The Richmond Bluegrass Jam will return for its eleventh year—following a two-year COVID hiatus—on April 30, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. This year’s Jam will be held in a new location, at American Legion Post 354, on the banks of the James River in Midlothian. The event previously was held at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.
The free, family-friendly event features more than 15 of the region’s best bluegrass and Americana bands playing on two stages for nine straight hours, all to raise money for the Richmond Fisher House, a home away from home for the families of veterans and active-duty soldiers recuperating at Richmond’s McGuire Veterans Medical Center.
Fans are strongly encouraged to make tax-deductible donations to the Richmond Fisher House at the event or online at rvabluegrassjam.com. Over the past ten years, the event has raised more than $184,000 for the families of military men and women.
The bands—all of which play at no charge in support of the Fisher House—include Commonwealth Bluegrass Band, Big Boss Combo, Cook County Bluegrass, Tara Mills Band, Cary Street Ramblers, River City Band, Slack Family Bluegrass Band, and more.
The event also will feature local food and beverage vendors—including craft beer from Hardywood and Richmond’s food trucks.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating the eleventh edition of the Richmond Bluegrass Jam, especially after missing the last two years due to COVID,” says Tim Gundlach, president of RVA Bluegrass Jam, Inc., the event’s organizer. “We owe our military families so much, and this is one way we can give back—by supporting the great work of the Fisher House. We are also excited to bring the Jam to our new location at American Legion Post 354. This will even further connect this important event with our military community.”
In addition to listening to the scheduled bands, attendees are encouraged to bring their own instruments. Several open jam areas will be available, as well as an instrument check station.
American Legion Post 354 is located in Midlothian, Va. Parking will be available at nearby James River High School, 3700 James River Rd., with free shuttles running throughout the day.
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