Just in time for Valentine's Day! From Bluegrass flat-picking to electric Rock and Blues, Janet Martin is a fully accomplished guitarist and her signature acoustic sound is due in large part to her love for open tunings of which she is a master! Widely known as a musician’s musician, Janet delights audiences with her commanding performances. Claim your seats today to see Janet Martin LIVE at The Cultural Arts Center! PLEASE NOTE: For general admission seats, select the "Best Available" button on the order page. For $20 reserved seats, select the "CHOOSE SEATS" button on the order page. (Discounts do not apply to reserved seating.) Once all reserved seats are filled, general admission tickets may still be available. For questions or assistance ordering tickets, feel free to also call us at 804-261-ARTS (2787).
Enjoy dinner at the show from Apple Spice Junction RVA!
- Roasted Chicken -Lemon Pepper and Rosemary and Herb Roasted Twice Baked Potatoes Green Beans Tossed Salad Variety Rolls with Butter
- Shrimp Cocktail Cheese Plates with Assorted Meats and Crackers Spinach Dip with Sourdough Bread Pieces
- White Chocolate Orange Mousse Chocolate Covered Strawberries Rum Cake with Citrus Glaze
The Center and Quill Theatre team up again to bring Aldous Huxley’s brilliant novel to life on the Sara Belle November stage. Set in London in the year AD 2540, the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that are combined to profoundly change society. “Brainwashing, baby factories and happy pills. The future doesn’t seem so bright to Aldous Huxley.”
$15 Tickets available to college students with ID!
PREVIEW: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2018 AT 7PM / TICKETS $20
OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2018 AT 8PM / TICKETS $28
Thu, Feb 1, 7pm
Fri, Feb 2, 8pm
Sat, Feb 3, 8pm
Sun, Feb 4, 2:30pm
Wed, Feb 7, 10am
Thu, Feb 8, 7pm
Fri, Feb 9, 8pm
Sat, Feb 10, 8pm
Sun, Feb 11, 2:30pm
Wed, Feb 14, 10am
Thu, Feb 15, 7pm
Fri, Feb 16, 8pm
Sat, Feb 17, 8pm
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Featuring Thomas Wakefield & Gypsy Roots; The Woodshedders; Hot Bijouxx; The Hot Club of Baltimore
Celebrate the creative influence of legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt on today’s music! This annual concert event features live music performances by the genre’s leading artists. This year four bands take to the stage to trade off songs and “battle” in the Django style. Two bands on stage in the first act and a different pair for the second act! Don’t miss this epic battle of the bands. Plus, meet the headliners and sharpen your skills with an exclusive hands-on guitar workshop!
ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS to take place January 13 at 2:30pm Workshop 1: Basics of Gypsy Jazz and Swing Accordion | $40 Learn the basics of Gypsy Jazz and Swing Accordion from Dallas Vietty with tips, tricks and materials! Workshop 2: Rhythm & Lead Playing In The Gypsy Jazz Context: Tips & Tricks | $40 Michael Joseph Harris and Sami Arefin of Hot Club of Baltimore will teach rhythmic accompaniment and soloing in the style of Django Reinhardt. Learn how to get an authentic sound by using Django's right hand picking technique. Learn ways to play the "pompe" rhythm style effectively. Learn how to get a better tone on melodies. Learn gypsy style ornamentation by using phrasing exercises. Learn improvisation tips including how to create your own riffs using scales and arpeggios, and how to play over altered dominant chords.
For more information and to register for workshops, please call 804.261.ARTS
Presented by VA Rep on Tour! Don’t miss this holiday classic that’s fun for all ages! Inspired by the timeless poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and by the real life of its author, Clement Moore, this hilarious musical introduces Santa in a particularly beneficent light. Tickets are only $12. Treat the whole family to this beloved holiday performance from VA Rep on Tour. Book, Music and Lyrics by Bruce Craig Miller.
Kick off the holiday season with RVA’s favorite Divas! The Richmond Divas - Debra Wagoner, Cathy Motley-Fitch and Desiree Roots, reunite on December 13! Performing holiday favorites and classics from Broadway to jazz to standards to pop, RVA’s superbly talented Divas will dazzle audiences of all ages! Claim your seats today!
Presented LIVE on stage by Henrico Theatre Company! This classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. Holiday fun for the whole family!
Join the American Youth Harp Ensemble, the nation's premiere harp ensemble, for a scintillating display of virtuosity showcasing the harp's incredible versatility. Performing beloved holiday and classical favorites, you will be enthralled by these world-class performers who have been called "a national cultural treasure" by the U.S. Department of State's Cultural Arts Director. The Virginia-based Ensemble has delighted audiences most recently in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and the White House and is thrilled to return to the Cultural Arts Center! Recognized nationally as a model arts education program, the Richmond-based American Youth Harp Ensemble serves over 800 young harpists, ages five to eighteen, annually. Along with artistic excellence, the AYHE offers young harpists opportunities to make a difference in the world around them through unique outreach programming. Don't miss this enchanting holiday concert that's fun for the whole family! Plus, enjoy dinner and drinks (mixed drinks/soft drinks/beverages) available for sale at the show from Apple Spice Junction! Tickets also make great holiday gifts! Call 804.261.ARTS to ask about group tickets! PLEASE NOTE: For general admission seats, select the "Best Available" button on the order page. For $20 reserved seats, select the "CHOOSE SEATS" button on the order page. (Discounts do not apply to reserved seating.) Once all reserved seats are filled, general admission tickets may still be available. For questions or assistance ordering tickets, feel free to also call us at 804-261-ARTS (2787).
Local favorite Susan Greenbaum makes an epic return to the Sara Belle November Stage with this one-night-only concert tribute! Join Susan and her band on November 15 and hear your favorite Carpenters and Susan Greenbaum songs in a delightful evening of music and memories.
Plus, enjoy dinner before the show from DeFazio’s Catering! 5:30pm / Cost $28
Bluegrass fans unite! The Big Boss Combo is a 5 piece bluegrass quartet featuring the family style singing of the Johnson Brothers from central Limber West Virginia. Forced to make money playing music as children to feed the family livestock, the Limber Johnson Boys grew to love to entertain a crowd starved for entertainment. Join Rusty (Banjo), Slim (Fiddle), Harry (Mandolin), Big Red (Bass), Tiny (Guitar) and the rest of the Johnson clan for a fun night of frolic and shenanigans! Claim your seats today! PLEASE NOTE: For general admission seats, select the "Best Available" button on the order page. For $20 reserved seats, select the "CHOOSE SEATS" button on the order page. (Discounts do not apply to reserved seating.) Once all reserved seats are filled, general admission tickets may still be available. For questions or assistance ordering tickets, feel free to also call us at 804-261-ARTS (2787). We are excited to announce that Apple Spice Junction RVA will be our NEW caterer for 2nd Stage Concerts, starting Friday, November 3 during "An Evening of Bluegrass" - Here's a first look at the exciting new menu for November 3rd: Served Al la Carte: Shrimp Cocktail Plates & Gourmet Cheese Plates Main Buffet Menu: Pulled Pork BBQ, Pulled Chicken BBQ, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Baked Beans, Tossed Salad With Dressings Desserts: Served Al la Carte - Rum Glazed Bread Pudding, Chocolate Mousse Cups, Variety Baked Cookies
Festive fun for all ages! October 29, 2017 - 1-5pm! In conjunction with the Latin Ballet of Virginia, “Dia de los Muertos” is a festive celebration of life with live performances, dancing, music, sweets, treats, and fun art activities for the whole family! Enjoy a special performance by the Richmond Ballet's Minds in Motion Ambassadors! Wear your Halloween costume to join in the fun at this community tradition! Chuy's will be on-site to sell food/dinner for the family!
This event is free to attend!
Plus, don't miss Mercado Muertos
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 1-5PM
This mini-shop at the annual Dia de los Muertos Festival will feature an exquisite array of themed gifts and art to celebrate the spirit of the dead, with most items priced $20 and under!
Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. Don’t miss this epic performance featuring stylishly costumed, fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by an amazing live band! Take the ultimate stroll down memory lane with hits by The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Jackson Five, Barry White, and many more! Claim your seats today to relive the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by many of the greatest recording acts of all time.
Plus, enjoy dinner before the show from DeFazio’s Catering! 5:30pm / Cost $28
Presented by VA Rep on Tour! Fun for all ages! Imagine Geppetto’s surprise when the puppet he carves from a most unusual piece of wood suddenly springs to life. The wooden boy, named Pinocchio, becomes like a son to the kindly old wood carver who provides him with a loving home. But the mischievous Pinocchio has other ideas and sets off on a series of fantastical adventures. Along the way he learns valuable lessons that lead him back home to Geppetto and earn him the thing he most desires – to be a real boy. Based on the novel by Carlo Collodi. Book and Lyrics by Bruce Craig Miller. Music by Michael Strong.
Antique Melody Show is a nostalgic journey into early-American, post-parlor era music that laid the groundwork for speakeasy and lounge divas of the 1920's 30's and 40's, such as Annette Henshaw, Billie Holiday and Ruth Etting. AMS also touts a few original tunes reminiscent of the same genre. The band is anchored by the stirring, nostalgic vocals of Marilyn Brown, who brings more than 15 years of professional stage singing, most notably with Spectrum - a Richmond based big band, and The Continentals - a high powered swing band. You won't want to miss this special night of live music! PLEASE NOTE: For general admission seats, select the "Best Available" button on the order page. For $20 reserved seats, select the "CHOOSE SEATS" button on the order page. (Discounts do not apply to reserved seating.) Once all reserved seats are filled, general admission tickets may still be available. For questions or assistance ordering tickets, feel free to also call us at 804-261-ARTS (2787).
Claim your seats early for our Center Season Premier! The Capitol Steps are back for more fun, laughs and shenanigans in this creative blend of music and political comedy. No matter who you are or what’s in the headlines, the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum in their newest production, “Orange is the New Barack.” The Washington DC-based comedy troupe that began as a group of Senate staffers, has recorded over 34 albums and has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS.
Plus, enjoy dinner with all three shows from DeFazio’s Catering! 5:30pm on Sept. 8 and 6:30pm on Sept. 9 / Cost $28
Inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the rich musical traditions tied to them, Tara Mills describes her music as, 'original blue ridge mountain folk.' Acclaimed banjo player, Jimmy Stelling joins Tara for this special evening of bluegrass!
An enchanting evening of piano with international sensation Thomas Pandolfi! American pianist Thomas Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10; 2-8PM Meet popular artist, P. Buckley Moss, known as the people’s artist. Ms. Moss will be onsite to meet fans old and new and will sign prints and giftware purchased from the Center gift shop or brought from home. Don’t miss the special edition print being released exclusively at this event! Like us on Facebook for more details, coming soon!
Over the past 20 years Lawrence has performed regularly from New York City to Key West, Florida, delighting audiences of all ages with his rich vocals and warm personality.
The Honky Tonk Experience is comprised of five of Richmond, Virginia's most respected musicians. Each member has forged their own reputation by playing in a variety of other bands over the past 20 years. They have also shared the stage with several national acts including Travis Tritt, BR5-49, Dale Watson, Webb Wilder and Junior Brown.
They’re back! Center favorites The Richmond Divas - Debra Wagoner, Cathy Motley-Fitch and Desiree Roots with pianist Ryan Corbitt reunite! on March 22! Performing fan favorites and classics from broadway to jazz to standards to pop, RVA’s superbly talented Divas will dazzle audiences of all ages in this one-night-only concert event!
Hours: Noon - midnight! Donation at the door suggested! Enjoy 12 epic hours of local and regional bluegrass bands coming together to raise money to benefit military families through the Richmond Fisher House! Bring your instrument for open jam sessions and your appetite for great food and drink from local vendors! More details at www.rvabluegrassjam.com.
Note: For reserved seating, please call 804.261.ARTS / Join us for An Evening of Highland and Celtic with John Turner and Friends! Held in our Cardinal Ballroom with cabaret-style seating, music lovers can relax in an informal setting with performances by amazing local and regional talent!
The Richmond’s Finest series returns with a spectacular evening of Classic American & British Pop Rock! Backed by the amazing sounds of the Richmond Symphony, the Taters will perform an eclectic mix of roots rock, pop, country, skiffle & Americana, a sound that’s been compared favorably to a mixture of Everlys, Orbison, Beatles, and Nick Lowe. Don’t miss this epic evening of live music! Plus, enjoy dinner before the show from DeFazio’s! Cost $28
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), an irreverent, high-speed roller-coaster through the Bard’s plays. Join this madcap trio of ambitious prop-laden actors as they weave their wicked way through Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter!
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 - 7PM
Sat, Jan 28, 2017 - 7PM
Sun, Jan 29, 2017 - 2PM
Fri, Feb 3, 2017 - 7PM
Sat, Feb 4, 2017 - 7PM
Sun, Feb 5, 2017 - 2PM
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 - 7PM
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 - 7PM
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 - 2PM
Featuring John Jorgenson Quintet with Thomas Wakefield & Gypsy Roots ! Celebrate the creative influence of legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt on today’s music! This popular annual concert event features live music performances by the genre’s leading artists: John Jorgenson Quintet, including local favorite award-winning guitarist Thomas Wakefield & Gypsy Roots. Plus, meet the headliners and sharpen your skills with an exclusive hands-on guitar workshop!
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays with “Christmas in Motown” from Masters of Soul. Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. This special edition holiday show features stylishly costumed, fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band, performing your favorite holiday songs from the Motown Era!
