Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, the only covered amphitheater in the greater Richmond region, will welcome fans back at full capacity for an expanded concert season beginning in July. After not hosting its traditional concert season last year due to the pandemic, Virginia Credit Union LIVE! is back and better than ever with some of the best live music acts performing at the renovated amphitheater with new amenities.
“We welcomed fans back to Richmond Raceway for NASCAR in April, so now we’re ready to welcome concert goers back to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! beginning in July,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “While we were unable to host concerts in 2020 due to the pandemic, we continued to reinvest in the redevelopment of the facility to be ready to welcome fans back. We look forward to fans returning to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! for one of the best concert experiences in the greater Richmond region.”
Richmond Raceway and AEG Presents are in the fifth year of an exclusive 10-year booking agreement for Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, the region’s premier outdoor venue. In 2017, the successful partnership brought two leaders in entertainment together to bring the best touring artists in the world to the greater Richmond region.
“As live music returns to Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, we are proud to continue our long-term successful partnership with Richmond Raceway,” said Rick Mersel, Vice President, The Bowery Presents Mid-Atlantic. “We have another amazing concert season planned at the only covered amphitheater in the greater Richmond region with even more shows to be announced in the near future.”
Virginia Credit Union, a financial cooperative serving more than 320,000 members, continues its multi-year agreement on the naming rights of the amphitheater. As a partner since 2018, Virginia Credit Union is actively a part of the concert experience with the distinctive Virginia Credit Union LIVE! brand represented throughout the facility to colorfully convey the energy and excitement of the venue. Virginia Credit Union members also get exclusive access to pre-sales and free parking for concerts.
“We are excited about the return of live music to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! and we appreciate the ways our partnership with Richmond Raceway provides value to our credit union and its members,” said Glenn Birch, Director of Public Relations for Virginia Credit Union. “The diverse lineup of acts has wide appeal and we believe the advance ticket sales, free parking and other benefits will lead more people to discover the benefits of membership with Virginia Credit Union.”
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In May 2019, Richmond Raceway unveiled a completed $500,000 amphitheater redevelopment at Virginia Credit Union LIVE!. The capital investment included a reseating of the venue to create flexible seating and additional aisles to offer fans the best views and concert experience. The new removable padded seats in the front half of the venue has provided flexible options for the amphitheater to offer reserved seating, general admission seating or a standing pit area. The expanded pit area has allowed more rock and alternative shows to perform at the venue.
As part of the redevelopment, Richmond partnered with Anheuser-Busch, Bold Rock Cider, Devils Backbone and Brown Distributing for the new Virginia Credit Union LIVE! party deck, the Bud Light Patio. The section is located to the right of the stage with tiered viewing, high top tables and chairs, ADA seating, and private bar. Tickets for the Bud Light Patio will be available for concerts this season.
Additional improvements to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! over the past 18 months include a new stage, speaker system on Commonwealth Mall, new landscaping along the seating entrance, new restroom open on the hill and new backstage fencing. Past improvements include a porta bar on the hill overlooking concerts, public WiFi, updated public restrooms and redeveloped back of house to improve the experience for entertainers with updated star rooms and other new features.
2021 Concert Season
Virginia Credit Union LIVE! continues to bring top musical acts and superior concert experiences to music fans in the greater Richmond region. The venue has hosted top national recording artists such as Aerosmith, Sting, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Florida Georgia Line, The Lumineers, and The 1975. This year’s expanded concert series promises to be one of the best in the venue’s history.
Whiskey Myers will launch the 2021 concert season at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! with their unique Southern rock/country music on Saturday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Drive-By Truckers with special guest Matthew E. White will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a show on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Cody Jinks will kick off the fall NASCAR Playoff Weekend with an evening of outlaw country on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
The Avett Brothers, one of the top folk-rock acts in the country, will return to Virginia Credit Union to perform their iconic sound once again on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Brett Young with Filmore, Maddi & Tae will play their original country pop sound on Friday, Sept. 24 at 8:00 p.m.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will bring his uniquely original sound to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Glass Animals, a British alternative/indie band, will share a performance on Monday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will perform their unique folk, Americana and vintage rhythm and blues music on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 8:00 p.m.
PRIMUS will bring their original funk metal sound to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! as part of A Tribute To Kings Tour on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. A Tribute To Kings tour will showcase PRIMUS performing Rush’s entire classic album, A Farewell To Kings, in addition to their own music.
Porter Robinson will bring his Nurture Live North American Tour to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
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To purchase tickets and learn more about this year’s concert season at Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, visit vaculive.com. Stay connected to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! for future concert announcements and other venue news on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
2021 NASCAR Season
Richmond Raceway will continue the 75th anniversary celebration over the fall NASCAR Playoff Weekend with three races over two days on Sept. 10-11. The Virginia is for Racing Lovers 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race will kick off the weekend on Friday, Sept. 10. America’s Premier Short Track will host a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 11 with the Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at 2:30 p.m. and the Federated Auto Parts 400 Cup Series Playoff race at 7:30 p.m. This will be the 30th anniversary of the fall Cup race being held under the lights at Richmond.
Fans can purchase a single ticket for Saturday’s doubleheader with the Go Bowling 250 Xfinity Series race with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the Federated Auto Parts 400 Cup Series Playoff race. Tickets are also available for the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 150, the first Whelen Modified Tour race at Richmond since 2002. NASCAR tickets can be purchased via phone at 866-455-7223 or online at richmondraceway.com.
About AEG Presents
Combining the power of the live event with a focus on true artist development, AEG Presents is a world leader in the music and entertainment industries. Operating across three continents, the company has an unparalleled commitment to artistry, creativity, and community. Its tentpole festivals and multi-day music events — which include the iconic Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and the legendary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival alongside British Summer Time at Hyde Park, Stagecoach, Hangout Festival, Electric Forest, and Firefly — continue to set the bar for the live music experience. AEG Presents promotes global tours for artists such as The Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, BTS, Kenny Chesney, Paul McCartney, and Katy Perry, in addition to — through its network of clubs, theatres, arenas, stadiums and renowned partner brands such as Goldenvoice, Messina Touring Group, Concerts West, The Bowery Presents, PromoWest Productions, Marshall Arts, Madison House Presents, and Zero Mile Presents — creating and developing an unmatched infrastructure for artist development and audience reach. More information can be found at www.aegpresents.com.
About The Bowery Presents
The Bowery Presents, a partner of AEG Presents, is the leading East Coast concert promoter, whose mission is to bring the best artists to Virginia, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and beyond while providing an excellent concert experience for both fans and artists. Since its inception, The Bowery Presents has been a purveyor of true artist development and consistently strives to work with artists like LCD Soundsystem, Brandi Carlile, Lizzo, My Morning Jacket, and Leon Bridges to grow from performing in intimate clubs to performing in sold-out arenas. As a trusted industry tastemaker, The Bowery Presents produces dynamic entertainment experiences at dozens of venues nationally, presenting thousands of shows annually. For more information, visit www.bowerypresents.com.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).
About Richmond Raceway
Richmond Raceway is America’s Premier Short Track annually hosting two NASCAR race weekends, featuring the NASCAR Cup Series and either the NASCAR Xfinity Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, on the iconic 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 hosts more than 200 live events over 280 event days annually including concerts with top national recording artists at Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, the region’s only covered amphitheater. For more information, visit richmondraceway.com, richmondracewaycomplex.com, or vaculive.com.
About Virginia Credit Union
A financial cooperative serving more than 320,000 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. To learn more about Virginia Credit Union, visit vacu.org.