Friday Cheers is Back at Brown’s Island With a Whole New Line-Up for 2020!

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Robert Glasper & Kenneka Cook; Friday Cheers 2019 via Facebook/ Friday Cheers

Friday Cheers, now in its 36th year, is Richmond’s longest running and largest outdoor music series. This eight-week music series takes place in May and June each year and continuously features some of the best national and regional bands. Year after year, Friday Cheers has drawn thousands of spectators to Brown’s Island, one of the gems of Richmond’s riverfront.

So what makes Friday Cheers so special?

First of all, after surviving a long winter, making it through cold and flu season, and being teased by a couple of false starts to spring, by May, we’re all itching to get outside. With a start date of May 1, Friday Cheers kicks off the Richmond outdoor concert season – and it’s just what the doctor ordered.

Secondly, with affordably priced tickets and season pass options, it’s a great value through and through. It offers the best music, at the best venue, and for the best price without a doubt.

But arguably, our favorite part of this outdoor series is how it combines the best of Richmond. It brings together both the uniquely beautiful outdoor elements of our city, offering picturesque vies of the city skyline and the James River; but it also portrays Richmond’s thriving and vibrant arts scene. With an always eclectic line-up, Friday Cheers provides Richmonders with the chance to hear some of their local favorites, as well as discover new favorites from all over the country.

All in all, Friday Cheers offers the perfect way to unwind after a long week of work. Thanks to the beautiful and spacious outdoor setting, families are welcome – in fact, children under 12 are free. Plus, there are always beer trucks, food vendors, and plenty of family-friendly refreshments on hand to keep everyone happy all evening long.

With a new line-up just released, we want to make sure you don’t miss a moment of the Friday night fun.

So without further ado, here’s what (or rather who!) you can expect to see this year at Friday Cheers…

Friday Cheers 2020 Line-Up

May 1 

Who: Jade Bird (8:00) with Sweet Potatoes
Time: Sweet Potatoes at 6:30pm; Jade Bird at 8pm
Cost: $10 / 12 and under are free

Watch Jade Bird on YouTube


May 8 

Who: Billy Strings with Andrew Alli & Josh Small
Time: Adrew Alli & Josh Small at 6:30pm; Billy Strings at 8pm
Cost: $10 / 12 and under are free

Watch Billy Strings on YouTube
Watch Andrew and Josh on YouTube


May 22 – RVA Music Night 

Who: Palm Palm; Erin and the Wildfire; and Shormey
Time: Shormey at 6pm; Erin and the Wildfire at 7pm; and Palm Palm at 8pm
Cost: $5 / 12 and under are free

Watch Palm Palm on YouTube
Watch Erin and the Wildfire on YouTube
Watch Shormey on YouTube

May 29

Who: Jay Som with Angelica Garcia
Time: Angelica Garcia at 6:30pm; Jay Som at 8pm
Cost: $10 / 12 and under are free

Watch Jay Som on YouTube
Watch Angelica Garcia on YouTube 


June 5 

Who: Mdou Moctar with Jouwala Collective
Time: Jouwala Collective at 6:30pm; Mdou Moctar at 8pm
Cost: $5 / 12 and under are free

Watch Mdou Moctar on YouTube:
Watch Jouwala Collective on YouTube


June 12

Who: The Growlers with Deathbirds Surf Club
Time: Deathbirds Surf Club at 6:15pm; The Growlers at 7:30pm
Cost: $10 / 12 and under are free

Watch The Growlers on YouTube
Watch Deathbirds Surf Club on YouTube


June 19 

Who: Tank and the Bangas with Kenneka Cook
Time: Kenneka Cook at 6:30pm; Tank and the Bangas at 8pm
Cost: $10 / 12 and under are free

Watch Tank and the Bangas on YouTube
Watch Kenneka Cook on YouTube


June 26 

Who: Futurebirds and The Nude Party
Time: The Nude Party at 6:30pm; Futurebirds at 8pm
Cost: $10 / 12 and under are free

Watch Futurebirds on YouTube
Watch The Nude Party on YouTube


Ready to get your tickets now?

Advance tickets for individual shows and season passes to Friday Cheers are now available to purchase online at Season Passes are available now with $45 early bird pricing, but hurry! This special price is only for a limited time and will return to $55 as the beginning of the series gets closer.

Last but not least, if you want to be entered into a weekly drawing to win tickets to Friday Cheers, like Friday Cheers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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A little bit about the folks behind Friday Cheers: 

Friday Cheers is produced by Venture Richmond and presented by Pacifico. Friday Cheer’s sponsors include CoStar, Dominion Green Power,  Delta Hotels by Marriott, Drive Shack, 103.7 Play,, Style Weekly,  NBC12, CW Richmond and Easley Made Catering.