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Old 10-30-2009, 02:36 PM
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Hi everyone - I am looking at relocation to Richmond to follow my wife's career. I have led a dual life for years now with both Professional Music Industry experience (Producer/Audio Engineer/Artist Manager/Performer) and high level IT experience (Director/executive management for IT in the non-profit/education sector).
I'm curious as to job market in either of these sectors. any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks -- Rob
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:44 PM
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for what it's worth, here are two popular recording studios in Richmond:

Sound of Music - Sound Of Music Recording Studios
In Your Ear Music - Audio for Video | Post-Production | Original Music | Recording Studios | Richmond, VA | In Your Ear | Home

i don't know many people who do the IT thing and music thing simultaneously with equal effort, but i know quite a few people who work in IT and do the music/band/church-music thing on the side as a hobby.

as for music venues in richmond:

The National - The National - Richmond, VA - Schedule
The Canal Club - The Canal Club
Alley Katz - Alley Katz - Richmond, VA ...Since 1995
Landmark Theatre - Landmark Theater :: Home

hope this helps, good luck.
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:22 AM
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That's much appreciated. I plan to pursue them both at first
and see what "takes" would prefer to do music but don't
know how realistic it is. Are you aware of any open mic or
sit-in blues jams in the area? Often a good way to meet some
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Old 10-31-2009, 05:42 PM
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I know this doesn't offer any help to your question, but it's interesting to know that Richmond actually seems to have kind of a music scene as some notable acts have come from here. I'm into rock music so that's what I pay attention to. Bands such as Gwar, Lamb Of God, Cracker, the Deceased, Municipal Waste, Carbon Leaf. And Dave Matthews Band was founded an hour away in Charlottesville to name a few. Richmond seems to have a hardcore punk/metal underground, whether people are aware of it or not. Just thought it might be interesting, as all these acts somehow make a living off of music and are from the Richmond area.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:40 PM
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Thanks for replying Nebat - any information is helpful as I start educating myself. some of those names have come up in other searching I have done. I'll have to find my niche. As a player (sax/perc/vox) I prefer R+B, funk, pop. As a Producer - I have worked mostly with singer/songwriters and Americana acts. I suspect there's a decent market for Americana in the region. I'm hoping I can leverage the fact that I'm a multiple Boston Music Award winner (new England's regional version of the Grammy's) and produced a national Top 10 Americana CD last year to help lend some credibility.

You said there are touring acts coming through - are you aware of any great local acts in the genres I work with that might play regularly in Richmond? -- Rob
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:42 PM
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You might want to familiarize yourself with the VCU Music Faculty. They include some great players: Skip Gailes, Antonio Garcia, Mike Ess, etc, and they can be seen playing live around town all the time. A lot of the kids playing the corner diners graduated from there or at least were a student there at one time. Also check out VCU's live music events.

Faculty – VCU Music
Concerts & events – VCU Music

For local gig places,

Emilio's Restaurante - Richmond, VA on Broad St. Every Friday night they do a live blues/jazz jam. Anyone who wants to play can come and play with them. They typically do blues and common jazz standards (St. Thomas) Old black guy named "Doc" has been the band leader there forever. They also have a flamenco guitar guy and have other scheduled bands that play throughout the week.

Cary St. Cafe is also another place, but scheduled bands play. Typically rock, jam-band or bluegrass. Live Music - Box Lunches - Cary Street Café - Richmond, Virginia

Just depends what scene you are looking for..


