There’s an electrifying movement taking place around the city. More music venues are popping up, national touring bands are picking up a show here and local artists are showing off their musical chops. In fact, it is an exciting time in LYH for musicians and music lovers alike as the stage is being set for a big music revival. Here are the best LYH venues where you can discover your new favorite artist, as well as some upcoming shows.
The Academy Center of the Arts
This newly revitalized theater is arguably where the city’s music roots began, as vaudeville acts filled with nationally-recognized singers and performers came through on their way from New York City to New Orleans. Today, the theater is reliving its glory days as Grammy-award winning artists frequent the stage in the historic theater. They also have the Warehouse Theater for smaller acts.
Academy Presents: Taj Mahal– July 27
The Brian McKnight 4– July 28
This Downtown music store that specializes in vintage and new records is also helping out modern bands and artists. During select nighttime hours, you’ll often see music lovers pack into this storefront to hear local, regional and sometimes even national talent. They’ll also occasionally have secret bonus shows during the day featuring national artists who are performing at the Academy Center of the Arts that night. Plus, they’ve recently added a new addition to the shop, Backline Coffee, where now you can enjoy a caffeinated, brewed drink of your choice while rocking out.
This restaurant’s claim to fame may be its pizza and a big selection of beer and cider, but it’s also known as a great place to find up-and-coming talent. Stop by on the weekends or check their Instagram to find out when you can catch a local artist while enjoying a slice and an ice cold beverage of choice.
The Glass House
This multipurpose venue on the historic Jefferson Street in Downtown Lynchburg was originally a wedding venue, but is now playing host to touring bands every weekend. The 3,000 square foot property features an events space, outdoor seating and a full mini bar.
On First Fridays, the White Hart offers new talent—whether they’re a singer, comedian or poet—to take to their stage and perform during their open mic nights.
Fifth & Federal
Grab a pint, some barbeque and take a seat outside at this bar and restaurant on Fifth Street. Every Thursday they open up their stage to welcome local bands to play at their open mic night.