It’s a few days ahead of Independence Day, but Thomas Road Baptist Church (1 Mountain View Rd.) will hold what’s likely the best fireworks show in the region today. The event begins at 5 p.m. with music, food trucks, and plenty of activities for the whole family – a couple years ago, we witnessed the wonders of a faith-based strongman show, replete with heavy metal and heavy objects. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here or call (434) 239-9281.
Sundays are typically a time for getting in touch with one’s spiritual side, which is apparently much easier to do when you can stretch your body as well as your mind. The ancient practice of yoga is one way to seek enlightenment on a Sunday morning. These days you can find all kinds of yoga novelties, from the overheated stuff the Bikram folks prefer to a newer innovation that incorporates pygmy goats (really, that’s a thing). The folks at Yoga Goodness (901 Jefferson St.) tend to focus on a fairly straightforward brand of yoga, which means you don’t have be a downward dog expert to participate in the First Sunday Free Yoga class. The class is for all comers. Bring a mat or borrow one. Class is begins at 9:30 and ends around10:45 a.m. Click here or call (434) 382-8249.
The name in front of tonight’s Led Zeppelin tribute act might seem familiar, and it should. Jason Bonham is the son of legendary drummer John, whose untimely death in 1980 signaled the end of the band’s reign over the hard-rock universe, which included the darkest depths of Mordor. Jason, who brings his band to Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) tonight, has been performing Zeppelin’s tunes since he was a kid and he filled in for his father in a 1988 reunion tour with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones. He was back on stage with them for a one-off concert at London’s O2 arena in 2007. General admission for the show is $39.50. Click here or call (434) 846-3206.
The view of downtown Lynchburg has changed quite a bit as restaurants and bars fill storefronts left empty for quite some time. Among the most recent is Skyline Grill (712 Church St.), which sits atop the completely renovated and recently opened Virginian Hotel. Tonight is as good a night as any to check out Lynchburg’s only tower-top cocktail bar, and the Young Professionals of Central Virginia will be in the house for their monthly 5:35 Networking Happy Hour. The group does its best to connect, attract, and retain young talent in the community. The event starts at 5:35 p.m. No membership or fee is required to attend. For more information about the event click here, and you can find out more about the Skyline Grill’s menu by clicking here or by calling the Virginian at (434) 329-3200.
More than 240 years ago today, 56 men pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to one another in an rebellious enterprise known as the American Revolution. The author of the historic document that proclaimed the colonies’ independence was a guy who owned property in the Lynchburg area. Although he didn’t frequent Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.) until after the founding of the republic, Thomas Jefferson made a second home for himself here. It even looks like a mini-Monticello. The nonprofit historic site hosts its annual Independence Day Celebration today from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The family-friendly event features colonial-era entertainment, soldiers, and artisans as well as a dramatic reading of Jefferson’s Declaration. Admission is $9 for adults and free for children ages 15 and under. For more information, click here or call (434) 525-1806.
Someone once said that all the world’s a stage. He might have also said that putting a princess in drag so that she can escape to the woods to meet up with her father who was banished by his tyrannical and usurping brother is as good a way as any to start a play. That someone was William Shakespeare; that play was As You Like It. And what better place for Endstation Theatre Co. to stage its second act for the season and resurrect the Forest of Arden than the Randolph College Dell (2500 Rivermont Ave.), an outdoor theatre cut into the hillside near the back of campus. It’s opening night with performances to follow Friday and Saturday as well as July 11-15. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Weekday tickets are $22-26 and weekend tickets are $27-$31. For ticketing, click here or call (434) 226-0686.
We like to see the local record shop Speakertree (901 Jefferson St.) showcasing local bands, so we’re going to follow suit and give a local shout out. Take a quick peak at this home movie-style video for “...You” by Oceanic and you’ll get an idea of what tonight’s performance might have in store. There’s also a recording of a live performance of the song on the band’s Facebook page that’s a little more amped up. The Bergerons have a couple songs on Spotify: “Sojourner” and “Away.” Caroline Guske sticks with solo work, generally accompanying her mournful vocals with soft piano. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cover is $5. For more info, click here or call (434) 485-8262.
