Glen Allen, VA – April showers were not enough to keep bluegrass fans away from the 10th annual Richmond Bluegrass Jam held at the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen. All proceeds from the event go to support the Fisher House, a facility the provides lodging to the families of veterans receiving treatment at the McGuire VA hospital. In the previous 9 years, this event has raised over $165,000 for the Fisher House.
This year, 27 of the region’s best bluegrass and Americana bands gathered on April 13, 2019 to entertain and raise money. In the few hours I stayed at the event I was treated to a lot of fun music, food, and drink.
The event was held on three stages with each act getting approximately one hour of set time. I was able to take in eight bands during my stay, all bringing their unique talent to the event. During the course of the day, musicians were holding their own jam sessions, playing whatever came to mind with fellow musicians in several of the common areas.
This was a well-organized, family-friendly event that draws music fans from all over the area. As stated on the event’s website, the primary purpose of the event is to raise money for veterans through the Fisher House, “but who says you can’t have a whole lot of fun in the process?” They succeeded in both goals! am already looking forward to next year!
2:20pm Josh Grigsby and County Line
3:20pm Rocky Hill Bluegrass
4:20pm East of Afton
5:20pm Commonwealth Bluegrass Band
6:20pm Cary Street Ramblers
7:20pm Old Dogs New Tricks
8:20pm Big Boss Combo
1:00pm Flatland Bluegrass Band
2:00pm Cook County
3:00pm The Hot Seats
4:00pm Grassland Bluegrass Band
5:00pm County Seat Band
6:00pm Anvil Brothers
7:00pm Back Forty Drive
8:00pm Highway 249
9:00pm River City Band
10:00pm Slack Family
12:40pm Mark Daniel and Joe Bird
1:40pm Oak Lane
3:40pm Copper Ridge
4:40pm Some Assembly Required
5:40pm Davis Bradley
6:40pm Tara Mills and Jimmy Stelling
7:40pm Church Hill Music Company
8:40pm Creekside Pickers