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Under-the-Radar Music in Richmond


Jess Snyder loves the art, culture and music scenes and wants to highlight unique sounds worth hearing in Richmond. Jess is a singer, blogger, photographer and all-around creative in Richmond -- follow her on @jesswuzhere 

Jess Sayin': Oct. 24-Nov. 7

Pictured: Time for Three will play with the Richmond Symphony


Tuesday Verses

Tuesday Verses is Richmond Virginia’s longest running open mic. Come in on any given Tuesday to find a host of talented poets, lyricists and singers. If you’re feeling comfortable enough, you can sign up to perform as well.

When: Every Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Where: Addis Ethiopian Restaurant

Cost: $7

Genres: Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop

You’ll like this if you love: Jill Scott, Common, Erykah Badu


Legends Never Die 3

Legends Never Die is a rap battle series put together by the Southpaw Coalition. The event gives you hip-hop, battle rap and poetry all under one roof. This year’s host is Rocstagis and URL's Norbe.

Who: Moon and J Morr, Henny Lo, Breeze The Poet, AP, B Strong, Chillum Allah, Redd Handed, Trill Nik, Trig, Chance Fischer, etc.

When: Nov. 4, 4:30-11:30 p.m.

Where: Strange Matter

Cost: $25

Genres: Rap, Hip-Hop

You’ll like this if you love: Joe Budden, Kendrick Lamar


Richmond Symphony’s 60th Anniversary With Time for Three

This is the second of many special events to celebrate the Richmond’s Symphony’s anniversary. Time for Three (pictured above) is known for playing songs outside of the traditional classical category. You could hear a classic Bach or a top 40 hit by Taylor Swift. The group’s cover of “I Want You Back” has drawn more than 300,000 views on YouTube. One hour before the concert there, conductor Steve Smith will offer a pre-concert talk.

Who: The Richmond Symphony

When: Oct. 28, 8 p.m.

Where: Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center

Cost: Free Admission

Genres: Classical, Jazz

You’ll like this if you love: Trans-Siberian Orchestra



Jess Sayin': Oct. 12-23

Pictured: Bela Dona will appear at the Richmond Folk Festival


Verses 15-Year Anniversary

The Verses crew will celebrate 15 years and the life of Lorna Pickney on Saturday, Oct. 14, with a show downstairs at the Canal Club. It will feature music and poetry from such staples as Nickey McMullen, Roscoe Burnems and Doug Funni. Special guest Zo & Carmen Rodgers will headline the event.

Who: Verses Crew with Zo & Carmen Rodgers!

When: Oct. 14, 9 p.m.

Where: The Canal Club

Cost: $25

Genres: R&B, Neo-Soul, Reggae

You’ll like this if you love: Jill Scott, Earth, Wind & Fire


Black Alley

Black Alley is a local band from the DMV area that defines its sound as “hood-rock.” Combining traditional rock instrumentation with your favorite R&B and hip-hop hits, the band has a sound like no other. The group recently took home the top prize at Prince’s Paisley Park Battle of the Bands and will perform in Richmond as a part of Virginia State University homecoming festivities.

Who: Black Alley

When: Oct. 14, 5 p.m.

Where: Atlas 42

Cost: $12-$18

Genres: Hood Rock, R&B, Soul,

You’ll like this if you love: Rare Essence. Backyard Band, CCB


Morgan Burrs Trio at Vagabond

Most people know guitar player Morgan Burrs from playing guitar with Future Prospect and Butcher Brown. He recently performed at Budweiser’s Made in America Festival with Jamla artists Rapsody. He’ll step front and center Oct. 18 to lead the trio, which includes Jacob Ungerleider on keybass/keys and Cleandre Foster on drums. This is not a show you want to miss.

Who: Morgan Burrs Trio at Vagabond

When: Oct. 18, 9 p.m.

Where: Vagabond

Cost: Free admission

Genres: Jazz, Funk, Soul

You’ll like this if you love: Future Prospect, Daniel Caesar


Jam Session

Jam Session is back for its annual fall show, and this year will perform at Jackson Beer Garden. The band is most known for its themed shows, previously taking on the ’90s and Kanye West hits. Check it out Thursday, Oct. 19, to see what jams they have in store.