Lift your glasses, or plastic cups, and exclaim cheers to Lynchburg as the weekly Cheers Lynchburg! concert series at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) continues with The Worx tonight. The Worx are a cover band out of Roanoke who offer a little pop music for everyone from older hip-hop classics like Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right to Party” to country pop nuggets like Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried.” Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Advance general admission tickets are available for $5. For more info, click here or call (434) 535-6190.
With July heat bearing down on Central Virginia, it’s okay to look for ways to cool off and mellow out, which is why the aptly named Lazy Days Winery (1351 N. Amherst Hwy.) is mixing up a batch of strawberry sangria. Lazy Days will sell the cool concoction by the growler, so don’t be shy about brining one, or you can purchase one there. While you’re sitting on the porch, Justin Luke McCurry, a country singer from Smithfield, will perform from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 381-6088.
Even before the stage went up at Devil’s Backbone Basecamp (200 Mosbys Run), the Nelson County brewery beneath Three Ridges Wilderness made music part of its cultural experience. Today, the brewery hosts a sort of mini music festival with a band that bills itself as the “ULTIMATE PARTY BAND,” a tribute to yacht rock, and another group that mixes jazz and swing with pop hits through the ages. The show starts at 4:30 p.m. with The Dickens, followed by Three Sheets to the Wind, and The Adrian Duke Project. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include a beer tasting from 5-6 p.m. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information, click here or call (540) 602-6018.
Most of us know the band Lit from their hit single “My Own Worst Enemy,” a much-loved ode to self destruction. But it turns out, they’ve gone country in their older age. The former rockers released a new single on CMT in March titled “Good Problem to Have.” Although they’re turning a bit from their punkish roots, Lit is travelling with the Gen-X tour featuring Buckcherry, P.O.D., and Alien Ant Farm. The others won’t be making it to the Hill City this time around, though. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $18. For ticketing and more information, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
Bluegrass has a rich and storied tradition dating back to the late 1930s, when Kentucky legend Bill Monroe convened his Bluegrass Boys and used the five-string banjo to put a little spring in the step of Appalachian folk music. Despite its humble roots, the form has become a showcase for virtuosos like David Grisman, Bela Fleck, and Alison Krauss. The Nashville band Circus No. 9 are a prime example of the ongoing bluegrass renaissance. While they can do downhome country as well as anyone, they do so with jazz-like musicianship. Among the band’s members are Matthew Davis, who won the National Banjo Championship and Rockygrass Banjo Competition at 18, and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry; Thomas Cassell, a Virginia native, who won the Rockygrass Competition on mandolin; and bassist Vince Ilagan, who studied music at the University of Tennessee. The band perform tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. at Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.). For more info, click here or call (434) 386-8113.
Find a black cat today and walk across its path, put shattered glass back together, or cast some spell to counteract what’s considered the unluckiest day of the year. Or just head out to Cheers Lynchburg! for a Friday the 13th celebration that will feature two of Lynchburg’s best cover bands. You’ve got Dragonfly, adept at playing both kinds of music: rock and country. And you’ve got the House Band of VA, who specialize in both of the other kind of music: funk and r&b. Gates open at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) at 6:30 p.m. Advance general admission tickets are available for $5. For more info, click here or call (434) 535-6190.
Funerals have a way of bringing together folks who went their separate ways for a reason. But family is family, and that’s just the way it is with the Fryes after patriarch Dewey passes on. While his wife Dorothy deals with the challenges of widowhood, her brother-in-law makes a move for her house, church busybody Ozella Meeks butts into family business, and sibling rivalry reignites between her two adult daughters. Lynchburg’s oldest community theatre, Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce St.), kicks off their production of Southern Fried Funeral tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. Performances continue through the end of the month, on July 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30 p.m., as well as at 3 p.m. on July 22. For ticketing or more info, click here or call (434) 845-4427.
