Catch the best in Richmond's outdoor music scene with oldies but goodies and a few new kids on the block. 

Summer Concerts Guide

Pop the cork on this one. Downtown Presents sponsors the city's favorite salute to the weekend with the 15th anniversary season of Friday Cheers. This free concert series takes place Fridays, 6-9:30 p.m. at Nina F. Abady Festival Park near the Coliseum. Proceeds benefit local non-profit groups. 643-2826.

May 7 — Owsley, Pat McGee Band
May 14 — Leon Milmore, Agents of Good Roots
May 21 — genghis angus, Emmet Swimming
May 28 — The original Awareness Art Ensemble
June 4 — Cashmere Jungle Lords, Groove Spot, Baaba Seth — special Friday Cheers at Brown's Island to celebrate the opening of the Riverfront.
June 11 — Da Vinci's Notebook, eddie from ohio
June 18 — Plunky & Oneness
June 25 — Boneshakers, BS&M
July 2 — PuddleDuck, The Recipe
July 16 — Big Ray & The Kool Kats
July 23 — Bio Ritmo
July 30 — Bluebeat Revue, Blue Miracle
August 6 — Liz Sineath, Naked Blue
August 13 — The Breakfast Club
August 20 — The Sequels, Carbon Leaf
August 27 — The Jeff McGall Project, Agents of Good Roots
September 3 — The Voltage Brothers
September 10 — Groove Spot
September 17 — to be announced

Also in its 15th year, the Jumpin' series continues bloomin' Thursdays in the Sculpture Garden of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Gates open at 6 p.m.; live music jams 6:30-9 p.m. Advance tickets available June 3 at the museum. Season tickets for all 10 concerts, $70. Advance individual tickets $7; $8 day of the show (word to the wise: buy early, concerts sell out weekly). Must be 21 or older to attend. 367-8148.

June 17 — Roy Carrier & The Night Rockers (zydeco from the bayou)
June 24 — The Velveteens (soul-flavored ska)
July 1 — Lenahan (Celtic rock)
July 8 — Dave Alvin & The Guilty Men (roots rock)
July 15 — Krosfyah (soca-calypso-zouk sounds from Barbados)
July 22 — Familia Valera Miranda (Spanish and African rhythms)
July 29 — Cigar Store Indians (honky tonk rockabilly)
August 5 — Long John Hunter (border-town blues)
August 12 — Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings (horn-driven blues)

Wednesday's On The Waterfront - Richmond's newest live music series at the canal Turning Basin every Wednesday, 5:30-7:30. Free. Located by 14th Street, 2 blocks from Shockoe Slip.

June 9 - BS&M
June 16 - Travis Allison Band
June 23 - Groove Spot
June 30 - Carbon Leaf
July 7 - Jim Dudley & The Chez Roué Orchette
July 14 - Great Big Sea
July 21 - The Janet Martin Band

Event may be canceled in case of rain. For details call 643-2826 or go to Wednesday's on The Waterfront
RealPlayer video: NewsChannel 6 multimedia tour of the canal walk.
Downtown Presents: More information on the series.

Innsbrook After Hours has moved north! It's still Richmond's favorite mid-work-week reprieve. Come out and people-watch with West Enders. Tickets $5 at the gate only. Children ages 12 and under free. Gates open at 5 p.m. This is the first half of the line-up. Additional dates to be added.

May 5 — Edwin McCain with the Mike Corrado Band
May 12 — 1964 The Tribute with Groove Spot
May 19 — The Wailers with Little Levi and the Zippers
May 26 — Delbert McClinton with Soul Providers
June 2 — Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes with Left Undone
June 9 — Little River Band with Leon Milmore
June 16 — The Pat McGee Band with PuddleDuck
June 23 — Robby Krieger of the Doors with Carbon Leaf
June 30 — Pure Prairie League with the Floating Folk Festival

WRVA's Tim Timberlake emcees the 20th season of the GE Financial Assurance concert series. The concerts are free and open to the public. All but the July 2 concert take place on Tuesdays. All performances begin at 7 p.m. and last about two hours. Held on the lawn in front of GE Financial Assurance headquarters, 6604 W. Broad St.

June 8 — John McCutcheon
July 2 — The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band (Friday concert)
July 20 — Lonesome River Band
August 17 — The Kelley Hunt Band

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden introduces a Thursday alternative for garden-goers: Groovin' in the Garden, held 6-9 p.m. on the Bloemendaal House terrace. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase. Advance tickets $8 per person; $10 day of the show; $5 for garden members. $30 for a block ticket to all performances. 262-9887, ext. 337.

