Where to catch a cheap concert in Richmond

Get to the gig for less than $20 at these staple music venues in the River City

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Some bigger acts may cost you a bit more than $20, but the Broadberry hosts artists of all levels.

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Trying to get more involved in your local music scene, or just looking to find some live music on a week night? We’ve got you.

Richmond has no shortage of great options for concerts under $20. If you’ve got the time and the energy, you could likely find a show every night. We’ve assembled some scene staples to catch local bands, see touring acts passing through, or maybe even get up on stage yourself.

The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St.
Beloved by local musicians and visitors alike, this Broad Street bar has an intimate stage and a great selection of beer on tap. Looking to get up on stage yourself? The Camel hosts an open mic night on the final Wednesday of every month.

The Canal Club, 1545 E. Cary St.
Looking for more of a classic “rock club” environment? This Shockoe staple is also known for its themed parties — this October, for example, it’s hosting Gimme Gimme Disco, an ABBA-inspired dance party.

The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St.
Complete with a 60-ft bar and a stage that hosts a band nearly every night, the Broadberry is an iconic hub for local music. It’s also a hot spot for tribute acts — just in the next few months, you can catch homages to the Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, and the Allman Brothers.

Gallery 5, 200 W. Marshall Ave.
Come catch a local act and peruse the adjoined art galleries at this non-profit Jackson Ward staple. Bonus: Gallery5 also hosts recurring events like Jazz Nights and First Fridays.

Honorable mentions for this list include the Get Tight Lounge, the Fuzzy Cactus, Ipanema Cafe, and Banditos Burrito Lounge.

Looking for a full list of Richmond venues? We’ve got you there, too.

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