Richmond Raceway (Richmond) and AEG Presents announce “Weird Al” Yankovic will bring his 2019 Strings Attached tour, a high-energy, rock and comedy show featuring costumes, props, a video wall, and for the first time, the Richmond Symphony, to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets will go on sale to the public online at vaculive.com, via phone at 804-612-1900, or inperson at The National Box Office at 708 East Broad Street in Richmond, Va. on Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. Virginia Credit Union and RICHMOND NATION members will receive an exclusive pre-sale for the “Weird Al” Yankovic concert on Thursday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
On his 2018 Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, Yankovic wanted to reward his hardcore fans with an intimate, scaled-down show that showcased a rotating setlist of semiobscure deep-cut non-parody album tracks, many of which he and his band had never performed live before.
“I wanted to follow up my most bare-bones tour ever with my most elaborate and extravagant tour ever,” said “Weird Al” Yankovic, the four-time GRAMMY® award winner. “We’re pulling out all the stops for this one.”
For his 2019 Strings Attached tour, he’s back to playing the hits and classics – but this time his band will be supported by background singers and the Richmond Symphony.
“The Richmond Symphony is thrilled to be performing with a quadruple threat in the industry — singer-songwriter, author, satirist, and film/record producer, “Weird Al” Yankovic in June 2019,” said Scott Dodson, Director of Advancement and Patron Communications. “What a perfect way to wrap up our 2018-19 season by showcasing the Symphony’s unique talents with a wonderfully unique artist at the Richmond Raceway.”
“Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, earning four Grammys and fifteen career nominations. He is best known for his hilariously irreverent parodies of hit songs, including “Eat It,” “Like A Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy,” and “Tacky.”
Yankovic’s 14th studio album Mandatory Fun (2014) made headlines when it became the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, and the first comedy album to even reach the top of that chart in over 50 years. The single “Word Crimes” debuted in the Billboard Top 40, making Al one of only four artists to have had Top 40 singles in each of the last four decades (the other three being Michael Jackson, Madonna and U2). He recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Commonwealth Mall at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! will feature concessions, displays, and merchandise on the day of the event, with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. Parking for the event is located in Lot D, at the corner of Laburnum and Carolina Avenues, and can be accessed through Gate 4 on Laburnum Avenue. Parking is $10 for the public and free for Virginia Credit Union members with lots opening at 5:30 p.m.
Virginia Credit Union LIVE! continues to bring top musical acts and superior concert experiences to music fans in the Richmond region. The venue has hosted top national recording artists such as Aerosmith, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, and Florida Georgia Line.
Virginia Capital Trail Foundation unveils Capital Trail Summer Challenge
You can conquer the 52-mile Virginia Capital Trail three different ways this summer.
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation is encouraging people to get active this summer with the Capital Trail Summer Challenge. From now until September 6th, participants can run, bike, walk, skate, or dance their way along the Virginia Capital Trail, which stretches 51.7 miles from Williamsburg to Richmond.
The Summer Challenge consists of 3 different activity goals. Participants can crush all 51.7 miles of the Capital Trail, conquer 103.4 miles for an out and back, or complete the 310.2-mile Birthday Challenge in honor of the Trail’s 6th birthday. Each distance can be tackled all at once or completed in sections. The Summer Challenge is about conquering all 51.7 miles of the Capital Trail by passing every mile marker between Jamestown and Richmond. The remaining mileage can be logged anywhere, on the Capital Trail or somewhere new.
“We are hoping this event will inspire people to stay active this summer,” shares Cat Anthony, Executive Director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. “We are excited to showcase all the different ways people can have fun out on the Trail. This challenge is unique because people choose their own activity and distance goal. There is something for everyone!”
After completing the challenge, participants will receive an official Summer Challenge t-shirt and sunglasses. Registration is $25 before the price bump on July 21st. There is also a fundraising option. Anyone who raises $100 will receive free registration. Proceeds from the challenge help support the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation.
Participants can submit their results any time before September 8th and are encouraged to share their experience on social media with #CapTrailChallenge. Additional information can be found at runsignup.com/Race/VA/Richmond/VirginiaCapitalTrailSummerChallenge
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to protect, promote, and enhance the Virginia Capital Trail, and to serve as a resource, community builder, and connector to other trails throughout the Commonwealth.
Head to Brown’s Island to Catch a Movie
A series of four movies are coming to Brown’s Island.
Movies on the Island, presented by Dominion Energy, is a new, outdoor family activity, brought to you in 2021 by Venture Richmond Events. Find your perfect spot on Brown’s Island and enjoy an evening featuring a family-favorite film while taking in the stunning views of the James River and Downtown’s skyline.
- Saturday, July 10 – Grease – 8:30pm showing, 7:30pm gates open
- Saturday, August 14 – Black Panther – 8:30pm showing, 7:30pm gates open
- Friday, October 29 – Beetlejuice (showtime TBA)
- Saturday, December 11 – Elf (showtime TBA)
Tickets are only $5 per person (ages 5 and under no ticket needed) and must be purchased in advance online at VentureRichmond.com. Tickets will not be available for purchase the day of the event at the gate. Attendees must present tickets at the gate, either as a pre-printed paper ticket or on a mobile device. Purchase tickets here.
Food vendors on the island will include, Strawberry Street Events, Westray Ice-Cream and Ryan’s Kettle Corn.
Seating location is first come, first served. Bringing blankets and/or chairs for comfort is recommended. No pets are allowed on premises during the movies. Parking is available at the American Civil War Museum ($), Belle Isle parking lot, and on-street parking is available along 2nd and 5th Streets. In case of inclement weather, please check our website for updates at VentureRichmond.com. All ticket holders must agree to comply with safety precautions put in place during the event. All public health protocols will be strictly enforced, and contactless practices have been implemented for the safety of our guests and staff.
Movies on the Island is presented by Dominion Energy, and sponsored by CoStar Group.
Hermitage Richmond hosting “Concert Under The Stars” series beginning this Friday
All three of these live music events will take place on the lawn at 1600 Westwood Avenue and are free and open to all residents, families, team members, and community friends who share a love of music and camaraderie.
Hermitage Richmond in Ginter Park has announced a new outdoor concert series which will be hosted on the front lawn of the senior living community.
- June 11th at 7 p.m. – Joe Laluna will perform a mixture of jazz, American Standards, and popular contemporary music
- July 9th at 7 p.m. – Me and Martha will perform American Rural Roots Mountain Music
- August 6th at 7 p.m. – Second Floor Band will bring a mixture of danceable classic rock, swing, big band, Motown, R&B, and jazz
All three of these live music events will take place on the lawn at 1600 Westwood Avenue and are free and open to all residents, families, team members, and community friends who share a love of music and camaraderie. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. Social distancing and face masks are recommended.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy great live music and share a family-friendly evening under the stars with our residents and neighbors,” said executive director Amy Chapman. “We want everyone to have a great time and know that good times are always celebrated at Hermitage Richmond.”
Concert Under the Stars is the latest addition to Hermitage’s Richmond on the Green series that hosts an array of campus events and fulfills its mission of “Enriching Life’s Journey.”