ALLEY KATZ -- 10 Walnut Alley, 643-2816. Sleep Is the Enemy, 6 p.m. Thursday, all ages, $7.
ANDY'S RESTAURANT -- Henry Clay Shopping Center, 412 England St., Ashland, 798-9751. Nat King Kong (rock, R&B), 9 p.m. Friday, $3.
ASHLAND COFFEE & TEA -- 100 N. Railroad Ave., Ashland, 798-1702. The Butterbean Jazz Quartet (jazz), 8 p.m. Thursday, $8. Doug & Telisha Williams CD release event (Americana), 8 p.m. Friday, $10-$15. Stephen Simmons (Americana), 8 p.m. Saturday, $10-$15. Caravan of Thieves (alt Gypsy), 8 p.m. Wednesday, $5.
BABE'S OF CARYTOWN -- 3166 W. Cary St., 355-9330. Velvet Nines, Bush League and Acoustic Creek, 8 p.m. Thursday, $5.
THE BEACH HOUSE -- 4040 Cox Road, 612-6116. The Keys (dueling pianos), 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $6.
BENNY'S TAVERN -- 3632 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, 526-2536. Circus Charlie (hard rock), 8 p.m. Saturday, $5.
BLUES PLACE -- 1702 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, 520-8088. Jean LaBelle & Stevie G (acoustic rock classics), 8 p.m. Thursday, no cover.
BOATHOUSE AT SUNDAY PARK 24602 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian, 744-2545. Ban Caribe, 6 p.m. Friday.George Turman, 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
BOGARTS IN THE FAN -- 1903 W. Cary St., 353-9280. Roger Carroll & Chez Roué, 9 p.m. Thursday. John Winn Quartet, 8 p.m. Friday, no cover.
BOTTOMS UP PIZZA -- 1700 Dock St., 644-4400. Buttercup (classic country, honky tonk), 8 p.m. Oct. 22, no cover.
CAFÉ DIEM -- 600 N. Sheppard St., 353-2500. The Recliners, 8 p.m. Thursday.
THE CANAL CLUB -- 17th and Dock streets, 643-CLUB (2582). Chuck Ragan, Jim Ward, Tim Barry, Dave Hause and Jenny Owen Youngs, 8 p.m. Thursday, $11-$13. Stryper, Flight Patterns, Switched On, 7 p.m. Friday, $18-$20. Jaspects, Antoine Scott, Benny Blaq and Droopy, 8 p.m. Saturday, $12-$15. Parallax, Divine Profitz and Elevate Music, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $10. Griffin House, Thad Cockrell and Dean Fields, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, $10-$12. Transpose, Incomplete Heroes, Chays Alan and others, 6 p.m. Oct. 22, $10-$12.
CAPITAL ALE HOUSE DOWNTOWN MUSIC HALL -- 623 E. Main St., 780-ALES (2537). Chicago Cy Band, 5 p.m. Friday, Free. Sister Sweet, 10 p.m. Friday, $6. Charles Band's Full Moon Horror Road Show, 8 p.m. Saturday, $10. Igor & the Red Elvises, 8 p.m. Sunday, $10.
CARY STREET CAFÉ -- 2631 W. Cary St., 353-7445. X-Box 360 (rock), 9 p.m. Thursday, no cover. Caught in the Rift, (rock), 10 p.m. Friday, $5. Modern Groove Syndicate (jazz jam), 10 p.m. Saturday, $7.The Former Champions, (jam band), 10 p.m. Tuesday, no cover.LarJar Band, (jam band), 10 p.m. Wednesday, no cover.
COMMERCIAL TAPHOUSE -- 111 N. Robinson St., 359-6544. Distraction Boys (punk, noise), 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Larry Branch Agenda, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, no cover.
DADDIO'S GRILL & PUB -- 12385 Gayton Road, 754-1448. Brokeback Boys, 9 p.m. Saturday, no cover.
DIXIE DINER -- 250 N. Sycamore St., Petersburg, 732-7425. Morgan Smith & No Worries, 9 p.m. Friday, no cover. Redman, noon Sunday, no cover. Lin Doak jam session, 9 p.m. Oct. 22, no cover.
ENZO'S ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE Broadview Shopping Center, 36 Broad Street Road, Manakin-Sabot, 784-2962. On the Deck: Cat Daddy, 7:30 p.m. Friday, no cover. Soul Providers, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, no cover.
FINN MCCOOL'S IRISH PUB -- 4028 Cox Road, 217-8167. Two Guys Named Gus, 9 p.m. Friday, no cover.
GRANDPA EDDIE'S BBQ -- 11129 Three Chopt Road, 270-RIBS. Dawg! Mama, 8:30 p.m. Friday, no cover. Wake of the Flood and Shawn Hoppe, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, no cover.
HAT FACTORY -- 140 Virginia St., 788-4281. Pat McGee Band and Luke Brindley, 9 p.m. Thursday, $15-$18. David Allan Coe, 9 p.m. Oct. 22, $20-$25.
HOME TEAM GRILL-THE FAN -- 1630 W. Main St., 254-7360. The Dirty Truth, 9:30 p.m. Friday, no cover. Marna & Macy, Bart Chucker, Pat Russell Band, noon Saturday, $5-$10.
IRON HORSE RESTAURANT -- 100 S. Railroad Ave., Ashland, 752-6410. The Bopcats, 9 p.m. Saturday, no cover.
JIMMY'S RESTAURANT -- Lexington Commons Shopping Center, 10170 W. Broad St., 747-3354.John Small, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
JJ'S GRILLE -- 10298 Staples Mill Road, Shoppes at CrossRidge, 755-6229. Steve Bassett & Friends, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $5. The Taters, 8 p.m. Saturday. The Guitar Brothers, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22.