Presented by Theatre IV and VA Rep! Perhaps the best loved holiday story of all time, Theatre IV’s adaptation of Dickens’ classic is holiday fun for the whole family! Recount as Scrooge comes face to face with ghosts and visions of his past, present and even his future. Join Scrooge on Christmas morning as he wakes up a changed man, thanking the spirits who helped him see the real truth about all life has to offer beyond wealth. This musical performance contains all the joy, sentiment and meaning of the classic story. This exclusive performance by the touring division of Theatre IV is Suitable for all ages and can only be seen at The Cultural Arts Center! Claim your seats today for just $12!
The Rainier Trio is an exciting and energetic group that captivates audiences with gems from the violin-viola-piano trio repertoire. Joining this powerful trio will be local lyric soprano Leslie Mabe! You won't want to miss this spellbinding holiday concert!
Local favorite Susan Greenbaum makes an epic return to the Sara Belle November Stage with this one-night-only concert event! Join Susan and [band] for a night of selections from Carole King’s 1971 Grammy Award-winning album and original selections by the Richmond-based singer and songwriter. Plus, enjoy dinner before the show from DeFazio’s! Cost $23
Hit tunes of the Big Band era, show tunes, and popular pieces from the great American song writers are all a part of The Royal Virginians Big Band magic . You'll hear songs associated with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Dinah Shore, Keely Smith, Judy Garland, Michael Buble, and more!
Acrobats of Cirquetacular is a heart-stopping mind-boggling display of artistry and athleticism! Discover all the wow factor and star quality of the circus tent, concert hall, and Broadway stage in one fantastic evening. Indulge your curiosities and celebrate your senses as aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, fire artists, illusionists, singers, dancers and indescribable feats ignite your belief in human potential!
Debra Wagoner, one of Richmond's favorite divas, graces the stage with pianist Anthony Smith for a spectacular evening of classics from Patsy Cline!
Presented by Theatre IV and VA Rep! Based on the classic story by Washington Irving Book, Music, and Lyrics by Paul Deiss Join Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, the lovely Katrina Van Tassel, the residents of Tarry Town and, oh yes, the Headless Horseman, as they live the story made famous by the legend. This autumnal classic is faithful to the original story written by Washington Irving in 1819 and will thrill and perhaps chill your audiences (though it’s not too scary). No fall is complete without the fun of telling stories and our retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one story you won’t want to miss!
Nourished by deep roots in the expansive canon of traditional American music, The Lonely Heartstring Band embodies the modern American condition—an understanding and reverence for the past that informs a push into the future. This multi-talented group of musicians is a classic Bluegrass quintet—always far greater than the sum of its parts. Combining soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, their growing repertoire of original songs and compositions showcases not only their considerable talents, but a dedication to meaningful roots-conscious music.
Join us for a special evening of live music and dinner - featuring Sturgeon City! Sturgeon City is a modern stringband from Richmond, Virginia. The band pays homage to the classic voices of bluegrass, folk, old-time, jazz and blues traditions, while leaving an indelible mark on each tune they play.
Join us for a spectacular evening of bluegrass featuring Copper Ridge! Copper Ridge is comprised of seasoned veterans of the local bluegrass scene, having played in local bluegrass bands such as Friendly Henry and the Roots of Bluegrass, The Heights of Grass, Bill Clark and the Country Boys, and The New Spring Grass! This one-night-only concert performance is sure to have you dancing!
Journey back to the roaring 1920's & 30's with Rumble Seat Revival, a fabulous six piece ensemble featuring dynamic vocals, guitar, upright bass, clarinet, cornet, accordion, washboard and ukulele!
Claim your seats early for the return on this RVA favorite! Formed in the spring of 2003, The Honky Tonk Experience brings country classics to life while at the same time performing songs of current artists whose music is true to what country music used to be and still should be.
Noon - Midnight!
Get ready to JAM with 12 hours of local and regional bluegrass bands coming together to raise money to benefit military families through the Richmond Fisher House! Bring your instrument for open jam sessions and your appetite for great food and drink from local vendors! For more details, please visit www.rvabluegrassjam.com.
Flashback to 1958 and be a part of the studio audience for the live broadcast on (fictitious) WJKS radio as it channels the spirits of the founding fathers of rock n' roll into a great evening of music!
Theatre IV, one of the nation's largest touring theatres for young audiences, presents The Shoemaker and the Christmas Elves, a heartwarming holiday musical!
A unique music filled weekend celebrating the ukulele! Enjoy concerts with Ali Thidodeau and Thomas Wakefield & Gypsy Roots, The Aloha Boys, and Lil Rev! To purchase a UkeFest VA Unlimited Access Pass, please call 804-261-ARTS!