Off to the Races: The RVA Bluegrass Experience to Showcase Performances at Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
Richmond Raceway and AEG Presents announce Off to the Races: The RVA Bluegrass Experience featuring The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Del McCoury Band, and Jeff Austin Band will perform at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Saturday, September 29. The band VILLAGES will also perform on the Commonwealth Mall as gates open at 4 p.m.
Tickets will go on sale to the public online at vaculive.com or in-person at The National Box Office at 708 East Broad Street in Richmond, Va. on Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. Virginia Credit Union members will receive an exclusive pre-sale for Off to the Races: The RVA Bluegrass Experience on Thursday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The RVA Bluegrass Experience is an inaugural event headlined by The Infamous Stringdusters, who are at the helm of today’s bluegrass advancements. The band is composed of dobro Andy Hall, guitar Andy Falco, banjo Chris Pandolfi, fiddle Jeremy Garrett, and upright bass Travis Book. The acoustic quintet combines a collective skillset seldom rivaled, but often reveled.
The Infamous Stringdusters have released five studio albums along with winning three International Bluegrass Music Association awards and a GRAMMY® nomination. Theirtrue brilliance lies in their passion for live performances. Intricate harmonies, cleverly composed arrangements and their profound commitment to presentation induces traditionalists and newcomers to stomp their feet on common ground.
Yonder Mountain String Band founding members Aijala, banjo player Dave Johnston, and bassist Ben Kaufmann are celebrating the band’s 20th anniversary this year. In 2014, the band was reconfigured as a traditional bluegrass instrumental five-piece with the recruitment of Allie Kral on violin and Jacob Jolliff on mandolin. The reconstituted group debuted with 2015’s acclaimed album, Black Sheep. The band released its follow-up album two years later with Love. Ain’t Love, which was the outfits most surprising, creative, and energetic studio release to date. To learn more about the Yonder Mountain String Band, visit yondermountain.com.
For over 50 years, The Del McCoury Band’s sound has defined authenticity for hardcore bluegrass fans along with a growing number of fans only vaguely familiar with the genre. Del McCoury is something special, a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in schoolhouse shows and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. He remains a commandingly vital presence today, from prime time to late night talk show television to music festivals.
“It gives hope to everybody, fifty years is a long-time to be playing music in any field,” said long-time fan Elvis Costello. “But to keep the purity that you need to do this kind of music, and the drive and the energy takes a special kind of guy.”
The Del McCoury Band won a GRAMMY® award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2006 for The Company We Keep. In 1999, they were named the Entertainer of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards. The Del McCoury Band is composed of Del McCoury on guitar, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Robbie McCoury on banjo, Jason Carter on fiddle, and Alan Bartram on bass. To learn more about The Del McCoury Band, visit delmccouryband.com.
The Jeff Austin Band has over 20 years of live creation and endless joy. Each night, Austin shares the stage with a group of like-minded adventurers, who attack each performance with a fire and desire to move and share everyone in sight. Austin, a mandolinist and singer, is best known for his time being a part of the Yonder Mountain String Band. To learn more about the Jeff Austin Band, visit jeffaustin.com.
The Commonwealth Mall at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! will feature concessions, displays, and merchandise on the day of the event, with gates opening at 4 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 with lots opening at 3 p.m.
Richmond Raceway and Virginia Credit Union (VACU), a financial cooperative serving more than 265,000 members, agreed to a multi-year naming rights agreement for the region’s premier outdoor music venue, The Classic Amphitheater, earlier this year. The iconic 6,000 seat amphitheater was renamed Virginia Credit Union LIVE! with a new brand identity.
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, Hank Williams, Jr., and Florida Georgia Line.
In addition to its 6,000 covered seats, the venue hosts six permanent private dressing rooms with restrooms and showers attached to the stage as well as two loading docks. There is a separate hospitality building providing a full menu of food and beverage amenities. The backstage area is completely secured with ample room for parking large vehicles and tour buses.
Richmond Raceway 2018 NASCAR Season
The Toyota Spring Race Weekend returns “under the lights” for the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash4Cash race and TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on April 20-21. The third annual Track Takeover driven by AAA will allow fans on the historic Richmond track prior to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 on April 21 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The ToyotaCare 250 on Friday starts at 7 p.m., and the green flag waves for Saturday’s TOYOTA OWNERS 400 at 6:30 p.m.
Richmond’s Fall Race Weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, will make history with the grand opening of Richmond Raceway Reimagined (Reimagined), a $30 million infield redevelopment project, along with hosting the Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff race and the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race on Sept. 21-22. To learn more about Reimagined, visit richmondracewayreimagined.com.
Tickets for the Toyota Spring Race Weekend and Fall Playoff Race Weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.
About AEG Presents
AEG Presents is one of the largest live music companies in the world. The company is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music events and world-renowned festivals. AEG Presents operates in North America, Europe and Asia through 16 regional offices that support its tours which include such artists as Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney; produce or support over 25 music festivals, including the iconic Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival; and owns, manages or books more than 60 clubs and theaters. AEG Presents offers more than 8,000 shows annually worldwide and conducts business under such globally renowned brands as AEG Live, Goldenvoice, Concerts West, Messina Touring Group, Marshall Arts LTD, and Madison House Presents. The company operates The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and produces residency shows there including Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Jerry Seinfeld and The Who (opening July 2017) and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. For more information, visit aegpresents.com.
About Richmond Raceway
Richmond Raceway is America’s Premier Short Track annually hosting two NASCAR race weekends, featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series, on a ¾-mile D-shaped oval. Richmond Raceway is a regional leader for events including sports, live music and consumer trade shows. The Richmond Raceway Complex’s 1,000 plus acre multipurpose facility hosts more than 200 live events annually including concerts with top national recording artists at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! To learn more, visit richmondraceway.com, richmondracewaycomplex.com, or vaculive.com.
About Virginia Credit Union
A financial cooperative serving more than 265,000 members, Virginia Credit Union offers a variety of affordable banking services, loans, mortgages, and free financial education resources, with a focus on helping people be more confident with their finances. Virginia Credit Union is an equal housing opportunity lender and is federally insured by NCUA. For more information on Virginia Credit Union, visit vacu.org.
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