If you live in Charlottesville, you probably already know that this little town is big on live entertainment! The variety and quality of live venues in Charlottesville allow residents to enjoy live music almost without trying. Whether you like to go to concerts with huge audiences or prefer a quiet meal with a live band in one of Charlottesville’s renowned restaurants, you are sure to find music that will get your toe tapping and lift your spirits. Below are just a few of the great places you can enjoy live music in Charlottesville:
The Ting Pavilion
Everyone in Charlottesville knows about the Pavilion thanks to the popular “Fridays After Five” concert series. Located right at the end of the Historic Downtown Mall, The Pavilion is within walking distance of some of Charlottesville’s best shopping and dining. The Pavilion also hosts concerts in style with state-of-the-art sound, great acoustics and sight-lines, and comfortable seating in addition to a spacious lawn.
The Jefferson Theater
The Jefferson Theater dates back to 1912 and much of its vintage architecture remains. Renovations have been thoughtfully made to include two full-service bars, air conditioning and heat, new restrooms, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, resulting in an excellent venue for experiencing live music. Performances include artists in a wide variety of genres including rock, reggae, country, bluegrass, metal, and hip-hop.
The Paramount Theater
As a member of the League of Historic American Theaters, the Paramount plays a significant role in the area’s history. It has remained and now hosts a vibrant and versatile variety of performances and community events. The nonprofit theater strives to bring feature the highest quality performances and art while maintaining reasonable ticket prices. The Paramount has hosted world-renowned artists throughout its history and continues to produce high-caliber performances.
The Southern includes The Music Hall and features world-class sound and professional lighting. The Music Hall hosts local, regional, and national artists from every genre. The Café is equally impressive, offering inspired Southern fare typical of Charlottesville’s legendary local cuisine. Without a doubt, this is the best place in Charlottesville to “catch dinner and a show”.
In addition to Charlottesville’s premier performance venues, you can find music in many of the town’s outstanding eateries! Some restaurants may feature a live band, while others may have a live pianist or jazz group that play while you dine. Among the many options, some of our favorites include:
The Whiskey Jar
Lucky Blue’s Bar
No matter how you choose to enjoy live music, Charlottesville has a venue you can enjoy. You can even visit “The Garage” – that’s right, it’s a garage where bands can play to a small audience. Get out and explore Charlottesville’s diverse music scene! You won’t be disappointed.