July 4-8

Our booming 4th of July roundup plus Kumbia Queers, LJ and the Sleeze and more.

Thursday, July 4


Full Moon Fever at Hardywood Richmond

Ring in the fourth with Richmond’s favorite Tom Petty tribute band starting at 5 p.m. at Hardywood Richmond. Free event. Note: There is also a daytime event at Hardywood’s West Creek location featuring Captain Mike and the Shipwrecked, Adrian Duke Projekt, Gone Country and Matt Waller (that event starts at 2 p.m.).

Dogwood Dell 4th of July Celebration (Byrd Park)

A true legacy celebration that some of us were doing back in the ‘70s as kids (man, those cannons were loud). These days, the Richmond Concert Jazz Band starts at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks are expected around 9:15 p.m. No booze or dogs. Free.

“Red, White and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum in Crump Park (Henrico)

Does your patriotic fervor have room for lasers? What about piano-stompin’ rock stars? This free event has gates opening at 4 p.m. and fireworks (with lasers on top like so many cherry light beams) at 9:15 p.m. Another big draw is the performance by the Richmond Symphony with local rocker J. Roddy Walston, known for his celebratory holiday performances, alongside his wife, opera soprano Sarah Kate Walston at 8 p.m. Note: Walston will also perform an opening set at 6:30 p.m. and Desiree Roots will also perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Leashed dogs allowed, but no booze. Check the website for more info. Free.


Fireworks at Chesterfield County Fairgrounds

This free event starts at 5 p.m. and features live music by the Morgan Lynsey Band, food, kid stuff and more. No dogs or booze.

Star Spangled Nights at Kings Dominion in Doswell (Runs through July 6)

Maybe you want to use your day off to hit the coasters or try your luck at the bottle toss? There will be fireworks later synchronized to the “stirring tunes of patriotic music.” This is Doswell, so we hope that includes AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock, We Salute You.” Killer tune. Visit their website for more knowledge.

Independence Day Celebration at the Diamond

You say you like baseball, fireworks and long lines of cars? The Richmond Flying Squirrels take on the Bowie Baysox at 6:35 p.m. (Sorry folks, game is sold out, to quote John Candy in “Vacation,” “the Flying Squirrel outside shoulda told ya”). But you’re in luck: They also play the same team on Friday and Saturday. Check their website for more info.

Richmond singer-songwriter Caroline Vain, who will be performing at Brambly Park on Friday, July 5. Photo by Dylan Akers.

Friday, July 5

Caroline Vain at Brambly Park

For many musicians, playing for a bustling Friday Cheers audience would be cause for stopping and smelling the roses. Not so for Richmond-based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Caroline Vain. Her evening was just getting started when she took the stage on Brown’s Island with country-tinged rock group Villages as part of last week’s three-act Cheers season finale. After Villages was finished, Vain packed up her violin, zoomed over to Get Tight Lounge and proceeded to lead her own band through another expertly executed opening set, this time ahead of Stratocaster-wielding, blues-rock standout Jack Stepanian. Vain’s music pairs precise songcraft with a knack for making powerful musical moments, and she’ll be back at it this Friday when she stops by Brambly Park for a performance that starts at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit bramblypark.com.—Davy Jones

LJ and the Sleeze with special guests Destructo Disk, Wrongworshippers and Molt at Cobra Cabana

Some have the day off, some don’t. But it’s still Friday night, time to rip your eyes away from the endlessly repeating “Hawk Tuas” of your life and let loose some steam with this punk bill featuring plenty o’ local angst and sleeze to help celebrate our rich democracy and return to the 1700s courtesy of the Supreme Court. Oh, and for not-so-quiet quitters, check out this NSFW summer banger by local rocker LJ and the Sleeze, it could be your next middle-finger-selfie jam. Doors at 7 p.m. show at 8 p.m.  $10.


Saturday, July 6

Kumbia Queers at the Get Tight Lounge

Just ‘cause Pride is over, doesn’t mean the party gotta stop. This banda de mujeres from Buenos Aires, Argentina should keep the lounge rockin’ with their tropical punk-rock approach to cumbia music while tappin’ that airhorn thang all night long. The veteran band includes former members of Argentina’s She-Devils and Mexico’s Las Ultrasónicas. Come experience what the Chicago Reader called the OG band behind the soundtrack of feminist marches in Latin America. They might be dealing with a tough transition from Buenos Aires to the VCU/Chipotle area, though, so show some extra love. 7:30 p.m. Tickets via Dice.



Sunday, July 7

Music at Maymont: Leftover Salmon and Railroad Earth

Leftover salmon can make you sick, or go really nicely with a bagel or salad; you may want to try the smell test first. Same goes with jam band music. Colorado band Leftover Salmon has been doing their thing since 1989, blending progressive bluegrass and country rock with folksy, dance-happy genres like Cajun/Zydeco. Over those 35 years and a dozen albums, you can bet they’ve learned how to please their audience in bucolic settings. Doors at 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $35 for general admission to $50 for gold circle.



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