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Seventeenth century essayist Owen Feltham wrote “Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass.” Looking inwardly can be especially beneficial if you’re interested in making art that pushes into unexplored creative territory... more

Sep 14, 2017 9:02 AM Backstage

I can so distinctly remember the first time I saw No BS! Brass Band. I've seen them a number of times since – at The Broadberry, Balliceaux and The Hippodrome ... more

Jan 17, 2017 7:55 AM Backstage

Richmond has often drawn comparisons to New York City for its appeal to artists. VCU, the cities epicenter for aspiring artists, stands as the first-ranked public university for art, according to U.S. News & World Report. However, if gallery ... more

Jan 12, 2017 7:15 AM FEATURES

Being conscious and protective of one’s environment means appreciating endurance. It means believing in something bigger than yourself. Among bands who take seriously the challenge of making their profession more environmentally friendly ... more

Sep 12, 2016 8:08 AM Backstage

In my weekend condtion, I'm always looking for something fun to do. Here is our TasteBudz guide to the cool weekend events. more

Jul 15, 2016 5:33 PM , Tastebudz

Unknown ObjectArt gives us a chance to taste immortality. Artists can die knowing their creations will live on, and even centuries later fans can connect with the genius inherent in those creations. But unlike sculptors or filmmakers, musicians ... more

Jul 13, 2016 7:00 AM Backstage

Want more than a meal? How about live music, a feature film, or a live stage production? They’re all available in your area or nearby. Check out these favorite spots that offer dining plus entertainment. more

Jul 9, 2016 4:40 PM FLAVOR

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Dave Parrish

Speaking means believing when you’re speaking with Stephen Lecky, festival manager for the local non-profit organization, Venture Richmond. Lecky’s enthusiasm is so contagious, and his love for live music is so apparent. It’s as if those qualities... more

May 3, 2016 9:15 AM Backstage

Place matters when it comes to music. Playing old-time music in Virginia means joining a long tradition, all the way back to the mountain music that preceded country. The Hot Seats preceded the current wave of old-time revival, having formed in ... more

Mar 14, 2016 9:10 AM ENTERTAINMENT

For a state as steeped in history as Virginia is, the past is like a natural resource. And as important as the Revolutionary and Civil wars have been to the commonwealth’s tourism industry, another historical resource is gaining attention in ... more

Mar 2, 2016 4:00 PM TRAVEL

There’s a proverb that I think applies beautifully to Clair Morgan. It says that if you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together. Morgan, who fronts the band that bears his first and last names ... more

Jan 14, 2016 7:30 AM Backstage

The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond presents five Grammy-nominated performers during the spring 2016 season: Christian McBride, Robert Glasper, Patty Griffin, Takács Quartet and eighth blackbird, the University’s ... more

Jan 11, 2016 7:00 AM ENTERTAINMENT

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Photos courtesy of The Homestead

It was a pleasant mid-fall afternoon when I turned off Interstate 85 near Staunton. I was heading towards Bath County. While I had grown up in the mountains of Virginia, in Franklin County, I had never spent any time in this neck of the woods. more

Jan 9, 2016 9:00 AM TRAVEL

There’s more to ease the soul than the easy, rhythmic sounds of The Wilhelm Brothers. The lyrics nurture hope and light hearts as well. On Jan. 28, 7 p.m., the Asheville, North Carolina-based duo will bring their inspirational folk rock to ... more

Jan 6, 2016 9:21 AM ENTERTAINMENT

Now more than ever, with revenue growing more and more elusive, music is a labor of love. But for the lucky few musicians who have earned a longtime following in the Richmond community – whether they’ve made performing a successful ... more

Nov 30, 2015 1:12 PM Backstage

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards, singer-songwriter who spent part of his childhood in Virginia, performs at The Tin Pan, introducing songs from his new album, Tomorrow's Child. more

Nov 5, 2015 12:32 PM Backstage

When entertainer Tony Sands brings his tribute to Frank Sinatra to CenterStage, in Downtown Richmond next Friday (November 6th), you’re not going to see some guy doing a Frank Sinatra impression. Nor is the performance merely a ... more

Oct 29, 2015 11:00 AM ENTERTAINMENT

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Steve Bassett (left) and Robbin Thompson (right) sitting on the Floyd Avenue porch where "Sweet Virginia Breeze" was written. Photo by Lisa Antonelli Bacon

As a native Virginian, I can remember having to memorize facts about the commonwealth in school. The state bird? The cardinal. The state tree and flower? The dogwood. To a child, these are words on flashcards. But as you grow to care deeply about... more

Jul 9, 2015 2:01 PM Backstage 1 Comments

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Photo by Joey Wharton

Images from the inaugural LAVA Music Festival held in Suffolk, VA on May 16 featuring acts such as Fitz & The Tantrums, Mutemath, Kishi Bashi, and more! Photos by Joey Wharton. more

May 20, 2015 12:33 AM Photos

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Clockwise from top left: Charlie Glenn, Chris Smith, Joe Ferguson, and Robbie King of The Trillions. Photo by Nick Ghobashi

Having snaked our way through the crowded front of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s warehouse, the four members of The Trillions and I entered a massive back room, where rows of barrels sat aging and infusing especially potent beers. We found... more

May 1, 2015 12:06 PM Backstage

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