LUCILLE'S -- 1203 N. Laburnum Ave., 644-1646. Klaxton Brown, 8 p.m. Saturday, no cover.
MARTINI KITCHEN -- 1911 W. Main St., 254-4904. Visions Band, 9 p.m. Thursday, $10. Soul Expressions, 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $10. Katz Band and Show, 6 p.m. Sunday. Soul Expressions, Tuesday, no cover. Katz Band, Wednesday, no cover.
MIDWAY LOUNGE -- 7514 Lee Davis Road, Mechanicsville, 746-8630. Hotcakes, 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Random Play, 9 p.m. Friday. The Janitors, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22.
MOSAIC CAFÉ -- 6229 River Road, 288-7482. Carol Covell Jazz Revue (jazz), 7 p.m. Oct. 22.
MULLIGAN'S SPORTS GRILLE-SOUTH SIDE -- 11146 Hull Street Road, 744-8686. Culdera, 9:30 p.m. Friday, $5.
MURPHY'S LAW II -- 13995 Raised Antler Circle, Midlothian, 739-0800. The Kind Eye Project open mike, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, no cover.
THE NATIONAL -- 708 E. Broad St., 612-1900. Eric Church and others, 8 p.m. Thursday, $15-$18. ZOSO (Led Zeppelin tribute), Steel Shot, Reawakened, 8 p.m. Friday, $12.50. AFI and Gallows, 8 p.m. Monday, $26-$28. Social Distortion, The Strangers, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $25. The Gaslight Anthem, Murder By Death, The Loved Ones, The Measure, 7 p.m. Wednesday, $18-$21. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and others, 8 p.m. Oct. 22, $15.
O'BANK'S -- 10392 Leadbetter Road, Ashland, 550-3888. Triad (acoustic classics), 8 p.m. Friday.
OVERTIME BAR & GRILL -- 109 Commerce Park Circle, Manquin, 769-3230. Mean Dean and Green Giant Band, 8 p.m. Friday.
THE PLAYING FIELD -- 7801 W. Broad St., 755-7700. Cashmere Jungle Lords, 10 p.m. Saturday. $5.
PLAZA BOWL -- 521 E. Southside Plaza, 233-8799. The Dregs and Ultra Kings, 8 p.m. Saturday, $5.
POE'S PUB -- 2706 E. Main St., 648-2120. Half Moon Band, 9:30 p.m. Friday, $5. The Great Unknowns, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, $5.
POSITIVE VIBE CAFÉ -- Stratford Hills Shopping Center, 2825 Hathaway Road, 560-9622. Tripp & Jenny, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Robin Payne, 6 p.m. Sunday.
THE POUR HOUSE -- 3438 Pump Road, 364-9083. TBA, 9 p.m. Saturday, $3.
RARE OLDE TIMES -- 10602 Patterson Ave., 750-1346. Uisce Beatha, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, no cover. Andy and Cindy & Thensome, Friday-Saturday.
RICHBRAU TAPHOUSE GRILL -- 1214 E. Cary St., 644-3018. Russ Hanchin-Joe Sarver Duo (jazz standards and Brazilian), 7 p.m. Saturday, no cover.
ROBIN INN -- 2601 Park Ave., 353-0298. Fred Ostrow & Friends (jazz), 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, no cover.
SAM MILLER'S -- 1210 E. Cary St., 644-5465. Stone's Stew (jazz), 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
SHARKY'S BAR & BILLIARDS -- 4032 Cox Road, 273-1888. Pat O'Brien, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, no cover. The Wrest, 9:30 p.m. Friday and Wednesday, no cover.
SHENANIGANS EATERY & PUB 4017 MacArthur Ave., 264-5010. Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew, 8:30 p.m. Friday. The English Channel (British invasion covers), 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Amy Henderson, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
SHOOTER'S ROADHOUSE -- 1795 South Creek One, Anderson Highway, Powhatan, 897-9425. The Guitar Brothers, 9:30 p.m. Friday, no cover.
SINÉ IRISH PUB -- 1327 E. Cary St., 649-7767. Jubeus, 9 p.m. Friday. Chicago Cy Band, 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
SJ'S LAKESIDE TAVERN & RESTAURANT -- 5406 Lakeside Ave., 264-3288. Spotz Best Friend (classic rock, Motown), 7:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $3.
STEEL HORSE BAR & GRILL -- 1920 W. Hundred Road, Chester, 706-6600. Damien (acoustic), 8 p.m. Thursday, no cover. Jean LaBelle & Stevie G (acoustic rock classics), 8 p.m. Saturday, no cover.
STRATFORD GRILL -- Stratford Hills Shopping Center, 2805 Hathaway Road, 320-1218. Shake Machine featuring Mary Ann Griffin, 9 p.m. Friday, no cover.
SUNSET GRILL -- 1601 Hockett Road, Manakin-Sabot, 784-4500. Janet Martin Band, 7 p.m. Friday, no cover. Acoustic Patron (Pat Russell & Dean Berry), 7 p.m. Saturday, no cover.
TOBACCO COMPANY -- 1201 E. Cary St., 782-9555. Black Cash, 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
WINGS RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Doubletree Hotel Airport, 5501 Eubank Road, Sandston, 226-6400. Klaxton Brown, 8 p.m. Friday, no cover.
WONDERLAND -- 1727 E. Main St., 643-9233. Boneanchor, 10 p.m. Friday, $5. OUT OF TOWN

