It’s no secret that VCU attracts kids from all over the state and beyond. The constant influx of new students keeps the local artistic community thriving, with new scenes popping up in the vicinity of the university campus all the time. One recent musical movement, known to some as the "art punk" scene, features bands who've applied the DIY principles of punk rock to a style that is far from the traditional punk sound.
Touring DIY theater project The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act is headed to Richmond. The show is the brainchild of Donna Oblongata, who, along with Patrick Costello, makes up Der Vorführeffekt Theatre (the name is a German idiom meaning "it works except when someone is watching"). Oblongata and Costello are the only two actors involved in the entire performance; they also designed and assembled all the sets used in the play.
Take the speed and aggression of 80’s punk, plus the gloom, doom, and fuzz of 70’s metal bands, and bless it in the blood of a virgin sacrifice to Lucifer. The result is Satan’s Satyrs, a three-piece metal band based in Herndon, Virginia, who will be bringing their blasphemous onslaught to Strange Matter on Tuesday, May 28.
The Stone Soul Music and Food Festival, which bills itself as Richmond’s “largest R&B, Gospel and Hip Hop festival,” is back, taking place this year on Saturday, June 1st 2013. This year will mark the ninth annual occurrence of this local event, which is presented by Radio One.
There was a time when a listener could purchase anything affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan without worrying whether the level of quality would hold up to that of their larger body of work. For several years after their inception, the group's output, alongside that of its component members and collaborators, defined itself by experimental tendencies and raw darkness unparalleled in anything that was going on in hip hop, especially the genre's more popular strata.
This weekend, we've got a special presentation for all you fans of hip hop, partying, and good times. Veteran RVA rappers Luggage have created an epic video trilogy in collaboration with local production house Studio 7E, and we'll be premiering one video from this trilogy per day throughout this weekend!
Famed environmentalist and photographer Ansel Adams will be featured in an exhibition opening at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News on Saturday, June 1. The exhibition, named Fragile Waters, focuses on the theme of water, and its vitality and value. Along with Adams, the exhibition will also feature photographs by Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly.
Feast RVA is among one of the most innovative non-profit organizations that Richmond has seen lately. Their main focus is funding and supporting creative community-outreach projects by local individuals. A 100% community-oriented organization, Feast RVA gains no profit from their regularly held local fundraising events.
A popular blog based out of Boooklyn (and Richmond, sorta), TheBLAAAHg.com, is in the process of raising money through the seemingly ubiquitous Kickstarter crowdfunding site to release a print version of their online publication.
In less than two months, Shannon Cleary will be presenting the third annual installment of WRIR And The Commonwealth Of Notions Presents, the annual live music series in which he presents a variety of local bands that have caught his fancy over the past year. He's got big things planned for this year, so without further ado, here is Shannon to tell you all about it!