Festival, Hackensaw Brothers and more.

Thursday, July 11

River City Roller Derby Home Team Game at Rollerdome

Oh yeah, smash it up! This night’s showdown is between the Hollywood Undertakers and Poe’s Punishers and also includes a raffle and bake sale. Tickets are $7 and kids 10 and under get in free. Doors at 6:30 p.m. and game is at 7 p.m.

River City Roller Derby Homies team photo, courtesy of the homies.


Friday, July 12

The Hanover Tomato Festival at Pole Green Park, Mechanicsville (Friday and Saturday)

It’s that time of year, make it juicy. For more information about the reddest, juiciest draw in Central Virginia, the Hanover Tomato, read our feature story. The Hanover Tomato Festival takes place on Friday, July 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Lane in Mechanicsville. For more event information, go here.


Saturday, July 13


J Tucker, Paulo Londono, Gina Sobel and Prabir Trio at Brambley Park

Nestled in a corner of Scott’s Addition, at the end of Belleville Street tucked in an elbow of train tracks, Brambly Park Winery is not a place you go by accident. It’s a relaxed place to hear local musicians in a less formal, sometimes stripped-down environment, playing on a rustic stage set in a large half-grass/half-stone yard. On this summer Saturday, there is music from late-morning until after-dark. This weekend has a particularly interesting lineup; smooth jazz trumpeter J Tucker starts things off at 11:30 a.m. His usual back-up band, the Krewe, is not listed on the gig. Then again, one of the advantages of Brambley Park is hearing people stretch out and try new things. Guitarist/singer Paulo Londono hits from 2:30 to 5 p.m. He has been seemingly everywhere recently with his multilingual outlaw rock band, Los Alacranes, but he has a deep book of songs in both Spanish and English and can hold a stage on his own. Singer/songwriter/flutist/saxophonist/jewelry maker Gina Sobel comes on from 5 to 8 p.m. There is no word of her line-up on the website, but she is also capable of more than holding her own either solo or in duet. Closing things out, at 9 p.m. is the high-energy, four-member Prabir Trio. Led by former Gallery 5 honcho Prabir Mehta, the band focuses on originals ranging across an encyclopedic knowledge of rock history spiced with a soulful touch of Mehta’s Northwest India heritage. Free.—Peter McElhinney

Gina Sobel, Paulo Londono, and Prabir Mehta. Photo by Peter McElhinney


The Hackensaw Boys and Ward Harrison at Get Tight Lounge

The legendary Virginia string band returns, having played everywhere from Bonnaroo and Telluride to Lockn’ and FloydFest. What other Virginia bluegrass band has played with the likes of the Flaming Lips, Detroit Cobras, Modest Mouse, Cheap Trick, De La Soul, Johnny Marr, Cake, and many others? Hackensaw brethren Ward Harrison opens at 8 p.m. The boys go on at 9 p.m. Tickets available via DICE. This is a 21-and-over show. (Shout-out to our old Harrisonburg podna, Dave Sickman, who is singing lead in video below, and who I think we last saw around 30 years ago skinny-dipping at the Pool House).


Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles at Chesterfield After Hours

The songwriting? Iconic. The commitment to sonic innovation? Era-defining. But underlying these essential aspects of the Beatles’ legacy was an attention to detail that kept them striving for excellence at every stage of their massively influential run in the 1960s. That drive is alive and well thanks to Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles. This tribute band has been together longer than the actual Fab Four were, and they aim for note-for-note precision when reviving songs that their audiences know inside and out. Add in period-specific costumes and psychedelic visuals and you have the perfect portal back to the heyday of one of rock’s most beloved acts. Doors open at the River City Sportsplex at 5:30 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $31 to $79 and can be purchased at chesterfieldafterhoursconcerts.com.—Davy Jones

The Fourth Annual All-White Southern Soul Music Festival at Altria Theater

Features the music and talents of King George, Pokey Bear, Nellie Tiger Travis, In Gratitude: A tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, Mr. Campbell, Lamar Brace, Fat Daddy and Shae Nycole. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $80.50 and are available here.

Sunday, July 14



Snõõper with True Body, Pyrex, Black Button & VV at Cobra Cabana 

A strong contender for punk show of the summer (after the Spits’ triumphant return to town a few weeks back), this is a textbook “stacked bill” where a lauded touring act stirs the excitement of our local talent pool to bring forth an epic lineup whose sum is as great as its parts. While there’s similar sonic overlap among bands – dissonant hardcore-punk, elements of No Wave and noise rock – no two put them to the same use. Local force True Body is an outlier with its gothy dream-pop, but also shares a taut intensity not afield from the rest. Nashville’s Snõõper are explosive and exuberant, a ready-made headliner whose ‘23 debut album, “Super Snõõper” (Third Man Records) made good on second-wave, egg-punk’s promise (like when SoundCloud rappers started topping the charts) harnessing many of punks’ divergent energies into kaleidoscopic fireworks for your ears. Doors are at 6 p.m. and admission is $15 (plus service charges, in advance) and $20 (at the door). For more information, go here.—Tim Abbondelo

Snõõper live.


Giddyap for Supersuckers this weekend. Photo credit: Harmony Gerber

Supersuckers with The Lords of Altamont and Ravagers at Ember Music Hall 

If the cornucopia of punk-adjacent, sub-and-micro-genres mentioned above doesn’t prick up your ears, this show is more on the nose. Supersuckers have been dealing in straight, no-chaser rock ‘n’ roll for over three decades. Barring occasional detours into more traditional country territory — including work with none-other-than Willie Nelson and Steve Earle —Supersuckers have stayed in their hard-rock lane: full-throttle, volume knobs dimed. The Lords of Altamont and Ravagers don’t veer from this playbook, but the latter, in particular, come highly recommended. Hailing from Baltimore, Ravagers blew the roof off Fuzzy Cactus last year and will benefit from Embers’ much touted, top-of-the-line sound system. 5 p.m. doors. $20 (plus service charges, in advance) and $25 at the door. For more information, visit https://embermusichall.com. —T.A.


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