What’s Booming RVA: Roots in Music and History

By Annie Tobey | January 4th, 2024

Boomer’s top 5 picks for the week ahead

Roots musical group playing at Shady Grove Coffeehouse, China to Appalachia. What’s Booming RVA: Roots in Music and History

Usher in the nation’s 250th birthday commemorations with events and discussions bridging history and the future, and immerse yourself in roots music – from China to Appalachia to Mexico. All in “What’s Booming RVA: Roots in Music and History.”

Arnold’s Raid on Richmond

Jan. 4, 5, and 7, at several locations in Richmond

Events to commemorate the Revolutionary War in Richmond, notably the January 1781 Raid on Richmond by British General Benedict Arnold and other contemporaneous events. All events are FREE.

  • 1773 and the coming of the war. Program led by Randy Flood. Jan. 4, 7 p.m., at Libbie Mill Library, Henrico.
  • Re-enactors from the 6th Virginia Regiment encampment. Jan. 5, noon to 5 p.m., at the Clarke Palmore House, Henrico.
  • All events previously scheduled for Jan. 6 were cancelled due to winter weather forecasts
  • Revolutionary Richmond walking tour. Learn about prisons, hospitals, headquarters, military occupation, and civilian life. Jan. 7, 10 a.m., starting at Farm Fresh on East Main Street, Richmond.
  • Historian Presentations. Jan. 7, 12:30 to 4 p.m., at Historic St. John’s Church, Richmond.
    – 1 p.m.: The Old Stone House and Lafayette in Richmond – Chris Semtner, Poe Museum Curator.
    – 2 p.m.: Edward Carrington and the preservation of his grave marker – Stephen Wilson, Executive Director, St. John’s Church Foundation
    –  3 p.m.: Actuated by Zeal in the Cause: Lesser Known Continental Soldiers from Virginia – Mark Maloy, author and historian


“The Legend of the Poinsettia”

Jan. 5 to 7, 2024, at Perkinson Center, Chester

The Latin Ballet presents the true story based on a Mexican legend in a blend of music, dance, spiritual reverence, joy, and laughter.


From China to Appalachia

Jan 6, 8 p.m., at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, Glen Allen

American roots artists Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer join with Chinese classical hammered dulcimer player Chao Tian in a show that combines music from China to Appalachia and beyond.


Faith & Beyond: Finding Our Moral Compass

Jan. 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at The Valentine Museum, Richmond

Part of The Valentine’s “Controversy / History” series. What can history tell us about our future and help shape tomorrow? This installment explores the role of faith in shaping society and discusses the challenges of building community and orienting our moral compass today. FREE.


January Literary Virginia Book Group: “This Boy We Made”

Jan 10, 6 p.m., online

The virtual group is joined by the author in discussing “This Boy We Made: A Memoir of Motherhood, Genetics, and Facing the Unknown” by Taylor Harris (a People’s Choice Awards finalist in Nonfiction). Harris’s journey as a Black mother of a small boy with an unknown illness. Navigating systemic racism in the healthcare system and caring for her other children, Harris experiences despair, hope, and community. Presented by the Library of Virginia. FREE, registration required.


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

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