The Richmond music scene saw many things in 2013. Some were great, others we wish we could forget. And others that just made people turn heads and the the local scene the recognition it deserved. Some of the highlights this year include:
In January, Marc Cheatham, creator the local music and community blog The Cheats Movements, was a guest for the Richmond Comedy Coalition’s “Richmond Famous” series. It not only had incredible performances by Just Plain Sounds and Photosynthesizers, the night also saw Cheats proposing to his girlfriend Aria on stage.
What started as a fun concert with Toots and the Maytals turned awful when a man threw a bottle at the stage and hit Frederick “Toots” Hibbert in the face. The concert ended abruptly and Toots went to the hospital before alter canceling his tour. A $20 million lawsuit against the young man soon followed.
No BS Brass Band took “RVA All Day” to New York when the group crashed the Forbes headquarters and performed throughout the building.
Yes, this one’s a little self-indulgent, but the RVA Playlist 3rd Birthday Party at the Camel in May featured a great night of music with Anousheh, Long Arms and Horsehead, plus a crowd of supporters of both me and of the Richmond music scene that made me incredibly thankful.
15 years after its demise, Richmond pop punk group Fun Size came back in a blaze of glory with a new album, “Since We Last Spoke,” and an outpouring of support from fans at a release show at Strange Matter.
September saw the first Fall Line Fest, a two-day music, food and arts festival featuring 42 bands across four venues, as well as various events at restaurants and art galleries around the city.
A simple, fun video turned into a viral Internet sensation when suburban mom/singer Shannon Montsinger released the music video to “Girls Night Out (GNO),” that puts Rebecca Black’s “Friday” to shame. In it, she rides around in a convertible, parties with her besties at Europa and hangs with a rapper two-thirds through the song.
The Listening Room concert series celebrated four years of quiet shows with a show featuring White Laces, Warren Hixson and Way Shape or Form.
2013 saw the creation of many new bands including songwriter David Shultz’s new project Valdosta, the synth rock group by the brothers Cosby and new supergroup Avers featuring members from The Head and the Heart, Hypercolor, Farm Vegas, the Mason Brothers and the Trillions. 2013 also said goodbye to Nick Coward and the Last Battle and East Coast Secondaries.
Rapper Joe Threat passed away in August and Richmond lost a treasure in the hip hop scene.
Prabir Mehta brought together My Old Ways, The Awesome Few, The Northerners, Long Arms, Hypercolor, Goldrush and Black Girls for the Ghost of Pop festival at Gallery5 to raise money and awareness for local homeless emergency shelter HomeAgain.