The Summer Swing Series continues tonight as Hill City Swing seeks to loosen up hips and hipsters alike. The night is broken down into three parts. The first, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., is for couples only and costs $30 per pairing. For info about the couples-only portion, click here. Then comes the mixed singles lesson that couples are also welcome to attend for $10 per person. It runs from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m., and is followed by part 3, an open dance that goes until 10:45 p.m. Styles include East and West Coast swing as well as blues and Latin music. For more info, click here or call (540) 769-7192.
It’s been 20 years since the two bands performing tonight at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) formed in separate parts of the country with completely different styles. But both represent quintessential aspects of the ’90s music scene. Arrested Development got their start in Atlanta as an Afrocentric hip-hop group with a penchant for funk and social awareness. The group went on to win two Grammys in 1993, including one for what is likely their best known song, “Tennessee.” The Spin Doctors were a jammy pop-rock band who formed in New York City in 1988 and hit pay dirt several years later thanks to a H.O.R.D.E. tour slot and a couple of catchy radio tunes: “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.” They’re joining forces tonight for the Academy Center of the Arts’ summer concert series. General admission tickets are $11. Doors open at 5 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. Food trucks will be on the premises. Click here or call (434) 846-8499 for more info.
Anyone brave enough to swan dive into the shadowy deep end at Miller Park Pool (1200 Park Ave.) tonight may find a crew of pirate ghosts looking for their old captain Jack. At least, that would be in keeping with Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), the first film in the Pirates blockbuster franchise and a spinoff from an old ride at Disney World. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the film stars Johnny Depp as the cunning but clumsy Jack Sparrow. That’s Captain Jack, actually, and he’s on a mission to retrieve his ship — with the help of earnest blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and defiant aristocrat Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) — from the ghastly Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) who left him marooned after a mutiny. The event starts at 6 p.m. with the film screening at 8 p.m. Only 400 people will be admitted, so Lynchburg Parks and Rec recommends purchasing $5 tickets in advance, here.
With the Spin Doctors and Arrested Development performing this evening at Riverfront Park, why not start with a pre-party nearby at The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.). The bar/restaurant makes the most of its location right next to Lynchburg’s premier outdoor concert space and usually books a solid local act to perform before downtown concerts. This afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m., they’ve got the appropriately jammy Firecracker Jam, who call their style “PsychoFunkGrass” and who will be playing later this summer at Lockin’. For more info, click here or call (434) 333-4681.
Once Germany, Brazil, and Russia were out of the picture, we were hoping for a colonial powers showdown between England and France in this year's World Cup finals. However, the prospect that the Croatian national team, which has only been a thing since 1990, could win their first ever finals match is a nice consolation. They'll have to beat the seasoned French, who have been fielding a national team since FIFA's inception in 1904, and who won the finals in 1998. The match gets underway on the pitch in Moscow at 6 p.m. Russian time, which is 11 a.m. here on the East Coast of the US. The game's being broadcast on Fox, but why watch alone? The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) is hosting a viewing party, and the folks are Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) are planning to open early for the match. Oh, and if burgers for breakfast are your thing, you may want to drive out to Brauburgers (1332 Venture Dr.), where they've got wall-to-wall TVs and tasty patties. For updates on the game, click here.
Tacos and tequila are two of life’s simpler yet nuanced pleasures. El Jefe Taqueria Garaje (1214 Commerce St.) specializes in both, and they’ve usually got a witty quote about the taco lifestyle on the sidewalk chalkboard out front. It’s a mid-July Monday, so we’re going to recommend not cooking and checking out El Jéfe’s version of happy hour instead. Buy two tacos, get one free. It’s as simple as that and you can get that deal Mondays through Thursdays from 4 until 7 p.m. The El Jéfe house taco is loaded with shredded pork, topped with a healthy serving of fresh pico, and is best served in the traditional style on corn tortillas, although we won’t fault you for going gringo with flour. Check out their full menu here. For more info call (434) 333-4317.
