By far my favorite Richmond tradition, Venture Richmond’s Friday Cheers initiates outdoor concert season in the river city. A rite of passage for someone who grew up in the city, the annual concert series offers an eclectic mix of performances from both budding artists and internationally acclaimed acts. Acts like Alabama Shakes, The Revivalists, Tyler Childers, Lucy Dacus, Tank and the Bangas and Billy Strings have all brought down the house on the Brown’s Island stage – to name a few.
The concert series can be a hidden gem to music lovers who find themselves living in Richmond. What could be better: music, the beginning of summer, FRIDAYS! All happening along the James River. A beautiful combo at an affordable cost.
Last week, the electronic indie pop act, Goth Babe, rocked out with thousands of fans on Brown’s Island. I had the pleasure of photographing the event. Goth Babe’s music has a hypnotic surf groove about it. Finding angles to capture this motion, and more importantly, the feeling concertgoers are having is the problem I love to solve. Events like these offer me unique opportunities to use my skills outside of work and get closer to acts and tell a story.
There are still three more Friday Cheers concerts this summer, make sure to check them out.
About the author: Noah Autry is a Richmond native who graduated from Virginia Tech and moved back to RVA to pursue a career in advertising. Noah is a freelance photographer on the side and loves going to shows as well as exploring new restaurants and breweries in the city.