"There have been as great souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous." - Ben Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanac"
Richmond's music scene is not bad. GWAR is from here, a former member of Twisted Sister lives here and hosts a local radio show, Pat Benetar and Amie Mann are from here, so are Cracker and Carbon Leaf; further back, Sinatra used to hang out at still popular Byram's lobster house and Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday both lived here briefly. Richmond has several free concerts in the warmer months:
More than 50 groups fill downtown stages at the Big Gig in July, (jazz, classical, rock and folk).
TGIF: Local and regional pop artists play at Friday Cheers, jamming every Friday along the James on Browns Island May-Sept.
If you're feeling more mellow, stop by Fridays at Sunset at 8th & Canal. Jazz artists jam here on Fridays May-Aug.
Innsbrook After Hours, held at Innsbrook office park in the west end, is a party you'll be glad you attended. Bands play Wed from 5-8:30 pm May-Sept
Events like the Carytown Watermelon Festival, the Richmond Marathon and the First Friday Artwalk also feature local musicians. You'll find street musicians here too, at all times.