There was a big crowd for the final event in the Friday Cheers series on Friday, June 28 in Richmond, VA. The series is produced by Venture Richmond and they hosted some great shows earlier in the summer with groups like The Head and The Heart, Trampled by Turtles, and Alabama Shakes.
The venue was Brown’s Island, a nice park along the James River in downtown Richmond. James Justin & Co put on a great show to open the night. Jeremy Garrett, of the Infamous Stringdusters, joined them for Travelin’ Kind. Then The Infamous Stringdusters took the stage in front of a Friday Cheers audience of approximately 3,500. Their show was a fun, fast tour of their bluegrass and rock influences. The Stringdusters did a killer version of In God’s Country and Walking on the Moon. Summer Camp was an appropriate choice for a summer’s evening, as was Night on the River. Cripple Creek and 17 Cents were audience favorites too.
They also played Rockets, the popular song from their Silver Sky album. The set included Three Days in July as well, which was popular with the crowd in Richmond. Get it While You Can is always a lot of fun, and the song Fire featured Chris Pandolfi on a hot banjo break. The show wrapped up with a double encore of Steam Powered Aeroplane and No More to Leave You Behind.
Each member of the Infamous Stringdusters are virtuosos on their instruments, and the combination of talented musicians and hot bluegrass makes a memorable show. The Stringdusters head for the beach next with a tour of venues up the Atlantic seaboard and later this summer they do an American river tour.