I ve enjoyed several live shows at the most underrated live concert venue in Virginia. Willie Nelson’s sold out show, not to mention GWAR and Sonic Youth, were among the more memorable shows for me, along with Passion Pit’s totally awesome performance in 2010.
The National, built in 1923, was once a vaudeville and motion-picture theatre. Since reopening in 2008, The National is now a performing arts and music venue. Every great city contains a music hall that creates memorable experiences, marking chapters in our lives like that first kiss or first full time paying job. The National has yet to let me down. Their commitment to bringing old and new school acts, trendy, original or progressive, are evident by their latest bookings. Their commitment to the arts is helping to establish Richmond as a modern, trendy and progressive city, whether you believe it or not.
Drive-By Truckers, Garbage, M83, Adam Ant, and Sleigh Bells are a true testament to how the people over at the National are working to bring diverse musical acts to Richmond. If you haven’t experienced a live show at the National, I am sorry you’ve missed a live concert experience located in a historically renovated theatre, with a primo sound system, two stocked bars, and comfortable general admission seating and standing. Cruise on over to the National and support the arts!