May 6 — Buckwheat Zydeco (Creole-style dance music)
May 13 — Johnny Hott's Piedmont Souprize
May 20 — The Chez Roue Orchette
May 27 — The Seldom Scene (bluegrass)

1999 Paramount's Kings Dominion Concerts: (804) 876-8000 or 262-8100

June 4 — The Temptations and Gladys Knight
July 3 — Britney Spears
July 16 — King's Fest '99: The W's, Five Iron, Jaci Valesquez, 4HIM, Bart Campolo, The Insyderz and Jars of Clay
July 17 — King's Fest '99 continues: Deluxx, Channel Surfers, Plankeye, Point of Grace, Dawson McAllisters, Supertones, Newsboys
August 15 — Patti LaBelle

Planetary Records and XL-102 sponsor a new series of Saturday shows on the garden patio of Club 1708 in Shockoe Bottom. Additional dates will be added. 355-0079.

May 8 — Compass Rose
May 15 — Log and Ultra Bait
May 22 — Burnt Taters
May 29 — Ululating Mummies
June 5 — Li'l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes

Brown-bag it or get your lunch to go. Tuesday Tunes continues with lunchtime concerts at Main Street Centre in May and June. Take a break from the office and enjoy your dejeuner in the sun on the Plaza at the corner of 7th and Main streets. Tuesdays, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Free. 225-1600.

May 4 — Fat Ammon's Band (Variety)
May 11 — The Fabulous Cruisers (Top 40/Variety)
May 18 — TFC Band — ('50s and '60s/Top 40)
May 25 — BS&M (Acoustic Rock)
June 1 — Leggz (Rock/Disco/Variety)
June 8 — One Step Beyond ('80s Rock)
June 15 — Shuffle (Country /Classic Rock/Beach)
June 22 — Patchwork (Acoustic Folk/Classic Rock)
June 29 — to be announced

The City of Hopewell invites everyone to bring lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes for Thursday evenings of May music on the lawn at Weston Manor. Free. 541-2353.

May 6 — Jacques Johnson (jazz)
May 13 — Kyle Davis (Pop/Classic)
May 20 — Dick Crist (Sounds of Swing)
May 27 — Bobby Artis (Gospel)

In celebration of Chesterfield County's 250th anniversary, a new concert series gets underway at Pocahontas State Park's Heritage Amphitheater. Performances range from free events to $5. Children under 12 free. A 10-program series ticket may be purchased for $20. No alcohol or glass bottles permitted. Bring a picnic or check out the concessions. Pets must be on a leash. 225-3867 for tickets. All concerts start at 6 p.m.

May 9 — Fort Lee Army Concert and Stage Bands (free)
May 23 — European Wind Ensemble ($5)
June 5 — Richmond Symphony (free)
June 20 — Rene Croan ($5)
July 18 — The Big Gig — Kids Night Out (free)
July 30-Aug. 1 — Chesterfield Theater Company ($5)
August 14 — The Virginians/Sweet Adelines ($5)
August 22 — Chesterfield Community Band (free)
September 12 — Richmond Symphony (free)

In its 6th year, Fridays at Sunset is Richmond's outdoor jazz connection. Kanawha Plaza at 8th and Canal streets is home to this off-the-clock afterglow. Concerts run 6-10:30 p.m. Admission $1. 225-7725.

May 14 — Rudy Faulkner & Frens
May 21 — Alex Bugnon
May 28 — Smooth Chaos
June 4 — Phil Perry
June 11 — Ashby Anderson
June 18 — Rene Croan
June 25 — Spur of the Moment
July 2 — Pieces of a Dream
July 9 — Marion Meadows
July 16 — Heads Up Supper Band
July 23 — Ascension
July 30 — Angela Bofill
August 6 — Marcus Johnson
August 13 — Maiesha & the Hip Huggers
August 20 — James Gates
August 27 — Gerald Veasley

Easter Seals Virginia has a new location for its 16-week lineup for the 1999 Concerts in Central Park. This year they will take place near the intersection of Central Park Boulevard and Carl D. Silver Parkway — diagonally across from last year's site. Concerts sound off on Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. $4 adults; $1 children ages 6-12. "Any 10" passes available at the gate for $25. 746-1007.

May 20 — Voltage Brothers
May 27 — Bill & Ammon — the original Rhondels
June 3 — Liquid Pleasure
June 10 — Daddy Spatz and Jive Band
June 17 — Travis Allison Band
June 24 — Groove Spot
July 1 — Baby Huey & the Babysitters
July 8 — Fat Ammons Band
July 15 — Band of Oz
July 22 — BS&M
July 29 — Leggz
August 5 — The Entertainers
August 12 — Terrance Simien
August 19 — The Breeze Band
August 26 — Showmen
September 2 — TFC Band

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