THE BIRCHMERE -- 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, (703) 549-7500. Dave Koz, 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Aaron Karo, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Cheryl Wheeler & Christine Lavin, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Acoustic Alchemy, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Little Richard with Daryl Davis, 7:30 p.m. Monday. Playing for Change Band, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Robert Earl Keen & Todd Snider with Bruce Robison, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
THE BOX -- 109 Second St., S.E., Charlottesville. (434) 970-2699. LA's Graydon, Sunday.
FELLINI'S -- 200 W. Market St., Charlottesville, (434) 979-4279. Cashmere Jungle Lords, 10 p.m. Friday, $5.
MULLIGAN'S SPORTS GRILLE -- 202 High St., Farmville, (434) 315-8787. Brian Graham Band, 6 p.m. Tuesday. Jenn In Deep, 6 p.m. Oct. 22, no cover.
9:30 CLUB -- 815 V St. N.W., Washington, (202) 265-0930. Lucero, 7 p.m. Thursday, $15. The Raveonettes with The Black Angels, 8 p.m. Friday, $20. Colbie Caillat with Howie Day, Trevor Hall, 5:30 p.m., Saturday, $35. Built to Spill with Disco Doom, Violent Soho, 10 p.m. Saturday, $25. All Time Low with We the Kings, Hey Monday, Friday Night Boys, 6 p.m. Sunday (sold out). An Evening with the Tragically Hip performing two sets, 7 p.m. Monday, $25. Hanson & Hellogoodbye with Steel Train, Sherwood, 6 p.m. Tuesday, $30. Daryl Hall & John Oates, 7 p.m. Wednesday, $55.
THE NORVA -- 317 Monticello Ave., Norfolk, (757) 627-4500. Insane Clown Posse, 8 p.m. Friday, $25-$30.
OBRIGADO RESTAURANT -- 109 W. Main St., Louisa, (540) 967-9447. Dave & Steve Duo (traditional and contemporary string music), 8 p.m. Friday, $5. Cary Street Ramblers (old-time, folk, Americana), 8 p.m. Saturday, $5.
SIIPS -- 212 E. Main St., Charlottesville, (434) 872-0056. Anthony Dowd & Starlet Knight (jazz), 9 p.m. Friday, no cover.
THE SOUTHERN CAFÉ & MUSIC HALL -- 103 S. First St., Charlottesville, (434) 977-5590. Real Estate with Andrew Cedarmark, 8 p.m. Thursday. Forro in the Dark, 7 p.m. Sunday. Elizabeth & The Catapault with Christina Courtin, 7 p.m. Monday. Dr. Dog, 8 p.m. Tuesday. Erin McKeown & Jill Sobule, 7 p.m. Wednesday.
THE STATE THEATRE -- 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church, (703) 237-0300. Stryper and Flight Patterns, Thursday. Sons of Bill, 9 p.m. Friday. $10-$12. Marshall Tucker Band, Saturday. All phone numbers are 804 area code unless indicated.
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:45 PM
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DJ Williams Projekt is another band that should be noted for coming out of Richmond, not sure if they are still playing at Cafe Diem every Tues night.
Matt Koon Band use to play around, usually at Pour House, but I think the band broke up.

Also check around the local music stores:

Richmond Music Center, Metro Sound & Music, Sam Ash, Guitar Center and Guitar Works in Cary Town.

Just ask around, people will know who is playing when and where.

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Old 10-31-2009, 09:45 PM
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Wow - Blu - thank you so much!!! Looks like live music is
really alive and well in Richmond. That list is large. The live
scene (once you get out of Boston proper) gas fallen off
quite a bit. That's so helpful - your beers are on me if we
make the transition. My wife will be flying down in the next
3 weeks for her big interview. Peace -- Rob
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:47 PM
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Cool thread!
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by rloyot View Post
Wow - Blu - thank you so much!!! Looks like live music is
really alive and well in Richmond. That list is large. The live
scene (once you get out of Boston proper) gas fallen off
quite a bit. That's so helpful - your beers are on me if we
make the transition. My wife will be flying down in the next
3 weeks for her big interview. Peace -- Rob
Many of those clubs are not in Richmond, but are within a 1 to 1.5 hour drive. I can't imagine Richmond having a better live scene than Boston, but for it's size I think it's quite well. In addition to my previous post I believe even Pat Benatar got her start here!
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