May 30 – June 3

Kickoff the summer with festivals from Charged Up (hip-hop) and the Greek Fest to the Ashland Strawberry Faire plus more ...

Thursday, May 30

The 46th annual Greek Festival at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral

The long-running food and drink festival that always gets Grove Avenue hopping. There’s food, wine, music and dancing. For all the particulars, check out their website. 30 Malvern Ave. Runs Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Free to attend, pay as you go. Runs through June 2. For more, visit greekfestival.com.

Charged Up Fest (Through June 2)

It’s the biggest homegrown hip-hop fest of the year, billed as a “cultural movement that brings together diverse communities in Richmond to celebrate music, art and the spirit of creativity.” The festival features stacks of events and happenings all weekend long, like the “leading the charge” discussion this Saturday, June 1 at Black History Museum and Cultural Center moderated by Micah “Bam Bam” White (5 p.m.) Free admission.

Know that the big grand finale concert happens on Sunday, June 2 at the Broadberry and features Trae tha Truth, Noah-O, Stalley, Jae Skeese, Nickelus F, Michael Millions, Radio B, D.M.P., Umbrella Collective, 3WaySlim, Joey Gallo, J Roddy Rod, Big No, T Mane, Rah Scrilla, FNF Chop, Big Sty, and many more. Also on June 1, five youths will be chose to pitch live at the Charged Up Fest Community Block Party for a $500 prize. To learn more about tickets and events, visit the website here.

Friday, May 31

Friday Cheers presents Sir Chloe with Prabir Trio and Deux Visages at Brown’s Island

This week’s Friday Cheers is headlined by rising rockers from Vermont, Sir Chloe, a band that toured with the likes of Beck and Phoenix during the summer of 2023 and who are known for their strong live shows (check out a studio performance below). Locals the Prabir Trio go on at 6:15 p.m., Deux Visages (shoegaze from Miami) goes on at 7:15 p.m. and Sir Chloe at 8:15 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

 

Holly Roller, Shagwüf and Goldpine at the Broadberry

Holy Roller is in album rollout mode, making the Richmond-based Americana outfit’s upcoming show on Friday, May 31 at the Broadberry a must-see. Those who thought that date was when sophomore LP “Good Religion” would be released were pleasantly surprised over Memorial Day weekend, as the 11-song collection appeared suddenly and ahead of schedule, delighting fans who had been eager for a follow-up to 2018’s rollicking self-titled debut. Leading the way is a stunner of an opening track, “When the Rain Came Down,” which initially came out as a single ahead of the group’s appearance at 2023’s Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, and which was re-shared as an Hourglass Sessions live video shortly thereafter. Tickets for the “Good Religion” release show are $15 and can be purchased at thebroadberry.com. Shagwüf and Goldpine will also perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. -Davy Jones

 

Dance Candy Tribute to Earth Wind and Fire at Ember Music Hall

This tribute is a near-perfect match of performers and material. The first iteration of the show graced the massive floorspace of now-defunct nightclub Tang and Biscuit. That venue was abruptly sacrificed to build yet another anodyne apartment building in Scott’s Addition, but this edition, at EDM-optimized Ember, promises a fine alternative. Featuring the powerhouse vocals of Sam Reed, and a slightly rotating crew of accomplished RVA musicians, Mark Ingraham’s Dance Candy is one of the area’s most accomplished cover bands. The band’s jazz/funk orientation aligns with EWF’s soulful, hit-filled songbook. For those old enough to remember the band’s heyday, it is an early show. For those planning on a longer night, it promises to be an ideal way to launch the last night of the month on an optimistic, energetic high. Doors are at 6 p.m. with music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 on the day of the show, with $35 VIP tickets available. —Peter McElhinney

Sam Reed and Jerel Crocket at Dance Candy Earth Wind and Fire gig at Tang and Biscuit, Feb 2023. Photo by Peter McElhinney

 

School’s Out: Piranha Rama, Danger Birds and Gnawing at Brambly Park After Dark

Yes, you can just hear that age-old Alice Cooper chant now: “School’s out, forever!” Teen fantasy incarnate. For those who want to keep the party going after the happy hour crowd dissipates to their sofas, this head-nodding show features a stack of local favorites led by Piranha Rama, with “OG fuzzers” Danger Birds, and Gnawing (a self-described “loud rock and roll band that wishes they were a country band.”) Free show. 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 1

Out of town pick: Ashland Strawberry Faire at Randolph-Macon College

“Lightin’ out for the territories?” To quote a Coen brothers movie, “brother, [we] been there.” And who doesn’t love strawberries? That would be un-American. So help make America juicy again and celebrate this beloved red multiple-fruit in lovely, small-town Ashland. This free, family-friendly event features 300 vendors and proceeds go to nonprofit groups and Hanover County Public School scholarships. Runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 500 Henry St. Ashland, Va. For more information, visit here.

Sunday, June 2

Richmond Recovery PrideFest at Diversity Richmond

VA Pride, McShin Foundation and the Dandelion Hive in partnership with RVA’s LGBTQ Recovery Community present this worthwhile event “celebrating queer folks in recovery and their allies.” There will be food and fun, DJ and dancing, drag, and recovery speakers. All-ages and a free event. Noon to 4 p.m.

Sixth Annual Rockin for RACC (Richmond Animal Care and Control) at Main Line Brewery

Bands include the Low Downs, the Royal We, Hazeltone, the Atkinsons, Dead Letter Officers (R.E.M. tribute band), Mothers Little Helpers plus special guests.  $15 suggested donation. Runs 12:30 to 7 p.m. Dog friendly, of course.

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