It’s a take-no-prisoners kind of afternoon at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) as a slew of death metal bands takes over the stage. The Summer of Slaughter Tour, which has run primarily in North America since 2007, features at least nine bands, including Between the Buried and Me, Born Of Osiris, Veil of Maya, ERRA, the Agony Scene, Allegaeon, Terror Universal, Soreption, and Entheos. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the show starts at 2:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $27.50. For more info, including ticketing, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
Most food truck roundups schedule at least one vendor that specializes in dessert. But Food Truck Wednesday this evening at Timberlake United Methodist Church (21649 Timberlake Rd.) will have three: Homestead Creamery, Kona Ice, and Dem Bunz. We thought Dem Bunz might be a hot dog vendor, but they actually sell cinnamon buns. Timberlake will also have four trucks serving more substantial dinner fare, including Lynchburg BBQ Co., Uprooted, Hibachi Guys, and Brother Jake's Brick Oven Creations. The food truckers will be open for business from 5 until 8 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 239-1348.
Here at LynchburgDoes we do our best to support, promote, and otherwise encourage local artists, local musicians, and local bands every week. This week is no exception, with all kinds of shows happening all over town. This evening we’ve got the Rendezvous Band, a group of locals fronted by Shelly Tyree and featuring the considerable talents of keyboardist Chris Schmitt (who’s also one of Tony Camm’s Funk Allstars and a driving force behind the Gratefully Deadly Long Strange Night) and a new bassist by the name of Mark O’Hara (does anybody remember Pearl Blue?). The band, who specializes in covering classic old and new, hit Milano’s (4327 Boonsboro Rd.) tonight from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. It’s a free show; call (434) 384-3400 for info. And they’ll be at Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) this Saturday, July 21, for a gig that starts at 8 p.m. No cover for the Friday show either; call (434) 386-8113. For more info on these and other Rendezvous Band shows, click here.
A wealthy, death-obsessed dude named Harold fakes suicide, drives a hearse, and pops into the funerals of strangers. His mom does what she can to get him help, but in the inimitable role of Harold, Bud Cort plots his own path to redemption with the help of Ruth Gordon in the role of Maude. Harold and Maude (1971) has been a bona fide cult classic almost since the moment of its release. Directed by Hal Ashby, it’s this month’s philosophical feature in the Lynchburg Underground Movie Club Series, hosted by Ken Faraoni, a bronze artist and movie buff. It also happens to be Faraoni’s favorite film. Admission is $7 or $6 for anyone wearing an LUMC T-shirt. The event is from 7-10:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 847-7277.
Former alt-metal growler turned country singer Aaron Lewis appears to be poking a bit at some of his peers when he asks “Whatever happened to the country songs full of truth and consequences, all the things gone wrong” in his newish (2016) single “That Ain’t Country.” Then again, he may just be referencing the 1977 David Allen Coe tune “If That Ain’t Country.” Either way, Lewis, who released his second solo album Sinnertwo years ago, is coming to town to spread his version of the rootsy gospel. He performs tonight at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $35. For more info, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
The summer fun at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) continues this evening with yet another exclamatory installment of Cheers Lynchburg! The show features Melodime, a Northern Virgina-based band who released a rather appropriately titled single “Song of the Summer” just last month and will be supporting their debut album when they hit the stage as this week’s headliners. Opening is Rare Form, a Lynchburg-area cover band who specialize in country hits. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Advance general admission tickets are available for $5. For more info, click here or call (434) 535-6190.
