Welcome to Richmond Virginia and it's surrounding areas. This website is about Richmond bands, venues, music, the arts, people and lifestyles.

Find articles and stories on the Richmond area scene. Please feel free to leave us comments. Join the MusicRVA Forum

MusicRVA is always looking for more writers! If you would like to write copy for the site please join the network forum above and ontact me.

If you would like to leave commentary on the blog, we welcome interaction. State your thoughts - Speak your mind!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Toad's Place Turns 1 Year Old!

Come celebrate at one of the many amazing events planned for the First Birthday Weekend!

Toad's Place Richmond wants to thank each and every one of you who have helped to make our first year such a huge success! You've helped to put Toad's Place Richmond on the map as a great place to see your favorite bands play! We've had over 200 amazing shows this year and with your help we look forward to many more successful events in the years ahead!

So come down next week to any of the fantastic events planned and help celebrate Toad's Place Richmond's First Birthday!

This Week at Toad's Place of Richmond!

Taj Mahal Trio
Friday, June 13th 7:30pm
With the ability to blend Blues, Reggae, Cajun, Gospel, Bluegrass and Hawaiian music, while staying true to his roots, it is no wonder Taj Mahal is a Legend. With his own style and an array of musical instruments, Taj Mahal has the ability to persuade even the toughest critic.
General Admission: $25/ Gold Circle: $37.50

Brice Woodall & The Positrons
The Cassettes
Saturday, June 14th 8:00pm
Brice lives in Chicago. His band, The Positrons, live in Richmond. They record by emailing each other tracks. They practice with Brice's vocal tracks pre-recorded. But you would never guess any of this by seeing their perfectly gelled stage performance. Brice and the Positrons create a smooth, textured, intricate sound. Their catchy, melodic songs are highlighted with powerful vocals, acoustic guitar, electronic beats, and live drums.
Advance $8 / Day of Show: $10

Toad's Place Buzz Shows...

Morgan Heritage
Tuesday, July 22nd 8:00PM
Formed by 5 children of legendary reggae artist, Denroy Morgan, Morgan Heritage is considered reggae royalty. Considered one of the most influential reggae bands today, they have certainly made an impact with a catalog of 14 albums since their debut on MCA records in 1994. While never seeing an incredible commercial success they have headlined tours with the likes of Eek-a-mouse, Capleton, Gentleman, Steel Pulse and more.
Advance: $12 / Day of Show: $15

Old 97's
Sunday, July 27th
Gaining acclaim in the mid-90's, this alt-country band, fronted by popular solo artist Rhett Miller, was the answer to the post-grunge fad that swept America. Touring in support of their new album "Blame It On Gravity", released May, 13, 2008, they will be touring through The House of Blues, Nashville's famous Mercury Lounge and of course, Toad's Place of Richmond on July 27th, 2008. Joining the Old 97's is Sleepercar, band of former At The Drive-In vocalist Jim Ward.
Advance: $18 / Day of Show: $20

Mike Gordon
Tuesday, August 5th
Phish singer and bassist Mike Gordon will be bringing his show to Toad's Place of Richmond accompanied by musicians Tom Cleary, Todd Isler, Scott Murawski and Craig Myers. Accomplished musicians, Gordon and his guests are sure bring a great show for everybody!
General Admission: $20 Tickets on sale 5/13

Eddy Grant
Saturday, August 9th 8:00PM
Perfectionist, activist, and multi-instrumentalist reggae artist Eddy Grant has withstood the test of time as an international reggae artist. Former frontman of The Equals, Grant's hit's include "Baby Come Back," "Electric Avenue," and "I Don't Wanna Dance" and "Romancing the Stone" written for the 1984 film of the same title staring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. He is known to be meticulous in the studio, playing all instruments, singing all vocal parts and producing every track on his albums.
General Admission: $20

Saturday, October 25 7:00pm
Punk Rock superheroes NOFX will be coming to Toad's Place of Richmond in October, but don't wait! This show is sure to bring the fun out in everyone!
General Admission: $20 Tickets

6/18/08 Ingrid Michaelson -Gregg Laswell - Wednesdays on the Water with Bird Lips @ Highwater Restaurant - 6/19 - Gogol Bordello - Dusty Rhodes and The River Band - Pedals on Our Pirate Ships @ Highwater on the Canal - 6/20/08 - Toad's Official Birthday Party 4 Play Fridays DJ Mix Off - 6/22/08 - DJ Kool Music Video Shoot and Party

Check out below for more details!

