What’s Booming RVA: Fiddle Away the Weekend

By Annie Tobey | August 17th, 2023

Boomer’s top 5 picks for the week ahead

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A Festival of Fiddling and a Bluegrass Festival, plus a plant swap, a professorial peek at Mr. rogers, and a “Payback” tribute to James Brown. Check out our Top 5 picks in “What’s Booming RVA: Fiddle Away the Weekend.”

The Big Payback: A Tribute to James Brown

Aug. 18, 8 p.m., at Dogwood Dell, Richmond

The Big Payback is a musical powerhouse, dedicated to recreating the music of James Brown accurately and passionately. Classic hits plus rarities and B sides at this high-energy stage show, capturing the years of ’64 to ’76.


Festival of Virginia Fiddling

Aug. 19, noon to 10 p.m., at Dogwood Dell, Richmond

A day packed with fiddlers, for fiddlers and fiddle fans. Jams, workshops, performances with multiple fiddle styles – including Gypsy Jazz, Scots Fiddling with John Turner, multi-style w/ Dennis Elliot, Old-Time with New Plank Road, and Larry Lyles and Ramblin’ Roots. Toe-tapping, foot-stomping fun. FREE.


Pocahontas Premieres Mini Bluegrass Festival

Aug. 19, 6 to 10 p.m., at Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield

Enjoy the energetic sounds of bluegrass, under the stars, at the Pocahontas Heritage Amphitheater. The Hot Seats, Into the Fog, Josh Grigsby and County Line, and The Slack Family come together for old-time, ragtime, toe-tapping tunes.


Plant Swap

Aug. 20, 1 to 4 p.m., at Triple Crossing – Fulton, Richmond

Loads of rare and unusual plants, handmade plant-themed items, and plant tips from expert growers. Free table to take and leave plants and related items. Door prizes, too.


Profs & Pints Richmond: The Dao of Mister Rogers

Aug. 22, 6 p.m., at Triple Crossing Beer – Fulton, Richmond

Asian philosophy professor Dr. John Thompson, of Christopher Newport University, addresses how the Mister Rogers TV show demonstrated Daoist notions, without being a formal Daoist.


Check websites for more details, including prices and registration requirements.

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