It’s sometimes hard to tell where hard rock ends and metal and punk begin, although it usually involves a hyphen and a “core.” We’ll just call the Hard Rock Showcase tonight at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) a Lynch-core extravaganza. It features Last Nights Villain, or LNV, a Lynchburg-area band who call their style “heavy melodic rock.” Openers include Babylon Shakes, who prefer to refer their sounds as a mix of hard rock, glam, and sleaze, and braincell, a metal band who we’ll call lowercase-core. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $10. For more info, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
Friday afternoon tends to go to the dogs anyway, so go ahead and do lunch with some actual puppies at the Lynchburg Humane Society (1211 Graves Mill Rd.). Along with adoptable pets, today’s Food Truck Bow Wow will feature lunchables from Calle Cruz Miami, Action Gyro, Nomad Coffee Co., Hibachi Guys, and Chill City Pops. Dining gets underway at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 448-0088.
The Breakers album “In Search of an Exit” could easily refer to the route from Boonsboro Rd. onto Rivermont Ave., which then becomes Church St. before merging onto the freeway and circling back around again. But the band are from Charlottesville, so maybe they’ve got Jean Paul Sartre in mind instead. The proto-punk, alt-rock group will likely be exiting off of 29 this evening in order to perform at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) with Prabir Trio, a threesome out of Richmond. Prabir Trio plans to release its first studio recording, the EP Small Town Blues, at the end of the month. Music at RP usually starts at 11 p.m., right as dinner service finishes up and the bar starts serving slices. The cover is $3. For more info, click here or call (434) 846-2877.
A Sunday evening pint always goes down a little easier and more justifiably when it involves a little self-improvement or artistic expression. That’s sort of the idea this Sunday evening at Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.), where local painter, filmmaker, and all-around impresario Heather Gillikin will be guiding patrons through the process of creating a semi-original work of art, presumably in the form of a brightly colored flower. You can check out the here. Tickets are $30, which includes all the supplies you’ll need to complete your painting. It gets underway at 7 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 616-6691.
A traditional staged drama is a tale told in three acts. Today and tomorrow at Old City Cemetery (410 Taylor St.), though, the Will-O’ Festival features three one-act plays, which are also a thing. In this case, they've got two one-acts by a guy named Tennessee Williams – the titular Will – and one by Eugene O’Neill, who provides the “O” in the event’s title. Bacchus Theatre Group, a Lynchburg-area troupe, will perform Lady of Larkspur Lotion and This Property is Condemned by Williams and Recklessness by O’Neill. The performance starts at 2 p.m. in the Confederate section of the cemetery. We’re told there will be music to entertain guests before the performance and in-between acts. Tickets are $10 at the door. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more info, click here or call (434) 847-1465.
When you shop locally, you support your neighbors, who may in turn support their neighbors, and so on. It’s not all that complicated and it’s a pretty good thing. But it can take a little effort, especially when so many of the things we purchase are just a click away. That’s where the Lynchburg Retail Merchants Association comes in. They’ve put together a “Where’s Waldo in Central Virginia” game modeled on the chldren’s books. The basic idea is to look for Waldo at 35 participating businesses throughout the Hill City, collect a stamp once you find him, and move along on the scavenger hunt. Waldo hunters are eligible for prizes at the “Where’s Waldo Party,” which is scheduled for August 4. Stop by Givens Books (2236 Lakeside Dr.), a leader in Lynchburg’s buy-local scene, to pick up a passport today and get your hunt for Waldo underway. For more info, click here or call the association at (434) 528-1732.
Tacos and tequila are two of life’s simpler yet nuanced pleasures. El Jéfe’ Taqueria Garaje (1214 Commerce St.) specializes in both, and they’ve usually got a witty quote about the taco lifestyle on the sidewalk chalkboard out front. It’s a mid-July Monday, so we’re going to recommend not cooking and checking out El Jéfe’s version of happy hour instead. Buy two tacos, get one free. It’s as simple as that and you can get that deal Mondays through Thursdays from 4 until 7 p.m. The El Jéfe house taco is loaded with shredded pork, topped with a healthy serving of fresh pico, and is best served in the traditional style on corn tortillas, although we won’t fault you for going gringo with flour. Check out their full menu here. For more info call (434) 333-4317.