Who: Jam Session

When: Oct. 19, 8 p.m.

Where: Jackson’s Beer Garden

Cost: $5-$10

Genres: R&B, Hip-Hop, cover

You’ll like this if you love: Janelle Monae, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu


Richmond Folk Festival

The Richmond Folk Festival isn’t exactly under the radar, but some of the performers are. It will bring more than 30 artists to Richmond to share their talents. Come out to enjoy an old favorite and to gain a new one. Free admission all weekend.

Who: Don Bryant, Be’la Dona, Dale Ann Bradley and More

When: Oct. 13-15, times vary each day

Where: Brown’s Island

Cost: Free admission

Genres: Folk, Bluegrass, Go-Go, Gospel  

You’ll like this if you love: Anything!


Plunky & Oneness

Jazz band Plunky & Oneness will be headed to 63Thirty5 for a special show and live recording for its new album. The band has been together for more than 30 years and has opened for such greats as Patti Labelle, Ray Charles and Earth Wind & Fire.

Who: Plunky & Oneness

When: Oct. 21, 8 p.m.

Where: 63Thirty5

Cost: $15

Genres: Jazz, Soul, Go-go

You’ll like this if you love: John Coltrane, Miles Davis


Jess Sayin': September 22-25


Legacy Band

Legacy Band has become a city favorite, performing at local festivals including Brookland Park Festival, HeART & Soul Brewfest and Manchester Manifest First Fridays. Lead singer Kai DelMi'a is full of energy and always keeps the crowd rocking.

Who: Legacy Band

When: Sept. 23, 9 p.m.

Where: 63Thirty5, 6335 Jahnke Road

Cost: Free

Genres: R&B, Soul

You’ll like this if you love: Rare Essence, Backyard Band, Black Alley


Sunday Sol

Richmond Native and “The Voice” Season 12 contestant TSoul will headline the Sunday Sol event. Opening artists include E.Morgan, Kayla Joy, and Aric Mayo.

Who: TSoul

When: Sept. 24, 4 p.m.

Where: Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road

Cost: $15 at the door

Genres: R&B, Soul

You’ll like this if you love: Al Green, Ro James,


Jacob Ungerleider at Emilio's

Many people may recognize Jacob Ungerleider from playing keys with some of the cities hottest bands including Future Prospect and Dance Candy. This intimate dinner show gives him a solo spotlight at Emilio’s. (No worries, nothing is happening to Future Prospect.) So grab a friend, grab a drink and enjoy the live sounds.

Who: Jacob Ungerleider

When: Sept. 24, 7 p.m.

Where: Emilio’s, 1847 W. Broad St.

Cost: Free

Genres: Jazz, Live Instruments

You’ll like this if you love: Butcher Brown, Terrace Martin


Deqn Sue / Elizabeth Owens / Zooanzoo / AfroCat

After winning the 2015 NPR Tiny Desk Concert, Deqn Sue began touring across the United States. She stops in Richmond for The Juggernaut East Coast tour. Joining her for will be Elizabeth Owens, Zooanzoo and Afrocat.

Who: Deqn Sue

When: Sept. 25, 2017, 8 p.m., doors at 7 p.m.

Where: Gallery5, 200 W. Broad St.

Cost: $6

Genres: Alternative R&B, Alternative Pop

You’ll like this if you love: ASH, Kalea, Banks


Black Rhymes Matter: The Sound of Flow and Cadence in Black Music

This lecture will be given by dj, poet, and author of “Hood Haiku,” Mike Kemetic. He’ll incorporate live spinning from DJ Shanel and there will be a free plant-based food sampling brought to you by Holistic Alaye. Who doesn’t like good music and good food? 

What: Interactive Music Lecture

When: Sept. 25, 6 p.m.

Where: Richmond Public Library Main Branch, 101 E. Main St.

Cost: Free Admission

Genres: Educational

You’ll like this if you love: Sway, David Banner


Photo of TSoul by Tyler Golden/NBC


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