Ingrid Michaelson
w/ Greg Laswell
Wednesday, June 18th 8:00pm
By name you may not recognize this talented artist, but you have definitely heard her music if you watch any television. Her music has been featured on such shows as Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill along with the Old Navy Fall 2007 commercial. Her single "The Way I Am" will have you singing along with everyone in the audience. Don't miss the buzz that she has created with her vocals and lyrics.
General Admission: $15

Gogol Bordello
w/ Dusty Rhodes & The River Band
Thursday, June 19th 8:00pm
While Gogol Bordello may not have started the “gypsy-punk” genre, they are certainly now the iconic image of it. With their very theatrical performances combining elements of Eastern European culture including, but not limited to burlesque shows, cabaret, and a variety of languages, they have captivated audiences worldwide. Don't miss this unforgettable show!
Advance: $17.50 / Day of Show: $20

Nightlife Promos Inc. presents: 4 Play Fridays DJ Mix Off:
DJ Franco
DJ Oliver K
DJ Jeremy Rometti
DJ Manifesto
Friday, June 20th
Nightlife Promos Inc. presents 4 Play Friday's featuring a 4 DJ Mix-Off. Keep the party going late with sponsors Sam Ash, Shirtfresh, Red Bull and Glass & Powder Boardshop!
Advance: $10 / Day of Show: $15

SCAN's 'Toadally 80s' Dance Party
w/ R.E.M. Tribute: Onionhead
& DJ Enzo
Saturday, June 21st
Come relive those high school memories and make some new ones, with Richmond's only R.E.M. Tribute: Onionhead, then give in to your guilty pleasures & dance the night away to your favorite hits from the 80's with DJ Enzo. We'll even be giving out prizes for the best hair!
All ticket proceeds benefit S.C.A.N. (Stop Child Abuse Now).

DJ Kool Music Video Shoot and Party
Sunday, June 22nd
DJ Kool will be coming to Toad's Place of Richmond to film his newest music video. A veteran of D.C.'s Go-Go circuit, Kool has worked as a DJ since the early 90's. Known for 1992's "20 Minute Workout", recorded live in Richmond, VA. Other hits include "Let Me Clear My Throat" and Fatman Scoop collaboration "It Takes Two" in mid-2000.

A Unique Location

Toad's Place of Richmond is located within the meticulously restored Lady Byrd Hat Factory, the only historic building at canal level along the Historic Kanawha Canal. Located in Downtown Richmond's Historic Shockoe Slip, Toad's Place is within walking distance of dozens of downtown apartments, condominiums, parking decks, attractions, night clubs, and restaurants.

Concertgoers enter Toad's Place through our main entrance located on the Canal Walk. Richmond's Canal Walk also serves as the outdoor dining patio for our restaurant Highwater, a place to meet friends or a catch a smoke break. Toad's Place takes pride in being a non-smoking building, but provides a the patio on the canal, as well as a deck located on the mezzanine level.

The Room

A Perfect Setting

After having dinner in Highwater, patrons can pick up their tickets at the box office and enter the venue's main floor where they can grab a drink and a spot in front of the stage.

Our main floor is large enough to hold several hundred people, but it creates a great atmosphere for medium-sized or smaller-shows. This has provided Toad's Place with the opportunity to host many diverse genres.

The Mezzanine level offers a bird's-eye view of the stage, as well as more room to spread out. A perk for patrons who don't like to stand in front of the stage or dance around on the main floor with the music. The Mezzanine Bar keeps the upstairs crowd refreshed and the VIP's happy.

The Artists

The Roster Speaks For Itself...

Avenged Sevenfold, Boyz II Men, Buddy Guy, Carbon Leaf, Chevelle, Disco Biscuits, Dropkick Murphy's, Finger Eleven, Flo Rida, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Girl Talk, Guster, GWAR, Johnny Winter, Lamb of God, Megadeath, moe., The New Pornographers, Paramore, Regina Spektor, Rick Ross, Rilo Kiley, Rob Zombie, Swell Season,They Might Be Giants, Third Eye Blind, Ween, Wu-Tang Clan & Zappa Plays Zappa, And Many More...

The Sound

Clair Brothers Audio System

Toad's Place of Richmond features a Clair Brothers Audio Sound System that was custom designed to the shape of the venue, to give the room the best sound possible. In addition, Toad's Place uses an incomparable combination of the finest digital mixing consoles and monitor boards to deliver superior sound onstage and for the audience.

The Impression

The response is unanimous! Concertgoers, bands, press and even the competition agree: Besides quickly establishing itself as the best place to see your favorite band in Richmond, Toad's Place is one of the finest sounding and best looking new venues of its size in the country!

"The type of music has no limits, ranging from blues legends, rock and roll, and nostalgic 80's bands to up-and-coming artists... With four bars, a full-sized restaurant and the largest patio on the Canal, you can watch and listen to your favorite bands in style" ~Style Weekly "Arts & Culture" August 15 2007.

"Having a venue like Toad's Place in Richmond has been long overdue. It is getting people enthused about live music again. " ~ Barry Privett: Lead singer of Carbonleaf

"Toad's in Richmond is the best club we've played in America. It would be grand if we could just pack up the club and take it with us every night." ~ Niall Barret: Tour Manager: The Saw Doctors.

"I just wanted to write to you to let you know that Toads Place in Richmond was amazing on all accounts. The room, sound, crew, hospitality, everything...killer." ~ Pat McGee

(a reprint from ToadsPlace)

Toads Place

No comments: