Concerts appear to be the name of the game this summer in Lynchburg.
Lockn’ founder Dave Frey’s downtown venue, City Auditorium, is at least a year away from opening on Main Street, but he’s building the brand with summer concerts by such varied acts as Ben Harper, the Steve Miller Band and Amy Grant.
The first two acts will perform outdoors in Riverfront Park, while Grant will take the stage in the Academy of Music Theatre, which has several of its own concerts lined up, featuring the likes of Brian McKnight and Taj Mahal.
A bit farther out, Devils Backbone continues its Music in the Blue Ridge Concert Series in July and August, and the Sedalia Center is holding a show to raise money to revive its popular Doc McCabe Bluegrass Festival in 2020.
Read on for all the details, and remember that dates and times always are subject to change, so check with the venue for updates.
Thursday, June 20
– MasterWorx Theater’s production of “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” opens in the Academy Center of the Arts' gallery building, 600 Main St., at 7 p.m., with more performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The play is set in December 1939, a few months after the outbreak of World War II in Europe, when an Atlanta family is preparing for Ballyhoo, a “kind of coming out party for upper middle-class Jewish society in the city,” according to the event listing. The winner of the 1997 Tony Award for best play, it “gently uses humor to explore identity and prejudice.” Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children 12 and younger. Ticket price includes cake and coffee at intermission. For more information, visit www.masterworxtheater.com.
Friday, June 21
– Endstation Theatre Company's season continues with “The Bluest Water” — an original play about Hurricane Camille, which hit Nelson County in 1969, that “honors and remembers those who lost their lives and the first responders who risked their lives to protect those who survived” — in Randolph College’s Thoresen Theatre. More performances are scheduled on select dates through June 30. Visit www.endstationtheatre.org.
Sunday, June 23
– Forte Chamber Music’s Summer Concert at the Maier, an “afternoon of Mozart, Bolcom Ghost Rags, and the Mendelssohn Viola Quintet, Opus 87,” is set for 4 p.m. at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College. Performers include violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi and David Ehrich, cellist Coleman Itzkoff, and violists Katharina Kang and Michael Klotz. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Visit www.facebook.com/ForteChamberMusic.
Thursday, June 27
– "1776, The Concert Musical," the Tony Award-winning comedy about the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence, will be staged outdoors at Poplar Forest at 7:30 p.m., with more performances at 7:30 p.m. June 28 and 29. Tickets are $17.76 for adults, $13 for students ages 6 to 17 and in college, and $4 for children 5 and younger. Wine and/or beer will be available for purchase each night. Devils Backbone will be on hand June 27, Peaks of Otter Winery on June 28 and Ankida Ridge Winery on June 29. Visit www.poplarforest.org/event/1776-the-concert-musical-2019.
Saturday June 29
– Tony Camm & The Funk Allstars will headline the latest show in the Sedalia Summer Concert Series, set to run from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Sedalia Center, 1108 Sedalia School Road in Big Island. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Camping also is available, ranging from $15 to $30. Gates open at 5 p.m. Visit www.lynchburgtickets.com/sedaliasummerconcert.
Friday, July 5
– Riverviews Artspace’s 5th Biennial Community Art Show opens during First Friday, with a reception that starts at 5 p.m., and runs through Aug. 22. The show features work created by artists who live, work and serve Riverviews. Visit www.riverviews.net.
Saturday, July 6
– Devils Backbone Brewing Company’s Music in the Blue Ridge Concert Series continues with the theme “We’ve Got You Covered,” featuring cover bands Bad Fish, a tribute to Sublime, Skydog (the Allman Brothers Band), and The Big Payback (James Brown). Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate, and a portion of proceeds will go to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Camping options also are available. Visit dbbrewingcompany.com/event/music-in-the-blue-ridge.
Friday, July 12
– Endstation Theatre Company’s production of “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” opens in the Academy Center of the Arts’ Warehouse Theatre at 7:30 p.m., with more performances on select dates through July 28. The musical covers Sinatra’s career from the 1950s to the 1990s, with four actors performing more than 50 of his hits. Tickets range from $17 to $33. Visit www.endstationtheatre.org.
– Renaissance Theatre Company, 1022 Commerce St., will present the play “Drinking Habits,” with more performances on July 13, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26 and 27. Tickets range from $18 to $20. Visit www.renaissancetheatrelynchburg.org/2019-season.html.
Saturday, July 13
– DeVault Family Vineyards' Annual Watermelon Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Concord winery, 247 Station Lane. The event includes local vendors, games, face painting and live music by Mended Fences, Rare Form and Gypsy Road. Tickets are $20. Call (434) 993-0722 or visit www.devaultvineyards.com
Sunday, July 14
– Singer Amy Grant will perform in the historic Academy of Music Theatre at 7:30 p.m., a show that is being presented by City Auditorium. Grant began her career in Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) before crossing over into the pop world, when she became the first CCM artist to have a platinum record, hit No. 1 on the pop charts and perform at the Grammy Awards, according to press materials about the show. Tickets range from $35 to $200. Visit academycenter.org/event/amygrant.
Friday, July 19
– Calvary Baptist Church, 20957 Timberlake Road, will continue its free outdoor Starlite Movie Nite series with “The Grinch.” Gates open at 8 p.m., and the movie starts at dusk, with popcorn and drinks available for purchase. Outside food is allowed, as are chairs and blankets. The movie will be shown inside in case of rain. The series continues with “Ralph Breaks the Internet” on Aug. 16. Call (434) 239-9133.
– The Academy Center of the Arts’ Academy Youth Theatre is staging “Disney’s the Lion King, Jr.” at 7 p.m., with another performance at 2 p.m. July 20. Tickets range from $10 to $20. Visit academycenter.org/disneys-the-lion-king-jr.
Saturday, July 20
– The Steve Miller Band, with Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, will perform at Riverfront Park at 7 p.m., another City Auditorium show being billed as “classic rock meets classic country.” Tickets range from $50 to $125. Visit cityauditorium.com.
– The Sedalia Center is hosting a fundraiser to support the 2020 return of its popular Doc McCabe Bluegrass Festival. To raise money for the 2020 festival, Richmond-based band South Hill Banks and local band New Standard Bluegrass will perform during this show. Doors open at 4 p.m., and tickets are $20 at the gate. Camping also will be available, and attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments and gather for an open jam session on the main stage from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday evening. Visit www.lynchburgtickets.com/sedaliabluegrass.
Saturday, July 27
– Blues musician Taj Mahal, a two-time Grammy winner, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, will perform at the Academy Center of the Arts’ Academy Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $14 to $107. Visit academycenter.org/event/taj-mahal.
Sunday, July 28
– Musician Brian McKnight will perform in the historic Academy of Music Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $14 to $107. Visit academycenter.org/event/brian-mcknight-4.
Friday, Aug. 2
– Brookville Theatre is presenting “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” featuring middle school campers from all over the area, at 7 p.m., with more performances at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 3. Tickets are $5. Visit www.lynchburgtickets.com/littlemermaid.
Saturday, Aug. 3
– Lynchburg Parks and Recreation will show 1992’s “A League of Their Own” at 8 p.m. in Peaks View Park. Admission is free. Visit www.lynchburgparksandrec.com/programs-and-activities/movie-in-the-park.
– The Bluegrass, Crops & Critters Festival & Antique Tractor Show will begin at noon at Rustburg High School, presented by the Campbell County Farm Bureau Women’s Program to raise money for Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC), a program that promotes the importance of agriculture to children. It will feature performances by Stony Ridge, James River Cut-ups, and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road; an antique tractor show food; exhibits; and vendors. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show for adults; $10 for children ages 5 to 12; and free for children younger than 5. www.lynchburgtickets.com/bluegrasscropsandcritters
– Bold Rock Hard Cider’s Summer Bluegrass Series continues at its Nellysford Barrel Barn, 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., featuring performances by Love Canon and Chamomile & Whiskey. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 6, with tickets ranging from $12 to $16. Food trucks also will be onsite. The series concludes Sept. 21 with The Cleverly’s and Small Town Rodeo. Visit boldrock.com/events.
Thursday, Aug. 8
– Wolfbane Productions’ staging of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” opens, with more performances on Aug. 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30 and 31 at the Wolf PAC Performing Arts Center, 618 Country Club Road in Appomattox. Visit www.wolfbane.org/tempest.
Saturday, Aug. 10
– Bands for the Brotherhood, a benefit for the Lyn-Dan Heights Volunteer Fire Department featuring Rare Form and The Fall Guys, will run from 5 to 11 p.m. at Waterlick Moose Lodge 1727, 934 Waterlick Road. The event also includes food trucks and beer sales. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults, and children 12 and younger get in free. Call (434) 941-2439.
Friday Aug. 16
– The April Verch Band, which plays traditional Canadian, old-time, bluegrass, country and Americana music, will perform at Bedford Central Library at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Friends of the Bedford Public Library Concert Series. Tickets are $15. Visit friendsofbedfordlibrary.org.
Saturday, Aug. 17
– Musician Danny Perdieu, a Lynchburg native, will perform in the historic Academy of Music Theatre at 8 p.m., part of a tour to promote his third album, “Random Roads.” Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music begins at 8 p.m. with special guest Jodie Davis. Tickets range from $20 to $99 and can only be purchased by calling the Valley Road Music box office in Nashville at (615) 289-4039. Visit academycenter.org/event/danny-perdieu.
– Devils Backbone Brewing Company’s Music in the Blue Ridge Concert Series concludes with the theme “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” highlighting up-and-coming female-fronted bands Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Southern Avenue, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Lilly Hiatt, Morgan Wade, and Erin & The Wildfire. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate, and a portion of proceeds will go to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Camping options also are available. Visit dbbrewingcompany.com/event/music-in-the-blue-ridge.
Wednesday, Aug. 21
– Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, will take the stage at Riverfront Park downtown at 6 p.m., presented by City Auditorium. Tickets range from $50 to $100. Visit cityauditorium.com.
Thursday, Aug. 22
– The 2019 Lockn’ festival kicks off and runs through Sunday, Aug. 25, featuring performances by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Trey Anastasio Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gary Clark, Jr., St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Allman Betts Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros., and more. Visit www.locknfestival.com.
Friday, Aug. 30
– Southern Accents: A Tribute to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will perform at 7 p.m. at The Glass House, 1019 Jefferson St. The band is made up of Nashville studio and touring-circuit musicians who recreate “the music, style and sound of Tom Petty professionally with immaculate precision,” according to the event listing. “… Each member of the band looks the part, plays the part and lives the part.” Visit www.facebook.com/pg/theglasshouselyh.
Saturday, Aug. 31
– The Academy Center of the Arts will show the 1988 movie “Coming to America,” starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (434) 846-8499 or visit academycenter.org.