For the next couple weeks, Regal River Ridge Stadium 14 (3411 Candlers Mountain Rd.) will host $1 movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting at 10 a.m. The special features a unique family friendly movie or two each week. Today check out The Secret Life of Pets (2016), a cartoon film featuring Louis C.K. as the voice of Max, a terrier whose owner suddenly adopts a stray, Duke (Eric Stonestreet). The film is co-directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney. Also part of the $1 deal is Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009), directed by Betty Thomas. For more information, click here or call (844) 462-7342.
Only a week after mounting a production of Shakespeare’s centuries-old As You Like It,Endstation Theatre moves closer to current events with Br’er Cotton by Lynchburg’s own Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm. The play, set in Lynchburg, takes place in the wake of several police killings of unarmed black men and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Joshua Goodridge plays Ruffrino, a frustrated teenager who struggles with feelings of systemic oppression. As his mother Nadine, Latia Chisholm spends her days working as a cleaning woman while secretly attending nursing school. Nathan Hinton plays Matthew, the family grandfather, who insists he’s not long for this world and urges his grandson to accept what is, rather than push in vain for what should be. Performances runs tonight through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Randolph College’s Thoresen Theatre (2500 Rivermont Ave.). Tickets range from $16 to $31. For more info, click hereor call (434) 226-0686.
It’s here. Discovery Channel’s perennially popular Shark Week began celebrating its 30th anniversary on July 22, with Shaq, Gronk, and Guy Fieri of all people adding some celebrity clout to this year’s exploration of what the taxonomists call elasmobranch fish. After three decades of Shark documentaries, even the non-marine biologists among us should have some expertise in the habits of these fierce sea-dwelling hunters, so Fifth & Federal (801 Fifth St.) is giving patrons a way to test their shark mettle with a night of Shark Week trivia. The libations will even be shark-themed with a tap takeover featuring three Lost Coast Brewery beers: the Great White witbier and two versions of the Sharkinator White IPA. The event starts at 8 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 386-8113.
Before Game of Thrones, there was Tolkien and his Lord of the Rings, a classic in the realm of obsession-able, multi-part fantasy thrillers. Like Game of Thrones, it posits an alternate world outside of history that nevertheless serves as an allegory for our own times. Virginia Center for the Arts fellow Brian Culhane, who has a PhD in English literature from the University of Washington, comes to Lynchburg this evening to discuss Tolkien’s literary triumph and, in his words, “the rise of the modern epic.” It takes place at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) from 7:30 until 9 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 847-7277.
Wolfbane Productions (618 Country Club Rd.) will be back to the regular outdoor performance space this weekend and up to a few new tricks. The second production of their summer season is the decidedly racy rock-and-roll musical that opened off-Broadway in 1998 and won a Tony for Best Revival of a Musical when it finally hit Broadway in 2014. Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which was adapted into a feature film in 2001, tells the story of a fictional band fronted by an East German transgender rock goddess who’s been forgotten by the world, forsaken by her American husband, and left to her own devices in a small Kansas town. Think Rocky Horror crossed with La Cage aux Folles, or something like that. Tickets are $25, with a $5 discount for students, seniors, and military. The production starts tonight and runs through August 11, with performances on most Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Click here or call (434) 579-3542 for tickets and more info.
Whether your sport is bowling, billiards, or badminton, you’re sure to find a game to play or watch this weekend as the Virginia Commonwealth Games arrive in town. Most of the action will be on the Liberty University campus, although there are events in over 40 different sports scheduled at fields and gymnasiums all over town for the next three days. The Commonwealth Games are a come-one-come-all kind of deal in which amateurs and novices compete in tournament-style play. The opening ceremony is tonight at Williams Stadium (1971 University Blvd.) at 7 p.m. Registration varies by sport. While many of the team sports require advanced registration, many others welcome walk-ons. Peruse the list of sports and the schedule here. For more info, contact Virginia Amateur Sports at (540) 343-0987.
