Fall Line Fest: A Crash Course


By now I’m sure you’ve heard about and seen the signs about Fall Line Fest. The two-day music, food and arts festival will be taking place on September 6 and 7 and feature 42 bands across four venues on two nights, as well as various events at restaurants and art galleries around the city.

RVA Playlist is pleased to be a small part of this event and will be bringing out loads more in the coming week include ticket giveaways, live updates and more.

But if you’re still confused on what exactly is going to be going that weekend (ANSWER: lots of fun stuff) or are coming in from out of town, here’s a quick rundown of the entire festival.

On Friday and Saturday, multiple venues including Strange Matter, The Camel, The Hippodrome, Gallery 5 and LoveRVA will be hosting concerts with a variety of different performers both local and national. Shows will start at approximately 6 p.m. each night.


(528 N. 2nd St.) (1621 W. Broad St.)
Neon Indian (DJ set) Kopecky Family Band
Cold Cave The Southern Belles
White Laces San Fermin
The Snowy Owls James Wallace and the Naked Light
Dead Fame
(929 W. Grace St.) (202 W. Broad St.)
Thou Black Liquid
Inter Arma DJ Mikemetic
Woe Rattlemouth
Earthling Richmanian Ramblers
Leverage Models


(528 N. 2nd St.) (200 W. Marshall St.)
Big Freedia Speedy Ortiz
No BS! Brass Band Pity Sex
Photosynthesizers Helado Negro
Ohbliv Suburban Living
Doe The Paperboy Cruiser
Ms. Proper Positive No
(1621 W. Broad St.) (929 W. Grace St.)
Hop Along Diamond Youth
Stephen Brodsky Sundials
Josh Small Dads
Alison Self Hold Tight!
Anousheh Springtime
Houdan The Mystic Better Off

On Friday, the art galleries along the First Fridays Artwalk will all be getting in on the Fall Line Fest action with new exhibits, art installations and performances throughout the evening.

On Saturday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m., the signature food event of the festival will be a panel discussion at the Camel with some of the biggest names in Richmond dining, who will talk about their musical background (most of them are musicians or music lovers!) and how music inspires them as chefs and restaurateurs. The panel includes Jason Alley (Pasture, Comfort), Chris Bopst (music booker at Balliceaux), Constantine Giavos (drummer, DJ, restauranteur), Nate Gutierrez (Nate’s Taco Truck, Don’t Look Back) and Michele Jones (Pasture).

There’s also a bunch of unofficial events going on that weekend including:

On Saturday, WRIR hosts a label expo at The Well (900 W. Franklin St.) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Local and regional labels will be in attendance including but not limited to Funny/Not Funny Records, Vinyl Conflict Records, Forcefield Records, Grave Mistake Records, Aunt Mary Says Records, Subterranea Collective, Little Black Cloud Records, Bad Grrrl Records, Blood & Ink Records, Dialog Records, Spacebomb Records, Mind Rot Records, Say-10 Records and more.

Also on Saturday afternoon, there will be a show at Ipanema with Zac Hryciak and the Jungle Beat and David Shultz’s new project Valdosta

And on Saturday (your day is getting busy!), there will also be a free in-store music performance at Steady Sounds with Dirty Fences, Kesa (David Grant from Heks Orkest/Action Patrol/Ideal Forms) and Flesh Control. NOTE: You will not need a pass to go to this show, but the store is offering 10% off all their stock that day for those with one.

AND over the weekend, participating restaurants will also pair with one of the Fall Line Fest musicians to work on a special, three-course prix fixe menu and cocktail, inspired by their music, celebrating the crossover in creativity between music, food and cocktails. The menu will be exclusively available during the festival.

Restaurant and musician pairings:

  • Jason Alley, Pasture & No BS! Brass Band
  • Will Wienckowski, Ipanema Café & Thou
  • Jacob Goff, The Well & Positive No
  • Adam Hall, Saison & Helado Negro
  • Dylan Fultineer, Rappahannock & The Southern Belles

In order to enter the festival venues, you must first pick up your wristband at registration at the VCU ICA lot on the corner of Broad Street and Belvidere Street. Registration will be open on Friday from 3–8 p.m. and Saturday from 12-8 p.m. There will be food vendors, a beer truck, music and the amazing art installation VCU is doing in that lot.

And this is all for a $15-$20 day or weekend pass. Only weekend and day passes will be available. You CANNOT buy an individual ticket for a single show, so you must get a pass before they’re gone. VIP tickets are currently sold out, so get on this. You will not be disappointed.


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