We’re jamming this May to bluegrass & BBQ, brews & tunes, flat pickin’, beach vibes, and other live music in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
The season is picking up with numerous outdoor concert series, themed festivals, as well as major musical events & performances.
The month is headlined by Festival in the Park in Downtown Roanoke and the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, two great annual events featuring multiple days of music over Memorial Day weekend.
We’re also looking forward to major acts like Joe Bonamassa at Berglund Center and Five Finger Death Punch & Shinedown at the Salem Civic Center.
Learn more about this month’s live music by listening to our VBR Music Scene Spotify playlist. It features a collection of songs by artists and bands performing in the region. Subscribe to the playlist as its updated every month and check out the visitvbr Spotify channel for other fun playlists and collections.
The following is a preview of some of the performances in Virginia’s Blue Ridge this May, including some options for weekly concerts and events.
- Joe Bonamassa - Berglund Center - May 2
- Party at the Pavilion: The Kings - Daleville Town Center & Performance Pavilion - May 3
- Maria Schneider Orchestra - Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech - May 4
- First Fridays: The Worx - Downtown Roanoke - May 4
- Bernstein Centennial Celebration - Roanoke Symphony Orchestra at Berglund Center - May 5
- Smith Mountain Lake Brews & Tunes Festival - SML YMCA - May 5
- Buckethead - 5 Points Music Sanctuary - May 5
- Cinco De Mayo Street Party - Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill - May 5
- Magna Carda with Rhiana Roper - Spot on Kirk - May 8
- CAM - Sidewinders Steakhouse & Saloon - May 9
- Jonathan Scales Fourchestra - 5 Points Music Sanctuary - May 10
- Flat Pickin’ Fridays: Seven Mile Ford - Daleville Town Center & Performance Pavilion - May 11
- Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives - Harvester Performance Center - May 11
- Flashback Friday: Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi Tribute - Dr Pepper Park - May 11
- The Floorboards with Morgan Wade & The Stepbrothers - 5 Points Music Sanctuary - May 12
- Frenchie & The Holy Gems - The Phoenix - May 12
- Five Finger Death Punch & Shinedown - Salem Civic Center - May 14
- Brandi Carlile with Brandy Clark - Harvester Performance Center - May 15
- First Fridays: Fuzzy Logic - Downtown Roanoke - May 18
- Kash Doll & Tee Grizzley - Berglund Center - May 19
- Daleville Summer Concert Series: Uptown - Daleville Town Center & Performance Pavilion - May 19
- The Night Rider’s Ball - Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill - May 19
- The Harmed Brothers - The Phoenix - May 19
- Local Colors Festival - Elmwood Park - May 19
- Brewridge Festival - Mountain Lake Lodge - May 19
- Roof Top Riot: Uptown - Center in the Square - May 24
- Festival in the Park - Elmwood Park - May 25-27
- Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival - Chantilly Farm - May 25-27
- Gryzzle’s Album Release Party - Spot on Kirk - May 25
- Sam Bush - Harvester Performance Center - May 25
- Low Low Chariot - Blue 5 - May 25
- Kid Brother - The Phoenix - May 26
Recurring Live Music
- Open Mic Mondays - Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage - Every Monday
- Traditional Irish Music - Lew’s Restaurant SW - Every Monday
- Party in Elmwood Beach Music Thursdays - Elmwood Park - Every Thursday
- Food Trucks & Tunes - Sweet Donkey Coffee House - Every Friday
- Friday Night Jamboree - Floyd Country Store - Every Friday
- Live Music on the Dock - Twin Creeks Brewing - Every Friday & Saturday
Find out more about what’s happening in Virginia’s Blue Ridge by visiting our Calendar of Events, checking the Music section, and subscribing to our monthly e-newsletter. The Blue Ridge Rocks website is another excellent resource for great content highlighting the local music scene.
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