Whiskey Myers is one of those evocative band names that could rest on a long backstory about a guy and jug of moonshine or be the result of a quick flash of inspiration. Seems like it was probably the latter for this Skynyrd-loving band from East Texas. The group made some national noise with the song “Ballad of Southern Man” when they debuted in 2011, and they’ve been honing their southern fried, two-guitar attack ever since. Tonight they’re the featured act for Cheers Lynchburg! at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.). Openers Jive Mother Mary go on shortly after the gates open at 6:30 p.m. Advance general admission tickets are available for $10. For more info, click here or call (434) 535-6190.
It’s cheap to treat the whole gang to dessert tonight at Mister Goodies (4119 Boonsboro Rd.). The ice cream shop has been open at its Boonsboro location for one year, and they are celebrating with a buy-one cone or cup and get another of equal or lesser value for one cent from noon to 10 p.m. The ice cream shop keeps a pretty robust flavor selection ready to scoop, including its recent peach ice cream sourced from Nelson County’s Drumheller’s Orchard. For more info, click here or call (434) 849-8339.
If you make the mistake of actually shopping until you drop today at Grey’s (512 Fifth St.), they’ll have plenty of refreshments to get you back on your feet, so you can dance into the evening. From 1-7 p.m., Grey’s will hold a pickup market with screen printing, handmade wares, and vintage clothing. The event features DJs and live music, including Thomas Dean, Eddie Oysters, and Frosted Flakes, and a musical performance by Gull, a masked multi-instrumentalist with a cult following here in town. Gull will also play at Grey’s sister shop Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) tonight at 11 p.m. Champion Brewing Co. will provide libations through a tap takeover at Grey’s. For more info, including a vendor list, click here.
The James River rolls by Lynchburg every day of the week and, as long as conditions are safe, it’s a great place to enjoy a Sunday morning and afternoon. James River Adventures, the outfitter operated by the nonprofit James River Association, makes a trip down river accessible to even the inexperienced by offering canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and tube rentals starting at Riveredge Park (150 Rocky Hill Rd.). Rentals are $35 per person for about a nine-mile float to the Joshua Falls public takeout. They also make shuttling a cinch for anyone with their own boat for $15. The outfitter is open every day but Tuesday and Wednesday. Generally, they try to get folks on the river by 1 p.m., but floaters can start as early 9 a.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 847-1090.
It’s times like these that many of us need to remember we are in fact neighbors in this city and on this planet. And who better to remind us than the legend in the cardigan sweater, Mr. Fred Rogers? Mr. Rogers is the subject of a new documentary by Morgan Neville titled, appropriately enough, Won’t You Be My Neighbor. The film is now screening at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.), where it should remain for at least a week or two. Daily screenings are at 12:20, 3:10, 6:45, and 9 p.m. Click here or call (434) 845-2398.
One of the nice things about artificial snow is that it can accommodate skiing, snowboarding, and tubing all year long, regardless of the weather. The Liberty Mountain Snowflex (4000 Candlers Mountain Rd.) is proof of that, and every Tuesday all comers can get a two-hour pass for $10, which includes access to an Olympic trampoline. The same pass is $25 or $30 the rest of the week. For more info about the special, click here or call (434) 582-3539.
The Hill City has long been home to bars that foster local talent with musical open mic nights. A more recent addition to the local entertainment incubator is comedic improv and open mics dedicated strictly to comedy. Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) recently got in on the act with a weekly comedy open mic every Wednesday. Kristina Montuori, who is part of the Lynchburg Laughscomedy troupe hosts the show, which starts at 10 p.m. For more info, click here or call Lynchburg Laughs at (540) 525-5916.