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Dominion Energy Riverrock lineup announced

The Marcus King Band and The Wood Brothers will be headling on Friday and Saturday and there are an additional ten acts taking the stage over three days.

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Is it an outdoor sports festival with a bit of music or is a music festival with outdoor sports taking place all around. There’s no need to decide, just go with it and accept that it’s an excellent excuse to spend the day and good portion of the evening down on Brown’s Island and at Historic Tredegar.

Today we get to see which acts will be taking the stage and rocking all the rock climbers.

Dominion Energy Riverrock announced today the full list of music acts performing at this year’s festival. On Friday, May 18th, The Marcus King Band will take the stage at 8:00 p.m.

The Marcus King Band Photo: Credit Emily Butler

On Saturday, May 19th, The Wood Brothers will be the headliner, also taking the stage at 8:00 p.m. The outdoor sports and music festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will be held on Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar in Richmond, Virginia, May 18-20, 2018.

The Wood Brothers Photo Credit: Alysse Gafkjen

Touring in support of the newly-released ‘One Drop of Truth,’ their sixth studio album, The Wood Brothers relied on artistic expression to produce one of their most dynamic recordings yet. The trio, made up of brothers Oliver and Chris Wood, along with Jano Rix, put faith in themselves and ultimately their audience by writing and recording a collection of songs that is honest and pure. After touring extensively in support of the 2015 album ‘Paradise,’ the band, based in Nashville, took a fresh approach to recording and mixing on ‘One Drop of Truth,’ resulting in a deep wellspring of sounds, styles, and influences.

Led by 21-year-old Marcus King, The Marcus King Band is quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought-after live acts. King shows his musical ability throughout ‘The Marcus King Band,’ his second full-length album, and the fiery blend of American roots music showcases his gorgeous vocals, soaring guitar work, and heartfelt songwriting that blends perfectly with his group of masterful musicians. The Marcus King Band features Jack Ryan on drums and percussion, Stephen Campbell on bass, Dean Mitchell on saxophone, and Justin Johnson on trumpet, trombone, and backing vocals, and the band’s energy is never more evident than during its blazing live shows.

Dominion Energy Riverrock Music Lineup
Friday, May 18
Time
Band
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
8:00 – 9:30 p.m. 
 
Saturday, May 19
Time
Band
12:00 – 12:40 p.m.
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
4:45 – 5:45 p.m. 
6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
8:00 – 9:30 p.m. 
 
Sunday, May 20
Time
Band
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
2:20 – 3:20 p.m.
3:40 – 5:00 p.m.

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Results from “Lost Cause” Studio Project Survey Reveal a Richmond Eager to Confront its Past

The survey asked Richmond region residents to share their knowledge about and ongoing impact of the Lost Cause myth, their desire to learn about this complex history and how a transformed Valentine Studio can address community needs.

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From the Valentine.

Today the Valentine released the results of a community survey, conducted in October and November of 2020.

The survey asked Richmond region residents to share their knowledge about and ongoing impact of the Lost Cause myth, their desire to learn about this complex history and how a transformed Valentine Studio (the location on the museum’s campus where sculptor Edward Valentine created many Lost Cause works) can address community needs. More than 1,000 participants, representing a wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds, completed the survey.

A diverse team of historians, activists, local leaders, Valentine family members and community members developed the survey. The Valentine also held focus groups to gain a deeper understanding of the variety of opinions about the Lost Cause, the role of cultural institutions in sharing this history and the potential installation of the damaged, paint-covered Jefferson Davis statue, until recently displayed on Monument Avenue, in the space. The results of the survey and the focus groups will inform and guide the project development.

Results included:

A majority of respondents stated that they would like to see the Valentine use the reinterpreted studio to explore the history of power and policies in Jim Crow Richmond, the art and artistic processes that created Lost Cause sculptures and the history of racial oppression in Richmond.

Additionally, 65% of respondents from the Richmond region agreed that museums should acquire the monuments from Monument Avenue and display them with context. For the Valentine specifically, this reinforced our request to the City of Richmond to acquire and display the graffiti-covered Jefferson Davis statue on his back as he fell.

Additionally, focus group participants, moderated by project partner Josh Epperson, felt that using the studio to explore Lost Cause history and connect it to the present would be a valuable use of the space. Focus group participants also affirmed the Valentine’s commitment to continuing its high level of community engagement, which they expected to be critical to the success of the reimagined studio.

You can find additional survey results HERE.

“Based on the survey feedback we received from our fellow Richmonders, we are confident that this is the best next step for this space and for this institution,” said Director Bill Martin. “We look forward to providing a location where Richmonders can learn about the Lost Cause, consider Richmond and the Valentine’s early role in disseminating the damaging Lost Cause myth and ultimately gain a deeper, more nuanced, more empathetic understanding of the region we call home.”

The Valentine will continue to solicit and address community questions, comments or concerns as the Studio Project develops.

On December 31st the Washington Post had an article on the museum taking a closer look at the role that founder of Edward V. Valentine had in the lost cause.

Today, the artist’s studio is closed to visitors at the Richmond museum that bears his family name — the Valentine. But museum director Martin and others see the workshop as the center of what could be a public reckoning with the racist mythology that Valentine’s sculptures helped bring to life.

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Bookbinder’s Brings you Mac & Cheese on Another Level with BIGWIFE’S Pop-Up

This isn’t your typical mom’s mac & cheese. If your mom makes mac & cheese like this we would like to be adopted.

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Old Original Bookbinder’s Seafood & Steakhouse has launched a new experimental pop-up concept focusing exclusively on macaroni and cheese. BIGWIFE’S Mac & Cheese is operating for delivery and carryout from the Bookbinder’s kitchen.

The inventive menu includes creative spins like Buffalo Mac with spicy chicken and gorgonzola cheese; Little Figgy Mac with goat cheese, ham and fig; Mac Lorraine with bacon, scallions, and gruyere; and Greek Wedding Mac with tomato, olive, artichokes, pepperoncini and feta. Any mac can be made gluten free.

Orders can be placed at https://www.bigwifesmac.com/ and via Grubhub. BIGWIFE’S is open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Old Original Bookbinder’s is located at 2306 E Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23223.

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City of Richmond declares State of Emergency due to “credible threats” related to planned protests

The city’s declaration opens up funds for emergency use and was voted into effect unanimously by City Council Monday evening.

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The City of Richmond and Mayor Levar Stoney’s administration has declared a State of Emergency for the city due to what officials call “credible threats” of violence related to planned protests leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20th.

The declaration follows Governor Ralph Northam’s declaration of a statewide State of Emergency, which allowed the administration to send National Guard troops and State Troopers to Washington, D.C. to help with security, logistics, and other immediate needs following the insurrection at the Capitol last week.

The city’s declaration opens up funds for emergency use and was voted into effect unanimously by City Council Monday evening.

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